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Southern Australia faces water crisis by end of century due to climate change

A predicted 40% decline in rainfall in southern Australia could mean that the West Australian capital, Perth, will have to rely on alternative sources of water in future, a new climate change research paper warns.<p>The study, led by an academic at the US’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric …

Ten years from now, transportation in Helsinki may operate very differently from the current system. The service will be run by transportation operators, through which the regular citizen can buy all they want with a click. This does not only entail public transportation within the city, but also carpool, taxi, a train ticket to Tampere or parking fees in the city centre.

Few want to own their own car in future, when everything can be shared. If one wishes to travel from Puotila to Pukinmäki, the "route planner" of …

Could Rare Bird on Tiny Island Be India's Ecological Canary?

Activists are concerned by new government's lax line on conservation.<p>A little over a month after India's new government came to power, conservationists have begun worrying that the administration may be less than committed to protecting some of the country's environmental treasures.<p>Within days of …

Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan Exterior Revealed

Hybrids and plug-in hybrids are all the rage when it comes to alternative propulsion, but Toyota isn’t giving up on hydrogen. In fact, it’s following through with the hydrogen-powered vehicle it promised for 2015, and we get our first look at its exterior design in the video and images below.<p>Toyota …

Fully Electric 2015 Ford F-150 to Cost $350, You Won't Fit in It

I begged my parents for a Power Wheels from the moment I could speak; they resisted my tantrums. Six years later, my insolent brother, whose indifference towards Power Wheels was palpable, got one on a whim. The yellow Jeep grew a thick coat of dust, unused, in my parents’ garage. I’ve mended …

Detroit Auto Show

Here are the apps teens actually love, in 5 charts

Teens. Since the beginning of humanity, they’ve always represented what the future of humanity would look like. Now, thanks to a new survey, we have an idea of what kinds of websites, apps, and online services the future of humanity will enjoy– at least for the next few years of existence. Then, an …

After twists and turns, SunPower and SolarCity emerge as fierce rivals for solar roofs

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Andreas Demmelbauer/Flickr<p>Over the course of almost three-decades, solar company SunPower has put blood, sweat and …

Toyota's first hydrogen car is priced to go head-to-head with Tesla

Sure, Elon Musk is giving away Tesla patents, but don't be surprised if more established manufacturers politely decline his offer. Instead of batteries and electric charging stations, players like General Motors, Mercedes, Honda and Toyota are focusing their efforts on a very different sort of fuel …

A Brilliantly Simple Design Transforms Old Boxes Into School Desks And Bags

The Help Desk uses a stencil to put essential school supplies in the hands of poor school children in India.<p>Most schools in rural India can’t afford basic supplies like desks, and most of the students attending them can’t afford backpacks. The Bombay-based nonprofit Aarambh worked with designers to …

Furniture

Google ethics adviser: The law needs bold ideas to address the digital age

The recent ruling by the European Court of Justice in favour of the “right to be forgotten” is part of the coming of age of our information society.<p>The tension between privacy and the value of controlling and shaping information about oneself, on the one hand, and freedom of speech and the value of …

Learning second language 'slows brain ageing'

<b>Learning a second language can have a positive effect on the brain, even if it is taken up in adulthood, a University of Edinburgh study suggests.</b><p>Researchers found that reading, verbal fluency and intelligence were improved in a study of 262 people tested either aged 11 or in their seventies.<p>A …

The Brain

9 Iconic Growth Hacks Tech Companies Used to Boost User Base

<i>John McLaughlin is a start-up founder and entrepreneur based in Manhattan and a writer for Fueled, a mobile development company based in New York City.</i><p>These days, it seems like some tech companies go from zero to a million users overnight. The growth of these firms — Airbnb and Uber might service …

The Difference Between Traffic and Audience

<i>Jeremy Bencken is the co-founder of Written.com, the audience development platform for content marketing.</i><p>A small shoe store in Austin, Texas runs the most powerful publishing empire in the multi-billion dollar athletic shoe market. NiceKicks.com is read by 3.7 million unique visitors per month, …

NHTSA Reveals Vehicle Crashes Cost $871 Billion a Year

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Link text….recently conducted a study examining vehicle crashes and came across some surprising findings. Crashes in 2010 cost Americans a staggering $871 billion, which equals out to about $900 per person living in the U.S.<p>These numbers …

Traffic Safety

Shark Skin Will Inspire Faster Swimsuits and Airplanes

Using a 3D printer, scientists build an artificial skin with microscopic features similar to a shark's.<p><b>Sharks are known for their jaws lined with razor-sharp teeth</b>, but their skin also contributes to their ferocity. It's covered with tooth-like scales—structures known as denticles that make shark …

