Michael Cavolo

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Magnetically Levitating Elevators Could Reshape Skylines

They go up, down, and all around<p>With the debut of passenger elevators some 150 years ago, cities were forever changed. Freed from the tyranny of stairwells, architects built as high as they liked. That is, until they ran into another barrier: the weight of steel cables. A new elevator design from …

Skyscrapers

REPORT: 'Bridgegate' indictments could come next week

The scandal has plagued the administration of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and caused problems for his rumored 2016 presidential ambitions.<p>It erupted in September 2013 after lanes leading from the town of Fort Lee, New Jersey onto the George Washington Bridge were closed. These closures led …

New Jersey

Bloomberg, Sierra Club Direct $60 Million To Closing Half Of U.S. Coal Plants By 2017

WASHINGTON -- The Sierra Club and Michael Bloomberg are upping the ante in their effort to close down coal-fired power plants, announcing on Wednesday another $60 million in funding for their anti-coal campaign.<p>The Sierra Club is also raising its target for coal plant closures, setting a goal to …

Top NASA Scientist: We'll Find Signs of Alien Life 'Within a Decade'

Humanity is on the verge of discovering alien life, high-ranking NASA scientists say.<p>"I think we're going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we're going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years," NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan said Tuesday …

Paranormal

What’s the most we can remember?

People with extraordinary memory talents suggest that your mind may be capable of retaining more than you think, says Adam Hadhazy.<p>Unlike digital cameras with full memory cards that cannot snap any more pictures, our brains never seem to run out of room. Yet it defies logic that one adult human …

The Brain

German Potato Salad

German potato salad has haunted me a good portion of my life. My very first boyfriend, of German decent, used to talk about this wonder of the world all the time. Why a teenager would wax poetic about potato salad is beyond me, but I swear this was a frequent topic of discussion. Every time I …

Potatoes

The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.<p>Are we all just puppets on a string? Most people would like to assume that they are free agents – their fate lies in their own hands. But they’d be wrong. …

Inside the Shop of the Last Great American Watchmaker

The greatest timepieces in the world come from Switzerland. And Amish country.<p>On the corner of a nondescript block in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, is a bank, or what used to be a bank. Now it is the home of Roland G. Murphy Watch Company, the country's only truly independent elite watchmaker. …

The Creator Of 'Broken Windows' Describes A Huge Misconception About The Controversial Policing Theory

While police commissioner Bill Bratton has vehemently defended the method (in over 4,000 words, no less), one of its creators, George Kelling, openly discussed the problems on public radio Monday morning.<p>Kelling said he never intended broken windows to focus on making arrests.<p>"I think the problem …

Policing

This Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Has Spent $300,000 On 'Smart Drugs'

Founders like Dave Asprey, a 41-year-old Californian, chug fistfuls of pills every morning in the hopes that these supplements will give them a competitive edge in an already competitive market, reports CNN.<p>The drug cocktail Asprey takes is a mix of "smart drugs" meant to increase brain function …

Silicon Valley

FBI Agent Explains How Russia's Foreign Spy Operations Work

FBI agent Gregory Monaghan has charged the three alleged spies — Evgeny Buryakov, Igor Sporyshev, and Victor Podobnyy — with "willfully and knowingly" conspiring to commit an offense against the US as a member of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR).<p>Buryakov is in custody.<p>Monaghan, in a …

Russia

This is why conservatives win: George Lakoff explains the importance of framing — and what Democrats need to learn

<b>Darrell Issa, Rand Paul, Pat Robertson (AP/J. Scott Applewhite/Reed Saxon/Gene J. Puskar/photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Messaging matters, George Lakoff tells Salon, but the key to politics is combining message with a moral grounding<p>Paul Rosenberg<p>November 22, 2014 12:59pm (UTC)<p>In 1996, cognitive linguist …