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Human vs. Toaster: Proof That Pedal-Power Is Not the Next Sustainable Energy Solution

World champion track cyclist übermensch Robert Förstemann attempts to toast one slice of bread with his legs. And only JUST manages.<p>It's around this …

Beverly Hills Wants To Build A Water-Laden Fortress During One Of The Worst Droughts In History

MAD Architects’ plans for a private, walled-off oasis in Beverly Hills is as ambitious as it is tone deaf.<p>MAD Architects, the Beijing-based firm behind George Lucas’s proposed museum in Chicago, just revealed the design behind its first residential project stateside. 8600 Wilshire in Beverly Hills, …

A Sculptural Table Inspired by Space Exploration

Brooksbank & Collins designed the Boullee Table, a futuristic piece named in honor of neoclassical architect Etienne Louis Boullee. Three structural …

Aperture Wrench : Modern Adjustable Wrench by Jordan Steranka

<b>Aperture Wrench</b> is a modern adjustable wrench with special designed jaw to fit a wide range of nut sizes. Inspired by the apertures in cameras, this …

Industrial Design

See Inside The Human Heart Like Never Before

Most of us envision the human heart as some 2-D illustration from a middle school science textbook, or maybe a crude animation from a Discovery Channel special.<p>This new heart simulation, created by researchers at University of Tokyo, is so accurate that it will at times make you queasy. It takes …

The world’s most beautiful volcanoes

Whether they’re long dormant or spewing lava to this day, these eight stunning volcanoes attract sightseers from all over the world.<p>With fiery molten channels that stretch far below the surface, volcanoes connect us to the very core of the Earth. Active or dormant – they resonate with an energy and …

Indonesia

How Many TV Series Can Your Brain Take?

With hundreds of scripted series to watch on TV and streaming services, some viewers are having a hard time keeping track of dozens of characters and complex story lines<p>“Game of Thrones” fan Travis Stevens experienced a familiar mix of feelings while watching the most recent episode of the HBO …

TV

We now have a spacecraft that is propelled by sunlight alone

A new kind of spacecraft that sails on sunlight has been successfully deployed above Earth. On June 11, the LightSail satellite overcame a series of glitches to unfurl its solar sails, a propulsion system that’s entirely different to traditional rockets, thrusters or even solar panels.<p>The prototype …

Space Travel

Inside The Bizarre World Of Scientific Research

Not all brilliant discoveries happen in MIT’s cutting-edge labs or Google’s over-the-top offices. In his new series <i>Ways of Knowing</i>, photographer Daniel Stier documents a less-glamorous setting for innovation: the scientific research institute. What he found tucked away in basement laboratories and …

The massively popular Instagrammer who follows his girlfriend around the world just got married, and the pictures are stunning

<b>In 2012, the world fell in love with the Instagram account of a woman leading her photographer boyfriend around the world.</b><p><b>Moscow-based Murad Osmann and his girlfriend, Natalia Zakharova, filled their Instagram accounts with gorgeous travel photos of rice fields in Bali, the streets of Barcelona,</b> …

iPhone Photography Awards Winners Revealed

Photographers of the Year iPhone Photography Awards. First place, Sounds of the old town.<br>Michał Koralewski<p>1 of 17<p>LightBox NewsletterSign up to …

Lonely Planet's best places in Europe 2015

Europe is a magical miscellany of peoples and places, and the range of destinations can be overwhelming if you’re planning a trip. To narrow down the choices, we asked our team of Europe-based editors and authors to pick a list of 10 destinations looming large in their travel plans right now.<p>This …

The artists you probably haven’t heard of

Ah summer. For those immersed in art that means group shows, blockbuster one person museum exhibitions and the sleepy aftermath of Art Basel and the Venice Biennale. Summer is also the time to discover fresh names, young spaces and a general sense of enthusiastic newness. Here are ten artists you …

Art

Earth & Sky Photo Contest winners capture jaw-dropping auroras and star trails

Auroras, the clouds of the Milky Way and trails of stars shine overhead in the remarkable photos chosen as winners of the 6th International Earth & …

13 Apps That'll Teach You Something New Every Day

Superfood for your noggin.<p>The buzz around "brain-training" apps like Elevate, Lumosity, Peak, and others recently came into question after a 2014 study by the Stanford Center on Longevity doubted the effectiveness of brain games to improve your cognitive abilities.<p>The study concluded that …

Apps

How successful people beat stress

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>There are two kinds of people in this world: those who believe they can make things happen and those who believe things happen to <i>them</i>.<p>The first group are convinced that the outcome of their lives and careers is more or less in their …

Self-help

Tie your shoes the Ukrainian way

The "Ukrainian lacing" method puts a pair of loops in both sets of top eyelets, cross-laces to the bottom, and anchors the laces with a pair of …

12 Gorgeous Photos From China's Rice Paddy Art Theme Park

Crop circles are so last century. And what these farmers do with rice will blow your mind.<p>View this post on Facebook<p>View this post on Facebook<p>View this post on Facebook

China

‘Inside Out’ Star Phyllis Smith’s Journey From G-Stringed Dancer to ‘The Office’ and Pixar

Amy Poehler might dominate the ads for Pixar’s brilliant new film. But the real star of the movie is ‘Office’ alum Phyllis Smith, who plays, of all …

Animation

15 photos that capture Earth's turbulent drama and blissful serenity

The deadline is rapidly approaching for National Geographic’s 2015 Traveler Photo Contest with the first place contestant winning an eight day …

World's best benches: in pictures

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Google Will Build Its Next Data Center On The Grounds Of An Old Coal Power Plant In Alabama

Google today announced that its next data center — its seventh in the U.S. and fourteenth worldwide — is coming to Alabama. Google will build the new data center on the grounds of the soon to be decommissioned Widows Creek coal power plant in Jackson County. According to local news reports, the …

Renewable Energy

Ikea's Minimum Wage Hike Was So Successful, It's Raising Wages Again

WASHINGTON -- A year after it first announced a major minimum wage hike in its U.S. stores, Ikea said Wednesday that it plans to implement another nationwide raise to its wage floor next year, bringing the average store's starting pay to nearly $12 per hour.<p>Under the system that the …

10 Women Of Science We'd Love To See On The New $10 Bill

They definitely fit the bill<p>For the first time in over a century, the U.S. Department of the Treasury will feature a woman on paper currency in the United States. Starting in 2020, the 100th anniversary of the year that the right to vote was extended to all American women, Alexander Hamilton's …

The Surprising Way Jellyfish Put Themselves Back Together

The moon jellyfish has a leg up on Humpty Dumpty—if it loses an arm, the ocean dweller can repair itself in a newly discovered process.<p>In the spring of 2013, biologist Michael Abrams had cut two arms off a young jellyfish when he witnessed something he'd never seen before.<p>"He started yelling... …

Summer solstice at Stonehenge

Why do people gather at Stonehenge in England on the solstice? Info and photos here.<p>It’s summer solstice time for us in the Northern Hemisphere. This …

DNA Solves Mystery of Ancient American Skeleton's Origins

Kennewick Man was related to modern Native Americans, renewing debate about reburying the iconic remains on tribal land.<p>DNA extracted from one of the oldest and most controversial skeletons ever found in North America, known as Kennewick Man, may call into question scientists’ case for access to …

Is Getting Old A Disease?

Drug researchers are trying to convince the FDA that the answer is yes<p>On June 24, researchers will meet with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a very specific reason: they want to test a drug that might slow the aging process. If they succeed, they will show for the first time that aging …

FDA