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A CalTech scientist and her team just announced the development of one of the strongest and lightest materials ever created. It's light enough to float like a feather, and so uniquely strong, it can be crushed and completely recover its shape. And—get this—it's made of ceramic.Read more...

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Though it played out on the international stage, the arms race between the United States and the USSR took place mainly in rural, isolated parts of the world. The Americans tested their nuclear bombs on a desolate patch of Nevada. The Russians chose a barren polygon-shaped patch of what is now Kazakhstan.Read more...

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America is undergoing a fossil fuel renaissance thanks to a resurgent natural gas industry. But with many new wells being built far from existing oil pipelines, crews often vent excess gas. One such field in North Dakota is putting that gas to work running the company's fleet of field equipment. Read more...

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Even if the water's too cold to take a dip, there's still lots to do on a beach besides soaking up the sun. With this cube stamp you can even resort to playing board games without the risk of losing anything in the sand, because this chess board and its pieces are all temporary.Read more...

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Barges and other huge and slow watercraft are common yet mysterious objects . What are they carrying? Who dwells on on their decks? In his photo series, titled "Floating Aspect", Hungarian photographer and freelance photojournalist Gyula Sopronyi answers these questions in an elegant way, showing us abstract and intriguing micro worlds. You can stare down from his woozy vantage points set up on bridges above the Danube river. In his own words:Read more...

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Off the coast of Southern California, there's an underwater city. A thicket of almost 30 enormous steel oil rigs, each as large as a skyscraper, bolted to the floor of the ocean. Most of them are elderly, aging giants—and soon, the state will need to make a decision about whether to rip them up or let them stand. Either option comes with huge risks. Read more...

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Here's a great social media trend: Grandmas on Facebook are accidentally tagging themselves as Grandmaster Flash. Apparently Nana didn't get the message. Read more...

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Peak Design's Slide is a camera strap that tries to rise above the glut of cheap, frustrating tethers that come bundled with your camera. How does it do that? It uses a combination of seductive materials, quick adjustments, and a unique connection system called Anchor Links that lets you quickly switch between multiple cameras. Read more...

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I sit at a Mac all day with my headphones on. If you do too, there's a good chance you know the annoyance that ensues when you accidentally hit the play button on your headphones: iTunes launches and plays the first song in your library. In my case, it's "Fernando" by ABBA. What song plays for you?Read more...

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Parents have been firing carrots into their kids' mouths for 70-plus years on the concept that "they give you better vision!" Truth is, while carrots are super-healthy, they won't do a thing to bring you back to 20/20. It's a myth, invented in WWII England to confuse the Nazis . Read more...

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Those guns... would rip right off those armatures. Weapons, especially heavy weapons, cause a lot of recoil. I mean a lot of recoil. For comparison, I am going to consider the machine gun farthest back to be comparable to the US military's 240-G.Read more...

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What's a rousing game of Dungeons & Dragons without a healthy supply of snacks at the ready? But since no one wants to venture into a dungeon full of mythical beasts with daintily decorated pastries, what you need are edible d20 dice made with this silicone moldl fromThinkGeek. It lets you use your favorite instant cake batter, melted chocolate, or even Jello, to literally taste victory.Read more...

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Not to be outdone by New York City's beloved High Line (the final, most unwieldy phase of which opens this fall), Washington DC is planning its own elevated park , which will sail over the Anacostia River on a former freeway bridge. Four visions for the park have been released as part of a competition. And they're all very exciting for the city.Read more...

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As they make their way up and down the field chasing the ball, the players on this new soccer pitch in Rio de Janeiro are actually helping to keep the lights powered when the sun sets. Because underneath the artificial turf are 200 special tiles that work like tiny generators to harness the kinetic energy of the players and turn it into electricity.Read more...

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What's the sound of one atom moving? That might sound a bit like a silly philosophical question, but actually it's a scientific puzzle that's now been solved.Read more...

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Bloomberg is reporting that HTC is planning to take a small break from churning out phones and create something different instead: a GoPro-challenging action camera.Read more...

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Old proverb: a headphone in the pocket is a rat's nest in the hand. [Truth Facts]Read more...

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Hey, all you HBO Go moochers , there is still hope of getting a standalone HBO Go subscription at a totally-not-a-rip-off price without paying for cable TV first. HBO is now "seriously considering" the possibility of making that happen. Read more...

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A team of researchers from Princeton University has started doing some very strange things with light. Instead of letting it zip by at incredibly high speed, they're stopping it dead: freezing it into crystal.Read more...

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OK people, stop doing whatever the hell you're doing. Stop working, stop eating, stop loving or hating. Stop. Stop and watch these perfect OMFGAFASDGASDGHJDFG photos of puppies swimming underwater by Seth Casteel. Because nothing else matters, really. Nothing. Nothing buy puppies.Read more...

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This majestic mess of curves and swirls isn't modern art, but Lake Gairdner National Park in Australia. Hot and dry in the summer but a flooded salt lake in the wet, it's perhaps most majestic when seen from this angle. [ESA]Read more...

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If you watched the movie, you have seen Daniel Simon's amazing work for Tron Legacy on the big screen. I did too, but I don't get tired of seeing his original concept art and admire his flawless work. A sleek vision of an alternative world that still makes me dream of a far-away future.Read more...

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We shall spend the rest of our days in shiny handcuffs. Thanks, technology. [XKCD]Read more...

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Things don't always run smoothly for Virgin Galactic , though it is increasingly making progress . Now,those eager to make it into space on a plane may have more of a wait than they'd like though—because the company has had to push back its maiden voyage.Read more...

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The jury is still out on whether the Internet of Things will make our lives any easier. If and when it does, a lot of it might be powered these tiny, ant-sized radios. Read more...

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