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Austria's Beautiful Mountainside Thermal Retreat

Located in Oberlngenfeld, Austria, the <i>Aqua Dome</i> is an impressive contemporary spa and retreat found at the foothills of the area's scenic mountains. Using the rocky backdrop for inspiration, many of the structures featured at the lodge reflect the shapes and forms found within the surrounding …

Austria

Samsung foldable AMOLED display secretly show-off at CES

There was plenty on show at this year’s CES, but it seems that Samsung was also sneaking around the event with some new secret technology. Samsung was reported showing off a prototype foldable AMOLED display to selected guest behind closed doors.<p>Samsung Display showcased a 5.68 inch high resolution …

Phones

FAA names 6 sites for testing drones

Congress envisions unmanned aircraft sharing the skies with passenger planes by the end of 2015.<p>The Federal Aviation Administration named six teams across the nation that will host the development and testing of drones to fly safely in the same skies as commercial airliners.<p>The announcement …

Portraits Made Electric by Luminescent Neon Paint

Flecks of vivid neon paint glow brilliantly off faces and shoulders in this series of portraits by Portuguese photographer Hid Saib. At times, the glowing paint seems like the scattered embers of a fire or an explosive shower of sparks racing across the cheeks of the model. In other instances, the …

Photography

Ex-Disney Star Renounced Christianity and Became a Pagan – But That’s Not the End of the Story

Disney’s “The All New Mickey Mouse Club” churned out an array of cast members in the 1990s who went on to become highly successful teen — and adult — stars. Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling are just a few of the names from the TV show’s talented roster.<p>Teo …

U.S. Charity Buys Sacred Native American Masks For $530,000 To Return To Tribe

A French auction house ignored both a tribe's request and the U.S. Embassy's plea to delay an auction of sacred Native American masks and sold them Monday for $1.6 million.<p>The Los Angeles-based Annenberg Foundation announced Wednesday it bought 24 of the Native American objects sold at the auction …

Native Americans

Pope Francis, The Choice

Once there was a boy so meek and modest, he was awarded a Most Humble badge. The next day, it was taken away because he wore it. Here endeth the …

FDA to limit antibiotics in meat

The Food and Drug Administration issued two major proposals Wednesday morning in an effort to cut back on antibiotics used on farms that can spur drug-resistant superbugs, making a final push to limit drugs fed to animals before they’re turned into steaks and pork chops.<p>The move — just the latest …

Colors of the Night

How 13 people can produce enough cotton for 9.4 million T-shirts

NPR’s Planet Money has delivered a remarkable look at the work that goes into making a typical T-shirt. The project includes a Mississippi cotton farmer who uses 13 people and 26 machines to produce 13,000 bales of cotton a year, which can be turned into 9.4 million T-shirts.<p>The numbers are …

US Rappers Use North Korea for a Video Shoot

A pair of U.S. rappers say they have filmed a music video while on a trip to North Korea.<p>Dontray Ennis and Anthony Bobb, known as Peso and Pacman, …

North Korea

Men Dancing in Drag Angers Some Thanksgiving Day Parade Watchers

The cast of the hit Broadway musical "Kinky Boots" performed two songs during Thursday's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, provoking strong reactions …

Boots

How to write a personal statement for physics

Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not, say admissions tutors. You’ll soon be found out<p>"Physics is a really cool subject because you can learn how to blow cars up." Not the most impressive opening to a personal statement Gary Barker of the University of Warwick has ever come across. More James May …

A Conservative Millionaire's Quest to Raise California's Minimum Wage to $12 an Hour

This holiday season, a lot of attention has shifted to low-wage workers who are still struggling to make ends meet despite having paying jobs.<p>And in …

Middle-class

The War on Thanksgiving: Pilgrim's Regress?

NEW YORK (MainStreet) This Thanksgiving, as with every year since 1970, Native Americans and supporters of indigenous peoples throughout Canada, …

Investing

Why are writers being curbed by NSA surveillance?

PEN American Center's report "Chilling Effects," officially released Tuesday morning, offers some disturbing data about the effect of government surveillance on free expression and self-censorship in the literary world. Of more than 520 American writers surveyed, 16% have avoided writing or …

Blackwater Founder Erik Prince: War on Terror Has Become Too Big

When the war on terror has lost the founder of Blackwater, counterterrorism efforts could be in real trouble. Why Erik Prince thinks the national …

PM’S SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME FOR DEPENDENT WARDS / WIDOWS OF EX-SERVICEMEN AND EX INDIAN COAST GUARD PERSONNEL

Liz Trapp, MFA Candidate, 2014. Work selected for <i>New American Paintings: MFA Annual, No. 105</i>. Photo by Jason Schwab.<p>Columbus College of Art & …

White House considers appointing civilian NSA chief amid calls for reform

Administration also pondering plan to disaggregate embattled agency from new military command created around it<p>In the first likely structural reform of the National Security Agency since the Guardian began publishing Edward Snowden’s revelations, the Obama administration is giving strong …

Portland's Pot Vote Could Make It A Gateway City For Maine

It's been a big year in the marijuana legalization movement. Not only did Colorado and Washington voters make marijuana legal last November, but this week Coloradans approved a ballot measure to tax marijuana sales.<p>Also this week, Michigan voters in three cities removed penalties for possession. …

Synaptic Transistor Learns While It Computes

<b>Synaptic Transistor Learns While It Computes</b><p>Our brain, connected by synapses that complete myriad logic circuits, continuously adapts to stimuli by strengthening some connections while weakening others. This process (learning) enables rapid, highly efficient computational processes. Even the world's best supercomputers are incredibly inefficient, energy-intensive machines compared to this.<p>Now, by exploiting unusual properties in modern materials, SEAS (Harvard School of Engineering and Applied …

Poverty Is Stamped Into DNA in Childhood — And Stays There

Poverty, it turns out, is etched in­to our DNA.<p>“For each de­crease of one year in par­ent­al home own­er­ship, the par­ti­cipants’ odds of …

Brazil Admits It Has Spied On U.S. Diplomats

When a Brazilian newspaper published a report that the U.S. had spied on Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff, the country complained bitterly. Rouseff even postponed a state visit with President Obama.<p>On Monday, the Brazilian paper <i>Folha de S. Paulo</i> published a report that revealed a government …

The 3D Scan-to-Print Web App Turns Any Kinect into a 3D Scanner

3D printing has been a huge boon to home fabricators that want to create trinkets whenever they want. While all that plastic isn’t great for the …

USAID Offers $25 Million for Solutions to Global Food Crisis | Inc.com

A leaked United Nations report made headlines over the weekend with its prediction that climate change will drastically threaten the world's food supply over the next few decades.<p>It's a dire report, but for entrepreneurs with ideas on how to stem the looming food crisis, it's also a big opportunity.<p>…

Agriculture