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This ex-Googler thinks 90-minute flower delivery in Southeast Asia is a $2.5B opportunity

There’s a heck of a lot of money to be made in flower delivery in Southeast Asia, according to an ex-Googler from the U.S. who left the search giant in June to launch his own startup in Singapore. He is by no means bucking the trend: We’ve written before about top people at Google looking to new …

Altering how sperm develop could lead to a reversible male birth control

Blocking a certain protein in male mice prevented the rodents from impregnating any females<p>It may be possible to create male birth control by altering how sperm develop, according to new research published this week in <i>Science</i>. Researchers blocked a protein that plays a role in sperm production — …

Immune System

In future, the internet could come through your lightbulb

The tungsten lightbulb has served well over the century or so since it was introduced, but its days are numbered now with the arrival of LED lighting, which consume a tenth of the power of incandescent bulbs and have a lifespan 30 times longer.<p>Potential uses of LEDs are not limited to illumination: …

Guantanamo Bay

Styrofoam-Eating Mealworms Could Happily Dispose of Plastic Waste

One man's trash is another man's — or worm's — treasure. Research from Stanford shows that darkling beetle larvae, commonly called mealworms, will happily eat a diet of polystyrene (better known by its trade name, styrofoam), providing a possible method for disposing of this notoriously durable and …

Pollution

The Intern has been panned by film critics. Why am I not surprised?

Nancy Meyers, director of The Intern, has a string of commercially successfully films about women to her name. But critics have always given her a raw deal<p>Having always thought of cinema as a safe space, I was ready to cry about five minutes into Nancy Meyers’ The Intern, and then continued wailing …

Anne Hathaway

Adam Liaw's 10 dishes you should be able to cook by the time you’re 30

Even if you’re a stranger in your own kitchen – there are 10 essential dishes that you should know how to cook<p>There’s a point in our cooking life we must leave behind the instant noodles and cereal for dinner of our teens and 20s, and start to take a little pride in being able to feed ourselves as …

Cooking

China Just Took Away Our Biggest Excuse on Climate Change

To say it was a big week for those concerned about climate change would be an understatement. Here are the six most noteworthy developments.<p>1. China …

Climate

Meet The Woman Who Helped Discover A New Species Of Human

Hannah Morris in South Africa's Rising Star Cave, where the bones and fossils of Homo naledi were discovered.<p>Imagine descending more than 39 feet …

Archaeology

KitKat goes unprotected as European court rejects trademark case

Nestlé failed to convince European court of justice that four-fingered version of its chocolate bar should be protected by law<p>Nestlé has failed in an attempt to convince European judges to let it trademark the shape of the four-finger version of a KitKat in the UK.<p>The European court of justice …

Nestlé

You Asked: Should I Eat 3 Big Meals Or Lots of Small Ones?

Compared to the traditional “three squares” approach to eating, the concept of grazing on micro-meals spread throughout the day is popular among …

Holistic Medicine

Brazil reduced to junk as BRICs facade crumbles

Dilma Rousseff has squandered Brazil's commodity boom, but the country is not in meltdown and is unlikely to set off an emerging market crash<p>Brazil’s currency has plummeted to an all-time low and borrowing costs have tightened viciously after Standard & Poor’s slashed the country’s debt to junk …

Economy

Huawei Beats Apple In Announcing A Phone That Weighs Objects With Force Touch

Use the force, Huawei<p>The Huawei Mate S phone has been announced at IFA 2015, Europe's biggest tech show. Along with better specs and a sleeker design, Huawei says it's adding Force Touch to its phones--a full week before Apple will announce the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus likely containing the same …

Watching TV seriously harms GCSE results, says Cambridge University

Switching off the television while studying for GCSEs will help students gain the best grades they can, scientists believe<p>Teenagers should ditch television entirely if they want to do their best at GCSE after a study showed each hour a day of screen time reduces scores by the equivalent of two …

