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Australia's best hotels, from basic but wonderful to blowing the budget

Luxury hotels! Is there anything more sublime and wasteful to spend money on? After the money’s spent, all that remains of the experience is pilfered stationery and the scent of Jo Malone bubblebath.<p>But then the best hotel rooms are so good you don’t want to leave, instead staying forever, ordering …

South Africa’s first black diamond truffle discovered

Farmer Cameron Anderson was about to give up for another season but decided to go out to the orchard for one last look. Beside an oak tree his dog, Shammy, a nine-year-old weimaraner, sniffed pointedly at something so Anderson dug it up. There in his hands was <i>tuber melanosporum</i>, or what experts are …

South Africa

Rem Koolhaas and Dasha Zhukova Build a Moscow Museum

Art collector and philanthropist Dasha Zhukova is launching an ambitious campaign to connect Moscow to the international art world, and she’s tapped architect Rem Koolhaas to execute her vision<p>IT’S A RADIANT DAY in Moscow, and two of the city’s most creative collaborators, Dutch architect Rem …

Rem Koolhaas

The floor tiles that use foot power to light up cities

Six years ago, Laurence Kemball-Cook had a brainwave. A graduate of Loughborough university, he was doing a placement year at the energy company Eon, where he was given the job of finding a way to power street lighting with solar energy and wind. It didn’t work, he says, in part because there’s a …

Clean Energy

Science shows why real space battles would be more Asteroids than Star Wars

You're probably aware that most sci-fi space battles aren't realistic. The original <i>Star Wars</i>' Death Star scene was based on a World War II movie, for example. But have you wondered what it would really be like to duke it out in the void? PBS is more than happy to explain in its latest <i>It's Okay To</i> …

India put a satellite in orbit around Mars for a fraction of what NASA spent

India can rightly feel proud of itself today as its Mangalyaan "MOM" satellite mission successfully entered orbit around Mars. In the process, the country has broken at least three records, including being the first Asian nation to reach the red planet and being the first country to get to Mars on …

Inhabitat's Week in Green: hydroelectric house, human hamster wheel and a saltwater-powered car

Salt water covers the vast majority of the Earth's surface, making it one of the most abundant and under-appreciated resources on the planet. Taking advantage of this resource, Nanoflowcell has developed the world's first saltwater-powered electric car! The vehicle, known as the Quant …

Scientists' colossal squid exam a kraken good show

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — It was a calm morning in Antarctica's remote Ross Sea, during the season when the sun never sets, when Capt. John …

14 Brilliant Bathroom Design Ideas

We all pay so much attention to keeping the rest of our home beautiful, but when it comes to the bathroom, a pretty shower mat or curtain seems to be …