July 17, 2018

8 body parts that might seem useless but actually have interesting functions

By Michelle Starr,Science Alert From Business Insider There’s very little in our anatomy that has — or had — no purpose whatsoever. While there are a few things that might seem useless now, they exist because our ancestors once needed these features. The appendix isn’t completely useless — recent research shows it might help harbor […]

Incredibly rude nearby star system is firing particles at Earth like a ‘cosmic ray gun’

By Mike Wehner From BGR Our Sun is obviously the most intense place in our Solar System, but it’s actually pretty chill when compared to many other systems. Eta Carinae, for example, is a binary star system that sits around 7,500 light years from Earth, and it’s so incredibly extreme that when it fires cosmic […]

Chill California bear enjoys margarita and nice relaxing soak in hot tub

BY NICOLE GALLUCCI From Mashable It doesn’t matter if you’re a human or a bear — summer is the time to kick back, relax, hop in a hot tub, and enjoy and nice cold margarita. Mark Hough, a Altadena, California, resident, recently learned this universal truth when he saw a chill bear climb over his […]

There’s a strange forest in Poland that’s filled with crooked trees — and no one can explain how it got that way

From Business Insider Deep in the woods of the West Pomerania region of Poland, an entire section of trees bends at sharp angles near their bases, forming an odd and entrancing phenomenon known as “The Crooked Forest.” Why do the trees bend like this? No one is quite sure. Some have theorized that harsh weather […]

The stuff that launched at CES 2017 but never came out

By Kris Naudus, from engadget Not everything we saw at the show made it to your local Best Buy. CES is the busiest time of year for Engadget, with our team spending a week on the ground in Las Vegas looking for the latest and greatest products from companies of all sizes and persuasions. Last […]

Researchers improve spinach-based solar cells by adding blackberry dye

By David Lumb From engadget The ol’ farmyard tinkering strikes again. Biohybrid solar cells aren’t nearly as efficient as standard silicon panels, but including natural materials in renewable energy could make it more cost-effective. Scientists have refined one design based on the proteins in spinach leaves by adding natural dye extracted from blackberries, a combination […]

iMore Game of the week: Death coming

By LUKE FILIPOWICZ From iMore Although the iOS version of Fortnite Battle Royale dominated the mobile gaming headlines this week, the first wave of invites have yet to be released, which means there are other games to be played! Death Coming is a wacky, morbid puzzle game that forces you to imagine all the ways […]

Mysterious new ocean ‘twilight zone’ full of previously unknown fish identified by scientists

By Josh Gabbatiss Science Correspondent from Independent UK Researchers say deep ‘rariphotic zone’ around coral reefs could provide a vital refuge for many fish species as shallower regions are threatened by climate change Exploration of the “twilight zone” found in deeper regions surrounding Caribbean coral reefs has revealed numerous fish species previously unknown to science. […]

Wild boars taking over Japanese towns as humans grow old and move out

From WN Rapidly shrinking towns and cities across Japan are experiencing a population explosion, not in humans, but in wild boars, The Washington Post reports. Across the country, wild boars are moving in as Japan’s rapidly aging population either moves out or dies out. The boars come for the untended rice paddies and stay for […]

Beyond The Frame | The Shinto Bride

Meiji Shrine | X-Pro2 From The Travel Photographer t’s a real shame that the traditional Shinto wedding ceremonies in Japan have dropped in popularity in the recent years, and that these only represent 20% of all weddings in the country, dropping from 70%. The drop may have to do with Japan’s modernization, but it may also […]