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Plastic bottles: Free water refills take off in Brighton

A scheme to reduce plastic waste by offering free water bottle refills in shops and cafes has taken hold in Brighton.<p>Refill began life in Bristol and has spread across the UK.<p>Industry body Water UK said it was going to join forces with Refill to bring the scheme to every major town in England by …

Sustainability

'I didn't even meet my potential employers'

<b>As companies rely more on machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to find the right job candidates, is recruitment in danger of losing that personal touch?</b><p>Peter Lane, a 21-year-old who graduated last summer from Cardiff University with a degree in History, is hoping to get into business …

Employment

UK unveils extremism blocking tool

<b>The government has unveiled a tool it says can accurately detect jihadist content and block it from being viewed.</b><p>Home Secretary Amber Rudd told the BBC she would not rule out forcing technology companies to use it by law.<p>Ms Rudd is visiting the US to meet tech companies to discuss the idea, as well …

Amber Rudd

Criminals hide 'billions' in crypto-cash - Europol

<b>Three to four billion pounds of criminal money in Europe is being laundered through cryptocurrencies, according to Europol.</b><p>The agency's director Rob Wainwright told the BBC's Panorama that regulators and industry leaders need to work together to tackle the problem.<p>The warning comes after Bitcoin's …

Cryptocurrency

Video captures rare ‘snow rolling’ phenomenon

Sheila Nemcsok thought she was going for a regular lunch break until she stumbled upon something “magical”: a rare natural phenomenon called snow …

Niagara Falls

Hanergy's thin solar panels break multiple world records for efficiency

The China-based international energy corporation Hanergy was recently lauded for its newest solar production module, the highest efficiency …

Clean Energy

450-Year-Old Wood Column Tied Into a Knot Is a Logic-Defying Art Installation

Known for his mind-bending installation art, Alex Chinneck has moved indoors for his latest art installation, tying a 450-year-old wood column into a knot. With <i>Birth, Death, and a Midlife Crisis</i>, the British sculptor has conceived another stunning piece of optical illusion art, one that sees him …

Streetwear

Land Artist Arranges Stones and Leaves Into Mesmerizing Mandalas and Spirals

Yorkshire-based artist James Brunt employs sticks, stones, and other ephemeral materials to create elaborate ephemeral art. Featuring intricate mandalas, infinite spirals, and one-of-a-kind sculptures, his series of outdoor installations continues contemporary art‘s tradition of creatively using …

Art

Hollow Animal Sculptures Constructed From a Network of Metal Branches by Kang Dong Hyun | Colossal

<p>Korean artist Kang Dong Hyun constructs hollow animal sculptures from a system of metallic branches. His works often have a high concentration of …

Sculpture

Charities warned after Oxfam Haiti prostitute claims

<b>Charities doing overseas aid work will lose funding if they fail to cooperate over safeguarding issues, warned the international development secretary.</b><p>Penny Mordaunt said it was "despicable" that sexual exploitation and abuse still existed in the aid sector.<p>Her comments come after Oxfam workers …

United Kingdom

'Suddenly it was total mayhem': Australian inventors celebrate success of revolutionary bee hive

Three years ago, a father and son in Australia finally unveiled a device they had spent a decade inventing: a beehive that releases honey via a tap, without needing to handle the bees.<p>The pair, Stuart and Cedar Anderson, who live in the hinterland near Byron Bay in eastern Australia, an area …

Insects

Chinese Scientists Develop Saltwater Rice That Could Feed Over 200 Million People

In a stunning agricultural breakthrough, Chinese researchers have stated that they have developed a system for growing rice in saltwater. It's a revolutionary breakthrough that could help feed over 200 million people and boost China's rice production by 20 percent.<p>In the spring, over 200 types of …

Europe’s First Underwater Restaurant Is Being Built Off the Norwegian Coast

If you've ever dreamed of dining under the sea, you may soon get your chance. Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta recently announced their involvement with <i>Under</i>, Europe's first underwater restaurant. The new dining destination will be located on the southern coast of Norway, close to the village …

Nomadic Couple Spends 6 Years Traveling 80,000 Miles Across Europe in a Van

In the Spring of 2010, partners Lauren Smith and Calum Creasey—founders of <i>The Rolling Home</i>—decided to pack only their essential possessions and to set out on an adventure that would end up being a six-year-long road trip. With little money and a lot of imagination, they bought a Volkswagen T4 and …

CVS is plotting a $66 billion takeover — and it has a lot to do with fending off Amazon

Amazon's notorious for stepping into new businesses and crushing the competition with low price, fast delivery, and its massive network of loyal shoppers. When Amazon bought the grocer Whole Foods, shares of other supermarket chains plunged, out of fear they'd be Amazon'd.<p>Now, the e-commerce giant …

