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19 Pieces Of Street Art That Will Take You Literally Out Of This World

Some of these will make you question everything.

Art

What Weed Does to Your Brain

Here's what it looks like before, during, and after.<p>In recent years, with the legal status of marijuana shifting, the scientific community has sought …

The Brain

Screens are killing your eyeballs, and now we know how

The "blue screen of death" is taking on a whole new meaning.<p>Blue light’s rap sheet is growing ever longer. Researchers have connected the high-energy visible light, which emanates from both the sun and your cell phone (and just about every other digital device in our hands and on our bedside …

Blade Runner

Trump’s Offshore Drilling Plan Roils the Right Coast

The Trump administration’s proposal to allow offshore oil and gas drilling has met near unanimous opposition from Republican candidates up and down the Eastern Seaboard.<p>Carteret County sits in a region of North Carolina known as the Crystal Coast. It’s celebrated for its charming lighthouses, …

South Carolina

What happens when you let computers optimize floorplans

I eagerly await our new AI masters' world of ultraoptimized, uncannily organic, evolving foorplans. Joel Simon:<p>Evolving Floor Plans is an …

Algorithms

An industrial designer from Australia makes foldable stairs that are perfect for small apartments

Zev Bianchi is an industrial designer in Australia. He designs compact furniture pieces for small spaces. He came up with the idea when he lived in a …

Industrial Designer

Harley-Davidson to make more motorcycles outside the US

<b>Harley-Davidson plans to shift some motorcycle production away from the US to avoid the "substantial" burden of European Union tariffs.</b><p>Last week, the EU imposed retaliatory tariffs on US goods, including bourbon, orange juice and motorcycles.<p>The measures are a response to new US duties on steel and …

The most important skill nobody taught you

Before dying at the age of 39, Blaise Pascal made huge contributions to both physics and mathematics, notably in fluids, geometry, and probability.<p>This work, however, would influence more than just the realm of the natural sciences. Many fields that we now classify under the heading of social …

Pascal

There’s A Genius Street Artist Running Loose In The Streets, And Let’s Hope Nobody Catches Him (30+ New Pics)

Tom Bob (previously here) refuses to simply <i>live</i> in the world. He's reshaping it. Creating clever street art on common objects in the urban landscape, …

3DFS’s technology for electricity could double the efficiency of the power grid - Vox

An “operating system” for power could double the efficiency of the grid.<p>A great deal of the electricity in the United States goes to waste.<p>Much is lost in the initial generation of electricity. And much is lost through the use of inefficient devices, like incandescent light bulbs that heat up a …

Engineering

US Supreme Court backs Colorado baker's gay wedding cake snub

<b>The US Supreme Court has ruled in favour of a baker in Colorado who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.</b><p>The Colorado state court had found that baker Jack Phillips' decision to turn away David Mullins and Charlie Craig in 2012 was unlawful discrimination.<p>But the Supreme Court ruled on …

Activists mock US gun culture with Chicago 'gun-sharing' dock

<b>A Chicago public art installation is raising eyebrows in its protest of American gun culture.</b><p>The display, Chicago Gun Share Program, depicts an urban bike-sharing station, but instead pretends to offer people the opportunity to rent a rifle.<p>A sign invites anyone to "unlock and load" a replica …

Guns

'It’s like ‘Mean Girls,’ but everyone is 80': How nursing homes deal with bullies

SAN FRANCISCO – The unwanted were turned away from cafeteria tables. Fistfights broke out at karaoke. Dances became breeding grounds for gossip and cruelty.<p>It became clear this place had a bullying problem on its hands. What many found surprising was that the perpetrators and victims alike were all …

San Francisco

Guest Editorial: Luxury Homes for Rich People or Housing for Everyone?

by Laura Loe BernsteinThe Talaris site, where there are plans to build about 60 single-family homes. Laura Loe BernsteinA couple of months ago, on …

This is why successful people are unhappy in middle age — and what to do about it

Writing a book about age and happiness brought many surprises, but none surpasses this: High-achieving professionals seem especially vulnerable to …

Why I live in a plastic bottle castle

'Plastic King' Robert Bezeau has built the world's first plastic bottle castle. The Canadian's four-storey fortress on Panama's Bocas del Toro island shows how plastic waste can be made into low-cost sustainable housing. He's also building an eco-village using the same method.<p>Robert was the first …

