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National Geographic Photo Contest 2015, in pictures - Telegraph

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the hoverboard craze

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and one of the most sought-after gifts is loved by celebrities and athletes alike, happens to be illegal to use in some countries—and catches fire on occasion. The hoverboard is everywhere right now, and Quartz has complied a guide to help you understand …

Hoverboards

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Pictures

Alessandra Ambrosio

New Android adware reportedly “nearly impossible” to remove

Lookout has discovered a new form of adware that roots a device after the user installs it, then entrenches itself as a system application. This makes it impervious to any normal means of deleting it, even factory resetting the device.<p>This is a new, more sophisticated version of typical adware, …

Google Play

The countries that don’t exist

There really is a secret world of hidden independent nations, with their own populations, governments – and football leagues. In fact, you’ve almost certainly visited one without realising.<p>When I first see Nick Middleton, he is surrounded by globes and atlases showing the most exotic places on the …

Queen Elizabeth II

Solar vehicle charging at home

Owners of home photovoltaic systems will soon be able to make their households even more sustainable, because PV power is also suitable for charging …

Sustainability

Solar Thermal Power Heats Up Outside the U.S. - MIT Technology Review

Next month, in the Moroccan desert near the city of Ouarzazate, a complex of 500,000 parabolic mirrors will begin reflecting the sun’s rays onto a …

Renewable Energy

10 Places You Have to See to Believe

Are you ready for your daily dose of wanderlust (and then some)? These wonders around the world—from Seussian flower fields to seas that shine like stars—simply must been seen to be believed.

New Zealand

29 reasons why you should visit Costa Rica - the world's happiest country

1. It’s the world’s happiest country<p>According to the most recent Happy Planet Index, published last month, which aims to measure human well-being and environmental impact, Costa Rica is the most satisfying place in which to live. It has an HPI score of 44.7, putting it just above Mexico and …

How big data and The Sims are helping us to build the cities of the future

By 2050, the United Nations predicts that around 66 percent of the world’s population will be living in urban areas. It is expected that the greatest expansion will take place in developing regions such as Africa and Asia. Cities in these parts will be challenged to meet the needs of their …

OpenStreetMap

The Secret To Danish Happiness

Denmark consistently ranks as one of the happiest countries in the world. The reason why might lie with the idea of "hygge."<p><i>This article first appeared on Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley. In November, GGSC is hosting a summit on Mindfulness and</i> …

Happiness

British scientists create a 'tractor beam' of ultrasonic sound

A team of researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Sussex have developed the world's first functioning sonic tractor beam able to operate outside of a lab environment. The device uses 64 miniature speakers to generate high-amplitude, ultrasonic sound waves. These waves create an "acoustic …

A new job-search site aims to solve the elusive 'culture fit' problem

But until recently there was no one-stop shop for filtering job searches through this lens.<p>It was for that reason CEO and cofounder Anthony van Horne began developing CareerLabs, which launched last week.<p>"People deserve to know the real scoop on a company before they work there," van Horne tells …

Employment

Smartphones could be used to detect pollution after sensor breakthrough

A new method to identify unhealthy levels of nitrogen dioxide could let those at risk take control of their health with cheap, personalised sensors, …

Watch this iPhone screen protector heal scratches within a second

The folks who came up with the self-healing iPhone case is now back with something a lot more impressive. Innerexile's earlier technology could repair light scratches within about half a minute (given the right temperature, that is), but the latest version can do the same within just a <i>second</i>! …

Floating Solar Home is Completely Off-the-Grid, Generates Year's Worth of Energy in 6-Months

How about a modular floating home that's completely off-the-grid? Look no further than Floatwing. Designed by Portugal-based firm Friday, this live …

The One Thing Diet and Health Experts Wish You Would Stop Doing

Trying to eat right and live a generally healthy life in a world of tacos and Netflix is a constant struggle. Compound that with all the diets, non-diets, and studies telling us that just about everything we do will shorten our lives and you end up with a bunch of confusion (and weird bone-broth …

Nutrition

19 A.I. experts reveal the biggest myths about robots

But if you base all your knowledge about robots and AI on movies and books, you're bound to be either terrified or disappointed whenever a new robot comes out.<p>Tech Insider asked 19 AI researchers about the biggest myths in their field. Their answers (lightly edited) are below.

Solar-powered floating home in Portugal generates a year's worth of energy in just six months

1/13<p>Floatwing by Friday<p>An off-grid adventure awaits daring couples on the Floatwing, a floating romantic getaway for two. The Portuguese design firm …

Off-grid

How the world has changed in 50 years

<b>(CNN) —</b> Turning the pages of Hiroji Kubota's new retrospective photo book is like spinning a globe or searching an atlas.<p>With more than 400 images from his 55-year career, you're destined to land on something new each time.<p>"I think by seeing my book very carefully, you see the state of the world a …

Black & White Photography

Solar power in crisis: 'My panels generate enough power for two loads of washing'

Endless energy from the sun looked like a long-term solution for running our homes. But now the state has pulled the plug on the subsidies that made panels affordable for many. What happens now?<p>Sit back, relax, and read this story with an untroubled conscience: it has been created on a laptop and …

Solar Power

Today in Pictures: October 20

Star Wars

Now you can send miserable people in your life on a happiness course

We all know a grumpy person or two who would benefit from an eight-week programme in cheering the hell up.<p>Maybe, it’s <i>you</i>.<p>And now, thanks to a new …

The 10 Exercises You Should Do Every Day to Stay Fit for Life

Of course, maintaining your long-term health requires more than just a regular exercise habit, but physical fitness is certainly a significant part of the equation.<p>However, beyond the more traditional notions of physical fitness -- running a marathon, boot camp style workouts sessions or extra …

Find Adventure With A Nomadic Retirement

By Dan Prescher, InternationalLiving.com<p>Back in 2001, my wife and I decided to leave the cold climate of Nebraska behind and embark on an epic adventure to find our perfect retirement destination. We traveled to several different countries in search of our dream home, creating incredible memories …

Transparent solar cells could turn your windows into power sources

Until now, solar cells of this kind have been only partially transparent and usually a bit tinted, but these new ones are so clear that they're practically indistinguishable from a normal pane of glass.<p>Previous claims toward transparent solar panels have been misleading, since the very nature of …

How Traveling In China Went From Adventure To Ordeal

Traveling in China used to be fun, sometimes even relaxing. As recently as the late 1990s, you could go to a Tibetan monastery out west that your Chinese friends had never heard of, hang out with nomads and chat with monks. Crowds were rare.<p>Those days are mostly over. China's rapid economic rise …

China

Thousands in Australia protests against refugee centres

Thousands of Australians joined rallies calling for the closure of Pacific island camps for asylum-seekers, just days after the government confirmed it was in talks with the Philippines to resettle detained refugees.<p>Under Canberra's tough immigration policy, asylum-seekers attempting to reach the …

North Africa