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Science Provides Few Facts On Effects Of Gun Policies, Report Finds

An analysis published Friday confirms the state of American gun policy science is not good, overall.<p>The nonprofit RAND Corporation analyzed thousands of studies and found only 63 that establish a causal relationship between specific gun policies and outcomes such as reductions in homicide and …

The most exciting construction project in LA right now is the Regional Connector

Fifty feet below LA, progress<p>Writing about cities is an exercise in patience. The day a building opens or a ballot measure passes might feel exciting, but transformation is actually delivered in crumb-like increments over weeks, or months, or years.<p>Transportation, especially in a place like Los …

Urban Design

Why Did This Russian Skater Win a Gold Medal? Partly Because She Was Smart Enough to Outsmart the System

Alina Zagitova won the gold medal with incredible grace, incredible athleticism, and a very clever approach.<p>Unlike stopwatch sports with finish lines -- speed skating, downhill skiing, etc. -- figure skating is scored subjectively. A panel of judges evaluates each skater's technical and artistic …

Downhill Skiing

Scientists invent ‘super wood’ that could replace steel

Scientists have devised a way to make wood up to 12 times stronger in a bid to replace steel with a cheaper, lighter and more renewable …

Engineering

Estate planning: How to ‘death clean’ your finances

The phrase “death cleaning” may sound jarring to unaccustomed ears, but the concept makes sense. It’s about getting rid of excess rather than leaving a mess for your heirs to sort out.<p>“Death cleaning” is the literal translation of the Swedish word dostadning, which means a decluttering process that …

The long wait for fusion power may be coming to an end

Some experts think commercial fusion reactors could begin operation as soon as 2030.<p>Renewable energy sources like solar and wind account for a growing share of the world’s electric power. That’s no surprise, given concerns about the carbon emissions from fossil fuel-fired power plants and their …

Energy

Why Smartphones Will Become Extinct by 2025

The Apple iPhone 8? Poof. The Samsung Galaxy? You won't need a smartphone anymore.<p>The world is changing, and it's all about your voice.<p>In my house, there are voicebots everywhere. In the kitchen, I use the Google Home speaker to ask about recipes and the weather. In my office, there's an Amazon …

Apps

Watch the Tesla Model 3 assembly line in slow motion

Tesla is delaying a major announcement to focus on improving the Model 3 production process — so Elon Musk just shared a video of the assembly line …

Tesla

The incredible architectural secrets of Steve Jobs Theater

Steve Jobs Theater is empty.<p>Hours earlier, the massive lobby, demo area (or foyer) space below, and theater were humming with Apple employees, media, …

Ice Age bones discovered inside inescapable "black hole"

Around the end of the last Ice Age, about 13,000 years ago, animals could roam through subterranean passageways in what is now Mexico. But the …

Ice Age

Learn to Code: Harvard's Free Online Computer Science Course

HTML, CSS, JavaScript, C, SQL, PHP, and More<p>Harvard’s “Introduction to Computer Science” course is widely regarded as the best computer science …

Elon Musk: Robot software will make Tesla worth as much as Apple

Elon Musk thinks his robot software can make Tesla Inc. worth as much as Apple Inc. He has the chance to prove it very soon.<p>In three different …

Tesla

8 Tech Tools To Communicate Your Ideas More Effectively

Love it or hate it, presentation matters. To quote the poet William Carlos Williams, sometimes “It is not what you say that matters but the manner in which you say it.” Here are eight tech tools to help you communicate your ideas more effectively (and, dare I say, beautifully).<p><b>1. Lucidchart</b><p>The tool …

Infographics

Ikea’s Hackable Sofa Is Coming To The U.S.

