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Earth Science

Major Star Wars: The Force Awakens spoilers leaked as Mark Hamill confirms sequel return

We may not yet have seen him in publicity for the much-hyped Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but Mark Hamill, aka Luke Skywalker, has revealed he is set to return in the film’s sequel.

Posting on Twitter, Hamill appeared to confirm he will be back as the veteran Jedi knight for Star Wars: Episode …

Mark Hamill

BP drops bid to recoup hundreds of millions of dollars from Gulf of Mexico oil spill victims

BP had alleged that businesses were allowed to claim money from compensation scheme without proving the spill caused financial losses

BP has dropped its bid to recoup hundreds of millions of dollars from businesses it claimed were wrongly handed compensation following the Gulf of Mexico oil spill …


DIY Bath Salts - 3 Ways

We’ve talked about how good baths are for stress, muscle aches – pretty much whatever ails you. Now it’s time to think about giving the gift of a …


An Anonymous Group Is Fixing Bike Lanes Where New York Isn't

The “Transformation Department” has challenged the city’s commitment to cyclists.

They showed up on the street on the morning of October 7—25 orange traffic cones marking the bike lane that runs northbound on Chrystie Street in lower Manhattan. Several had sunflowers poking up out of their necks.

The …

Bike Lanes

German Village of 102 Braces for 750 Asylum Seekers

SUMTE, Germany — This bucolic, one-street settlement of handsome redbrick farmhouses may for the moment have many more cows than people, but next week it will become one of the fastest growing places in Europe. Not that anyone in Sumte is very excited about it.

In early October, the district …

Asylum Seekers

Yemen, Oman expect eight years of rain in two days

Cyclone Chapala as it headed across the Arabian Sea. Photo: NOAA

A rare intense tropical cyclone has formed in the Arabian Sea and is forecast to dump …


A world of greener cars is coming sooner than we ever might have guessed

If you’re an average consumer, you’ve had little reason to take electric cars seriously—they cost too much, and don’t go far enough on a charge. But starting about this time next year, you will.

It’s hard to keep track of all the competing mainstream electrics coming soon to showrooms, as major …


This Building Doesn't Need A/C: The Building Itself Is An Air Conditioner

This ingenious cooling system circulates cooled air in an endless loop—all without any electricity.

If they weren't so necessary, you wouldn't choose to build an air conditioning system inside a large building. With endless ducting, they take up lots space, produce lots of noise, and cost a lot.

So …

Domestic Technology

Make It: Scandinavian-Inspired Leaf Wall Hanging

I've always loved Scandinavian prints. They manage to be both sophisticated and fun at the same time, and they combine so many of my favourite …


Pluto's Crescent, A Loose Blimp, And Other Amazing Images Of The Week


10 Ways to Become a Paid Speaker

Join us at Entrepreneur magazine's Growth Conference, Dec. 15 in Long Beach, Calif. for a day of fresh ideas, business mentoring and networking. Register here for exclusive pricing, available only for a limited time.

To turn you into a better public speaker, I'm not going to tell you to stand up …

Public Speaking

A complete guide to designing your morning routine to double your productivity

What did you do when you woke up this morning?

How did you feel?

Was it the same routine you had yesterday?

On average, each of us wake up to 25,000 mornings in our adult life, which means we have 25,000 days to maximize how we spend it.

Your morning defines the rest of your day.

If you can optimize …


A Cultural History of the Fever

The fever phobia that parents experience is ancient and useful.

For most of human history, an unusually high body temperature was a sign of the supernatural. Fevers were sinister but common, unnatural but real. And without a theoretical underpinning by which to understand them, fevers long seemed to …


5 Things Elite Entrepreneurs Always Do (And You Should, Too)

Entrepreneurs spend their money to make the most money.

What are some of the habits entrepreneurs have that other people dont? originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question.

Answer by Oliver Emberton, Founder of Silktide, on Quora:

Most people spend their money to get the most utility

He Poked 10,000 Holes In A Photo And Made Something You'll Want In Your Home

As a hobby, blogger and photographer Jesse Rockwell takes photos of the night sky, reaching with his lens into the deep regions of space to bring the …

12 apps that showcase iOS 9

So, you've downloaded iOS 9, now what? Update all your apps, of course.

