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When island nations drown, who owns their seas?

Over the past several years, it’s become clear that one of the starkest potential effects of climate change is the existential threat that rising …

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Why Tiny Microbes Mean Big Things for Farming

The soil-dwelling bacteria that we walk on every day are working their way into technologies that could help feed the world.<p>On a frigid day last February, Maren Friesen drove eight hours across snow-covered plains to Centralia, Pennsylvania. A fire ignited a seam of coal below the town in 1962, and …

Geometric Fire Pit: Do the Math

The Geometric Fire Pit, designed by architect John Paul Plauché of Houston’s Plodes Studio, gets my nomination for best portable fire pit ever.<p>A …

Discarded Japanese Gadget Factories Are Becoming High-Tech Greenhouses

After Fukushima, the Japanese electronics industry is turning to agriculture. Talk about modern farming.<p>According to a report from the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>, companies such as Fujitsu, Toshiba, and Panasonic are beginning to grow produce such as lettuce and strawberries where silicon chips were once …

Wall Street

A Futuristic Sofa Made Out Of 11,000-Year-Old Volcanic Lava

For almost 11,000 years, the Volvic lava stone of France’s Auvergne region, home to many sleeping volcanoes, has been filtering water. Now that rock has been transformed into a sofa for display at Milan Design Week.<p>The Onyx sofa, nearly 10 feet long, was created by designer Pierre Gimbergues in …

Sofa

The Year That Cars Took the Roads Away from Pedestrians

In a new essay for Collectors Weekly, Hunter Oatman-Stanford and Peter Norton, author of <i>Fighting Traffic</i>, examine the history of the automobile in …

20 Rare Historical Photos.

In 1972, as part of the Apollo 16 mission to the moon, astronaut Charles Duke embarked on a mission to the explore the moon's surface in a lunar …

Barren Field O' Fucks

Professor Claims To Have Decoded The Most Mysterious Manuscript Of All Time

The Voynich Manuscript, a 15th-century illustrated manuscript written in a language that’s never even been identified, has long been one of the most mysterious books of all time. Nobody, not even military cryptographers, have managed to decipher so much as a single page, and it has weird, …

Ancient History

St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion / Davis Brody Bond

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> Located at the center of the District of Columbia’s historic neighborhoods in Ward 8, Saint Elizabeths …