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The world's weirdest skyscrapers – in pictures

From the Elephant Building to the ‘Death Star’, architects and developers are going to ever stranger lengths in their efforts to stand out from the crowd. Where will this ridiculousness end?


The Flood Of Syrian Refugees Puts ISIS On The Defensive

As more Syrian refugees board rickety boats on the Turkish coast, the Islamic State is cranking up its propaganda campaign.<p>The refugee crisis is also becoming a crisis for ISIS, as Syrians reject the group's claim that the so-called caliphate offers a safe haven, and the refugees instead opt for …

North Africa

The Space Plane NASA Wanted to Use to Build Solar Power Plants in Orbit

1970s space dreaming at its finest: The massive Star-Raker space plane would take carry solar power satellites into orbit.<p>At the height of the oil crisis in the 1970s, the US government considered building a network of 60 orbiting solar power stations that would beam energy down to Earth. Each …

The 25 cities with the most economic power on earth

CityLab and the the Martin Prosperity Institute have teamed up to compile a ranking of the 25 most economically powerful cities in the world today.<p>They've based it on four major factors: Overall economic clout, equity and quality of life, financial power and global competitiveness. Their estimates …


‘The Wave’ Review: Puts Hollywood Disaster Movies to Shame | TIFF 2015

Hollywood churns out one disaster movie after the next and while many are entertaining enough, few prove to be more than quick thrills and box office …

Film Industry

These 4 Major Cities Are Using Sweet New Technology To Become Smarter And Greener

We’re living during a migratory moment in human history. More and more people are leaving the suburbs and rural communities to make cities their home. The estimated rise in the number of city dwellers is sizeable: Sixty-six percent of the world’s population is expected to live in urban environments …

Transforming the Most Violent City in the World

Some see urban areas with exploding populations as escalating battlegrounds of income inequality; others envision them as engines for economic growth. Which will it be? At Habitat for Humanity, we believe the future holds great potential, and we are advocating for policies that will make life more …

SpaceX releases first interior photos of its astronaut-carrying spacecraft

SpaceX's new Crew Dragon capsule may be reserved for astronauts traveling to and from the International Space Station — but now you can take a virtual tour of the vehicle's insides. The company just released interior photos of the spacecraft, as well as a video showing closeups of its control …

Space Exploration

The 8 friendliest cities in the world

We found out which U.S. cities greet visitors with open arms; now read on for which international cities offer warm welcome.

European Travel

The Migrant Crisis, By The Numbers

The migrant crisis in Europe and the Middle East lurches from one drama to the next by the day. First it's a rickety boat floundering in the Mediterranean. Next it's a new surge of migrants landing on European shores. Suddenly it's thousands of refugees stranded in an unwelcoming Hungary.<p>The …

Gulf States


Twitter's 140-character limit may be killing its expansion internationally

Its co-founder, Jack Dorsey once explained that "the particular constrain of 140 characters was kind of borrowed."<p>Basic phones allowed 160 characters for their "short message service" (SMS), "so we took 20 characters for the user name and left 140 for the content. That's where it's all came …

Ludwig Wittgenstein

The dangers of eco-gentrification: what's the best way to make a city greener? | Cities | The Guardian

When construction on New York City’s famous High Line began in 2006, the project to turn a remnant of the industrial age into a post-industrial garden and tourist attraction appeared innovative, but potentially very risky.<p>In fact, having finally opened in 2009, the High Line is now suffering from …

Tahrir Square

Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejects calls to admit Syrian refugees

Israeli leader warns against "terror and infiltrators" in response to opposition calls for Jewish state to intervene in Europe's worst refugee crisis since Second World War<p>Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected calls by opposition MPs for Israel to accept refugees fleeing Syria's civil war, saying it …

Hitler's secret Nazi war machines of World War II

In the 2015 fall issue of Weapons of WWII magazine, author KM Lee detailed some of Hitler's advanced weaponry.<p>Here's a look at are some of the secret, lethal weapons the Nazis created during World War II:


4K is boring and other musings on the failures of innovation

The cardinal rule of technology is simple: It must never, ever, under any circumstances, be boring. The engine that motivates consumers to spend hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on a device that's not essential to furthering our lives is all down to the excitement it gives us. That's why IFA …

David Pogue