David Christensen

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UN warns of massive famine if Yemen blockade isn't lifted

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Wednesday that unless the Saudi-led military coalition lifts its blockade on Yemen the war-torn nation will face "the largest famine the world has seen for many decades, with millions of victims."<p>Mark Lowcock told reporters after briefing the …

Middle East

The One Thing That is a Better Indicator of Success Than Talent (According to Science)

The trait that takes you from average to spectacular is not your IQ.<p>You are unique, and so is everyone else. Success means a lot to every person. It's a weighted combination of power, status, money, family, and work. You can define success in your own terms, because what brings you fulfillment and …

KFC recipe challenge: Kitchen puts the 11 herbs and spices to the test

Reporters didn't taste much of a difference between Kentucky Fried Chicken, right, and the fried chicken, left, on wire rack.<p><b>It is one of the most</b> …

Scientists have found a way to recycle sunlight, and it could cause a solar-power revolution

The world of solar cells could be on the cusp of a revolution, as researchers seek to boost efficiency by harnessing the power to recycle light.<p>A new study, published Thursday in the journal Science, considers the properties of hybrid lead halide perovskites, a group of materials already making …

Clean Energy

What The Lowe’s Robot Will Do For You–And The Future Of Retail

The humble hardware store is getting a lot more high-tech.<p>One of the most well-known employees at the Orchard Supply Hardware store in downtown San Jose, California, is a 5-foot-tall autonomous robot. OSHbot, as he’s called, just recently celebrated his one-year anniversary at the store, which is …

Black Swans

Verizon's Hum connected car gadget is now a teen driver's worst nightmare

Hum, the aftermarket connected car add-on from Verizon, is about to get a little less friendly to the younger drivers in the household. An update rolling out later this month will enable geofencing and speed alert features, which are exactly what they sound like: a car's owner will be able to get …

Build These DIY Drill Holsters Out of PVC

This simple storage solution will give you instant access to your most-used power tools.<p>The cordless drill is probably your most-used power tool, so why not make it as easily accessible as possible? Instead of searching through tool cases every time and then trying to locate a charged battery, keep …

Woodworking

Oddly Shaped Brick Could Revolutionize Sustainable Building

A design studio in Colombia is tackling one of architecture’s growing energy challenges by using an unexpected traditional building material: …

Architecture

An 8-year-long study reveals an interesting link between depression risk and having Neanderthal DNA

Modern humans originated in Africa, and started spreading around the world about 60,000 years ago.<p>As they entered Asia and Europe, they encountered other groups of ancient humans that had already settled in these regions, such as Neanderthals. And sometimes, when these groups met, they had sex.<p>We …

Evolution

DNA rarely resembles the iconic double helix scientists saw for the first time 60 years ago — and its strange ’supercoils’ dramatically change how it behaves

Instead, double-helix DNA is further wrapped into complex shapes that can play a profound role in how it interacts with other molecules.<p>"DNA is way more active in its own regulation than we thought," said Lynn Zechiedrich, a biophysicist at Baylor College of Medicine and one of the researchers …

Genetics

Einstein, A Hunch And Decades Of Work: How Scientists Found Gravitational Waves

On Thursday, researchers announced the discovery of gravitational waves —wrinkles in the very fabric of space-time.<p>But behind the headlines and news conferences were decades of hard work, hundreds of scientists and more than a billion dollars in taxpayer funds.<p>"It's profoundly satisfying that it …

Gravitational Waves

Japanese scientists create touchable holograms

A group of Japanese scientists have created touchable holograms, three dimensional virtual objects that can be manipulated by human hand.<p>Using femtosecond laser technology the researchers developed 'Fairy Lights, a system that can fire high frequency laser pulses that last one millionth of one …

5 New Travel Startups Kicking Adventure Travel Into High Gear

Travelers want their trips to contain a hint of familiarity and a lot of uncharted territory they’re unaccustomed to. Anticipation of a trip is often …

Adventure Travel

Wait, What? The Most Amazing Ideas From DARPA's Tech Conference

We met robots and jet builders at a one-of-a-kind gathering<p>ST. LOUIS — The housecat-sized robot that brought me a granola bar may not have been exactly what Dwight Eisenhower had in mind when he founded the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Rolling around on four skateboard wheels, the …

Physicists discover ring of exotic 'exceptional points' - Futurity

Physicists have long known about the existence of "exceptional points" where two physical states coalesce. Now they've discovered a continuous ring …

Physics
Trains

The cheapest way to heat your home with renewable energy – just flick a switch

A few years ago, similar to views about future electricity demand, forecasters thought gas demand in Australia would keep rising. As it turns out, …

Energy

Tough little 'water bears' inspire new glass - Futurity

Tiny, strangely hardy animals called water bears—or tardigrades—have led researchers to discover a new type of glass.

University of Wisconsin

Boeing's new spaceship to bring humans into orbit is now called Starliner

Boeing's spacecraft designed to bring humans to and from space over the next two years officially has a name.<p>The private spaceflight company …

Make Yourself Immune to Secondhand Stress

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>Over the past decade, we have learned how our brains are hardwired for emotional contagion. Emotions spread via a wireless network of mirror neurons, which are tiny parts of the brain that allow us to empathize with others and understand what they’re feeling. When you see someone yawn, …