Category: Features

If Dinosaurs Would Still Around

It was the kind of cataclysm that we can scarcely imagine. When an asteroid 15km-wide (nine miles) slammed into planet Earth 66 million years ago, it struck with a force equivalent to about 10 billion Hiroshima bombs. A radioactive fireball seared everything for hundreds of miles in every direction and...

The Dark Side of Night Lights

In 1994, an earthquake knocked out power in Los Angeles, Calif. In the days that followed, concerned residents reported a giant cloud of silvery light stretching across the night sky. Some worried that the mysterious sight was somehow related to the earthquake. These people had lived in the large, brightly...

Architecture Affects How You Feel

“We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us,” mused Winston Churchill in 1943 while considering the repair of the bomb-ravaged House of Commons. More than 70 years on, he would doubtless be pleased to learn that neuroscientists and psychologists have found plenty of evidence to back him up....

Skyscrapers in Plants

The city that until recently Italians would dismiss as ‘grey’ is becoming ever more verdant thanks to the creative minds of designers and architects. Let’s have a look how it happened. New look for an old city Italy’s second biggest city is reinventing itself, with a shining horizon of brand-new...

The Mysterious Greek Island

I caught my first glimpse of Spinalonga four years ago from a steep hilltop overlooking the sleepy village of Plaka in north-eastern Crete. The diminutive 8.5-hectare islet in the Gulf of Mirabello stood completely in shadow, dark and foreboding as if blackened by coal, while the butterscotch-hued Spinalonga Peninsula that...

The Perfect Battery

Batteries symbolize our love affair with convenience. They liberate us from wires by juicing up our smartphones, laptops and cars. With gadgets fully charged, we can go anywhere, do anything. One hundred percent power feels secure. But when the charge runs dry, we’re screwed. The good news? Engineers are trying...

Where Internet Warms Homes

“The cloud” is a real place. The pictures you post on Instagram, the happy birthday wishes you leave on Facebook pages, and the TV shows you stream on Netflix aren’t living in a nebulous ball of condensation in the sky. They live on a massive series of servers – all...

Motivate Yourself Smart and Simple Ways

Some days you wake up motivated and ready to go. And some days things feel heavy as you arise and it is hard to get going and find that inner drive. At least in my experience. So over the past 10+ years I have found some simple and smart strategies...

AI Coming to Help

For some, the spread of artificial intelligence and robotics poses a threat to our privacy, our jobs – even our safety, as more and more tasks are handed over to silicon-based brains. But even the most vocal critics highlight the potential good that AI and automated systems could do for humanity. A...

In The Home of Spiders

“I suppose it’s quite a lot of spiders…” Alistair McGregor says casually, rotating his hand to catch a plump, leggy female who is making a bid for freedom. “We can never have too many though – they eat each other.” It is in the spider room at his lab in...

Somaliland Going Cashless

Half a dozen men crowd round one of the many small colourful wooden shacks off a main street in Hargeisa, Somaliland, shouting and arguing over the quality of khat – a mild narcotic that has been likened to both coffee and cocaine – that they’ve just been hastily handed by...

Take Action Every Day

One of the biggest and most common problems with improving your life or the success you want out of is that you may not take consistent action over a longer time period. Now, consistency isn’t the sexiest or most exciting word. But it is, coupled with time, what will give you...

Life was Found in Pure Acid!

aIn a surreal landscape of colours, dominated by luminescent ponds of yellows and greens, boiling hot water bubbles up like a cauldron, whilst poisonous chlorine and sulphur gases choke the air. Known as the “gateway to hell”, the Danakil Depression in Ethiopia is scorchingly hot and one of the most...

The Ghostly Radio Station

In the middle of a Russian swampland, not far from the city of St Petersburg, is a rectangular iron gate. Beyond its rusted bars is a collection of radio towers, abandoned buildings and power lines bordered by a dry-stone wall. This sinister location is the focus of a mystery which stretches back...

The Islands with Unique English

It was approaching midday and beads of sweat formed on my back as I followed the road along the east coast of Tanna, one of the 83 islands that makes up the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu. Every so often the roadside foliage thinned enough to reveal a glimpse of...

Things to Do to Live a Happier Life

Happiness must not always come from big things and events. It can come from smaller, daily habits too. So today I’d simply like to share 3 quick tips and habits that help to live a happier life. Start by setting a low bar for happiness. When you wake up in...

A Forgotten Kingdom in Turkey By -Emma

Turkey is now situated at the center of world interest. Being the center of Ottoman Empire, it has a long legacy of glorious history. The kingdom that once existed still has its remains in architecture and other elements. Ongoing governmental disputes have left the fate of these medieval architectural wonders...

Bee Hotels

A  new kind of hotel is opening for business around the world. Its guests are wild bees. Built by people, these hotels are going up in rural farmlands, in suburban backyards — even on city rooftops. They don’t offer maid service, but they do give bees a place to nest....

In Underwater Cave, without Oxygen

Three months ago, XiscoGràcia experienced what he describes as every diver’s worst nightmare – he found himself without oxygen in an underwater cave, relying on an air pocket for survival. As hours turned into days he realised he might not be found in time. On Saturday 15 April, XiscoGràcia slipped...

Get More Done with Less Stress

The daily work we do – in school, at work or in a business – can easily become overwhelming, ineffective and suck the energy and joy out of what you are doing. So how can you work in a lighter, simpler way that helps you to get more of what truly matters...