A World Without Steering Wheels is Google's Best Idea Yet

In a telephone press conference earlier today, Google went into further detail about its first-ever prototype for a purpose-built driverless car. Unlike the modified Priuses and other commercially-available models that have already racked up more than 700,000 miles on public roads, the plucky …

Roads

Scientists Urge Study of Environmental Factors That May Speed Aging

New paper urges more work on "gerontogens" in the environment.<p>Why do our bodies age at different rates? Why can some people run marathons at the age of 70, while others are forced to use a walker?<p>Genes are only part of the answer. A trio of scientists from the University of North Carolina argue in …

Sequoia Capital's new fund is $530 million — for India and Southeast Asia

India’s growing tech scene now has access to an even huger pile of money.<p>Venture-capital heavyweight Sequoia Capital raised $530 million for its fourth India-focused fund. The Menlo Park, California-based firm said it will also be looking to invest in companies located outside India in the …

Marc Andreessen On How To Turn Impossible Ideas Into Successful Businesses

His VC firm has backed Airbnb, Box, Facebook, Jawbone, Pinterest, Skype, and Twitter, among others. Now it has another hit–VR firm Oculus Rift, which Facebook is purchasing for $2 billion. We asked Marc Andreessen how a great creative idea can survive to become a tech success story.<p><b>Marc …

Fewer polar bear cubs are being born in the Arctic islands, survey finds

The proportion of polar bear females around the Arctic islands of Svalbard who gave birth to cubs crashed to just 10% in 2014, according to a small scientific survey of the animals. It follows a series of warm years and poor sea ice.<p>The Barents Sea population of a few thousand polar bears is one of …

Charity Save the Children warns of record child poverty by 2020

<b>A record five million children could be living in poverty in the UK by 2020, according to a charity.</b><p>Save the Children estimates the number of children in poverty could have increased then by 1.4 million.<p>The charity said families had been hit by a "triple-whammy" of flat wages, cuts to benefits and …

Income Inequality

Ukip success 'could tip balance towards independent Scotland'

Baron Tony Giddens, former head of London School of Economics, says vote for Ukip in European elections was a ‘howl of pain’<p>The success of the UK Independence Party in the European elections could tip the balance towards an independent Scotland, the former head of the London School of Economics has …

Salmond: independent Scotland could be £5bn a year better off in 15 years

The Scottish government and the UK Treasury have set out rival visions of the costs and benefits of Scottish independence.<p>Launching a report at St Andrews House in Edinburgh, the first minister, Alex Salmond, said an independent Scotland could generate more than £5bn a year of extra revenues within …

‘Global Warming’ or ‘Climate Change?’: Which Is the Proper Term?

Welcome to the “to-MA-to”--“to-MAH-to” debate for discussing a toastier Earth.<p>A new Yale University study finds that sort of verbal switcheroo carries weight when Americans use or hear “global warming” versus “climate change.”<p>Depending on the political views of the person speaking or listening, the …

Climate Change

A Small Engine With Big Power

With compactness comes strength<p>Carmakers have long followed a simple rule: To increase power, make the engine block bigger. Volvo is doing the opposite. It’s phasing out five- and six-cylinder engines in favor of four-cylinder ones that are nearly 100 pounds lighter yet produce the same horsepower. …

Partially Banning Cars for a Day in Paris Actually Worked

Road traffic dropped by 18 percent, and PM-10 pollution dropped by 6 percent.<p>Back in March, air quality in Paris got so awful that the city took some drastic measures. With weather patterns keeping noxious particulate pollution close to the ground, the city made all public transportation free of …

Doubling of Antarctic ice loss revealed by European satellite

Continent shedding 160 billion tonnes a year, CryoSat-2 shows, just days after warning over western ice sheet's collapse<p>Antarctica is shedding 160 billion tonnes a year of ice into the ocean, twice the amount of a few years ago, according to new satellite observations. The ice loss is adding to the …

10 Signs That a Company Has a Serious Culture Problem

Looking for a job? It always surprises me how few people interviewing at my company ask about our culture. But they should. Over the last several months, we’ve all seen two cultural meltdowns that got big media play, and neither company came off well. In one, a woman named Julie Horvath resigned …

Researchers: The collapse of Greenland’s ice sheet could be a bigger disaster than we thought

The glaciers’ vulnerability to warming waters means current projections of sea level rise are likely too low<p>New, from the people who brought us the unstoppable collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet: It turns out that Greenland's glaciers are more vulnerable to melting than was previously …

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