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The House That Could Save the World

The next generation of ultra-efficient houses will redefine how we fight climate change—and how we live.<p>In July, when Portland was sweltering at upwards of 100 degrees, the tenants of The Orchards wondered if they had air conditioning. The temperature in their apartments never rose above 70.<p>They …

Housing

'Girl Who Wrote Loneliness' Tells An Almost-True Tale With Tenor Of A Ghost Story

A teenage girl is working on a factory line, assembling stereos in Seoul during the industrial boom of the 1970s. She's lied about her age to get the job; she's being pressured to leave the workers' union so management will keep paying for her to attend high school at night, since her family can't …

Why Sea Monkeys Love Salt: A Fable on the Cost of Symbiosis

Science & InnovationNot Exactly Rocket Science<p>Time and again, microbes have opened doors for animals, allowing them to exploit niches that would have otherwise been denied to them by their basic animal-ness. By providing nutrients that are missing from the sap of plants, bacteria have allowed bugs …

Monkeys

This Is Why Food Always Tastes Better When You Brown It

It's the Maillard Reaction.<p>Most good recipes will ask you to brown your food. Whether it's meat or veggies, if it's destined to go straight to a plate or slow cook in the oven, browning is often part of the process. While this certainly gives food an appetizing appearance, it's the exceptional …

This is the airpower Russia has in Syria

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff<p>Thomas Gibbons-Neff<p>Reporter<p>Bio<p>Russian warplanes launched airstrikes in Syria on Sept. 30, a U.S. official said, shortly after the country’s parliament authorized President Vladimir Putin to use military force in the conflict.<p>The country has a mixture of 28 ground-attack …

Military

Why Boosting Poor Children’s Vocabulary Is Important for Public Health

One key difference between low-income and affluent babies: the number of words to which they’re exposed.<p>Air­on Pate is boun­cing off the walls.<p>The not-quite-2-year-old is wait­ing with his mom Domi­n­ique and broth­er Aiden, 4, to be seen at a fed­er­ally sub­sid­ized clin­ic for low-in­come wo­men …

Public Health

Four future space technologies that will change the world in your lifetime

From ending natural disasters, to flying to Sydney in an hour, scientists are working on future technologies to solve some of humanity's biggest challenges<p>Imagine a world where severe storms, tornadoes, and flash flooding are no longer a threat to human life. Or a time when flying from London to …

9 Twists on Vanilla Cake

<i>Header image: White Cake with Lemon Lime Curd Filling from CHOW</i>Think vanilla cake is boring? Think again. With the right frosting and filling, you …

Stephen Hawking explains how to (sort-of) escape a black hole

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>If you find yourself stuck inside a black hole, Stephen Hawking says not to panic: You may die, but all traces of your existence may not be lost forever.<p>Current science suggests that a black hole’s gravity is so strong that absolutely nothing—not even light—can escape …

US servicemen hailed as heroes for stopping French train gunman

Barack Obama joins praise for heroes of French train attack, who prevented a far worse tragedy<p>President Barack Obama has hailed the courage of two members of the US forces who tackled a Kalashnikov-wielding gunman on a train from Amsterdam to Paris.<p>But for their intervention, the White House said, …

Crush of the week: Chris Evans

‘More than most in his shoes, Evans oozes a weary kindness, and that is my catnip’<p>It’s not an obvious movie star name, is it? For years, the most famous person to bear it was a wildly successful English TV presenter whose biggest draw was his anarchic take on Friday night telly. But this Chris …

Intelligence, creativity and bipolar disorder may share underlying genetics

Serious mood disorders such as bipolar may be the price humans have had to pay for our intelligence and creativity.<p>That’s according to new research which links high childhood IQ to an increased risk of experiencing manic bipolar traits in later life.<p>Researchers examined data from a large birth …

‘Captain America: Civil War’ May Provide A Clever Twist On Spider-Man’s Iconic Costume

The rumors about <i>Captain America: Civil War</i> are in full flow now, with apparent factions being formed and cameos being filmed. We know Spider-Man is going to be in the film, possibly as a main combatant (but that’s doubtful), and now we might know how he comes upon his iconic costume. And for once, …

Marvel Universe

Sharon Holoboff, 1972-2015

From an early age, she had a big personality and a love of drama. Itching for adventure, she travelled overseas to teach.<p>Sharon Holoboff was born …

