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Fixing wealth inequality: future generations will think us mad, and they will be right

We will rue the day we did not use this period of ultra-low interest rates to invest in infrastructure and put our people to work<p>If there is one global political and economic lesson to be drawn from the Brexit experience and the rise of Sanders and Trump let it be this; we ignore the distributional …

Tesla's plan for world domination, and more in the week that was

Tesla is known for producing some of the world's best electric cars, but founder Elon Musk has even bigger plans for the company: world domination. Musk's new masterplan will grow the company to produce trucks and buses while using battery technology and solar infrastructure to transition the world …

Cancer sufferer riddled with 26 tumours is 'effectively cured' by radical new treatment

A cancer sufferer who was on the brink of death and riddled with 26 tumours has been “effectively cured” by radical therapy which triggers the body to heal itself.<p>The extraordinary case emerged as trials revealed a host of "unprecedented" advances using immunotherapy treatments at the world’s …

Cancer

5 Simple Steps to Triple the Value of Your Tax Refund

According to the IRS, the average refund taxpayers received during the 2016 filing season was $2,732. That's a substantial chunk of change, but what if I told you that you could take that money and potentially <i>triple</i> its value for you by the end of this year?<p>Indeed, you can turn that average refund …

Retirement

The village that feeds itself | Global Ideas | DW | 07.06.2016

A new kind of sustainable village in the Netherlands will generate not just its own energy but all the food its inhabitants need as well. …

In India, Religion Meets Feminism

Bhopal’s old town is a maze of narrow streets, where crooked houses jostle for space alongside pastel-colored mosques. Pedestrians flatten themselves …

There's a Buzzy New Cancer Treatment That's Showing Promising Results

Could this finally lead to a cure?<p>The immune system is your body's very own superhero: It hunts down infections and other illnesses that show up uninvited and attacks them like a boss. But every great superhero has an arch nemesis—and for your immune system, that villain is cancer. That’s because …

This Researcher Says Diabetes Is Not Always Chronic. Here’s How to Cure It

Nearly half of the people in a new clinical trial reversed the condition with this method<p>If you Google type 2 diabetes, reliable sources—like the National Institutes of Health website—will tell you that it’s a chronic condition.<p>But Newcastle University researcher Roy Taylor, M.D., begs to …

China will announce a drastic environmental plan that some US lawmakers have been trying to pass for years

The plan — which is meant to encourage the use of clean energy sources by putting annual limits on the amount of carbon pollution that can be emitted — represents a significant step for the world's second-largest economy.<p>The agreement, expected to begin in 2017, could help set the tone for global …

Cap and Trade

Here’s the best way to guess correctly on a multiple choice test

Often, you’ll hear people say that you should “trust your instincts” when making decisions. But are first instincts always the best?<p>Psychological research has shown many times that no, they are often no better—and in many cases worse—than a revision or change. Despite enormous popular belief that …

Psychology

Superbrain Yoga: 3 Minutes That Maximize Brain Power

I'm in!<p>A baby is born into the world with around 100 billion brain cells (neurons), give or take a few million. The brain is so important to the …

Wasp study finds sting in the tail for cancer cells

Research has found a Brazilian wasp’s venom could destroy tumours of leukaemia, prostate and bladder cancer without harming healthy tissue<p>The venom of the Brazilian wasp <i>Polybia paulista</i> contains a powerful “smart” drug that selectively targets and destroys tumour cells without harming normal cells, …

Obama calls out fossil fuel interests for fighting solar

LAS VEGAS (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday accused fossil fuel interests and other critics of his energy policies of trying to restrict consumers from accessing solar, wind and other renewable sources in order to protect the status quo.<p>"That's not the American way," Obama said in a speech at …

Clean Technology

How soy beans, coconuts are being used to make car parts

Coconuts in cargo mats? Storage bins made of wheat? Car seats cushioned with soy beans? Tires made of desert shrubs? It's no joke. It's reality.<p>Many auto manufacturers are driving a drastic shift toward agri-environmental design. Plant-based materials are being used in vehicles, on everything from …

Agriculture

Black Solar Cells Reach Incredible New Efficiency Record

The bright world of photovoltaics<p>Renewable energy is the future. All over the world cities and countries are vowing to go quit fossil fuels and commit to getting their energy fix from 100 percent renewable sources.<p>One of the most popular renewable options is solar—especially in areas that are, …

17 interview questions that are designed to trick you

One way they do this is by asking seemingly simple questions that get you to reveal information you may have been trying to conceal — queries that break through the traditional interview noise and clutter and get to the raw you.<p>In other words: questions designed to trick you.

Employment

The 9 Foods Most Likely to Make You Sick

Follow these kitchen tips to beat off nasty bacteria and keep making the meals you love

Military-funded robots can learn by watching YouTube

Those fearing the rise of an all-powerful artificial intelligence like Skynet, take note: Robots are now learning by watching YouTube.<p>Depending on …

Orion Nebula is a place where new stars are being born

Everything you need to know about the Orion Nebula. How to find it in your sky tonight. Plus … the science of this star factory in space.<p>Many people …

Astronomy

UK urged to permit IVF procedure to prevent fatal genetic diseases

Top world scientists call on government to approve law allowing ‘three-person embryos’ which would remove faulty mitochondrial DNA<p>Families at risk of passing on devastating genetic diseases to their children should be allowed to have a ground-breaking but controversial IVF procedure involving …

Islamic State: Yazidi girls kill themselves to escape rape

Women and girls from Iraq's Yazidi minority captured by Islamic State militants have been trafficked as sex slaves, forced into marriage and imprisoned<p>Women and girls from Iraq's Yazidi minority endured horrors at the hands of <b>Islamic State</b> group extremists after they were taken as slaves last …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Inside Beijing's airpocalypse – a city made 'almost uninhabitable' by pollution

The 21 million inhabitants of China’s capital appear to be engaged in a city-wide rehearsal for life on an inhospitable planet. Only it’s not a rehearsal: the poisonous atmosphere is already here<p>The scene could be straight from a science-fiction film: a vision of everyday life, but with one jarring …

With batteries included, brain stimulation devices prepare to go mainstream : The Pulse : WHYY

The next wave in wearable technology will attempt to open the mind.<p>The founders of Halo Neuroscience don’t have a tidy elevator pitch for investors. …

Cicret Bracelet Turns Your Arm into a Touchscreen Device

A Paris-based design company is taking wearable tech one step further with the <i>Cicret Bracelet</i>, a concept for a wristband that projects the screen of a smartphone directly onto the user's arm. Marketed as “Like a tablet…but on your skin,” the bracelet emits the interface of a remotely connected …

Wearable Tech

The gene of genetically modified foods can be transferred into human blood/DNA researchers say

In a recent study published by Public Library of Science (PLOS), researchers have discovered compelling evidence that the DNA of genetically modified …

Electrical brain stimulation beats caffeine – and the effect lasts longer

Half an hour of brain stimulation on sleep-deprived military staff improved their performance twice as much as caffeine<p>Researchers in the US have used electrical brain stimulation to boost the vigilance of sleep-deprived military personnel working on an airforce base.<p>Experiments on 18- to 42-year …

New Windowless Planes Set to Fly Within a Decade

Over 832 thousand litres of fuel are used and 700 million tonnes of carbon dioxide is released into the environment each year as a result of air …

Self-driving cars will be safer than us. How long until human drivers are banned?

My prediction is that in fewer than 15 years, we will be debating whether human beings should be allowed to drive on highways.<p>After all, we are prone to road rage; rush headlong into traffic jams; break rules; get distracted; and crash into each other. That is why our automobiles need tank-like …