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US Drone Pilots Will Start Getting Awards, But Don't Call Them Medals Quite Yet

Just as American soldiers can be awarded the Silver Star, some have long argued that remote operators of drones should be eligible for war medals as well. New reports indicate they might not be getting medals per se, but they will be getting some kind of award.


These Science Photos Are So Beautiful They're Basically Art

The winners of the 2015 FASEB BioArt Image and Video Competition have been announced, and they’re amazing. Chosen from a diverse cross-section of biology, they feature everything from the proteins that make up the Ebola virus through to roundworms feasting on bacteria. Here’s the best, most beautful science photos the year had to offer.


These Amazing Scientists Shared This Year's $22M Breakthrough Prizes

The Breakthrough Prize Foundation, funded by Silicon Valley giants like Mark Zuckerberg and Sergey Brin, last night announced the recipients of its $US22 million prize pot at its third annual awards ceremony. Here’s the amazing research that just got a shot in the arm.


The Underwater Farms That Could Help Stop The Death Of Our Oceans

It seems like every week brings a new doomsday study about the death of our oceans. But off the coast of Long Island, an underwater farm is demonstrating how sustainable ocean farming can clean the water, give sea life a safe haven, and turn kelp into the “next kale.” Its creators hope the model will catch on — and a recent $US100,000 award will give it more capital to develop the idea.


GoPro Awards Is Offering Up $US5 Million A Year For Your Videos

Back in July GoPro announced a way for you to get paid for the videos you shoot via a licensing portal, but now it’s upping the ante. With GoPro Awards, an ongoing contest pays you for the photos and videos you shoot. $US500 for a photo, $US1,000 for a raw video clip, and $US5,000 for a video edit. Not bad.


The 25th Ig Nobel Awards Were The Greatest Moment In The History Of (Silly) Science

For years, the Ig Nobel Awards have been famous for celebrating the most offbeat and ludicrous forms of scientific discovery. And last night, I was lucky enough to attend the 2015 Ig Nobel ceremony, because a friend was the proud winner of an Ig Nobel.


The Best Buildings Of The Year, According To The Internet 

The people who get to dole out awards to architects each year are normally critics and panels of experts who know exactly what goes into designing a building. But what would normal people — or even the internet at large — choose?


'Best Film' Trophies From Around The World

Although we don’t normally hear about it, most countries celebrate their own versions of the Oscars every year. And their trophies are crazier and more distinctive than the naked man Oscar. Illustrator Robert Shaw made this neat infographic showing the ‘Best Film’ awards from around the world.


The Best GIFs Of 2015 According To The Internet 

I love animated GIFs. I make them as part of my work here in Sploid, I drool when we see one that is a perfect infinite loop, and I think it’s a great medium to tell stories. That’s why I like the GIFYS. An award show devoted to honour the best animated GIFs on the internet.


Dyson's 20 Best Inventions Of The Year

It’s always fun to see the single invention that the James Dyson Foundation picks as its best design idea of the year — but it’s even more fun to see the final list of possibilities, which Dyson released tonight before the November 6 announcement of a winner.


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