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7 Space Mysteries No Scientist Can Explain

We've made some incredible space discoveries in the last few years, like gravitational waves and liquid water on Mars.<p>But considering we've explored …

New research suggest that free will might be nothing more than a trick the brain plays on itself

In each case, we conceive of ourselves as free agents, consciously guiding our bodies in purposeful ways.<p>But what does science have to say about the true source of this experience?<p>In a classic paper published almost 20 years ago, the psychologists Dan Wegner and Thalia Wheatley made a revolutionary …

Consciousness

Why Does Gravity Move At The Speed Of Light?

If you looked out at the Sun across the 93 million miles of space that separate our world from our nearest star, the light you’re seeing isn’t from the Sun as it is right now, but rather as it was some 8 minutes and 20 seconds ago. This is because as fast as light is — moving at the speed of light …

Physics

These Are The 10 Best Sustainable Buildings Of 2016

From labs to museums to libraries, these buildings all save enormous amounts of energy and water–and are better to work in, too.<p>Every year, the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment scours the country for the best new green buildings–which, as they point out in a new report, …

Green Living

The innovators: water mills a boon for green households

Lunagen has created a system for generating electricity from slow moving water in areas where space is at a premium<p>For entrepreneur Lauren Dickerson, water mills are an ancient form of renewable energy that can be brought into the 21st century.<p>“As early as the year 1050 AD, there were an estimated …

‘Green Pea’ Galaxy Offers New Clues Into What Ended the Universe’s Dark Age

Soon after the Big Bang, the universe turned dark.<p>Not long after the Big Bang, the universe abruptly went dark. All of that early-days heat and light was subsumed into what cosmologists call the "dark ages."<p>For its first few hundred thousand years, the universe was a very bright place, an intense, …

Astrophysics

5 myths about gravitational waves

After all, in 2014, scientists behind the BICEP2 (Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization) telescope, made an extraordinary claim that they had detected them.<p>Initially hailed as the most groundbreaking discovery of the century, it later proved a false alarm: the signal was merely …

Physics

Why Cheaper Oil Prices Help Solar Tech

You’d think the price of U.S. oil falling below $30 a barrel for the first time in more than a decade would be bad news for “green” energy. With oil …

Pritzker Prize 2016 awarded to Alejandro Aravena - CNN Style

Written by Matthew Ponsford, CNN<p>Alejandro Aravena, the socially-conscious Chilean architect famed for building "half a good house," is the winner of this year's Pritzker Prize for architecture, the profession's highest honor.<p>Tom Pritzker, the chairman of the Hyatt Foundation which awards the prize, …

CNN

General relativity caught in action around black hole

<b>GENEVA</b> — An effect of general relativity that is barely measurable on Earth has been spotted in full force around a black hole.<p>Physicists detected …

Eco housing: thinking outside the box

The best architects are building today’s eco homes, which means they are both beautiful and virtuous<p>In the wake of the Paris accord, perhaps 2016 will be the year when “green” is finally the new normal, in everything from lunch menus to homes. Yet top architects have for years been proving that …

Norman Engleback, architect - obituary

Architect who was a key figure in London County Council<p>Norman Engleback, who has died aged 88, was one of the one of the brightest stars of the London County Council architects department of the 1950s and 1960s and played a leading role in developing the Southbank Centre arts complex.<p>The centre …

13 of the best best science books of 2015

To help sort through 2015's books, the <i>Science News</i> staff offers its must-read picks, many of which have been previously reviewed in the magazine.<p>Read those reviews at the links below or in our Editor's Pick: Favorite books of 2015.

Books

Biophilic design brings nature and increased production to the workplace

It may not be a mainstream term, but biophilic design is an idea that is gaining momentum in architecture and design circles and a proponent living …

Daily Inspiration #2010

This post is part of our daily series of posts showing the most inspiring images selected by some of the Abduzeedo's writers and users. If you want …

Here Are All The Crazy Ways Humans Are Changing Nature

A new photo series titled “A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World” documents the ways humans are changing the natural world. Shot and edited by Robert Zhao Renhui, whose work explores the ethics and morality of man’s relationship to nature, the images catalogue how animals and organisms evolve …

Articles about 5 beautiful kitchen hoods on Dwell.com - Dwell

From unique pendant lighting to interesting cabinetry, how you design your kitchen can be just as admirable as what you create in...<p>Wood has a way of making a home feel both warm and textured—and introduces a natural layer that can have a powerful effect on a...<p>They say the "kitchen is the heart of …

Kitchens
Astrophysics

8 Spa-Like Bathrooms Designed to Instantly Soothe

Let these airy oases across the globe spur some ideas for creating your own refuge.

Interior Design

Scientists just blew apart the myth of the global warming “pause”

A new study explains why manmade warming has appeared to slow down — and why it’s due to ramp up again soon<p>The so-called "pause" in global warming, object of much scientific study and climate denier mockery, is a mystery no more.<p>In a study published Thursday in the journal Science, three prominent …

American atheist blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

Protests in Dhaka after Avijit Roy, whose blog championed liberal secular writing in the Muslim-majority nation, was attacked along with his wife<p>A prominent American blogger of Bangladeshi origin has been hacked to death with machetes by unidentified assailants in Dhaka, after he allegedly received …

modular modern homes by Davis Studio Architecture + Design, design architect for Grow Community

<b></b><p><b>Grow Community</b> <br>Davis Studio A+D / pieceHomes is the Architect for Grow Community (Phase One) on Bainbridge Island which is just a short ferry ride …

A Two-Story Beach House with a Small Footprint

This quarter-acre plot of land just 500 feet from the Atlantic Ocean was purchased over 40 years ago by a couple with hopes to build on it one day. …

11 practical ways you can reduce food waste and save money

Food waste is a worldwide epidemic, and it's well past time the average person started fighting back.<p>More than one-third of all food produced …

Faith-fueled forces of hatred: Obama’s religion speech was troubling — but not for the reasons the right alleges

It’s not that religion gets twisted and misused for evil. The cruelty is embedded in the very texts<p>Every February at the Washington Hilton we witness a seemingly innocuous yet in fact troubling event that furthers hidebound traditions poisonous to our politics and inimical to our progress: the …

25 Shockingly Great-Looking Homes Made From Shipping Containers

See how these creatively recycled containers are turned into surprisingly attractive dwellings.<p>See how these creatively recycled containers are turned into surprisingly attractive dwellings.

Unique Cutouts in Roof of Louvre Abu Dhabi Create Patterns in Light

The architectural beauty of the Louvre Abu Dhabi art museum will soon complement the incredible works to be housed inside. Designed by the renowned architect Jean Nouvel, the building is currently under construction, located on Saaydiyat Island in the United Arab Emirates. It will be the first …

Louvre Abu Dhabi