How Giant Birds Can Fly Nearly 10,000 Miles in One Go

Forget circumnavigating the globe in 80 days—an albatross can do it in a mere 46! These world travelers are among the largest flying birds, weighing up to 25 pounds (11 kilograms), and with a wingspan of 11 feet (3 meters). But hefting such huge bodies off the ground takes a lot of energy. If albatrosses flew simply by flapping their wings, they would lose about half their body mass fueling that kind of flight. So how do these kings of the sky complete such long journeys so quickly? It turns out they glide in a specific flight pattern that allows … Continue reading How Giant Birds Can Fly Nearly 10,000 Miles in One Go

The Earth Is a Machine

Image via NASA The more we learn about ecosystems, the more obvious it becomes that we won’t save the Earth until we admit that our planet is a giant, incredibly complex machine that can be programmed. And, with enough study, it can be reprogrammed, too. One of the things I find irritating about some environmentalist rhetoric is the oft-repeated idea that nature is the opposite of a machine. On the contrary, our natural environments seem to behave very much like devices with interchangeable parts, whose inputs result in predictable outputs. Take, for example, the story of the monarch butterfly. This … Continue reading The Earth Is a Machine

Sex, lies and an epiphany changed my life

There are conversations you should never have with your mother. Anything about sex, for instance. Even if you lived to be a 110, chatted on the phone every day, had coffee twice a week, never, not once, should you feel the urge to shoot the breeze about anything related to the reproductive act. Not with her. Not ever. And yet here I was, sitting on my mother’s sofa, alone in her apartment; waiting for her to get home so I could raise that very topic. I had had an epiphany and was home to ask her one single question: is … Continue reading Sex, lies and an epiphany changed my life

Portugal Design Ribatejo House by Atelier Nuno Lacerda Lopes

This is Best Design Ribatejo House. Best Design Ribatejo House located in Ribatejo, Portugal, and was designed by Atelier Nuno Lacerda Lopes. Best Design Ribatejo House is perched atop a low hill and has spectacular views over the surrounding flatland. Look image about Best Design Ribatejo House below : Best Design Ribatejo House by Atelier Nuno Lacerda Lopes Ribatejo house is located in an Alentejo´s traditional farm, a vast land with open horizons, dotted with cork oaks and olive trees. The formal concept follows the simple organization principle of natural local hills, an aggregated of small buildings in a wide … Continue reading Portugal Design Ribatejo House by Atelier Nuno Lacerda Lopes

Could a Cybernetic Implant Really Help You Lose Weight?

Forget about fad diets and surgery. Researchers from ETH-Zurich have come up with a potential high-tech solution to the ongoing obesity epidemic: An implantable slimming aid that monitors fat in the blood. In response to elevated levels, it produces a substance that tells the body that it’s not hungry. The implantable genetic circuit, which has only been tested on obese mice, was put together using mostly human biological components. It essentially performs two functions: monitoring the circulating fat levels in the blood, and then, in the event of detecting excess levels, produces a messenger substance that conveys an “I’m not … Continue reading Could a Cybernetic Implant Really Help You Lose Weight?

A guide to street photography: Antonio Olmos and the dark art of manual exposure

Street photography is the purest, most spontaneous way to create art with a camera. No studios, no props, no poses; all you need is the right equipment and a street with people on it. In this original series for Engadget, we’ll follow three seasoned street fighters and try to glean some practical wisdom about what engages their eyes, brains and fingers in the moments before they shoot. In part one, we focus in on Antonio Zazueta Olmos — a street photographer who has learned to rely on manual exposure to capture the images he wants, rather than making use of … Continue reading A guide to street photography: Antonio Olmos and the dark art of manual exposure

10 Simple Party Tricks to Impress Your Turkey Stuffed Friends

Thanksgiving dinner might be over for another year, but you’ve got a fridge full of leftovers that says friends and family will be stopping by for another meal today. And if you’re worried your famous pumpkin pie isn’t going to be enough to impress them, Richard Wiseman is back with another collection of super simple party stunts that are sure to leave people amazed and bewildered—even if they’re not drunk. http://gizmodo.com/10-simple-party-tricks-to-impress-your-turkey-stuffed-f-1473541192 Continue reading 10 Simple Party Tricks to Impress Your Turkey Stuffed Friends

French jeweller’s killing of thief revives debate on vigilante justice

Jeweller rekindles vigilante justice debate in France after shooting dead robber following hand to hand fight and receives tens of thousands of supporters on Facebook. The fatal shooting of a thief by a jeweller in France’s Champagne region has reignited a national debate on vigilante justice, as locals mount protests over the shooter’s detention on suspicion of murder. The unnamed 36-year-old robber allegedly died after a fight for control of the jeweller’s gun ended in the gem merchant shooting him four times at his boutique in the town of Sézanne, some 80km south of Reims. The death is the latest … Continue reading French jeweller’s killing of thief revives debate on vigilante justice

Crowded Holiday Shopping Lot in Va. Turns Violent

A dispute in a southwest Virginia parking lot crowded with holiday shoppers turned violent Thanksgiving night, with one throwing a punch and another responding by cutting him with a knife and brandishing a rifle, the sheriff’s office said Friday. Both men were charged Thursday after the altercation in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart in Tazewell County that sent panicked shoppers scattering. Christopher Jackson, 35, was waiting for another shopper to leave a parking space when Ronnie Sharp, 61, began sounding his horn behind Jackson’s vehicle, the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office said. Sheriff Brian Hieatt said Jackson got out of … Continue reading Crowded Holiday Shopping Lot in Va. Turns Violent

Harsh truths you need to survive in the big bad world

HIGH school students around the country have finished school forever and are in blissful Schoolies mode. The reality of the impending results in just a couple of weeks’ time means parents need to consider how best to prepare their darlings for heading out into the real world. That means teaching them a few harsh lessons they never learnt at school. And these lessons aren’t just for school leavers – most young people could benefit from a healthy reality check. Leading social researcher, youth trends expert and best-selling author, Michael McQueen says: “The world can seem like a huge disappointment to … Continue reading Harsh truths you need to survive in the big bad world