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Contemporary Design of Retro Inspiration: Joseph Family Table Set

Joseph Family is a set of three coffee tables, in solid French oak, envisioned by the creative team at WEWOOD Design Center. Using a contemporary …

NASA reveals how its plan to capture an asteroid and harvest a piece would work

Since the start of this year, NASA's been talking about the idea of capturing an asteroid and bringing it into orbit near the Earth, where astronauts can visit it and take home a sample. The US space agency isn't kidding around, either, already beginning plans to complete the mission by 2025. But …

One-way Mars trip attracts 165,000 would-be astronauts ... and counting

The Dutch-based Mars One venture says more than 165,000 people around the world have voiced interest in a one-way trip to the Red Planet — and there's still more than a week left for more would-be astronauts to join in.<p>"The response to the first round of the astronaut selection program has been …

New star explosion in night sky can be seen with naked eye

Stargazers are thrilled over the surprise appearance of a star explosion, known as a nova, in the night sky last week, but there is more to this cosmic event than meets the eye.<p>The new Nova Delphinus 2013 was first spotted in the constellation Delphinus (The Dolphin) by Japanese amateur astronomer …

Astronomy

Germany's ruling on Bitcoin paves the way for its legitimacy in the EU

The German Ministry of Finance has issued an official statement recognizing the virtual currency Bitcoin as "Rechnungseinheiten," a legal designation that translates to "units of account" — more than Monopoly money, but not quite currency. This type of accounting unit, which also covers regional …

A Monochrome Lego Set To Teach Tomorrow’s Architects

Six cutting-edge design firms have teamed up with the world’s most popular brick-maker to impart the core principles of modern architecture.<p>The first thing you’ll notice about the Lego Architecture Studio is that it’s white. There are no colors, no shades, no pigments, no hues here. It is as white …

Lego

Here's Where Rand Paul Can Find 'Objective Evidence' of Vote Suppression

The Kentucky senator said this week that he doesn't believe anyone is stopping African-Americans from voting -- which only shows he's not looking.<p>Dear Senator Rand Paul:<p>Last August, for example, three federal judges struck down Texas's photo identification law under Section 5 of the Voting Rights …

20 Creative Headboards That Make a Major Statement

These are not your basic backdrops.<p>The most important design decision in your bedroom is the headboard. After all, it's the focal point and can change the vibe of a room instantly. Whether you want to elevate your space, make it cozier, or add some serious color, these ideas will get your creative …

Interior Design

Rush Limbaugh’s looming presidential debate disaster

With Republicans seemingly hand-picking their debate moderators, they may be in for an unanticipated nightmare<p>If some shortsighted conservatives get their way, we may soon be treated to Rush Limbaugh quizzing Republican presidential candidates about which liberal activists should be thought of as …

The buzz on Americans drinking less beer

August 15, 2013 | 4:45 PM<p>Embed Code<iframe src="https://www.marketplace.org/2013/08/15/business/buzz-americans-drinking-less-beer/popout" frameborder="0" width="100%" height="240px"></iframe><p>Copy<br>• Close<p>Embed Code<iframe …

The spat between Microsoft and Google is getting ugly

Google and Microsoft have been engaged in a protracted series of battles, using negative PR, cooked-up conferences, and pulling support on services for months on end. Both sides were at it again this week.<p>Microsoft struck first with an update to its long-running “Scroogled” campaign over the …

Windows Phone

Google will start Fiber installs in Provo this year, beating Austin to the punch

When Provo, Utah was announced as Google’s third Google Fiber city in April, it was surprising because Google had just announced Austin, Texas, would get it only weeks before.<p>Now Google has confirmed that Provo will be the second city after Kansas City to get Google Fiber, with installations likely …

Why Jobs Go Unfilled Even in Times of High Unemployment

Skills for Amer­ica’s Fu­ture, a policy ini­ti­at­ive run out of the As­pen In­sti­tute, was cre­ated in 2010 as a spin-off of Pres­id­ent Obama’s …

Rosalia Mera, World's Richest Self-Made Woman, Dies At 69

Rosalia Mera, cofounder of Spanish brand Zara and the wealthiest self-made woman on the planet, has died. She was 69.<p>Mera was vacationing on the island of Menorca with her daughter, Sandra, according to the Spanish news site <i>ABC.es</i>, when she suffered a brain hemorrhage on Wednesday. She died 24 …

Here’s how UK homeowners cut their energy use by 25%

One way to get people to cut their energy consumption by 25%: raise utility bills by 28%.<p>That’s what’s happened in England and Wales, where average energy use fell by a quarter on average between 2005 and 2011 as natural gas and electricity prices rose, according to a report released by the UK’s …

Natural Gas

UK housing market: the key statistics

The story of housing in the UK is brought to life by statistics, which offer a revealing insight into an ever-changing marketplace filled with buyers, sellers and renters.<p><b>26.4m:</b> The number of households in the UK in 2012, according to the Office for National Statistics. Following the 2011 census, …