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10 Free Things to Do in Vancouver in Winter

Vancouver can be expensive. So how do you avoid the winter doldrums without dropping a lot of cash on entertainment? Here are 10 free things to do in …

Humans are more than clever apes? Don't make me laugh

Most qualities we think of as particularly 'human' can be seen elsewhere in the animal kingdom, thanks to evolution<p>Just how special do you think you are? How different do you think you are from other animals? Do you think of yourself as an animal or do you see yourself, and your fellow humans, as …

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Building Design Influences Bacterial Growth

The human microbiome has been in the news for several years now, as researchers have begun to unravel the importance of microbes living in and on our bodies. These bacteria and other microbial critters influence human health, and the composition and combination of various species have been linked …

The Week In Drones: The Sound Of Stealth, Clearing The Robot Smog, And More

Here's a round-up of the week's top drone news, designed to capture the military, commercial, non-profit, and recreational applications of unmanned aircraft.<p><b>Beer Delivery</b><p>Lakemaid Beer, a brewery in Stevens Point, Wis., used a hexarotor drone to carry beer to some ice fishermen. It’s probably just …

WATCH: Breathtaking New Video Of Felix Baumgartner's Record Jump

You might recall Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner's 2012 jump from a 24-mile-high balloon capsule, a height of 127,852 feet. He broke not only an altitude record, formerly set by a U.S. Air Force pilot, Col. Joe Kittinger, in 1960, but also a record for speed of descent, breaking the sound …

After Genetic Tweaks, Fruit Flies Glow When They Sense Cancer

The genetically engineered _Drosophila melanogaster _can even signal for different types of breast cancer cells.<p>Fruit flies are able to distinguish breast cancer cells from healthy mammary tissue, according to a new study. The humble fly joins dogs and honeybees as members of the animal kingdom …

6 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Avocados

<i>Photo credit: Tashka2000 via Getty Images</i><p>You know they make a killer eggocado and are beloved among guacamole aficionados. You might also know you can feel good eating one, thanks to healthy fats and loads of nutrients. But the mighty powers of the avocado stretch farther than you probably</b> …

Packing For The Apocalypse And Other Amazing Images From This Week

E. chromi Designer Bacteria Will Color Your Poop According to What Ails You

E. chromi is an experimental collaboration between designers and scientists working in the field of synthetic biology. Royal College of Art …

Amazing ERO Concrete-Recycling Robot Can Erase Entire Buildings

Demolition is a messy business—not only does the process require heavy machinery and produce clouds of dust, but it also results in giant piles of …

Congo's rare mountain gorillas could become victims of oil exploration

WWF warns of environmental disaster and permanent conflict if British firm begins drilling for oil inside Virunga national park<p>The Virunga national park, home to rare mountain gorillas but targeted for oil exploration by a British company, could earn strife-torn DR Congo $400m (£263m) a year from …

The Dark Side Of The Love Hormone Oxytocin

New research shows oxytocin isn't the anti-anxiety drug we thought it was.<p>Oxytocin, the feel-good bonding hormone released by physical contact with another person, orgasm and childbirth (potentially encouraging monogamy), might have a darker side. The love drug also plays an important role in …

WWF's Flowing Forward Helps People Prepare for Climate Change

Sabitri Thapa noticed the changes at her home in mid-western Nepal. Poor water quality. A decreasing number of natural water spring sources. …

World Wildlife Fund

Researchers Successfully Implant Mice With False Memories

So it is possible.<p>Call it cool or just plain creepy: Memory researchers from U.S. and Japan have, for the first time, implanted false memories into a lab animal.<p>The researchers made mice believe that they had once received electrical shocks in their feet while sitting in a certain little chamber, …

Scientists Develop a Long-Lasting and Environmentally Friendly Battery Made from Wood

<i>Photo via Shutterstock</i><p>When searching for inspiration to create an environmentally friendly battery, University of Maryland researchers Liangbing Hu, …

Garden-Topped Buk Seoul Museum of Art is a Green Cultural Hub for Northeastern Seoul

Inspired by a field of reeds that used to grow in northeastern Seoul, SAMOO Architects and Engineers created a thriving, green-roofed extension for …

Architecture

LivingHomes Debuts Next-Generation Zero Energy C6 Prefab Home

LivingHomes is continuing to update its popular C6 prefab model and now has made it even more efficient and sustainable. The C6.1 model is now Energy …

City of Palo Alto, California to Switch to 100% Renewable Energy Sources

<i>Photo via Shutterstock</i><p>This week the city council in Palo Alto, California voted in favor of sourcing all the town’s energy needs from clean, …

Renewable Energy

The Leaf House is an Energy-Efficient Tiny Home Built for the Tundra

Modernist, minimal, and able to withstand the biting cold of the Yukon, <b>Laird Herbert's Leaf House</b> is built with energy efficiency and conservation in …

WaterBean: Portable Coconut Carbon Filter Lets You Refill Any Bottle With Fresh, Purified Water

The WaterBean is a brilliant portable water filter that can be inserted within any bottle to provide pure, fresh water on the go. The colorful filter …

Snorkeling

Picturesque Lagoon Dyed Black to Stop Swimmers From Taking a Dip in Toxic Water

A picturesque lagoon in Buxton, England has been dyed black in an attempt to discourage swimmers who might be drawn in by its beauty, only to expose …

Pollution

This Is The Molecule Responsible For Stress

Now scientists can create drugs to fit inside its structure precisely.<p>This little molecule is what stress looks like.<p>Researchers from Heptares Therapeutics, a drug company, have discovered the 3-D structure of a protein receptor that mediates our response to stress, according to a new study in …

Human Cells Have a Structure Shaped Like a Parking Garage

Dolphins Have "Names," Respond When Called

Having identities may help dolphins communicate, study suggests.<p><b>We already knew that bottlenose dolphins can follow "recipes" in preparing mollusks, help other species in distress, and possibly do math. So it may come as no surprise that the marine mammals also call each other by whistles that act</b> …

Air Pollution

NASA's Newest Space Telescope Sends Back Its First Images of the Sun, and They're Gorgeous

Early evidence suggests that IRIS is going to be a feast for those who love pretty pictures of space.<p>Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics/NASA<p>Last month, NASA launched a new telescope, known as IRIS, into space to study the sun. Today we got our first glimpse of what IRIS is seeing, and ... …