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Website Tracks Companies' Promises to Reduce Deforestation

Hundreds of companies have pledged to reduce their role in the destruction of the world's forests, but how many have kept their promises? An online portal launched on Wednesday aims to hold the companies to their word. The platform, Supply Change, tracks the progress of more than 300 corporate …

This List Of 50 Low-cost Hobbies Will Excite You

Do you want to find a fun, low-cost hobby? A good hobby is entertaining, fulfilling and will enhance your life – but they can often also be very …

France decrees new rooftops must be covered in plants or solar panels

Rooftops on new buildings built in commercial zones in France must either be partially covered in plants or solar panels, under a law approved on Thursday.<p>Green roofs have an isolating effect, helping reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building in winter and cool it in summer.<p>The argument …

New Alzheimer’s Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function

Of the mice that received the treatment, 75 percent got their memory function back.<p>Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound …

Dementia

Messing Around With Markers: Sharpies on Ceramic Tiles

This is a really neat technique that uses permanent markers, like Sharpies, and rubbing alcohol to re-flow the inks and make all sorts of mesmerizing swirly effects on the tile. Tiles are a popular material for creating DIY coasters. Be sure to seal the ink with a spray sealer as a final step to …

Scientists discover how to change human leukemia cells into harmless immune cells

After a chance observation in the lab, researchers found a method that can force dangerous leukemia cells in the lab to mature into harmless immune …

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51 of the Best Breakfast Recipes Ever

Waking up is never easy, but breakfast food makes the prospect a whole lot sunnier.<p>Put some coffee on and get cookin'.<p><b>Monkey-Bread Danish</b><p>Danish meets monkey bread. <b>Get the recipe</b>.<p><b>Red Velvet Pancakes</b><p>Sexiest breakfast ever. <b>Get the recipe</b>.<p><b>Onion & Arugula Frittata</b><p>Served straight out of the pan. <b>Get the</b> …

Breakfast

Water-Repellent Paint Punishes Revelers Who Use Street As Public Toilet

Peeback's a mess<p>Peeing in public is the worst. And unfortunately, in major cities with any kind of nightlife, the stench of stale urine on the street is an incredibly annoying and disgusting part of life. But residents of Hamburg, Germany's bustling St. Pauli neighborhood figured out a solution. …

Hamburg

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An Octopus Attacked A Crab In Western Australia And It's Insane

Sea creatures battle it out on dry land!<p>"When I first saw the octopus, I thought it was a black crab it moved so fast."<p>"I was just so surprised the octopus could leap out of the water like that".

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Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Photograph: Alamy<p>‘Because it is limited in characters, texting discourages thoughtful discussion or any level of detail, and its addictive problems are compounded by its …

IQ

Cicret Bracelet Turns Your Arm into a Touchscreen Device

A Paris-based design company is taking wearable tech one step further with the <i>Cicret Bracelet</i>, a concept for a wristband that projects the screen of a smartphone directly onto the user's arm. Marketed as “Like a tablet…but on your skin,” the bracelet emits the interface of a remotely connected …

Wearable Tech

Hobbit holiday homes you can stay in around the world

As The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies hits UK cinemas, we take a look at the best Shire-like abodes you can rent for your next holiday

Chris Hadfield: ‘Celebrity is not that big a deal for me’

<b>You’re in Saskatchewan at the moment, but by the time Observer readers see this, you’ll be in London – and then off to various points of the UK and Ireland. Are you looking forward to it?</b><br>I’m really looking forward to it. And it’s where my family’s all originally from – we only came to Canada a …

This is a statue in Berlin, it is called "Politicians discussing Global Warming" http://t.co/SjpjIa3OGJ

175 DIY gifts you can make instead of shopping on Black Friday

If the idea of fighting your way through Best Buy is giving you a headache, opt for something a little craftier.<p>There's no need to elbow your way …

Why there won't be a male pill any time soon

The science to produce a male contraceptive pill is in place, so why aren't big pharmaceutical companies interested? In an extract from his new book, Peter Lloyd finds out<p>When I enter Professor Lee Smith’s office at the University of Edinburgh’s <b>Centre for Reproductive Health</b>, two things strike me: …

How A Simple New Invention Seals A Gunshot Wound In 15 Seconds

An Oregon startup has developed a pocket-size device that uses tiny sponges to stop bleeding fast.<p>When a soldier is shot on the battlefield, the emergency treatment can seem as brutal as the injury itself. A medic must pack gauze directly into the wound cavity, sometimes as deep as 5 inches into …

U.S. Army

Flashback: Fabric Covered Shoe Makeover

<b>By Brookelynn Morris</b><p>Cute shoes are hard to find, but for some reason, ugly shoes are readily available. Turn lemons into lemonade with quick shoe makeover. Spray on glue makes it easy to cover old shoes with new fabric.<p>For this project, I chose a fabric with a tie-dye pattern that was very …

Tutorial: Retro halter t-shirt refashion

Tutorial: Retro halter t-shirt refashion<p>Lola Nova shows how you can refashion a plain long sleeved t-shirt into this retro fabulous halter t-shirt. …

3D printed organs come a step closer

For years, scientists have been able to “print” types of human tissue using a 3D printer, but in a significant leap forward by US and Australian researchers they can now make that tissue survive on its own.<p>Until now a major barrier to them moving from printing tiny sheets of tissue to entire 3D …

'Arrest us all': the 200 women who killed a rapist

A year ago Usha Narayane was about to embark on a new life. A call-centre worker with a diploma in hotel management, she was 25 and about to travel north from her home in the centre of India to begin a managerial job in a hotel in Punjab. The job would transport her not only geographically but also …

If Your Own Country Experienced The Same Disaster As Syria, This Is What It Would Look Like

If the UK were Syria, everyone in Reading would be dead.<p>She said: "How do you picture nine million people? So after reporting on the crisis again, I wanted to think of a creative way to get this across and in a column for a Canadian paper, I wrote a comparison with Canada and it provoked a reaction …

Study links Oklahoma earthquake swarm with fracking operations

Oklahoma has seen a boom in two things in recent years: oil and gas production and earthquakes.<p>To many residents, the timing says it all. Before the oil and gas industry started drilling so many underground injection wells, they say, it was rare to feel an earthquake. Today, Oklahoma is the …

Geology

Princeton researchers use sunlight to convert CO2 more efficiently than plants do

Cutting back on greenhouse gases is only one part of the fight against climate change. The planet will also need to capture and store — or, better yet, capture and re-use — the gases already out there.<p>Now, new research from Princeton and a New Jersey-based startup has led to the most efficient way …

Five insights challenging science's unshakable 'truths'

<b>1 | Lifestyle can change genes</b><p>We have come to think that if something is "in our genes", it is our inevitable destiny. However, this is a gross oversimplification. We have each inherited a particular set of genes, but the outcome of that inheritance is not fixed. Our environment, diet and …