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Data Viz: Who Feeds The World’s Hungry?

An interactive graphic shows that international food aid is one of America’s specialties.<p>When you live in a country like the U.S., where political leaders can’t even agree to continue feeding their own constituents, it’s easy to forget that one in eight people around the world will go to sleep …

World Food Program

Muses And More: 3 Books We Owe To Writers' Lovers

Many writers used their romantic partners as inspiration for characters and plot lines: Tolstoy's courtship of his wife, Sophia, became the model for Levin's wooing of Kitty in <i>Anna Karenina</i>, while Gustave Flaubert shamelessly infused intimate details about his mistress into the titular <i>Madame …

Galileo Matters More Than Ever on His 450th Birthday

The scientist's insights continue to enrich our world.<p>Not every astronomer can claim to have enjoyed both the attention of the Inquisition and the Indigo Girls, but then again, Galileo was no ordinary genius.<p><b>Discoverer of moons, toppler of Aristotle's physics, and celebrated loser of history's most</b> …

Week's Best Space Pictures: Mars Dunes, Saturn Storms, and Sicily Shakes

Carina's young stars kick off views of Mars, Saturn, and the skies of Chile, seen in the week's best space pictures.<p>Young stars burst from a crescent-shaped cradle in the constellation Carina, revealed in the above February 12 Your Shot image.<p>The stellar nursery called NGC3324 hangs more than 6,500 …

What the West's Ancient Droughts Say About Its Future

The American West could face centuries of parched land, as it has in the past.<p>A millennium ago—just yesterday, in geologic time—Native Americans waited all winter for rains that never came. They waited the next winter and the next. Then the marshes of their sacred San Francisco Bay turned from …

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Crazy Ants Smear Acid Over Themselves to Survive Fire Ants

<b>Among all the invasive species on Earth, fire ants are among the most formidable.</b><p><i>Solenopsis invicta,</i> the red imported fire ant, has dominated the grasslands of the southern United States since the 1930s, using its deadly venom to keep other ant and insect species at bay.<p>Recently, however, a …

Defending a Western River With Art and Collaboration

Kirk Klancke has watched over Colorado's Fraser River for decades.<p>In the small town of Fraser, Colorado, a bronze Dwight D. Eisenhower is having a good day: Fly fishing, he has just caught a trout out of the river and is skillfully depositing it into his basket. The former president is …

Laser Facility Blasts Way to Fusion First

Fusion experiment is at least ten times more powerful than previous events, study says.<p><b>Energy researchers report a tenfold increase in power from laser fusion experiments in a study released Wednesday, a step closer to someday bottling the power of the sun.</b><p>The report from the U.S. Department of …

Five Family Travel Resolutions

I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. But as winter continues its march (at least where I live in New York City), I’ve been dreaming up a few travel goals for 2014. Some are places, some are new services, all are experiences that will make this year of travel the best one yet.<p><b>Homes Away From</b> …

Drought and Flood Effects

It is a tale of too much and too little right now in the Northern Hemisphere. Communities are suffering weather-induced miseries. Crop production is way off, and the future of food production in the region is looking worse. Ecosystems are under stress and so too the animals that depend on them. …

The Mystical Riches of Luang Prabang

At 4:30 a.m., the ring of my alarm clock stirred me awake. Though I had spent the previous night indulging in Laotian specialties like <i>larb gai</i> (spicy chopped chicken), I rose effortlessly, eager to participate in a time-honored tradition: the local Buddhist monks’ daily collection of food for the …

How and Why Our Clothing Choices Matter

<i>In a place where population growth is moving incredibly fast, added pressure on farmers in India in the wake of crushing debt and failed crops calls for a new agricultural approach. Genetic modification and organic farming present promising solutions. Young Explorer Andrew Flachs will investigate</i> …

Where Global Warming Went: Into the Pacific

Stronger trade winds bury "missing" heat under the surface, study says.<p>A lot of the energy from global warming has been hiding lately under the surface of the Pacific Ocean—and in the future it will come back out in a burst of heat, a new study concludes.<p>The study published in <i>Nature Climate Change</i> …

Bill Nye and Ken Ham Debated Creationism—But Did They Change Anyone's Mind?

Creation Museum debate says more about politics than science―just like always.<p>There is nothing new under the sun, the Bible tells us. And we all know that there's no business like show business.<p><b>The Bible and showbiz came together Tuesday night in Kentucky, where the Creation Museum played host to a</b> …

Fracking in Water-Stressed Zones Increases Risks to Communities – and Energy Producers

Changing Planet<p>Nearly half of the wells hydraulically fractured (indicated by black dots) in the United States are located in areas of high or extremely high water stress (shown in red and dark red). Graphic courtesy of Ceres<p>Even as concerns arise about the threats hydraulic fracturing poses to …

Photographer: Central African Republic "Falling Apart" in "Horrific Violence"

Marcus Bleasdale reports from the front lines of chaos.<p>Widespread violence has erupted again in the Central African Republic, where thousands of people have been killed and nearly a million—20 percent of the population—have been displaced over the past few months.<p>The conflict began in December 2012 …

Why Syria's Future Could Hinge on Homs Ceasefire

Homs has been at the heart of Syria’s revolution and its civil war for three years.<p>It’s not where fighting began but anything that happens in Homs carries enormous weight, which is one reason why a three-day ceasefire there to allow civilians out and food in is so important.<p>For all sides in this …

Middle East

Timeline of the far future

What do we expect will happen in one thousand years time? Or one million years? Or even one billion? As our amazing timeline shows, there may be trouble ahead.<p>As the beginning of the year is upon us we at BBC Future think it’s the perfect time to look ahead.<p>First, we brought you a prediction of the …

Infographics

Video games change the way you dream

Those hours in an alternate reality are messing with our minds<p>Maybe you're meandering, alone and lost, through an abandoned castle surrounded by a crocodile-filled moat. Suddenly, a flame-breathing dragon hurls towards you, snarling and gnashing its teeth, coming in for the kill. Do you wake up …

Bill Gates predicts there will be almost no poor countries by 2035

In their foundation’s just-released annual letter, Bill and Melinda Gates attempt to debunk three pervasive myths in development economics:<p>“Poor countries are doomed to stay poor.”<br>• “Foreign aid is a big waste.”<br>• “Saving lives leads to overpopulation.”<p>From the letter’s introduction:<p>We hear these myths …

Bill Gates

This App Can Make Anyone A Video Game Designer

Draw the design for a level on graph paper, and Pixel Press can translate it into a real, playable game<p>Who hasn't sat on the couch at the end of a marathon gaming session and wondered what it would be like to make a game rather than just play one? With Pixel Press, anyone can do both—no coding …

An Intriguingly Detailed Animation of How People Move Around a City

Remembrance Day: The 10 greatest paintings of war

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10 of the most Jaw-Dropping Hotel Photos EVER

By Kristen McKenzie, HotelsCombined.com<p>Here at the HotelsCombined office, we've all gotten pretty used to staring at stunning hotel images -- with over 400,000 hotels in our database, sorting through scenic pics of luxury villas and infinity-edge pools has become standard daily fare.<p>However, there …

The 10 Greatest Books Ever, According to 125 Top Authors (Download Them for Free)

Earlier this month, we highlighted The 10 Greatest Films of All Time According to 846 Film Critics. Featuring films by Hitchcock, Kubrick, Welles and …

Animated history of the English language

If you've got 10 minutes, you can learn the history of English — including some interesting background on where specific words and phrases came from. …