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A Peek Inside The World's First Carbon Neutral City

By Allegra Staples on October 12, 2014
A Peek Inside The World's First Carbon Neutral City

As the world becomes more aware of the risks of climate change and the importance of sustainable energy sources, individuals and communities are increasingly taking measures to reduce their carbon footprint. Some are building "passive homes", to take advantage of natural sun and wind patterns, while others are installing solar panels or windmills, to power their homes. But never before has there been an entire "green" city - one that relies solely on renewable energy sources and smart design elements, to eliminate its carbon footprint.

Guess What? Acing Those "Mad Minute" Tests Could Make You A Math Whiz

By Meera Dolasia on October 11, 2014
Guess What? Acing Those "Mad Minute" Tests Could Make You A Math Whiz

The next time you are asked to test your math computational skills with the dreaded "Mad Minute" test, do not groan and moan! According to Stanford scientists, it is the mastery of these basic facts that will help transform you into math whizzes, as you grow older! And given that they have peeked inside the brains of elementary school-age kids, adolescents and adults, they should know.

Wingardium Leviosa! British Artist "Levitates" Covent Garden's Historic Market Building

By Meera Dolasia on October 10, 2014
Wingardium Leviosa! British Artist "Levitates" Covent Garden's Historic Market Building

First there was the invisibility cloak created by scientists from the University of Rochester and now, this levitation of a section of Covent Garden's historic Market Building in London! And though it may appear to be the work of wizard extraordinaire Hermione Granger, this is no magic spell - just a clever illusion, created by 30-year-old British artist and designer, Alex Chinneck.

No Step Goes Wasted On This Soccer Field

By Meera Dolasia on October 9, 2014
No Step Goes Wasted On This Soccer Field

The kids that live at the Morro da Mineira slum in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro love to play soccer on the nearby community field. However, thanks to constant power shortages, they could rarely extend their games beyond sunset. Now, thanks to some innovative thinking and extraordinary technology, the young players will be able to use the field all night long if they wish, provided . . . they keep running!

Russian Fisherman Catches Fish With "Human Teeth"

By Meera Dolasia on October 8, 2014
Russian Fisherman Catches Fish With "Human Teeth"

A Russian fisherman out on a routine fishing trip on the Northern Dvina River is making headlines across the world, thanks to his unusual catch - a fish with a full set of teeth that eerily resemble ours. 50-year-old Aleks Korbov who revealed his find on September 29th, said that when he first pulled the fish up, he thought it was a common bream, a freshwater fish that is prevalent in the river.

Video Of The Week - Potato Chip Bags Double Up As Flotation Devices

By Meera Dolasia on October 6, 2014
Video Of The Week - Potato Chip Bags Double Up As Flotation Devices

While most of us are just resigned to the fact that potato chip bags contain more air than snack, some South Korean college students decided it was time to show manufacturers that consumers were well aware of the fact, and were not too thrilled about it.

Super Crystal Could Allow Mere Mortals To Be "Aquaman" (Or Woman)!

By Kendall Costello on October 6, 2014
Super Crystal Could Allow Mere Mortals To Be "Aquaman" (Or Woman)!

Here is some good news for the fans of DC comics superhero "Aquaman" - Thanks to its namesake "Aquaman crystal" they too may soon be able to swim deep into the oceans without lugging around heavy air tanks. That's because the man-made chemical compound which was unveiled by a team of researchers from the University of Southern Denmark on September 30th, has the capacity to absorb as much as 160 times the amount of oxygen that is in the atmosphere. According to the scientists, a spoonful of the substance could store all the oxygen that is present in a normal-sized room.

Google's Young Scientists Are Out To Change The World

By Meera Dolasia on October 5, 2014
Google's Young Scientists Are Out To Change The World

Since 2011, Google has been challenging innovative teens aged 13-18 from all around the world, to use their technology and scientific know-how to transform the world into a better place. Contestants are categorized into three age categories (13-14, 15-16, 17-18) and five semi-finalists are selected from each. The fifteen youngsters are then flown to the company's headquarters in Mountain View, CA, to present their ideas to a group of judges, who select a winner from each category, one of whom is also declared the overall winner.

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