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The best gadgets for a smart, connected home | ZDNet

Flic smart buttons<p>Recently launched, Flic is a portable wireless button which can be rigged up to perform different functions based on a single …

Why Wall Street is pouring millions into India’s real estate sector

Wall Street is betting big on India’s real estate sector.<p>In the last few months, global giants including Goldman Sachs, Warburg Pincus and Blackstone have invested over Rs6,000 crore ($910 million) in Indian real estate firms, even as the sector groans under debt and stalling sales.<p>In all, total …

(Sustainable) Fashion's Real Problem

While sustainability should be built into supply chains, the fashion industry is today responsible for much of the exploitation of people and the environment: number one in terms of exploitation of people and the second most polluting industry after oil. Looking at the ecosystem of this industry, …

We've Missed the Entire Point About GMO Food -- A Farmer Explains Why

When it comes to the subject of GMO (Genetically-Modified Organism) food, it's hard not to have an opinion. You might be skeptical or inquisitive, outraged or indifferent; perhaps more often than not, you feel a little of each. Still, there's growing consensus on the issue. A recent poll states …

This Robot Is like Roomba for Your Lawn

Whether it’s the last few weeks of a hot and muggy summer or the freezing temps of winter, yardwork is rarely makes our fave chores list. Sure, the benefits of a gorgeous yard are amazing (hello, backyard soirees!), but crazy temps and bugs galore can be enough to make us procrastinate on those …

Robotics

Liquidating Our Water Resources - California Drought Highlights Unsustainable Agricultural Practices

The drought in California is now in its fourth year and the worst on record. All Americans should be concerned, because California produces nearly half of U.S.-grown fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Furthermore, 40 states in the U.S. are expected to experience water shortages within the coming decade. …

Socialism Means Abolishing the Distinction Between Bosses and Employees

An enterprise only qualifies as "socialist" once the distinction between employers and employees within it has been abolished. (Image: Jared …

Your Children Won't Be Able To Live In Space, Without A Major Upgrade

We all dream of journeying (or living) among the stars. But space is a spectacularly awful place for humans, and we’re not suited for life there at …

Physical Differences Found in Brains of People Who Respond Either Emotionally or Rationally

<b>Researchers at Monash University have found physical differences in the brains of people who respond emotionally to others’ feelings, compared to</b> …

Don't care about climate change? What about the health of children?

There are four specific reasons children are more vulnerable to global warming than adults, a new report by Doctors for the Environment Australia has found<p>Climate change is not just an urgent environmental issue; it is having a devastating effect on health.<p>Doctors for the Environment Australia’s …

Climate Change

What you need to know about backyard chickens

TORONTO – As the price of groceries continues to climb, interest in urban farming in big cities like Toronto and Vancouver is on the rise. Besides …

How to turn a great idea into an iPhone app

You get an idea for the next great app. Move over, Snapchat. Move over, Twitter. Move over, Instagram. This is going to be a big deal.<p>But there's one thing you don't know. How to get it from your head into the App Store, onto the 700 million iPhones Apple has sold, and onwards towards glory, fame, …

China's space program is growing extremely fast

One up-and-comer is China. China's space program is showing the same kind of explosive growth as its economy, said Chris Impey, an astronomy professor at the University of Arizona, during an interview with NPR's Fresh Air host Terry Gross. That means it has grown roughly 10% a year for the past …

To support 'green' farming, officials must learn that small is beautiful

It's a hard life being an organic farmer, writes Alicia Miller - and specially when it comes to engaging with a bureaucracy that's trying to 'green' …

Wal-Mart Has $76 Billion in Undisclosed Overseas Tax Havens

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. owns more than $76 billion of assets through a web of units in offshore tax havens around the world, though you wouldn’t know it …

On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow: A Guide To Speedy Vegetables

<i>Editor's note: A version of this story ran in April 2014.</i><p>Yes, it is true that gardening requires patience.<p>But face it, we live in an impatient world. And gardeners everywhere were depressed by the brutal and endless winter.<p>So we are understandably eager to get sowing. And to see results by ... …

We're not seeing more police shootings, just more news coverage

<b>(CNN) —</b> It feels like every week, a name is added to the list: another man, often black and unarmed, has died at the hands of police.<p>Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Jason Harrison, Walter Scott, Eric Harris, Freddie Gray, to name a few.<p>The headlines make it feel as if the country is …

Reptiles were previously considered unable to play, but a Russian space experiment has overturned that view thanks to a loosely fastened collar<p>They can walk on walls with ease and shed their tails when they find themselves in a tight spot, but the one thing geckos were thought to lack was a …

Zoology

Michael Brown memorial tree cut down in Ferguson park less than 24 hours after dedication

A tree planted to memorialize the death of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri was reportedly chopped in half this week less than 24 hours …

Amandla Stenberg Understands Appropriation Better Than You

Amandla Stenberg, once the target of a racist Hunger Games backlash, released a video calling out white popstars who co-opt black aesthetics. She’s …

California Towns Shrink Amid Drought, in More Ways Than One

Tony Azevedo’s a third-generation farmer in California’s Central Valley. For decades, his family has grown cantaloupes. This year, he won’t — and he’ll leave a third of his 11,500-acre farm fallow.<p>"This field would have been cantaloupes, had we had the water," he explained, pointing to some of his …

5 Tech Trends That Will Hit Every Retail Store By 2020

Showrooming—the practice of shoppers using retail stores to discover products they’d like to buy, then completing their purchases online where they can find better deals—is often cited as a concern of physical retailers. With an enticing mix of low prices, breadth of selection, and convenience, …

eCommerce

When Teachers Cheat

Rampant conspiracies to alter kids' scores, including the one that resulted in the recent conviction of 11 Atlanta educators, attest to the dangers of high-stakes testing.<p>The social scientist Donald T. Campbell offered an insightful analysis of American education in his 1976 paper, "Assessing the …

Education

Meet Laurel Kaye, the 21-Year-Old Finalist for the One-Way Mission to Mars

Talk about having guts.<p>Once upon a time, women weren't allowed to even think of becoming an astronaut, but now one New York-area woman could be headed to <i>live</i> on Mars.<p>Laurel Kaye, 21, took countless childhood trips to the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, hoping one day …

Mars

Deep Space Exploration Will Demand Artificial Gravity

Long stays in space have a major hitch. Medical studies on the effects of microgravity on astronauts after many months in low-Earth orbit (LEO) can’t get around one hard truth — humans aren’t cut out for life without gravity. Thus, artificial gravity habitats are now being discussed as a crucial …

Space Exploration

Earth - How long will life survive on planet Earth?

All things must pass. That includes life on Earth, which will surely be wiped out eventually. But how long does it have?<p>The fossil record tells us that life on Earth has lasted at least 3.5 billion years. In that time it has survived being frozen, clobbered by rocks from space, mass poisoning, and …