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Herzog & de Meuron's new school design in Oxford is about 'coming together'

On first glance, the shimmering spaceship-like facade of Herzog & de Meuron's newly unveiled Blavatnik School of Government building may look a little alien in its historic limestone surroundings on Oxford's Walton Street, but on closer inspection, some subtle nods to the city's historic …

World Literature Today’s 75 Notable Translations of 2015

Translation TuesdayThe Editors of WLTAs 2015 comes to a close, we again look back to the year in translation. The end of 2015 marked two new …

Books

Zaha Hadid's 35 most incredible buildings

The twenty greatest English-language novels

A few of you wrote in and asked me to match this Guardian list of the top one hundred English-language novels of all time. (It is notable how many …

7 Prize-Winning Books You Won't Be Able To Put Down

<i>So many awards, so many amazing choices. Here are our picks from this year's critically acclaimed honorees, including a few surprises.</i><p><b>Fortune Smiles</b><p>By Adam Johnson<p>320 pages; Random House<p><b>The winner that blows your mind -- and opens your heart</b><p>This story collection -- and winner of the National Book …

Your holiday reading list: 58 books recommended by TED speakers

From tech to self-help via poetry, fiction and graphic novels, here are the books you need to read.<p>What’s the one book you’re always thrilled to …

A Brief History of Human Energy Use

And what it means for our future<p>People are always asking Bill Gates if he's really read all of Vaclav Smil.<p>Smil is a professor at the University of Manitoba. His bio says he does “interdisciplinary research in the fields of energy, environmental and population change, food production and nutrition, …

Network of artificial neurons learns to use language

A network of artificial neurons has learned how to use language.<p>Researchers from the universities of Sassari and Plymouth found that their cognitive …

35 Books Everyone Should Read in Their Lifetime

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Best new books | PureWow

1<p>For understanding<br>the economy<p>by Thomas Piketty<p>Yes, this is 700 pages of French economic theory, but it’s also <i>the</i> 2014 book on taxation, income …

50 Great Dark Books for the Dark Days of Winter

We’ve reached the time of year when the days seem impossibly short and the nights never ending. Good if you’re a vampire or like to go to sleep …

25 Genre Novels That Should be Classics

There’s been a lot of talk about genre in the air recently (well, really, when isn’t there?) — what it means, whether it’s changed, whether it’s even …

18 Books Millennials Should Read | Domino

Want more of domino? Sign up for free!<p>Create an account for free to stay up to date with the latest deals, save your favorite products, and …

30 Books Every Woman Should Read

Let’s be real: You should be reading books, and books by women, every month of the year. But, since March is Women’s History Month, you have a …

The 10 Books You Absolutely Must Read to Understand the History of Earth

The Earth is 4.5 billion years old, and life began oozing across its boiling, methane-saturated surface about a billion years after our planet was …

The Definitive List Of 100 Biographies & Memoirs You Should Read

Better clear your schedule — and your nightstand. You've got some reading to get through.<p>Amazon's book editors have released their definitive list of …

12 Books to Read Before They Hit the Big Screen

Those Hollywood types. They always seem to have their finger on the pulse. Maybe it’s because they’re actually total bookworms. Or maybe they just …

50 Great Books About Deliciously Bad Women

What is it about bad girls that is so alluring? Maybe it’s the seized power they signify, or the agency their badness implies, or just the comebacks …

Books

How much is nature worth? More than you can imagine

However much you think nature is worth, it's a lot more, writes Neil Nightingale. According to the BBC's 'Earth Index', published today in the …

Globalization

Coral bleaching epidemic devastates reefs off South Florida

Corals are turning chalk white and dying on reefs stretching from the Florida Keys to the Miami area, in what experts call one of the worst episodes in two decades of coral bleaching in Florida.<p>Under stress from unusually warm water, the corals are expelling the tiny bits of algae that give them …

INFOGRAPHIC: Everything you ever wanted to know about LEED

You’ve probably heard about LEED buildings, but do you know how projects go about getting certification or which states are leading the LEED charge? …

Harvard Researchers Hail Cost-Effective Battery That Could Store Surplus Wind and Solar Power

The dream of a home battery—cheap, durable, safe and as big as you like—that could store solar or wind power is a step nearer reality.<p>High-capacity …

3 Eco Adventures for This Fall

<i>Image of Zion National Park in Autumn via Shutterstock</i><p><b>BY VICTORIA GAFFNEY</b><p>We all know that wistful feeling towards the end of summer, that twinge of nostalgia as we sense the sun-soaked days beginning to slip away from us like sand through a sieve. The longing for more lazy hours--and the reluctant …

America Is Throwing Out Way More Garbage Than We Thought

New estimate is more than double the EPA's.<p>If you worry that Americans produce too much garbage, you won’t get much reassurance from a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change.<p>The study shows that landfills across the country are taking in more than twice as much solid waste as the …

Sustainability

Outdoor air pollution kills 3.3 million yearly, could double to 6.6 million by 2050

<b>Spoiler: Deadly air pollution is deadly.</b><p>If there's one indisputable negative effect on the planet of our massive fossil fuel energy appetite over the …

Pollution

8 Cities That Show You What the Future Will Look Like

Cities used to grow by accident. Sure, the location usually made sense—someplace defensible, on a hill or an island, or somewhere near an extractable …

These Incredible Saltwater Batteries Are Designed To Store Renewable Energy

Now we can clean power even when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing.<p>If we’re going to use renewable power in a big way, we’re going to need better battery storage. Because solar and wind are intermittent sources of energy, they need to be backed up for when they’re not there, because, …

Clean Energy