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New green-roofed office building in Chicago is stacked for optimal solar absorption

Zurich Insurance Group has officially opened its new North American headquarters in Chicago. The 783,800-square-foot building that takes form of …

Is Nuclear Power A Renewable Or A Sustainable Energy Source?

Nuclear power is presently a sustainable energy source, but could become completely renewable if the source of uranium changed from mined ore to seawater. Since U extracted is continuously replenished through geologic processes, nuclear would become as endless as solar.<p>But do renewable and …

Energy

Groundbreaking new solar cell solves vexing high temperature issue

In our quest to replace fossil fuels with solar power, we have to first fix the solar cell, which typically stops working at temperatures above …

This physicist has a groundbreaking idea about why life exists

Why does life exist?<p>Popular hypotheses credit a primordial soup, a bolt of lightning, and a colossal stroke of luck.<p>But if a provocative new theory is correct, luck may have little to do with it. Instead, according to the physicist proposing the idea, the origin and subsequent evolution of life …

Physics

8 Tech Breakthroughs of 2015 That Could Help Power the World

Dozens of clean-energy ideas and innovations emerged this year that could transform how we live. Are you ready?<p>A car that drives itself. A watch that remotely turns lights on or off. A home that produces power for neighbors during a blackout.<p>These three don’t belong to a Jetsons-like future. …

Infographic: Life Inside The Kowloon Walled City

It has been twenty years since the demolition of the Kowloon Walled City. To mark this, the South China Morning Post has created an info-graphic that …

The top 10 words invented by writers

‘Authorisms’ – neologisms coined by authors which have entered the wider language – have been enriching English for centuries. From Shakespeare to Joseph Heller, Paul Dickson selects his favourites<p>I have long been interested in words but most specifically in the question of how a coinage makes it …

Wakie Wakes You With Phone Calls From Strangers

There’s alarm clock apps that force you to spin around, and ones that require you to move closer to your router. Then there’s Wakie, an app that encourages random strangers around the world to wake you up with a phone call.<p>Wakie has actually existed before, as it’s the international version of the …

SDM Apartment by Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop

Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop have designed a two-storey apartment for a family in Mumbai, India.<p>From the architects<p>Located in central Mumbai, …

9 tips every Windows user should know

Apps

13 Google Search Tricks That Make Life A Whole Lot Easier

You <i>think</i> you know how to Google? You don't know how to Google.<p>Even the most seasoned Googler might not know every tip and trick available with just a few extra keystrokes in the search bar. Consider this your instructions manual for the world's most popular search engine.<p>Define A Word<p><b>The Scenario:</b> …

A mysterious law that predicts the size of the world's biggest cities

For the past century, an obscure mathematical principle called Zipf's law has predicted the size of mega-cities all over the world. And nobody knows …

Economics

Radiation Physicist Beautifully Colorizes X-Ray Images of Nature

<b>Hanging Begonia, Chameleon</b><p>In late October, at the TEDx event in Groningen, Netherlands, one man stood on the stage and gave a fascinating talk about how his life's work had taken him on a journey to becoming an artist. Arie van't Riet studied radiation physics at Delft University of Technology and …

Painting

Environment: News & features

London designer creates 3D-printed, regenerative running shoes from protocells

At the Wearable Futures conference, London designer and researcher Shamees Aden debuted a running shoe concept that will put your worn out kicks to shame. The shoes, which he's developing with University of Southern Denmark professor Martin Hanczyc, are 3D printed from a synthetic biological …

Would you take smart drugs to perform better at work?

Drugs that boost brainpower are increasingly being taken by healthy people to study or work harder. Could this become the norm, or a condition of employment?<p>Would you let your child get on a bus driven by someone on mind-altering drugs? What about having an operation conducted by a surgeon taking …

The Brain

Nigerian man rescued from sunken boat after three days trapped at bottom of Atlantic – video

Harrison Odjegba Okene, a Nigerian cook, is found by divers after surviving for three days in an air pocket on a sunken tugboat at the bottom of the Atlantic. Divers from the Dutch company DCN Diving are looking for dead bodies when Okene grabs one of the divers' hands. The diver uses hot water to …

These Kids Let Their Dad Color their Drawings. This was the Result

Yesterday reddit user Tatsputin uploaded an album of drawings by his kids that he colored in while on business trips. Every month the father of two …

Kandle Heeter - How to Heat Up Your Room Using a Candle

The Kandle Heeter has been invented by Doyle Doss, a Northern California inventor, and is what it looks like: a candle heater!<p>It sounds simple, but …

Eyewear shopping app turns your headshot into 3D image

CSIRO's Smart Vision AR tech makes it easy to get a realistic idea of what your next pair of shades will look like on you.<p>The last time I picked out new eyeglasses, I spent about an hour trying out different pairs in the store. Of course I had to drive there, find and pay for parking, and get …

Augmented Reality

13 Everyday Phrases That Actually Came From Shakespeare

Whether a fan or not though, you probably use many of Shakespeare's phrases on a regular basis.<p>Here's a list of 13 popular, albeit strange, sayings The Bard coined. In fact, we say or write some of these so often, they've become clichés.<p><b>1. "Green-eyed monster"</b><p>Meaning: jealousy.<p>In "Othello," Iago …

Literature

The 20 big questions in science

1 What is the universe made of?<p>Astronomers face an embarrassing conundrum: they don't know what 95% of the universe is made of. Atoms, which form everything we see around us, only account for a measly 5%. Over the past 80 years it has become clear that the substantial remainder is comprised of two …

6 ways to delete yourself from the internet

Finally ready to get off the grid? It's not quite as simple as it should be, but here are a few easy-to-follow steps that should point you in the right direction.<p>If you're reading this, it's highly likely your personal information is available to the public. And by "public" I mean everyone …

Internet

10 Unique Train Trips

Love train travel? These railways offer a unique window on the world, cutting a swath through some of the most breathtaking landscapes on Earth:<p><b>1. Cass Scenic Railroad (West Virginia)</b><p>The steam trains climb the 11 miles (18 km) from Cass to the 4,842-ft-high (1,476 m) summit of Bald Knob, which has …

The 1936 book that every business person should read

Strauss Zelnick is chief executive and chairman of the company that makes Grand Theft Auto, BioShock and other cutting-edge videogames. But he says the book that has most influenced him is Dale Carnegie’s 1936 bestseller, <i>How to Win Friends and Influence People</i>.<p>“The title is unfortunate because it …

Take-Two Interactive

How to Turn a Smartphone Panorama Into a ‘Tiny Planet’ Photo

Ever since Google released the Photosphere feature for their Nexus devices, I have been obsessed with making tiny planets. The photosphere feature …

Why the Incas offered up child sacrifices

As it tried to ward off disasters on the Pacific ring of fire, this advanced culture showed its dark side, explains leading anthropologist Kim MacQuarrie<p><i>These children [to be sacrificed to the mountain and other gods] would be collected from all over the land and would be carried in litters</i> …

35 Beaches You Should Visit In Your Lifetime

We've scoured world to find the best beaches you should put on your bucket list.<p>There's something for everyone: we found beaches where you can swim with penguins, relax under ancient Mayan ruins, bask on volcanic black sand, and more.

Beaches