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Legitimate Problem: The City Of Oslo Is Running Out Of Garbage

Oslo burns garbage for energy--but, against all odds, they're running out of it. What will they do?<p>Here in the States, garbage--and where to put it--is a major problem. But in many countries, especially in northern Europe, it's a precious commodity. Oslo, the capital of and most populous city in …

The Week In Numbers: Size Of Saturn's Hurricane, Cost Of A Touchscreen-Enabled Home, And More

<b>1,250 miles</b>: the diameter of a monstrous hurricane on Saturn, captured in spectacular detail by NASA's Cassini spacecraft<p><b>75 percent</b>: the portion of commonly used lipsticks and lip-glosses that tested positive for lead in a recent study<p><b>2015</b>: the year this single-seat airplane is set to …

A Solar Dish That Makes Electricity And Fresh Water

A technological twofer!<p>It's not exactly a solar panel. It's more like a solar dish. And not only does it generate electricity, it makes water, too.<p>Researchers at companies and universities in Switzerland are developing a parabolic solar energy-capturing dish that they hope will be cheaper than …

How The New $100 Bill Will Foil Counterfeiters

The most complicated $100 bill yet<p>For as long as there has been money, there've been people trying to make fake money. In the U.S., the latest effort to stop counterfeiting will arrive October 8, when the next $100 bill is released.<p>The Federal Reserve has mixed in new features to make the bill more …

Twitter Is The New Police Scanner

After the explosions yesterday at the Boston Marathon, police departments used social media to send out immediate updates.<p>Since the mid-1970s, police scanners have been the only way for civilians to access real-time updates from police departments. Scanners work by flipping through multiple open …

New Surgical Tape Works Like A Parasitic Worm

The bandage is inspired by the spiny proboscis of the intestine-infecting Pomphorhynchus laevis.<p>Scientists have built a better bandage that'll stick to you like a leech. Literally. The new prototype adhesive bandage sticks even to wet skin, using a technique inspired by a parasitic worm that …

EuropaCity Is The Ultra-Green Mall Of The Future

Imagine a mall. Now imagine a mall in the year 2150.<p>The design firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), along with a few added team members (Tess, Transsolar, Base, Transitec, and Michel Forgue) have won first place in a competition to design an experimental "urban center" in France called EuropaCity. …

Life Inside The Most Densely Populated Place On Earth [Infographic]

A former military fort controlled by the Triads, Kowloon Walled City was demolished 20 years ago. Here's what life was like there.<p>Manhattan has the highest population density of any city in the United States, at 27,000 people per square mile. Whoof! That is an awful lot of people. Unless you're …

Hospitals Earn More For Mistakes Than For Flawless Surgeries

Why health care reform must include changes to how people pay for hospital care<p>Hospitals make more money when they make mistakes during surgery, and reducing mistakes could actually cut into a hospital's profits, according to a new study.<p>The study's authors suggest that changing the way people pay …

Poland’s Underground Salt Cathedral

Located 135 meters (443 ft) underground is the famous Wieliczka Salt Mine in southern Poland. Entered into the UNESCO First World Heritage List in …

Morphed Animals Created Weird New Species in Funny Mashup Series

What if different species could mate? Redditor gyyp imagines just what that would look like and shares his Photoshopped creations for the world to look on in disbelief and wonder. The photo manipulator's <i>Weird Animals</i> collection pairs ducks with elephants, pugs with gorillas, guinea pigs with …

Mashups

Ten hidden gems of Europe

There’s no place like Paris, Barcelona or Rome - but Europe has untouched corners that match the big hitters on beauty and charm, and with far fewer tourists. Take the road less travelled with these ten hidden gems of Europe.<p>1. Burg Satzvey, Germany<p>Whisper it: this fairytale castle is a short ride …

European Travel