Andrew Jan Buring

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Tower of David, the World’s Tallest Slum

by <b>Kaushik</b><p>Monday, April 07, 2014<p>Read<p>The Tower of David is an abandoned unfinished skyscraper in the center of Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela, …

Ten rules for writing fiction

<b>Elmore Leonard: Using adverbs is a mortal sin</b><p><b>1</b> Never open a book with weather. If it's only to create atmosphere, and not a charac­ter's reaction to the weather, you don't want to go on too long. The reader is apt to leaf ahead look­ing for people. There are exceptions. If you happen to be Barry …

'Super-Earth' is closest planet yet that could support life

Thanks to a wobble in its host star, researchers from UNSW have spotted a planet only 16 light-years away that could harbor life (shown in an artist's conception, above). However, being there would bear little resemblance to living on Earth. It's at least five times as massive, for starters, and is …

British Airways Has A New Way Of Tracking Customers' Emotions During Flights

The airline has created a new way to measure and track exactly how you feel throughout the entire flight with one simple tool — a blanket.<p>The "happiness blanket" helps the people at BA pinpoint exactly what makes people happy and what makes them anxious when they fly, this way the airline can …

How Solar-Paneled "Plug-And-Play Donkeys" Bring The Internet To Turkish Sheepherders

The Turkish government has made recent attempts to censor the Internet, but meanwhile some citizens are developing highly innovative ways of getting online. Consider the sheep and goat herders who are so desperate to keep up with technology that they have even started installing solar panels on the …

Boston turns park benches into solar-powered charging points

Let it not be said that public parks are anti-technology. Over in Boston, city officials are more than happy to try new things in green spaces, including the use of solar-powered smart benches, aka "soofas." These look a lot like regular benches, except they're equipped with big, steel-encased …

Google Glass banned in UK cinemas

Google Glass has been banned in UK cinemas just a week after the first headsets became available in the country.<p>The Independent reports that the Cinema Exhibitors’ Association, which represents the interests of around 90 per cent of UK cinema operators, said it was introducing a blanket ban. Chief …