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Vintage Fonts: 35 Adverts From the Past

<i>Before there was Typekit, before there was Fonts.com, DaFont or Google Fonts, designers had to share their typefaces the old-fashioned way—via print</i> …

Typography

Fermilab's giant magnet begins its journey into the quantum badlands

Two years ago, a huge magnet made its way from Brookhaven, New York to Fermilab, Illinois, via Florida and the Mississippi. And that’s not the strangest thing about it.<p>Infinitesimally small particles, such as the electrons in our wires and the muons that bombard us from space, are tiny magnets. …

Physics

4 Ways To Design For The Youthful Elderly

The boom of healthy, independent retirees with decades left in their lives necessitates a new kind of urban design.<p>The world is aging. Thanks to better medicine and birth control, almost every country in the world has a higher proportion of older individuals than young people, and people are living …

Retirement

5 Key Takeaways From the Latest Climate Change Report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change calls for a dramatic shift from fossil fuels, aiming to influence world leaders to take concrete steps.<p><b>The latest report from the main international panel charged with assessing climate change, released today in Copenhagen, shouts the same basic message</b> …

Official: Debris sign of spaceship breaking up

MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — Investigators looking into what caused the crash of a Virgin Galactic prototype spacecraft that killed one of two test pilots said a 5-mile path of debris across the California desert indicates the aircraft broke up in flight.<p>"When the wreckage is dispersed like that, it …

What to Do About Pig Poop? North Carolina Fights a Rising Tide

The pork-loving state faces challenges in protecting water from contamination.<p>From the air, the place where bacon comes from is a quilt of fields and woods crossed by roads and winding creeks.<p>On an overcast day in September, I was buzzing over eastern North Carolina's flat coastal plain in a …

High Levels of Dangerous Chemicals Found in Air Near Oil and Gas Sites

A five-state study raises new questions about the health impacts of the U.S. energy boom.<p><b>Dirk DeTurck had a years-old rash that wouldn't go away, his wife's hair came out in chunks, and anytime they lingered outside their house for more than an hour, splitting headaches set in.</b><p><b>They were certain the</b> …

UN climate change report to warn of 'severe, pervasive' effects of global warming

Water crisis squeezes Sao Paulo state

<b>Itu, Brazil</b> - The state of Sao Paulo is on the cusp of an unprecedented water crisis stemming in part from one of the worst droughts in decades, leaving millions scrambling to find clean water sources.<p>On Friday, the city of Sao Paulo recorded its hottest temperature in more than 71 years, and 70 …

Pentagon to unveil plan for dealing with climate change

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel addressed the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas on Monday, unveiling a comprehensive plan for how the U.S. military will address the effects of climate change.<p>Rising global temperatures, increasing sea levels and intensifying weather events will challenge …

Ocean Health Gets "D" Grade in New Global Report Card

Annual Global Ocean Health Index includes the high seas for the first time, and scientists say the score could have been worse.<p>Scientists assigned a grade for global ocean health on Tuesday, giving the world's waters a "D" on an annual oceans report card, citing overfishing, pollution, climate …

C40 Makes a Splash During Climate Week

Changing Planet<p>During Climate Week NYC, C40 garnered major media coverage around our activities and announcements, and we thought we’d share some highlights.<p>Cities were a major player during the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit on Tuesday of Climate Week, where C40 and partners announced …

Studies Link Climate Change to Recent Extreme Weather Events

Changing Planet<p>New research in the <i>Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society</i> finds that climate change influenced the majority of 16 extreme weather events in 2013. Specifically, it found evidence that climate change linked to human causes—particularly burning of fossil fuels—increased the …

Biggest Walrus Gathering Recorded as Sea Ice Shrinks

More than 35,000 of the marine mammals have congregated in Alaska.<p>Scientists have photographed the largest gathering of Pacific walruses ever recorded, on a beach in northern Alaska, blaming climate change for the estimated 35,000 females and calves huddled beside the Chukchi Sea (map).<p>Federal …

How Betabrand Nails Product Page Storytelling (And So Can You)

en_US<p>article<p>Forbes recently ran an article Storytelling: A Brave New World Of Commerce, highlighting the benefits of storytelling for online …

Online

Flooring it! Stand out Merchandising Tips for Your Brand

Within the retail setting, companies are challenged on how to stand out among the competition. Marketers need to differentiate their brand from …

Facebook set to become latest tech giant to abandon rightwing lobby group Alec

Google and Microsoft have recently cut ties with the group, which campaigns against climate change legislation<p>Facebook is set to become the latest tech company to end its support for a controversial rightwing lobby group that works against climate change legislation.<p>The social media company has …

‘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

Hurricane Odile batters Mexico's Baja California peninsula - in pictures

Streets are flooded, homes destroyed and businesses vulnerable to looters after the storm batters towns and resorts with winds reaching up to 125mph

Clean stores top shoppers' priority lists

With an ever-increasing number of grocery options, consumers can be pickier than ever, and it turns out they care about more than just selection and …

Using UAVs to Map an Ancient Wonder of the World

Changing Planet<p><i>Patrick Meier is using UAVs, popularly called “drones”, to map out archaeological sites and aid humanitarian and environmental efforts. He partners with institutions around the globe to bring us amazing, interactive community projects and, of course, stunning aerial photos.</i><p>It isn’t …

Greenhouse Gases Hit Record High Amid Fears of CO2 Saturation Point

Data suggest natural "carbon sinks" may be nearing exhaustion, say some scientists, although others disagree.<p>The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2013, propelled by a surge in levels of carbon dioxide, the World Meteorological Organization reported Tuesday, …

In Bankrupt Detroit, Nature Reclaims Debris Mounds on Vacant Land

Some trash heaps soar to two stories and sprout 30-foot (9-meter) trees.<p>DETROIT—On a bright, breezy morning this summer, Orin Gelderloos, a biologist, climbs a steep hillside through a thicket of trees, flowers, and tall grass. He notes the precipitous ravines and admires the elevated view in the …

A Rock-solid Brand Development Strategy Is Simple. Really. - Kelsey

It’s a fact – Building a strong brand drives higher profits directly to your bottom line. Although it’s a long process, getting there doesn’t have to …

A new look for an iconic brand

Any time a brand redesigns its identity, there are huge risks that the public will reject the new look. It’s happened to everyone from Gap to …