To be a smokejumper — the front-line firefighters who parachute into forest fires — in the US, you've already got to be a little unhinged. To do the same job in Russia, with antique equipment, for no pay, you must be certifiably insane.
Ray Ozzie, former Chief Software Architect at Microsoft, has decided that voice communication — in other words, the venerable phone call — is broken, and he's going to fix it. With an app.
The pace of iPhone coverage has been a little relentless the last few weeks: first there was the announcement, then the reviews, then the laughing at idiots camping in lines for weeks. Now, the ultimate stress relief: watching Apple products get some .50-cal slow-motion loving.
Watch these metal filings mesmerizingly dance the night away as the music pumps in. The board, which is made by TechnoFrolics, uses iron dust in a choreographed magnetic field to react to noise. It looks like a field of waving dancing metal mini trees.
Fresh off its 3-D printing experiment with a measly 6 stores last year, UPS is now offering 3-D printing at 100 stores nationwide. If you've ever wanted your very own tiny thing made out of plastic, your hour is here.
I know this picture looks like the Moon is passing perfectly between the Earth and the Sun. And I know it seems like the people in the picture are trying to look at the eclipse. But this picture taken by Reddit user MDPPatrick is not of a solar eclipse. It's just a perfectly timed snap of a basketball shot.
Seeing a falcon hunt down a crow from the falcon's point of view in an aerial pursuit is not unlike seeing an airplane dogfight or a crazy aerial chase scene from an action movie. Only this is happening in nature all the time. And this particular crow has no chance against the falcons.
When you think Cirque du Soleil, you probably think teams of sequin-suited acrobats doing improbable things in time to music, not quadrotors. Well, that's where you're wrong. The Montreal-based circus's latest trick manages to take the mechanical, and make it wonderfully artistic.
As we all get excited about the new second part of Fight Club coming out in 2015,
Though I think Tony Stark would try to invent some sort of laser if he made his own saber and that Iron Man doesn't quite need a sword with all his weaponry, this beast of a sword made by Man At Arms: Reforged would still look pretty badass when used with Iron Man's suit.
In 1981 Freddie Mercury recorded "There Must Be More to Life Than This," which originally featured additional vocals from Michael Jackson. The song was eventually released without Jackson's voice, but thanks to the new compilation Queen Forever, you can finally hear Freddie and Michael together.
Legend says that cats have nine lives. Science says that's superstition based on uncanny reflexes and amazing flexibility. Whatever. Looking at this video of the fire of the Towers Hotel—a historic hotel in Dauphin, Manitoba—I'm saying nine damn lives and scientists can go poop in a litter box for all I care.
A team of scientists just strung a tone of the world's smallest diamonds into superstrong nanothreads. That makes for one impressive (and basically invisible) necklace, but the applications of these nanothreads don't end there. They could someday help string up an elevator to space—just like in science fiction.
This is Gary Dryfoos demonstrating one of the 2014 Ig Noble prizes: Use bacon "to stop uncontrollable, life-threatening nosebleeds." Seriously, it's a real research paper and it has already saved lives. Watch the ceremony to see the most ridiculous—but sometimes crucial and enlightening—scientific research of 2014.
Ever notice how all the faces are blurred in Google Street View photos? That happens thanks to a privacy-enabling robot
After graduating from Harvard, Grace Choi decided that she wanted to target the makeup industry with a low-cost device that would actually let consumers simply print their own. And while she's working on perfecting (and raising the needed funding) to put her Mink printer into production, she's created a tutorial on how to hack a run-of-the-mill inkjet to actually print makeup.