Karan Kumar

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How to Eat Your Way Through Genoa, Italy's Most Underrated City

The ancient port city (and birthplace of pesto) has incredible street food, hidden restaurants, and markets.<p>Giacomo and I are lost. We are winding through the dark old alleys (called <i>caruggi</i>) of Genoa’s Centro Storico, many only a wingspan wide and forgivingly cool in the summer heat. I’m hungry, …

Italy

How blockchain is impacting clean energy

No one enjoys paying their electricity bill. It keeps going up and up, with a bunch of new nonsense fees thrown on top every few years. What’s worse is that many parts of the world still rely on dirty fossil fuels to produce this energy. By now we have all heard about the potential of solar and …

Renewable Energy

Digital natives can handle the truth. Trouble is, they can’t find it

Alarming research shows that while the young are brilliant at flitting about on social media, their ability to nail down hard facts is woefully lacking<p>The late, great US senator and sociologist Daniel Moynihan famously observed that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not to their own …

Trump has his finger on the nuclear trigger: what will he choose to do?

There is reason to be concerned about the president-elect’s poor grasp of nuclear weapons issues, yet his fluid views could bring some benefits<p>Donald Trump has inchoate, inconsistent and sometimes ill-informed views on a raft of nuclear weapons issues: their role in national and international …

The Algorithmic Democracy

AI is changing how we think, debate, and choose.<p>The day before the election, as millions of Americans were feeling confident that the vast majority of the country shared their opinions, a pair of researchers at the University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute published a paper …

The golden age of New York clubbing: 'We wanted to be part of something'

When nightlife expert Tim Lawrence came to the city to promote his book about the early 80s, the clubs he went to revealed how much has (and hasn’t) changed<p>The timing and location of the night’s entertainment – Grandmaster Flash at House of Yes – was entirely coincidental. On the eve of a week that …

New York City

The Twenty-Something's Guide to the Real Portland

Technically speaking, the entire city of Portland is one big hipster haven. We're not even generalizing here – it's brimming with enough craft beer, …

'Products Of The Soil': Identity Crisis In An Indian Catholic Church

Six years ago, when Marianne Alapat was a high school student in Yonkers, N.Y., she stood in her church's Bronx community hall and tried to convince the assembled Indian immigrants that they should consider holding services in English. Until that point, services at the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar …

Want to understand how Trump happened? Study quantum physics

The past decade will be remembered as the period when the global underclass revolt snowballed into a movement with political bite. From Occupy Wall Street to Brexit to Donald Trump’s election, these post-financial crisis years have featured many unsynchronized awakenings that are forcing a …

Quantum Mechanics

A Pasta So Rich and Creamy You'll Never Believe It's Vegan

This is one of my favorite pastas in the world—creamy farfalle pasta with sun-dried tomatoes and mushrooms. I’ve hosted millions (well, maybe not …

Great rail journeys of the world: readers’ tips

Whether it’s the coast of Cornwall, Siberia or the savannah of east Africa, our readers have picked train trips memorable for landscapes, food and fellow travellers<p>On my first ever visit to India I embarked on a 40-hour journey from Mumbai to Trivandrum. The sheer amount of time to be on a train …

We’ve Found the Most Stunning Poolhouse in Bali

We’ve all heard of glamping or “glamorous camping”, but far too few of us have actually tried it. Lucky for us, the Sandat Glamping Tents, a luxury …

Overnight Drunk: Nine "Hidden Bars" In Shanghai

Ah yes, <i>speakeasies</i>. A tired design concept, indeed. Almost as tired as listicles <i>about</i> speakeasies! But boy are they popular... A post on Reddit about …

Move Over Solar: There’s New Energy Right At Our Feet

The next time you’re running through an airport to catch your plane or busting a move on the dance floor, you could also be generating clean, green …

MIT makes breakthrough in morality-proofing artificial intelligence - ExtremeTech

