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Data Science and Big Data Explained for the Non-Data Scientist

By Alex Castrounis • Apr 9, 2015<p>Introduction<p>What is data science? What is big data? What do these terms mean and why is it important to find out? …

7 Destructive Habits to Get Rid of If You Want to Be Happy

Happiness can be seen as a state of mind. It’s how we perceive our lives and the world around us. But our inside thoughts can be radically shaped by …

Self-help
Natural Gas

Ultimate Summer Road Trip: San Francisco to Los Angeles

Cruise along the Pacific Coast Highway<p>The 450-mile stretch of Pacific Coast Highway between San Francisco and Los Angeles is one of America's most iconic road trips. And for good reasons: vast beaches, towering mountains and uninterrupted views of the Pacific guide you down the California …

33 things to eat, drink, see, and do before climate change ruins everything

You're the kind of person, then, who needs the Matter handbook to a burning planet, a compendium of real scientific findings that look at how the globe may change over the next fifty years and beyond. Think of it as your guide to the good life before climate change melts it away.<p><b>1. Joshua Trees</b><p>Was …

Climate Change

19 Thrilling Trails Guaranteed to Make Your Heart Race

These 19 hikes will raise your heart rate, take you to perilous heights, or bring you to awe-inspiring destinations.

Hiking

Want cheap airfare? This is the best day to book a plane ticket

Hoping to snag the best price on a plane ticket? Try booking almost seven weeks in advance.<p>CheapAir.com analyzed nearly 5 million trips last year and found the best prices for domestic airfarewere booked, on average, 47 days ahead of the departure date. The year before, the sweet spot was 54 …

CNN

6 Spectacular Places to Visit in 2015

A new year means new resolutions; this year you should resolve to travel more.<p>As we all know a resolution or goal is much more successful when it is as specific as possible, so we're here to help you nail down the details. Arguably the biggest -- and toughest -- decision of any trip is deciding …

5 Tips to Help You Save Money While Traveling

Before I quit my job to take my first trip to Europe, I had no idea what I was doing. The only traveling I had done before was the 'vacation' type of traveling -- booking when I had the money to spend or the days off, and I didn't take much time to investigate how to travel smarter, better and …

It's Carnival in Venice, and the city is completely flooded — see how revelers are dealing with all the water

To celebrate Carnival, Venetians and visitors from all over the world don elaborate costumes and masks and attend celebrations all over the Italian city.<p>Only this year, they're trudging through flooded streets.<p>Approximately 18% of Venice's historic center was under water on Sunday, according to the …

Italy

The best pizza in 11 big cities around the US

In celebration of this important holiday, the editors at Zagat shared the best pizza joints in 11 big cities around the US.<p>From Dallas to New York to Seattle, here are some epically delicious pies.

S'Mores

5 Absolutely Magical Places to Visit in Iceland

I started off my Euro trip on an island, but warm weather and coconut cocktails weren't on the menu. I was in search of adventure, majestic sights -- I wanted to change my perspective on the world, and come back a new person.<p><b>Iceland did just that. It changed my life forever.</b><p>Touring the South Coast …

Can Sun and Wind Make More Salt Water Drinkable?

Here are four arid regions looking to renewables for the energy-intensive work of squeezing drinkable water from the ocean.<p>The oceans have long taunted those who thirst.<p>Records dating to A.D. 200 show that sailors boiled seawater and used sponges to absorb fresh water from the steam. Today, …

Renewable Energy

Fortune.com

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Time Inc.

Water Crisis - Learn About The Global Water Crisis | Water.org

Water connects every aspect of life. Access to safe water and sanitation can quickly turn problems into potential – unlocking education, work …

Carbon emissions: past, present and future – interactive

As the UN climate talks open in Lima to agree on a draft text for a treaty in Paris next year, here is a timeline of world’s top 20 emitters of carbon dioxide since the dawn of industrialisation dominated by UK and US.<p>This interactive is jointly produced with the World Resources Institute<p>Carbon …

Easing of China’s one-child policy has not produced a baby-boom

Demographers predict Beijing will face common problems of an ageing population in coming decades as few urban couples choose to have a second child<p>When China declared it was relaxing its one-child policy in late 2013, marketing director Kang Lu talked to her husband about whether they wanted a …

Geography

The Bright Side of Indigenous Urbanization for Biodiversity

Over time, cities originated wherever indigenous cultures agglomerated and planned links between their settlements and peri-urban ecosystems for the …

Cities

Ice ages made Earth's ocean crust thicker

Signatures of climate cycles spotted in hillocks on the sea floor.<p>The Earth's ice ages have left their mark on the thickness of the planet's oceanic …

Stunning Pictures: Ten of the Rarest Animals on Earth

Wildlife

5 Innovative Ways Environmentalists Are Working to Save the Earth

<i>As an increasingly dire prognosis about the health of the planet emerges, it's worth remembering that environmental pioneers around the world are working at the highest levels to create a greener, more sustainable future.</i><p>These are the stories of a team of fellows selected by the Lincoln Institute …

Signs of life 12 miles under Earth hint at potential for life on other planets

Life teems all over our planet's exterior and even down into the lightless oceanic depths. But just how far underground might life be able to hack it?<p>…

Climate Change Triggers Threats to Marine Ecosystems

<b>By Tim Radford, Climate News NetworkThis Creative Commons-licensed piece first appeared at Climate News Network.</b><p>LONDON — The Atlantic halibut is …

Long Shot: Planet Could Hit Earth in Distant Future

Our solar system has a potentially violent future. New computer simulations reveal a slight chance that a disruption of planetary orbits could lead …

NASA closer than ever to finding Earth's 'twin'

It’s like finding your long-lost baby brother - Earth may have its very own a twin! But unlike Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito, the two are …

Danny DeVito

Great Barrier Reef Dredging Is Causing Major Damage, Study Finds

A new report has found that Australia’s Great Barrier Reef (GBR) could be “severely damaged” if the government does not completely ban the dumping of …

Great Barrier Reef

There Are Only 180 Panthers Left in Florida. Here’s How We Can Help Save This Keystone Species

Recognized as the official state animal, the Florida panther is one of the most rare and endangered mammals on planet earth. Sadly, there may only be …

The African City That Is More Sustainable Than San Francisco

There’s a new list of the world’s most sustainable cities, and not one American metropolis made the top 10.<p>European cities dominate the Sustainable …