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Map reveals how the entire world could be connected using a global underground network

April 16th, 2014 at 9:43 am » Comments Off

Web developer Chris Gray came up with his idea for a global Underground map when he was visiting Australia. What if you could board a train in Madras, India and travel to Boston without changing trains? One man has imagined the world as a giant London Underground map where people can travel freely between countries […]

16 eye opening photos of children and their bedrooms from across the world

April 10th, 2014 at 11:18 am » Comments Off

Where Children Sleep Some kids experience childhood in poverty, lacking food and sanitation, while others are born in countries where basic necessities are taken for granted.  Photographer James Mollison came up with the project when he thought about his own childhood bedroom and how it reflected who he was.  

Zuckerberg explains why drones are better than balloons to deliver internet access

March 31st, 2014 at 12:38 pm » Comments Off

Facebook wants to place internet drones over specific population centers. Facebook and revealed their intentions last week to connect the developing world through aerial drones and satellites. Their plans drew the inevitable comparisons to Google’s Project Loon, which would field fleets of balloons in the Earth’s stratosphere. The similarities weren’t lost on Facebook founder and […]

‘Doomsday vault’ keeps over 800,000 plant species on ice

March 18th, 2014 at 11:36 am » Comments Off

Svalbard Global Seed Vault The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, or “doomsday vault,” on a remote Norwegian island in the Arctic Circle took its first deposits in March 2008. The vault’s builders had spent some $7 million and 12 months blasting a tunnel and three chambers into the mountainside’s hard permafrost. To be stored within? Treasure. […]

How China’s official bankcard is used to smuggle money

March 15th, 2014 at 8:01 am » Comments Off

Chinese government-supported payment card network, China UnionPay. There are a growing numbers of people in China who are using the country’s state-backed bankcards to illegally smuggle billions of dollars abroad, according to a report by Reuters.    

Graphene oxide could offer a solution to unlocking our most abundant water source

March 14th, 2014 at 12:24 pm » Comments Off

Dr Rahul Nair demonstrates a graphene-based membrane device. Many of us struggle to satisfy our thirst even though we live on a water world.  That is because the Earth’s oceans are salty. Just 2.5% of the Earth’s water is freshwater, and of that, 60% is trapped in glaciers, 30% in groundwater (not all of which is accessible), […]

UK gets more electricity from offshore wind farms than all other countries combined

February 25th, 2014 at 11:29 am » Comments Off

The UK is currently far ahead of countries like the US and China. The UK doesn’t get enough credit for its pioneering work in offshore wind power. They have helped push forward the industry and everybody else will benefit from these advances, in the same way that Germany helped turbocharge the solar industry over the past decade and […]

Creating the God Globe

February 19th, 2014 at 2:22 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: In 1998, a column I wrote for The Futurist Magazine took issue with the state of computer displays. Viewing the vast and growing Internet through a little square box on our desk was, in my opinion, the equivalent of watching a baseball game through a knothole.    

Countries ranked by quality of life

February 12th, 2014 at 12:00 pm » Comments Off

What is your recipe for a better life? Money is important, but it isn’t everything. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development created the Your Better Life Index to compare the quality of life as well as economic prowess of its 34 member countries. The index measures each country using 11 different lines, including income, […]

Bill Gates crushes 3 myths about foreign aid

February 4th, 2014 at 12:56 pm » Comments Off

Bill and Melinda Gates Bill and Melinda Gates have released a letter in January outlining the work the foundation has done in the last year and they have done this for the past five years. This year, they took a bit of a different approach. They were concerned by virulent myths that programs funded by the Gates […]

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