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Is the speed of light slowing down?

Several things in nature go faster than the speed of light, without challenging general relativity.<br>Read More

Physics

The Legacy and Lessons of Grenfell Tower

Public housing has evolved radically since the 1970s.<p>The fire at the Grenfell Tower housing estate in West London last week has left, at present writing, 79 people missing and presumed dead. The business of figuring out the how and why of the disaster is already underway, and a few probable …

A Naked Black Hole Is Streaking Across the Universe

Black holes are mysterious cosmic monsters, shrouded in a thick veil of gas and dust. They lurk in the heart of galaxies, waiting to gobble up stars …

Washington Square Park toilet house boasts LEED-certified loos

If you're ever around Greenwich Village when nature calls, take advantage of the opportunity to check out Washington Square Park House, a sustainable …

Design

Putting Cities’ Abandoned Spaces To Work—Fighting Climate Change

Local Code takes thousands of underused urban spaces and optimizes them to fight flooding, heat, and extreme weather.<p>City infrastructure–like sewer pipes, for instance–are built to accommodate a certain number of people, and withstand a certain amount of bad weather. But with climate change …

12 Million-Year-Old Vehicle Tracks Found in Stone, Claims Geologist

Petrified wheel tracks found in various locations, including parts of Turkey and Spain, were left by heavy all-terrain vehicles some 12 million to 14 …

Geology

10 Inspiring Houses

From clever materials to coastal living, here's what caught our eye this week.<p>1. Geometry for the Win<p>The Nida House by Pezo von Ellrichshausen starts with a small floor at the bottom and gradually increases size at each level of the five-story home. Located in Chile, the structure is made from …

Architecture

Top 15 Tiny House Design Ideas and their Costs - Green Living Ideas - RemodelingImage.com - Remodeling Ideas, Costs, Tips, and Advice

<b>Sustainable Home Living Ideas for Minimalism and Comfort Explained in a fun way, plus beautiful examples of Tiny Homes!</b><p>When I found out about the …

House Design

How algorithms rule our working lives

Employers are turning to mathematically modelled ways of sifting through job applications. Even when wrong, their verdicts seem beyond dispute – and they tend to punish the poor<p>A few years ago, a young man named Kyle Behm took a leave from his studies at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, …

Employment

'How could our country lie so completely?': meet the North Korean defectors

They send pamphlets and DVDs in balloons over the barbed-wire border. Can these defectors inspire others to make the same dangerous journey to the South?<p>One day, when he was 25 years old, Park Sang-hak was strolling around a huge square in the North Korean port of Wonsan. It is a drab place, with …

North Korea

Shipping Container House Breaks The Boundaries Between Indoor And Outdoor

Houses built out of repurposed shipping containers are quite controversial. Some love them and some hate them and there are some valid points on each …

Food & Dining

Carbon fiber report whips up interest in SpaceX’s plans for a colony on Mars

Is SpaceX planning to buy billions of dollars’ worth of carbon fiber for future Mars-bound spaceships? The answer’s up in the air, but a report to …

Top 15 Shipping Container Homes in US: How Much They Cost

Many people don’t know that shipping containers can be used for more than transporting merchandise. You can actually build residential dwellings and …

Living Rooms

Here’s what Bugatti’s 1,500-horsepower Chiron could have looked like

Jaws dropped earlier this year at the Geneva Auto Show when Bugatti unveiled the brand new Chiron. The megacar was, predictably, a toned-down version …

Ask Ethan: Are there different types of space and time?

If everything is relative, as Einstein says, then how do cosmologists measure these quantities in ways everyone can agree?<p><i>“A human being is part of a</i> …

NASA Timelapse Shows a Year of Earth As Seen From Space

Gazing at high resolution images of Earth taken from space never gets old, but when you combine more than 3000 of them into a spinning timelapse, it …

Watch John Oliver Try to Sell Americans on Favorite Soccer Club

John Oliver might originally be from Birmingham, but since the <i>Last Week Tonight</i> host's parents both come from Liverpool, it shouldn't come as a …

Soccer

Why I stopped shopping at Forever 21

I'll never forget the first time I stepped into a Forever 21. It was magical.<p>My heart palpitated — so many clothes, organized by look and color! I instantly gravitated toward the bohemian clothing; the style was having a resurgence thanks to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's adoption of the "bobo" …

‘Paint’ walls a different color with this simple Photoshop trick

Photoshop can alter images in almost every way imaginable. As capable as it is though, there are times when the changes needed are rather mundane in …

Here’s How to Design a Logo You’ll Want to Wear on a T-Shirt

You’ve been hard at work building your brand identity and you’re almost ready to take it public. As we were all reminded by the recent Instagram design overhaul, like it or not, logos matter, and designing one is a crucial final step in biz planning.<p>You know one thing: You want it to be good — …

London’s Architecture Between Light & Shadow

Le photographe anglais Rupert Vandervell nous propose d’explorer Londres d’une manière inattendue et poétique avec sa série intitulée <i>Geometrix</i>. Ce …

'We pay our taxes!' - Barca's #WeAreAllLeoMessi campaign backfires

The Catalan side launched the hashtag to gather support for the Argentine in the wake of his conviction, but fans on Twitter have used it to criticize the player and the club.<p><b>EXTRA TIME</b><p>When Barcelona launched its hashtag campaign to gather support for Lionel Messi in the wake of his conviction for …

The 10 best architects of all time, ranked

New Yorkers don’t have to look very far to see the power of architecture: It boasts an iconic skyline, after all, made up of buildings ranging from …

Who’s Your Fall Beauty Muse? 13 Vogue Editors Name Their Favorites, From Ali MacGraw to Kurt Cobain

While beginning our back-to-school shopping, it occurred to us there are just as many ways to wear a sweater as there are sweaters to be worn. But for fashion icons like <b>Charlotte Rampling</b> and <b>Ali MacGraw,</b> making a basic woolen knit their own had just as much to do with how they styled themselves …

Kurt Cobain

How To Plate Food Like A 3-Star Michelin Chef

Tracey Torres has cooked in some of the best kitchens in the world. Now she shares trade secrets on how to plate food like a pro.<p>Take a trip to Daniel or Eleven Madison Park, and you won’t just be blown away by the flavors of the food. The plating itself is an abstract work of art. Now that the …

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Inside the mind of a mazemaker

With more than 700 creations, Adrian Fisher is the world's most prolific maze designer. He explains what goes into those twists and turns – and why we love feeling so confused.<p>In the 36 years that Adrian Fisher has been in business, he has created every kind of maze imaginable – from simple, …

United Kingdom

Found after 108 years: Message in a bottle set afloat for science

It took over a century for a long-lost message in a bottle to wash up on shore, and it may be the oldest ever found. There was even a reward involved.<p>George Parker Bidder may not be a household name, but he's getting some modern-day recognition for a series of experiments performed between 1904 and …

North Sea

The mysterious European businessman who gave India its iconic railway book stalls

At a time when booksellers everywhere appear a threatened breed, the life of Emile Edouard Moreau, who set up A H Wheeler and Co, the chain of railway bookstalls that endure to this day, appears as a fascinating example of a man with interests that spanned continents, and yet about whom there …

Literature

The Most Extreme Things Actors Have Done to Prepare for Roles

There seems to be a strong correlation between degree of transformation and number of Oscars.<p>Probably because there seems to be a strong inverse relationship between degree of transformation and number of Oscars, Extreme Role Preparation has become something of a sport amongst actors. Who can …

Universal Pictures