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An Abandoned Bangkok Shopping Mall Hides a Fishy Secret | Colossal

<p>In most post-apocalyptic films when the camera pans down the abandoned streets of New York or Tokyo, long after people have disappeared and the …

The dark side of .io: How the U.K. is making web domain profits from a shady Cold War land deal

Advertisement<p>39 Comments<p>Credit: U.S. Military<p>The .io country code top-level domain is pretty popular right now, particularly among tech startups that …

We Tried To Design Our Own Iron Man Suit. It Wasn’t Always Pretty

The U.S. military’s TALOS armor, slated to debut this month, will certainly be really, really cool. But will it fly or shoot lasers?!<p>Back in February, while announcing two new Pentagon-sponsored manufacturing hubs in Chicago and Detroit, President Obama made a joke. “Basically,” he said, “I’m here …

Chicago Will Launch An Architectural Biennial Next Year

Chicago, the city that gave us the world’s first skyscraper, is launching a global architecture exhibition starting next year. The Chicago Architecture Biennial will–at least according to city officials–be the biggest survey of international architecture in North America.<p>The Biennial will be held …

Hovership holidays: North Korean architects shake up tourism

Cliffs of blue mirror glass plunge towards a waterfall, as space-age hoverships dock on glistening conical towers. Buildings shaped like spinning-tops nestle between lush mountainsides, connected by ski slopes, while a glass bubble train snakes through the valley. These could be scenes from a Dan …

The Solar-Powered Airplane That Can Fly Forever Makes Its First Flight

The Solar Impulse 2 took 50 engineers, 80 technological partners, and 100 technical advisors 12 years to conceptualize, design, and build. All of their work culminated in this week's two hour-long test flight.

A Guy With No Engineering Experience Invented A Wheelchair That Can Go Anywhere, Even Through Water

Brad Soden makes go-anywhere, do-anything wheelchairs under the well-chosen company name of Tankchair, and we learned all about his business in this excellent write-up on Bloomberg Businessweek.<p>Tankchairs sit on treads, enabling them to cross all kinds of terrain that would leave a conventional …

Historian casts doubt on Christopher Columbus account of Santa Maria shipwreck

Expert claims remains of ship recently found off Haiti cannot be Spanish explorer's vessel because it never really sank<p>An 'X' marked the spot on the explorer's map – and the crowd grew wide-eyed in amazement at what they were told lies beneath.<p>The 500-year-old diaries corroborated the find, said …

75 Summer Recipes Everyone Should Know How to Cook

Master these ultimate summer dishes and eat well through September.<p><b>Just because we're not in the mood to fire up the oven</b> to make brisket in the summer doesn't mean we're off the hook when it comes to warm weather meals. Nope, when it comes to summertime, there are <i>definitely</i> some classics that just …

Cooking

10 Books That Could Change the Way You Understand Modern Cities

We have just entered the Urban Age, when the majority of the world's population lives in cities. Most of us may live in the metropolis, but these …

Urbanism

10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, …

Time Management

How to Keep Beer Cold, Outside, with No Electricity: The eCool

Beer was reportedly invented sometime around 5,000 B.C. So it's shocking to think that refrigeration wasn't invented until the 19th Century. Because …

Refrigeration

These World Cup Posters Are A Must-See For Any Soccer Super Fan

Brazilian artist and graphic designer Cristiano Siqueira pulled out all the stops when creating these incredible World Cup team posters for an ESPN campaign celebrating the tournament, which begins on June 12.<p>Each of these posters illustrates one of the 32 teams that will be heading to this year's …

10 great uses for old Android phones/tablets

There’s so much that your Android device is capable of and you just haven’t realized it yet. So, with a little bit of effort, you can help your old Android device break free from the depths of your cupboard.<p>Here are some of the best examples.<p>1. Alarm clock<p>People still buy dedicated alarm clocks? …

Gear & Gadgets

11 Financial Books Every Young Person Should Read

Those of you who are seeking investing enlightenment are not going to find much of it on the web.<p>I suggest you log off, power down your computer, and read some books. Take your time. The months you spend perusing this list will be well spent.<p>I'd recommend reading at least the first four books …