Though iOS 9 offers more subtle improvements, like better searches and time-saving multitasking features, developers are already putting Apple's newest update to good use.

From ad blockers, to games, to the first wave of 3D …


How To Clean and Freshen Your Mattress

This past weekend my niece Jennifer was freaking me out!

It was a perfect evening and we were eating a lovely dinner in my sister’s beautiful backyard …

Wal-Mart test truck aims to slash fuel consumption on big rigs

If Bruce Wayne ever had to vacate the Batcave, he might insist on moving his Batgear with an arrow sleek microturbine big rig with a carbon-fiber cargo trailer, an electronic dashboard of three computer tablets and tires wider than any race car.

This is WAVE, the Wal-Mart Advanced Vehicle Experience …


Young man stunned by rare 'rainbow cloud' in Costa Rica

Rainbow cloud phenomenon, known scientifically as cloud iridescence, is caught on camera in Costa Rica

A so-called rainbow cloud formed over Costa Rica on Tuesday, leaving residents and tourists in awe as the natural phenomenon glided through the sunny skies.

The scientific name is cloud iridescence, …


How a crowd-sourced map changed Kuala Lumpur’s ideas about cycling

“I was a bit naive,” admits Jeffrey Lim. “I thought it would be easy.” In Lim’s bright studio in Kuala Lumpur, bike wheels adorn the walls and a large table is spread with maps of Malaysia. Lim, a graphic designer, has spent the past three years mapping the city for cyclists.

To anybody familiar …


A dying Californian shopping mall gets the world's largest green roof

This week’s best city stories from around the web explore Silicon Valley’s newest sustainability project, an app which automatically sprays potholes you cycle over, the “missing” Guatemala City neighbourhood and Indianapolis’ growing pains with a new electric car share scheme.

We’d love to hear your …

Green Roofs

Transformers Stuntman Shawn Robinson Found Dead

Famed Hollywood stuntman, Shawn Robinson, was found dead in his hotel room early last week, Deadline reports.

Robinson was in the middle of work on Lionsgate's new film Deepwater Horizon in New Orleans when he failed to show up to work on July 28. Another stuntman went looking for him and found …

How to setup mobile Hotspot on Android – Android customization

Ever since you followed along last week’s Android customization post, turning on data compression in Chrome, you’ve had data to spare. We can think …

Answer to earthworm's ability to digest poisons unearthed by scientists

British scientists have cracked the global earthworm mystery: they have worked out how the planet’s great subterranean reprocessing system copes with the poisons that would choke most herbivores.

Earthworms underwrite almost all life on earth: they drag fallen leaves below the soil and digest them, …


Man Stopped by Police in England for Driving to McDonald’s With Sheep in Backseat

This old farmer had a McDonald's

“Two bald tires and a sheep in the boot” might sound like the last line of a nursery rhyme, or maybe a long-lost Dave Matthews Band album from the 1990s, but it’s also the reason that police stopped a driver in northern England this week.

The man had a large sheep …


This Ultra-Thin Solar Charger Can Power Up Your iPhone On The Go

Practical off-the-grid phone charging is becoming a reality.

Not so long ago, solar chargers were a better idea in theory than in reality. Typical devices would require as much as four times as long to power up a phone as plugging into a wall outlet. This might work if you were spending all day in …

Super Typhoon Soudelor stirs monster waves, powerful thunderstorms

Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui snapped this image of Super Typhoon Soudelor from the International Space Station. Photo: Via Twitter

Super typhoon may …


Find Out What the Statue of Liberty Looked Like in the 1800s

Transporting the Statue of Liberty from Paris to its permanent home in New York City was quite the task. The entire statue was built in parts and needed to be transported as so—even with today's technology, toting a masterpiece that massive in one go is practically impossible.

All together, Lady …

Green Pie In The Sky? Vertical Farming Is On The Rise In Newark

From the outside, the AeroFarms headquarters looks like any other rundown building in downtown Newark, N.J. It used to be a store, and more recently a nightclub. Now it's a test farm.

"My favorite is the mustard green that's called a Ruby Streak, which is this leaf right here," says AeroFarms CEO …