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Robotic “Smart” Planter Chases the Sun to Keep Its Succulent in Sunlight

Have you ever noticed how a plant instinctively grows towards the sunlight? Called <i>heliotropism</i>, it’s a phenomenon where leaves point in the direction of the light—the source of their nutrients. Most of the time, you’ve got to position your plants just right so that they are getting the food they …

Cute

Short but sweet: 10 of the world's most spectacular day walks

1: Fimmvorduhals hike, Iceland<p>All the island’s oddness in microcosm<p><b>Length:</b> 25km<p><b>Difficulty:</b> Tough<p>Iceland is wonderfully weird. And a whole lot of that …

Do Other People Seem Really Stupid Right Now? Harvard Scientists Have an Amazing Explanation

The really good news is that it's not you. It's probably them.<p>Do your co-workers seem dumber lately? Is your boss a little slow on the uptake? Are your employees having a hard time doing things they'd normally accomplish?<p>There could be a simple reason, according to Harvard scientists: It's so hot …

Huge iceberg drifts close to Greenland village, causing fears of a tsunami

(Reuters) - An iceberg the size of a hill has drifted close to a tiny village on the western coast of Greenland, causing fear that it could swamp the settlement with a tsunami if it calves.<p>The iceberg towers over houses on a promontory in the village of Innaarsuit but it is grounded and has not …

Global Warming

How Can Exercise Help You Learn? Science Says A 15 Minute Workout Can Help Boost Your Memory

Exercise is obviously good for your body, and you probably already know that it's great for your mental well-being and even your sleep schedule, too. …

How the Enlightenment Ends

Philosophically, intellectually—in every way—human society is unprepared for the rise of artificial intelligence.<p>Three years ago, at a conference on transatlantic issues, the subject of artificial intelligence appeared on the agenda. I was on the verge of skipping that session—it lay outside my …

Coffee Scientists Find an Optimal Number of Cups for a Healthy Heart

"We've disproved what doctors have told your grandma."<p>Despite the fact that having too many morning cold brews makes you feel like your heart will …

China Just Handed the World a 111-Million-Ton Trash Problem

Few people consider used plastic to be a valuable global commodity. Yet China has imported 106 million tons of old bags, bottles, wrappers and …

Photographer Captures the Blissed-Out Expressions of Cats High on Catnip

Washington D.C.-based photographer Andrew Marttila quite possibly has the best job ever. Known as “The Cat Photographer,” he dedicates himself to capturing the playful, adorable, and often hilarious personalities of our feline friends. And for his latest project, Marttila reveals what happens to …

Pets

Incredible Photos Capture Eagle and Fox Fighting Over Rabbit in Mid-Air

There’s certain wildlife photography that you can’t plan for—it’s the result being in the right place at the right time. When this kismet occurs, however, the images offer incredible displays of the animal kingdom. We recently saw this when photographer Doc Jon captured jaw-dropping bird …

San Juan Island

Habitat Gardening Basics

, UCCE Master Gardener<p>Habitat gardening is easy, no special skills required. However, there are basics one should keep in mind when considering a …

Massive wave is southern hemisphere record, scientists believe

<b>Scientists in New Zealand have documented what they believe is the largest wave ever recorded in the southern hemisphere.</b><p>The 23.8m (78ft) wave was measured by a buoy on New Zealand's Campbell Island in the Southern Ocean on Tuesday, the country's weather authority said.<p>It eclipses a 22.03m wave …

An island-hopper's guide to archipelagos of adventure

The word ‘archipelago’ comes from the Greek ‘<i>arkhi</i>’ (chief) and ‘<i>pegalos</i>’ (sea). Originally, it was a name only for the Aegean Sea, that island-speckled spur of the Mediterranean between Greece and Turkey.<p>Now, the word describes any chain of islands – but just as it did when Odysseus supposedly set …

