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New map shows many old-growth forests remain in Europe

Though you might read about deep, dark woods in fairy tales, the prevailing story today is that very little European old-growth forest remains. But …

An Inordinate Fondness for Wasps

There are probably more species of them than any other animal group.<p>When talking about whether theology has anything to learn from science, the British biologist J. B. S. Haldane used to quip that God must have “an inordinate fondness for beetles.”<p>He had a point. Around 380,000 species of beetle …

Insects

Donald Trump Wants Us All to Die in a Climate Change-Induced Hellfire

On Thursday, the White House pulled out of the Paris Agreement and sent a clear message the rest of the world: The future does not matter.<p>At last, after spending weeks teasing his decision as if he were promoting a reality TV show finale in which all the contestants burn to a greenhouse gas-aided …

Solar Power And Electric Vehicles To Halt Growth In Oil And Coal By 2020

After a terrible couple of years, this looks like a good time for the fossil fuels sector. Oil prices are on the up again, President Donald Trump promises to sweep away many of the restrictions the industry had imposed upon it during the Obama Administration, the former head of ExxonMobil is …

Fossil Fuels

A Quest For Simplicity Ends With The Perfect Retirement Home

Not all quests belong in the fantasy world. Some are as real as they can get. For architects, each project is a new quest, a new challenge and an …

Two Architects Revive Their London Flat With Minimal Furnishings and a Fresh Dose of White

When two architects with a passion for photography and minimalism put their ideas together to enliven their outdated flat in North London, the result is a calm, light-filled space that takes cues from Nordic and Italian design.<p>As an Italian architect living in North London, Silvia discovered a …

North London

Make a Wall Mounted Desk With a Secret Compartment Underneath

A desk is a great place to work, but it’s also a great place to hide stuff. Over on YouTube, DIY Creators put together a desk that mounts to a wall, …

Woodworking

Congress moves to give away national lands, discounting billions in revenue and millions of jobs

Though recreation on public lands creates $646bn in economic stimulus and 6.1m jobs, Republicans are setting in motion a giveaway of Americans’ birthright<p>In the midst of highly publicized steps to dismantle insurance coverage for 32 million people and defund women’s healthcare facilities, …

Forests

PSA: These Are the Best Vacation Ideas for a 2018 Getaway

What type of traveler are you? Do you love to roam through a new place with little more than a compass and a backpack or do you prefer the five-star …

U.S. Kids Far Less Likely To Out-Earn Their Parents, As Inequality Grows

The widening gap between rich and poor Americans has pushed the chances of children earning more money than their parents down to around 50 percent, economic researchers say. That's a sharp fall from 1940, when 90 percent of kids were destined to move up the income ladder.<p>Describing an American …

I Took Squat Breaks At Work Every Day For A Month, And Here's What Happened

My usual "strength training" consists of half-heartedly doing crunches after an easy run or hauling a dangerously full basket of groceries around the store because I refuse to push a cart. It's not that I'm lazy—I ran a marathon this fall, and I make a point to exercise regularly even when I'm not …

Overheated Arctic sign of climate change 'vicious circle'

"The long-term decline in sea ice in the Arctic can be attributed to climate change," said Ed Blockley, lead scientist at the UK Met Office's Polar …

This $5 device can hack password-protected computers in just 30 seconds

Even the strongest passwords are fallible, and as Samy Kamkar demonstrates, sometimes it doesn’t take much.<p>Kamkar’s new exploit, PoisonTap, uses free software and a $5 Raspberry Pi Zero microcomputer. After attaching the Raspberry Pi to a USB adapter and plugging it in, the device goes to work. In …

Raspberry Pi

Scientists believe they've nailed the combination that could help robots feel love

The proposal to open <i>Café fellatio</i>, an establishment in Geneva, Switzerland where men would be able to get oral sex while drinking their coffee, was met with no uncertain outrage. And city authorities have decided it’s also against Swiss law. So Bradley Charvet of Facegirl.ch, the escort service …

Artificial Intelligence

Michael Bloomberg has a plan to shift the conversation on climate change

But another prominent billionaire is putting forward a counterargument. Michael Bloomberg and former Sierra Club executive director Carl Pope are coming out with a book that attempts to shift the conversation about climate change.<p>"The world economy will be a lot stronger if we solve climate than if …

Fossil Fuels

The smog smothering India is so thick you can actually see it from space

The smog smothering millions in the Indian capital of New Delhi is so thick, it's plainly visible from space, showing up as a milky blanked covering …

Doctor Strange Is a Gorgeous Superhero Movie You've Seen Too Many Times

An arrogant genius whose confident snark keeps people distant finds themselves humbled after an accident leaves them gravely injured. The event sets …

The Best 40-Minute Workout To Do At The Gym

As the saying goes, an hour-long workout is roughly four percent of your day, so use it wisely. However, once you factor in your commute to and from …

4 Secrets For Ultralight Backpacking

There's no denying that a lighter pack can help make backpacking less strenuous and more enjoyable. So, with all the high-quality backpacking gear …

Backpacking

San Francisco is envious of LA’s public transit system

You might not believe this, but ...<p>It's been a topsy turvy year, with a bonkers election cycle, copious amounts of celebrity deaths, San Francisco artists flocking to LA, and now in the most bizarre turn of events of 2016: It seems Los Angeles has another leg up over the Bay.<p>San Francisco is …

IBM’s supercomputer reveals which celebrities tweet like angry robot trolls

IBM has used Watson to forecast the weather, teach people how to cook, and crush puny Ken Jennings at <i>Jeopardy</i>. Earlier this week, IBM rolled out its …

185 Million Devices May Be Vulnerable to Hackers

The internet may be far more vulnerable to attacks from internet-connected devices controlled by hackers than was previously thought, new data …

MIT makes breakthrough in morality-proofing artificial intelligence - ExtremeTech

By on November 1, 2016 at 12:54 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>If the Halloween month has you …

Artificial Intelligence

“Design has nothing to do with art”: Design legend Milton Glaser dispels a universal misunderstanding

Design is not art. It’s a distinction understood by practicing designers, but it still eludes many. In an Oct. 29 talk at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, the 87-year-old graphic design legend Milton Glaser gave the best definition of the practice of design.<p>“Design is the process of going …

Graphic Design

Kengo Kuma’s Wooden Mobile Home for Snow Peak Is a Minimalist Dream

In collaboration with Japanese outdoor goods manufacturer Snow Peak, architect Kengo Kuma has developed a timber mobile home based on minimalism and …

Draw like an artist: go from "I can't draw" to "handmade art for sale"

Boing Boing-beloved artist Chris Locke (previously) writes, "World-famous artist and middle-school art teacher Christopher Locke has published a new …

Over 40 and fitter than ever: a grown-up guide

Something surprising is happening across middle-aged Britain. Swathes of the population over 40 are looking in the mirror and recoiling in shock. Staring back might be a careerist for whom fitness has never before been a priority – until a health warning from their doctor has forced them to …

A Fundamental Guide to Weight Training

This guide covers weight training in detail, although at a level that should be accessible to new trainers and those with some experience as well. If …