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Inspired by nature: the thrilling new science that could transform medicine | Laura Parker

Jeffrey Karp is at the forefront of a new generation of scientists using nature’s blueprints to create breakthrough medical technologies. Can bioinspiration help to solve some of humanity’s most urgent problems?<p>In the summer of 2005, Jeffrey Karp, a bioengineer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) …

Treasure Trove of Ancient Human Footprints Found Near Volcano

Hundreds of crisscrossing tracks offer a glimpse of life in Africa around 19,000 years ago.<p>Nine miles from the volcano the Maasai call the “Mountain of God,” researchers have cataloged a spectacularly rare find: an enormous set of well-preserved human footprints left in the mud between 5,000 and …

You Won't Believe Where This Ancient Ten Commandments Carving Was Found

A boulder inscribed with a Hebrew translation of the Ten Commandments was reportedly found in the last place people may expect: America.<p>It is said to …

Archaeology

Honda Will Sell You A Civic Hatchback With Three Pedals And A Turbo For Under $21,000

If you wanted a fun manual hatchback for your daily commute but didn’t need a performance car like a Focus ST or GTI, there was really only one …

See SpaceX's 'fastest and hottest' Falcon 9 landing from three sides

Last week, SpaceX added another important entry in the history books by successfully landing the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship …

Hyperloop Technologies gets a new name ahead of propulsion test

The world of Elon Musk-imagined levitating super trains that fly through tubes is finally a little bit less confusing. Today Hyperloop Technologies changed its name to Hyperloop One. The new moniker should help reduce any mix-ups with competing company Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT). …

With a strong dollar making travel affordable, the time for that once-in-a-lifetime trip is now

A strong dollar isn't a cause for celebration in all cases — the Wall Street Journal reported, for instance, that Tiffany & Co. profits fell in the fourth quarter last year partly because of the muscle of U.S. currency — but for travelers, it's an opportunity to take advantage of improved foreign …

Israel's Cellebrite linked to FBI's iPhone hack attempt

<b>An Israeli cybersecurity firm is under pressure to reveal its involvement in efforts to extract data from an iPhone.</b><p>The FBI said on Monday that it might have found a way to deal with the password lock set by killer Syed Rizwan Farook, who was behind an attack in San Bernardino, California, in …

Forensics

Pentecostal Christians Widening Influence, Says Poll

A new 10-nation survey of <b>Pentecostal</b> and charismatic Christians, considered the fastest-growing stream of Christianity worldwide, shows they are deeply influencing the Roman Catholic and mainstream Protestant churches and are poised to make a big impact on global affairs.<p>The poll released Thursday …

Living in the world's most expensive city

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/business/834000/834466_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534408602_e322ccf89752c393bf73cac3b33de9bf<p><b>When you think of the world's most expensive cities, the dusty Angolan capital of Luanda seems an unlikely contender.</b><p>Potholed, chaotic and still …

War

Angola's Morais sentenced over diamond book

<b>A renowned Angolan journalist has been given a six-month suspended jail sentence for falsely linking military generals to the "blood diamond" trade.</b><p>Prosecutors pushed for his conviction, despite his legal team saying last week that a deal had been reached with the generals to drop the case.<p>A rights …

Activism

Angola profile - Timeline

<b>A chronology of key events:</b><p><b>1300s</b> - Kongo kingdom consolidates in the north.<p><b>1483</b> - Portuguese arrive.<p><b>1575</b> - Portuguese found Luanda.<p><b>17th and 18th centuries</b> - Angola becomes a major Portuguese trading arena for slaves. Between 1580 and 1680 a million plus are shipped to Brazil.<p><b>1836</b> - Slave trade …

Africa

Hands-on with the $949 mind-bending Meta 2 augmented reality headset

As modern virtual reality welcomes its consumer moment with the impending releases of the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, off in the distant far-less-sexy enterprise space exists a class of augmented devices that will eventually replace our smartphones.<p>Right now this industry is full of products that are …

Augmented Reality

US home sales slump 10.5% in November

<b>The rate of US home sales fell in November as buyers struggled with new regulation.</b><p>The National Association of Realtors (NAR) said existing home sales decreased by 10.5% in November, despite continued demand.<p>The pace of sales was the slowest since April 2014.<p>NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun said …

