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Astronomers say they’ve found the biggest structure in the universe and they named it the BOSS

The BOSS is big. Really big. <i>Yuuuuuge</i>.<p>So big that when a star is born on one side of the BOSS, it takes a billion years for the light to reach the other side.<p>So big that comparing the BOSS to the next biggest thing like it is like comparing Andre the Giant to your 3-year-old nephew.<p>What is the BOSS? …

Universe

Why America abandoned nuclear power (and what we can learn from South Korea)

There's a simple, compelling argument that the world ought to be building many more nuclear power plants. We'll need vast amounts of carbon-free energy to stave off global warming. It's not at all clear that renewables can do the job alone. And nuclear is a proven technology, already providing 11 …

Daniel Arsham evokes knocked-through walls with SCAD installation

Snarkitecture co-founder Daniel Arsham has opened a solo show at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Museum of Art in Georgia, which …

Art

The Urbanpreneur Spiral: 3 Converging Forces Driving Entrepreneurship In Cities

Urbanization, collaboration, and democratization are creating innovation hubs in our cities like never before.<p>Over the past several years, I have been witnessing a decidedly urban revolution in the world of entrepreneurship. Early research in entrepreneurial ecosystems assumed that the network of …

The Long, Complicated History of Affordable Housing in New York

A new book and exhibit take a look at the programs, buildings, and people that have brought the system to where it is today—and what still needs to be done.<p>The ends of subway lines are often thought of as mysterious places, separate from the rush of the rest of New York. But just across the street …

NASA’s new space tourism posters are spellbinding

2015 was a big year for the popularity of space. So perhaps you'll forgive NASA if the space agency wants to capitalize on that momentum with some stellar new artwork.<p>Today, Seattle design firm Invisible Creature — which has done work for clients like Nike, <i>Seattle Weekly</i>, Target, and many more — …

Posters

The 16-year-old designer shaking up the music industry

Benji Taylor is not your standard 16-year-old. After building up a shamefully impressive graphic portfolio, the London designer has sent sky-high shockwaves across the pond – with artists like Ram Riddlz and A$AP Ant among the many tapping his talents. On top of that, he’s also casually managed to …

World's 25 top tourism destinations in 2016 | CNN Travel

CNN

Old Buildings Are U.S. Cities’ Biggest Sustainability Challenge

In the United States, buildings consume 41 percent of the nation’s total energy use, through lighting, heating, air conditioning, elevators, and the thousands of items plugged into their sockets. In large urban centers such as Chicago and New York, the figure surpasses 70%. As the world seeks to …

Innovation

Can America Turn Its Nuclear Power Back On?

Watts Bar is a meandering reservoir in east Tennessee, dotted with fishing resorts, church retreats, and a Boy Scout camp. It's also home to a nuclear power plant, one that is as representative of the American experience with nuclear energy as the lake is representative of American summer.<p>Reactor 1 …

See which buildings in your 'hood produce the most greenhouse gas emissions with this map

Web developer Jill Hubley is on a roll. First, the prolific cartographer created an amazing interactive map of 600,000 of NYC’s trees and now she’s …

Fossil Fuels

Use This Instagram Font Generator To Type Your Next Anonymous Letter

Type to Design, an online font generator, all began with a challenge. Barcelona-based graphic designers Nina Sans and Rafa Goicoechea invited other designers, artists, and illustrators to express their creativity by redrawing the letter or symbol of their choice. Some went very literal—like this …

Typography

Architects "are never taught the right thing" says 2016 Pritzker laureate Alejandro Aravena

<b>Exclusive interview:</b> universities are failing to give architects the training that will enable them to find solutions for an imminent global housing …

London School of Economics

Top 9 tallest skyscrapers completing in 2016

Here's a look at the 9 biggest skyscrapers due to complete in the next 12 months, including the world's tallest office tower, a building topped by a …

Ravishing Paris Apartment Boasts Graphic Interiors

From <b>Commune</b>, the LA design studio that collaborated with actress Julianne Moore on a Frank Lloyd Wright and Joan Didion-inspired Oscar greenroom last year, comes a splendidly spruced up two-story apartment in Paris. The space, blessed with huge windows that extend into skylights and a seamless …

The Most Beautiful Towns in America

Whether they have over-the-top American charm (we're looking at you, Woodstock, Vermont) or proximity to some of the loveliest landscapes on earth (hello, Big Sur), these 20 idylls—the most beautiful towns in the U.S.—are worth a stopover. And while there's something to be said about big city …

New England
Star Wars

Where to go in 2016: Start making your travel plans for the new year now

The places you'll go<p>Start making your 2016 travel plans right now<p>The places you'll go<p>Start making your 2016 travel plans right now<p>A few years ago, a …