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Holy Cow, Another Crazy Meteorite Caught on Russian Dashcam

Last night, yet another eye-searing blue meteor screamed across the dark Russian sky. Lucky for us, Russia is the land of dashcams, meaning that yet again, we get a driver's seat view of the phenomenon. How do you say "wow" in Russian?* Read More >>

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These Cool Architectural Pics Were Blacked Out With a Permanent Marker

White on black is a no-no in many design circles, but there are definitely exceptions to the unofficial rule—like these cool prints from Marlon de Azambuja. The Madrid-based architect took an inky permanent marker to full-colour photos, eliminating everything except for the thinnest structural silhouettes. Read More >>

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Look at These Beautiful Little Corals Grown Like Ice Lollies in a Lab

Coral sex is a wonder to behold. On a summer night, always around a full moon, corals somehow all know to release billions of sperm and eggs into the sea, turning the water into a pink miasma of sex. This spawning relies on precise environmental cues, which could get scrambled in climate change. That's why researchers are trying to get them to spawn in the lab. Read More >>

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The California Drought's So Bad, They're Drinking Toilet Water

At this point, we all know that California's superdrought is bad—really bad. We don't yet know how Californians are going to cope with the consequences. According to a recent billion dollar (£590 million) allocation of taxpayer money for water recycling programs, drinking toilet water is one way. Read More >>

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Lost in a Maze of Abandoned Stations Beneath the Streets of Barcelona

The always interesting urban exploration crew at Trackrunners have assembled all of their various trips down beneath the streets of Barcelona into one long super-post, an epic catalogue of all things lost and subterranean in that Spanish coastal city. Read More >>

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Scientists Figured Out a Way to Help Power Homes with Toilet Flushes

A team of researchers in South Korea have a pretty exciting new idea for hydroelectricity. They figured out a way to turn the mechanical energy from flowing water into a sustainable energy source. In other words, your toilet flushes could help power your home. Read More >>

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Why Vinyl is the Only Worthwhile Way to Own Music

On any given Tuesday in the 90s, I would hustle to the record shop after school to gawk at the new releases. Occasionally, I would take a CD home, greedily tear it open, pop it into my boombox, and listen while I pretended to do my homework. This wonderful experience has no value any more. It's obsolete. Read More >>

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Northrop's Flying Ram Would Have Sliced Enemy Planes in Midair

War drives technological innovation like little else. No proposal is too ambitious, impractical, or downright foolhardy for consideration if it provides a strategic advantage. This school of thinking has led to atomic bombs, autonomous vehicles, and, in 1945, a short-lived fighter prototype that could cut through enemy aircraft in midair. Read More >>

architecture
The Beautiful Radio Station Broadcasting From Nepal's "Hidden Kingdom"

Mustang is one of the most remote parts of Nepal: Nestled on the border of Tibet, it was one of the last parts of the country to encounter Westerners. It's been described as a "hidden kingdom" that's been "virtually unchanged since the 15th century," but modern technology—like radio—is coming. Read More >>

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Scientists Have Cloned Embryos From Adult Cells for the First Time Ever

Ever since Dolly the sheep was cloned eighteen years ago, scientists have been trying and failing to use that same technique to create cloned human embryos from adult cells. Now, they've finally succeeded, in what could a major step toward personalised organ transplants and other therapies that rely on a pool of stem cells. Read More >>

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Pathé's 85,000-Video Archive is Now on YouTube

Pathé News was perhaps the most well-regarded news agency of the 1900s—and now, its entire 85,000-video newsreel archive is available to watch free on YouTube. Read More >>

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Pull This Cute Portable Radiator Around the Room Like a Warm-Bodied Pet

Okay, so it's not quite the right season, but I've fallen in love with this adorable Kangeri "nomadic radiator." Guide the little guy around the room and let him gently warm up your personal space, kind of like the puppy you can't have because your apartment building won't allow pets. Read More >>

architecture
Sunshades Bloom to Protect These Towers From the Brutal Desert Sun

When the sun comes up, the flowers come out. Inspired by the design of Arabic windows known as mashrabiya, these 45-foot wide, flower-shaped sunshades "blossom" in minutes to cover the facades of these twin towers designed for two (anonymous!) Middle Eastern media companies. Read More >>

gadgets
Report: Nike is Giving Up on the FuelBand

Nike has fired the majority of the team responsible for its Fuelband according to a report from CNET, which also claims that the company is jettisoning wearable hardware for good. Based on emails from a source, roughly 55 employees were let go from Nike's Nike's Digital Sport hardware team—which covers industrial design and engineering for wearables. Read More >>

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Seven Ingenious Trains That Slide Up the Slopes So You Don't Have To

Walk? Like up that giant hill? Yeah, no. This ain't the 15th century, we have funiculars for that now. In fact, here are seven of the swankiest ground-based gondolas to ever put the "fun" in "climbing steep-ass inclines without breaking a sweat". Read More >>

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John Lewis Celebrates its 150 Year Anniversary With Technology Icons Anniversary Range

John Lewis, that slightly-posh staple of the British high street, celebrates 150 years in business this year. To mark the occasion, it's readying the release of an exclusive "Technology Icons" range, pulling together both cutting-edge tech from the likes of Dyson with home appliance staples like the Henry vacuum cleaner. Read More >>

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