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Researchers Just Found A Giant Cache Of Water Underneath California

Last year, researchers estimated that California had lost 238 trillion litres of water over the course of 18 months of drought. Now, a huge reservoir of underground water — three times bigger than engineers thought — has been found under California. But it still won’t solve the state’s drought troubles.


Texting Produces An Entirely New Kind Of Brain Wave Pattern

A research team from the Mayo Clinic has shown that text messaging changes the rhythm of brain wave patterns in a way that’s never seen before. The discovery shows that smartphones are literally altering the way our minds work.


7 Foods And Beverages Made Using Ingredients From The Human Body

While eating human flesh may be the ultimate taboo, human microbes, saliva, and even hair have been integral to the making of certain food and beverages. From traditional brews to culinary concept art, here are seven edibles that started, in part, inside the human body.


99-Million-Year-Old Bird Wings Found Encased In Amber

Finding ancient bugs trapped in amber is a relatively common occurrence, but the recent discovery of two ancient bird wings fossilised in Burmese amber is unprecedented. These 3D fossils — which still contain feather arrangements and traces of soft tissue — are simply amazing.


7 Fitbit Features You Need To Unlock

Fitbits are a great way to track your activity and encourage yourself to get off the couch. Now, popular web service IFTTT (If This Then That) is getting in on the action. Here’s how you can use IFTTT to plug fitness data from any Fitbit into a host of other services and apps.


Six Signs That We've Entered A New Geologic Age

We’ve heard a lot of buzz recently about the Anthropocene, the geologic epoch of man and machine. Does it exist? Are we in it right now? Later this summer, the International Stratigraphic Union will convene and attempt to answer these weighty questions.


NASA's Mars-Bound Rocket Just Passed A Major Test

To get the world’s most powerful rocket off the ground, it’s going to take some serious thrust from its rocket boosters. Today, NASA successfully tested one of those 70-tonne rocket boosters by lighting it up at full power — all while never leaving the ground.


North America Is Set To Announce Its Most Ambitious Clean Energy Target Yet

The United States, Canada and Mexico are poised to announce an ambitious new energy pledge that would see 50 per cent of North American electricity drawn from clean sources by 2025.


Watch This Magical Drone Footage Of Castles Across Europe

Video: Sorry, I still have a Game of Thrones hangover, so when I watch this beautiful drone footage that gives sweeping views of castles across Europe, I see the map of Westeros in the opening credits come alive. Some of these castles are in ruins, some are near rivers, some are on islets, some are embedded on the mountain side but all are impressive strongholds that hold so much history.


Carving Milk On A Lathe Nearly Gives This Craftsman A Nervous Breakdown

No one thinks to use milk as a building material, but it’s possible. It’s also a huge pain in the arse. So much so that trying to carve the stuff nearly drove craftsman Peter Brown insane.


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