By on November 1, 2016 at 12:54 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>If the Halloween month has you …

Artificial Intelligence

Intellectual property strategies for startups

Benjamin Lehberger Contributor<p>Benjamin Lehberger is a registered patent attorney and a partner at St. Onge Steward Johnston & Reens.<p>Intellectual property protection is an important consideration for most startups. Obtaining intellectual property protection, such as patents, can minimize competition …

Germany is building the world’s first wind turbines with built-in hydroelectric batteries

Wind blows. Water falls. But for the first time, one is now powering the other. Engineers in Germany are storing water for hydroelectricity inside wind turbines allowing the towers act like massive batteries once the wind stops blowing. It’s the first major example of the two technologies being …

Hydroelectric Power

Indian farmers fight against climate change using trees as a weapon

As the world passes a critical barrier for climate change, radical techniques for turning farms into carbon sinks are growing in popularity in India<p>In 19 years, Ramu Gaviti’s six acres of land have gone from barren, dry and sparsely vegetated to fertile, moist and thick with biomass. Peacocks, wild …

Rabbits

Floating homes: a solution to flooding, crowded cities and unaffordable housing

Architects from Amsterdam to Lagos are building on water to try to tackle the twin urban pressures of population density and climate change<p>It’s a timber-clad house with open-plan living, pale floorboards and large windows giving views across Chichester canal. This building designed by London-based …

Housing

25 ridiculously cheap and easy DIYs that'll instantly improve your home

We're all always on the lookout for fast and easy ways to make our homes look just that little bit better, or as though we splurged on an interior …

Six amazing uses for the wonder material graphene

<i>By Cat DiStasio</i><p>Graphene is a super-strong, ultra-lightweight material that's led to scores of technological innovations in recent years. It consists of bonded carbon atoms formed into sheets that measure just one atom thick. The material's strength to weight ratio makes it ideal for all sorts of …

Boeing lands patent for VTOL passenger plane

Boeing has had considerable experience with military VTOL aircraft, like the V-22 Osprey and its derivatives, but current tilt-rotor aircraft aren't …

A major free trade agreement may have been saved by a 4-page document

But as of now, the Walloon Parliament may be about to single-handedly bring about the collapse of a free trade deal between Canada and the European Union that has been in the works for seven years, providing the world with yet another example of the EU's utter political disarray.<p>The politics of …

Why One Indian Entrepreneur Is Investing In Smart Villages, Not Smart Cities

Varun Chandran grew up in a village in rural India. Till his late teens, he didn’t know what the Internet was. Now, he’s running a startup, Corporate360, that works with IT clients around the world. The global community, he says, should invest in smart villages as much as they are in smart …

San Francisco

Google taught artificial intelligence to encrypt messages on its own

A team at Google has built a system to show that artificial intelligence can build its own form of encryption. While not very complex currently, this research could set the table for encryption that gets stronger as hackers attempt to crack it.<p>To see if the artificial intelligence could learn to …

Artificial Intelligence

The eurozone is turning into a poverty machine

There are constant bank runs. The bond markets panic, and governments along its southern perimeter need bail-outs every few years. Unemployment has sky-rocketed and growth remains sluggish, no matter how many hundreds of billions of printed money the European Central Bank throws at the economy.<p>We …

European Union

How Does a Mathematician's Brain Differ from That of a Mere Mortal?

Alan Turing, Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, John Nash—these “beautiful” minds never fail to enchant the public, but they also remain somewhat …

First time Muscat: sea, souqs and serenity in Oman

Hinged between mountains and sea, the elongated city of Muscat – where buildings are painted a uniform white by royal decree and where the regional fashion for high-rises has passed the city by – offers a haven of calm in surrounding warm waters.<p>Established many centuries ago around a pair of …

Possible Chinese Skeletons Could Rewrite Roman History

According to the findings published in the October issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science, Roman Britain may have been more diverse—and ties …

Archaeology