Watch the Surprisingly Creepy Process of Making Blood Red Paper

You've got your remote cabins in the woods; your freaky laboratories; your Saw-like cellars; but the best setting for a horror movie just might be a 130-year-old paper manufacturing plant in London. This short vid shows a shadowed, moody take on how G. F. Smith produces sheets in a single hue in its Colorplan line.… » 7/29/14 1:41pm 9 minutes ago

A Robovac That Watches the Ceiling To Keep Track of Where It's Cleaned

In the robot world, vacuums don't rank very high on the intelligence scale. They're usually programmed to aimlessly wander around and clean until they run out of power, and hopefully by that point they've randomly hit every inch of your floors. With the Scout RX1, Miele takes a better approach by using a camera… » 7/29/14 1:17pm 33 minutes ago

Deals: Tiny-but-Powerful Speaker, LG G3, Gaming Gear, Hunger Games

The Ultimate Ears MINI BOOM offers shockingly robust sound in a tiny, tastefully-designed package. This model took home the Wirecutter's pick for best portable speaker, and Amazon is currently selling it for the lowest price they've ever offered. [Ultimate Ears Mini Boom, $79] » 7/29/14 1:15pm 34 minutes ago

These Incredible Clocks Were Built By a Single Designer Over 35 Years

In the 1980s, as giant technology companies competed to create electronics that arrived in the most compact, grey boxes possible, a young designer named Daniel Weil was doing the exact opposite: Eviscerating the electronic guts of gadgets, from radios to clocks, exposing them to the consumer the most elegant way… » 7/29/14 12:50pm Today 12:50pm

Why Russia Was Studying Space Lizard Sex In the First Place

For a brief moment, the internet was captivated by the thought of geckos copulating madly in a lost Russian satellite. Russia has since regained control of its lizard-sex orbiter, but the whole episode has gifted us an opportunity to consider a topic of extremely legitimate scientific interest. Namely, lizard sex in… » 7/29/14 12:27pm Today 12:27pm

How the "10 Percent of Our Brains" Myth Started (And Why It's Wrong)

Morgan Freeman can make anything sound legit no matter scientifically implausible. In Lucy for example, which premiered last Friday, his character cites the "fact" that humans only use about 10 percent of our brain's resources. This is very, very wrong! But why does it keep getting tossed around? And how much of our… » 7/29/14 12:00pm Today 12:00pm

Banish Bruised Fruit By Floating It In This Webbed Elastic Bowl

Until scientists deliver zero-gravity fruit bowls, this clever creation from Scaleno is going to have to be our next best thing for keeping fruit from getting bruised. The Wassily bowl uses a web of stretchy silicone elastics to suspend fruit so it doesn't get all banged up every time you search for a snack. » 7/29/14 11:53am Today 11:53am

China's Building the World's Biggest Sea Plane

Just because the Spruce Goose never took off doesn't mean that aquatic planes in general are wholly useless; these aquatic turbo-props are still used for a variety of humanitarian efforts throughout the world. Now, China has announced that it's currently developing the world's biggest functional sea plane. But will it… » 7/29/14 11:40am Today 11:40am

The First Man-Made Biological Leaf Turns Light and Water Into Oxygen

If humanity hopes to realize its dreams of exploring the stars, we're going to need to find ways to recreate life on Earth aboard a spaceship. Simply stockpiling enough vital supplies isn't going to cut it, which is what led Julian Melchiorri, a student at the Royal College of Art, to create an artificial biological… » 7/29/14 10:44am Today 10:44am

Use Your Smartphone To Improve Your Sleep

Stories of how technology is bad for our health are par for the course, but smartphones—and the apps on them—can be used to make significantly positive changes as well. One of the areas where you'll find a cornucopia of brilliant apps is in the field of sleep. Here's a small selection of apps that might help you… » 7/29/14 10:36am Today 10:36am

Spotify Just Added a Surprisingly Exciting Equalizer to Its iOS App

Remember equalizers? You know, the little dials that used to keep your tiny boombox speakers from tweaking out at high volume but have sort of disappeared in the world of digital music. Well, they're making a comeback in the latest update to Spotify's iOS app, and I'm unduly excited about it. » 7/29/14 10:15am Today 10:15am

5 Bikes Designed To Survive the Big Cities of the Future

The Bike Design Project is a huge effort to push urban cycling into the future: Five teams across five cities designed what they believe to be the best urban bike for their respective home towns. So what does a bike designed specifically for San Francisco, Seattle, New York, and other major American cities look… » 7/29/14 10:00am Today 10:00am

Your Giant American Refrigerator Is Making You Fat And Poor

There is a fair chance that if you're reading this post, your fridge—the most-used and largest appliance in your house—is screwing you. The refrigerator is as potent a symbol of American consumerist culture as you're likely to find, which is to say, it only makes sense if you don't really look at it very hard. It is,… » 7/29/14 9:47am Today 9:47am

Facebook Makes All Users Switch to the Standalone Messaging App

Over the next few days, if you go to send a message through Facebook's smartphone app, you'll see the alert shown above. Starting this week, Facebook is fully unbundling its messaging service, as part of its move to become a network of related apps. » 7/29/14 9:28am Today 9:28am

Meet Three Modern Explorers Who Completely Dodged the 9-to-5

Explorers in the old days wore odd hats and did things for their countries, like discover new lands and sea routes. But nowadays, innovative chefs and daring filmmakers are just as likely to explore and make new discoveries in their fields. National Geographic's Expedition Granted competition seeks to fund one budding… » 7/28/14 12:00pm Yesterday 12:00pm

Learn to Code with 90% off the Pure Python Hacker Bundle

When you first start coding, the biggest question is which language to learn. A language like Python provides an easy, beginner friendly start — and this bundle of 7 courses (and over 50 hours of content) offers a complete education in everything from apps, to websites, APIs, and more. » 7/21/14 12:39pm 7/21/14 12:39pm