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Combining The Built And Natural Environments To Create Generous Cities Of The Future

Urban growth doesn’t have to destroy nature–it can work with it.<p>Our collective desire to live in cities has never been stronger. According to the World Health Organization, 60% of the world’s population will live in a city by 2030. As urban populations swell, what people demand from their cities is …

Juno: The spacecraft putting sling theory to the test

Why a probe passing our planet on its way to Jupiter might end a decades-old mystery, and reveal something completely new about gravity.<p>You may not see it, but a spacecraft whizzing 350 miles (560km) above Earth is going to use our planet to slingshot its way towards another one. In the process, a …

Space

Gurgaon: From fields to global tech hub

Two decades ago, Gurgaon, near Delhi, was just farmland. Now it is the centre of India’s outsourcing goldrush. And it’s thinking even bigger.<p>The farmers’ children in dusty Darbaripur no longer want to work the land. For them, software engineering is the new occupation of choice.<p>It’s not surprising. …

India

Edge-of-space planes to free-up congested skies

More and more aircraft have to share airspace, and this will only get worse as our cities grow. In the next part of our Building Tomorrow series, former Virgin Galactic president Will Whitehorn says we have to rethink everything from how high we fly to how air traffic is managed.<p>Making predictions …

Aviation

Captain Phillips: the real-life hostage on Tom Hanks, heroism, and the truth about piracy

<i>This piece was originally published in October, 2013. Captain Phillips will be shown on Boxing Day at 9pm on ITV</i><p>The way Captain Richard Phillips tells it, commercial sailors are the most unsung heroes ever to have cruised the seven seas. In peacetime, they ship 90 per cent of everything you’ll ever …

Robert Zoellick joins Goldman Sachs as adviser

<b>Former World Bank president, Robert Zoellick, has joined the investment banking giant Goldman Sachs.</b><p>Goldman said he will take on the role of chairman of the firm's international advisory board and counsel the firm on "global strategic issues".<p>Mr Zoellick's five-year term as head of the World Bank …

“Star Wars” almost didn’t get made

The studio had low expectations for the epic that changed movies forever<p>In the 1960s, despite the social and racial turmoil in America, despite assassinations and the wound of Vietnam, it was possible for young men in love with the movies to believe an extraordinary opportunity was coming into …

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