space
Being a Celebrity Astronaut is Tougher Than it Sounds

For a brief period in the American saga, the astronaut was the man of the moment. No profession commanded as much awe and admiration. Widely regarded as the personification of all that was best in the country, the first astronauts were blanketed with the adulation usually accorded star quarterbacks, war heroes, and charismatic movie stars. Yet this was never part of NASA's agenda. Read More >>

design
Why Roller Coaster Loops are Never Circular

Many extreme roller coaster these days have vertical loops. Have you noticed that these loops are never circular? Why is this? Read More >>

design
The Untold History of Ugliness

We've all had that moment while perusing a flea market or junk store when you stumble across an item and have to yelp, "Good lord, that is ugly!" So ugly, in fact, you have to marvel that it even got made in the first place. Read More >>

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Watch a Japanese Pianist Battle a Holographic Version of Himself

Not since Donald Duck faced off against Daffy Duck in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? has there been such an epic piano battle as Japanese pianist Yoshiki squaring off against a holographic version of himself. Read More >>

security
Every Single Gmail Message You Send Will Now be Encrypted

Good news, security lovers! Google just announced that Gmail will be all encrypted all the time. More specifically, every single email you send or receive will use an encrypted HTTPS connection, regardless of which device you're using and which network. Even public Wi-Fi is okay. Read More >>

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A Tour of The Royal Tenenbaums, Wes Anderson's Only Film Shot in NYC

Throughout his career, Wes Anderson has set each of his films in an idiosyncratic and highly stylised world. Yet, only one of his eight films is set in NYC: The Royal Tenenbaums, widely considered his masterpiece. In celebration of Wes Anderson's latest film The Grand Budapest Hotel, we present eight NYC film locations featured in The Royal Tenenbaums. Read More >>

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The Uni Student Who Built a Secret Tunnel Underneath the Berlin Wall

At its peak, the Berlin Wall was 100 miles long. Today only about a mile is left standing. Compared with other famous walls in history, this wall had a pretty short life span. Read More >>

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Google's Docs and Hangouts are Down for Some Users

Looks like people have been running into some problems using some Google services, including Hangouts and Docs. We're looking into the issue, but until then, how's it all looking on your end? Read More >>

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Bored Cats Find Sense of Purpose in Personalised Cat Playgrounds

High-end, customisable architecture and design has been on the rise for several years, but it's starting to grow stale. The new trend lies in foregoing personal comfort altogether and extending that luxury to your cat. Read More >>

energy
A Quick Guide to Sounding Smart When You Talk About Energy

In 2014, we're constantly hearing words like clean energy, solar power, fossil fuels, carbon emissions, the price of oil, and fracking. And if you're like me, you know what some of those words mean but you're hazy on others. Read More >>

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Distract Yourself From Fake Summer With the Most Amazing Pools on Earth

As spring rears its head and tricks us into thinking summer has come early, we've taken to meditating on incredible pools to try and be prepared for when the real thing comes along. Below, find some of the most luxurious, elegant, and downright outlandish designs around. Read More >>

internet
The US Navy's New Underwater Internet

You use Wi-Fi everyday, but have you heard of its cousin, Li-Fi? Devices that use blinking lights to transmit data could provide the wireless Internet of the future. Read More >>

movies
Here are the Real-World Places Behind Hollywood's Sci-Fi Dystopias

If you ever find yourself touring around California, you could be forgiven for thinking that you're actually a minor role in a film, since the state has been turned into a backdrop for countless science fiction films presenting futures both terrible and wondrous. It's not just that so many are filmed here—writers and filmmakers have been exploring the future through California sets for decades. Read More >>

science
Peeing in the Pool is Gross and May Actually Be Bad For You

Peeing in swimming pools may be hazardous to your health. That's the message from scientists who have found that compounds in urine mix with chlorine to form chemicals that have been linked to respiratory effects in swimmers. Read More >>

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38 Architectural Renderings That Look Incredibly Real

Architecture is the art and science of designing buildings—solid, tangible structures. These images, however, depict views of spaces that have only ever existed in silico—and they're breathtaking. Read More >>

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The Science of Female Condoms: The Future of Sex?

Once derided as being like a plastic bag with the erotic appeal of a jellyfish, the female condom is being reinvented as the next big thing in safe sex. Emily Anthes investigates.
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