This Man Controls His Robotic Arms With His Mind

The robotic arm looks like it came from the future, a sleek cyborg limb. But for Les Baugh, it’s a way to feel “back to human.”


5 Animal Con Artists That Use Trickery To Get Sex

Humans use all kinds of gimmicks to win over mates — but you’d think that in nature, it would be all about honest competition. The biggest antlers, the brightest feathers, the most beautiful song, the most perfect displays — each signals the owner’s desirability as a mate. But here are five animals (and one plant) that game the system.


Brainprint: Your Mind's Reaction To Certain Words Could Be Your Password

We’ve heard a lot about how our bodies — our faces, our irises, even our heartbeats — will replace passwords. Now, a group of neuroscientists are adding another body part to that list: the brain. Or more specifically, the brain’s response to certain words.


How To Build The Only Five Campfires You'll Ever Need

The most fundamental outdoor skill is also often one of the most misunderstood. Learn these five campfires and you’ll be able to cook food, scare off wild animals, stay warm or just have a bonfire on the beach. They’re simple, but everyone can probably learn something here.


Watch A Bat-Inspired Sonar Prototype Flying On A Drone

Horseshoe bats’ unique noses and big, flexible ears make them nature’s most dynamic sonar arrays. Engineers built a mechanical version and they’re testing it on a quadcopter drone.


Ancient Cannibals Smothered Their Meals In Bone-Staining Spices

We know that, over history, humans have eaten each other. But we now know more about how ancient cannibals liked to dine: They spent lots of time prepping elaborate feasts with actual recipes calling for exotic ingredients.


You Could Soon Slap Barcodes On Your Sperm Or Egg

It seems like we’re putting QR codes on pretty much everything these days. And that could soon include your sex cells.


The US Is Testing A Storm Surge Warning System For Hurricanes

The wall of wind-driven ocean that accompanies a hurricane is called a “surge” for a reason: This isn’t a gentle rising of the water level, it’s violent and destructive — sometimes more so than the hurricane’s winds. This hurricane season, for the first time, the National Hurricane Center will be testing a prototype storm surge warning system which it hopes will be fully operational in 2017.


The Difference Between Hard And Soft Wood Has Nothing To Do With Hardness

Generally speaking, wood is often put into one of two categories — hardwood and softwood. But what exactly makes a given piece of wood qualify as either hard or soft and how did those definitions come about? It all has to do with the tree’s seeds.


The US Government Has A Plan To Prevent Bees From Going Extinct

A US federal task force appointed last year has released its strategy to help save declining bee populations. Bees, along with other insects, bats, and birds, play an important role in agriculture by pollinating crops, but they have been dying off in numbers that beekeepers say aren’t economically sustainable.