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Artist Spray Paints Colorful Tiles on Floors of Abandoned Buildings

Spanish artist Javier de Riba looked to his heritage as inspiration for his new series <i>Floors.</i> Born in Barcelona, de Riba drew on his Catalan roots—specifically the brightly patterned tile floors found in traditional Catalan homes—and twisted them into something unexpected. Using stencils and paint, …

The Case Against Reality

A professor of cognitive science argues that the world is nothing like the one we experience through our senses.<p>As we go about our daily lives, we tend to assume that our perceptions—sights, sounds, textures, tastes—are an accurate portrayal of the real world. Sure, when we stop and think about …

Stephen Hawking says escape from a black hole is possible — kind of

"They are not the eternal prisons they were once thought," Dr. Hawking said in a talk last year. "If you feel you are trapped in a black hole, don't give up. There is a way out."<p>He posted his paper on arXiv, a pre-peer review site, in January. This month, the paper was finally published in the …

AR VR there yet? The experts weigh in on the growth of augmented and virtual reality

SAN DIEGO — The big question among tech investors and entrepreneurs today has to do with how quickly a new computing paradigm will arrive. Augmented reality and virtual reality are expected to be huge markets, but when will they become huge markets? The first major VR headsets from HTC and Oculus …

How to follow Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft’s esports scene

The biggest thing out of PC gaming powerhouse Blizzard Entertainment in recent memory wasn’t another blockbuster role-playing game — instead, a small team of enthusiasts built a digital card game that is easy to pick up, but hard to put down.<p>Hearthstone is a mammoth success by any metric, and it …

Track Down

Guitarists Can Sync Their Brains With Other Players, Forming A Giant Hyperbrain

The neuroscience of jamming is a giant mind meld.<p>Guitarists perform a kind of mind-meld when they play together, syncing their brainwaves to the extent that they can anticipate each other’s moves. They also switch off the outside world while playing, leaving them in a tiny universe of them and …

What is it like to have never felt an emotion?

Some people seem to lack the capacity to feel joy, sorrow or love. David Robson discovers the challenges and surprising advantages of “alexithymia”.<p>Caleb is telling me about the birth of his son, now eight months old. “You know you hear parents say that the first time they looked at their kid, they …

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Scientists find the brain’s missing ‘pipes’

“Throw out the textbooks” and “missing link” are words rarely heard anymore in science, but that’s what researchers around the world are saying about the recent discovery of microscopic lymphatic vessels connecting the brain to the immune system.<p>That physical link was long thought absent, …

Neuroscience

Want to curb your cravings for sex and food? Play Tetris

I’m a compulsive being. My brain tells me I want something, and I listen to it. Often, my brain does not act on my best interest, and that’s when I should turn to video games.<p>Playing the classic block-falling puzzle game Tetris for as little as three minutes can reduce cravings for food, drugs, or …

Holistic Medicine

Many Chinese gays prefer fake marriages to facing family at home

BEIJING, China — William and Andi, husband and wife of four years, hadn’t seen each other for months. Andi arrived at William’s apartment sweaty from …

The Resurrection of America's Slums

After falling in the 1990s, the number of poor people living in high-poverty areas has been growing fast.<p>Half a century after President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a war on poverty, the number of Americans living in slums is rising at an extraordinary pace.<p>The number of people living in high-poverty …

Will machines eventually take on every job?

Automation will continue to transform the global workforce, but taking an active role in that process will help us reduce the damages and increase the gains, finds Rachel Nuwer.<p>It’s a booming time to be a truck driver. According to data NPR compiled from the US Census Bureau, truck driving is …

Road Safety

Two Nine-Year-Olds’ Magnificent Open Letter to Disney About Racial and Gender Stereotypes

“Like most people we love your attractions, but we found some problems with some of them and those problems are stereotypes.”<p>In the spring of 2015, a nine-year-old boy named Dexter went to Disneyland with his family and found himself deeply unsettled — not by a scary ride or the unpleasantness of …

