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Children Give Pope A Drone

A machine for the heavens<p>What do you give the man who has everything? Or, at least, is in direct communication with the entity responsible for everything? For a group of students in Rome from a Jesuit school, the answer for what to present the pontiff was obvious: they gave the pope a drone.<p>The …

A Beginner's Guide to Dynamic Range (Plus Useful HDR Photography Tips)

If you have created even one photo with a digital camera you are already aware that what you see is almost never what you get. This is due to several …

Cinematography

New Tarantula (Not Beetle) Named After John Lennon

Scientists discovered Bumba lennoni living in the Brazilian Amazon.<p>Imagine a world where a spider is named after John Lennon—because now there is.<p><i>Bumba lennoni</i> is a new species of tarantula that lives in the Amazonian state of Pará, Brazil (map), according to a study published October 20 in the …

Astronomers capture first ever data of an exploding fireball from a nova star

Researchers reveal the nova was about 14,800 light years from the sun, meaning the explosion witnessed in August last year happened 15,000 years ago<p>A team of astronomers have captured the first images of a thermonuclear fireball from a nova star, allowing them to track the explosion as it …

Lifeguard Drone Ready For Mass Production [Video]

This quadcopter can deliver life preservers a full minute faster than a human lifeguard<p>In the not too distant future, swimmers in distress may look up to the sky for help and find, not a lifeguard, but a drone, delivering a life preserver in their moment of need. Designed by Amin Rigi and RTS Labs …

Hackett Makes His Own Postapocalyptic Currency [Video]

When civilization collapses, this hand-built coin press could mint money to buy goats, grain, or even a spouse<p>Money makes the world run—but without a stable government, paper bills will be little more than fire starters, and coins chips of cheap metal. Bartering is inconvenient: If I desperately …

Cool Stuff

Chocolate component reverses memory loss in older people, claims study

Columbia University research indicates high-flavanol cocoa rejuvenates specific brain activity through increased blood flow<p>Late night cocoa has never looked so appealing. A component of chocolate has been found to reverse age-related memory loss in healthy adults aged 50-69. The rejuvenating effect …