Zach Long

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Live forever: Scientists say they’ll extend life ‘well beyond 120’

Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters<p>American biologist and technologist Craig Venter whose company Human Longevity Inc plans to create a database of a million human genome sequences by …

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Dynamic Portraits of Acrobatic Dancer and Bursts of Powder Frozen in Time

Brussels-based photographer Jeffrey Vanhoutte freezes extraordinary instants in time in these expressive shots of an acrobatic dancer leaping and twirling amid dynamic clouds of powder. The Belgian photographer captured these spontaneous shots for the creative agency Norvell Jefferson in order to …

Photography

Owls Perfectly Camouflaged Within Trees by Graham McGeorge

If it weren't for their eyes, it would be nearly impossible to see these owls! Photographer Graham McGeorge has taken these incredible photos of eastern screech owls in Georgia's Okefenokee Swamp sitting in holes of trees. Masters of disguise, these owls roost mainly in natural cavities or in ones …

Scientists Discover That Drunk Birds Sing Like Drunks

If you've ever listened to karaoke at a bar, you know that drinking can affect how well someone can sing. Christopher Olson and his colleagues at Oregon Health and Science University recently set out to find if the same was true for birds, specifically zebra finches.<p>"We just showed up in the …

Why Didn't Toxic Waste Cause a Cancer Epidemic, Like We Expected in the 1970s?

There are hundreds of hazardous waste sites in the U.S.—but only three have been linked to excess cancers.<p>Like so many people who fear their health has been damaged by living near a hazardous waste site, the veterans of Camp Lejeune, a polluted Marine Corps base in Jacksonville, North Carolina, …

Did the Big Bang create a parallel universe where time goes backwards?

Radical new research suggests that at the same time the Big Bang created our universe, another where time goes in the opposite direction was also born<p>A scientific breakthrough could redefine how the universe is understood.<p>Radical new research led by a British scientist has suggested that there may …

Decoding Vincent Van Gogh’s Tempestuous, Fragile Mind

Most people are familiar with his many famous paintings. But the real Van Gogh, the manic genius, the tortured artist, is best understood in his …

How NASA Will Send Humans To Mars

NASA scientists are tackling a big challenge: building capsules that will take humanity to Mars.<p>It’s official: NASA’s Orion project, which will send humans to Mars, is a success. A test flight on Friday morning was successful; NASA’s command center called it “the most perfect flight you could ever …

Space Exploration

20 Stunning Autumn Photos That Celebrate the Color Changing Season

It's fall! Time to see the leaves change colors. Who wants to jump in a pile of crinkly leaves and hear them crunch? Better yet, why not check out these glorious photos that will make you want to celebrate the season. Today we've compiled 20 autumn images that remind you of what a colorful time it …

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Live Ants Create "Sculpture" Tunnels in New Plexiglass Art

In this “live” new piece of art by artist Brad Troemel, worker ants take center stage as they're seen creating tunnels through multi-colored gel. The gel provides the ants with all of the necessary nutrients, so it's up to the ants to complete their daily tasks. This includes biting into the gel, …

This is the $150 computer I built with my daughter

The joy of the $150 computer for children is that no one has to be afraid of it.<p>The fact that you can touch every part of the computer and build the case by hand while connecting all the different components is a huge selling point. You can't really "play" with a traditional PC when you're fitting …

'Xbox Laptop' modder is back to offer the 'Playbook 4' for $1,395

Remember the "Xbook One," the portable console by hardware modder Ed Zarick? Well, thanks to popular demand, here's his encore, the "Playbook 4."<p>The Playbook is built on the same foundation as the Xbook, Zarick says. He designed and 3D printed its case (which comes in black and white.) It also uses …

Broccoli chemical may improve autism symptoms

Massachusetts General Hospital found that young adults and teens with autism reported fewer symptoms when taking sulforaphane, a chemical found in broccoli<p>A chemical found in broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage may improve some symptoms of autism, a new study has found.<p>Autistic teenagers and young …

How To Make An 'Invisibility Cloak' At Home For Under $100

All it takes is four lenses, an optics bench for holding the lenses in place, and an insatiable appetite for making things disappear.<p>The four lenses, when aligned just right, will bend light around the object you place between them, cloaking the object in the process. Watch this device, called the …

13 Things You Never Knew About Pop-Tarts

Believe it or not, Pop-Tarts turned 50 in September and our favorite toaster pastry is still selling -- and tasting! -- better than ever.<p>And with every great product, there's a great backstory. We did some digging into Pop-Tarts and found some interesting factoids. With some help from the folks at …

How the iPhone 6 literally pays for itself

On Tuesday, the church of Apple held its annual convention in San Francisco. Legions of the faithful, carefully vetted, were assembled in a darkened auditorium. The atmosphere was not quite as hysterical as it used to be when His Steveness was due to take the stage, but the frisson of excited …

The weekend in pictures

A selection of some of the best images from around the world, from the Scottish referendum to London fashion week

Superbugs meet their match in rapid genome sequencing

It was the first sign of trouble. Three babies on the special care ward at Rosie Hospital in Cambridge tested positive for the MRSA superbug. Fearing an outbreak of the dangerous organism, managers ordered a deep clean. Staff duly disinfected the ward and went back to work as normal. Four days …

Gynandromorphs: Dual-Sex Animals

South African 'maidens' perform annual reed dance - in pictures

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Tiny Arachnids Do Indeed Live On Your Face, Scientists Say

Talk about creepy! You may <i>think</i> your morning shower did its job, but odds are a bunch of microscopic mites are crawling on your face and living in your pores at this very moment.<p>In fact, new research suggests that a specific genus of these tiny parasitic creatures called Demodex are way more common …

The Science of Lightning

A view into some of the rarer types of lightning<p>When it comes to thunderheads, lightning is the great equalizer. Essentially a giant spark, lightning relieves the charge differentials that build up in storm systems. But it’s also one of the greatest mysteries in atmospheric science. Recently, …

40 Clever Life Hacks to Simplify your World

Back in January the Sifter posted <i>50 Life Hacks to Simplify your World</i>. The post went on the be one of the most shared articles in the history of the …

Micro fungi of Australia - in pictures

Photographer Stephen Axford forages for fungi in the forests of New South Wales in Australia. He doesn't harvest them, he captures their beauty on camera

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

'Battlefield: Hardline' May Worsen EA's Problems With The Series

At least initially, EA’s presentation of Battlefield: Hardline during their press conference was one of the cooler moments of E3. They had an elaborate (albeit scripted) multiplayer battle sequence where coordinated teams of cops and robbers tried to take each other out, and it seemed like it could …

Dr Strobe: the man who stopped time and electrified photography – in pictures

If you could stop time, here is what you might see: a bullet being shot through an apple, an egg being cracked into a fan, or a play-by-play of Pancho Gonzales's famous serve. MIT professor Harold Edgerton invented the strobe flash in the 1930s – and his stroboscopic photography captured amazing …

Breathtaking Photos of the Blue Forest in Belgium

If you love discovering extraordinary travel destinations off the beaten path, do we have a place for you. Though this may look like a scene straight out of a fairy-tale, this blue forest is, in fact, real. Just 30 minutes south of Brussels, in Belgium, is a forest called Hallerbos. During the …