James R. Bean

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These 6 New Buildings Are the Future of Sustainable Architecture Photos

As green building technologies advance at monumental pace, architects around the world are following suit, offering progressively innovative interpretations of sustainable trends. Practices like AD100 firm Lake|Flato are leading the charge with comprehensive design philosophies that go beyond LEED …

Architecture

Who is Harley Quinn? How 'Suicide Squad's' pigtailed antihero went from sidekick to Margot Robbie superstar

Harley Quinn Smith, 17-year-old daughter of film director Kevin Smith, has gotten comments about her distinctive name ever since she can remember.<p>" 'Oh cool, you're named after Harley Davidson,' " she said people often respond after she introduces herself. " 'Are your parents huge motorcycle …

Meet Fadumo Dayib, The Woman Risking Everything to Become Somalia's First Female President

Fadumo Dayib wants to be Somalia's first female president — and the stakes are high.<p>The African country has not only seen decades of civil war, …

Eight Hours In The Desert With Tesla's Biggest Fans

What could draw 2,000 people to a battery factory in Reno, Nevada, in the middle of the summer? Elon Musk, of course.<p>Drive about 25 miles east from Reno, Nevada, along vacant, sweaty desert highway, and soon enough you’ll see it, white edges rising from red dust like a giant domino plunked down on …

Cash Flies Commercial and Other Secrets of Moving Money

Just three banks handle the bulk of the global ‘bank notes’ business<p>Even in an age of electronic money and digital-payment apps, there is still big demand for cold, hard cash.<p>The Obama administration’s secret airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran earlier this year, as reported by The Wall …

Obama Administration

The Impossible Burger is a lab-made meatless treat for carnivores

Every October, two vegetarian friends of mine from Michigan spend a week at my place while they attend New York Comic Con. Because I take my hosting duties very seriously, I always try to find good places for them to eat here in New York. It's not too hard, as you can find vegetarian and vegan …

The secret history of the Soviet X-ray vinyl black market

“People tend to tell this story as one of Russian hipsters breaking the system by pirating Western music. Well, that's just not accurate at all.”<p>Stephen Coates is explaining the remarkable story behind his X-Ray Audio Project. Coates, a musician who’s been performing in Russia for ten years with …

This Smithsonian scientist’s death was a mystery; 150 years later, his skeleton helped solve it

The last anyone heard of Robert Kennicott was his cheerful hum as he strolled into the Alaskan wilderness early on the morning of May 13, 1866.<p>It was good to hear the scientist sing. It had been a long and punishing winter at Fort Nulato, where Kennicott's expedition to map the Yukon had spent the …

Archaeology

It’s much safer to back into parking spaces. Why don’t we do it?

There is hope for people with bad spatial skills: rear-view cameras.<p>Every year, some 300 people are killed and 18,000 are injured by drivers who are backing up, usually in driveways or parking lots.<p>There’s a simple way to prevent a lot of these accidents: We could back into parking space so that we …

Emerging Markets

Congress’s four female combat veterans are speaking up on military issues

There are now four female combat veterans in Congress.<p>And they have something to say about the changing face of the Armed Forces, which is officially open to women joining combat units across the board.<p>They are a diverse group: Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) is a former Black Hawk helicopter pilot, …

Post-convention poll: Clinton retakes lead over Trump

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Hillary Clinton emerges from her party's convention in Philadelphia with a restored lead over Donald Trump, having earned a 7-point convention bounce, according to a new CNN/ORC Poll.<p>In a two-way head-to-head matchup, Clinton tops Trump 52% to 43%, and in a four-way matchup …

U.S. warplanes launch bombing campaign on Islamic State in Libya

SIRTE, Libya/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. planes bombed Islamic State targets in Libya on Monday, responding to the U.N.-backed government’s request to help push the militants from their former stronghold of Sirte in what U.S. officials described as the start of a sustained campaign against the …

Islam

World’s most bizarre natural phenomena

From Australia’s bubblegum-pink lake to a blood-red waterfall in Antarctica, these seven destinations are some of the world’s strangest sights.<p>Majestic mountains and sparkling seas always attract travellers – but sometimes nature has a bigger trick up her sleeve. To track down some of the world’s …

Rural tech startups see success across the US

While tech startups have become synonymous with urban areas that offer improved access to talent, resources and infrastructure, the reality is that rural areas are also home to startups.<p>This may come as a surprise to those who have moved away from rural areas specifically to find a job in the tech …

