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Pakistani Pink Salt - Photographs and text by Luke Duggleby | LensCulture

<i>We first discovered this work after it was submitted to the Visual Storytelling Awards 2014. Although it was not chosen as a finalist by the jury, the editors of LensCulture were impressed and decided to publish this feature article about it. Enjoy!</i><p>The 300 km long Kohistan-e-Namak mountain range in …

Urban Legends

Small, Shrinking Mercury Is a Planetary Space Oddity

Mercury is more than just a dead, roasted chunk of rock. In fact, the solar system’s smallest planet is proving to be surprisingly lively. Well, not in the sense that anything actually lives there, though scientists don’t discount the possibility that some of Mercury’s nooks and crannies could help …

Astronomy

The way we live now: the rise of the energy-producing home

Imagine living in a house that contributed to society: a house that produced energy, while consuming none itself. Well, imagine no more. After perfecting the “passivhaus”, which consumes minimal energy, engineers and architects have developed the energy positive house.<p>Generating energy is one …

Solar Panels

Cockroaches Have Eyes Capable of Long Exposures for Seeing in the Dark

Did you know that some creatures can actually see the world in long exposures? Scientists recently discovered that cockroaches are the latest insect …

Starwatch: In the shadow of the moon

On 11 August 1999, the inky, circular shadow of our celestial companion Luna slid silently across the Atlantic, brought a fleeting night to millions in Europe and Asia, and finally vanished in the warm waters of the Bay of Bengal. A syzygy – a near perfect straight line alignment – of the Sun, Moon …

Astronomy

Human Computer Interfaces: The Next Hot Innovation In PC Gaming?

I spent the better part of last week at the Game Developers Conference (GDC), checking out a number of new gaming-related innovations poised to hit the market in the next few weeks, months, and (maybe) years. I’m particularly interested in PC hardware, which was good because a number of the major …

Online Life

The First Ever Photo Showing Light as Both a Particle and a Wave

One of the strange properties of light is that it behaves as both a wave and a particle. Experiments over the years have confirmed both aspects, but …

Why Oxford Dictionaries are right to purge nature from the dictionary

If the pen is mightier than the sword then words are probably more lethal than bullets, and that makes Oxford Dictionaries the most powerful military force in the world. This metaphor helps explain two things: why I’m not a very successful writer, and why a group of authors are so concerned that a …

Linguistics

HIV strain came from gorillas, study finds

Western lowland gorillas in southern Cameroon appear to be the source for the second-most-lethal category of the immunodeficiency virus that crossed into humans, a new study suggests.<p>The category, called<p>HIV-1 group O, has not been nearly as dangerous to humans as group M, which has infected more …

matt emmett rediscovers abandoned architecture

<b>matt emmett rediscovers abandoned architecture and forgotten heritage</b><br>(above) ‘condense’<br>all images © matthew emmett<p>‘no entry’; ‘access strictly …

Northern Europe

Portuguese Baked Eggs

6 Servings<p>Baked eggs are great for brunch, and this recipe is no exception. But with a green salad, it’s also hearty and satisfying enough to double as dinner.<p>October 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>¼ cup olive oil<p>3 bell peppers, any color, thinly sliced<p>1 medium red onion, thinly sliced<p>2 beefsteak tomatoes, …

Eggs

This space wallpaper is an artist’s impression showing the magnetar in the very rich and young star cluster Westerlund 1. This remarkable cluster contains hundreds of very massive stars, some shining with a brilliance of almost one million suns. Download it here: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/14j8g

29 Hidden Chrome Features That Will Make Your Life Easier

Chrome has a ton of hidden little tricks that you may not know about.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from …

This superthin material could help us put displays in our clothes and windshields

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: MIT<p>Scientists have created super-thin LEDs that are strong, efficient and flexible enough to be easily integrated into …

Physicist proposes a new type of computing at SXSW. Check out orbital computing

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>Credit: Signe Brewster/Gigaom<p>The demand for computing power is constantly rising, but we’re heading to the edge of the cliff …

Spore Power: Wetting Bacteria Makes Electricity And Robot Muscles

If dry bacteria spores of the genus Bacillus were boxers, commentators would say they punch above their weight.<p>When they dehydrate, the rod-shaped …

Columbia University

Can an Algae-Powered Lamp Quench Our Thirst For Energy?

