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NASA video of the aurora borealis from space will make you catch your breath

If you didn’t want to be an astronaut before today, you will now. Recently, NASA scientists aboard the International Space Station had the honor of …

Laser as bright as a billion Suns alters fundamental physics of light and matter

Physicists from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have created the brightest light ever produced on Earth, and it could be the first step towards …

20 Years of Nonstop Mars Coverage: NASA Red Planet Efforts Detailed (Video)

The agency's robotic emissaries have been studying the Red Planet nonstop since July 4, 1997, when the Pathfinder mission touched down. The landing …

Proven one-step process to convert CO2 and water directly into liquid hydrocarbon fuel

A team of University of Texas at Arlington chemists and engineers have proven that concentrated light, heat and high pressures can drive the one-step …

Sustainability

Fairphone 2 review: This modular smartphone will last years

Fairphone, a small Dutch startup that wants to shake up the way phones are built from conflict minerals, has successfully managed to be the first company to ship a truly modular phone.<p>The Fairphone 2, which is shipping next week to backers, is the company’s second cut at a phone that’s better for …

Manufacturing

How To Map Your Room's Wi-Fi Strength With A Wood Mill [Video]

Because those streaming cat videos won't wait<p>Why should you guess where a Wi-Fi hotspot is when you could view it in color?<p>A computer scientist has devised a way to build colorful 3D maps of Wi-Fi strength. His keys tools: a color-changing LED light, a laptop, and naturally, a wood mill.<p>Dominique …

Mathematician Suggests New Way Get To Mars On A Budget

Sometimes the cheapest distance between two points is not a straight line<p>In 1991, Japan's budding space agency sent its first spacecraft to the moon: Hiten, alongside a smaller orbiter named Hagamoro. Hagamoro was supposed to orbit the moon, but mission control lost contact with it after it …

NASA Reveals Mysteries of 'Interstellar' Space

The new Paramount film "Interstellar" imagines a future where astronauts must find a new planet suitable for human life. For thousands of years we've …

Space

Hillary Clinton: 'Failure' to Help Syrian Rebels Led to the Rise of ISIS

The former secretary of state, and probable candidate for president, outlines her foreign-policy doctrine. She says this about President Obama's: "Great nations need organizing principles, and 'Don't do stupid stuff' is not an organizing principle."<p>President Obama has long ridiculed the idea that …

Shovel Knight Review - NintendoToday

Taking inspiration from the classics, Shovel Knight offers a great blend of new and old mechanics giving an even fresher take on the genre.

Vintage Typewriter Keys + New Tech = Diesel Punk Keyboard?

Richard Nagy has designed and built The Executive Keyboard, taking design cues from vintage mechanical keyboards. Combined with a leatherette top and aluminum sides, it’s certainly a piece for computer gearheads to swoon over. But the $900 price tag? Looks more like a challenge to make my own!<p>[via …

Vintage

How To Make Your Own Dishwasher Detergent

<b>You’re going to need borax.</b><p>I make no bones about my love of making items from scratch whenever possible. Food, household cleaners, detergents – nothing is safe from my frugal tendencies. Recently, I set my sights on making something so unnatural, most people have never thought about what it’s made …

Artistic Functionality of Reclaimed Wood Stumps

Using leftover stumps helps refresh a room. They would also be a vivid reminiscence of our place in nature and our power to destroy and care for it. …

The 40 Most Creative DIY Planters

If you haven’t already noticed, spring is in full swing here at Brit HQ. We’re rounding up gorgeous tablescapes, chowing down on the most colorful cookies ever, and swooning over neon spring style. And you know what spring means? Pretty plants! And what’s a super awesome succulent without the …

Chemicals

DIY With Bookhou: Woven Lamp

28 Comments<p>what you need:<br>-strips of wood veneer (you can also get 3/4 in. veneer at the hardware store that is for ironing on the edge of shelves - …

Crafting

The 18 Best Experiences to Give Your Dad This Father’s Day

Okay, so maybe we don’t know your dad personally, but there’s one thing we do know: His favorite gift from you is a shared experience. No matter if you’re taking him to see his favorite baseball team for the millionth time or learning to make moonshine together for the first time — father-child …

Parenting

Exclusive: Ukraine's President Seeks 'Understanding' With Russia

Ukraine’s new President Petro Poroshenko wants to see Russia punished for what he calls the “tragedy” that befell his country this year. But even as …

Tutorial: Simple Butterfly Portrait Lighting Setup Yields Beautiful Results

Butterfly lighting is one of the oldest techniques for lighting a subject. Named for the butterfly-shaped shadow that forms underneath the subject’s …

China rebukes Hagel's 'intimidation' charge in sea dispute

Chinese officials reacted angrily Saturday to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's suggestions that China was using "intimidation, coercion" and the "threat of force" to assert its claims in the South China Sea.<p>Hagel's remarks charging China "has undertaken destabilizing, unilateral actions asserting …

China

Apple reportedly readying new smart home platform

New software platform will allow iOS devices to control a home's lighting, security system, and other connected devices, the Financial Times reports.<p>Apple plans to launch a new smart home platform at next month's Worldwide Developer Conference that will allow iPhones and iPads to control a home's …

Aerofex hoverbike could be yours by 2017

The Aero-X hoverbike from Aerofex is slated for a commercial release in 2017 for just $85,000. Chump change, right?<p>Aerofex's hoverbike made a pretty big splash when the Californian company showed off its working prototype all the way back in 2012, but then it went eerily silent. Now, Aerofex has …

Combat alert: Ukraine on 'full military readiness' in anticipation of Russian invasion

Ukraine’s interim president, Oleksandr Turchynov, says the country’s armed forces have been put on full military alert, in case of a Russian invasion.<p>Russia maintains it has no plans to invade eastern Ukraine, following its annexation of the Crimean peninsula.<p>According to the Kremlin, Russian …

Nanowires three atoms wide could lead to paper-thin gadgets

What's that odd shape, you ask? That's the world's thinnest nanowire -- and it could be the key to a future wave of flexible devices. In blasting single-layered, semiconducting materials with an electron beam, Vanderbilt University student Junhao Lin has created wires that measure just three atoms …

Stem cell therapy regenerates heart muscle damaged from heart attacks in primates

The researchers found that over subsequent weeks, the stem-cell derived heart muscle cells infiltrated into the damaged heart tissue, then matured, …

Scientists Argue That Neanderthals Weren’t Incompetent Dimwits

No offense, but your ancestors probably were no brighter than a Neanderthal.<p>That's the message a pair of researchers delivered on Wednesday after analyzing archaeological evidence detailing the capabilities of Neanderthals, our closest extinct human relative, compared to the early modern humans who …

Anthropology

There's No Such Thing As Healthy Obesity, Says Study

There’s a persistent and controversial question dividing researchers: Can you can be very overweight and also very healthy? The research suggesting …

'Mitt' Trailer: See Mitt Romney on the Night of His 2012 Loss – /Film

It’s hard to believe that it was just over a year ago when Barack Obama’s re-election to the White House dashed <b>Mitt Romney</b>‘s hopes of becoming the …