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Project, Crowdfund Thyself

The anatomy of a successful Kickstarter campaign<p>Neuroscientist Stephen Larson wanted to make OpenWorm, the world’s first open-source digital organism, available for Web browsers. So he and a small team of scientists turned to crowdfunding. With four days left in a 30-day funding window, things …

IBM's Watson Helps Run Your Business Meetings

So what do you think we should make the new intern do, Watson?<p>The folks at IBM are fine-tuning their Watson computer system to be able to offer solutions and suggestions at business meetings, <i>MIT Technology Review</i> reports. During a demonstration that a MIT Technology Review reporter watched, Meeting …

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Milky Way Has The Mass Of 800 Billion Suns, Study Finds

Weighty matters<p>Astronomers have performed yet another checkup on our home galaxy, this time asking it to step on a scale. The Milky Way has a mass equal to 800 billion suns, according to the team of researchers from Europe, Canada and the U.S. The team also found there's a 95 percent chance that …

The Week In Numbers: Space Linguistics, The War Of The (Ant) Worlds, And Much More

<b>4,861,706</b>: number of words in NASA's Astronautics & Aeronautics Chronology, started in 1959. Popular Science and the Office for Creative Research went through <b>11,000</b> pages of NASA history to find <b>4,000</b> discrete phrases that illustrate the agency's evolving linguistics over the last 55 years.<p><b>53.5</b>: …

Essential Wilderness Equipment

If you were stranded in the middle of nowhere, your chances of survival would be significantly higher if you had this equipment with you. To me, …

Video: The Making Of An Adventure Film (Part 2)

A month ago I posted a fantastic video called <i>This Is Backcountry</i> that was both inspiring and incredibly well made. A few weeks later I followed that …

Video: The Making Of An Adventure Film (Part 3)

The folks behind the spectacular <i>This is Backcountry</i> video continue to share the secrets of adventure filmmaking. In the latest installment of their …

Gear Closet: Mongoose Beast All Terrain Fat Tire Bike

If you're a self-proclaimed bike snob like myself your first reaction to being asked to ride a bike sold at Walmart is probably to turn up your nose …

Look at This Giant Bug!

The largest adult insect ever found actually seems sort of cuddly<p>This amazing/disturbing picture is of a giant weta, the world's biggest insect at a whopping 71 grams in weight. Wetas are cricket- or grasshopper-like insects native to the smaller islands of New Zealand, having been eradicated from …

Watch The 2013 World Yo-Yo Champion's Greatest Tricks

Waaay beyond "walking the dog"<p>Looking for something new to learn in the next year? Why not consider becoming a master yo-yo-er? Kottke found and posted this video from this year's winner of the World Yo-Yo Contest.<p>Kottke also posted videos from yo-yo contests and ads in 2000, 1989 and 1976, to show …

Leap Motion: Gesture Control Takes a Shaky Step Forward

Leap Motion Review<p>Gesture Control Gets Real<p>Leap Motion Packaging<p>Front View<p>Top View<p>USB 3.0 Port<p>Bottom View<p>Orientation App<p>Dropchord<p>Boom Ball<p>Chordian …

Will These Guys Kill The Computer Interface As We Know It?

How two grade-school friends created Leap Motion, a company that wants to turn mouse-clicks into waves of the hand.<p>David Holz took the main stage at this year's South by Southwest Interactive, the annual innovation conference in Austin, Texas, looking like a hobbit on casual Friday. He wore an …

Super-Hydrophobic Spray Makes All Your Stuff Liquid-Proof

It should start showing up on store shelves in a few weeks.<p>It's definitely weird to watch the NeverWet chemists pump chocolate syrup onto a pair of white canvas shoes and to see the syrup roll off in ribbons. Or how about when the researchers dunk an iPhone into a beaker of water and then pull out …

Counterpoint: The U.S. Could Totally Kill Edward Snowden With A Drone Strike

Here's how<p>In a recent PopularScience.com post, contributing writer Kelsey Atherton suggests that Edward Snowden is at no risk from a U.S. drone strike in Hong Kong because of Chinese air defenses and the risk of collateral damage in the densely populated city.<p>It's true that a strike by a Predator …

Adventure Tech: SPOT Global Satellite Phone

Earlier this week SPOT, the makers of the popular SPOT Satellite Messenger, took the wraps off their first new product in a couple of years. The …

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The Greatest Car Ever Built

Like a lot of Vanagonauts, I joined the tribe thanks to a wayward ski, surf, and climbing bum. This guy was from Crested Butte, Colorado, and everyone referred to him as Turtle, in part because of the white pop-top camper shell that covered his back at night. Turtle’s van had an equally befitting …

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The Most Influential Gear of All Time

After months of research and countless meetings and back-and-forth emails between <i>Outside</i>'s editors, writers, and gear testers, we've assembled our first-ever list of the most important gear ever created. These are the products and innovations that have made it possible for those who inspire us and …

Great Depression

Descending into the depths. 

Descending into the depths.

<em>Outside</em> Magazine Wants To Give You $10,000 To Fund Your Next Adventure!

Listen up outdoor adventurers! Are you planning an epic expedition in the near future? Need some extra cash to help get your journey off the ground?</i> …