Company: Pilotless passenger planes 5 years away | CNN Travel

Travel

Carry-on bag chaos has to end

<b>(CNN) —</b> The decisions that directly affect the safety of airline customers originate from my office (at the pointy end of the airplane). The decisions that directly affect the satisfaction of airline customers originate from offices outside the airplane.<p>As pilots, most times we resign ourselves to …

Aviation

The Best Way to Fly New York to London

Several airlines have attempted success at operating an all-business class route or an entire premium class airline. Remember EOS, MaxJet, and SilverJet? MGM Grand, and Midwest Express with its all first-class planes and warm cookies baked on board? Or Singapore Airlines' 18-hour non-stops between …

A pilot lets us in on the view we're missing from the middle seat

The cockpit view from Dallas to Seattle is a well-kept secret: So few ever see the breathtaking tapestry scrolling under the nose that it's best no …

Why We Speak

An evolutionary biologist argues that humans started talking because they needed to negotiate.<p>Sometime around 120,000 years ago in the desert near Oued Djebbana, in what is modern-day northern Algeria, a human acquired some small seashells. The shells were from a species known as <i>Nassarius</i> …

Inside the race to create the next generation of satellite internet

Is the sky big enough for two multi-billion dollar satellite internet projects? In the next two years, we’ll find out if entrepreneurs driven by human betterment—one looking up at the heavens and humanity’s future, the other looking down to the earth’s neediest—can share a shot at creating the next …

Space Travel

An Airline Pilot Shares Everything You've Always Wanted To Know About Flying

<i>Photo courtesy of Nick Morrish / British Airways</i><p>Mark Vanhoenacker has been a pilot with British Airways for the last 12 years--during which he has logged about half a million miles and 800 hours in the air. His new book <i>Skyfaring</i> (Knopf, $25.95), out this week, is a romantic look at what really …

Is it OK to eat dogs?

Whenever western meat-eaters get up in arms over barbarous foreigners eating cute animals, it’s easy to throw around accusations of gross hypocrisy. Easy, because such accusations are often true. But responses to the dog meat festival in Yulin, China, which draws to a close today, merit more …

Dairy

More Than Two Thirds of Americans Are Overweight or Obese

Most Americans are overweight, according to a new study looking at overweight and obesity rates in the United States.<p>In a report published in <i>JAMA</i> …

Yooka-Laylee isn't going to be a Banjo-Kazooie copy

<i>Yooka-Laylee</i>'s entire reason-to-be is based on a desire to resurrect the spirit of 17-year-old 3D adventure Banjo-Kazooie. The game's successful Kickstarter campaign was almost entirely about Rare's classic platformer, and the Playtonic team's connection with that venerable game.<p>So it's interesting …

Interview: Turkish Airlines CEO Says His Airline Is Better and Different Than Gulf Carriers

Turkish Airlines CEO Temel Kotil has been at the helm of one of the world’s fastest-growing carriers for a decade, but looking back isn’t feasible …

Melody on the menu: how a sprinkle of Mozart might give your meal zing

Professor Charles Spence is trying to come up with a sound for salty.<p>“We are not quite there yet,” says the Oxford academic. “Bitter, sweet, sour – we have those. But salty is the hardest taste to embody in sound.”<p>Spence, a behavioural psychologist, spends his life finding out how music, colour and …

Flute

The plane-builder of South Sudan

<b>George Mel has dreamed of flying since he was a boy, but when his father died he had to give up his studies, and any chance of training to be a pilot. Instead he built a plane in his back yard - which so impressed his country's air force that it gave him a job.</b><p>"I've had the passion to become an …

Africa

TransAsia Flight 235 Crashes Into Bridge In Horrifying, Deadly Incident

A TransAsia plane on Wednesday crashed into the Keelung river outside of Taipei, the second accident in less than seven months for the Taiwan-based company, and the latest catastrophe for an Asian airline.<p>TransAsia Flight 235 (GE 235) was in the air for less than three minutes before cartwheeling …

Airplanes