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Best air-purifying houseplants, according to NASA

NASA recommends one air-purifying plant for every 100 square feet of space<p>While architects are raving about the benefits of plant-covered facades, you don’t need to entirely mask your building with greenery in order to get the same benefits. Starting in the 1980s, NASA scientists began to study the …

Plants

A Camera Lens Breakthrough Could See Smartphones Outperforming DSLRs

If you've ever held a high-quality camera lens, the first thing you notice is the weight. Thanks to layers and layers of thick glass hunks inside, …

Apple Watch will solve problems we don't know we have yet

We want our technology to provide us with answers. No matter what we’re using or how we’re using it, we demand that our phones, tablets, and …

8 food studies that have completely reversed themselves

It seems as if a new study comes out every other day that reveals which foods are now beneficial or harmful to our health.<p>While it's great that …

Holistic Medicine

Top US analyst: We made 5 dangerously wrong assumptions about China

I largely accepted the assumptions shared by America's top diplomats and scholars, which were inculcated repeatedly in American strategic discussions, commentary, and media analysis.<p>We believed that American aid to a fragile China whose leaders thought like us would help China become a democratic …

4 Healthy Foods That Fight Gas

Consider them nature’s Beano.<p>It’s a nutrition catch 22: A lot of healthy foods are packed with fiber (good), but that fiber can leave you feeling bloated and gassy (not so good). Luckily, you don’t have to make a beeline for the Beano every time you chow down on greens. We chatted with Keri Gans, …

Nutrition

Rosetta Spacecraft, First to Orbit Comet, Finds Surprises Aplenty

Europe's Rosetta spacecraft reports unexpectedly bumpy, dusty, and dry discoveries on its new home.<p>Drama abounded when Europe's Philae probe landed on a comet last November—especially when the lander bounced a half mile into the air before its final touchdown, then quickly lost power. (See "Comet …

Space

First new antibiotic in 30 years discovered in major breakthrough

The first new antibiotic to be discovered in nearly 30 years has been hailed as a ‘paradigm shift’ in the fight against the growing resistance to drugs.<p>Teixobactin has been found to treat many common bacterial infections such as tuberculosis, septicaemia and C. diff, and could be available within …

This Bolton school was failing – until it gave each pupil an iPod

In 2009 a failing school in Bolton provided every one of its students with an iPod Touch; now the Essa Academy has drastically improved its pupils' learning experiences<p>On the way into Essa Academy, in a multi-ethnic suburb on the edge of Bolton, it is easy to believe that the school is a world …

Education

Great Wall of China Held Together with Sticky Rice

The Great Wall of China is not actually one wall, but a series of overlapping fortifications held together with sticky rice.<p>A Channel 4 documentary,</i> …

From Phones To Tablets: 26 Apple Designs That Never Came To Be

In Design Forward, frog design’s founder, Hartmut Esslinger, recounts the inspirations and process behind the computers that revolutionized consumer electronics.<p><i>Editors’ note: The following is an excerpt from</i> Design Forward: Creative Strategies for Sustainable Change <i>(</i><i>Arnoldsche Art Publishers</i><i>), by</i> …

Street Artist From Portugal Creates 3D Graffiti That Appears To Float In The Air

Not every great piece of art is hung from the walls of a fancy museum with marble walls and ancient artifacts. In fact, some of the most incredible …

Lytro's Illum camera is expensive, but less gimmicky than we thought

Back in 2012, Lytro's first camera introduced folks to its light-field imaging tech -- letting users tweak focus, perspective and depth of field after a photo is taken. However, that first-gen camera's peculiar body and low-res output limited its appeal. Now, with the $1,599 Illum, Lytro's back, …