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London startup launches chatbot to help renters exercise their rights

London-based startup RentersUnion has created what it’s hoping will be a socially useful chatbot, pitching their web-based bot as a robot replacement for (expensive) housing lawyers. The intended user is anyone not on the London property ladder, and thus at the mercy of landlords, tenancy …

The UK's National Health Service is testing out a medical chatbot as a non-emergency helpline

The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is trialling a medical chatbot as an alternative to its non-emergency helpline. The app, made by UK startup Babylon, asks people questions about their illnesses in a chat window before giving them advice — whether they should go to a doctor, or if the problem …

Spain's property market goes through the roof

MADRID (Reuters) - According to a Spanish proverb, it is a bad idea to start building a house from the roof. But that is just what a Spanish firm is doing — and business is booming.<p>A prefabricated apartment is set up on a building's roof by a crane in Barcelona, Spain, November 23, 2014. Gerardo …

Real Estate

UK housing market: what to expect in 2017

Round-up of the state of the property market in 2016 and the outlook for the year ahead<p>There have been two significant influences on the housing market in 2016: stamp duty and the EU referendum result.<p>Stamp duty changes introduced two years ago had already started to have an impact at the top of …

The 56 best products to organize every closet in your house

Is there a mountain of shoes in your closet? Do you wear a hard hat every time you take something off that upper shelf in your closet? Time to organize, my friend, and who better to tell us how to do it is organizing expert Donna Smallin Kuper, author of Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness. Today she …

Home Depot

ZNA’s the new DNA: How zip codes have drastic impacts on your health

<b>(iStockphoto/Dmitry Galanternik)</b><p>Precision Medicine Initiative will research prevention medicine based on DNA, but should also focus on location<p>Brian S. Schwartz • Annemarie Hirsch<p>November 12, 2016 10:15am (UTC)<p><i>This article was originally published on The Conversation.</i><p>In January 2015, President …

Public Health

Forget ideology, liberal democracy’s newest threats come from technology and bioscience | John Naughton

A groundbreaking book by historian Yuval Harari claims that artificial intelligence and genetic enhancements will usher in a world of inequality and powerful elites. How real is the threat?<p>The BBC Reith Lectures in 1967 were given by Edmund Leach, a Cambridge social anthropologist. “Men have become …

Artificial Intelligence

A Chinese Investor Has Just Bought Premier League Club West Brom

Another day, another unknown Chinese businessman buying up a storied English soccer club.<p>The West Bromwich Albion Football Club today sold itself to …

P.F. Chang's Recalls More Frozen Meals Over Metal Shards in Sauce

You might want to throw away that P.F. Chang's Mongolian Style Beef in your freezer.<p>ConAgra Foods, the company that distributes the Asian restaurant's frozen food, is recalling almost 192,000 pounds of P.F. Chang's frozen chicken and beef products after small metal shards were found in sugar used …

Brexit Aftershocks Shake U.K. Real Estate, Pound

Asset managers block withdrawals, pound sinks to new 31-year low<p>LONDON—Two big British asset managers blocked worried investors from pulling money out of real-estate funds, and the pound sank to a new 31-year low Tuesday, twin signs that the U.K.’s vote to leave the EU was injecting new turbulence …

Real Estate

Dozens killed or injured in overnight Baghdad bombings: Sumaria TV

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The death toll from a suicide bombing in a Baghdad shopping district rose above 175 on Monday, fueling calls for security forces to crack down on Islamic State sleeper cells blamed for one of the worst-ever single bombings in Iraq.<p>Numbers rose as bodies were recovered from the …

Islam

Injecting Stem Cells Directly Into the Brain Lets Stroke Patients Walk Again — NOVA Next | PBS

Previously immobile stroke patients might be able to walk again, thanks to a promising new technique that endows the brain with greater power to …

Stem Cells

Stroke symptoms reversed in medical breakthrough study

Doctors may have made a revolutionary breakthrough in the way we treat stroke patients.<p>Patients in the trial study regained the ability to talk, walk and live normal lives, all thanks to a groundbreaking stem cell treatment.<p>Stroke symptoms reversed in medical breakthrough study<p>Scientists at …

Medical Research

How to sell your home and pay just £1 in estate agent fees

On a £500,000 house, home owners may pay a high street estate agent upwards of £10,000 to market it for sale.<p>Now, there’s a new kid in town: a website called Cubbyhole is offering to market a property for 30 days for just £1.<p>Peter Lampe, the chief executive, described it as “the Autotrader for …

The Arctic Circle Just Had Its Earliest Snowmelt Ever

Three hundred miles above of the Arctic Circle is America’s northern most snow observatory, typically the last place in the nation to see its snow …

British Land asset values jump on rising demand for office and retail space

The chief executive of British Land, owner of the 'Cheesegrater' skyscraper in the City of London, has brushed off suggestions that the business is suffering a slowdown, as shares fell 1.6pc this morning.<p>Chris Grigg, who has been chief executive of the company since 2009, said British Land's …

