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Commissioned to design a vacation home in an avocado field while leaving the field itself as intact as possible, Francisco Pardo Arquitecto decided on the radical approach of burying the home. The result is the Avocado House, which blends into the beautiful Mexican landscape so well that at a glance it's barely visible.Continue ReadingCategory: Architecture, LifestyleTags: Building and Constructi
Back in 2019, Luna Cycles unchained the ground-breaking X1 Enduro ebike, a 50-lb performance monster with up to 2,000 watts of power on tap, full suspension and up to 40 miles of per-charge range. Now the company has unveiled an improved model.Continue ReadingCategory: Bicycles, TransportTags: ebikes, Enduro, Off-road
Apple and Foster + Partners' longstanding collaboration continues with the completion and opening of their latest Apple Store. Located in The Grove shopping complex in Los Angeles, California, customers enter through huge glass doors to a tree-lined retail space with a mirrored ceiling.Continue ReadingCategory: Architecture, LifestyleTags: Building and Construction, Apple, Retail, Foster and Part
Where some parts of the human body are able to heal relatively well following an injury, a damaged spinal cord is one that has a notoriously difficult time. But a new type of artificial scaffold is providing scientists with new cause for optimism. It features a novel design that encourages regenerating neurons to grow towards one another and bridge busted connections more efficiently, offering ne
Scientists at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) have successfully edited the genome of bacteria in the gut microbiome of living mice, for the first time. Bacteria-hunting viruses are loaded with the CRISPR gene-editing system, in a breakthrough that could help manipulate the ratio between different bacterial species to treat a range of health problems.Continue ReadingCategory: Med
When BMW redesigned the X5 in 2019 it became larger and more accommodating while retaining its driver-centric nature and smart interior, but the hybrid model went missing from the lineup. This year sees the return of the plug-in hybrid, along with some efficiency upgrades ... and losses.Continue ReadingCategory: Automotive, TransportTags: Plug-in Hybrid, Plug-In, BMW, PHEV, SUV, Reviews
Ahead of a U.S Food and Drug Administration advisory panel meeting, drugmaker Merck has revealed final analysis data from a Phase 3 trial testing its oral antiviral pill against COVID-19. The new data reveals the treatment is significantly less effective than early indications.Continue ReadingCategory: Health & Wellbeing, LifestyleTags: Coronavirus (COVID-19), Virus, Antiviral, FDA
After years of setbacks, the James Webb Space Telescope will finally launch next month. NASA has given the green light to begin fueling the observatory for launch, after engineering teams found no sign of damage from an incident last week.Continue ReadingCategory: Space, ScienceTags: James Webb Space Telescope, NASA, Astronomy, Launch, Telescope, Space telescope
NASA's Parker Solar Probe has set a new pair of records after it survived its 10th close encounter with the Sun. On November 21, 2021 at 4:25 am EST (08:25 GMT), the robotic deep-space explorer came within 5.3 million miles (8.5 million km) of the Sun's surface and reached a speed of 363,660 mph (586,864 km/h), making it both the closest satellite to survive such a near pass of the Sun and the fa
In 1945, a new invention that had helped to win the Second World War went on sale in the United States and Britain. First seen as an expensive novelty, it soon went on to become not only a part of our everyday lives, but one that revolutionized how we communicate. This was the Biro, the first successful ballpoint pen – a deceptively simple writing instrument with a very big story behind it.Contin

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