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Studies Prove that Desk Plants Can Improve Worker Concentration and Productivity

It’s well known that having plants in a room can make it more highly oxygenated and more pleasant to work in. But research teams from Norway and …

Why the 9-to-5 Day Is So Tough on Creative Workers

"Knowledge workers" tend to be more unfocused in both the early morning and mid-afternoon. Why force them to work when they're least productive?<p>Today, workers are putting in increasingly more hours—so much so that the 40-hour week has become a relic of the past. But pushing employees to clock up …

A Plan to Create Just Two Time Zones in the Continental United States

Daylight Saving Time is a reminder that losing another hour of evening light isn't just annoying—it's an economically harmful policy with minimal energy savings.<p>Updated: Nov. 5, 2017<p>Editor’s Note: This article was first published on Nov. 1, 2013. The original headline was, “Daylight Saving Time Is …

What BP owes America

The BP oil spill civil trial in U.S. district court in New Orleans is an important moment for the future of the Gulf Coast, the efficacy of U.S. environmental protections and the accountability of corporations under the rule of law.<p>Let’s remember what’s at issue here. This was by far the largest …

Renzo Piano's Dragonfly-Inspired Turbine Can Harvest Energy from the Slowest Winds

As we shift away from fossil fuels, many utilities have focused on building the biggest and most powerful wind turbines possible to meet growing …

Renewable Energy

Electric Car Of Tomorrow Has Energy Storage In Panels

Volvo seems to want to be on the cutting edge of electric vehicle research, despite the fact it doesn’t have that much in the way of actual green car …

The Electricity-Free Laundry Pod Washer Cuts Down on Water, Time and Energy

Doing laundry can be aggravating enough without having to worry about quarters, hauling heavy loads, and wasting energy. <b>The Laundry Pod</b> from …

Laundry

Is Grand Junction Really a Model for the Future of Health Care?

When Pres­id­ent Obama was mak­ing his pitch for health care re­form in 2009, he flew to Grand Junc­tion, Colo., to praise the loc­al med­ic­al …

Health Care

Horizons: The planes that can pick up trains

Students have come up with a radical idea for cutting journey times in 2050 – aircraft that collect and drop-off passengers in moving pod-like carriages.<p>Our transport system, whichever way you look at it, is broken. Sure, most of us eventually get to where we need to go, but congestion and …

San Francisco

Artificial leaf hopes to power the world

The tiny piece of technology that has enormous potential – converting sunlight into storable energy.<p>Imagine if you could draw energy from almost unlimited sources found in nature – water and light. That’s one possibility if Harvard professor Daniel Nocera’s idea for a device that can harness and …

Clean Energy

Our first line of defence against violent solar storms

Meet the people who are the first to know if a violent solar storm will hit our planet, and discover why we may only have 12 hours to do anything about it.<p>The Earth is under constant threat of attack. I know this because I am watching events unfold on screens in the darkened operations room of our …

Apollo Missions

Research links children's psychological problems to prolonged screen time

Study by Public Health England backs concerns raised by doctors that lack of exercise leads to unhealthy lifestyles<p>Spending too much time in front of television, DVDs and computer games is taking its toll on children's physical and mental health, according to a government-commissioned report …

Pilot Plant That Converts Carbon Dioxide into Bricks is a World First

<i>Image via Shutterstock</i><p>A new pilot plant recently launched in Australia aims to combat global warming by converting carbon dioxide into bricks. The …

Carbon Dioxide

Right Brain, Left Brain? Scientists Debunk Popular Theory

Maybe you're "right-brained": creative, artistic, an open-minded thinker who perceives things in subjective terms. Or perhaps you're more of a "left-brained" person, where you're analytical, good at tasks that require attention to detail, and more logically minded.<p>It turns out, though, that this …

Why Millennials Are Ditching Cars And Redefining Ownership

<i>Part of a series of stories produced in collaboration with</i><i>Youth Radio</i><i>on the changing car culture in America.</i><p>You might think there's one place in America you absolutely need a car: Los Angeles. You'd be wrong.<p>"I have been in L.A. without a car for two years now," says Alyssa Rosenthal, a makeup …

Architecture Student Retrofits School Bus into Sleek Mobile Home for the Ultimate Road Trip

For his final project, architecture student Hank Butitta fulfilled the wanderlust fantasies of millions of Americans by converting an old school bus …

Obama Called the Woman Who Prevented a School Shooting

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>President Obama called Antoinette Tuff on Thursday to thank her for preventing a massacre at a …

Wild at heart: best animal adventures

Set your pulse racing with the wildest animal adventures around the world. This article is adapted from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Adventures.</i><p>Get close to giant pandas near Xi'an, China<p>Pandas by Chi King. CC BY 2.0.<p>These black-and-white beauties are battling extinction but you can help them out – …

How to Make Perfect Coffee

The science of what makes coffee great<p><i>Coffee has become recognized as a human necessity. It is no longer a luxury or an indulgence; it is a corollary of human energy and human efficiency.</i><p><i>-</i> William H. Ukers, <i>All About Coffee</i> (1922)<p>It was November 23, 2010. We were in Surf City, North Carolina, …