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Architect's Dream Of Levitating Houses Turns Into A Hoverboard

published about 6 hours ago
Architect's Dream Of Levitating Houses Turns Into A Hoverboard
For the past 20 years, architect Greg Henderson has been trying to figure out ways to build safer buildings to withstand earthquakes. Along the way, he came up with a method using electromagnetic fields to separate the building from the ground during an earthquake. But he also realized the technology could be used in plenty of other ways, especially in the field of transportation where similar yet less efficient technology is used in bullet trains called Maglev.

Millions pledged to carry out CPS arts program

published about 6 hours ago
Millions pledged to carry out CPS arts program
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools officials are set to announce Tuesday that private donors have pledged $10 million to help implement the district's plan to bolster arts education.

NSA Clears Samsung Devices

published about 7 hours ago
Samsung said the NSA approved some of its mobile devices for use by government officials to carry classified information, a positive step for the smartphone maker’s struggling mobile division.

Video: Here’s what it’s like to buy lunch at McDonald’s with Apple Pay

published about 7 hours ago
Video: Here’s what it’s like to buy lunch at McDonald’s with Apple Pay
With the release of iOS 8.1 on Monday, iPhone users for the first time got to use Apple Pay, the mobile payment platform that’s secured with the help of Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner. A new video posted on YouTube now shows us just what we can expect when we use Apple Pay to buy things in retail outlets — in this case, a meal at McDonald’s. LEARN MORE: Apple unveils Apple Pay, its bold new service to replace your ... more


Amid California's drought, a bruising battle for cheap water

published about 2 hours ago
Amid California's drought, a bruising battle for cheap water
The signs appear about 200 miles north of Los Angeles, tacked onto old farm wagons parked along quiet two-lane roads and bustling Interstate 5.

In Laguna Beach, kelp has arrived -- and it's raising a stink

published about 10 hours ago
In Laguna Beach, kelp has arrived -- and it's raising a stink
Warmer air and water temperatures, combined with overseas tropical storms, delivered an ecologically desirable but olfactory disagreeable gift to the shores of Laguna Beach this ... more

Smog chokes Beijing marathon, but should be gone for APEC

published about 19 hours ago
Smog chokes Beijing marathon, but should be gone for APEC
When cold wind didn’t arrive as expected, participants in the annual Beijing Marathon had to endure the 26-mile race in the thick smog surrounding the ... more

Another Ebola challenge: Disposing of medical waste

published 1 day ago
Another Ebola challenge: Disposing of medical waste
A single Ebola patient treated in a U.S. hospital will generate eight 55-gallon barrels of medical waste each day.

Dot Earth Blog: A Passing: Rick Piltz, a Bush-Era Whistleblower

published 1 day ago
Dot Earth Blog: A Passing: Rick Piltz, a Bush-Era Whistleblower
A gutsy Bush-era whistleblower and defender of climate science passes away.
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Taking Minds on a Journey to Mars

published about 14 hours ago
Taking Minds on a Journey to Mars
In a dome on a Hawaiian volcano, NASA is financing a study to see how astronauts might deal with the stress and isolation of an ... more

A Comet’s Brush With Mars

published 1 day ago
A Comet’s Brush With Mars
A comet the size of a small mountain whizzed past Mars on Sunday, dazzling space enthusiasts with the once-in-a-million-years encounter.

In 'Cosmigraphics,' Our Changing Pictures of Space Through Time

published Mon, Oct 13 2014 15:44 GMT
In 'Cosmigraphics,' Our Changing Pictures of Space Through Time
Over thousands of years, humans have tried to represent the universe in graphic form, whether in manuscripts, paintings, prints, books or supercomputer simulations.

Observatory: Other Solar Systems Don’t Play by Our Rules

published Thu, Oct 09 2014 14:56 GMT
Large planets with surprisingly sharp orbital angles can exert gravitational forces on other planets, a new study reported.

Out There: How to Make a Black Hole

published Wed, Oct 08 2014 09:15 GMT
Gamma-ray bursts are thought to be the final step by which stars sink into oblivion.