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30+ Unbelievable Places That Look Like They’re From Another Planet

These out-of-this-world photos will make you feel like you're on another planet. Why spend years training to be an astronaut when you explore strange …

Mars

The Pentagon & Climate Change: How Deniers Put National Security at Risk

Naval station Norfolk is the headquarters of the U.S. Navy’s Atlantic fleet, an awesome collection of military power that is in a terrible way the …

23 Household Items That Can Double As (Effective) Camping Gear

Spend money on the big ticket camping items that ensure your comfort and safety. Don't spend money on all the little stuff that can often be better …

The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Ukulele

The little instrument has gone from being an exotic new trend to the embodiment of kitsch since it arrived on Hawaii 125 years ago, but is currently enjoying a revival.<p>With its chunk-a-chunk sound, whispery nylon strings, and diminutive body, the ukulele is having a moment. Or maybe even a decade. …

Guitar

New Theory Suggests That We Live In The Past Of A Parallel Universe

Whether through Newton's gravitation, Maxwell's electrodynamics, Einstein's special and general relativity or quantum mechanics, all the equations that best describe our universe work perfectly if time flows forward or backward.<p>Of course the world we experience is entirely different. The universe …

Dark Matter

19 Thrilling Trails Guaranteed to Make Your Heart Race

These 19 hikes will raise your heart rate, take you to perilous heights, or bring you to awe-inspiring destinations.

The Scrubba Is Your Portable, Hand-Operated Washing Machine

If you’re out and about, whether you’re camping, biking, hiking, or just live in a tiny apartment or a dorm room and want to save on money, getting …

These are the African writers you should be reading right now

<b>(CNN) —</b> Take a moment and think of an African author. Have you got the name in mind? Keep it there for a minute.<p>In years gone by, chances are cultural icons like Nigerian literary giant Chinua Achebe or South African Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer might have popped straight into your head.<p>But …

Five social media tools to market your book

<b>To kick-start December’s Social Media month, we asked author and social media trainer Jon Reed to give us his top five social media tools, and give</b> …

10 All-American Summer Road Trips

Drive, We Said<p>There's nothing more American than hitting the open road with the windows down, the music up, and a cooler full of beer in the backseat (you know, for later). Sure, the game has changed a little—smartphones have all but rendered guidebooks and crumpled maps obsolete—but one essential …

Dorothy Parker Reads “Inscription for the Ceiling of a Bedroom” in a Rare 1926 Recording

Celebrated writer, humorist, poet, dramatist, and literary critic <b>Dorothy Parker</b> (August 22, 1893–June 7, 1967) was in many ways the sad clown of literature — she survived an unhappy childhood, three troubled marriages (two of them to the same person, who eventually committed suicide by drug …

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Bionic spinach, invisible barcodes and nanotube computers

This month's nanotechnology roundup includes artificially enhanced plants, a way to tag valuable oils, and transistors made from nanotubes<p>Sunlight provides us with an endless source of energy and there is little doubt future societies will need to rely, at least in part, on artificial solar power. …

Vertical farming explained: how cities could be food producers of the future

Populations are growing and cities are booming – but could we soon see skyscrapers turned into centres for crop production? From Chicago warehouses to the south pole growth chamber in Antarctica, the concept of growing food indoors is catching on. Plant scientist Dr Erik Murchie, from the …

World's Tallest Vertical Garden Is Growing In Sri Lanka

The high-rise apartment building is a fusion between a skyscraper and a forest.<p>Sri Lanka will literally have roses in the air next year, as architecture firm Milroy Perera and Maga Engineering are collaborating to build a 46-floor, high-rise building that will be outfitted with the world's tallest …

Pope Francis: The Times They Are A-Changin’

Nearly every Wednesday in Rome, the faithful and the curious gather in St. Peter’s Square for a general audience with the pope. Since the election of …

How Honey Bees Point Their Way To Food

With help from light that humans can't see<p>Honey bees can give each other directions using polarized light as a landmark to find potential food. Light becomes polarized as it reaches us through the atmosphere, but the polarization is typically not seen by the naked human eye. In a new study from the …

Honey Bees

Coffee vs. Beer: Which Drink Makes You More Creative?

<i>Mikael Cho is the co-founder of ooomf, a network that connects short-term software projects with handpicked developers and designers. Mikael writes about psychology, startups, and product marketing over on the ooomf blog.</i><p>I didn’t know what I was going to write about today.<p>When this happens, …

MPs to urge more public control over privatisation of public services

A cross-party group of MPs is backing a campaign to give people more control over the privatisation of public services.<p>The group will launch a private member's bill on Wednesday that would make public ownership the default option, give people a say over whether services are privatised and ensure …

Water cannon set to be deployed across Britain amid fears of more riots

Senior officers say likelihood of future protests against the Government mean they could need permission to deploy water cannon in mainland Britain for the first time<p>Concerns about future violent protests over the Government’s austerity measures have prompted chief constables to ask Theresa May, …

Creative Industries worth £8million an hour to UK economy

• Growth of almost 10% in 2012, outperforming all other sectors of UK industry<br>• Accounted for 1.68 million jobs in 2012, 5.6 per cent of UK jobs<p>Official …

UK Economy

2015 general election: it's the economy, stupid! (Well, maybe not …)

To those who believe that modern electoral politics can be summed up in one catchphrase – James Carville's famous 1992 advice to Bill Clinton that "It's the economy, stupid" – the message from this week's Guardian/ICM poll appears stark.<p>The latest monthly survey of British public opinion shows …

Climate change could put $6 trillion in fossil fuel reserves at risk

The International Energy Agency last year warned that if humanity is to have any hope of avoiding catastrophic climate change, a third of the world’s fossil fuel reserves must be put off limits until 2050. That prompted HSBC Global Research to estimate that some oil giants could lose up to half …

Fossil Fuels

3 Ideas To Save The Seafood Industry Of The Future

The result has been that, over the past few years, a growing group of companies and activists have actually banded together to change the way the …

Aquaculture

Jet in 'near miss' with UFO

An airline pilot reports a close encounter with a UFO near Heathrow Airport which has baffled the aviation authorities<p>It was certainly a close encounter, but with precisely what remains a mystery.<p>An airline pilot has reported a near miss in which a “rugby ball”-shaped UFO passed within a few feet …

Why we need a Green 2014

The way we currently consume energy is destroying our planet for future generations – our energy policy needs urgent reform. Democratic rights are …

Environment: News & features

Investment in green energy key to reducing our consumption and bills

WE'RE all going to have to get used to high prices unless we use more green energy and reduce our consumption.<p>While Ireland has made enormous strides …