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How to make a mile-high building

The best of this week’s science and technology long reads, including how to build a tower a mile high, why Japan’s stagnation isn’t all bad and why animals evolve to glow in the dark.<p><b>Evolution</b> | Defending Darwin<p>Lessons learned from teaching evolution at the University of Kentucky, where Darwinism …

The future of 3D computer graphics... from 1982

Back in the early 1980s, a spinning square world heralded the start of a computer animation revolution, as this archive BBC footage shows.<p>Back in 1982, computing was really going mainstream. Tron, the story of a computer programmer trapped inside a mainframe, was making millions at the box office; …

Reflections of research: more art in science | Richard P Grant

<b>Richard P Grant:</b> The art of science and the science of art – winners of the British Heart Foundation’s annual <i>Reflections of Research</i> competition

The Best Science Books of 2014

On the heels of the year’s most intelligent and imaginative children’s books come the most stimulating science books published this annum. (Step into the nonfictional time machine by revisiting the selections for 2013, 2012, and 2011.)<p>1. THE ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSE<p><i>“If we ever reach the point where we</i> …

The Generalist

I never met Alexander Grothendieck. I was never in the same room with him. I never even saw him from a distance. But whenever I think about math — …

The Real Roots of Midlife Crisis

What a growing body of research reveals about the biology of human happiness—and how to navigate the (temporary) slump in middle age<p>This summer, a friend called in a state of unhappy perplexity. At age 47, after years of struggling to find security in academia, he had received tenure. Instead of …

Lie Down on the Couch, Virtually

<i>This article is part of an ongoing series on the legacy of Sigmund Freud on the 75th anniversary of his death.</i><p>The psychoanalytic literature about …

Virtual Reality

A plutocratic proposal

If mega-rich people could buy places on clinical trials, would this help drive forward the development of new treatments that could benefit everyone? …

The discovery of Homo floresiensis: Tales of the hobbit

In 2004, researchers announced the discovery of Homo floresiensis, a small relative of modern humans that lived as recently as 18,000 years ago. The …

Why I Hope to Die at 75

An argument that society and families—and you—will be better off if nature takes its course swiftly and promptly<p>Seventy-five.<p>That’s how long I want to live: 75 years.<p>This preference drives my daughters crazy. It drives my brothers crazy. My loving friends think I am crazy. They think that I can’t …

The Genetics Epidemic

The revolution in genetic engineering that will make it possible for humans to actively manage our evolutionary process for the first time in our …

Skunk Works Reveals Compact Fusion Reactor Details

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Paul Farmer · Diary: Ebola

The Ebola virus is terrifying because it infects most of those who care for the afflicted and kills most of those who fall ill: at least, that’s the …

Why identical twins are different

Our picks of the week from around the web, including ant morality, the downsides of the GoPro camera, and the truth about twins.<p>Climate change is a people’s shock <br>Naomi Klein | The Nation | 16 September 2014<br>We might do a better job of mobilising against climate change if we understood it as a …

Why autopilots can be dangerous

Our picks of the week from around the web, including Apple’s ‘dumb’ watch, China’s cunning censorship, and the risks of putting a plane on autopilot.<p>Be terrified of superintelligent machines<br>Nick Bostrom | Slate | 11 September 2014 <br>The arrival of high-functioning artificial intelligence will be like …

Chris Hadfield to attend international space conference in China

Retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield says he hopes a major convention being held in China for the first time will lay the groundwork for future international co-operation in space.<p>Hadfield is attending the International Planetary Congress, which began in Beijing on Wednesday and brings …

How to understand the CRTC's 'Let's talk TV' hearings without pulling your hair out

This week, executives from some of the country's largest television companies, industry groups and private citizens will begin a process that could radically change how Canadians watch TV. They will all be appearing before a special hearing convened by the Canadian Radio-television and …

Here’s how to save thousands in tuition: take a three-year degree

This month, hundreds of thousands of 18 and 19-year-olds are heading to university campuses all across Canada in eager anticipation of the first year of university life. The vast majority of these freshmen will pursue a four-year degree, which is the standard amount of time it takes to complete a …

Tim Hortons: Glazed and confused

The Canadian icon is selling out to Burger King and its ruthless Brazilian owners. Why that’s a dangerous move.<p>To hear stock market analysts and …

Booming e-cigarette sales could flame out if regulated: analyst

Sales could suffer if e-cigarettes are kept out of view in stores<p>Designed to simulate smoking, electronic cigarettes continue to grow in popularity …

Gaza truce holding but Israel's Netanyahu under fire at home

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An open-ended ceasefire in the Gaza war held on Wednesday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced strong criticism in Israel over a costly conflict with Palestinian militants in which no clear victor has emerged.<p>Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacts during …

Israel

Islamic State turns radical Islam on Syria Muslims

BEIRUT (Reuters) - As Islamic State militants advanced in the Syrian province of Deir al-Zor last month, those who had held out against them faced a simple choice: beg for mercy or face certain death.<p>A resident of Tabqa city touring the streets on a motorcycle waves an Islamist flag in celebration …

Middle East

Heart surgery can increase depression risk

No one knows what led Robin Williams to kill himself. It wasn't just one thing, but likely a fatal stew of lingering alcohol and drug addiction, depression, being middle-aged and male, and the prospect of facing Parkinson's disease.<p>Rarely mentioned, though, is the open-heart surgery he'd undergone …