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10 Green Technologies That Could Help Revolutionize Our Changing Planet

In an era of drought, climate change and food shortages, environmental pioneers have joined forces to help tackle some of the world's most pressing issues through technological advancement.<p>Here are 10 burgeoning technologies that have the potential to help revolutionize our planet of consumerism. …

How Real Maple Syrup Gets Made (and Why It's Worth the Price Tag)

Here's how maple syrup is made, from bark to bottle.<p><i>Around these parts, we get pretty excited when the weather starts to slowly warm up, and not just because that means more stuff is in season. It's also sugaring season! Associate web editor Rochelle Bilow, who also happens to be an ex-farmer and</i> …

Hudson Valley

Scientists hail 'success' as Hadron Collider resumes search for dark universe

There was jubilation among scientists at Europe’s physics research centre CERN as efforts to unlock the mysteries of the universe resumed.<p>The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest machine, is up and running again after a two-year revamp.<p>Particle collisions – simulations of conditions …

Physics

High hurdles for EPA climate rules in energy plan

A major new study being developed by the Energy Department could help bolster arguments by critics opposing aggressive emission standards being …

Requiem for American Exceptionalism

If the United States no longer seems so different from other developed nations, and if perhaps it never did, then it has lessons to learn from them.<p>A reader tweeted a funny reply to my last article about American neglect of the First World War. He explained that modern viewers prefer the sequel to …

Political Science

Top 10 alternative city breaks in Europe

Ghent, Belgium<p><b>Why go?</b><br>While Bruges can sometimes feel a little like a tourist toy-town, Ghent keeps it real. The city still offers picturesque Flemish architecture and historical sites - St Bavo Cathedral is the obvious one - but you’ll also find a buzzing contemporary creative scene too, with …

European Travel

Light Photographed As A Wave And A Particle For The First Time

Seeing is believing<p>Scientists have long known that light can behave as both a particle and a wave—Einstein first predicted it in 1909. But no experiment has been able to show light in both states simultaneously. Now, researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland have …

7 Healthy Pancakes to Make for National Pancake Day

From delicious, fruit-packed pancakes to savory mini-pancakes, here are seven healthy recipes to make in celebration of National Pancake Day.<p>From …

Homer Simpson almost discovered the Higgs boson before any scientist

Some may refer to <i>The Simpsons</i> as "genius" but nobody expected this.<p>A new book titled <i>The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets</i> claims that …

Physics

Five Reflections on my last day at the White House

After nearly 3,000 days working for Barack Obama (thanks, Mike Allen, for counting them), today I turn in my badge and my blackberry (yes, I know …

Barack Obama

Inside a Kitchen the Size of a Walk-In Closet

Tiny, yet efficient.<p>To hear about a kitchen no bigger than a walk-in closet is to expect the worst. To actually see this one is to encounter the best. Designer Stephanie Stokes found savvy ways to save space in this big-city kitchen.

Your workplace is probably killing you

We may be long past the days of Upton Sinclair’s <i>The Jungle—</i>the seminal book that depicted the harsh working conditions in America’s meatpacking industry in the early 20th century—but the workplace is still hazardous to our health.<p>Workplace stress—such as long hours, job insecurity, and lack of …

Credit Suisse: Here's the best stock in each sector of the market

Their analysts ranked up to 3 stocks based on a 6-12-month time horizon.<p>We're highlighting one of their top stocks in each of the 8 sectors.<p><i>Note: These are a snapshot of the analysts' top picks in the industries they cover, and should not be viewed as portfolios. Prices are as of the market close</i> …

This chart shows the true collapse of fracking in the US

That's what Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson said about the low price of oil at the company's investor conference. "I see a lot of supply out there."<p>So Exxon is going to do its darnedest to add to this supply: 16 new production projects will start pumping oil and gas through 2017.<p>Production will rise …

Who Needs Buyer Personas?

If your business card has the words "Sales" or "Marketing" anywhere in the title, you need to get this book. It will teach you how to stop wasting your time chasing people who will never ever be your customers.<p>Yes, the title is "Buyer Personas", but it's unlike any marketing (or sales) book you've …

The 5 things you can’t forget when preparing for M&A

The mobile security company I founded, Location Labs, was recently acquired for $220 million by antivirus company AVG. Although I knew from day one our company might someday be acquired, much of the credit for our success goes to solid guidance. Just because you’ve built a successful business from …

National Bank of Abu Dhabi: Even at $10 per barrel, oil can't match solar on cost

Game-over<p>Some people might think that the recent drop in oil price is bad for the solar industry, that it'll slow down investment and reduce demand …

Seriously, let's not take Super Bowl so seriously

When it comes to<p>Super Bowlweek, this column represents failure XLIX. The topic should be ignored, but it's a red flag in front of a bull.<p>Holding my breath until I turn blue hasn't worked. Nor has wearing a sleeping mask and ear plugs. Seeing 12 movies in five days failed. So did asking my wife to …

12 energy storage startups to watch in 2015

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Credit: Image courtesy of Bert Kaufmann, Flickr Creative Commons<p>If you care about the world’s transition to clean power, then …

Michael Moore: 'I think most Americans don’t think snipers are heroes'

The left wing film-maker Michael Moore has denied criticising controversial Clint Eastwood blockbuster American Sniper, following a tweet in which he labelled snipers “cowards” and said his uncle had been killed by one in the second world war.<p>The real American Sniper was a hate-filled killer. Why …

American Sniper

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Our brains are busier than ever before. We’re assaulted with facts, pseudo facts, jibber-jabber, and rumour, all posing as information. Trying to figure out what you need to know and what you can ignore is exhausting. At the same time, we are all doing more. Thirty years ago, travel agents made our …

Text Messaging

Watch Porsche's master mechanics hand-assemble 911 engines

A video tour of Porsche's Zuffenhausen engine plant<p>Porsche's flat-six engine may not be air-cooled anymore, but it's still a jewel to behold. Powering the run-of-the-mill 911, the manual-transmission GTS, the giant-killing Turbo, and our Performance Car Of the Year 911 GT3, that six-banger is as …

Infographic Tracks the Daily Routines of Famous Creatives

According to the infographic <i>The Daily Routines of Famous Creative People</i>, not all great minds think alike. In fact, they plan their days very differently from one another. Podio, a project management software company, created this chart that visualizes how artists, writers, and musicians went about …

Climate activists won the Keystone fight. Great. Now can we actually fight climate change?

From early on in the fight over Keystone XL, environmental activists have argued that mining Canadian tar sands (and moving that oil to market through a massive transcontinental pipeline) would be “game over” for the climate. As a result, part of the discussion about the pipeline’s impact has been …

Climate

7 Airline Innovations That Will Change the Way We Fly

There was a day not too long ago when seatback TVs on planes looked space-aged, the concept of a call from 30,000 feet seemed impossible, and the idea of WiFi—let alone on a plane—was completely out of the question. Today? You take those things for granted. You even complain about them if they …

A Look at Frank Lloyd Wright's Little-Known Prefabs

From early modular construction to a portfolio of homes based in the Midwest, we take a look at the prefab residences designed by America's most famous architect.<p>If you were plotting a Frank Lloyd Wright tour of American architecture, the 2700 block of West Burnham Street in Milwaukee might not …