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Giant glass orb in Paris is wrapped with a rotating solar sail that follows the sun

Architects Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines teamed up to create the stunning, solar-powered Seine Musicale located on Seguin Island in Paris. The …

You Can Fold Up These Nearly Unbreakable Solar Panels And Take Them With You

Instead of one solid sheet, these highly portable panels are made from a pliable network of glitter-sized solar cells.<p>A typical solar panel–more than five feet long and encased in glass–isn’t exactly portable. But a new type of solar technology, miniaturized so that each cell is the size of a piece …

Here Are the Business Podcasts You Should Be Listening To | Inc.com

There's a reason that podcasts are such a fast-growing medium. They're timely, convenient--perfect length for commuting--and usually free, like a radio station you program for yourself.<p>Whatever you're interested in, there's probably a podcast discussing it--politics, sports, history, music, …

Self-improvement

Get To Know The Soon-To-Be Record Holder For Traveling To Every Country On Earth

Cassie De Pecol doesn’t do things the easy way. When she decided to travel to the world, she didn’t just hit the same countries every other traveler visits. She decided to see all of them.<p>Every single sovereign nation in the on earth. And she’s going to be the fastest person ever and first woman to …

The 4th Largest Economy In The World Just Generated 90 Percent Of The Power It Needs From Renewables

On Sunday, for a brief, shining moment, renewable power output in Germany reached 90 percent of the country’s total electricity demand. That’s a big …

Saudi Arabia Says It's About to Launch a $30-$50 Billion Renewable Energy Program

Saudi Arabia will launch a renewable energy program in coming weeks that is expected to involve investment of between $30 billion and $50 billion by …

Migrant Women Serving Up Social Enterprise Through Food

Across many cultures cooking typically has been a woman’s role: predominant gender stereotypes dictate that an accomplished homemaker, wife and mother holds her own in the kitchen and feeds her family well. Recently however, popular cultural theorists such as Katrine Marcal have done a lot to get …

What It Takes To Lift Families Out Of Poverty

Eighteen years ago, Dean Karlan was a fresh, bright-eyed graduate student in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He wanted to answer what seemed like a simple question:<p>"Does global aid work?" Karlan says.<p>He was reading a bunch of studies on the topic. But none of them actually …

Achieving a Perfect Credit Score Is a Lot Easier Than You May Realize

Image source: Getty Images.<p>Americans would probably be lost without their credit cards. According to ValuePenguin, the average balance-carrying household had more than $16,000 in debt as of May 2016, with total outstanding consumer debt hitting $3.4 trillion, including $929 billion in revolving …

From Antarctica to India, these are the most extreme scuba dives in the world

If you don’t have an underwater bucket list, Dive Butler can help.<p>Founded in 2008 by Alexis Vincent, the former scuba expert at Conrad Maldives …

Some American teens are forced to trade sex work for food

Focus groups in all 10 communities analysed by the Urban Institute, a Washington-based think tank, described girls "selling their body" or "sex for money" as a strategy to make ends meet. Boys desperate for food were said to go to extremes such as shoplifting and selling drugs.<p>The findings raise …

What Makes Japanese Architecture so Much Better Than the Rest?

For those in the know when it comes to architecture, it’s no secret that Japan is an absolute design powerhouse. But what is it that makes Japanese …

Dancing Across Loneliness: The End of Beginnings and the Hope of Goodbye.

I’m so exhausted now.<p>My fingers can hardly make their desperate crawl across the page. My brain feels weary; my bones feel weak.<p>12 months ago, we met …

Wiping in the Woods (6 Great Options)

Which Countries Are Best At Converting National Wealth Into Well-Being?

What do Kyrgyzstan, Vietnam, Albania, Germany and Ethiopia have in common?<p>Turns out all five countries do better than average when it comes to turning their national wealth into a better life for their citizens.<p>There's also a list of countries that do worse than average. Spoiler alert: The United …

Here's What Happens To Your Body When You Hike The Appalachian Trail

After trekking 2,000 miles of mountainous terrain on foot, I transformed physically and spiritually, but that didn't mean I wanted to totally erase my old self.<p><b>In 2009, I set out</b> to hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Over the five months it took me to cover those 2,000 miles of …

4 tricks that super successful people use to focus when they're sleep deprived

But not everyone has the luxury of being able to sleep soundly through the night.<p>Take the president of the United States, says Michael Jaffee, the vice chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of Florida<i>.</i><p>It's not a position where crises can wait until morning.<p>Campaigning for the …

25 places we're dying to explore right now - Matador Network

25 places we’re dying to explore right now<p>The Matador team is made up of more than two dozen of the best-traveled people you’ll ever meet. We’re …

10 Travel Destinations That Test Your Physical Strength And Courage

Adventure travel is the best travel. These lesser known destinations that will build character, great memories and life-long bragging rights!

Scenes from Krakow, Poland a new city in my Top 5 Places to Visit

Krakow, Poland was never on my radar, until about four months ago. I had plenty of preconceptions about a trip to Poland. Gray, third world poverty, …

The Greek islands, frequently asked questions, does and don'ts

I have so many, but I will give you a few that are not to difficult, there are plenty more options:<br>• Crete: always good, watch out where you go …

How to Spend a Perfect Christmas in Germany

Christmas in Germany officially begins at the start of Advent in early December, when seasonal treats like gingerbread and mulled wine pop up on …

21 new World Heritage Listed places to add to your bucket list

• Share<br>• Post on facebook wall<br>• Share on twitter<br>• Share via Email<br>• Pin to Pinterest<br>• Share on Google Plus<p>Fossil-rich cliffs in Canada from 500 million years ago, …

Archaeology

A Visit to the French Village of Beaune Is Like Stepping Into a Fairy Tale

A French holiday can mean many things: shopping on Rue Saint-Honoré, opera-going at the Palais Garnier, lounging on the rocky beaches of Nice, basking in the scent of lavender in Provence. But if you’re looking for fairy-tale France, like Belle’s “little town” from Disney’s <i>Beauty and the Beast</i> with …

3 Travel Hacks Millennials Use and You Should Too | Inc.com

Travel planning can be nothing short of a hassle.<p>Luckily, the market is full of new tools to improve your experience. The problem is finding the products that really work.<p>As early adopters of technology, Millennials can help you sort through the hordes of new tools out there to make your travel …

Santa Barbara

Leading female entrepreneurs get frank on the discrimination they regularly encounter

Successful people leading businesses usually avoid giving much notice to narrow-minded comments, but when you are constantly faced with …

11 Firecracker Quotes From Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs (Just In Time For July 4)

Need some entrepreneurial inspiration to take you into Fourth of July? Check out these quotes from some amazing firecracker women (yes, we said it!) on Forbes Self Made Women and Up And Comers lists on starting up, starting over and breaking the status quo. Let the business fireworks begin!<p>“[Nasty …

The perfect breakfast for people with depression

Antidepressants and therapy, while both effective, are not the only means available to combat depression. Exercise has been described as a “wonder drug” for reducing symptoms, walking in nature reduces negative thoughts, and meditation can have a powerful positive effect.<p>But there’s another, often …