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How to build the world's first underground park

James Ramsey is brimming with confidence. He says so as he gazes at the lush, undulating mini-forest he helped build in the middle of an empty warehouse in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The Lowline Lab, as it is called — two small hills of ferns and flowers, draped in ivy, bisected by a gravel path, …

Urban Design

How Smart Traffic Lights Could Transform Your Commute

The traffic signals along Factoria Boulevard in Bellevue, Wash., generally don’t flash the same stretch of green twice in a row, especially at rush …

Urban Design
Café

Pain Really Is All In Your Head And Emotion Controls Intensity

When you whack yourself with a hammer, it feels like the pain is in your thumb. But really it's in your brain.<p>That's because our perception of pain is shaped by brain circuits that are constantly filtering the information coming from our sensory nerves, says David Linden, a professor of …

The Brain

Why South American strikers are best in Premier League

Sergio Aguero, Alexis Sanchez and Diego Costa are Premier League leading lights - the main reason is desire<p>Hunger. It is the word that is consistently used by managers and fellow players. Desire. That is another – as is drive. And passion. And fight.<p>Above all, in fact, it is fight. The …

Soccer

Ballon d’Or: Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid's genius that defies explanation

Sky Sports documentary on the genesis of footballing phenomenon gives insight but fails to hit the target<p>“I think I’ve found you a genius,” the <b>Manchester United</b> scout Bob Bishop famously telegrammed to Sir Matt Busby on seeing George Best. Never mind finding a genius, how do you make one? Last …

Soccer

World's best climber only has nine fingers - the life and times of Tommy Caldwell

Undeterred by being kidnapped by terrorists and the loss of a finger, Tommy Caldwell is on the verge of completing the 'climb of the century’<p>On November 29, 2001, Tommy Caldwell, then a promising 23-year-old climber, suffered an accident that should have ended his career.<p>While using a table saw …

Climbing

China's poorest village booming thanks to 'rural urbanization'[1]

XIAOGANG - Xiaogang village in East China's Anhui province, once one of China's poorest village four decades ago, has seen "rural urbanization" …

Urbanization

Great Blue Hole off Belize yields new clues to fall of Mayan civilisation

A massive underwater sinkhole surrounded by reefs, caves and sharks has provided archaeologists with clues in the mystery of the fall of the Mayan civilization, according to new research.<p>Scientists from Rice University and Louisiana State University found evidence in Belize’s Great Blue Hole, a …

Archaeology

Stiglitz has harsh words for US policy makers on China|Politics

Joseph Stiglitz, one of the world's most influential economists today, sounded some serious warnings to US policy and law makers in his article China …

Culture

Chinese food [Photo/Xinhua]<p>To have authentic Chinese family meals in a Chinese restaurant has become the top item on the to-do-list for many Germans …

Record Drought Reveals Stunning Changes Along Colorado River

Lake Powell is at historic lows, offering kayakers new channels to explore but raising the alarm about water.<p>LAKE POWELL, Utah—In early September, at the abandoned Piute Farms marina on a remote edge of southern Utah's Navajo reservation, we watched a ten-foot (three-meter) waterfall plunging off …

The 25 Best Inventions of 2014

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Inventions

Look Inside The Stunning New Cafe Where Apple Employees Eat Their Meals

In addition to its main cafeteria — which is open to the public — Apple operates a number of smaller, more exclusive, cafes near its Infinite Loop campus.<p>In June, the company opened a gorgeous new cafeteria designed by Foster + Partners, the architectural firm behind Apple's upcoming "spaceship" …

Apple Store

Is Civilization Natural?

So, there's the city and then there's the country, the built environment and the wilderness, nature and civilization. Whatever name the dichotomy goes by, we usually think of the world humans create and the world outside their creations as separate and unequal.<p>But as we enter the Anthropocene — an …

The Top 25 Most Innovative Companies 2014

11 Companies That Shaped The Modern World

In that time, some businesses have shaped human society more than others, whether by subjugating continents and controlling commodities or giving us microwaves and cheeseburgers.<p>Here are a few of the ones that have shaped our modern world.

McDonald's

This colorful tree is designed to grow 40 types of fruit

Even the most beautiful trees tend to bloom in only a single color, but artist Sam Van Aken is growing trees that turn into a kaleidoscopic array of flowers come spring. A project of his, the "Tree of 40 Fruit," has Van Aken grafting 40 different stone fruit branches onto a single tree, ultimately …

This Incredibly Simple, Clever Invention Solves An Old, Annoying Problem For Tour De France Teams

But until recently there's been at least one area where technology was missing — a means for a team to get water bottles easily and safely from the support cars to the riders.<p>Now a company called Sportful has produced the "bottle vest," which is worn by a designated team rider and loaded with up to …

Tour de France

John Kerry In Beijing: Four Good Reasons Why The Chinese View American Leaders As Empty Suits

It is hard to exaggerate the audacity with which China now kicks sand in Uncle Sam’s face. On everything from trade barriers to industrial espionage to intellectual property theft, Washington is regarded in Beijing as an empty suit.<p>Washington never finds the courage to confront Beijing. And the …

The World Cup of Dirty Dreams: Inside Brazil's Most Infamous Brothel

Full of beautiful women and XXX behavior, Rio de Janeiro's Centaurus has enticed celebrities, soccer stars and anyone else willing to pay a fee and …

A Spaceship For The Sea

This vertical structure will allow scientists to better study the ocean.<p>Scientists know more about the surface of the moon and Mars than they do about our own seafloor. Which helps explain the grand vision of the French architect Jacques Rougerie, who’s designed an ocean-going laboratory that …

Jules Verne

All 32 World Cup kits ranked from best to worst

You want to look like France (seriously!), and if you're Ecuadorian, our sympathies.<p>Every four years, the eyes of the world turn to one nation's pitches for a global celebration of soccer as 32 teams battle it out for the sport's ultimate prize. With so much attention being paid to those giving it …

This Futuristic Floating City Could Become A Reality In China

Renderings of this futuristic Floating City (via Dezeen) could very easily pass for the storyboard of a Hollywood sci-fi flick set in the distant future.<p>But this design for a floating city, by London-based architecture firm AT Design Office, may very well become reality.<p>According to the city's …

Industrial Design

Cross-Laminated Timber is the Most Advanced Building Material

Cross-Laminated Timber Continues to Impress Builders and Engineers<p>On a cloudy day in early October, the architect Andrew Waugh circles the base of a nondescript apartment tower in Shoreditch, a neighborhood in East London. Shoreditch suffered heavily during the blitz of World War II—“urban renewal, …

101 Cycling Tips to Completely Transform Your Bike Life

Ride better, get stronger, be happier, go faster, look nicer, stay safer, get fitter, smile wider, and lots more<p>Want to be a better cyclist? Just ride. Every time you turn the pedals, you naturally improve a little. Of course, one well-placed tip, trick, or nugget of wisdom can help you achieve …

Cycling

11 Pathetic Gadgets Announced At CES That You Absolutely Do Not Need

There are some good gadgets on show at CES 2014 in Las Vegas. There is also a metric ton of useless tat.<p>Here are 11 examples of gadgets announced …

Watch a swarm of drones fly in formation and avoid crashing into a person

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>A new video out of the University of Illinois Aerospace Robotics and Control Laboratory depicts a swarm of drones that can …