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Vincent Callebaut Imagines "Oceanscrapers" 3D Printed from Recycled Trash

Vincent Callebaut Architectures has envisioned a radical underwater colony for "climate change refugees" 3D printed from recycled materials taken …

Sustainability

Here's What We Learned From A 5-Day Meditation Challenge

Stressed and distracted, our own Lucie Fink decided to find out whether five days of meditation could help her chill.<p>Research has shown that people …

The Science Behind the Virgin Birth

Researchers have come up with several intriguing—if improbable—scientific explanations for the virgin birth of Jesus Christ.<p>Although the religious meaning of Christmas was long ago neutered, replaced with the secular joys of eggnog and mall Santas, at its core December 25 is still a celebration of …

Biology

The 'pink tax' is making female consumers pay drastically more for products

In a study titled "From Cradle to Cane: The Cost of Being a Female Consumer," New York City's Department of Consumer Affairs tracked price discrepancies in otherwise identical products that were marketed to male and female consumers.<p>After analyzing the prices of almost 800 products across 35 …

eCommerce

Self Reliance: How Addiction Affects the Brain

Dr. Kevin McCauley, of the Institute for Addiction Recovery, has been helping people with addiction for fifteen years. He has studied the brain and …

British Couple Clone Puppy Using DNA from Their Deceased Dog

After an eight-year-old boxer dog named Dylan died after being diagnosed with a brain tumor and suffering from cardiac arrest, his owners, a British …

Pets

No, Thank You: These Are the Dirtiest Places in a Hotel Room

Gross gross gross.<p>Whether you're on vacation or traveling for work, the last thing you want to worry about is: Does this hotel room need a good cleaning? Well, it turns out it just may need it. According to an investigative report by WKMG Local 6 in Orlando, many places in a hotel room, even after …

Hospitality

China’s Economic Slowdown Is Biggest Business Story of 2015

WASHINGTON — China's economy lost some luster and its leaders their aura of invincibility. A commodities boom went bust, spreading pain from Texas oil fields to Indonesian coal mines.<p>Seven years of near-zero interest rates ended in the United States, while easy money kept flowing elsewhere. …

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Comcast just had a major breakthrough that could mean superfast internet

That probably sounds like a mumbo-jumbo to you, so let's put it in simple terms. This means Comcast has figured out how to use its existing cable lines to deliver superfast gigabit-internet speeds without having to do major work on its current infrastructure.<p>Gigabit internet is broadband that …

Telecoms

7 Cups Puts Trained Listeners and Mindfulness Exercises on Your Phone, for Free

Android/iOS: 7 Cups is a great service to talk to someone if you don’t have the money for therapy, and their mobile apps make it even easier to …

Apps

Smoking and Mental Illness

Every morning, I can look forward to two things: one of my cats snuggling up on my face or my older brother Derek asking someone for cigarette …

Mental Health

The Top 10 Political Quotes of 2015 (Non-Trump Edition)

It has been a truly strange year for American politics. From a Republican primary dominated by political outsiders to a surprisingly strong showing …

How to Grow Lavender

Easy to grow and easy to appreciate, lavender is a welcome addition to any garden, with its beautiful flowers and wonderful aroma. All you need to …

U.S. Health Care Is Failing My Patients

From chronic conditions to mental health, our system is failing patients and doctors alike.<p>When I was called to the Emergency Room to admit a patient …

Mental Health

The innovators: US scientists harness the power of evaporating water

A team at Columbia University hope to use the energy produced by bacteria when they expand and contract<p>A small Lego device on the shelf of professor Ozgur Sahin’s office at Columbia University could open up the possibility of another form of renewable energy, and one that is much cheaper than solar …

Where to go on a cruise in 2016

1. Barbados for independence<p>Holidaymakers normally visit Barbados for its beaches and swanky hotels, but next November you can take part in the festivities marking 50 years of independence. The island was ruled by Britain for more than 300 years and retains a quirky British charm, but the annual …

Cruise Ships

Muslim taxi driver shot by passenger who asked him about the Islamic State

Campaigners say attack is the latest in a spike in anti-Muslim crimes after the Paris attacks and demand it be investigated as a hate crime<p>A Muslim taxi driver was shot in the back by a passenger who joked about the Prophet Mohammed and talked about the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Poor countries increasingly targeted by tobacco marketing

The study, which looked at tobacco marketing in 462 communities spread across 16 countries, was published by the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, a journal created by the UN agency, but the contents of which do not reflect WHO's views.<p>Data on cigarette promotion was collected since 2005, …

Public Health

How Company Culture Shapes Employee Motivation

<i>DAVE WHEELER FOR HBR</i><p>In a recent strategy meeting we attended with the leaders of a Fortune-500 company, the word “culture” came up 27 times in 90 minutes. Business leaders believe a strong organizational culture is critical to success, yet culture tends to feel like some magic force that few know …

A New Start-Up Wants to Transfer Your Consciousness to an Artificial Body So You Can Live Forever

Forever young?<p>Death is the one thing that's guaranteed in today's uncertain world, but now a new start-up called Humai thinks it might be able to get …

Canadian dollar may not be weak enough to get the economic job done, U.S. bank warns

We’ll have a fair sense of the state of Canada’s economy by the time the dust settles.<p>Statistics Canada is set to release several key economic readings this week, during which the central bank will also share its thoughts.<p>It’s also a big week for investors as Canada’s major banks report their …

Hospitality

This Map Shows Just How Long Travel Took 100 Years Ago

You might have battled queues, delays and cancellations while you travelled over the holiday weekend, but be grateful you’re travelling in 2015 when …

Geography

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These maps show how daylight savings time is ruining our lives

The facts: DST does not actually reduce electric demand, as it was created to do. Additionally, it shatters delicate sleep schedules, leading to upwards of $400 million in economic losses each year.<p>DST has also been linked to traffic accidents, heart attacks, Seasonal Affective Disorder, commuting …

Daylight Savings Time