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Graphene spacecraft could fly on starlight

Graphene could revolutionise battery tech, create super-strength spider silk, and soak up oil spills in minutes -- Iron Man even wants his next suit …

Engineering

10 Science Fiction Writers Predict How Our World Will Change In The Next 10 Years

In the epilogue to his book on data, privacy, copyright and what the changing tides of these big ideas mean for writers and other creative types, prolific sci-fi behemoth and tech blogger Cory Doctorow tries to guess what the future will hold. He begins with a disclaimer: “Science-fiction writers …

Science Fiction

Looking Out Into Space Is Literally Looking Back In Time, And Here's Why

Every time you open your eyes to look at something, you're literally looking back in time.<p>Consider: light travels at a speed of 186,000 miles per second (or 300 million meters per second), so if you're looking at someone or something from a distance of one meter, you're seeing it not as it is but …

Why can’t we remember dreams? The neuroscience of ecstasy and sadness

It seems like a pact with the devil. As soon as you’re in a position to record a dream, it starts to disappear<p><i>There’s no time to lose, I heard her say Catch your dreams before they slip away.</i><p>When we sleep, wrote English psychiatrist Havelock Ellis over a hundred years ago, we enter a ‘dim and …

Literature

Eight tips on creativity and work from a professional performance artist

1 – Deadlines are your friend<p>Putting pen to paper and coming up with a coherent text has never been an easy task for me, so when invited to participate in a “major book project” and to offer insight and advice to artists starting out in the field, I was flattered but hesitant.<p>Plagued by a horrible …

Creativity

Google embeds engineers as professors

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Howard University freshman Alanna Walton knew something was different about the professor teaching her introduction to computer science course.<p>First, there was her name: Professor Sabrina. She was an African American woman, kept office hours until 2 a.m. if that's what …

Silicon Valley

Swedish islanders seek status update after Facebook dumps them in Norway

Residents of Gotland bemused by a Facebook glitch that places them just north of Oslo, and local businesses worry it might affect the tourist trade<p>Facebook has been accused of a lot of things, from riding roughshod over people’s privacy to prudishly censoring the most innocuous of photographs.<p>But …

Baltic Sea

5 Ways to Tuck in a Shirt

The fashion team at <i>Glamour</i> has become fairly obsessed with the simplest of styling techniques: the shirt tuck. Whether a blouse is tucked in the front and popped out at the back or has a slight asymmetrical tuck at the waist, the right tuck can make a dressy outfit look less stuffy and your overall …

Clothing

Stunning Early Entries in 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

One of our very favorite photo contests has just kicked off! The 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest brings out the most breathtaking shots in travel photography. This year, the prizes are really exciting! The grand prize winner will receive an eight day National Geographic Photo …

Nature Photography

Speeding Down: The Slow Living Revolution

We are living in a time when we have moved away from the pursuit of happiness to the pursuit of fulfillment. In every facet of our everyday lives, we are making dramatic change. Whether it's where we live, what we eat, how we spend our free time, what we drive, how we plan our personal …

Simple Living

Strangelives - Photographs by Strange.rs Collective | LensCulture

<i>…Life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end. —Virginia Woolf</i><p><i><br>Strangelives</i> is a series of fictional biographies told with images rather than words. It is the recognition that any life, when viewed from the exterior, consists of a …

Literature

Note to Designers: Forget Wearables, Tackle Senseables

Ravi Sawney, CEO of RKS, calls on designers to think about the next stage of personal technology.<p>Let’s face it: the concept behind wearables—collecting data on oneself—is something people have sought for generations. French philosopher Michel Foucault, for instance, points to the ancient …

Fitness Technology

Architizer

Urban Cultivator Indoor Garden

While in Vancouver for TED last month, we stumbled upon the just-opened "Living Produce Aisle," which makes salads and smoothies from microgreens, vegetables and herbs grown right inside the space. The immersive storefront was created by Surrey, BC-based Urban Cultivator to put their enclosed …

Houseplants