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Plastic cloth makes for cooler clothing

Unless you're into bleeding-edge haute couture, wrapping yourself in cling film isn't likely to be your first choice in summer fashion. This might …

Stanford University

6 Games You're Probably Playing Wrong

<b>by Seb Patrick</b><p>From Monopoly to blackjack, you might be surprised to learn that you've been playing some of the world's most popular games wrong all …

Scientists Warn that Robots and Artificial Intelligence Could Eliminate Work

Robots and artificial intelligence have long posed a threat to humans’ jobs, but a group of scientists on Sunday issued an especially dire warning …

The Dark Origins Of Valentine's Day

Valentines Day is an odd holiday, the feast day of a saint and a celebration of romance at the same time. It’s been evolving for a long time. While …

Valentine's Day

How To Ruin Monopoly and Make People Hate You

At one point in your life, you’ve probably played Monopoly. If want to learn how to ruin the game so that you and your friends will never want to …

Housing

In the Future, a Single Corporation Owns All the Oxygen

<i>Grow</i> is a short film that’s all about the premise: What if you had to buy oxygen to stay alive?<p>One of points that I love from this short is that not …

Forget Schrödinger's Cat: The Latest Quantum Puzzle Is About Three Pigeons in Two Holes

For decades, Schrödinger’s famous thought experiment involving a cat has been the turn-to illustration of quantum mechanics. But now there’s a new …

'Dangerous Men' Is the Funniest and Worst Movie You'll See This Year

The magnum opus of outsider filmmaker John S. Rad wants to be a grim thriller. Instead, it's a bizarre and hilarious testament to the difficulties of creating art.<p>If <i>Dangerous Men</i> were a competently made film, it would be nightmarish and grim. There are half a dozen attempted rapes during its …

The Story of Liquid Ass – How Two Guys Got Rich by Making Things Smell Like Crap

Meet Alan Whitman and Andrew Masters – the guys who refused to grow up but got rich anyway. They’ve made a killing out of marketing a one-of-a-kind …

North Carolina

Japanese Company Creates Socks That Keep Bad Foot Odor at Bay

Thanks to a new Japanese invention, smelly, sweaty feet might just become a thing of the past. ‘Curetex’ socks, created by product design shop Muse …

Cleaning

Why Your Shoulders Are Still Puny

It takes more than presses and lateral raises to develop wide, thick, impressive shoulders. A lot more. Here’s how you can do it<p>To understand how to build bigger shoulders than you have now, consider this story from Ellington Darden, Ph.D., a former competitive bodybuilder who’s written so many …

9 Crazy Body Hacks That Give You Superhuman Powers

But don't try these at home. Seriously.<p>Gamers often perform repetitive tasks to improve their character’s skill set, gain rewards, and advance to new levels. The process is known as grinding: Now, an underground movement has taken up that expression, calling themselves grinders, and they’re trying …

Nicole Kidman

The best (and worst) ways to spot a liar

Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to identify the deceitful.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>-<p>Thomas Ormerod’s team of security officers faced a seemingly impossible task. At airports across …

Bill Clinton

Here's Proof That Most Teleporters Have a Very Limited Imagination

Tom Scott, of the incredibly useful “Things You Might Not Know” has a bone to pick with teleporters. As Scott points out, there are so many things …

Proof That Daniel Was The Real Bully In The Karate Kid

So apparently the 1984 classic <i>The Karate Kid</i> is not about Daniel LaRusso, the new kid in the neighborhood, becoming the target of “Cobra Kai” member …

Cobra Kai

TV Networks look at more product placement to counteract ad skipping

Television networks are having trouble keeping viewers’ eyes on commercials in the age of streaming TV and DVRs. So it’s no surprise that several of …

Are We Going to Get a Whole New Theory of Gravity?

Have you ever heard of Le Sage gravity? It’s an attempt to come up with a mechanical explanation for why massive objects move towards each other. …

Addicted to the Lottery: Why People Buy False Hope and Lottery Tickets

People don't play the lottery because they expect to get rich. They play the lottery because it's fun to indulge in the fantasy that, one day, their lives could suddenly get easier.<p>Harry Lewis scratches his lottery tickets with baby strokes, always using his lucky penny. He likes to go slowly: …

'Metallic glass' stronger than titanium could be used to build next-generation spacecraft

A breakthrough discovery made by a Chinese-led international research team has raised hope for the development of a super-light, incredibly strong …

'80s game designers had to cheat their way to color graphics

We take powerful computer graphics for granted nowadays, to the point where we complain when 4K games won't play at 60fps. But YouTube's iBookGuy showed how tough designers had it back in the 80s just to make color graphics work, period, on 16K machines of the day. They had to use a variety of …

It's Dangerous To Go It Alone In Hang 'Em Hyrule

What happens when you mash up <i>The Legend of Zelda</i> with Clint Eastwood? You get <i>Hang Em Hyrule</i>, a short fan film of a standoff between Zelda, Link and …

How dangerous is public Wi-Fi? We ask an expert

How often have you been stuck in an airport, or on a train, and decided to take advantage of the public Wi-Fi network? Do you choose restaurants or …

WalkCar, the personal transporter that’s small enough to fit in a bag

If the sight of an incline causes you to break into a cold sweat whenever you’re out strolling the streets, then a four-wheeled contraption called …

How the Supreme Court Made It Legal for Cops to Pull You Over for Pretty Much Anything

From having an air freshener on your rearview mirror to driving through a yellow light, it's terrifyingly easy to get convicted for a crime after being pulled over for something that is actually not illegal.<p><i>This story was co-published with the Marshall Project.</i><p>Legal principles can be complicated, …

15 Minute Video Highlights Differences Between X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Comic and Film

Watch Sonya Belousova play Mario Bros. themes on a Nintendo piano

Classical pianists may no longer be the rockstars of the musical scene in the same way they were in centuries past, but they can still put on a …

CERN develops miniature linear accelerator for medical use

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN is where the miraculous meets the impractical. In addition to probing the secrets of the Universe at the …

Physics

7 Things You Need To Know before You Get a Tattoo

You’ve picked out the ideal dermal real estate. But there are some other important factors you need to consider before you get a tattoo<p>You expect a bit of pain while getting a tattoo. But there may be some other unexpected consequences from the ink. A study in the journal <i>Contact Dermatitis</i> found …

Skin Care

The Way Boa Constrictors Kill Is Even Creepier Than We Thought

Death by suffocation is nightmarish enough, but boa constrictors do something even more sinister: They cut off your blood supply.<p>That’s the …

Researchers create super-fast Tor-style anonymity network

The price of making sure that the feds aren't reading your emails is download speeds that can be measured in weeks rather than seconds. A group of academics are hoping to change that, however, by taking the basic idea of the Tor anonymity network and slapping on more than a few go-faster-stripe …