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Where Female Elephants Without Tusks Roam — and Poachers Stay Away

ADDO, South Africa — Through the narrow slit of the underground hide in front of the water hole, an African morning revealed itself. The sun painted the earth orange. A lion stepped out of the bush and a small herd of perfectly camouflaged kudus, a large antelope-like animal, started and bolted …

Wildlife

Giant African baobab trees die suddenly after thousands of years

Some of Africa’s oldest and biggest baobab trees have abruptly died, wholly or in part, in the past decade, according to researchers.<p>The trees, aged between 1,100 and 2,500 years and in some cases as wide as a bus is long, may have fallen victim to climate change, the team speculated.<p>“We report …

South Africa

Category 3 Hurricane Bud threatens Mexico, Southwest U.S.

Hurricane Bud, now swirling off the west coast of Mexico as a Category 3 storm, is forecast to bring heavy rain to Mexico and possibly the Southwest U.S. over the next few days.<p>While rainfall from Bud or its remnants would be beneficial to the drought-stricken Southwest, it could also cause flash …

Weather

22 Modern Prefab Companies That Every Homebuyer Can Rely On

To put it simply, prefab homes are fabulous. Quick to construct and easy to love, prefabs have historically been a favorite throughout the design community.<p>We believe that working with a company that you trust is imperative when building your dream home. Take a look at 22 top-tier, reliable prefab …

The Maryland Flooding Is a Warning

Climate change is hitting America as rain, and we’re making it worse.<p>Two years ago, Ellicott City, Maryland, was hit by a debilitating flash flood …

Weather

Your Career Depends On Split-Second Decisions People Make About Your Appearance

You gotta love any conference speaker who begins her mid-afternoon session with a challenge to uncover your own unconscious workplace biases. That’s …

Powerful cyclone strikes Oman, Yemen; 5 dead, 30 missing

SALALAH, Oman — A cyclone more powerful than any previously recorded in southern Oman slammed into the Gulf country and neighboring Yemen on …

Weather

2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Predictions Released

See what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting for the upcoming 2018 hurricane season.<p>The National Oceanic and …

Weather

Polished Concrete: How It Is Made and What to Consider When Using It in Your Projects

Polished concrete is a versatile material that is easily customizable in its appearance, using stunning aggregates, quartz, and colors to create a …

Hawaii volcano threatens power plant; mass evacuations possible

PAHOA, Hawaii, May 10 (Reuters) - Hawaii authorities scrambled to move tens of thousands of gallons of highly flammable chemicals from the path of lava on Thursday, and the state’s governor warned mass evacuations might be needed as the Kilauea volcano’s eruption became more violent.<p>After a new …

California's new solar mandate could change electricity in America

California is already a beacon of renewable energy in the United States: the state has a law that at least 50% of all electricity shall come from …

Microsoft Hololens Could Change How Architects Work

Microsoft Layout lets one person walk through a virtual blueprint while another watches and makes edits.<p>“Where should we put the kitchen sink?”<p>“Does this hallway need another window?”<p>“Is the new assembly line going to leave enough room for extra equipment on the factory floor?”<p>We make major …

Eleven lions die at Ugandan national park in suspected poisoning

Authorities suspect poisoning caused deaths at popular tourist destination<p>Eleven lions, including eight lion cubs, have been found dead in Queen Elizabeth national park in Uganda after possibly being poisoned, a conservation official said on Thursday. The three lionesses and eight cubs were found …

National Parks

This SimCity-Like Tool Lets Urban Planners See The Potential Impact Of Their Ideas

Urban Footprint makes it easy to run simulations to see how a new plan might change traffic and commute times, the ability of kids to walk to school, access to jobs, energy use, the local economy, health, and carbon emissions.<p>When a state senator in California proposed a bill that would require …

How Architectural Drawing—In All Its Forms—Can Help Us See the World Anew

What do architectural drawings do? Convey visual information about the design of buildings. This much is certain. They do much else besides. They can …

The strongest storm of 2018 is swirling in the Indian Ocean

The year's first Category 5 storm has formed in the Indian Ocean, off the northwest coast of Australia.<p>Cyclone Marcus, which blew through the …

Southern California storm: What you need to know

Southern California is being hit by a major storm over the next two days. Here's what you need to know:<p>When will the storm arrive?<p>The storm — a bloated atmospheric river of tropical moisture known as a "pineapple express" — began making landfall Tuesday night with scattered showers.<p>On Wednesday, …

Historic snowstorm slams East Coast, as winter stages hostile takeover of spring

The fourth nor'easter in just three weeks is pummeling the East Coast, bringing heavy snow and sleet to the most populated part of the U.S., from …

New York will invest $1.5 billion in renewable energy projects

New York will be investing nearly $1.5 billion into a variety of renewable energy projects over the next five years. State governor Andrew Cuomo made …

Renewable Energy

Staggering portraits of the world's most beautiful animals

New Tower Typology Uses Steel Cables to Wrap Itself Together

A speculative project, the “New York Super Slender” created by RB Systems, is a futuristic skyscraper that presents a potential new tower typology. …

Skyscrapers

Prominent Architect Richard Meier Takes Leave From Firm After 5 Women Accuse Him of Sexual Harassment

On Tuesday, the <i>New York Times</i> reported that the renowned 83-year-old architect Richard Meier was accused of sexual harassment by five women, …

Sexual Harassment

At this rate, it’s going to take nearly 400 years to transform the energy system - MIT Technology Review

Fifteen years ago, Ken Caldeira, a senior scientist at the Carnegie Institution, calculated that the world would need to add about a nuclear power …

Fossil Fuels

Concrete Blocks in Architecture: How to Build With This Modular and Low-Cost Material

Concrete blocks are a prefabricated material mainly used to build walls. Like bricks, the blocks are stacked together and joined with a mortar, …

Prefab Homes

Mirrors have revealed something new about manta rays – and it reflects badly on us

As a shark biologist, I enjoy nothing more than going scuba diving with sharks in the wild. However, I realise it’s an immense privilege to do this as part of my work – and that for the vast majority of people experiencing the underwater world in such a way is simply not possible.<p>Nevertheless, even …

Cognition

9 questions the most interesting people ask to cut through small talk

I remember early in my career, one of my biggest fears walking into a networking event to schmooze or meeting someone for a business lunch was boring the other person to tears in conversation.<p>I didn't want to be the windbag who dragged on forever, so I learned to be brief, to the point, and …

It will be warmer at the North Pole next week than much of Europe, as sea ice melts

In what seems to be becoming an annual occurrence, temperatures at the North Pole are about to reach or possibly exceed the freezing point this week …

Global Warming

Southern California's brief escape from drought ends

PHILLIPS STATION, Calif. (AP) — California's brief escape from severe drought ended Thursday after scientists declared more than 40 percent of the …

Here's How This February Will Likely Be Different Than Last Year

Climate and Weather<p>Here's How This February Will Likely Be Different Than Last Year<p>By Brian Donegan<p>February 01 2018 11:30 AM EDT<p>weather.com<p>00:45<p>This …

Weather

Report: White House Wants to Cut Renewable Energy Programs by 72%

President Donald Trump—who remarked Tuesday that his administration ended the nonexistent "war on beautiful clean coal"—really wants to make fossil …

Renewable Energy