Richard Alvarez

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5 Amazing Cities for Raising a Family (and They Aren't Where You Think)

<i>Photo Credit: Viva Tropical</i><p>Sometimes life isn't what we expected it would be, you've spent your entire existence wondering which suburban neighborhood in your Connecticut town would host the house of your dreams, that would come complete with a fine backyard, a dog and two kids. You've always …

Central America

Galaxy Alpha Design Moves Down To New A5 And A3 Smartphones But Won't Save Samsung

Following the announcement of a rapidly declining profits base and the lack of growth in they mobile sector, Samsung has announced two new handsets in the mid-range market. Samsung’s declining revenue is in part due to a lack of sales at the high-end, but also the squeezing of margins in the …

Interstellar: the truth about wormholes

Christopher Nolan's new film, Interstellar, sees astronauts leaping across galaxies via a 'wormhole'. Could it one day be possible?<p>The universe wasn't designed to make life easy for science-fiction writers. Nowhere is this more obvious than if you are trying to write a grand space opera.<p>You know …

A Professor Created A Single Tree That Can Produce 40 Types Of Fruit

"The idea is that I could collapse a whole orchard and put it into one tree," he told Business Insider.<p>Each of the colors in the photo above represents a variety of flowering tree. Collectively, as one plant, they produce 40 different edible stone fruits (ones with pits, like peaches and plums). …

Peaches

How We Could Actually Build a Space Colony

In our cosmic megastructures series, Popular Mechanics explores some of the key engineering and design challenges in constructing gigantic structures for use by humankind in space. Today, three classic space-colony concepts.<p><b>Name:</b> Bernal sphere; Stanford torus; O'Neill cylinder<p><b>Named For:</b> …

Weird Crystal Can Absorb All The Oxygen In A Room -- And Then Release It Later

This could potentially make fuel cells, space travel, and scuba diving a lot more efficient.<p>Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark say they’ve invented a crystal that pulls oxygen out of the air and even water. Apparently, just a spoonful of the stuff can suck up all the oxygen in a …

Oxygen

ISIS strategy: None better than bad strategy (Opinion) - CNN.com

<i>Editor's note: Newt Gingrich is a co-host of CNN's "Crossfire," which airs at 6:30 p.m. ET weekdays, and author of a new book, "Breakout: Pioneers of the Future, Prison Guards of the Past, and the Epic Battle That Will Decide America's Fate." The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely</i> …

Leaked: Details Of Google's Attempt To Get You To Pay For YouTube

The new service was first spotted when Google began purchasing domain names related to the phrase "music key," as "youtubemusickey.com," "musickey.co.uk," and "musickey.jp" are now owned by Google. But in a series of leaked screenshots, Android Police claims to have detailed the features of the new …

Google Play

A Rare Look At The Abandoned Military Bases Of The USSR

After working for a few years, Lusito left his industrial job and hit the roads of Europe in his van with a camera and little to no plan. He had a chance meeting with a geography professor in the Czech Republic who invited him on a trek to discover an abandoned Soviet military base.<p>It was a …

Soviet Union

SPHERE's First Image Looks Like The Eye Of Sauron

A new instrument built to view exoplanets—planets outside our solar system—has captured its first images, including this dust ring around a nearby …

Universe

Pope Francis named Time's 2013 Person of the Year

Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pontiff who won hearts and headlines with his humility and common touch, was named Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2013, the magazine revealed Wednesday on TODAY.<p>The iconic title goes every year to the individual chosen by Time editors as someone who has had …

Tea Party