Startups

The neuroscience of “cool”

In the early 2000s, a major shift happened in the way people dress. Flared and baggy jeans began to give way to a skinny, low-slung version, and by the end of the decade, it seemed everyone—including men<i>—</i>were squeezing into jeans so tight that doctors began issuing health warnings. Now skinny is …

Clothing

What's next for Solar Impulse? Pilots reveal where their iconic plane is going to take them now

Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg aren't your average pilots. The 58 and 63-year-old have just flown 43,041km around the world without using any …

Solar Impulse

How Exhaustion Became a Status Symbol

Exhaustion is a vague and forgiving concept. Celebrities say they’re suffering from it when they go to rehab and don’t want to admit to depression or …

Did Trump go too far?

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump's criticism about the Muslim parents of a slain American soldier has generated -- once again -- a backlash within his own party.<p>Just 100 days from the election, Trump has responded in his standard fashion -- dig in, claim he's being treated unfairly and attack …

Donald Trump

Anki’s Cozmo robot is the real-life WALL-E we've been waiting for

Race cars to robots was the plan all along<p>While Cozmo sleeps, it snores. The small robot — shaped like a miniaturized bulldozer with a CRT monitor for a cockpit — sits in a charging dock, waiting to be awoken. Like Pixar’s adorably anthropomorphic WALL-E, Cozmo falls somewhere between a Mars rover …

10 British Millenials Explain Why They Voted Leave or Remain

" I am really, seriously worried about the future. Like, 1930s worried."<p>On June 24, 2016, British citizens woke up to a brand new world. In a stunning upset, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, becoming the first major country to voluntarily exit the EU. The final tally–roughly …

The remarkably unchanging American split on abortion

When the Supreme Court on Monday threw out a Texas law restricting the operation of facilities that perform abortions, the decision quickly stirred up emotion on both sides of the contentious issue. The Texas law, the justices found, posed "a substantial obstacle to women seeking abortions" by …

John Oliver on Brexit Vote: 'There Are No F------ Do Overs'

A week after dedicating the bulk of an episode of HBO’s <i>Last Week Tonight</i> to laying out the potential pitfalls of a U.K. decision to leave the …

Are Women Better Tasters Than Men?

If, like me, you're an amateur taster of beer and wine, inevitably you've asked yourself why you don't taste that hint of raspberry or note of pine bark that someone else says is there.<p>Genetics certainly have something to do with why we have different perceptions of tastes. Scientists have shown …

The 11 gushiest emails in Hillary's inbox

Here are some highlights of the kudos that Clinton received and doled out from the latest batch of emails.<p>In between the messages about Israeli policy and Pakistan's nuclear weaponry, Hillary Clinton's inbox contained plenty of gushing emails that the former secretary of state, her aides and her …

Google’s New Logo Is Its Biggest Update In 16 Years

Google has a new logo that ditches the old serif look, and reacts to you in all contexts.<p>You will very soon notice that Google has a new logo that’s sleeker, brighter, and for the first time, animated. And then, you probably won’t notice it at all.<p>It’s been a long time since the Google we know has …

Graphic Design

The fortune-teller of Kabul | May Jeong

For centuries mystics have channelled the hopes and fears of Afghans. With the nation in turmoil, their services are as popular as ever. But can they survive the latest crackdown by religious hardliners?<p>Last November, Abdullah Sharifi visited a spirit medium. By his own admission, Sharifi was the …

Selling

The Village That Will Be Swept Away

Residents of Newtok, Alaska, voted to relocate as erosion destroyed their land. That was the easy part.<p>NEWTOK, Alaska—Two decades ago, the people of this tiny village came to terms with what had become increasingly obvious: They could no longer fight back the rising waters.<p>Their homes perched on a …

The Death and Life of Atlantic City

Zeno’s paradox down the shore.<p>Mike Hauke opened a pizza and sub shop in Atlantic City in 2009, but only after he had failed in nine tries to rent the space to somebody else. He had bought the building three years earlier on the advice of his father, an accountant who considered distressed real …

Real Estate

The 11 weirdest moments at the 2015 VMAs

There was crying and a nip slip, so overall this years MTV Video Music Awards was sufficiently weird.<p>Of course with Miley Cyrus hosting, we were …

Miley Cyrus

In climate bid, Obama stares down melting Alaska glacier

SEWARD, Alaska (AP) — President Barack Obama stared down a melting glacier in Alaska on Tuesday in a dramatic use of his presidential pulpit to sound …