The company’s open-source Delaktig platform encourages people to hack away.<p>Ikea’s on a mission to think more like a software company, and it’s going all in with the Delaktig sofa.<p>The experimental furniture platform was conceived by British designer Tom Dixon and Royal College of Art students last …

Furniture

Canva: The poster child of DIY graphic design

Good design is hard. But more and more we all have to do it. Whether it's a nice Facebook banner, a clever profile pic, an eye-catching Instagram post or some well polished ideas for a work presentation, we all want something more than the terrible basic options offered up by Powerpoint.<p>Enter …

3 Things Your Company Needs To Know About Storytelling

Remember the last time you were stuck in a business presentation with endless bullets, heavy data, and text-filled slides? Last week? Yesterday? Right now? Business meetings are notoriously boring, which is why companies like Facebook, Hewlett Packard and Pepsi are seizing upon a better way to …

The Best UI/UX Design Books & Resources for Designers

Want to be an excellent designer? Looking for the best UI/UX books and resources? Nowhere to go or to gain the right and effective channel for …

This Future Highway Will Remove Lanes, But Add Public Transit And Space For Drones

Architects in Shenzhen, China, have designed a highway for the future of transportation that’s unlike any highway you’ve ever seen.<p>When cities redesign traffic-clogged highways, they often make them wider–despite the fact that tends to make traffic even worse. In Shenzhen, China, a team of …

Ask Ethan: How Many Stars In The Night Sky Still Exist?

When we look out at the Universe, we take for granted that what we see is what’s actually there at that particular moment in time. Yet this isn’t quite the case. There were delays with the Apollo astronauts because light signals took a little over two seconds apiece to make a round trip. The Mars …

Elon Musk is working on a roof made of solar panels

Elon Musk's fondness for ambitious, out-of-left-field ideas isn't restricted to electric cars or rockets. During SolarCity's latest earnings call, the entrepreneur revealed that his energy-focused company is developing a "solar roof" -- not a roof with solar panels on it, a roof <i>made out of</i> solar …

Our brains use 4 steps to solve math problems — and the discovery might change education

Ever wondered how your mind deals with complex sums and multiplications?<p>A new study has imaged how the brain's activity levels change while taking on serious math problems, and reveals for the first time that there are four distinct neural stages involved in coming up with a solution.<p>Two different …

Scientists turn CO2 into fuel with solar power

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago believe that they've perfected the art of photosynthetic solar cells. It's a technology that mimics a plant's ability to inhale carbon dioxide and, with water, convert it into glucose and oxygen. This system is capable of drawing in carbon …

Scientists Just Found a Compound That Kills 98% of a Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Yes!<p>Researchers have discovered a compound in an Antarctic sea sponge that's capable of killing 98 percent of the drug-resistant superbug, …

Biology

Ikea’s Quest To Think Like A Software Company

Ikea’s new collaboration with top British designer Tom Dixon reveals how the company is embracing open-source thinking.<p>Every year, Ikea introduces around 2,500 new products to customers around the world. Working under the umbrella philosophy “Democratic Design,” the company evaluates every single …

Furniture

Why Sales of Solar Panels Could Soon Start Booming

The way people are getting solar panels installed in their homes is going through a rapid change.<p>The <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reported that companies such …

A controversial theory may explain the real reason humans have allergies

For me, it was hornets.<p>One summer afternoon when I was 12, I ran into an overgrown field near a friend’s house and kicked a hornet nest the size of a football. An angry squadron of insects clamped onto my leg; their stings felt like scorching needles. I swatted the hornets away and ran for help, …

Immunotherapy

The Founder Of TED Shares What It Takes To Build The World’s Most Popular Conference

He created a conference that sells out before the speakers are announced. Here’s how Richard Saul Wurman did it.<p>I’ve had two phone conversations with Richard Saul Wurman, the 81 year-old founder of the massively popular TED conference, and both have left me feeling woefully under-accomplished as an …

Public Speaking

Fabric-cast concrete is the construction method of the future, say designers

Designers Ron Culver and Joseph Sarafian have developed a method of casting concrete in Lycra stretched by robotic arms, which they believe could be …

Engineering

Scientists made see-through wood that's stronger than glass

Researchers at the University of Maryland were able pull away color and chemicals from a block of wood to leave it impressively see-through. The result is a material that is both stronger and more insulating than glass, with better biodegradability than plastic. "We were very surprised by how …

University of Maryland