There’s something very special about bioluminescent algae. They soak up sunlight, absorb carbon dioxide, and in return, breathe out oxygen while …

University of Washington

Fly into a visualisation of your brain

Glass Brain is a tool that maps the electrical activity of your brain in realtime, creating a 3D visualisation that you can navigate with a gaming …

Stick-On Circuit Could Put Your Phone On Your Finger For Pocket Change

Stand aside wristbands. The latest wave of stick-on circuits could make cheap, flexible electronics mainstream.<p>About a year ago, University of Illinois researcher John Rogers revealed a pretty amazing creation: a circuit that, rather than living on an inflexible board, could stick to and move with …

Israeli Start-Up Shows Off Crazy Prototype Battery that Charges In 30 Seconds

If there’s one aspect of technology that seems to ignore Moore’s law at least a little, it’s batteries. Granted, the recent switch to Lithium-Ion …

Flowing salt water over graphene generates electricity

Dragging a drop around produces voltage.<p>Hydroelectricity is one of the oldest techniques for generating electrical power, with over 150 countries …

Mystery of Earthquake Lights Traced to Electrical Charges in Rocks

Spooky lights heralding the onset of earthquakes have been tied to divine portents or UFO sightings in the past. But the true culprit may be certain …

Philips SlimStyle LED earns Energy Star certification

The energy efficient, flat-shaped bulb will now retail for less than $4 in many parts of the US, and for as little as $1.97 in at least one market.<p>Philips announced Energy Star certification for its SlimStyle LED this morning, a distinction that qualifies the flat-shaped bulb for instant utility …

Solution to two long-standing mysteries of cuprate superconductivity found

At low charge carrier density, the microscopic flyovers revealed somewhat static, ordered electrons—the "frozen" stripe patterns—and the flow of …

The physics of water drops and lift-off

Viscosity helps create a shape that lets liquid pop off the surface it strikes.<p>The flow of fluids is one of the most complex, beautiful, and amazing …

Deforestation for fashion: getting unsustainable fabrics out of the closet

<i>Correction: A previous version of this article mistakenly listed nylon - instead of rayon - as one of the fabrics made from forests.</i><p>Large and globally recognized fashion brands are working to change their supply chain to avoid endangering forests. This month, H&M and Zara, two of the world's …

Sustainability

There’s A Giant Wall Of Dust Barreling Across China

A wall of dust was barreling across northern China on April 23, 2014, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) acquired these images from NASA's Aqua and Terra satellites. The top image was taken at 12:35 p.m. local time, and the lower image is from 2:20 p.m. Turn on the image …

These Are Some Mesmerizing Photos Of The Urban Sprawl That's Devouring The Planet

Growing up in post-war Germany, photographer Christoph Gielen was "repulsed" by the rows of drab, identical, pre-fabricated buildings that were constructed quickly to rebuild cities lost to Allied bombings. When he left art school in his 20s, he took on a photographic mission to document the way …

A Train Carrying Crude Oil Derailed And Exploded In Virginia

A train derailed and caught fire in Lynchburg, Virginia at about 2 p.m. on Wednesday, local media report.<p>No injuries have been reported so far, but thick, black smoke filled the area and crews evacuated about 300 people.<p>Witnesses reported seeing flames as high as 80 feet, according to ABC 13 in …

Almost half of Americans live with unhealthy levels of air pollution

Nearly half of all Americans live in areas with unhealthy levels of air pollution, according to an American Lung Association (ALA) report released Wednesday.<p>Nearly 148 million people live in areas where smog and soot particles make it unhealthy to breathe the air, according to the ALA's annual …