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Strange Buildings and Architecture - Guggenheim, Habitat 67 and Other Strange Buildings. City: London Background: This is the second tallest building in the City of London.

Strange Buildings and Architecture - Guggenheim, Habitat 67 and Other Strange Buildings

DIY Air Conditioners – How to Make your Own Air Conditioner. September 7, 2010 5:00 PM The California Cooler.

DIY Air Conditioners – How to Make your Own Air Conditioner

Dreams Make You Smarter, More Creative, Studies Suggest. (Also see: "Naps Clear Brain's Inbox, Improve Learning. " ) In a recent study, people who took naps featuring REM sleep—in which dreams are most vivid—performed better on creativity-oriented word problems. That is, the REM, or rapid eye movement, sleep helped people combine ideas in new ways, according to psychiatrist Sara Mednick , who led the study. Part of the experiment's morning round involved a word-analogy test, similar to some SAT problems. Early Jupiter Feasted on Super-Earths.

Oldest Animal Life on Earth Found? - Scientists have discovered the world's oldest known animal fossils, dating to 650 million years ago. - The fossils, likely sponges, push back the fossil record for animals by about 70 million years. - The sponges existed before, and probably after, a severe "Snowball Earth" event that covered much of the globe in ice.

Oldest Animal Life on Earth Found?

Animals have been on Earth for at least 650 million years, suggest recently found primitive sponge fossils from South Australia. This discovery pushes back the fossil record for animals by about 70 million years, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Geoscience. SEE ALSO: Top 10 Longest Living Animals The prior oldest known hard-bodied animals were reef-dwelling organisms called Namacalathus, which date to approximately 550 million years ago. The even more advanced age of the newly found sponge fossils provides direct evidence that animal life existed before the severe "Snowball Earth" event. ADHD Linked to Pesticide Exposure. Mystery of the Missing Ocean Plastic.

Cell Phone Sees in the Dark. Martian Environment Is Ideally Suited For Crop Farming, Study Says. If we ever decide to colonize Mars, it might be fairly simple to grow crops in that red soil, according to a new study.

Martian Environment Is Ideally Suited For Crop Farming, Study Says

Mars' reduced gravity could let us use less water and fertilizer than we do on Earth. Visions of future space farms usually involve greenery thriving inside hydroponic systems, but as bio-geo researchers Federico Maggia and Céline Pallud note, using old-fashioned soil has plenty of advantages. AMPERE, The First System for Tracking Space Weather in Real Time, Goes Live. The solar flare that slammed into Earth's atmosphere earlier this month was a prescient reminder that solar weather -- though sometimes beautiful -- can have serious impacts on the Earth.

AMPERE, The First System for Tracking Space Weather in Real Time, Goes Live

So perhaps the timing is right for something like AMPERE, the first space-based system capable of monitoring the Earth's immediate space environment in real-time. The system is the first step in a process that will enable around-the-clock monitoring and eventual prediction of solar and space weather and its effects on Earth. AMPERE -- short for Active Magnetosphere and Planetary Electrodynamics Response Experiment -- is a collaboration between Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), Iridium Communications, and Boeing, funded by a $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation. Do Cloned Wild Animals Have Instincts? Let's ask Betsy Dresser, the senior vice president of research at the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species in New Orleans, who has raised several litters of small African wildcat clones.

Do Cloned Wild Animals Have Instincts?

"Oh yes, the clones are very much wild animals with wild instincts," she says. "They bite and scratch. You can't handle them without gloves and nets. " Leonardo da Vinci. 1.

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo was the love child of Caterina, a peasant, and Ser Piero, a lawyer and landlord. He was homeschooled and lacked a formal education in Greek and Latin. 2. Death. 1 The practice of burying the dead may date back 350,000 years, as evidenced by a 45-foot-deep pit in Atapuerca, Spain, filled with the fossils of 27 hominids of the species Homo heidelbergensis, a possible ancestor of Neanderthals and modern humans. 2 Never say die: There are at least 200 euphemisms for death, including "to be in Abraham's bosom," "just add maggots," and "sleep with the Tribbles" (a Star Trek favorite). 3 No American has died of old age since 1951.


Obesity. 1.


Child-safety seat manufacturers are starting to make bigger models after a recent study showed that over 250,000 U.S. children age 6 and under are too fat to use them. 2. According to a study by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University, nearly half the 4,000 people responding to an online survey about obesity said they would give up a year of their life rather than be fat. 3. Sports Technology. 1 Engineers with the U.S.

Sports Technology

Olympic Committee keep improving timing and measurement technology. Light beams now record racers’ times to within a thousandth of a second. Nutrition. 1 The average American eats 61 pounds of refined sugar each year, including 25 pounds of candy. Halloween accounts for at least two pounds of that. 2 Trick: Sugar may give you wrinkles via a process called glycation, in which excess blood sugar binds to collagen in the skin, making it less elastic. 3 Or treat: Cutting back on sugar may help your skin retain its flexibility.

24 Years After Chernobyl, Radioactive Boars Still Roam Germany. A quarter-century after the catastrophe, Chernobyl can’t stay out of the news. When fires broke out in Russia this month, people worried that the flames would spread to areas still affected by the radiation, with unknown consequences. And this week, we learned that Chernobyl-related radiation is actually on the rise somewhere else: in German boars. Add salt as required: the recipe for fresh water - tech - 18 August 2010. Using desalination to slake the world's thirst has been an uphill struggle, but now we're learning to go with the flow STROLLING along Williamsons beach, a quiet strip of sand about 100 kilometres south-east of Melbourne, Australia, you would never guess that a monster lurks just behind the dunes.

Nestled at the bottom of a 27-metre-deep pit is a 500-tonne mechanical giant that is about to begin burrowing under the beach and out to sea. In its wake the machine will leave a 4-metre-wide, 1.5-kilometre-long tunnel, the inlet for one of the world's largest plants to turn seawater into drinking water. First gold-iron alloy shows power of magnetic attraction - tech - 19 August 2010. GOLD readily forms alloys with the precious metals silver and palladium, but it normally blends with cheap iron about as well as oil mixes with water. That has now changed, with the creation of a gold-iron alloy that is held together by magnetism.

The arrangement of atoms in an alloy changes the chemical properties of its constituent metals and makes it potentially useful to catalyse reactions. Darwinian medicine: Does intensive care kill or cure? - health - 19 August 2010. Brain training improves acting skills - life - 19 August 2010. Infrared chlorophyll could boost solar cells - tech - 19 August 2010. How collapsing bubbles could shoot cancer cells dead - health - 20 August 2010. Killer T-cells, the fix for organ rejection? - health - 21 August 2010. 25,000 New Asteroids Found by NASA's Sky Mapping. Moderate sleepers avoid an early grave. She shoots, she scores! Scientists finding how crucial bacteria can be to health. Scientists plumb the depths to ask how many fish in the sea. Loneliness will kill you, scientists caution. How Brilliant Computer Scientists Solved the Bermuda Triangle Mystery.

Ten technologies that should be extinct (but aren't) - Technology & science - Tech and gadgets - PC World. 'Big Solar' Struggles To Find Home In California - Scientists Dispute Government Stance on the Lingering Effects of Gulf Oil - Giant Underwater Oil Plume Found in Gulf of Mexico : - Iran to start up first nuclear reactor - An iPad at the office: Can it work as a PC? Robot Explorer Set to Reveal Secrets of Great Pyramid of Giza.