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These Pedal-Powered Pod Cars Travel Above City Streets, So You Can Avoid Traffic

They’ve already been installed in an amusement park. Next up: Google’s main campus.<p>Why drive to work when you can arrive in your own pedal-powered pod car, far above traffic? That’s the vision of a Canadian company called Shweeb, which hopes to soon begin installing what it calls the “most …

The Power Of Manipulating Emotion: Facebook, Storytelling, And What Moves People To Take Action

There was a fascinating report this week about how a media company is measuring methods to successfully manipulate the emotions of its audience, causing them to take action, and perhaps part with their money.<p>No it’s not Facebook.<p>The company is Participant Media, the media company that produces both …

How to Disappear (almost) Completely: living off the grid

Your day begins at dawn. After all, you are lying in a sleeping bag under the open sky grateful that you haven't: a) been stabbed by a grifter, b) been trampled by a herd of animals or c) contracted hypothermia and frozen to death. Then it's off for a morning routine that involves foraging for food …

Distant galaxy cluster is so huge it can actually bend light

MACS J0454.1-0300 is 180 trillion times the mass of our sun<p>Sometimes, the universe really does just blow your mind.<p>NASA released the above image Friday from the Hubble Space Telescope showing a distant galaxy cluster so massive it has the ability to BEND LIGHT.<p>That's right.<p>Known as MACS …

Hubble Space Telescope sees galaxy spill its "guts" in space

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has once again shown itself to be a crack investigator, recently capturing a distant spiral galaxy in the process of …

The Indian sanitary pad revolutionary

<b>A school dropout from a poor family in southern India has revolutionised menstrual health for rural women in developing countries by inventing a simple machine they can use to make cheap sanitary pads.</b><p>Arunachalam Muruganantham's invention came at great personal cost - he nearly lost his family, his …

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In The New Globalized Diet, Wheat, Soy And Palm Oil Rule

These days you can fly to far corners of the world and eat pretty much the same food you can get back home. There's pizza in China and sushi in Ethiopia.<p>A new scientific study shows that something similar is true of the crops that farmers grow. Increasingly, there's a standard global diet, and the …

Hawking: There are no black holes

In an article by Nature it is reported that Hawking, who is responsible for creating the theories on what we know about black holes today, has done …

Nasa release images to coincide with Gravity Oscar win

After the film Gravity picked up a handful of Oscars, including for best cinematography and best visual effects, Nasa releases images of the real thing

Little surprise here: women expected to do more at home – and at work

A new study illuminates how 'favors' are expected of women at work, but they often go unacknowledged, keeping women down<p>No matter what profession a woman works in, she's actually in the service profession.<p>That's the upshot of an illuminating (and to many, enraging) new Columbia Business School …

Landscape photographer of the year 2013 – in pictures

The winners of the inaugural Take a View Landscape Photographer of the Year awards have been announced

Will.i.am: 'Let's make plastic a verb'

The Black Eyed Peas star and Ekocycle founder talks to Jo Confino about waste, technology and why the iPhone will never be an antique<p>There are few global superstars who get anywhere close to the world of corporate sustainability. But Will.i.am, founder of the hugely successful band Black Eyed Peas …

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Google generation ‘clueless’ about dates of world-changing historical events

<b>Dates of world-changing events in history are fast disappearing from our memories – because it is easier to Google the answer.</b><p>Growing numbers of us …

Greenpeace activists charged with piracy by Russian authorities

Fourteen of 30 activists charged so far with 'piracy as part of an organised group' following Arctic Sunrise drilling protest<p>Greenpeace activists who were seized while protesting against Arctic oil drilling face up to 15 years in a Russian jail after being formally charged with piracy.<p>The 14 …