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Two days hiking on Hinchinbrook Island: the trek that nearly (sort of) killed me

Before I started my first proper hike, I practised for several weeks walking with a small pack and new boots on the stretch of car-heavy road that took me from Bellevue Hill to my office in Surry Hills in Sydney.<p>The main thoroughfare I walked down was flat and covered in bitumen. Bus fumes hung in …

Travel (Australia)

Defend Your Cubicle With A Nerf Sentry Gun

You'll be the undefeatable champion with this one<p>Tell workplace pen thieves and pranksters how you really feel with a barrage of foam darts. This project hacks a Nerf gun to automatically fire at large heat signatures. Simply replace the toy’s trigger system with a servomotor, wire up a home …

Photographer Captures Jaguar Attacking a Caiman

Photographer Justin Black captured this incredible photo of a jaguar attacking a caiman in the wetlands of Brazil.<p>Black was leading a group of …

Best Space Books and Sci-Fi: A Space.com Reading List

There are plenty of great books out there about space — so many, in fact, that it can feel a little overwhelming to figure out where to start, …

Jupiter May Have Destroyed Early Planets And Paved The Way For Earth

NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has, to date, enabled astronomers to discover over 1,000 planets outside of our solar system. But there’s a funny thing about the solar systems astronomers discovered – they don’t look much like ours at all. Most of them have larger, “super-Earths” – planets smaller than …

Astronomy

Boeing patents 'Star Wars'-style force fields

A new patent granted to aircraft, defense and security company Boeing is taking its cues from science fiction. Just like the glowing energy shields seen protecting troops, machines and even spacecraft in Star Wars and Star Trek, the design -- named "Method and system for shockwave attenuation via …

Star Wars

National Geographic Travel

No Big Bang? Quantum equation predicts universe has no beginning

(Phys.org) —The universe may have existed forever, according to a new model that applies quantum correction terms to complement Einstein's theory of …

Blast Force

The Invisible<br>War on the Brain<p>Brain trauma from blast force is the signature injury of the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns, afflicting hundreds of thousands of U.S. combat personnel. Although unseen, the damage strikes deeply into a soldier’s mind and psyche.<p>Marine Cpl. Burness Britt waits to be …

The Brain

10 Reasons Our Universe Might Actually Be Virtual Reality

Physical realism is the view that the physical world we see is real and exists by itself, alone. Most people think this is self-evident, but physical …

This GIF Of Magnetic Putty 'Eating' A Piece Of Metal Is Mesmerizing

File this one under "Coolest thing we've seen all day": a cube of magnetic putty swallowing a smaller cube of metal whole.<p>We first saw this on r/woahdude, a section of Reddit dedicated to "Trippy & mesmerizing games, video, audio & images that make you go 'woah dude!'" Yes, we know they misspelled …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

Learn How to Photograph the Milky Way in 12 Steps http://bit.ly/1vdJn3z Image by John Lemieux on Flickr

The best free online games on PC

Welcome to our round up of the best free online games. You can easily play these in your browser without waiting for them to download and install, as …

Antarctica's crumbling glaciers, Argentina's guitar forest and a 621-mile dust storm over Sahara are among the images captured by European Space Agency and Nasa satellites

George R.R. Martin: The Rolling Stone Interview

On a cold night in January, George R.R. Martin sits inside the Jean Cocteau Cinema, a revival theater that he owns in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he …

A photographer's year in review: 2013 Edition

Motorsports of moments ago.<p>2013 had me shipping myself all over the globe. Starting in Barcelona with Formula 1 testing, I made a slight detour in Geneva with the <i>Road & Track</i> crew. I watched the unveiling of the stunningly wild Lamborghini Aventador at the VW Group gathering, and I watched Luca …

Is Waiting in Line 3D the most boring video game ever?

<b>Interactive artist Rajeev Basu has created the most boring video game he could, highlighting the supreme weirdness of virality.</b><p>Some of our favourite …

How to Take a Picture of a Single, Ultra-Magnified Snow Flake

You—yes, you!—can help prove that no two flurries are alike. All you need is a good camera, a plastic bag, and some tape.<p>No two snowflakes are alike, they say. And yet: We rarely get proof of that. Our eyes perceive snow not as individual, idiosyncratic crystals ... but rather as uniformly fluffy …

20 Breathtaking Images Of The Earth As Seen From Space

Aleppo, Syria, May 26, 2013 – The Citadel of Aleppo – medieval fortified palace<br>DigitalGlobe—Getty Images<p>1 of 20<p>Digital Globe, a provider of …

Amateur Photographer Shoots Largest Ever True Color Photo of the Night Sky

What you see above is the largest true-color photograph of the night sky ever created, shot by 28-year-old amateur astrophotographer Nick Risinger …

Mysterious moons and alien life: the 42 best space movies ever made

Vintage Slang Terms For Being Drunk Are Hilarious A Century Later

Do you think that people didn't get wasted back in ye olden tymes?<p>You're right. But they did occasionally drink enough beer, wine and liquor to get loaded, topheavy, boryeyed, moory and podgy.<p>All are listed in an amazing sidebar of synonyms for "drunk" published in the St. Louis Republic on June …

6 Chemical Reaction GIFs That Will Make You a Smarter Person

Remember how much fun your high school chemistry class was? Neither do we. But that may be because there weren't enough explosions. Well, nowadays, …

Chemistry

How the sun shines and why the vacuum of space is not actually empty<p>The uncertainty principle is one of the most famous (and probably misunderstood) ideas in physics. It tells us that there is a fuzziness in nature, a fundamental limit to what we can know about the behaviour of quantum particles …

Incredible Panoramas Of The World's Most Beautiful Places

AirPano is made of eight team members, who have wide-ranging backgrounds (civil engineering and medical cybernetics, among others). The amateur photographers are currently traveling around the world, shooting major cities and other sites of interest.<p>The group mainly shoots from helicopters, using a …

Photography

The World's Most Dramatic Coastlines

Summer has officially drawn to a close, and the sunny days of sprawling on the sand are numbered. For fans of the coast, though, the end of summer doesn't necessarily mean the end of beach trips. The world is still full of spectacular coastlines to explore, many of which are more famous for their …

Life in space 'discovered by scientists in Sheffield' - video

Scientists at the University of Sheffield have made an extraordinary claim, firmly debunked elsewhere, to have discovered living organisms arriving at Earth from space. The team sent a specially designed balloon 27km into the stratosphere during the Perseid meteor shower where they discovered small …

Skywatchers across parts of the United States and southern Canada have several chances to spot the new private Cygnus spacecraft as it chases the International Space Station across the pre-dawn sky. Find out how: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/cmtv If you snap a photo of the orbiting pair, or any other amazing sky view that you'd like to share for a possible story or image gallery, send photos, comments and your name and location to managing editor Tariq Malik at spacephotos@space.com. This image was taken by NASA photographer Bill Ingalls (http://oak.ctx.ly/r/cmtw).