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A Report Card for Humanity: 1900-2050

21 economists crunch the numbers on 10 of the world's most bedeviling problems.<p>Will we be living better in 2050 than our predecessors did in 1900? The discussion over the state of the world, and whether things are getting better or worse, is not new. Scientists and philosophers have debated the …

Articles about modular beachside getaway australia on Dwell.com - Dwell

In most cases, areas in a home are designated by their use and separated into different rooms accordingly.<p>Enjoy the salty air and coastal views—without having to invest your nest egg in a ground-up build.<p>This mesmerizing micro home offers an incredible experience at an affordable price in Greece.<p>A …

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13 Ways Science Could Make You A Better Designer

According to the number of searches it garnered on Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, the word of the year is <i>science</i>. Here in the design world, we learned a lot from the world of lab coats and microscopes in 2013, from why Frank Gehry’s architecture is inherently alluring to why it’s so tough to …

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5 Ways To Reframe Your Thinking To Be More Like Elon Musk

How do innovative minds like Elon Musk and Steve Jobs come up with their groundbreaking ideas? Here’s five ways they think differently.<p>Drawing parallels between Elon Musk and Steve Jobs is irresistible, but how do big thinkers like them come up with their innovative ideas and how can we reframe our …

The Astronomical Hijinks of the Shortest Day of the Year

The solstice isn't for more than a week, but the earliest sunset of the year is already upon us. How's that possible?<p>If you live around latitude 42N—a well-populated latitude in North America and Europe, taking in Boston, Rome, and Vladivostok—today is the day you'll experience the earliest sunset …

Start Growing! Part 2: You Don't Need Money to Buy a Farm

Start Growing! Part 2: You Don’t Need Money to Buy a Farm<p>November 15, 2013 by Fraser Bliss & filed under Ethical Investment, Village Development<p>In …

How to Be a Good Neighbor | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by</i> <i>John Corcoran</i><i>.</i><p>A new family moved in next door to me a few weeks ago, but to my 3-year-old son, you would have …

How the Brain Creates Personality: A New Theory

Are you a mover, a perceiver, a stimulator, or an adapter? Modes of thinking can be understood in terms of how the top and bottom—rather than right and left—parts of the brain interact.<p>It is possible to examine any object—including a brain—at different levels. Take the example of a building. If we …

Study Theology, Even If You Don't Believe in God

This lost liberal art encourages scholars to understand history from the inside out.<p>When I first told my mother—a liberal, secular New Yorker—that I wanted to cross an ocean to study for a bachelor’s degree in theology, she was equal parts aghast and concerned. Was I going to become a nun, she …

There’s one key difference between kids who excel at math and those who don’t

• Different kids with different levels of preparation come into a math class. Some of these kids have parents who have drilled them on math from a young age, while others never had that kind of parental input.<br>• On the first few tests, the well-prepared kids get perfect scores, while the unprepared kids …

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Is sustainability a dangerous myth fuelling over consumption?

Tuesday 20 August 2013 was Earth Overshoot Day, the day every year when humanity exceeds the yearly ecological limits of the planet, and starts to consume and pollute more than the Earth can endure.<p>Back in 1972, The Limits to Growth had warned that we would soon exceed the 'carrying capacity' of …

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The Energy Fix: How To Clean Up Fracking's Bad Rep

If fossil fuels are to remain a large part of the nation’s energy mix, engineers need to reduce their environmental impacts.<p>Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have opened up huge reservoirs of oil and gas across the U.S. The Energy Information Administration predicts that production of …

America’s highest earners work at least 60 hours a week—more than anyone else in the world

<i>This item has been corrected.</i><p>Do Americans—and many Europeans working in American-dominated fields such as investment bank, consulting and ventures—work too hard?<p>Economic data show that in 1950, Americans worked around 1,900 hours per year. That’s now down to 1,700. But the French, who used to work …

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Living Microalgae Lamp Absorbs CO2 from the Air

French biochemist Pierre Calleja has designed a fascinating eco-friendly lamp that could light up streets and parking garages while cutting CO2 …

9 Vegetarian Casseroles Even Meat Eaters Will Love

Take veggies, add cheese and your favorite starch (pasta, polenta, rice), and you're in one-dish dinner heaven.<p>Another Reason to Love the Tiny Little …

Mesmerizing Translucent Waves from 19th Century Paintings

The late 19th century Armenian-Russian painter Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky created some truly spectacular paintings of seascapes that capture the beautiful, shimmering essence of the tumultuous waters. The marine artist gained recognition for his impeccable ability to recreate the expressive …

The 10 Stealth Economic Trends That Rule the World Today

Old trends: Soaring US carbon dioxide emissions, skyrocketing medical costs, out-of-control deficits. New trends: Tumbling emissions, creeping medical costs, falling deficits.<p>REUTERS<p><i>What’s going on in the world today?</i> It’s hard to keep up. Some facts are familiar to anyone who reads the news. …

Great places to stay on the world's loveliest islands

Don’t waste precious travel time dragging your flip-flopped feet to the beach. We’ve rounded up ten places to stay on some of the world’s most beautiful islands – and they’re all a stone’s throw from the beach. Best of all, you don’t need to sell your granny to enjoy an island getaway, we’ve picked …

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What Leading Scientists Want You to Know About Today's Frightening Climate Report

"We have five minutes before midnight."<p>The polar icecaps are melting faster than we thought they would; seas are rising faster than we thought they would; extreme weather events are increasing. Have a nice day! That’s a less than scientifically rigorous summary of the findings of the Fifth …

iPhone 5s: meet the geeks and geniuses behind the new Apple devices

Apple has launched its new iPhone 5s and the cheaper iPhone 5c. But who are the engineers and visionaries behind the new technology in these devices?<p>Apple is notoriously protective of its employees and the inner workings of its research and development teams are highly secretive.<p>However, examining …

Podcast Suggestions for Men: 24 Shows to Make You a Better Man | The Art of Manliness

The humble podcast has seen its fair share of ups and downs since its inception (at least as we know it now) about 15 years ago. These days, …

Your Labor Day Syria Reader, Part 2: William Polk

By William R. Polk.<p>Polk wrote this just before President Obama switched from his go-it-alone policy and decided to seek Congressional approval for a Syrian strike. It remains relevant for the choices Congress, the public, and the president have to make. It is very long, but it is systematically …

The Devil’s Drug: The True Story of Meth in New Mexico

In anticipation of the new season of Breaking Bad, Nick Romeo travels to New Mexico to separate fact from fiction about the meth trade in New Mexico. …

Food Fighter

Does Whole Foods’ C.E.O. know what’s best for you?<p>John Mackey, the co-founder and chief executive of Whole Foods Market, refers to the company as his child—not just his creation but the thing on earth whose difficulties or downfall it pains him most to contemplate. He also sees himself as a “daddy” …

OpenDesk.cc Is Like Ikea For Open Source Zealots

Furniture is probably the last thing on the mind of most open source proponents but now it doesn’t have to be. OpenDesk is a free, open source line of furniture that you can make yourself or order unassembled from a maker with a CNC machine. Not only is the furniture cheap – free if you have the …

20 Historic Black and White Photos Colorized

One of the greatest facets of reddit are the thriving subreddits, niche communities of people who share a passion for a specific topic. One of the …

Sitting at Computers Is Killing Us, but This Video Could Help Save Your Life

If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re heading toward an early grave. I know, that sounds extreme, but we’re only just starting to …