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The Power of Maps, Past and Present

New ways of envisioning how America once looked, and how it is changing.<p>One of our partners in our American Futures project, along with <i>Marketplace</i> radio, is the Esri mapping/geographic-info company of Redlands, California. Here are two interactive maps Esri has recently produced that I think are …

Tories discuss stripping benefits claimants who refuse treatment for depression

Senior ministers believe the rules should be reviewed in order to reduce the “huge” numbers of people who are declared unfit for work due to mental health problems<p>Hundreds of thousands of benefit claimants face being stripped of their state allowances if they refuse to undergo treatment for anxiety …

Mental Health

Desmond Tutu plea for 'assisted dying' before historic Lords debate

Desmond Tutu, one of the world's most eminent religious leaders, has made an extraordinary intervention in the debate over assisted death, by backing the right of the terminally ill to end their lives in dignity.<p>Writing in the <i>Observer</i>, the 82-year-old retired Anglican archbishop, revered as the …

New drug uses the stink in the stink bomb to treat the heart

An old children's ditty goes: "Beans, beans, they're good for your heart. The more you eat, the more you...." Well, you know.<p>There's wisdom in that wit that may help you to live longer, according to medical researchers working on a new drug.<p>A big part of the stink in flatulence comes from the …

Articles about how make your tiny yard feel spacious on Dwell.com - Dwell

We can’t change the size of our backyard, but there are many simple ways to make your outdoor space feel larger than it is....<p>Just because your kitchen is on the smaller side doesn’t mean you can’t make it as efficient and effective as possible.<p>Creating a space worthy of an Instagram is one thing …

Small Spaces

The eerie Americana of photographer Ed Freeman - in pictures

After a 25-year career in the music industry, during which he produced Don McLean's American Pie, Ed Freeman returned to his original love of photography. While driving around southern Californian deserts to photograph landscapes, he was struck by the beauty of the desolate buildings he passed on …

The Moon Puts On A Triple Super Summer Spectacle

Summer 2014 promises to be more super than most, and not just because of the World Cup or LeBron James returning to Cleveland.<p>This summer, the moon will reach "super" status not once, not twice, but three times — and the first time happens Saturday night.<p>A supermoon, or a perigee moon, occurs when …

Link About It: This Week's Picks

1. Redesign: 2020 Tokyo Olympic Stadium<p>The team at London-based Zaha Hadid Architects is no stranger to Olympic architecture or earning a few medals of their own. The award-winning firm's London Aquatics Centre played a central role in the capital's games. Following a successful bid for Tokyo's …

Villa Blåbär, a House Located in Nacka, Sweden by pS Arkitektur

Villa Blåbär – Modern architecture in harmony with Sweden’s nature.<p>The team of pS Arkitektur has completed Villa Blåbär, a house located in Nacka, …

Architecture

Why Women's World Cup champion Brandi Chastain bared her bra

<b>In 1999, US footballer Brandi Chastain shot to fame. After scoring the winning penalty in the Women's World Cup final she ripped off her shirt in a memorable and controversial goal celebration.</b><p>"The stadium was so incredibly quiet - it's amazing how 90,000 plus people could be silent - if I had to …

Rose Bowl

United flight diverted to remote Midway Island due to odor

A harrowing United Airlines flight Friday over the Pacific Ocean was forced to land on remote Midway Island because of what an FAA official said was an electrical odor on board.<p>The United Airlines plane, carrying 335 passengers and 13 crew on a Boeing 777, was flying from Honolulu to Guam when it …