Pharma

Scientists Have Discovered a Material That Could Store Quantum Information

Wow.<p>In recent years, a great deal of progress has been made toward the first large-scale, universal quantum computer. However, there are still many …

How vertical farming reinvents agriculture

Instead of growing crops in sunny fields or greenhouses, some companies stack them and grow them in old, dark warehouses with UV lights — saving water and harvesting produce faster.<p>In an old carpet factory on the outskirts of the Belgian city of Kortrijk, an agricultural upheaval is being plotted: …

Aquaponics

Mastercard adds fingerprint sensors to payment cards

Our fingerprints are quickly replacing PINs and passwords as our primary means of unlocking our phones, doors and safes. They're convenient, unique, and ultimately more secure than easily guessed or forged passwords and signatures. So it makes sense that fingerprint sensors are coming to protect …

Your next job interview could be with a recruiter bot

Some worry artificial intelligence will steal human jobs -- but one startup is betting that its AI will actually help you <i>get</i> a job.<p>San Francisco-based Mya Systems has developed an AI recruiter that can evaluate resumes, schedule and conduct applicant screenings, and even congratulate you on your …

Employment

3D-printed ovaries allow infertile mice to give birth

The creation of artificial ovaries for humans is a step closer after birth of healthy pups from mice given ‘ovarian bioprosthesis’<p>Infertile mice have given birth to healthy pups after having their fertility restored with ovary implants made with a 3D printer.<p>Researchers created the synthetic …

Who Needs A Hospital, When This Self-Driving Doctor Comes To You?

A new concept called Aim brings the doctor to you, in a self-driving car.<p>Even those of us fortunate enough to have good health insurance will often put off seeing a doctor when we probably should. Often it’s simply a matter of logistics. We feel like we can’t take the time off work, or arrange …

More Stunning Photos of Jupiter Released by NASA

Lately, thanks to missions by NASA, we've been getting more and more insights into outer space. From close up images Saturn's rings, brought to us by the Cassini spacecraft, to the discovery of the new Trappist-1 planets, it's an exciting time for astronomers and space travel enthusiasts. And now, …

Introducing the World’s First Folding Camera Made Entirely Out of Cardboard

Many people love the way vintage cameras look, but they crave the convenience of instant film. For those who appreciate the mashup of old and new, the Jollylook camera is an exciting prospect. Using a retro, steampunk-inspired aesthetic, the fold-out camera mimics designs that first gained …

Ingenious Phone App Uses Camera to Translate Japanese Text in Real Time

Since 2015, linguistic aid Google Translate has featured Word Lens, a futuristic function that enables users to translate text in real time. Once reserved for a handful of languages—namely, English, Spanish, Russian, Italian, French, Portuguese, and German—the Word Lens tool can now decipher and …

First Vertical Forrest in Asia will be Covered in Over 3,000 Plants

Italian architect Stefano Boeri is set to bring his famed vertical forest to Nanjing, China. The new project, to be completed in 2018, will see 1,110 trees and 2,500 shrubs engulf the facades of two enormous towers.<p>The Nanjing towers will stand 656 feet and 354 feet tall and will be the first …

Ingenious Bowl-Shaped Roof Collects Rainwater to Provide Natural Cooling

Based out of Tehran, BMDesign Studios is used to facing complex issues that come with living in an arid environment. With precipitation one-third of the world average, and evaporation three times higher, the firm has devised a double-roof system to solve the water scarcity problem. The <i>Concave Roof</i> …

Solar-Powered “Farm From a Box” Is a Farm Kit That Can Feed 150 People

San Francisco startup Farm From a Box has made it their mission to make farming as easy as possible. Their shipping container kit contains all the essentials for starting a two-acre farm (land not included!), which has the possibility to feed 150 people. Founders Brandi DeCarli and Scott Thompson …

Farming

Pop-Up Bed Tent Easily Offers Privacy for Anyone With Anxiety

Dedicated to giving you a better night’s sleep, American company Privacy Pop has invented an ingenious insomnia solution: the Bed Tent, a pop-up shelter that instantly transforms any bed into a “private oasis.”<p>Composed of water-resistant polyester and propped up by metal poles, the clever creation …

Snow Falls in the Sahara Desert for the First Time in 37 Years

For the first time in 37 years, snow fell across the Sahara Desert. The largest hot desert in the world, the Sahara covers an area almost equivalent to the size of the United States. And just in time for the holidays, a festive sprinkling of snow rained down upon its sands. The wild event took …

France Opens World’s First Solar Panel Road

France officially opened the world’s first solar panel road this week. It features 2,880 solar panels over 1 kilometer (0.62 miles) in the small village of Tourouvre-au-Perche. The energy efficient road was built with Colas’ Wattway technology, which is installed directly on existing pavement. It’s …

Solar Power