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Pope Francis the Urbanist

Mayors from around the world are gathering this week at the Vatican, which has quietly put together a record of urban innovation both inside its walls and across Rome.<p>VATICAN CITY—When Pope Francis issued his much-noticed encyclical last month, it was his call for action against climate change that …

Urbanism

The Internet of Big Things

Investors in Dixons Retail Plc, a U.K. consumer electronics retailer, and Carphone Warehouse Group, the oddly named chain of mobile phone stores, …

Fund this: Dot is the world's smallest Bluetooth headset

Children, as the saying goes, should be seen but not heard. But Bluetooth headsets? Just the opposite.<p>Of course, most headsets are all too visible, hanging off or out of your ear like some clunky Borg implant. Thankfully, a company called So Special Labs aims to change that with the Dot, a …

U.S. Offers Billions in Arms to Ease Mideast’s Iran Anxiety

An agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program could create a bonanza for U.S. defense contractors who already are benefiting as the Obama …

The World's Coolest Starbucks

Did you know that Starbucks employs 151,000 people all over the world in countries from South Africa to New Zealand? That's more than twice the population of Greenland! It seems that the average person can't walk more than a few feet (or 170 miles, to be exact) without seeing that familiar green …

Iranians Go To Polls In Vote To Replace Ahmadinejad

Millions of Iranians cast ballots Friday in elections to replace incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a race that is being characterized as a potential challenge to the country's ruling Islamic clerics.<p>A slate of conservatives tacitly backed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei are facing …

Did Comets Kick-Start Life On Earth?

A thought-provoking new study is bolstering the notion that comets raining down on Earth billions of years ago may have seeded our young planet with the organic building blocks of life.<p>Through powerful computer simulations of comet impacts of various sizes, astronomers have found that it is …