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The Fate Of The World's Chocolate Depends On This Spot In Rural England

Walk into a row of greenhouses in rural Britain, and a late English-winter day transforms to a swampy, humid tropical afternoon. You could be in Latin America or sub-Saharan Africa, which is exactly how cocoa plants like it.<p>"It's all right this time of year. It gets a bit hot later on in the …

Agriculture

An Illustrated Celebration of the Many Things Home Can Mean

A sweet reminder that despite our different walks of life, we have in common a shared longing to belong.<p><i>“Home,”</i> Maya Angelou wrote in her magnificent meditation on belonging and (not) growing up, <i>“is that youthful region where a child is the only real living inhabitant.”</i> Indeed, it seems that only …

Literature

Let's all move to Mars! The space architects shaping our future

We’ve had starchitects. Now we’ve got space architects. Oliver Wainwright meets the people measuring up the red planet for inflatable homes and farms made of moondust concrete<p>Life on Mars: a timeline of space architecture – in pictures<p>Fifty years from now, says Brent Sherwood, there will be a …

Space Exploration

How electronic tissue could help paralyzed people walk again

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg<p>One of the biggest challenges facing next-generation electrode implants – think cochlear …

Elasticity

The Week in Review: CES Pushes the Innovation Envelope

Televisions with a curved display. 3D printed pizzas. High fashion wearables. An app that changes how you feel by delivering “neurosignaling …

CES

Three Brothers Have Been Making Mind-Blowing Snow Sculptures In Their Yard Every Year

It takes the guys 11 front yards worth of snow and up to 300 hours.<p>Here's this year's: a 12-foot-tall sea turtle.<p>"This simulates the sticky snow that you would get on a warm winter day," they explained.<p>h/t Bored Panda

Apple patents camera, and GoPro shares tank

Shares of GoPro fell dramatically on Tuesday after Apple was awarded a patent for a mountable sports camera.<p>Apple (AAPL) specifically mentions GoPro (GPRO) in its patent application, criticizing GoPro's HD Hero2 digital cameras for creating "excessive wind resistance'" while mounted, and being …

Videography

Gorgeous Traditional Temari, Embroiedered By a 92 Year Old Woman

Temari (meaning handball), is a Japanese folk art form of embroidering balls for handball games or just plain decoration. Back in the day (around 7th century AD), the spheres were made from old kimono remnants that were wadded up into a ball and then wrapped with strips of fabric. Over time, the …

The Art of Rejection: Win Respect at Work by Saying 'No'

What I didn’t know earlier in my career was that it’s entirely possible to say no in a way that builds a relationship rather than tearing it down. If you turn down an assignment, it’s important to thoroughly explain your reasons for doing so, and then offer an alternative.<p>If you present your …

Inventors Of Ultra-High-Res Microscopes Snag Nobel Prize In Chemistry

The rules of microscope optics were made to be broken<p>In 1873, a German physicist named Ernst Abbe set a boundary on the field of microscopy. He came up with the resolution limit for optical microscopes, which is roughly half the wavelength of light. With a wavelength of 550 nanometers typically …

Nobel Prize

6 'Star Wars' Technologies That May Not Be So Far, Far Away

From landspeeders to lightsabers<p>The trailer for <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> may be just 88 seconds long, but it still manages to pack a punch. (Some of us have even spent <i>way</i> too long dissecting the entire thing.) Personally, among my favorite parts of <i>Star Wars</i>—and there are many—is the amazing …

Star Wars