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The case for … never demolishing another building

The construction industry is wasteful and creates huge CO2 emissions. But what if new buildings had to be adapted and resused or built only with materials already available? Guardian Cities is concluding with ‘The case for …”, a series of…

The case for … cities that aren’t dystopian surveillance states | Cory Doctorow

Imagine your smartphone knew everything about the city – but the city didn’t know anything about you. Wouldn’t that be truly ‘smart’? Guardian Cities is concluding with ‘The case for …”, a series of opinion pieces exploring options for radical…

Scientists identify three causes of Earth’s spin axis drift

Source:   NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory Summary:  Using observational and model-based data spanning the entire 20th century, scientists have for the first time have identified three broadly-categorized processes responsible for Earth’s spin axis drift — contemporary mass loss primarily in Greenland, glacial…

From crystals to climate: ‘Gold standard’ timeline links flood basalts to climate change

How tiny zircon crystals linked the massive Columbia River flood basalts to ancient global warming Source: Princeton University Summary: Princeton geologists used tiny zircon crystals found in volcanic ash to rewrite the timeline for the eruptions of the Columbia River…

From the Grand Tour to My Brilliant Friend: how Naples captured our imagination

Moody Naples. IgorZh/Shutterstock Overlooking sparkling sea and overshadowed by Mount Vesuvius, the Italian city of Naples is a popular and evocative setting in popular culture. HBO’s acclaimed TV adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s best-selling Neapolitan novels returned to UK screens for…

We discovered a new species, but war means it may now remain hidden forever

The male specimen discovered in the Natural History Museum, Vienna. Alec Moore, Author provided The world has a new species. My colleagues and I were hugely excited to announce it but, alas, this stingray – a distant cousin of sharks…