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Surprise Ice Discovery Just Made That Interstellar Object Even More Confusing

Comet? Asteroid? (Aliens?)<p>When 'Oumuamua first came to the notice of astronomers, zooming into the Solar System from very, very far away, it was …

The Universe Itself May Be Unnatural

When it comes to the physical Universe, we fully expect things obeying the same fundamental laws to unfold in similar fashions, and to be comparable to one another today. By the same token, if they obey vastly different rules, we expect them to be different from one another today. If aspects of the …

Physics

20 great resources for learning graphic design

Maybe you’re right at the start of your graphic design career or studies. Or maybe you’ve been doing it for a few years, but still feel there are …

Graphic Design

Study finds mushrooms are the safest recreational drug

Mushrooms are the safest of all the drugs people take recreationally, according to this year’s Global Drug Survey.<p>Of the more than 12,000 people who reported taking psilocybin hallucinogenic mushrooms in 2016, just 0.2% of them said they needed emergency medical treatment – a rate at least five …

Medicine

Affordable slow-mo camera lets you stop a speeding bullet

David Kronstein fell in love with the capture of high-speed video while a teenager watching <i>Mythbusters</i>. He wanted one of those expensive cameras so bad and thought he had a shot at one in 2006 when an Olympus i-Speed 2 started at a bid of $150 on eBay.<p>When the bidding surpassed his college budget, …

Videography

Inside the black box: Understanding AI decision-making

Artificial intelligence algorithms are increasingly influential in peoples' lives, but their inner workings are often opaque. We examine why, and …

Study: Marijuana Can Help Battle Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, and Addiction

The most comprehensive research review ever done on the topic found that marijuana can help battle depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress …

Astronomers Observe Strange Quantum Distortion in Empty Space for the First Time Ever

A Little Less Strange<p>Vacuum birefringence is a weird quantum phenomenon that has only ever been observed on an atomic scale. It occurs when a neutron …

This scientific quest to find “missing” memories is changing the way we think about the brain

A new experiment finds you don’t need to activate neurons to store memories.<p>Neuroscientist Nathan Rose and his colleagues at the University of Wisconsin recently lost track of a memory.<p>I mean that literally. One minute, they saw a trace of a memory “light up” in an fMRI scan. In the next minute it …

Scientists have evolved a remarkable new form of life that can bond silicon to carbon

You're probably already familiar with a few products products that use carbon-silicon, or organosilicon: glues, caulks, and pesticides, to name a few.<p>But the new biological trick, which was forcefully evolved in bacteria, is safer and 15 times more efficient than synthetic, industrial chemistry at …

A dying cell's last act | Cosmos

<b>When immune cells get sick</b>, they will often self-destruct to protect the rest of the body from harm. New research suggests that before pulling the …

La Trobe University

Electrical current through the brain jolts vision into sharper focus

If you find yourself struggling to focus on an object, there may one day be an alternative to reaching for your glasses or popping in your contact …

The Brain

Microsoft won't turn your Xbox One into a PC, it wants to turn your PC into an Xbox One

Don't believe the hype<p>The value in launching a gaming console is the ability to control the things that are sold on that console. For a company like Microsoft, the value of the garden is directly proportional to the height of the wall around it.<p>Don't believe Microsoft when it says the company wants …

What Art Directors and Designers Look for in Photographs

<i>Take a Time Out with Tanya, art director & graphic designer turned commercial photographer who really just wants a break from her three kids. Sign up</i> …

Samsung Unveils 'See-Through' Safety Trucks

Have you ever been stuck behind a truck and unsure whether to overtake it because your view of the road ahead is obscured? To overcome this …

Trucks

Run an Android desktop on almost any computer

Remix OS is a desktop-optimized port of Android-x86 that can be installed on a flash drive and booted on almost any computer.<p>Last month, it was rumored that official Android support would be coming to the Raspberry Pi after an empty directory for the $35 computer was discovered in Google's Android …

Raspberry Pi

RAF jets scrambled as Russian fighters approach Estonian airspace for 2nd time in a week

Typhoon jets from the Royal Air Force (RAF) have been scrambled to intercept Russian planes over the Baltic for the second time in less than a week. …

3D Artist of the Month May 2016: Meike Schneider

Monday, May 2nd, 2016 by Nadine Obst<p>We're very flattered by all the great entries this month and although it was tough this time, we had to …

National Geographic Magazine

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Extreme Sports

Chernobyl: Haunting photos of abandoned ghost towns 30 years after the nuclear disaster

The 1986 Chernobyl disaster was the worst nuclear power plant accident in history. The accident was a result of a mismanaged test at the Soviet …

Animation Taster Day at Escape Studios Friday April 1st!

Bring characters and creatures to life!<p>Come and learn about character and creature animation at Escape Studios on Friday April 1st - there are still …

Fallout 4's Dogmeat wins Best Game Dog at the World Dog Awards

There are few videogame dogs more famous than Fallout's Dogmeat. In fact, I can't think of any. Which is just as well, because Dogmeat recently …

Putin Withdraws Most Forces From Syria, Saying Russia Has 'Achieved Its Goals' | VICE News

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his military on Monday to begin withdrawing the majority of Russia's forces from Syria, saying that Russian military intervention had mostly achieved its goals.<p>Putin, at a meeting in the Kremlin with his defense and foreign ministers, said the order for …

1000s of stories

[Updated] What Xbox Head Phil Spencer Gets Wrong About The Cost Of PC Gaming

Up until today, I had faith in Xbox head Phil Spencer. He’s personable, surprisingly transparent for a corporate executive, and I believe he genuinely has his Xbox community’s best interests at heart. But good intentions can only take you so far when your credibility is so easily shattered and your …

PC Gaming

With a bullet to the head from Samsung, 3D TV is now deader than ever

It may shamble forward zombie-style for a few more years, but without the world's No. 1 TV maker on board, 3D TV is doomed.<p>If you're among the few who actually don 3D glasses to watch movies at home, you're not gonna like this. If you're everyone else, you probably couldn't care less.<p>3D, once …

Smart TV

A meteor that exploded over the Atlantic on Feb. 6 had more force than the Hiroshima bomb

Earlier this month, folks detecting atmospheric explosions for the United States government noticed something a bit out of the ordinary off the coast …

Scientists have discovered a mysterious boiling river in the Amazon rainforest

According to legend, Spanish conquistadors foolishly ventured into the rainforest in search of gold, and the few men that returned told stories of poisoned water, man-eating snakes, and a river that boiled from below.<p>For Peruvian geoscientist, Andrés Ruzo, the myth had fascinated him since …

Banned Cluster Bombs Were Used in Assad's Latest Russian-Backed Offensives in Syria | VICE News

Russian-backed offensives by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces in Aleppo province and elsewhere in the country over the past two weeks were aided by internationally banned cluster munitions, Human Rights Watch reported on Monday.<p>Investigators confirmed the use of the weapons in at least 14 …

We're Marvelling At These Incredible Pictures Of The Night Skies

Last week, we were blown away by a photograph from Mike Mezeul II depicting a storm over White Sands National Monument. We looked in a bit more on …