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15 Surprisingly Simple Woodworking Projects for Beginners

Woodworking doesn’t have to be daunting! Most of these fun, novice-friendly projects use scrap lumber and require just basic tools and some simple …

Woodworking

6. Why Do We Sleep And Dream?

Sleep is obviously extremely important. Despite the risks and drawbacks of spending a large proportion of your day, and as much as a third of your …

Sleep

This startup is using drones to deliver medicine in Rwanda

A Silicon Valley startup is using drones to deliver medicine and blood to patients in Rwanda, and it plans to expand to other countries by the end of the year. The company, Zipline International, announced this week that it will begin flying its drones in Rwanda in July, under a partnership with …

Zip-lines

Neuroscience Learns What Buddhism Has Known for Ages: There Is No Constant Self

Proving that science and religion can, in fact, overlap, University of British Columbia researcher Evan Thompson has confirmed the Buddhist teaching …

Consciousness

DIY smart bathroom mirror

Smart bathroom mirrors with Internet connections and integrated displays have been fodder for futurists (including me) since the early 1990s at …

InterAct

Zimbabwe declares 'state of disaster' over food shortages

A devastating drought and poor land management have left a quarter of the population in Zimbabwe food insecure. At least 14 million people in …

Africa

A Millionaire Says Getting Rich Means Making One Decision Most People Don't Make

It doesn't seem like the obvious thing to do. Until you think about it.<p><i>Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Whoever said becoming rich was going to be easy?<p>Actually, it was pretty much everyone who's written one of those self-help, …

Credit Cards

The most uplifting videos of 2015

Amid the sad news that often overwhelmed headlines in 2015, there were some shining moments of joy, kindness and humor. Whether it was celebrities going out of their way to perform good deeds or everyday people brightening others’ moods in unexpected ways, here are some of the best feel-good videos …

Documentaries

VR's biggest challenge has nothing to do with technology

Commentary: To my family, no matter what their age, VR is magic... but it takes someone to put it on their heads in the first place.<p>"Oh my god, it's so cool!"<p>This was my 5-year-old niece. I realized I had somehow let her try on the plastic set of goggles I had already slipped onto the faces of my …

Virtual Reality

60 Minutes Airs 'Inside Apple' Special Providing Close Look at Company

<i>60 Minutes</i> on Sunday aired an <i>Inside Apple</i> special with correspondent Charlie Rose that included interviews with a number of Apple's senior executives alongside closer looks at Apple's secretive design studio, camera lab, mock next-generation Apple Store and under construction Campus 2 project.<p><i>Watch</i> …

Economic growth more likely when wealth distributed to poor instead of rich

The economic case for maintaining a progressive income tax structure and targeting welfare payments to those most in need is overwhelming<p>Having money from economic growth flow to poor people rather than the rich feeds into a lift in the rate of economic growth and lower unemployment. Conversely, as …

Income Inequality

Scientists believe the secret to energy storage may be in a cigarette butt

Cigarette filters contain certain fibers that are used to trap certain hazardous particles. Using a process called "pyrolysis," the scientists modified the cellulose acetate fibers in the cigarette butts. The new material consists of carbon, which can be used to store energy. The high-performance …

Supercapacitors

The doomsday vault: the seeds that could save a post-apocalyptic world

Set in an Arctic mountainside, the Svalbard seed bank contains the world’s most prized crops. But a row has erupted over whether this is the best hope of feeding the world after a catastrophe or just an overpriced deep freeze<p>One Tuesday last winter, in the town nearest to the North Pole, Robert …

Agriculture

New leads emerge in hunt for missing Ben Needham, 23 years after he disappeared

Hopes of a breakthrough in the case of missing British toddler Ben Needham rise after police receive possible new leads following TV appeal in Greece, 23 years after his disappearence<p>Hopes of a breakthrough in the case of missing British toddler Ben Needham rose on Saturday after detectives …

Faster-than-light travel: Are we there yet?

There’s a cosmic speed limit that unfortunately means we won’t be firing up warp drive anytime soon.<p>Long before the Empire struck back, before the …

Water: the weirdest liquid on the planet

The more scientists examine H2O, the stranger it starts to seem. Water bends all the rules – but if it didn’t, ice would sink and firefighters’ hoses would be useless<p>Water is the only substance on Earth whose chemical formula has entered the vernacular. We all know H2O, even if we don’t understand …

Weird

Tiny 'forest' advances artificial photosynthesis - Futurity

A new system of nanowires and bacteria mimics natural photosynthesis. Tests show its solar energy conversion efficiency is similar to that of a leaf.

Photosynthesis

Judge gives chimpanzees human rights for the first time (update)

New York justice briefly decrees two apes are covered by habeas corpus before changing her court order<p>For the first time in US history, a judge has decreed that a pair of chimpanzees held at a university research facility are covered by the same laws that govern the detention of humans, effectively …

Chimpanzees