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Cross-Laminated Timber is the Most Advanced Building Material

Cross-Laminated Timber Continues to Impress Builders and Engineers<p>On a cloudy day in early October, the architect Andrew Waugh circles the base of a nondescript apartment tower in Shoreditch, a neighborhood in East London. Shoreditch suffered heavily during the blitz of World War II—“urban renewal, …

The Skyline Framework

The most recognizable characteristic of any global city is its unique skyline. Drishti Khemani, an illustrator from Singapore, put together a series …

100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

Many of the books are 20th century classics or recent bestsellers — the oldest book on the list is Jane Austen's 1813 masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice." It also spans multiple genres, with adult fiction, nonfiction, children's, and young adult novels such as "The Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter" …

Books

Top 10 stops for Central America first-timers

The green cufflinks between North and South America, these seven compact countries would be easy to skip on a map. Yet they represent a complex web of cultures, ancient ruins, tropical wildlife and adventure.<p>For starters, try climbing lava-gurgling volcanoes with perfect cones that poke above the …

Central America

Simple way to make stem cells in half an hour hailed as major discovery

Acid technique could lead to new era in regenerative medicine<p>A radical and remarkably easy way to make cells that can grow into any tissue in the body has been developed by scientists in Japan.<p>The feat has been hailed as a major discovery by researchers familiar with the work, and if it can be …

Promising cancer therapy treatment: Vitamin C

Scientists have identified a simple, inexpensive compound that made cancer drugs more effective in mice and helped human patients weather the toxic side effects of<p>chemotherapy.<p>But even as they touted their experimental results, they acknowledged that their remedy was unlikely to inspire the …

Cancer

30 Best Minimalist Home Designs Presented on Freshome

Are you an admirer of <b>minimalist homes</b>? Well, if inspirational minimalist interiors is what you are in search for, this post is guaranteed to give you …

Varieties of Scientific Experience: Carl Sagan on Science and Spirituality

I was recently on NPR’s Science Friday to discuss my favorite science books of the year and a listener called in, asking for a recommendation for a good book on science and religion — an excellent question, given the long history of this polarization, which occupied great minds from Galileo to …

Articles about 7 modern sofas we love on Dwell.com - Dwell

Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron explains the thinking behind our annual issue dedicated to interior design.<p>While loft living might not be for everyone, others find it dream-worthy.<p>Welcome to our latest installment of Products We Love, where we test-drive beloved design items and document the …

New York Times

Fitness Tips You Need For Your Twenties

Photographed by Nathan Martin; Illustrated by Zhang Qingyun.<p>We'd like to begin by saying we have a seriously difficult time getting ourselves to …

Northern Lights lure Britons to Iceland

Promote Iceland, the company tasked with enticing foreign tourists to the country, said 16,576 British holidaymakers arrived in January, up from 10,031 in January 2013 – a year-on-year increase of more than 65 per cent.<p>Many were lured by the current “solar maximum”, it suggested, which prompted …

Northern Lights

How to turn scar tissue into beating heart cells - Futurity

Scientists have turned scar tissue cells into colonies of beating heart cells, a finding that could lead to regenerating tissue damaged by a heart …

Cell Biology

Samsung-backed Android alarm app helps researchers fight disease while you sleep

Our smartphones don't do much when they're sitting there charging overnight, something Samsung and the University of Vienna want to take advantage of to cure diseases. A new app called Power Sleep uses your phone's downtime to crunch protein calculations. That data's used to research cures for …

Belgian law on euthanasia for children, with no age limit, will be first in world

After debate splitting professions, parliament due to pass law allowing euthanasia for terminally ill minors 'suffering unbearably'<p>Belgium is expected on Thursday to become the first country in the world to abolish all age restrictions on the right to die, extending permitted euthanasia to …

New Zealand's most wondrous night-time experiences

From night hikes to cave-rafts to midnight munchies, there’s lots to do in New Zealand when the lights go out...<p>1. Night-hike the Tongariro Crossing<p>The 19km Tongariro Alpine Crossing is frequently touted as the world’s best day walk, thanks to its compact combination of sulphurous lakes, huffing …