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To Pimp a Butterfly: Kendrick Lamar's new album is perfect

When I talk about Kendrick Lamar with people who follow hip-hop, there’s always a hushed exchange that takes place. "He could be it," one of us will say. "He could," the other will reply. Like a pitcher throwing a perfect game, it’s never spoken aloud. He’s only one album in. It would be foolish to …

Butterfly Valley Is Not Only Turkey's Most Perfect Beach, But An Actual Butterfly Wonderland

In Turkey's Butterfly Valley, a lush gorge winds down to a stunning blue-water beach. And while we'd recommend visiting this verdant paradise based on its looks alone, the rocky oasis is <i>also</i> home to more than 80 species of butterflies, including the exotic Jersey Tiger, which is really just an …

The Best Longreads Of 2014 On World Affairs

The year 2014 was a tumultuous one, with more than its fair share of world-changing events. The media has covered the chaos using all the methods at its disposal: Live blogs, images and rapid on-the-ground reporting have allowed journalists to disseminate the news in real time, giving a visceral …

Psychology: A simple trick to improve your memory

Want to enhance your memory for facts? Tom Stafford explains a counterintuitive method for retaining information.<p>If I asked you to sit down and remember a list of phone numbers or a series of facts, how would you go about it? There’s a fair chance that you’d be doing it wrong.<p>One of the interesting …

The Brain

Why Google Stopped Trying To Make Renewable Energy Cheaper Than Coal

In 2007, Google, the internet search giant based in Mountain View, CA, made a media splash by investing big-time dollars in an effort to develop a renewable energy technology that could compete economically with coal.<p>The project was called RE<C and it ended only four years after it began.<p>During its …

The World’s First Solar Bike Path Keeps Bikers Safe, Powers Surrounding Neighborhoods

“In the Netherlands, we have about 140,000 kilometers of roads–enough to go three times around the world, and more. It’s a huge area, more than all …

Clean Energy

Singapore researchers unveil new light-as-cloud architectural technology

Rain or shine, super lightweight shelters made of materials used for <b></b>disposable coffee cups could soon offer cover to open spaces such as markets, bus …

Incredible Self-Cleaning Dishes Could Save Thousands of Gallons of Wasted Water Each Year

Washing dishes may soon be a thing of the past thanks to an incredible new coating that makes food simply roll of your plates and bowls. It sounds …

Bamboo Could Turn The World's Construction Trade On Its Head

Bamboo can also be a tasty snack. Credit: Chris Ison/PA<p>By Dirk Hebel<i>, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich</i><p>Bamboo, a common grass which can be …

Lawyer: Brown never convicted of serious felony

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — The 18-year-old fatally shot by a suburban St. Louis police officer didn't face any juvenile charges at the time of his death and …

10 Things You Didn't Know Your Mac Could Do

From the editors of PopularMechanics.com, that MacBook on your desk might be even more powerful than you think.<p><b>1) Have Your Computer Read to You</b><p>Don't feel like reading that enormous document yourself? One of the accessibility features in OS X is its ability to read text aloud. Highlight the section …

HOW TO: Make a natural sleep aid lotion with magnesium & lavender oil for newborns, kids & adults

Magnesium is a necessity for human life. This element is crucial in a wide variety of body and brain functions, and low levels of magnesium are …

Copenhagen’s newest bike lane totally rules

In Copenhagen, where bicycles outnumber people and nearly 40 percent of residents cycle to work, bike-friendly infrastructure is key.<p>But, even though …

10 Places to Go While They Are Still Cheap: 2014 Edition

Do your travel ambitions eclipse your bank account? We've got just the fix: destinations around the world that offer plenty of cheap ways to stay, play, and eat. Whether you're on the prowl for a perfect beach or a city bursting with culture, these cities and countries deliver big but cost little. …

If You Like Seashells, You Should Go To Sanibel Island STAT

Sure it's almost August, but there's still a ton of time left to plan a a little R&R on the beach. Why not Sanibel Island?<p>Known for being a "swanky-but-not-in-your-face-swanky barrier island," Florida's Sanibel Island is gorgeous and also has pretty awesome sunsets.<p>The island's beaches also happen …

Wild City Mapping: Interactive online sharing of wild urban spaces (Video)

The concrete grittiness of the metropolis is not always as monolithic as it seems; there are typically pockets of green, havens of calm and urban …

5 Awesome "Graffitrees": Graffiti with Actual Trees

Afro Taino by Gabriel Abreu in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic<p>Great graffiti happens when the artists don't get stumped. Instead, they go out on a …

Are these solar panels on a Brooklyn building a benefit or bling?

<b>There are optimal angles for the setting of solar panels. That's why they are usually put on roofs, not facades.</b><p>Diane Pham of New York real estate …

How Can We Make Cities Quieter?

Noise is bad for our health. It is also endemic to city life. Designers to the rescue!<p>Noisy traffic might be just as dangerous to public health as traffic accidents, according to a new report from researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. Scientific evidence suggests that …

Urban Design

We Need to Think Bigger About Transit-Oriented Development

The growing popularity of bike-share represents a shift toward embracing shared-transport networks. But there's a much larger picture to consider.<p>When we think about transit-oriented development, we typically think of rail stations. We know that in certain environments with density levels of X and …

Reflection Photos to get you Motivated

A puddle in the road, plate glass windows, or a shiny car – what do they all have in common? They provide great opportunities to get reflection …

Photography

India's building collapse death toll rises to 42

Green Building Sweeps Commercial Property

A new report indicates that green building has taken key commercial property markets by storm in the United States.<p>According to a new report released …

Launch Announcement: BUILDINGChicago/Greening the Heartland Conference Keynote Speakers Address Sustainable Design and Green Building - Press Release

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL--(Marketwired - Jul 2, 2014) - The BUILDINGChicago/Greening the Heartland Expo and Conference, to be held September 29-October …

The 10 Smartest Cities In North America

Which cities are doing the most to become the sustainable, connected, innovative city of the future?<p>See the next list in our series of smart city rankings: Asia / Pacific.<p>The survival of our species on planet earth is largely going to be determined by what happens in our cities. By 2050, 70% of the …

Brain stimulation: The military’s mind-zapping project

Shocking the brain with mild electrical current was once a controversial treatment for the mentally ill. Now evidence is emerging that it could quicken learning and improve attention, and as Emma Young discovers, the US military is very interested in its potential.<p>An unusual trial is underway at …