Feeding frenzy in Spain's renewable energy sector

In 2015 "total transactions reached 5 billion euros ($5.7 billion)", says Joao Saint-Aubyn, a Madrid-based energy expert at global consultancy Roland Berger.<p>The biggest by far were the acquisition last year by US private equity firm Cerberus of renewables specialist Renovalia for about one billion …

Renewable Energy

This Mental Trick of Olympic Athletes Can Radically Increase Your Productivity

Top athletes use this simple but powerful technique to perform at their best. So can you.<p>This summer in Rio de Janeiro, we're likely to see awe-inspiring displays of physical prowess. What we're unlikely to see is the mental work that goes into those jaw-dropping accomplishments.<p>Everyone knows that …

Best Energy ETF of the Week: United States Natural Gas Fund, LP (UNG, CHK, RRC, AR, RICE)

Crude oil made big headlines this week after it crossed over the $40-a-barrel mark for the first time this year. Natural gas was actually the real story this week: It outperformed crude, fueling a big jump in the <b>United States Natural Gas Fund</b> , which is an ETF that tracks its price:<p>UNG Price data …

150 Trees Protect This Apartment Complex from Noise and Pollution

While living in an urban environment has many benefits, you're often subject to noise, pollution, and lack of green space. This five-storey apartment building by Luciano Pia minimizes these disadvantages by cloaking the structure in a beautiful potted forest. Located in Turin, Italy, the facade …

Take Control By Creating Targeted Lists of Machine Learning Algorithms

By onNovember 3, 2014 in Machine Learning Algorithms<p>Any book on machine learning will list and describe dozens of machine learning algorithms.<p>Once …

Machine Learning

Articles about 10-new-nordic-designs-love-stockholm-design-week-2016 on Dwell.com - Dwell

Tom Dixon just released the Etch Web Stainless Steel in Stockholm, a play off of the Etch Shades that debuted this past September.<p>The Dwell team explored a week of design events in New York, snapping informal shots along the way.<p>The problem with loving all things Scandinavian is that for those of …

San Francisco

Tech Companies Are Leading The Rise Of Crowdsourced A&R

Music professionals have heard the eulogy all too many times: A&R (artists & repertoire, the division of record labels that oversees the artist development process) is dead.<p>I suggest a slight modification: A&R <i>as we know it</i> is dead, but as a whole it is very much alive—it just takes on vastly …

Stock Markets

3 Little-Known Stocks Set to Benefit From Today's Energy Sector Dynamics

How low can they go? Every time oil prices seem to bottom out, they find a way to sink even further. With ample supplies and refiners processing as …

3 Dividend Stocks To Buy Now And Hold Forever

With the S&P 500 down nearly 7% in the last three weeks alone, you can’t be blamed for wanting to throw up your hands and sell all your stocks.<p>But that’s the worst thing you could do, especially if you have a long time horizon and you mainly hold dividend-paying US companies. In fact, if you’re in …

Articles about house week tropical home opens through two story swinging door on Dwell.com - Dwell

Every week, we highlight one amazing Dwell home that went viral on Pinterest.<p>Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most viral design and architecture shot of the week.<p>Every week, we highlight one amazing Dwell home that went viral on Pinterest.<p>A couple creates a …

Architecture

Articles about 6 eco friendly homes built passive house standards mind on Dwell.com - Dwell

In a natural getaway outside of Mexico City, an architect builds a rugged home to last.<p>Every week, we highlight one amazing Dwell home that went viral on Pinterest.<p>Edmonton architect Vivian Manasc’s 19th-story rooftop penthouse is a bright spot—and a model green building—in a city where...<p>I've …

Mexico City

Articles about 8 brilliant examples indoor outdoor homes on Dwell.com - Dwell

At their house and flower farm in Los Angeles’s Glassell Park, Laura Gabbert and Andrew Avery bring friends, family, and a fleet...<p>Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron talks us through Dwell's June 2015 issue.<p>Southern California often conjures up visions of sun, sand, and surf—but for the …

Articles about miami oasis pays homage floridas rich architectural heritage on Dwell.com - Dwell

Designed with Floridian sensibilities, this bright loft gives an otherwise industrial space some warmth.<p>Following a diagram of the sun's path during the summer solstice, this three-story extension is the star of restaurateur and chef...<p>Cathy Leff takes to the road (and sidewalk) to lead us on an …

Baton Rouge

Articles about minimalist mexican retreat uses array strategies beat heat on Dwell.com - Dwell

Comprised of four modules arranged around a central courtyard, this home is a fresh take on the casa de fin de semana.<p>Using local materials and building methods, a London-based firm crafts a serene home in South Africa.<p>This soaring Lake Tahoe abode constantly references its sylvan setting, from the …