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11 Neighborhoods To Check Out In Tokyo, For The First-Time Traveler

Tokyo is an intoxicating blend of tradition and progressiveness, modesty and fetishism, stoicism and animation. Youth dressed in cosplay mix with …

CRISPR is on the cusp of eradicating a host of diseases

Using CRISPR<p>The CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing tool has had a busy year. It recently removed genetic disorders from human embryos, targeted the “command …

Genetics

Tokyo Is Preparing for Floods ‘Beyond Anything We’ve Seen’

KASUKABE, Japan — The cavernous underground cisterns here north of Tokyo could hold the Statue of Liberty, a scale that underscores the site’s immense task: protecting the world’s most populous metropolis from flooding.<p>Linked by tunnels that divert water away from the region’s most vulnerable …

Indonesian army destroys much-mocked tiger statue

<b>The Indonesian army has demolished a tiger statue in front of a base in West Java after it became a laughing stock online.</b><p>The grinning tiger in a small village in Garut was supposed to be a mascot for the Siliwangi Military Command.<p>But internet users found it hilarious because it was so different …

Viral

The Idiot tells an exceedingly charming story about idiots in college

There’s something magical about the way you meet people in college. Questions, uncomfortably intimate and undeniably intrusive, are asked …

CRISPR Is Rapidly Ushering in a New Era in Science

A Battle Is Waged<p>A battle over CRISPR is raging through the halls of justice. Almost literally. Two of the key players in the development of the …

Artist warps landscapes into Inception-style images

Turkish artist Aydın Büyüktaş recently visited the United States, which inspired him to create the Flatland series of digitally-warped …

The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard Is Coming

Exclusive: Check out the cover of the upcoming in-world memoir about the Star Trek: The Next Generation legend.<p>He defeated the Borg and saved …

Science Fiction

A Futuristic Peek Into Architecture Through the World of Sci-Fi

The fourth annual Fairy Tales competition showcased epic sci-fi megastructures that we wish we could live in<p>The Fairy Tales competition challenges participants to imagine architecture as a storytelling medium, and the 2017 winners have impressive tales to tell. Created by Blank Space with the …

Get lost in this wonderful collection of fantasy maps

Every fantasy world needs a good map<p>We love fantastic maps, and recently, we recently came across an artist named Arlin Ortiz. He has been working on a project called Any Which Way: An Adventurer’s Atlas, a collection of wonderful fantasy maps.<p>These maps are distinctive, brightly colored works of …

Data Visualization

Leaked video shows new ‘nightmare-inducing’ wheeled robot from Boston Dynamics

Boston Dynamics is best known for its bipedal and quadrupedal robots, but it turns out the company has also been experimenting with some radical new tech: the wheel.<p>The company’s new wheeled, upright robot is named Handle (“because it’s supposed to handle objects”) and looks like a cross between a …

Publisher printing more copies of George Orwell's '1984' after spike in demand

The book publisher Penguin is printing more copies of George Orwell's dystopian classic "1984" in response to a sudden surge of demand.<p>On Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning the book was #1 on Amazon's computer-generated list of best-selling books. The list reflects hourly book sales.<p>The …

Books

The Story Behind Dylan Thomas’s “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” and the Poet’s Own Stirring Reading of His Masterpiece

“Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”<p><i>“Poetry can break open locked chambers of possibility, restore numbed zones to feeling, recharge desire,”</i> Adrienne Rich wrote in contemplating what poetry does. <i>“Insofar as poetry has a social function it is to awaken sleepers by other means than shock,”</i> …

Literature

Why Space Fanatics Are Freaking Out About SpaceX's Next Launch

Following a successful Falcon 9 launch-and-barge-landing in California this month, SpaceX is now looking to get back in the swing of regular flight. …

Thierry Bornier’s Breathtaking Photos of China Will Stun You into Silence

Former fashion CEO Thierry Bornier quit his job and moved to Yunnan, China. The rest is magic.<p>Thierry Bornier is a French landscape photographer living in Yunnan, China. His photographs have been published by National Geographic and he has won numerous awards for his breathtaking aerials. But …

Art

Scientists Have Identified a Weirdly Common Form of Synaesthesia

1 in 5 might be able to 'hear' flashes of light.<p>Roughly 4.4 percent of the global adult population experiences a rare condition called synaesthesia, …

China opens unique free electron laser facility

China is joining the elite club of countries that have equipped researchers with the potent sources of high-energy photons called free electron …

Scientists discovered an absurdly easy way to seem convincing

Over the holidays it's best to avoid any arguments, whenever possible. But if you can't, you may want to bring some scientific ammunition for your side of the discussion.<p>It turns out that if you want to convince someone that your explanation for something is the best way to explain it, you might …

Psychology

17 Google products you've never heard of

Most of us have heard of Google's well-publicized moonshots: Self-driving cars, smart contact lenses, internet-beaming balloons, and more.<p>While those products and services sound amazing, most of us can't use them just yet. But the company actually has a bunch of other ones that are incredibly …

Apps

A History of Philosophy in 81 Video Lectures: From Ancient Greece to Modern Times

Above, you can watch 81 video lectures tracing the history of philosophy, moving from Ancient Greece to modern times. Arthur Holmes presented this …

Ancient Greece

Ten of 2016's most notable African science fiction and fantasy stories

James Mazi writes, "Wole Talabi, a Nigerian SF writer and editor who lives in Malaysia, has rounded up his ten favorite African science fiction and …

Could Another ‘70s Sci-Fi Classic Be The Next ‘Westworld’?

As you’ve probably noticed, HBO’s <i>Westworld</i> is a hit. It’s led viewers to suggest theory after theory about what’s going on while engaging with the philosophical themes that undergird the series. What makes us human? Why do sex and violence dominate our escapist fantasies? Would Radiohead songs …

Science Fiction

Traveling Alone Does Not Make You Sad Or Lonely

Why do we cling to outdated stereotypes when it comes to the solo female traveler?<p>On a recent trip to northern Italy, I was sitting at dinner with a few girlfriends. The restaurant was mostly filled with tables for two (honeymooners, babymooners, newlyweds, you get the picture), but a few tables to …

Travel

Check! Star Trek tridimensional chess set makes a logical gift

One board is way too easy. Play like Kirk and Spock and unfold your game across seven boards, four of which are movable.<p>The "Star Trek" version of future chess is as elegant as the curves of the Enterprise. You may remember the multi-leveled game from this episode, the show's second-ever, where …

Images: A Fantastic Collection Of Stunning Sci-Fi And Fantasy Based Heavy Metal Comic Book Covers From The Early 1980’s

This is simply a fantastic feast of <i>Heavy Metal</i> comic book cover eye candy.<p><i>Heavy Metal</i> was a landmark adult comic book that featured some of the …

The Science Fiction That Makes Me Hopeful

When we think about the future these days, it can often look bleak. That’s true of both reality and in fiction, since we tend to create futures that …

21 world wonders that you're not supposed to visit

Arthur Conan Doyle

Laughter goes wild in Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

For fox sake<p>When you gotta go<p>Breaking the ice<p>From A to Zebra<p>Who you calling four-eyes?<p>I find this ribbeting<p>Bear with me while I wing it<p>Time to tango?<p>Are you lion to me?<p>Selfie time<p>Two-headed rhino<p>A-maizing appetite<p>Sticking its neck out for a pal<p>Where ya heading?<p>Well, poop<p>Snow laughing matter<p>Stilt …