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The View from Here: moving photos taken from windows around the world

This Device Helps Farmers By Turning iPads Into Sperm Analyzers

Putting the “see” in semen.<p>Reproduction is big business. The tech industry is tackling ways to streamline this fact of life, creating fertility-tracking apps, wearable monitors, and ovulation detectors, among others. And it’s not only humans that are part of the mix. Animal breeding is just as …

Tech Industry

Why 'Earth 2.0' is actually nothing like Earth

[twitter id="624329400570417153"]<p>Nasa's discovery of Kepler-452b, a planet orbiting around a distant star in deep space, has predictably caused waves …

Stop Google from tracking you on Google Maps

Learn how to disable Location History for your Google account and also how to delete some or all of your whereabouts from Your Timeline.<p>Google Maps is rolling out a new feature to Android and desktop users called Your Timeline. With it, you can see all the places you've been. Google is quick to …


8 Spa-Like Bathrooms Designed to Instantly Soothe

Let these airy oases across the globe spur some ideas for creating your own refuge.

North Africa

The Rejected Covers Of “Go Set A Watchman”

How do you design the cover of a sequel to a classic novel? As many times as you have to.<p>For a graphic designer, being asked to come up for a cover for Harper Lee’s <i>Go Set A Watchman</i> (available this week) must have been like walking into a minefield.<p>Not only is the novel a long-delayed sequel to the …

Ku Klux Klan

6 Principles Of Digital Design For Civic Innovation

How the San Francisco Business Portal embraced human-centered design to encourage entrepreneurship.<p>Most of us approach our government interactions—visiting the DMV, filing taxes, getting permits—with an overwhelming sense of dread. With Obama’s dogged attempt to put a new face on the government’s …

San Francisco

How to disable Adobe Flash in your browser

Adobe Flash needs to go.<p>The fact that we're faced with yet another major security flaw in the software — this time discovered in the stolen Hacking …


A project to build a $200 DIY Wi-Fi router to help whistleblowers hide online just disappeared under bizarre circumstances

ProxyHam (as the device was called) was essentially a router broadcasting on a 900MHz connection, letting the owner — with the right antenna — connect from up to several miles away. It could be stashed in any public place with an internet connection (think library/coffee shop/co-working space) and …


There's a fascinating difference between income inequality in red states and blue states

In an analysis of those, The Washington Post found that the bulk of cities with the biggest inequalities were located in red states while the majority of the most-distressed cities were in blue states.<p>Inequality was calculated by determining a "neighborhood advantage score" based on household …


15 Bee-utiful Pictures Of Bees

A new book highlights the diversity of these fuzzy pollinators<p>If you read science news, you've probably heard a lot about the plight of the honey bee. These pollinators are responsible for producing a huge portion of the fruits and vegetables that we eat, including apples, berries, almonds, and …

7 Beautiful Buildings in Unexpected Places

For every brand-name skyscraper, there's an equally interesting building off the beaten path. In fact, some of the most interesting structures require a pilgrimage to a far-flung location—proof that, for these seven projects, the trip is part of the design.


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Modern Architecture

Making Machines that Walk

Advancing a new system of locomotion step by step (literally)<p>Dutch artist Theo Jansen has been working on his Strandbeests, kinetic sculptures …

How NYC’s First Underground Park Will Capture Sunlight

Turning an abandoned New York City trolley station from underground derelict into a verdant park has obvious appeal. Who doesn’t love reclaimed spaces, public fraternity, and promethean wresting of heavenly light cast down by modern technology? The Lowline project ticked enough boxes to become an …

New York City

Japan's huge sex problem is setting up a 'demographic time bomb' for the country

The Japanese press has taken to calling it <i>sekkusu shinai shokogun:</i> celibacy syndrome.<p>Basically, the country just isn't that interested in sex — and it could have huge effects beyond its borders.<p>The most recent evidence comes in a survey by the Japan Family Planning Association, reported on in the …

Artist manipulates photos into surreal and dreamlike scenes

Typically, when we feature Sarah DeRemer's artwork, we're weirded out by her animal mashups. But this time, we're going to peek into her dream …

Digital Art

Something 'scary' went wrong with NASA's probe to Pluto

NASA was able to re-establish communications with the spacecraft within 90 minutes, and it reported that it was "healthy" and still on course to fly by Pluto.<p>But to reconnect with Earth, the spacecraft kicked itself into safe mode, and it is now no longer taking photos or collecting other …

Solar System

Facebook will recognize you in photos where your face is not showing

Facebook’s facial recognition blows me away every single time I see it at work. Some of us love it, as it makes it an easy task to tag all your friends and get on with your life. On the other hand, some people hate that Facebook knows so much about them. Well, get your tin foil hats ready, guys, …

Artificial Intelligence