Mikaela Bufano

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Rotterdam, Striving To Be Green, Downplays CO2 Targets

<i>Part 1 of a series on Rotterdam's efforts to become a sustainable and "climate-proof" city.</i><p><i>Evening view of Rotterdam skyline and waterfront with the suspension cables of the city's emblematic Erasmus Bridge illuminated against the sky.</i><p><b>Rotterdam, the Netherlands</b>--Although it is committed to reducing …

Haunted by a face, mother of slain toddler finds restorative justice 21 years later

That smirk.There was something disturbing about the way Paul Littlejohn, just a teenager, wore it at his sentencing, the way it radiated an attitude …

Can you hurt yourself eating chilli peppers?

Many of us love the burning sensation from hot chillies. But are they doing us any harm? BBC Future investigates.<p>The delicious burn of a really good curry or salsa or Sichuanese hot pot – that fiery goodness that makes you sweat and flush – is for many people one of life’s great pleasures. The …

What we lose when we lose the world’s frogs

Amphibians survived the dinosaur extinction just fine. Why are they in peril now?<p>In September, a frog died in an Atlanta botanical garden. With it went an entire species never to hop along the Earth again. Biologists at Zoo Atlanta who’d looked after the frog for the past 12 years called him …

Attention Travelers: The Limit on Cuban Cigars and Rum is History

The Cuba Libre has been liberated and the ban on Cuban cigars has gone up in smoke.<p>The Obama Administration, in a new round of executive actions aimed at increasing trade with the communist country, lifted the restrictions Friday on how much of Cuba’s famed rum and cigars tourists can bring home …

US lifts import limits on Cuban cigars, alcohol

<b>Havana, Cuba (CNN) —</b> For decades, Cuban cigars have been famous in the US for their intense, earthy flavor and near-unattainability.<p>The US embargo against Cuba prevented Americans from bringing home Cuban cigars, even if they were purchased in third countries.<p>Two years ago the limit was eased, but …

Monkeys 'typed' Shakespeare with their minds, scientists say

It’s only 12 words a minute, but that’s a start<p>Monkeys can now type at a rate of 12 words per minute on a computer using only their minds, according to new research from Stanford University. The scientists hope that this technology might one day help severely paralyzed patients communicate — and …

This Is Your Brain on Laughter

Sophie Scott is fascinated by laughter—and she thinks that cognitive science and psychology are missing out by ignoring it. A cognitive neuroscientist at University College London, Scott studies how we distinguish between “social” or “voluntary” laughter (the way you politely laugh at a co-worker’s …

Dubai announces plans for new ‘happiness city’

Dubai, the glistening, oil-rich city in the United Arab Emirates, is already a place known for its excess, housing record-breakers such as the world's tallest building and the world's largest indoor ski resort. As Dubai's leader, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, once put it: "We want to be …

Human Rights

Google encrypts Gmail between data centers to keep the NSA out of your inbox

Google just announced that as of today, Gmail is more secure than ever before. And the company isn't hiding the fact that it's actively trying to stop the government from spying on your email activity. Google says that Gmail will now use a secure HTTPS connection whenever you check or send email, …

Airbnb Is Possibly Worth $10 Billion

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Airbnb, the short-term couch and apartment rental site, could be worth more than some major hotel …