Mortgages

Why South African mayor offers virgin scholarships

<b>A scheme which offers female students scholarships to girls in rural South Africa if they can prove they are virgins has been condemned by human rights groups. The BBC's Nomsa Maseko visited the town to find out more.</b><p>Thubelihle Dlodlo is nervous about leaving home in Emcitsheni village in rural …

South Africa

The snipers trained to protect rhinos

<b>In Kenya's Borana nature reserve, drastic new measures are being taken to protect vulnerable rhinos from poachers who kill the animals for their horns, writes Chris Haslam.</b><p>You never expect Africa to be cold, but up here on Kenya's Laikipia plateau, it's freezing. Thick cloud hides the spires of …

Endangered Species

U.S. national parks are trying to solve their diversity problem

The United States' national parks "belong to everyone" — but not everyone is going.<p>The parks are welcoming more people than ever before — 292.8 …

The Points Guy Tries to Translate His Miles Hacking Wisdom to Webisodes

It’s been a good few years for the points industry and Brian Kelly, the founder of The Points Guy.<p>After seeing strong month-over-month growth to the …

Ravens Can Imagine They're Being Spied On, Study Finds

Stay woke.<p>Ravens could be the most woke birds on the planet, based on new research that suggests they're capable of imagining they're being spied on.<p>A new study conducted by a team at the University of Vienna finds that ravens can consider what might be motivating another individual. While the jury …

Google begins rolling out free internet to public housing in Fiber cities

After making preliminary moves to do this last year, Google has officially announced that it will be bringing gigabit internet to public housing properties in all cities that offer Google Fiber — for free. The company is starting today with a property called West Bluff in Kansas City, its …

12 Destinations That Inspired Disney’s Greatest Movies

Cinderella’s castle of the 1950s was a highly stylized version of what would later become the iconic silhouette it is today in Walt Disney World’s …

WhatsApp to drop subscription fees, no plans to launch ads

(Reuters) -- Mobile messaging service WhatsApp, owned by Facebook Inc, said it will no longer charge annual subscription fees and plans to test tools to allow users to communicate directly with businesses and organizations via the app.<p>WhatsApp, which has 900 million users worldwide and works across …

Flint, Michigan water contamination: Obama declares emergency

<b>US President Barack Obama has declared a state of emergency in Flint, Michigan, where the water has become contaminated with lead.</b><p>The city's water became contaminated after a change in supplier in 2014. Corrosive water leached lead from old pipes into the water supply.<p>The emergency declaration will …

Water

Light pillar over Colorado Rockies

Light pillar extending up from a lighted tourist attraction, hidden behind a ridge.<p>Joe Randall caught this image in North Cheyenne Canyon, Colorado. …

Stocks Dive: Wrapping Up a Week of Tumult

Stocks plunged again for the second-straight week as the major averages on Wall Street officially entered correction territory, down 10% from a recent high. The moves come after the markets saw the worst start to a year ever as volatility increased thanks to fresh worries over China’s economy and …

Wall Street Is Getting Crushed Right Now, and Economists Are Worried

If you work on Wall Street, you're probably breaking into a cold sweat right about now. The stock market has been in miserable shape since the …

Hyperloop Tech joins SpaceX in sponsoring pod design competition

The winners will get $50,000 and an internship<p>Hyperloop Technologies Inc. (HTI), one of the two Los Angeles-based startups working to build a futuristic transportation system, announced today that it would join Elon Musk's SpaceX in sponsoring the Hyperloop pod design competition later this month. …

High-speed Rail

Tesla Says Its Latest Car Is 100% Vegan

Tesla, the all-electric-car company, has just unveiled an SUV model that’s not only environmentally friendly — it’s also vegan.<p>The Tesla Model X, …

Wal-Mart to close 269 stores, including 154 in the U.S. and 9 in California

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Friday that it will close 269 of its 11,600 stores, including 154 in the U.S. — nine in California — as the company tries to find its footing in a difficult retail climate.<p>The retailer also said that in the next year it plans to open more than 140 new stores nationwide. …

Is it too late for the GOP to stop Trump?

With just over two weeks until Iowa's caucuses kick off the presidential nominating season, the Democratic contest suddenly has become much tighter and unpredictable while the Republican race increasingly appears to be <b>Donald Trump</b>'s to lose.<p>That neither of those scenarios appeared plausible as …