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The 25 Best Inventions of 2015

The 'Hoverboard' Scooter<p><b>Developed by multiple brands</b> <i><br>Buy here</i><p>Part Segway, part skateboard, the self-balancing scooter—generally known as a hoverboard, …

This browser extension turns Amazon into a pirated ebook search engine

Here’s something Amazon definitely won’t like: A new extension for Google’s Chrome web browser released earlier this month can turn the giant online retail site into a search engine for pirating ebooks.<p>The extension, called LibGen, pulls data from the Library Genesis search engine, which contains …

Build Your Own Simple Speaker With Just a Copper Wire and Magnet

YouTuber Andy Elliott (mist8k) stumbled upon an awesome DIY project. While "tinkering with a small electric engine," he describes in his video, "my …

15 Real Tech Company Interview Questions You Will Probably Be Asked (And How To Answer Them)

The question was: You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and your mass is proportionally reduced so as to maintain your original density. You are then thrown into an empty glass blender. The blades will start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do?<p>Answer: Lots of variants but one is that you jump …

Employment

What is NOT Random?

Tell Me, Wave, Where Did You Come From? Who Made You?

"I'm sitting next to a swimming pool and somebody dives in," says the great physicist Richard Feynman in a conversation recorded in 1983. Other people jump in as well.<p>Could a really clever person, Feynman asks, just by looking at the waves on the pool's surface, imagine those waves rippling …

Five Best Book Recommendation Services

If you're on the hunt for something new and interesting to read, you have plenty of places to turn. This week, we're looking at five of the best book …

Books

How to watch the World Cup in the US without paying for TV

Most of the world can watch the World Cup for free. Not so much in the US.<p>The tournament, which begins today, will largely air on cable; streaming matches online also requires a television subscription. But there are a few options for so-called cord cutters who don’t pay for TV but still want to …

Media Industry

Scientists Invent a Laser That Fires Electrical Charge, Not Light

Researchers at the University of Michigan have just stumbled upon the most important development in laser research since the invention of the …

Scientists design a collider that turns light into matter

We could see physical matter created out of nothing but light within 12 months if a new particle collider works as posited.<p>Ever since the 1960s, when the food synthesiser made its appearance in <i>Star Trek</i>, the idea of a machine that could seemingly make something from nothing has been the kind of …

17 Movie Posters Improved With Animation

This should be the future of all movie posters, IMO. Thanks to this awesome Imgur user for creating the poster art.

Gorgeous Illustrations Of ‘Untranslatable’ Words From Different Languages

<b>Based in</b> New Zealand, media designer Anjana Iyer has illustrated a series of “untranslatable” words from different languages in her “100 Days …

Language

Five out-there energy projects that are moving closer to reality

Advertisement<p>30 Comments<p>Some newer clean energy sources, like solar panels and wind turbines, are becoming mainstream industries, with low prices and …

Scio Pocket Molecular Scanner Is a Google-like Device for Physical Objects

A couple weeks ago I had a fascinating video call with a gentleman named Dror Sharon, the CEO of a company called Consumer Physics. He showed me a …

Scientists closer to turning human skin cells into sperm cells

Scientists at Stanford University have successfully managed to reprogram human skin cells and turn them into sperm cell precursors. Their findings, published in the journal <i>Cell Reports</i>, show that skin cells of infertile men can be changed into stem cells and take on the characteristics of …

Our Favorite Android, iOS, and Windows Phone Apps of the Week

It's the weekend. And it's getting spring-ish out there! You worked hard all week, and so did your smartphone. Time to kick back and relax, and treat …

Mindfulness for People Who Are Too Busy to Meditate

Mindfulness has become almost a buzz-word. But what is it, really? Mindfulness is, quite simply, the skill of being present and aware, moment by moment, regardless of circumstances.<p>For instance, researchers have found that mindfulness can reprogram the brain to be more rational and less emotional. …

Want Success? Surround Yourself With People Who Challenge Your Thinking

Are you feeling uninspired and stuck? Perhaps it's the people around you. Here are five ways to get people to challenge and inspire you to success.<p>It's nice to have people around who support you and are of like mind. Agreeable people boost your confidence and allow a certain level of relaxation. …

Self-improvement

The 10 Best Books Of The Year (So Far), According To Amazon

The editors at Amazon.com recently came out with a list of the Best Books of 2013 So Far, which ranks the best books released between January and June 2013.<p>"Customers looking for great summer reads will find an eclectic selection on the list this year, from the very best fiction to compelling …

Books

How To Make Master French Chocolatier Jacques Torres' Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies

However, as much as it pains me to say it, these chocolate chip cookies by Jacques Torres are absolutely, without a doubt, the best chocolate chip cookies that I have ever made or tasted in my entire life. I guess that's why they call him Mr. Chocolate!<p>These are a chocolate chip cookie of another …

Dessert

Six Sequences - Numberphile

Why do physicists gravitate towards jobs in finance?

Of those who will be graduating with degrees in physics this year, around a half will go on to further study (doing a PhD is the most popular …

Gavin Pretor-Pinney: Cloudy with a chance of joy

Here's how Elon Musk's Hyperloop might actually work

How do you get from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes?<p>Elon Musk has made his name on big ideas, whether it's space tourism or the electric car — but his latest project, mysteriously dubbed the Hyperloop, may be more revolutionary than anything he's done. It started with a simple promise: …

How to learn the periodic table in 3 minutes

YouTube channel AsapScience has recorded what is possibly the most fun rendition of the periodic table set to music that anyone's ever heard.<p>In high …

Periodic Table

How Does a Transistor Work?

Why we created The Incomplete Map of the Cosmic Genome

I am often lucky enough to be the biggest idiot in the room. In the past few years, I have found myself meeting particle physicists of repute, …

Entropy: Embrace the Chaos! Crash Course Chemistry #20

How I'm preparing to get Alzheimer's - Alanna Shaikh