Erik Gutschmidt

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Green energy: using plants for power

Scientists from Cambridge University are creating electricity using plants<p>Bright sparks at Cambridge University have harvested energy produced by plants to light a “green bus shelter”.<p>Unveiled on March 10, the prototype Plant to Power hub is now open to the public at the Cambridge University …

Paris' Most Secret Streets You Need To Walk

Ah, Paris. From its famous food to the stunning architecture, hell, even its snobby locals, we love pretty much everything about the city (not to sound too American, but have you seen the Eiffel Tower?!).<p>And now there's a guidebook, written by a local journalist, to show us all the hidden nooks and …

France

The Quantum Experiment That Simulates A Time Machine

Physicists have simulated a photon interacting with an older version of itself in an experiment that could help reconcile quantum mechanics and …

Quantum Mechanics

Leatherman Tread bracelet is the first truly useful 'wearable'

You might not understand how truly useful and indispensable a Leatherman, or any multitool for that matter, is unless you've carried one for a while. Obviously, Leatherman President Ben Rivera is quite fond of his, but it caused a bit of a problem when he tried to pass through the gates at …

How Reducing Food Waste Could Ease Climate Change

Producing the food we throw away generates more greenhouse gases than most entire countries do.<p>More than a third of all of the food that's produced on our planet never reaches a table. It's either spoiled in transit or thrown out by consumers in wealthier countries, who typically buy too much and …

Scientists slow the speed of light

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/news_scotland/1140000/1140023_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524652882_4421679d2e7e6e63f8fe39b555c1fdb6<p><b>A team of Scottish scientists has made light travel slower than the speed of light.</b><p>They sent photons - individual particles of light - through …

Physics

3D printing technique will put electronics into just about everything

You can use 3D printing to make a handful of electronics, such as antennas and batteries, but LEDs and semiconductors have been elusive; you usually need some other manufacturing technique to make them work, which limits what they can do and where they'll fit. A team of Princeton researchers …

Here's a machine that turns water into synthetic gasoline

Even with the amount of electric vehicles we've seen lately, it's likely going to be a long time until they completely replace traditional combustion engines on the road. So how are we going to get away from pricey fossil fuels until then? Well, water could be a possibility. German company Sunfire …

Blood cells modified by researchers hunt cancer — with success

19 of 30 patients treated with genetically-modified T cells remain in remission from otherwise-fatal leukemia<p>The blood cells of cancer patients, reprogrammed by doctors to attack their leukemia and re-infused back into the patients’ veins, led to complete remissions in 27 of 30 people. That’s …

This Woman's Revolutionary Startup Could Change 900,000 Surgeries A Year

If you've ever broken a bone, you know the process to recovery is slow and painful.<p>Now imagine neither splint nor surgery were enough to seal the fracture. Instead, your doctor says you need a bone graft, a procedure that involves taking bone from elsewhere to fill the gap created by your …

Stem Cells

Top 10 affordable eco-lodges in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the world’s most popular eco-tourism destinations, with travellers drawn to national parks, reserves and rainforests. It also grades lodgings for sustainable practices. We select 10 of the best<p>Beach houses in South and Central America<p>Finca Luna Nueva<p>At Finca Luna Nueva, guests …

3 Simple Techniques To Keep Negativity Out Of Your Life

If you don’t control your mind, you will never control your life.<p>It doesn’t matter if you believe it or not, <b>everything</b> that gets inside your mind has …

Self-help

How to Tell If You're Self-Loathing and What to Do About It

Many of us subject ourselves to self-loathing thoughts on a regular basis.<p>However, self-loathing isn't something that we are born with. As Anneli Rufus says in this Psychology Today article: "We aren't born with low self-esteem. It is not possible. The newborn brain lacks this capacity."<p>Yet as we …

Self-help

Google's DeepMind Builds Artificial Intelligence Computer That Mimics Human Brain

Google-owned artificial intelligence (AI) startup DeepMind has unveiled a computer prototype capable of mimicking properties of the human brain's …

Why You Self-Sabotage and What You Can do About It

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>Are things going relatively well for you? Have people told you, you are doing a good job?<p>Do you want to ruin all of that?<p>Come with me on a journey of self-sabotage…<p>Step 1: Diminish your success<p>Take a success you’ve had in the past, any success large or …

World's first solar bike path set to open in the Netherlands

The SolaRoad project has been in the works since 2009, when the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), led a team of road …

Clean Energy

How To Repurpose Your Old Radio To Listen To Meteor Showers

Hear (and see) the Leonid meteor shower Nov. 17 through Nov. 18.<p>In November 2014, the Leonid meteor shower will streak across the sky, peaking on the 17th and 18th. You could watch it. Or you could listen to it—all you need is a modified stereo receiver to tune in. Pair that with radio strip chart …

Studio Gang is Transforming a Dirty Coal Power Plant Into a Green Arts College

Studio Gang Architects just unveiled plans to transform a decommissioned coal-burning power plant in Wisconsin into a clean green school. Beloit …

The 21 Best Wing Joints in the Country

<i>By: Dave Infante</i><p>There is no "best" type of chicken wing. Great wings win hearts and stomachs with well-balanced flavors and quality meat regardless of whether they're naked, dredged, sauced, or smoked. So instead of tracking down the best wings from Buffalo or Chinese restaurants or women wearing …

West Indies

National Geographic Travel

3 Ways To Be Happier At Work

There’s a common belief that you will be happy when you are successful, but the reverse is actually true.<p>Scott Crabtree spent 24 years climbing the ladder in the gaming and software industries, eventually leading his own engineering team at Intel. And after observing life at companies big and …

Happiness

Finally, The GoPro Parody You’ve Been Waiting For Is Here

If you’ve been paying even cursory attention to the Internet, you’ve noticed videos of the GoPro camera going just about everywhere under the sun. The team at <i>Saturday Night Live</i>, however, decided to show what it would be like if these cameras also went were the sun doesn’t shine.<p>This past weekend’s …

GoPro

Meet the Two Besties Who Dress Up Exactly Like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

Photo: What Would Yeezus Wear<p>We'll admit it: We have an unhealthy obsession with all things Kimye. So we were both comforted and insanely jealous (why didn't we think of this!?) when we stumbled upon What Would Yeezus Wear, a genius new Tumblr in which Katie Burroughs and Kathleen Lee, two friends …

Clothing

This Tron-Like Highway Uses Solar Power To Glow In The Dark

A highway in the Netherlands has simple glowing stripes instead of streetlights, no electrical wiring required.<p>At night, a new glow-in-the-dark highway in the Netherlands lights up like a scene from Tron. Instead of power-hungry streetlights, the road is painted with photo-luminescent stripes that …