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Articles about super green affordable housing introduces passive design masses on Dwell.com - Dwell

Multifamily housing projects that meet Passive House standards are bringing European-style energy efficiency to a new demographic...<p>Inside the shell of the Oyster House prototype lies a new shape for affordable housing.<p>Professional designers at rates even those with a modest budget can …

Housing

11 Tips You Need To Know Before Building A Shipping Container Home

One of the more niche trends in sustainable design of the past few years has been the re-use of shipping containers in order to create the structure …

What the inside of a spaceship might really look like

Astronauts may one day spend years inside spaceships – and their interiors may have to be very different to our science fiction visions, writes Richard Hollingham.<p>The starship Enterprise has got to be one of the most beautiful fictional spacecraft ever created. But imagine beaming aboard (and I bet …

Space Exploration

Will we ever… read at superspeed?

Some companies promise that they can make us all read at five times the speed. But given what we know about the brain, what’s realistically possible?<p>How quickly can you read? Are you the sort of person who finishes the daily newspaper before breakfast? Catches up with the gossip on social media in …

The Brain

‘I was blind… now I have bionic eyes’

What is it like to see again after years of blindness? Rose Eveleth asks a woman whose sight was restored with a remarkable new eye implant.<p>Fran Fulton is 66, and she’s been fully blind for about 10 years. A few weeks ago, all that changed.<p>Fulton suffers from retinitis pigmentosa – a degenerative …

Time I

Cyborgs: The truth about human augmentation

What is it like to be a cyborg? In his last regular column for BBC Future, Frank Swain explores the biggest misconceptions about bionic limbs, microchip implants and beyond.<p>At the height of summer, when London was baking in unseasonable heat, I made an ill-fated trip to the Serpentine lido in …

Singularity

Evolution: Why don’t we have hairier faces?

Men may have beards, but compared to many of our primate cousins our faces are pretty hairless – why is that? Jason G Goldman explores the enigma of our bare-faced cheeks.<p>Have you ever stopped to consider your face? Compared to most of the rest of the animal kingdom, the human face has at least one …

Evolution
Drawing

Can virtual reality make you a better person?

Can virtual reality make us more empathetic? Tiffanie Wen visited a special lab in California to find out for herself, and was surprised at what happened.<p>"This is already so real, I don’t know if I even want to do this anymore," I say out loud.<p>I’m standing in the middle of a carpeted, multi-sensory …

Virtual Reality

The expert guide to space colonies

BBC Future’s World-Changing Ideas Summit, on 21 October, will examine some of the most exciting and provocative developments we face in science, technology and health. In the run-up to the summit, we will offer a unique guide to some of the issues that will be discussed… starting with the notion …

Reality TV

Artist Creates "Paintings" with One Sheet of Intricately Folded Fabric

British artist Benjamin Shine creates textured “paintings” by carefully folding and ironing one giant sheet of tulle fabric. His subjects range from portraits of iconic stars like Elizabeth Taylor to realistic renditions of elderly hands and beautifully abstract faces emerging from the flowing …

Painting

Dual Double Four Patch Quilt Block Pattern

01 of 03<p>Make Double Four Patch Quilt Blocks in Two Colorways<p>About the Four Patch Quilt Blocks<p>Follow the instructions in the Dual Double Four Patch …

There's a super moon at the end of the road

The Difference Between A Geek And A Nerd [Infographic]

They're not the same. A data-geek (or nerd?) explains.<p>Are you a geek or a nerd? Because they're not <i>quite</i> the same. (It's okay to admit which one you are, by the way! <i>Popular Science</i> is a safe place.)<p>Burr Settles at SlackPropagation broke down the difference by using data. The methodology here is a …

Excerpt From 'Abaddon's Gate'

Abaddon's Gate is available on Amazon.<p>Manéo Jung-Espinoza – Néo to his friends back on Ceres station – huddled in the cockpit of the little ship he'd christened the Y Que. After almost three months, there were maybe fifty hours left before he made history. The food had run out two days before. The …

Before Directing 'District 9,' Neill Blomkamp Illustrated For Popular Science

We've rounded up some of Blomkamp's work here, and get some advice on moviemaking from the director himself.<p>Now, Neill Blomkamp is the acclaimed director of sci-fi flick <i>District 9</i> and the upcoming <i>Elysium</i>. But not so long ago he was also an artist at visual effects firm The Embassy, which …

