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These 7 technologies are turning science fiction into reality

It uses ultrasound to move objects around - drawing comparisons to the "tractor beam" from Star Wars. Rather than sucking in space ships, the technology could one day be used to operate microsurgical instruments and to directly target drugs to damaged tissues, without having to venture inside the …

World Economic Forum

Holland Park: west London's forgotten luxury neighbourhood

Old London has new appeal: once a haven for well-heeled Brits, Holland Park is quietly attracting wider attention, writes Eleanor Doughty<p>Ten minutes from the centre of London lies Holland Park, a quaint enclave between <b>Kensington</b> and <b>Notting Hill</b>, with a sense of community and such a village-like …

England

After more than 130 years of construction, Barcelona's most popular tourist attraction is finally almost done

"La Sagrada Família," a dramatic, imposing cathedral designed by Spanish architect Antoni Guadí, is easily Spain's most recognizable landmark, and it isn't even finished yet. Construction began on the church 133 years ago, in 1882, and it continues to this day.<p>Work crews recently began the final …

Barcelona

Spain is threatening to cut off its richest economic region

The all-too predictable reaction of Madrid's central government has been to raise the stakes to lofty new heights by threatening to cut off the financial supply lines between Madrid and Catalonia. As El Mundo reports, Spanish Premier Mariano Rajoy has threatened to centralize all financial …

Europe

How the genius of Lionel Messi and Dan Carter gave me hope in fighting cancer

Leaving Twickenham on Saturday night I had extra reason to thank the tournament that had just been won by New Zealand. The light on the horizon of covering a home World Cup had helped me through six weeks of cancer treatment.<p>The elation on that final walk from the ground was on a higher scale than …

Alberta luxury homes get less than half asking price at auction

An Alberta home with Swarovski crystal-laced faucets and mother of pearl tiles in the master bathroom has sold for nearly half its asking price.<p>The …

All the Science Fiction and Fantasy Books You Can’t Afford To Miss in November!

Science Fiction

7 Important Habits That Will Boost Your Intelligence

Everyone has different abilities when it comes to solving problems, thinking logically, and acquiring new knowledge.<p>Your brain needs exercise just …

Modern genetics means you should say goodbye to privacy

Yet our personal genetic blueprint — which can be used to identify a person, predict certain diseases and traits, and will likely reveal much more in the future, from personality to intelligence— is nearly impossible to secure.<p>You can take reasonable measures to try to keep something like your …

Genetics

Wall Street believes Amazon has a $160 billion business under its roof

According to a note by Deutsche Bank Tuesday, Amazon Web Services is forecast to book $16 billion in revenue by 2017, and based on a 10x multiple, it would get a valuation of roughly $160 billion.<p>"We conclude that a 2017 revenue multiple of 10x seems fair for AWS, which given our 2017 AWS revenue …

Markets

UI Tiles, A Quick and Easy Kit to Layout Websites

If you are passionate about the layout process when it comes to web design than this wireframe resource is definitely for you. Layout your idea …

Web Design

The Health Benefits of Chocolate You Might Not Know About (Plus a Cupcake Recipe!)

Theobroma Cacao, the Latin name for chocolate, means "Food of the Gods" for a reason. Dark chocolate has a long history of use as a healing plant, a mood enhancer, and even an aphrodisiac. So if you've got a thing for chocolate (and we don't mean the junk chocolate in candy bars and sweet …

The 26 happiest, richest, healthiest, and most crime-free countries in the world

Every year, the Legatum Institute, a London based think-tank releases its annual global Prosperity Index, a huge survey that ranks what it calls the most prosperous countries in the world.<p>The amount of money a country has is one factor of prosperity, but the Legatum Institute considered more than …

European Travel

Video: Now NASA can see what the surface of the sun actually looks like

The surface of the sun is a constantly erupting landscape of super-hot plasma, but scientists on Earth are blocked from getting a good look at it by our planet’s atmosphere and magnetic field. So in 2010, NASA launched an observatory to study the sun from space.<p>The Solar Dynamics Observatory orbits …

Astronomy