August 16, 2017

Your Devices Can Spy on Your Every Move

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Bad guys or law enforcement could hack into our networked gadgets to spy on everything we do – and it's not clear how a laptop's video camera or an Amazon Echo fits within wiretapping laws. Read More »

Resilient Midwestern Cities Improving Equity in a Changing Climate

Chicago skyline from a green rooftop. (Photo by  Josh Koonce, Creative Commons License)

Faced with growing risks of flooding, heat-related deaths, and poor air and water quality; skyrocketing energy bills; and costly damage to homes and infrastructure, some Midwestern city officials and community advocates are taking steps to improve their cities’ resilience to the effects of climate change. Read More »

Race on to Preserve Cultural Monuments with 3D Images

Entrance to the gate of Nimrod, destroyed by the IS group and digitally reconstructed as part of Project Mosul. (Model by ruimx from photos at

Researchers are making 3D scans, architectural plans and detailed photographic records of cultural heritage sites around the world, knowing they could be destroyed at any time. Read More »

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Takes a Step Forward

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The Hyperloop has created extreme controversy with skeptics citing everything from the cost of land in California to the substantial g-forces that would impact passengers being accelerated from 0 to 700+ miles per hour in a short span of time. Read More »

The Mercury Level in Your Tuna is Getting Higher

Wild albacore tuna at Steveston Fish Market in Richmond. (Photo by roaming-the-planet, Creative Commons License)

An analysis of mercury levels in fish shows that mercury levels in yellowfin, or ahi, tuna are rising and the likely cause is air pollution. Read More »

The Power of Stones Used in Ottoman Jewelry

The 75 carat Hooker Emerald Brooch is part of the Gem and Mineral Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. The stone reputedly was once part of a stone worn by Ottoman ruler Abdul Hamid II. (Photo via Daily Sabah)

Could the Ottomans have known something that we didn’t about the stones and gems they used in their jewelry? Here is a look at the significance of the stones used in the making of these flamboyant pieces Read More »

12 Foods That Can Help You Lose Weight

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You can lose weight in absolutely natural way, if you become more imaginative about your eating habits and start exercising. Here are 12 foods that can help you shed those unwanted pounds faster. Read More »

FoodLense: The İstanbul-Berlin Döner Wars

German Chancellor Merkel is seen cutting döner from a spit. The döner industry, which is mostly in the hands of the Turkish community, sells nearly 300 tons daily in Germany.(Photo via Today's Zaman)

Turkish dish the döner has carved out a place for itself in modern German cuisine. It has surpassed the hamburger in Germany's fast food sector. Despite its Turkish roots, some people think the döner made in Germany is better than those made in Turkey. Read More »

FoodLense: The Story of Harisa to Haleem


Haleem, nihari and biryani are robustly rustic, and before they were refined to lavishly lay on the table of royalty in the subcontinent they were cantonment foods; fit to feed the Army battalions. Read More »

Almost Afghan! Roasted Salmon With Dill and Cilantro

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Landlocked Afghanistan may not have salmon on top of its national cuisine, but improvisation in recipes can give the fish a unique Afghan flavor. Read More »