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Government policy putting the brakes on electric cars: Renault

Breathing Is the Key to Persuasive Public Speaking

Have you ever wondered why two people can say exactly the same thing in a meeting, but only one of them gets credit for it? Many times it’s the way we <i>sound</i> that makes the difference between whether or not we are actually <i>heard</i>.<p>We all know when someone sounds nervous or confident. Think about the …

In-Between a Bike and a Car

The makers of the ELF believe their enclosed, three-wheeled, low-carbon vehicle is the perfect transportation compromise.<p>Rob Cotter sits in his small office on a side street in Durham, North Carolina, in a baseball cap and sweatshirt, as the sounds of incessant drilling and people yelling "horn …

How Burlington, Vermont, Became The First City In The U.S. To Run On 100% Renewable Electricity

A small, liberal population helps. But the lessons from Burlington could be applied anywhere–and save any city a lot of money.<p>When it flipped the switch on a new hydropower plant last fall, Burlington, Vermont, became the first city in the U.S. to run on 100% renewable electricity.<p>“It’s been a long …

Seven of the world’s most unusual bus stops are in this small Austrian town

In most cities, the bus stop is the lowliest piece of urban infrastructure. Not so in Krumbach, a small, rural town in a region of Austria known as Bucklige Welt (“hunchbacked world”) because of its hilly landscape. Last year, the town’s cultural association invited seven architects from Chile, …

Ten ways to break a sweat in Mallorca, Spain

Mallorca has been saying <i>adiós</i> to the cheap-as-chips package holiday cliché over the past few years to focus on its year-round outdoor appeal.<p>And whether you are jumping off a cliff, negotiating the Tramuntana's gruelling hairpins by mountain bike or kayaking to secluded coves too tiny to appear on …

My Bucket List

Every other year, I update my bucket list to cross off items that I’ve done and add in new items that have appeared on my travel radar. Some people …

If You're Looking For Something Crazy To Do In Europe, Here's Your Ultimate Plan

Not to sound ungrateful to the gods of culture, but once you've seen one museum, you sometimes feel like you've seen them all.<p>Looking for something extra crazy to do on your EuroTrip? Allow us to highlight the wacko-ist spots in each city on your map.<p><b>LONDON</b><p><b>You could</b> sip tea with the queen.<p><b>You …

Best apps and sites to plan, record and share your trips

Dreaming up a trip is the easiest part of every journey. All you need is a working imagination. The other bits before you go? Not so easy, or so much fun. You’ve got to book tickets, worry about accommodation, work out budgets, apply for visas…then you’ve got to plan your itinerary. And what about …

Been There. Done That. What's Next? 8 Truly Novel Travel Ideas for 2014

Climbed the Sydney Harbor Bridge; mountain biked the Khyber Pass. <i>Been there.</i><p>Tried zorbing; swam with Great Whites off South Africa's coast. <i>Done that</i>.<p>Did the Antarctic Ice Marathon; sick of sand in every orifice after Burning Man. <i>What's next?</i><p><i>Been there. Done that. What's Next</i>? Indeed, what? Okay, so …

Swedish University Students Design Modern Solar-Powered Home

Team Sweden, consisting of 25 students from Chalmers University, recently developed this environmentally-friendly group house that is powered entirely by the sun. <i>Halo</i> is a sustainable living concept that began as a rough sketch and eventually emerged into a full-scale, functioning building.<p>The …

How Google Sold Its Engineers on Management

Artwork: Chad Hagen, Graphic Composition No. 1, 2009, digital<p>Since the early days of Google, people throughout the company have questioned the value of managers. That skepticism stems from a highly technocratic culture. As one software engineer, Eric Flatt, puts it, “We are a company built by …

A Flowchart To Help You Decide Which Board Game To Play

Tired of using conventional methods to decide which board game to play? Do you have so many board games that deciding which one to play takes twice …

Want to Know What Really Makes You Happy? Try Tracking It

Throughout our careers and lives, the big decisions we have to make usually lead back to a single, overriding concern: What really makes me happy? Too often we try to answer these questions without knowing or understanding the real data from our lives. Our self-analysis devolves into speculation or …

No honey, more problems: A ‘catastrophic’ year for bee colonies

Freezing temperatures, killer parasites, toxic chemicals: The plight of honey bees is getting worse in many parts of the world and no one seems to know precisely why.<p>This past winter was one of the worst on record for bees. In the U.S., beekeepers lost 31 per cent of their colonies, compared to a …

Philippines: a booming economy struggles to make growth inclusive

Cesar Purisima, the Philippine finance minister, has a good story to tell about his country's economy, which grew 6.6% last year.<p>In London last week …

How to answer those bizarre job interview questions

<b>A colleague of mine once went for a job as a trader at an investment bank in the City.</b><p>During the interview he was asked, "How many one pence coins could you fit into this room?"<p>He immediately started doing some calculations, and after a minute or so, announced his "best guess" on the answer.<p>He did …

Can We End the Global Water Crisis?

Changing Planet<p>Last month I had an opportunity to give a TEDx talk on my home campus at UC Irvine. Mine was called “Can We End the Global Water Crisis?” I’d like to share my views on this topic with our Water Currents readers by posting several excerpts, more or less straight from the talk.<p>“Can we …

Blowing hot and cold

ENERGY subsidies have a long history. Governments often argue they are necessary to promote new energies during early developmental stages—think of …

Myanmar Economy May Grow 6.75% This Year on Gas Output, IMF Says

Myanmar’s economy may grow 6.75 percent this fiscal year, led by natural gas sales and investment as the country moves to modernize its financial …

Community banks are indispensable

The U.S. economy is the largest and most diverse economy on Earth, made up of businesses of all types, shapes and sizes. To support the financial needs of large multinational corporations as well as small businesses and family farms, the United States needs financial institutions of all kinds to …

Channelling cash

THE world economy may be struggling, but foreign remittances continue to grow. In all, 250m migrant workers will send home $500 billion this year—up …

Why Is Europe So Messed Up? An Illuminating History

The big news of the past week had nothing to do with the I.R.S. or Benghazi. It was the confirmation that, while the American economy continues to recover from the disastrous financial bust of 2008 and 2009, Europe remains mired in a seemingly endless slump.<p>On this side of the pond, the …

5 Recycled Buildings: Wing House, Sea Fort Resort And More Places That Will Blow Your Mind (PHOTOS)

<i>From Earth911's Nate Lipka:</i><p>Raising buildings out of two-by-fours and bricks is <i>so</i> last decade.<p>Okay, okay, we admit that the majority of structures nowadays are still built using age-old materials and techniques. But every once in a while, someone comes along and knocks our socks off with a bold …

A Response In Japan To Low Birthrates And Labor Shortage: Humanoid Robots

<b>TOKYO</b> - Only 1.03 million children were born in Japan last year. During the same period, 1.24 million people died. Since the country's net migration …