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As If It Were Already Here Janet Echelman “A monumental, aerial sculpture is suspended over Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway from May through October 2015 as the signature contemporary art installation in the Greenway Conservancy’s Public Art Program. The sculpture for Boston spans the void where an elevated highway once split downtown from its waterfront. Knitting together the urban fabric, it soars 600 feet through the air above street traffic and pedestrian park. The form of “As If It Were Already Here” echoes the history of its location. The three voids recall the “Tri-Mountain” which was razed in the 18th-century to create land from the harbor. The colored banding is a nod to the six traffic lanes that once overwhelmed the neighborhood, before the Big Dig buried them and enabled the space to be reclaimed for urban pedestrian life.” Text and images via Janet Echelman (via archatlas)

Can You Really Be Addicted to a Behavior?

Most people can easily comprehend addiction to a substance -- alcohol, illicit drugs, prescription medications, cigarettes, and even something like chocolate. If they've not dealt with such an addiction themselves, they know someone who has, or they've at least seen a fairly accurate depiction of …

Google is reportedly building a new version of Android to power the Internet of Things

Google’s interest in software for low-spec devices might take it through the emerging market and straight to the Internet of Things.<p>According to The Information, Google is preparing to release an Android build capable of running on devices with as little as 32 megabytes of RAM, codenamed “Brillo”. …

Internet of Things

"Sit Up Straight!" The Mental Health Benefits of Good Posture

<b>Coping with Stress</b><p>Remember when your mother told you to "sit up straight?" Apart from what your mother may have considered proper decorum, good posture appears to have many surprising mental health benefits. A recent breakthrough study coming from The University of Auckland concluded that sitting …

Top 10 Misused Words Of The 1870s

Usage criticism hasn't changed much since the 1870s. Then as now, language critics were appalled by the profusion of illogical usages, incorrect meanings, sloppy writing mistakes, and newly invented terms that weren't real words. They even blamed the same culprits -- declining educational standards …

Arrange Your Living Room Furniture Like A Slide Puzzle

Your average living room set consists of a couch, a loveseat, and a coffee table. Maybe you spice things up with an accent chair. And in your home, there’s one, maybe two ways to arrange this furniture so it serves your day to day life.<p>Mosaico, produced for the furniture company Sancal by the …

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All The Water on Europa vs All The Water On Earth

<i>Map found via reddit by user JanssenDalt</i><p>Most of us tend to think of Earth as being the sole planet in the solar system with water. Water exists on …

Astronomy

Be mindful of mindfulness: drug-free doesn't mean side-effect free

My morning pills consist of a multivitamin which I’m pretty sure is useless except for making nutrient-rich urine, an antidepressant which can have the unfortunate side effect of making me happy, and a mood stabiliser whose side-effects include an alarming number with the word “necrosis” in them. I …

Mental Health

12 Excellent Android Apps for Learning Math

May 21, 2015<br>Today we curated for you this compilation of excellent Android Math apps. You can use these apps with your kids and students to improve …

Mathematics

Sudan's Meroe Pyramids Are Just As Spectacular As The Ones You'll Find In Egypt

While the pyramids of Egypt may be the most famous in the world, they're not the only pyramids in Northern Africa. Sudan happens to be home to its own set of incredibly impressive, ancient structures: the Meroe pyramids.<p>Meroe was the capital of the Kingdom of Kush, which was ruled by the Nubian …

Photos: Top 10 New Species

It's a big world out there. Scientists estimate that humans have discovered a mere 2 million of the 10 million or so species that roam the planet, …

You probably shouldn't look at this optical illusion, it could have long-term effects

Every once in a while we like to post <b>an</b> <b>optical illusion that’s trending in Japan</b> at the moment, and this time around we bring you <b>the McCollough …

Watch the SpaceX Dragon Leave the Space Station

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Here's everything leaving Netflix in June

Now that June's almost here, it's time to for your monthly check-in on what movies and TV shows will be leaving Netflix. It's a relatively painless month as far as these things usually go, with only a few big favorites leaving. If you've never seen Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver," consider fitting …

'Top 10' new species includes cartwheeling spider, 'chicken from hell' | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Some 18,000 species, great and small, were discovered in 2014, adding to the 2 million already known, scientists said on Thursday, as they released a “Top 10” list that highlights the diversity of life.<p>Life reconstruction of the new oviraptorosaurian dinosaur species Anzu …

Zoology

Dark chocolate and green tea is the perfect concentration combination

A new study, the first of its kind, has found that dark chocolate and green tea could be the ideal combination to tackle that mid-afternoon slump<p>Need an afternoon pick-me-up? Step away from the coffee.<p>Dark chocolate and green tea could be the best combination for an energy boost, a new study has …

Tea

DNA Left on Pizza Crust Helps Police Identify Murder Suspect

Authorities investigating the Washington, D.C., homicide of businessman Savvas Savopoulos, his wife Amy, their 10-year-old son Philip and housekeeper …

9 depressing predictions for the future of America

Each of these national security stories is guaranteed to surface at least once in the decades to come<p>It’s commonplace to speak of “the fog of war,” of what can’t be known in the midst of battle, of the inability of both generals and foot soldiers to foresee developments once fighting is underway. …

First images of collisions at 13 TeV in CERN's Large Hadron Collider

Last night we passed another milestone in the continuing adventure of the Large Hadron Collider.<p>Quick update, the story so far: after a very successful first running period (2009-2012) - in which amongst other things the Higgs boson was discovered - the LHC was shut down for maintenance and …

Physics

15 Habits Of Exceptionally Happy People

The Declaration of Independence promises each citizen the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Sometimes, though, that happiness seems pretty elusive – especially in business, where deadlines, personnel issues, and other trip-ups can come to dominate our days.<p>Fortunately, it is …

Happiness

An awesome hidden Apple Watch feature appears to be confirmed

You might not be aware of it, but the Apple Watch has a secret diagnostic port that’s for Apple use only. If you can’t spot it, that’s because it’s …

There's a building in China shaped like Star Trek's USS Enterprise

Trekkies bored of their annual conventions now have a new place of pilgrimage - the offices of a gaming firm in the obscure Chinese city of Fuzhou.<p>As these aerial shots show, the exterior of the NetDragon Websoft HQ in the south-eastern province of Fujian bears a striking resemblance to the shape …