Cambridge University

China's troop-cut plan is more about modernization than peace, analysts say

President<p>Xi Jinping's announcement Thursday that China will cut its military by 300,000 troops was couched in the language of peace. Yet analysts say that it was intended as a move to modernize and strengthen, not diminish, the country's armed forces.<p>"War is the sword of Damocles that still hangs …

Military

Interview: Gorgeously Surreal Paintings Explore Mankind's Impact on the Environment

Known for her darkly beautiful and surrealistic oil paintings of young women, Armenian-born, California-based artist Alexandra Manukyan explores a new direction in <i>Oracle of Extinction–</i>a collection of powerful works that highlight humanity's catastrophic impact on the environment, and how our …

Art

Why maternity leave is shrinking

In the recent Democratic debates, Hillary Clinton — the only woman running for the presidential nomination — has repeatedly said that the U.S. is the …

Pregnancy

Bathroom access for transgender teen divides Missouri town

<b>(CNN) —</b> Missouri transgender teen Lila Perry says she began to feel like a girl when she was 13 and started appearing as one in school this year when classes began in August.<p>The 17-year-old Hillsboro High School senior wears skirts, makeup and a long wig styled with bobby pins. She even started …

LGBTQI

Super-Strong Material Inspired By Squid Teeth Is Self-Healing

To repair, just add water<p>A team of researchers led by engineers from Penn State University has created the first material that heals itself in the presence of water, according to a study published yesterday in <i>Scientific Reports</i>. The material, inspired by squid teeth, could be used to repair devices …

To Thrive, Many Young Female Athletes Need A Lot More Food

Participation in sports by girls and young women has soared in recent decades — by 560 percent among high school students since 1972, and 990 percent among college students, according to the Women's Sports Foundation. Highly committed young female athletes now run track and play soccer, basketball, …

Nutrition

Two Indian Sisters Ordered To Be Raped By Village Council

Two sisters sought the help of the Indian Supreme Court after a village council ordered their rape as punishment for their brother's actions, according to Amnesty International.<p>A petition to save two sisters in India from being "punished" with rape and humiliation for their brother’s actions gained …

Uttar Pradesh

Email Is The Last, And Ultimate, Social Graph

Zvi Band Contributor<p>Zvi Band is co-founder and CEO of Contactually.<p>One of the magical innovations of the Web 2.0 era was when the bigger social platforms opened their doors to third-party app developers. LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter widely touted ,and profited from, the concept of allowing …

Innovation

Nigerian mother let off £145,000 NHS bill after birth of quins

A London hospital has said it will not pursue a Nigerian woman who owes it £145,000 for the cost of giving birth there after she travelled to Britain<p>A NHS hospital failed to chase up a bill of £145,000 it should have charged a Nigerian woman who had quintuplets after travelling to Britain.<p>Bimbo …

How leaf blight could destroy the global economy

On August 18 and 19, tire maker Cooper successfully demonstrated passenger car tires made using natural rubber extracted from the wiry, tiny-leafed …

Globalization

From relationships to revolutions: seven ways Facebook has changed the world

One in seven people worldwide used the social network on one day this week, says Mark Zuckerberg. Here is how it has changed our lives – for better or worse<p>On Monday, one in seven people on Earth used Facebook – 1 billion people, according to founder Mark Zuckerberg. In a decade, the social network …

Social Media

Software Automatically Takes Out Distracting Items From Your Photos

You should have composed it better in the first place though<p>The internet is flooded with photos—of your brunch, of your cat, of your estranged elementary school friend’s cousin’s wedding. 1.8 billion photos are uploaded daily, and most of them are objectively pretty terrible. Now a team of computer …

The Photo as Weapon

Photography has been used in many ways throughout its history: as documentation, propaganda, keepsake, etc. But never has it been so frequently used …

Social Media

Designer Develops Alzheimer's-Friendly Tableware Thanks to Inspiration from Her Late Grandmother

Industrial designer Sha Yao created the inspiring Eatwell tableware line to help those who are coping with Alzheimer's disease. “When my grandmother was first diagnosed with the disease, I began volunteering at senior care centers to learn more about the condition,” the creator explains. “I noticed …

Alzheimer's Disease