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Reality Is Not What We Can See

Some physicists, mind you, not many of them, are physicist-poets.<p>They see the world or, more adequately, physical reality, as a lyrical narrative written in some hidden code that the human mind can decipher.<p>Carlo Rovelli, the Italian physicist and author, is one of them. Following his best-seller</i> …

Physics

Income Inequality Has Snuck Into Every Field In The Last 50 Years

Whether you’re a lawyer, banker, or IT professional, almost every field now has an elite tier of earners separated from everyone else.<p>This chart, from FlowingData, shows the growing income gap in the U.S., from 1960 to 2014. Broken into 20-year chunks, it illustrates the distribution of total …

Demographics

How Technology From the 50s Could Answer Our Growing Energy Problem

Most of the talk today centers around clean energy, and whether ramping up solar and wind initiatives will produce enough energy to replace the dying coal industry...and save us from the consequences of fossil fuels.<p><i>Photo Source</i><p>While the idea of nuclear power conjures images of three-eyed fish, …

Nuclear Energy

The Greatest Philosopher You've Never Heard Of

Let's be honest. When most of us talk about philosophy — the hard-core, name-dropping, theory-quoting kind — we're talking about a particular lineage that traces back to the Hellenistic Greeks.<p>But consider, for a moment, the fact that over the last few thousand years there've been a whole lot of …

Meditation

Vertical farm by Rogers Stirk Harbour wins Sustainability Award

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners is one of the great modern design firms of the world, doing mostly serious work. They have also designed a vertical …

Aquaponics

One day, nine cruel evictions. How supersized inequality looks in the US

No pity or sentiment in crisis–hit Milwaukee, where I saw a succession of poor, black families turfed on to the city’s freezing streets<p>If you want to learn something about what’s driving America’s elections, take my advice. Sit out the TV screamathons. Block your ears to all talk about the size of …

Housing

How to Grow Your Own Organic Produce at Home

And blow your Instagram followers' minds with your home-grown plant porn.<p><b>Your Best Year Ever continues into 2016!</b> <b>Usher in spring all month long with the botanical duo behind enduringly of-the-moment garden company, Sprout Home.</b><p>Before you know it, summer will be here. And for the wellness obsessed, …

What matters more in university? GPA or friendship?

For those pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees, December was the month of exams and essays, where achieving – or perhaps salvaging – a satisfactory GPA was front of mind.<p>December was also the month when many of us stepped back and reflected about the year that was and the one soon to come. …

Hong Kong: The Perfect Launchpad for Overseas Green Tech Startups

The limelight has long been shed on Hong Kong as a startup-friendly destination. Besides efficient business setup, a robust legal system, easygoing regulatory environment and a simple tax system – one of Hong Kong’s greatest advantages is its proximity to the largest economy in the world.<p>China, a …

Hong Kong

Can GMOs save the world?

In October in Istanbul, farmers, agricultural researchers and advocates from around the world gathered for the Organic World Congress, organized by the 42-year-old International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM). With 800 affiliates in 124 countries, IFOAM comes together every …

Agriculture

Reaping a bounty through organic farming

Most farmers are not aware of the ill-effects of pesticides on plants. It can hinder its growth and flowering, says Chembalam Ravi, a traditional …

A business school gets a lesson in sexism

How not to teach MBA students: With a “satire” about a shoe-obsessed airhead<p>Oh that? It's just the sound of womankind banging its head against its desk, because some women actually do work at desks, again. This time it's over the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management recent apology …

Feminism

At MoMA, How 'Tactical Urbanism' Can Preserve the Future of Cities

As the world braces for a huge population influx into cities, a new exhibit looks at how scaling infrastructure could improve life in the accompanying "unplanned settlements."<p>In the overcast light of a Mumbai slum, six men surround a rectangular frame that has been set on the ground. It is hoisted …

UN human rights expert: US legally obliged to prosecute senior Bush officials for torture crimes

A U.N. human rights expert said a report that the U.S. Senate released on Tuesday revealed a “clear policy orchestrated at a high level within the …

Turkey 'guilty of religious discrimination'

Turkey has been discriminating against its Alevi Muslim religious minority by failing to recognise their places of worship and pay the electricity bill of their premises, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled.<p>Turkey was taken to the top human rights court in 2010 by the Republican …

Spotting terrorist behaviour online is harder than finding child ​abuse images

The ISC suggests internet companies can detect terrorist communications in the same way as search engines find child abuse images. But these are very different technical undertakings<p>Why are we outraged by the suggestion that Facebook users’ messages should be screened for potential terrorist …