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The Accidental Jungle: Shabd Simon-Alexander’s Houseplants in a New York Apartment

Shabd Simon-Alexander didn’t set out to create a jungle. A New York City resident for her entire adult life, the textile designer had tried and …

The best gifts for pets and pet lovers 2016

iFetch<p>As much fun as playing fetch can be, it's guaranteed that you'll get sick of the game before your dog does. The iFetch lets a dog keep the game …

Pets

Most Farmers Still Doubt They Have Anything To Do With Climate Change

To say it’s been a busy harvest season for North Carolina farmer Peyton McDaniel would be an incredible understatement.<p>It’s been several days since Hurricane Matthew brought heavy rains to the state that killed at least 22 people, but farmers throughout eastern North Carolina and other regions the …

Climate Change

New extremely hard carbon nitride compound created

New work from a team led by Carnegie's Alexander Goncharov has created a new extremely incompressible carbon nitride compound. They say it could be …

Amazing off-grid Tiny Solar House travels across the U.S.

The Tiny Solar House is a 210-square-foot off-grid home on wheels that's powered by six 280-watt photovoltaic panels. The owner, an advocate of clean …

How Hungary and Poland have silenced women and stifled human rights

Women face an uphill battle to fight for their rights under illiberal regimes. Kacper Pempel/Reuters<p>Andrea Peto, <i>Central European University</i> and Weronika Grzebalska, <i>Polish Academy of Sciences</i><p>In the women's movement in Central Europe, there are few moments to celebrate. Polish women successfully …

Human Rights

Parents Really Don't Want Their Kids Looking Up To Donald Trump

The most recent presidential debate started off with an age-old political appeal: Think of the children.<p>“The last debate could have been rated as MA, mature audiences, per TV parental guidelines,” Patrice Brock, an undecided voter, said as she addressed Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. “Knowing …

Presidential Debate

Romney: "It Will Be Very Difficult" For Party "To Be Put Back Together Again"

After criticizing Trump's comments on the lewd video released last week, the 2012 nominee did not say who he would vote for, but said he thinks Trump has "maybe a 25% chance" of winning.<p>In a new interview, Mitt Romney says that he criticized Donald Trump’s 2005 comments about women last week …

Dogs howling with dogs howling with the wolves from ‘Zootopia’ are taking over the internet

It started simply enough: Someone uploaded an adorable video of their German shepherd howling with the wolves from <i>Zootopia</i>.<p>But then it hit Reddit, …

Pets

White House: A.I. Is More Likely to Be a Medic Than a Soldier

The White House released a report on the rise of Artificial Intelligence on Wednesday, and the key point among its findings, is the revelation that …

Artificial Intelligence

3 arrested in alleged bomb plot targeting Somalis in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Three members of a Kansas militia group were charged Friday with plotting to bomb an apartment complex that's home to Somali immigrants in the western Kansas meatpacking town of Garden City, a thwarted attack prosecutors say was planned for the day after the November …

Extremism

Palantir to Department of Labor: We hire plenty of Asian people

According to the lawsuit, the company received more than 730 "qualified applicants" for its QA engineer position, 77% of whom were Asian, and hired six non-Asians and one Asian. It cited similar concerns about two other job titles — software engineer and QA engineer intern.<p>Palantir has sifted …

Silicon Valley

Breaking Ground on a Bold New Vision to Address Climate Change: Restoring North America's Amazon

<b>On November 4, the historic Paris Agreement for global action on climate change will enter into force, catalyzing collective action by governments, civil society organizations, and businesses to collaborate on building a 2°C future.</b><p>"Now we must move from words to deeds and put Paris into action," …

Conservation

Head of France's top art collecting family should face jail for 'longest and most sophisticated fraud of the Fifth Republic', prosecutors argue

The head of France's top art collecting family should spend two years in prison and pay a €250 million (£225 million) fine for "the longest and most sophisticated fraud of the Fifth Republic", prosecutors have argued, as the trial comes to a close in Paris.<p>Guy Wildenstein and his entourage are …

Corruption

Man faked his kidnapping to go party because he was afraid of his wife, police said

<i>Editor's note: This story has been revised to reflect that the incident occurred in 2013.</i><p>Rogelio Andaverde just wanted to go out drinking with his …

Crime

Kristin Cavallari talks motherhood: 'I wish that people were a little bit more real'

As an author, designer and entrepreneur, Kristin Cavallari has come a long way since “Laguna Beach” — but her life truly changed when she became a mom.<p>“I really feel like I’m finally in a place where this is what I’m supposed to be doing, this is what I’m meant for,” Cavallari, who has three …

Victoria Beckham

Cozmo is what happens when AI meets mischievous child

I’ve reviewed a robot or two in my time. I’ve played with many more that I didn’t deem worthy of writing about. Cozmo is, as consumer robots go, easily the best I’ve seen. In fact, even before Anki released its new robot toy, we were smitten.<p>When unpacking Cozmo, it’s easy to be underwhelmed. The …

Trump And His Ilk Want To Roll Back Women's Rights

To be honest, I couldn't think any less of Donald Trump than I did at the beginning of his presidential bid. As Maya Angelo said, "When someone shows you who they are, believe them." Regardless of what one thinks of Donald Trump, his character has been consistent since day one. And, once again, …

Feminism

Lord Brittan's widow in battle with Met police chief over demand to release damning child sex abuse inquiry report

The widow of Lord Brittan is refusing to meet with the country’s most senior police chief until he releases a damning report into a VIP paedophile inquiry.<p>Lady Brittan is in a stand-off with Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe over his decision to block publication of the full report into Operation Midland, a …

Sadiq Khan

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 officially banned from US airplane flghts

The US government has officially banned the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone from all airplane flights in the country, beginning at Noon Eastern time on Saturday, October 15.<p>The ban, which is a response to continued threats of the smartphone’s battery exploding, covers not only U.S commercial …

Galaxy Note

Animal Prints by Charles Williams

Check out this colorful series of illustrated animal prints created by Charles Williams.Charles Williams is a gifted freelance illustrator and …

Computer Graphics

This Short Film Made By Pixar Animators in Their Spare Time Is Damn Good

Pixar animators Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj made this short film <i>Borrowed Time</i> over the past 5 years, and it’s fantastic. The story is set up as …

Meet Romeo the Cat and Juliet the Dog, Star-Crossed Lovers at a California Animal Shelter

Meet Romeo the cat and Juliet the dog, star-crossed lovers at a California animal shelter who are now looking for a home that will take them in -- …

Pets

A comet may have hit the Earth 56 million years ago, study says

Million of years in the past, a comet or an asteroid might have slammed into the Earth at an important time in its climatic history, scientists …

This "Alice in Wonderland" tea party with kittens is the cuteness overload you need today

Disney’s digital series <i>Disney IRL</i> has only released a couple of videos, but so far, they’re straight up Disney magic. In the first video, we were …

Child psychologist: This is how to raise human beings who are ready for the real world

People are a little worried about the human species these days. Maybe it’s the rash of terrorist attacks throughout the world. Maybe it’s the tone of the presidential campaign. Maybe it’s because so many of us are suffering from a nasty case of empathy fatigue in response to the horrors humans …

Terrorism

BMW Celebrates Its Motorcycles, New and Old: Pictures

Scooters

Pictures of the Week 10.13.16

Shia Islam

J.K. Rowling Announces ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Will Now Be Five Films Instead of a Trilogy

Brace yourselves, <i>Harry Potter</i> fans! <b>J.K. Rowling</b> announced during a fan event in London on Thursday, October 13, that <i>Fantastic Beasts and Where to</i> …