U.S. Army

Astronomers find 'teeny supermassive black hole'

University of Michigan astronomers have found the smallest black hole ever observed in the centre of a galaxy<p>As supermassive black holes go it’s really not that super or massive,<p>In a dwarf, disc galaxy 340 million light years away, University of Michigan astronomers have found the smallest black …

Big Dipper to Polaris, Mizar, Alcor

Tonight, notice the two outer stars in the bowl of the Big Dipper – Dubhe and Merak. They always point to Polaris, the North Star. And Polaris is …

Florence Welch Comes Face-To-Face With Herself On 'How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful'

Everything about Florence and the Machine is extreme: The raucous hand claps and stomps, the bellowing choirs of layered vocals, the harps and guitars and brass, the wild costumes and exploding energy. But as she began the band's latest album, <i>How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful,</i> singer Florence Welch …

Buffett's Berkshire profit misses estimates

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. posted second-quarter profit that missed analysts' estimates because of higher claims costs at insurance units including Geico.<p>Net income dropped 37 percent to $4.01 billion, or $2,442 a share, from $6.4 billion, or $3,889, a year earlier, the Omaha, …

Explore Mars with these new NASA simulators

Web applications bring users even closer to the Red Planet<p>NASA has released two online applications that bring users closer to the surface of Mars. The first, Mars Trek, compiles 50 years worth of data to create a 3D visualization of the Red Planet's surface, which you can explore directly from a …

Robert Downey Jr., Jackie Chan and Vin Diesel Are the World's Highest-Paid Actors

Looks like Robert Downey Jr. is living a life that’s pretty close to that of his much-loved billionaire superhero character Tony Stark. The <i>Iron Man</i> …

‘True Detective’ Connects The Final Pieces Of The Puzzle

In the latest episode of <i>True Detective</i>, “Black Maps and Motel Rooms,” there was a lot of action, some surprising deaths, and a few choice lines of terrible dialogue (“Everything is f*cking!”), but what you may have missed is that much of the mystery was solved, except for the actual killer of …

Oil dives 5 percent to six-month low under $50 on China worry

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices lurched 5 percent lower on Monday to their lowest since January, taking global benchmark Brent below $50 a barrel as weak factory activity in China deepened a commodity-wide rout.<p>Growing concerns over excess global oil supplies, heavy selling in pumped-up gasoline …

African business schools are adding anti-corruption education to their programs

Corruption touches our lives every day. It happens across the private sector as well as the public service in the realms of housing, education, health and agriculture. Its influence reaches dangerously further, too: it directly threatens sustainable development.<p>Corruption takes many forms. This …

‘So-called progress’: U.S. admits ISIL is just as strong as when bombing campaign began a year ago

Almost a year after the United States began its multi-billion-dollar military campaign to defeat Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the …

Stephen Harper's long campaign

Prime Minister Stephen Harper prepares to go all out in what might be the longest and most expensive election in modern Canadian history<p>That the …

Syrian jet crashes into market in rebel-held area, 27 killed

BEIRUT (Reuters) - At least 27 people were killed and dozens injured when a Syrian army fighter jet crashed into a busy marketplace in the rebel-held northwestern town of Ariha on Monday, residents and witnesses said.<p>A general view shows the damage after a Syrian army fighter jet crashed into a …

At 18 Years Old, Tom Hanks Knew He Would Be a Star and This Letter Proves It

How 5 Voices Inside You Can Make Your Day

“Self-talk” is the psychological term for the inner conversation that streams constantly through one’s mind. Self-talk is something we all do. In …

Canada’s housing boom has no demographic legs to stand on

<i>Ben Rabidoux is president of North Cove Advisors, a market research firm. His Canadian Housing, Macro, and Credit Newsletter is read by institutional investors around the world.</i><p>If you read the headlines, you'd be inclined to believe that Canada's population is booming. And, as the story goes, it's …

Bank of Canada stumped by ‘puzzle’ of stalled exports

OTTAWA (Reuters) - If anyone has an explanation why Canada's exports disappointed in the second quarter, the country’s central bank governor would like to know.<p>The Bank of Canada cut interest rates by a quarter point on Wednesday for the second time this year as the economy contracted in the first …