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A 20-year-old is planning a 62-mile floating wall to make the ocean 'self-cleaning'

Three years ago, Boyan Slat was a precocious 18-year-old on a TEDx stage in the Netherlands, eloquently introducing people to his radical idea to clean up the ocean. He would build a network of floating walls that would work with the oceans' currents to catch the millions — maybe even trillions— of …

Why Islam doesn’t need a reformation

Those who are calling for a ‘Muslim Martin Luther’ should be careful what they wish for<p>In recent months, cliched calls for reform of Islam, a 1,400-year-old faith, have intensified. “We need a Muslim reformation,” announced Newsweek. “Islam needs reformation from within,” said the Huffington Post. …

Religion

Tesla's new product is a battery for your home

Tesla has unveiled a suite of new energy products, including a wall-mounted battery that will be sold for use in consumers' homes.<p>Tesla is calling the rechargeable lithium-ion battery the "Powerwall." As the name suggests, the unit is designed to be mounted on a wall, and connected to the local …

Nepal Earthquake Day 2: In Pictures

India defeats Pakistan at Cricket World Cup

These caviar-like capsules could be the answer to curbing carbon emissions

Rising seas, extreme storms, drought, heat waves, flooding, landslides—global warming’s worst incarnations sound like a list of biblical plagues. The role of carbon dioxide as the main warming culprit, has been known for 25 years. And the fight to continue to burn fossil fuels has been going on for …

Natural Gas

Travel special: Head to these holiday destinations to acquire a hobby

From cooking sol kadi in Malvan and learning photography in Ladakh to surfing the waves along Karnataka’s untapped shoreline, the guide curates a few …

Travel

I'm an atheist, but I have no interest in joining your 'movement'

I do understand the desire to feel like part of a community of like-minded believers: that’s what most people turn to religion for in the first place<p>Most atheists I know talk about their “lack” or “rejection” of religion– their active stance against belief in any higher power. But for me, it’s not …

Running the Saudi Family Business

The family business has proved to be a remarkably durable institution. Far from being pushed aside by more modern forms such as the shareholder-owned …

Abdul Aziz

How bad is booze anyway? 6 crazy facts about drinking

<b>(Life by Daily Burn) —</b> Ever wondered how many calories you really consume every time you drink? Or how alcohol actually affects your nightly ZZZs? (Spoiler alert: it's not the magic sleep aid you think.)<p>We got to the bottom of boozing's biggest urban legends. And don't worry -- it's not all bad …

Alcohol

2014: The Year in Volcanic Activity

Once again, it has been a particularly eventful year for the world's volcanoes. Out of an estimated 1,500 active volcanoes, 50 or so erupt every year, spewing steam, ash, toxic gases, and lava. In 2014, erupting volcanoes included Mount Sinabung, Mount Kelud, and Sangeang Api in Indonesia, …

Day in pictures: 4 December 2014

Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Catalog of Beautiful Untranslatable Words from Around the World

<i>“Words belong to each other,”</i> Virginia Woolf said in the only surviving recording of her voice, a magnificent meditation on the beauty of language. But what happens when words are kept apart by too much unbridgeable otherness? <i>“Barring downright deceivers, mild imbeciles and impotent poets, there</i> …

The Freelancer’s Guide to the Industry - Chapter 1

<i>Freelance photographer</i> is a term widely used inside our craft. Yet what does it truly mean to be a freelancer? And more importantly, what aspects …

Mercedes G63 AMG 6x6 Review | Top Gear | Series 21 | BBC

Expert guide to Florence

Essential Information<p><b>British embassy in Rome</b>: 00 39 06 4220 0001; gov.uk<br>Tourist office and information: the main tourist information office is at Via Cavour 1r (00 39 055 290 832, firenzeturismo.it). Open Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm. There are also branches at the train station and the airport<p><b>Emergency</b> …

Landscape Photographer of the Year 2014

50 Beautiful Examples of Black and White Photography

Anybody can pick up a camera and take a picture, but it takes a skillfull photographer to utilize composition, exposure, and aperture to take a …

Scientists Finally Crack The Code Of The Ancient 'Phaistos Disk'

Scientists have been trying to decipher the mysterious "Phaistos Disk" ever since the 4,000-year-old clay disk was discovered in 1908 on the Greek island of Crete.<p>But no one seems to have been able to translate the mysterious language inscribed on the disk, which dates back to 1700 B.C. and the …