J. Thomas Rowe

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This Bricklaying Robot Can Build A House In Two Days

Replacing ancient human art with mechanical precision<p>An engineer in Perth wants to mechanize one of humanity’s oldest jobs. His robot is named “Hadrian,” after the Roman Emperor who built a wall in Northern Britain, and it can lay 1,000 bricks an hour. With a building plan programmed in, it …

Top Muslim cleric Ahmed al-Tayeb urges education reform to counter extremism

The head of Al-Azhar tells counter-terrorism forum in Mecca that there is a link between extremism and bad interpretations of the Koran<p>The head of Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam’s most prestigious seat of learning, has called for education reform in Muslim countries in an effort to contain the spread of …

NASA's Pluto-Bound Spacecraft Has Awakened

Launched in 2006, New Horizons will awaken this weekend and approach Pluto in the spring and summer of 2015.<p><b>Update, January 29:</b> The countdown to New Horizon's approach is officially on, with the craft already taking pictures for its closest approach in July. There's a counter on NASA's page if you …

John Steinbeck's 1966 Plea To Create A NASA For The Oceans

In the September 1966 issue of Popular Science, author John Steinbeck made the case for giving deep-sea exploration the same attention as the space race.<p><i>Three years before the first humans landed on the moon, Nobel-prize winning author John Steinbeck published a passionate plea in</i> Popular Science</i> …

A Time of Gifts

• <b>Author:</b> Patrick Leigh Fermor & Jan Morris<p>At the age of eighteen, Patrick Leigh Fermor set off from the heart of London on an epic journey—to walk to Constantinople. <i>A Time of Gifts</i> is the rich account of his adventures as far as Hungary, after which <i>Between the Woods and the Water</i> continues the story …

Syrian Christian towns emptied by sectarian violence

Towns and villages in Syria that have been home to Christians for hundreds of years are being steadily emptied by sectarian violence and targeted kidnappings.<p>Tens of thousands Syriac Christians – members of the oldest Christian community in the world – have fled their ancestral provinces of Deir …

Your Italy Photos

This Is What It Would Look Like If You Dropped Manhattan Into the Grand Canyon

Prismatic Layers of Air in Tuscany

Though not much is known about photographer Adnan Bubalo, his stunning nature and landscape photos speak for themselves. His most captivating works feature the hills of Tuscany in central Italy. With its spectacular rolling hills and surrounding scenery, Tuscany is one of Italy's top vacation …

On Getting Drunk in Antarctica

When you spend nine months isolated in nonstop, freezing darkness, you run out of the good beer fast.<p>There comes a point every summer where the hot weather starts to feel less like an opportunity for outdoor fun and more like a full-body rash that won't go away. New Yorkers are flocking to an ice …