Sustainability

My 14-Year-Old Daughter Watched Porn And It Changed Our Lives In Ways I Never Imagined

One fateful night in November 2014 my then-14-year-old daughter woke up my husband and me at 2 a.m.<p>Crying and visibly distraught, she whispered, “Mom, I have to tell you something.”<p>Those dreaded words are guaranteed to jolt even the deepest sleeper into full-alert mode. Immediately my mom brain …

Parenting

Seasoning your cast iron pan isn’t enough

You season and reseason for a reason.<p>Cast iron is strange mixture of incredibly durable and unusually delicate—especially for a cooking implement. The metal is physically sturdy, but also highly reactive, which means even a droplet of water sitting in your cast iron pan can leave a rust spot. To …

Particles

South Korean university boycotted over 'killer robots'

<b>Leading AI experts have boycotted a South Korean university over a partnership with weapons manufacturer Hanwha Systems.</b><p>More than 50 AI researchers from 30 countries signed a letter expressing concern about its plans to develop artificial intelligence for weapons.<p>In response, the university said it …

North Korea

Child poverty: Pale and hungry pupils 'fill pockets with school food'

<b>Malnourished pupils with grey skin are "filling their pockets" with food from school canteens in poor areas due to poverty, head teachers say.</b><p>The heads, from various parts of England and Wales, described differences in the appearance of some pupils.<p>One head said: "My children have grey skin, poor …

Child Poverty

World Hacks: A surprising new afterlife for chewing gum

<b>British designer Anna Bullus is on a mission to recycle chewing gum into useful objects, cleaning up our streets in the process.</b><p>More than £14bn is spent on chewing gum around the world each year, but a lot of that gum will end up stuck to the ground.<p>Gum is the second most common type of street …

Dentistry

LSD Brings Your Brain to the Edge of Chaos

This new LSD study is like an acid trip all on its own.<p>One Saturday in 1964, neurologist Oliver Sacks took a bit of amphetamines, LSD, a “touch” of cannabis, faced a white wall in his home, and said “I want to see indigo now—now!”<p>“And then,” he wrote in the New Yorker in 2012, “as if thrown by a …

Trump steel tariffs: European Union gears up for trade war

<b>European Union officials have said they will respond "firmly" if US President Donald Trump presses ahead with his plan for steep global duties on metals.</b><p>EU trade chiefs are considering slapping 25% tariffs on around $3.5bn (£2.5bn) of imports from the US, Reuters news agency reports.<p>World Trade …

Globalization

An amateur astronomer accidentally caught an exploding star on camera—and it gets better

He was excited to test his new camera, but he also captured something totally unique.<p>Victor Buso was looking forward to testing his new camera on September 20, 2016. The locksmith and amateur astronomer waited for nightfall and headed out to his rooftop observatory in the city of Rosario, …

Universe

Watch a Human Try to Fight Off That Door-Opening Robot Dog

Hey, remember that dog-like robot, SpotMini, that Boston Dynamics showed off last week, the one that opened a door for its robot friend? Well, the …

Photographer Stephen Wilkes shows day to night in one image

Photographer Stephen Wilkes shoots more than 1,500 images of a scene and then blends them into a single photograph in his series Day to Night. The BBC caught up with him at the National Geographic Museum in Washington DC.<p>Edited by Joni Mazer-Field, produced by Mat Morrison

Photography

10 Steps To A Perfectly Organised Wardrobe

A definitive guide to getting more value and variation from your clothes<p>Minimalism might be the smug Instagram ideal, but the reality for most people …

The defining difference between Japanese and American work cultures can be boiled down to a word without a direct English translation

Ben Cole, an associate professor of strategy at Fordham University in New York City, once took a group of students on a trip to Japan.<p>Cole had previously lived and worked in Japan for nine years, and he'd arranged for the group to take the train from Narita airport to Tokyo.<p>At a stop along the way, …

Japan

What Is It About Costco?

Every single Sunday for six years, my family went to Costco. And I learned that Costco is not for what you need; it’s for what you want.<p><b>To walk around</b> <b>Costco</b> as a childless, unattached person is to experience the fragility of your existence. To perk up at the reasonably priced Angus steaks only to …