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Harvard Scientists Think They've Pinpointed The Physical Source of Consciousness

This is where awareness lives.<p>Scientists have struggled for millennia to understand human consciousness - the awareness of one's existence. Despite …

A simple 2-minute trick to calm a racing mind

Replays of awkward interactions, missed opportunities and embarrassing regrets distract us during the day and keep us up at night.<p>Think about how many times you’ve agonized over some dumb thing you said. Or rehearsed a conversation that hasn’t happened—and might not ever. Or couldn’t get that …

Morocco Has Turned on the First Part of the World's Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant

It's still got room to grow.<p>The Noor complex—a massive solar farm outside of Ouarzazate, Morocco, that covers over 1,000 acres—will be the largest concentrated solar power plant in the world when it is completed in 2018. When completed, the $3.9 billion solar power plant is expected to produce …

Renewable Energy

It's Now Illegal For Supermarkets To Waste Food In France

Food producers and distributors have to compost or donate any unsold goods.<p>Hooray, more bread and cheese for all!<p>France's Parliament took definitive steps to prevent food waste on Wednesday. The country's Senate unanimously voted to ban large food stores from throwing away food that's approaching …

Why Organic Food Might Be Worth the High Price

The most infamous fact about organic food is that it’s expensive—about 47% more expensive, according to a recent analysis from <i>Consumer Reports</i>. But a …

10 Things Successful People Do Before Going to Sleep

Everyone is obsessed with how successful people start their day. And if you’ve decided to do something about the quality of your life, you’ll start …

Lightweight and radical Bua saddle hopes to bring conservative world of equestrian sports into the 21st century<p>In a sport steeped in tradition, Martin Ryan has seen the occasional raised eyebrow at first sight of his new design for a horse’s saddle. Unlike other sports, such as golf or cycling, …

Innovation

Proof That Positive Work Cultures Are More Productive

Too many companies bet on having a cut-throat, high-pressure, take-no-prisoners culture to drive their financial success.<p>But a large and growing body of research on positive organizational psychology demonstrates that not only is a cut-throat environment harmful to productivity over time, but that …

50 Most Innovative Companies

The Boston Consulting Group released its 10th annual listing of the world’s 50 Most Innovative Companies this morning. The list is based on a survey …

Microsoft's Gates to start multi-billion-dollar clean tech initiative | News Home | Reuters

NEW YORK/PARIS (Reuters) - Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will launch a multi-billion-dollar clean energy research and development initiative with heads of state on Monday, the opening day of the U.N. climate change summit in Paris, the French government said Friday.<p>Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates …

This $5 computer sold out in a day

Raspberry Pi has raised the bar on low-cost computing again.<p>The UK-based educational nonprofit released a new, tiny computer on Thursday for $5, the Raspberry Pi Zero, and sold out of it online within a day.<p>That's $30 cheaper than its original Raspberry Pi model, which went on sale in 2012. And $4 …

One of the most cutting-edge projects to tackle climate change is being pioneered in one of the most remote, undeveloped countries on earth. Does it have any hope of succeeding? By Sam Knight<p>One day about five years ago, Frank Nolwo, a compact, quietly spoken boat skipper from the upper reaches of …

Papua New Guinea

Moroccan solar plant to bring energy to a million people

<b>A giant plant using energy from the Sun to power a Moroccan city at night will open next month.</b><p>The solar thermal plant at Ouarzazate will harness the Sun's warmth to melt salt, which will hold its heat to power a steam turbine in the evening.<p>The first phase will generate for three hours after dark; …

Ahead of a major urban design conference, the architect says we must plan for a more sustainable lifestyle – and discusses his disappointment at the likely rejection of his Thames Hub airport<p>“Do you believe in infrastructure?” asks Norman Foster, with challenge in his voice. He does. …

British Museum

Fossil fuels could be obsolete by 2050, says top futurist

"On the other side of 2050 I don't see why you would need them (fossil fuels)," Pearson, who is also a fellow at the World Academy for Arts and Science, said.<p>"If you go 100 years from now I think the energy we use will come from either fusion or solar."<p>Recent breakthroughs have Pearson especially …

17 'Internet Of Things' Facts Everyone Should Read

The Internet of Things is here and it’s growing rapidly. Internet of Things (IoT) or Internet of Everything (IoE) refers to devices or objects that are connected to the Internet, like your smartwatch, Fitbit, or even your refrigerator. These devices are able to collect and transmit data via the …

Internet of Things

Coalition asks miners and coal seam gas firms to respect farmers' 'moral rights'

The Coalition government is asking miners and coal seam gas companies to recognise that the “moral right” of farmers to determine what happens on their land overrides companies’ legal right to explore or mine.<p>Farmers and miners should share revenue in new land rights deal, Liberal elder says<p>Read …

Australia

6 Things You Can Do With Coffee—After You've Finished Drinking It

Many of us depend on coffee to fuel our early morning meetings, midafternoon slumps or all-night study sessions. These days, the words “coffee” and …

Severe Weather Brings Creeping Realization to Americans…

I’ve been seeing the Ad spot above at our local cinema the last few months.<br>Strikes me as somehow touching on the realization that’s creeping up on a …

Weather

How to Get Things Done with Trello

My work involves prioritizing, organizing and managing tasks, information and ideas. I have tried hundreds of todo lists and project management tools …

Melting permafrost is releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at an alarming rate — and it could have devastating effects

But as temperatures rise and some permafrost melts, that carbon is being released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide at an alarming rate.<p>For some ancient permafrost, about half its carbon could decompose in just one week after a thaw, according to a new study by the US Geological Survey, which …

How to Never Get Angry: 3 New Secrets From Neuroscience

They’re one inch from your face, boiling with rage, screaming and yelling at you.<p>And all you want to do is scream and yell back. But you know that’s …

I recently invested in over 150 startups

Here’s what I’ve learned so far creating a Startup Index Fund using AngelList<p>Over the last 18 months, I’ve invested in over 150 startup companies. …

Venture Capital

The Real Relationship Between Work, Wealth, and Happiness | Inc.com

Money doesn't have all that much to do with happiness, and getting paid more doesn't always increase satisfaction. Those aren't exactly novel insights, but they're ones the 50 or so well-heeled professionals assembled at the Invention Hub on San Francisco Wednesday night probably weren't expecting …

Happiness

A Bill Gates-backed Canadian company opened a plant that sucks carbon from the air

Carbon Engineering, backed by Bill Gates and other investors, unveiled a test facility able to extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere using giant fans.<p>That carbon goes through a series of chemical processes and emerges as pellets, which can be used to make fuel — or simply be stored underground.<p>…

5 Fun Productivity Web Apps to Keep You on Track

When you work more of a traditional kind of job, whether it’s for an hourly wage or with a regular salary, you typically get paid exactly the same no …

Google Maps can now tell you if it’s worth installing solar panels on your roof | The Verge

Google wants to help you harness the power of the sun. A new service called Project Sunroof aims to provide a “treasure map” of solar energy with the …

England's shoppers say goodbye to free plastic bags

A 5p tax on plastic bags must be extended to all shops to prevent further damage to the environment, campaigners have warned.<p>Without the participation of smaller shops, and not just those employing more than 250 staff, the impact of the tax will be limited, they said.<p>Friends of the Earth said …

Northern Ireland