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May 4, 2016 at 3:35am UTC

Robotic limb turns drummer into three-armed musical cyborg

Some drummers play so fast and furiously it seems like they must have three arms. A drummer test subject at the Georgia Institute of Technology actually does. The third is a robotic "smart arm" worn on the shoulder.<p>"The third arm provides a much richer and more creative experience, allowing the …

Mount Etna erupted on Dec. 3 in spectacular fashion, unleashing plumes of hot matter as high as two miles into the Italian sky. The eruption only lasted 50 minutes, covering the surrounding villages of Linguaglossa, Francavilla di Sicilia, Milazzo, Messina, and Reggio Calabria in ashes. Mount Etna had been dormant for two years. Photograph by Marco Restivo Barcroft Media/Landov.

A 46 Gigapixel Milky Way 'panorama' you can interact with

How often do you get to interact with the universe? This 46 Gigapixel ‘panorama’ of the milky way, was made at the German university Ruhr-Universitat …

This Tiny Finnish Cabin Appeared as if by Magic

Relying on a sleek, minimalist design made this the easiest build ever.<p>Sometimes the red tape involved with building your dream home makes it more work than it's worth. But Robin Falck found a loophole that allowed him to build this lakeside cabin without annoying regulations or permits: He made it …

Modern cavalry war horses. Highly trained, and against their instincts will lay completely still during battle.

‘Chemo brain’ is real, say UBC researchers

Credit: Julia KamUBC research shows that chemotherapy can lead to excessive mind wandering and an inability to concentrate. Dubbed ‘chemo-brain,’ the …

ISatHub promises reliable Internet for multiple users, from space — anywhere on Earth (hands-on)

Imagine you’re on a boat in the middle of the ocean, and you and a couple of others on board have to send some emails or text messages back to the office.<p>Or picture the same group hiking in a meadow deep in Yosemite National Park, and needing to make urgent phone calls.<p>Without normal infrastructure …

Burma's Rappers Don't Care Much About Politics

Even after Burma's 2011 democratic reforms, the government is still pretty much controlled by the military, and speaking out against the state can land you in prison, as local rapper Zayar Thaw found out.<p>Unlike their parents and grandparents before them, today's Burmese rappers keep away from …

OK, So I Have a Drinking Problem

I drink until there is nothing left to drink, and then I often drink some more. I can go for days without food in my apartment, but I can't stand the thought of existing in a dry household.<p>I drink too much. <i>How do I know I drink too much</i>, you ask? Because I’m drinking as I type this. One hand on the …

Narcissister Is The Topless Feminist Superhero New York Needs (NSFW)

Women are currently persecuted for baring their breasts in public in New York. On a global level, women who bare their chests often face more severe disciplinary measures. Whether or not you've ever personally felt the urge to shop for groceries sans shirt, the very existence of the prohibition -- …

Spotify can never replace my iPod, but it can ease the pain

"They're trying to take our MP3s."<p>That was the half-kidding, semiserious conclusion my college friends and I reached a few years ago when we realized subscription streaming services, namely Spotify, were not a fad. Whether "they" represented tech companies or the music industry, storage constraints …

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Wikimedia denies photographer's claim to a monkey's selfie

If a monkey takes a selfie, who owns the photo? It isn't the camera's human owner, at least according to Wikimedia. As part of its first transparency report, which outlines government and corporate requests for user information and content takedown, Wikimedia has included a number of brief …

Octopus Cares For Her Eggs For 53 Months, Then Dies

Science & InnovationNot Exactly Rocket Science<p>In April of 2007, Bruce Robison sent a submersible into a huge underwater canyon in California’s Monterey Bay. At the canyon’s base, 1400 metres below the surface, he spotted a lone female octopus—<i>Graneledone boreopacifica—</i>crawling towards a rocky slope.<p>…