Where To Hide When The Ecopocalypse Hits [Infographic]

Let this map of U.S. states scaled by volume above sea level guide you to your water-damaged, dystopian home of the future.<p>Thanks to climate change, our oceans could rise by as much as 20 or 30 feet in the coming centuries. You can either build an ark (which sounds like an awful lot of work) or …

Now Live: The July 2013 Issue Of Popular Science Magazine

Flight is freedom. The power to rise into the air and reach a destination unshackles us from gravity, distance, topography, and time. This is why we, as a publication, return to flight so often. It is humanity's greatest victory against the limitations of being human.<p>It can also, at its fringe at …

What Happens In Your Brain When You Try To Do Impressions

Sympathies to the researcher who had to listen to amateur impressions all day.<p>Scientists have identified what happens in our brain when we mimic a foreign accent or impersonate another person, according to a recent study from the <i>Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience</i>.<p>The researchers, led by psychologist …

Want To Study A Dragonfly? Put A Teeny Backpack On It

Strapped in for learning<p>How do you figure out the way a dragonfly's mind works? That's the challenge for Anthony Leonardo, a neuroscientist at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Farms Research Campus who studies the role neural circuits play in behavior. He's currently exploring the …

The World's Only Known White Gorilla Was The Result Of Incest

How the world's only known white gorilla came to be.<p>Snowflake, the long-lived gorilla who died in 2003, was famous for being the only known albino gorilla. He became a wildly popular attraction at the Barcelona Zoo in Spain, where he lived almost his entire life, becoming almost a mascot for the …

The Greatest Heists In History [Infographic]

Or, how to steal the Mona Lisa in a few easy steps.<p>Well-executed heists make for good stories, but history's greatest heists, as this infographic published by SimpliSafe shows, are so unbelievable they're almost art.<p>Take, for example, this: a man on board a Portland-to-Seattle flight in 1971 passed …

A Motorcycle Helmet With A Head-Up Display

This Indiegogo campaign wants to sell a voice-controlled, augmented reality motorbike helmet for $2,000.<p>Russian inventors have created a motorcycle helmet with built-in navigation. The LiveMap helmet displays full-color, translucent images and text right on the visor, so riders can check their …

The Popular Science Guide To DNA

What is DNA?<p>DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is an extremely important molecule for life on Earth. All known living organisms use genetic information in their cell growth and development, division, and function – and DNA is responsible for encoding that information. Structurally, DNA is a double helix …

Microsoft Takes Back Its 'Always-On' Connection And Used Game Policies For Xbox One

The most unpopular features of the new game console are getting scrapped, Microsoft has just announced.<p>Microsoft faced some very negative feedback when it announced that its new console, the Xbox One, would require an internet connection and be released with restrictions on used games. <i>Kotaku</i> wrote …

Super-Hydrophobic Spray Makes All Your Stuff Liquid-Proof

It should start showing up on store shelves in a few weeks.<p>It's definitely weird to watch the NeverWet chemists pump chocolate syrup onto a pair of white canvas shoes and to see the syrup roll off in ribbons. Or how about when the researchers dunk an iPhone into a beaker of water and then pull out …

A Brief History Of The Demise Of Battle Bots

Blame the wedges!<p>Robot battling was poised to become a true sport of the future. It had all the right elements: mad science, gladiatorial combat, plucky garage inventors, and televised action. So what killed it? A brutally effective, utterly simple machine called the wedge bot.<p>The wedge-style bot …

How To Get Rich In Your Country Of Choice [Infographic]

It's easy! Just inherit gobs of cash.<p>How do the rich get rich? The answer depends on geography.<p>This infographic, designed by studio BoldFace and published by Independent Newspapers, breaks down, for various regions, how the rich earned their dough. In the United States, it's a landslide: 67 percent …

App Swaps Children's Book Text With News To Save Bored Parents' Sanity

Magic Story Maker sneakily replaces the text in children's book illustrations so you can read the news to your unassuming toddler. (Mwahaha...)<p>Like puppies, kids are wildly energetic and easy to fool. My siblings once recited a "hilarious joke" to my toddler cousin: an arduous, incomprehensible …