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The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains

<i>A good story can make or break a presentation, article, or conversation. But why is that? When Buffer co-founder Leo Widrich started to market his</i> …

Storytelling

The Book of Barely Imagined Beings

The Blog of Barely Imagined Beings<p>Welcome to the blog of <i>The Book of Barely Imagined Beings</i>. I posted more than a thousand entries between February …

Whales

Environment: News & features

Environment

Evolution machine: Genetic engineering on fast forward

<i>Automated genetic tinkering is just the start – this machine could be used to rewrite the language of life and create new species of humans</i><p>IT IS a …

Scientists implant false memories in mouse’s brain

The research may help reveal why humans are prone to concocting memories of experiences that never happened<p>Fans of the blockbuster film “Inception” will recall corporate conman Leo DiCaprio’s dream-bending antics where he infiltrated the subconscious of his targets with implanted memories.<p>Mind …

The Brain

Human, animal DNA mixing needs oversight

The fast-moving field of mixing animal and human DNA may need new ethical or regulatory boundaries for some experiments, a British panel …

Genetics

How To Make A DIY Anti-Surveillance Spray

It's illegal, but that's kind of the point.<p>Incendiary Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, known for his highly political art, isn't exactly a fan of surveillance cameras. When Swiss art curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist asked Ai to contribute to a Do-It-Yourself compendium full of projects from artists, Ai designed …

George Orwell

What If We Could Fertilize Crops With Air Instead Of Chemicals?

What do plants need to grow? Soil, water, sunlight. But there’s something else that’s just as important: nitrogen. Most plants are only able to …

Agriculture

From Rooftops And Abandoned Lots, An Urban Harvest

From rooftop apiaries in Paris to a vegetable-and-chicken farm in Philadelphia, agriculture has come to the city. Urban farmer Mary Seton Corboy and food writer Jennifer Cockrall-King talk about the future of food in the city. Plus, Tama Matsuoka Wong gives tasty tips for eating garden …

Farming

Solar-Powered, Spinach-Growing Mars Greenhouse Wins NASA's International Space Apps Challenge

With the landing of the Mars Rover, many feel we’re closer than ever to establishing the first Mars colony – but there’s still the question of how to …

Exploration

Can suits that simulate cat purring keep astronauts healthy?

Is a little-known property of cat purrs the key to keeping astronauts healthy during long trips in space? Judge for yourself!<p>Purring is one of the …

Cats

Hugh Jackman explains how coffee and a technology that burns manure can help change the world

Most PandoDaily readers, I assume, accept the idea that technology can make our lives better. We lionize companies like Google, Twitter, Intel, …

Hugh Jackman

Bigger profits when coffee growers make room for birds - Futurity

Coffee growers in Costa Rica bolster bird biodiversity by leaving patches of their plantations as …

Coffee

Harvesting fog to provide drinking water to world's driest regions

A fog-harvesting system that is up to five times more efficient than previous systems at turning airborne water into drinking water has been …

Water

Start an Organic Garden Anywhere Using Fizzy Farms Compact Hydroponic Grower

Do you want a healthy organic garden, but find yourself without the space, skill or time to successfully plant one? The Fizzy Farm helps makes …

Memory Suitcases, Paintings on Old Luggage

by E.D.W. Lynch at on<p>In the nostalgic photo series “Memory Suitcases,” Israeli artist Yuval Yairi painted faraway destinations on to old suitcases …

Web Hosting

World's Tallest Treehouse Built From Reclaimed Wood

When God told Horace Burgess to build a treehouse, he promised that Burgess would never run out of materials. So far he hasn’t. Using tons of …

Architecture

Setting Sail: A Giant Orb Made Of NYC’s Snapped Umbrellas

Assembled from discarded umbrellas and plastic bottles, the Harvest Dome 2.0 is a dramatic work of “performance architecture.”<p>This week, SLO Architecture celebrated the crash-free launch of Harvest Dome 2.0, a 24-by-18 foot floating sphere made of umbrella skeletons and plastic bottles. It smoothly …

Rikers Island

Furniture & Accessories from Salvaged Fire Hoses

Something most of us probably don’t think about is where old fire hoses go when they’ve been decommissioned. The answer is: landfills all across …

Furniture

The northern Hawk Owl is an explosive killer, and extremely hard to capture shot 1/2000 of a second shutter speed and 5 hours in -22 Celsius.

Nature finds a way. :)

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How human language could have evolved from birdsong

“The sounds uttered by birds offer in several respects the nearest analogy to language,” Charles Darwin wrote in “The Descent of Man” (1871), while …

Evolution