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These crazy photos show how fast China is building megacities

The move is massive, and so are the stakes involved.<p>China unveiled the plan in 2014 as the "National New-type Urbanization Plan (2014-2020)". The goal was to make China even more urban, so that it could finally make and sell its own goods instead of relying on shipping clothes and electronics …

Urban Planning

To glimpse the future of oil, look at coal in the U.S.

"We're the first generation to feel the impact of climate change, and we're the last generation that can do something about it," Barack Obama said on Monday. The President backed up his words with the Clean Power Plan, a White House initiative that will almost certainly end coal-fired electricity …

Energy

The future of rail travel isn't the Hyperloop

Railways, with their greater capacity for carrying more people, quickly and with greater energy efficiency, are the best bet to become our mobility backbone.<p>Of course, engineers' imaginations have created many alternatives to the original steel-on-steel approach to the railway.<p>Maglev and the …

Trains

The indefensible Hiroshima revisionism that haunts America to this day

Seventy years ago this week we vaporized 250,000 civilians, and yet still view the bombings as an act of mercy<p>Here we are, 70 years after the nuclear obliteration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and I'm wondering if we've come even one step closer to a moral reckoning with our status as the world's only …

History

These 8 Cities Are About To Become Better Places To Live

WASHINGTON - Bloomberg Philanthropies on Wednesday announced the first eight cities it has selected to participate in a new program to improve life in America's cities.<p>Chattanooga, Tennessee; Louisville, Kentucky; Kansas City, Missouri; Mesa, Arizona; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Jackson, Mississippi; Seattle …

Urban Design

The Guardian Cities: Skylines challenge – can I build a truly anti-capitalist city?

Urban planner Finn Williams uses the building simulator to create a ‘post-growth city’ with an economy based on social exchange rather than consumption<p>Karl Mathiesen: can I create the world’s greenest city?<p>There is no “game over” in Cities: Skylines, just 400 or so citizens rattling around the …

Urbanism

Here's what the 'Little Boy' atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima would do to major American cities

The blast, which was the first detonation of a uranium-based nuclear device in history, instantly killed 70,000 people, while the lasting effects of the radiation brought the toll up to 140,000.<p>Hiroshima, a city of 310,000, was almost completely annihilated.<p>The nuclear chain reaction unleashed by a …

Nuclear Energy

The 10 least affordable cities in the world

That distinction goes to Singapore, according to The Economist's World Cost of Living Index, which ranks the world's cities by affordability.<p>No US cities made the list.<p>The Economist uses the price of food, drink, clothing, rent, transportation, and utility bills in order to calculate the index. We …

Royal Babies

Airbus patents plane that could fly from Paris to Tokyo in three hours

Plane manufacturer wins US approval for proposed hypersonic jet that would slash flight times by jumping above the atmosphere<p>Airbus has won a patent for a hypersonic passenger plane, but Concorde’s hydrogen-powered successor is unlikely to leave the drawing board any time soon.<p>The proposed …

Aviation

Pluto is ‘actually a huge spacecraft, like the Death Star’ – and here’s the proof

Even now, alien beings inside Pluto could be turning huge death rays towards our planet, preparing to blow us into a cloud of interstellar dust.<p>UFO …

NASA's Curiosity rover eyes weird rock on Mars

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity went out of its way to investigate a rock the likes of which it has never seen before on the Red Planet.<p>Measurements by Curiosity's rock-zapping ChemCam laser and another instrument revealed that the target, a chunk of bedrock dubbed Elk, contains high levels of silica …

See Incredible Photos of Vintage Airplanes

A Boeing Model C awaits flight in Boeing's Lake Union boathouse in Seattle. 1917.<br>© 2015 The Boeing Company, from Higher: 100 Years of Boeing<p>1 of 8<p>It …

Boating

Norway aims to become the 'green battery of Europe'

<i>Ingenious hydraulic engineers in Norway aim to use surplus power from wind and sun to create a giant standby hydropower "battery" to boost European</i> …

Farms of the Future: Forget Sun and Soil, It's All About LED

For centuries, farmers have been dependent on weather, short growing seasons, fluctuating supply and demand cycles, and a host of environmental factors that make the farming business one of luck as much as agricultural acumen. Combined with the world's growing population and the increasing scarcity …

Aquaponics

KLM and TU Delft propose long-distance aircraft featuring wings that merge with its body

Dutch airline KLM and Delft University of Technology have released concept designs for an aircraft with a "blended wing body", which could transport …

Aviation

10 Top Secret Military Bases the Government Doesn't Want You to Know About

<b>Jake Anderson</b> <b><br>July 28, 2015</b><p><b>We're revolutionizing the news industry, but we need your help! Click here to get started.</b><p><b>(ANTIMEDIA)</b> <i>Escondido, CA</i> — It …

Futuristic self-sufficient vertical city rises from the Sahara Desert

1/11<p>La Tour des Sables Nicholas Laisné Associés and OXO Architectes<p>If we have to live in the desert, how will we survive? French architectural design …

Deserts

The Most Dangerous Nuclear Weapon in America's Arsenal

The United States maintains an extensive nuclear arsenal. According to the Federation of Atomic Scientists, in April of this year the United States …

Here's the insanely complicated process needed to launch the most powerful nuclear warhead

Some of these systems contained Titan II missiles, which carried the largest single nuclear warhead of any missile of its kind before or since.<p>Titan II was a guided ballistic missile that was also the largest, most powerful nuclear weapons system ever deployed in the US. And it served one purpose: …

North Korea