Virgin Australia

Universal Basic Assets Could Be The Foundation To Build An Equitable Society

We can generate much more income for society if we hold more assets–like natural resources, carbon tax payments, or a sovereign wealth fund–in common, and used it to fund programs like a universal basic income.<p>Work isn’t the universal provider it used to be. It pays some people decent wages and …

Universal Basic Income

Why buying a house today is so much harder than in 1950

A postwar boom, legal discrimination, and new mortgage loans made suburban housing accessible, and set the stage for today’s challenging market<p>To understand just how unaffordable owning a home can be in American cities today, look at the case of a teacher in San Francisco seeking his or her first …

Real Estate

The Controversial Process of Redesigning the Wheelchair Symbol

It has its own emoji, but where did the new Accessible Icon come from?<p>Just 50 years ago, the International Symbol of Access did not exist. Known …

Disability

Marilyn and Miller: Star-crossed Misfits

When Arthur Miller met Marilyn Monroe, she was crying. Or at least that’s the story he always told her, the one she repeats in footage used in the …

Ten Things You'll Love about Ontario's Great Lakes Waterfront Trail

With so many ways to connect to Canada’s Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and the strong U.S. dollar, you’ll want to add all or part of this 990-mile …

How Your Phone Can Keep You from Getting Depressed

The same device that is driving you crazy could hold the keys to solving our mental health crisis.<p>Early in her career, when she was a junior …

In Oakland, Community-Owned Real Estate is Bucking Gentrification Trend

For two decades now, the building at the corner of 23rd and International avenues in east Oakland has been a community hub for people and …

Grow Curious 30

With the garden season winding down or gearing up depending on your location, now is a time when many of us are getting back into the garden after …

Handwritten 19th-Century Color Guide Poetically Describes Where Shades Are Found in Nature

Today, many color-loving creatives aim to illustrate and identify tones found in the natural world. From landscape-based color palettes to real-world Pantone matches, these polychromatic pieces sort and specify the colors that surrounds us. While new technologies have made this task easier than …

Emerging Technology

Hikes With Drinks: 5 Bay Area Trails That Have Bars at the End

Sure, hiking is rewarding: the exercise, the fresh air, the peace and quiet. But why not also have a toast to celebrate your hard work?<p>With these …

Fire Followers

The unique chaparral ecosystem in California is one of the few Mediterranean climate ecosystems found throughout the world. Chaparral dominates the …

National Parks

When ‘Gentrification’ Isn’t About Housing

Last winter, midway through my hourlong commute into Midtown Manhattan — having traversed part of Queens and all of chic north Brooklyn — I found myself reading about how a dish called a “chopped cheese,” a sort of cheese steak made with hamburger meat, had been gentrified. Once a specialty of …

Architect Is Reinvigorating Bolivia with Colorful Architecture Inspired by Indigenous Cultures

Architecture is more than simply construction, it's a creation expressing a specific culture at a particular moment in time. And nowhere is this as evident as in Bolivia, where former bricklayer turned star architect Freddy Mamani Silvestre has transformed an entire city and created what is now …

How Walking Fosters Creativity: Stanford Researchers Confirm What Philosophers and Writers Have Always Known

<i>Image via Diego Sevilla Ruiz</i><p>A certain Zen proverb goes something like this: "A five year old can understand it, but an 80 year old cannot do it." The …

Walking

These Intimate Portraits Bring BDSM Out Of The Bedroom And Into The Streets

The Folsom Street Fair is a yearly event that draws thousands of onlookers and participants alike to the San Francisco street each year. Made for fetish enthusiasts, the event offers musical acts, public play booths and <i>a lot</i> of leather.<p>Late last year, the fair offered something new.<p>Michael …

San Francisco

San Francisco or Mumbai? UN envoy encounters homeless life in California

Leilani Farha, UN special rapporteur on adequate housing, says ‘unacceptable’ squalor amid US wealth violates rights law<p>Leilani Farha was being given a walking tour in central San Francisco. Near a thronged artisanal grocery store and a food-truck park, she saw something under a freeway that gave …

San Francisco