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The language rules we know – but don’t know we know

Mark Forsyth tasted internet fame this week when a passage from a book he wrote went viral. He explains more language secrets that native speakers know without knowing.<p>Over the weekend, I happened to go viral. Or rather a single paragraph from a book I wrote called The Elements of Eloquence went …

Google Goes Beyond the Map to Catalog Rio’s Troubled, Vibrant Favelas

Last week, in advance of the Olympic Games, Google’s Arts and Culture series debuted an interactive tour of Rio de Janiero dubbed “Beyond the Map.” …

A Syrian Refugee Who Swam For Her Life Just Won Her Olympics Heat

“I want to represent all the refugees because I want to show everyone that, after the pain, after the storm, comes calm days."<p>A Syrian refugee who found sanctuary in Europe after swimming in the icy Mediterranean waters inspired people around the world on Saturday when she won her Olympic swimming …

Get swept away with NASA's 'Mars Explorers Wanted' posters

It looks like NASA wants to attract as many future settlers to Mars as possible.<p>The agency is doing a good job of that by releasing stunning …

Posters

Hey, Ohio: Get Over Mount McKinley

There are other ways to honor one of that state's favorite presidents.

Rare 'Supermoon' Total Lunar Eclipse Coming This Month

<b>Editor's note:</b> To find out more about the rare supermoon lunar eclipse of Sept. 27-28 and how to see it, visit: Supermoon Lunar Eclipse 2015: Full …

Molecular scientists unexpectedly produce new type of glass

When Prof. Juan de Pablo and his collaborators set about to explain unusual peaks in what should have been featureless optical data, they thought …

To Die For - Sarah Albee

For my upcoming book on insects and their effect on human history, I started researching arsenic as a component of many insecticides. The more I …

Tree houses: are wooden skyscrapers the future of tall buildings?

The world is in the midst of a tall building boom, with more skyscrapers being built now than ever before. From the outside, these towers present the epitome of the modern city, combining weird and wonderful forms with seemingly endless curtain-wall glazing. But scratch below the surface and you …

Skyscrapers

IT'S OFFICIAL: The American housing market is back

The long wait for a true recovery in the housing market owes much to the nature of the housing bubble that led to the crisis. In the mid-2000s, individuals who couldn't afford to purchase a home were able to do so anyway due to a combination of lax regulation and easily accessible credit. As a …

Thousands of birds abandon eggs, nests on Florida island

SEAHORSE KEY, Fla. (AP) — The din created by thousands of nesting birds is usually the first thing you notice about Seahorse Key, a 150-acre …

The Strange & Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit

For nearly thirty years, a phantom haunted the woods of Central Maine. Unseen and unknown, he lived in secret, creeping into homes in the dead of night and surviving on what he could steal. To the spooked locals, he became a legend—or maybe a myth. They wondered how he could possibly be real. Until …

Cracked cellphone screens will soon be able to repair themselves

Have you ever been misfortunate or clumsy enough to drop your phone, leaving a spiderweb of cracks that, at best, serves as an embarrassing …

Pope Francis: The Earth, our home, is beginning to look like an immense pile of filth

<i>This is an extract from Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si</i><p>The Pope's encyclical on climate change – live reaction and analysis<p>Read more<p>The Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth. In many parts of the planet, the elderly lament that …

Sustainability

The strange expertise of burglars

How do you break into a house without breaking a sweat? David Robson delves into the “flow state” of professional robbers – and finds how to beat them.<p>At first, it feels almost too easy. Against the gentle rustling of leaves, I walk through the back gate, across the lawn, and open the door, all of …

Amazon wants to turn your neighbor into your deliveryman

Amazon.com is considering recruiting the man on the street to deliver packages to the rest of his neighborhood.<p>The e-tailing giant is developing a mobile app that would pay participating members of the public to deliver goods, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The low-tech meets …

Enterprise Tech

Democrats deal Obama huge defeat on trade

The House on Friday dealt a staggering blow to President Barack Obama’s trade agenda, as Democrats turned en masse against the president just hours after he made a direct appeal to salvage a centerpiece of his second-term platform.<p>Lawmakers easily defeated a measure to help workers displaced by …

Urban farming in Detroit gets the documentary it deserves

Urban Roots is a documentary about farming within the city limits of Detroit, and as such, it’s a handy way to get an education on the subject in …

Urban Agriculture

Dan Price: How I Picked $70K As My Company's New Minimum Wage

Dan Price of Gravity Payments created a bit of a stir last month when he announced that he intends to raise the minimum salary for his employees to $70,000.<p>Last week I explored the question of whether you can buy your employees’ happiness. I quoted Price in my article, but since he was kind enough …

Income Inequality

8,000 Chinese students were expelled from US universities last year, mostly for cheating and bad grades

Chinese students regularly rank among the best performing in the world, but that’s not always the case when they enroll in US schools. As many as 8,000 Chinese students in the US, were kicked out of their universities last year, according to the Pennsylvania-based education consultancy WholeRen. In …

Education

9 Ways You Can Help Bees and Other Pollinators At Home

This week the White House released new strategies to boost the insects so crucial to our food supply. Here's how you can do your part to support pollinators at home.<p>If you like to eat, you can thank insects—in particular, pollinators such as honeybees, which provide much of the U.S. food supply. …

Insects

Houston's Urban Interstate Debate: Transform, or Tear Down?

Some locals want their own High Line; others want a fresh start.<p>Like so many American cities in the 1960s, Houston built a raised interstate right through its core—a segment of Interstate 45 known as the Pierce Elevated. Despite objections that life around the Pierce Elevated would become …

Feeling the chill: EPA ban on common coolants has lawmakers, industry worried

Lawmakers and industry groups are worried fast-approaching Environmental Protection Agency rules banning certain gases used in commercial refrigeration and air conditioners could have a chilling effect on business.<p>The EPA is looking to impose the new rules starting in January 2016, restricting …

NYC officials remove Edward Snowden statue secretly installed in Brooklyn park

NEW YORK — Dressed in reflective yellow construction gear while working under the cover of darkness early Monday, a small group of artists installed …

Surveillance

Solar Eclipses Are Slowly Disappearing, And There's Nothing We Can Do To Stop It

About twice a year, the Moon appears to pass in front of the Sun, giving rise to a partial solar eclipse if the alignment is imperfect, but leading to either a total or annular solar eclipse if the Earth, Moon and Sun all form a straight line in space.<p>It’s only by chance that the Moon and the Sun …

Space Travel

How Farming on Mars May Help Us Farm Earth

In case this week’s report on NASA’s successful experiment growing lettuce on the International Space Station left you wondering what all the fuss was about—consider the implications. Mars One is scheduled to launch four humans to the red planet in 2025–people who will live their remaining days as …

Farming