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How Iron Man's Arc Reactor (Probably) Works

Since the Iron Man arc reactor is a fictitious device, and it has no official scientific explanation in the Iron Man canon that I’m aware of, we might as well something up. Now, I’m mixing real science and fake science here. So physics nerds and comic-book nerds: Deal with it.


Which Smartphone And Tablet Displays Show The Most Accurate Colours?

If you walk into any major TV retailer, all of the TVs are showing identical videos, but their colours will be noticeably (to obnoxiously) different on every TV on the wall. Why is that?


The 110-Year-Old Light Bulb That Has Never Been Turned Off

The oldest lightbulb in continuous use was installed before the Wright Brothers took flight, is 110 years old, and is still as beautiful as the day she was born. In fact, it’s likely the oldest electrical device in continuous use period. Take a moment and consider just how much the world has changed around this one, singular device.


The Bedpan Whisperer

How many bedpans is too many? 10? 50? Try 250. That’s about how many bedpans and items of bedpan memorabilia Eric Eakin has collected thus far. “I have bedpan greeting cards, bedpan poems, bedpan jewelry, and bedpan salt-and-pepper shakers,” he says. Eakin’s also got plenty of vintage and antique bedpans, each one clean enough to eat out of, should you be so inclined.


10 Scientific Explanations For Famous Ghostly Phenomena

The next time you hear a spooky sound, don’t call the Ghostbusters — get a scientist instead. Behind every shadow, poltergeist, and disembodied voice, there’s a perfectly rational explanation.


The Problem With The Chair

“A Chair is a difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier.” — Mies van der Rohe. Van der Rohe, as with Eames, Gehry, Hadid, Libeskind, Corbusier, and Breuer: if they have designed a big building, chances are they have designed a thing on which to sit.


What Actually Goes Down On The International Space Station

The main purpose of the International Space Station is to provide an international laboratory for experiments within the space environment. Which, despite all our technological advances, is nearly impossible to replicate here on Earth. Because for many of those experiments, the key parameter is — you guessed it — weightlessness.


What To Do If The Pilot Passes Out And You Have To Land A Plane

So — your pilot passed out. The good news is the plane will probably have a sophisticated autopilot that can take care of most of the flying for you. The bad news is you will still probably have to land the damn thing. And since every aircraft cockpit is going to be different, it’s not like you’d know exactly where to look to find the things you need.


We're Designing Apps Wrong For Huge Smartphones

As smartphones continue to get larger but our hands don’t, what kinds of design solutions can ensure mobile interactions remain comfortable, quick and easy on our thumbs? Here are a few options to consider.


The New iPad And iPad Mini Displays: One Step Forward, One Full Stop

A key element for a great tablet has always been a truly innovative and top performing display, and the best leading edge tablets have always flaunted their beautiful high tech displays. So how do the new iPads stack up?


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