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This story originally appeared on CityLab and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. If you want an unusual but punchy telling of the world’s explosion of climate-warping gases, look no further than this visualization of CO2 levels over the past centuries soaring like skyscrapers into space. “2A Brief History of CO2 Emissions” portrays the...
A year ago, crypto was reaching ever new highs, and I was talking about whether ICOs would supplant the VC funding round and warning about Kim Jong Un’s crypto trading operations. And then the world turned upside down. Crypto prices are near rock-bottom prices, with Bitcoin hanging around $4,000 and Ethereum...
Here's What The Color of Your Urine Says About Your Health 1
Urine comes in many different colours; blue, green, yellow and even red at times. It has got to be said; though, that having the urine feature so many colours isn’t exactly a healthy thing. Thus, it is a good thing to be able to judge the state of your...
Snowbird: The First Successful Human-Powered Flapping-Wing Aircraft 1
Human-powered flight is not new to people, but to create a working human-powered ornithopter has been a dream shared by inventors and tinkerers since the 1800s. Now, The Aviation history is made when the University of Toronto’s human-powered aircraft with flapping wings became the first of its kind to fly continuously. The...
By the end of June, Kajsa Fernström Nåtby was homesick. The native Swede had just finished a 5-month internship with her country’s diplomatic office near the UN headquarters in Manhattan, darting between debates on migration and ocean plastic. Now, her parents were pleading for her to hop on an...
Everyone knows I like to analyze the trailers of upcoming movies—in particular, movies that I'm excited about. In this case, it's Incredibles 2. I have high hopes for this one since the first Incredibles was really great. In the trailer, we see Mr. Incredible doing his job—helping out with math...
Where are all the biotechnology companies raising these days? We crunched some numbers to arrive at an answer. Using funding rounds data from Crunchbase, we plotted the count of venture capital funding rounds raised by companies in the fairly expansive biotechnology category in Crunchbase. Click the chart below and you...
“So what’s going on here then?” I ask. “Two good friends just got even better ,” replies TransferWise co-founder Kristo Käärmann laughing, while Monzo co-founder Tom Blomfield, who is also on the video call, smiles approvingly. “Sorry for spoiling your news,” I tell the pair, who I’m interviewing ahead...
The fabric of space and time is widely believed by physicists to be emergent, stitched out of quantum threads according to an unknown pattern. And for 22 years, they’ve had a toy model of how emergent space-time can work: a theoretical “universe in a bottle,” as its discoverer, Juan...
(Credit: Gudkov Andrey/Shutterstock) Seeing anyone special? Thinking about having kids? When am I going to have some grandchildren? Many moms nag their adult children about the prospect of grandchildren. But bonobo moms take their maternal harassment to another level: They actively participate in helping their sons find mates. Even more surprisingly, the...

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Meet BlueCargo, a logistics startup focused on seaport terminals. The company was part of Y Combinator’s latest batch and recently raised a $3 million...