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Maker Faire 2013: Giant Walking Pod Robot

Scott Parenteau, a commercial welder, made this mammoth walking pod inspired by his love for geodesic dome designs and Theo Jansen's Strandbeest …

Have American Parents Got It All Backwards?

The eager new mom offering her insouciant toddler an array of carefully-arranged healthy snacks from an ice cube tray?<p>That was me.<p>The always-on-top-of-her-child's-play parent intervening during play dates at the first sign of discord?<p>That was me too.<p>We hold some basic truths as self-evident when it …

How Real Computers Are Built in Virtual Worlds

I like to build PCs. Not as much as our resident PC columnist, maybe, but I still get a real kick out of ordering a bunch of components and spending …

Alan Turing

Cat Falls For an Obvious Cardboard Box Trap

A cat falls for a very obvious cardboard box trap in this video uploaded by SirAshquatch, and is rewarded with the “Victory Fanfare” from the <i>Final</i> …

Final Fantasy

Tabletop Tutor: Civilization Building Board Games

I rarely choose a board game based on game mechanics. In my recent board game bestiary, I sorted games roughly by gameplay mechanics, but in reality, …

BoobTracker

FYI: How Much Cocaine Can You Fit In Your, Ahem, Body?

The science of drug muling<p>The first thing you learn, when investigating drug muling, is that muling is a very common and efficient way of transporting contraband. The second thing you learn is that you have no idea how elastic the gastrointestinal tract is.<p>There are two kinds of mules. The first is …

Kim Gordon Sounds Off

In an exclusive in ELLE's May issue, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon talks candidly about her next chapter, and what really happened between her and Thurston Moore.<p>The last time I saw Kim Gordon, she was preparing a chicken for roasting. This was several years ago, and I was reporting a piece about the …

Real World Portal: The Physics Behind the Exploratorium's Giant Mirror

The ripples in carnival mirrors prepare us for what we're about to see when we look into them. Where the surface of the mirror bulges out or …

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Rule #1: Don’t Be A Profiteering Asshole

Sometimes I hate my old profession. I mean <i>really</i> hate it. Yesterday was one of those days.<p>Amidst the tragedy and chaos that was the 2013 Boston …

Dove Hires Criminal Sketch Artist to Draw Women as They See Themselves and as Others See Them

Gil Zamora is an FBI-trained forensics artist with over 3,000 criminal sketches under his belt. Dove (through Unilever's U.K. office) and Ogilvy …

Advertising Industry

The Strange Beauty of Salt Mines

Salt, an essential element for all animal life, is abundant here on Earth, but it still requires extraction from stone deposits or salty waters. The process of mining that salt can produce beautiful landscapes, including deep, stable caverns, multicolored pools of water, and geometric carvings. …

What's a TL;DR that could apply to two completely unrelated films?

Brontosaurus Is the Most Amazing Dinosaur Who Never Existed

I can’t stay away from dinosaurs. Any excuse is a good one if I can spend a few hours wandering among their lovely skeletons in the museum halls. …

"the best two" vs "the two best" [duplicate]

This question already has an answer here: • What is the rule for adjective order? 5 answers <br>I can't seem to find which one of these two wordings is …

The Boston Marathon Bombing: Keep Calm and Carry On

It is easy to feel scared and powerless in the wake of attacks like those at the Boston Marathon. But it also plays into the perpetrators' hands.<p>As the details about the bombings in Boston unfold, it'd be easy to be scared. It'd be easy to feel powerless and demand that our elected leaders do …

Manila in the night, like a vase full of flowers. http://t.co/pSzPRmvfSa

This horrific 22-foot wasp nest was found inside an abandoned house

Police in the Spanish city of San Sebastián de la Gomera have cordoned off an abandoned house after finding a 22-foot-long wasp nest.<p>As <i>ThinkSpain</i> …

This Woman Was Born With Three Fingers, But Her Brain Knew All Along What Having Five Would Feel Like

Image: jakub<p>We don’t notice, most of the time, how truly incredible it is that the human brain can walk us through complex tasks, learn languages and …

Before the Coffee Pods

If you order an after-dinner espresso at roughly a third of the twenty-four hundred Michelin-starred restaurants in the world, you receive a demitasse filled with a thin drink that came out of small, thimble-shaped pod packed with five or six grams of coffee that was pre-ground a month or more …

Amazing things to do with a Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi, the tiny, cheap and hackable computer for children of all ages, may be used as the heart of an Ambilight media center, a cat feeder, a …

Burning Question

Does reading in dim light hurt your eyes?<p>Mom always told us we'd go blind if we read in the dark. Does science back her up? Jim Sheedy, a doctor of vision science and director of the Vision Performance Institute at Oregon's Pacific University, sets his sights on the truth.<p>Dark Matter<p>Turns out, our …

Optometry

Why aren't we all using Japanese toilets?

<i>“Basically, we're the Apple Computers of toilets”</i><p>The first time the gentle stream of warm water hits your derrière, it’s quite startling. By the …

Bizarre Soft Robots Evolve to Run

This crazy looking thing is a simulated robot, made up of two different kinds of muscles along with bones and soft tissue for structure. This robot …

Robotics

Concocting the Perfect Cup of Coffee

Whales Can Barrel Roll (And Other Reasons They're Amazing)

I had no idea how amazing whales were. That changed this February at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting when I …

Whales

Photoshop Blend Modes Explained

Working with blend modes is almost always an experimental process. Because it’s nearly impossible to predict the results, you always seem to end up …