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Bees Bummed About Cell Phones

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Signals from mobile phones may be partly to blame for mysterious decline of bee populations around the world

Bee populations around the world are in massive decline, with scientists blaming it on a lack of genetic diversity, urbanization, and increased pesticide use. Now, Swiss scientists have discovered a surprising new culprit that doesn't seem so nefarious from here: our cell phones. The researchers conducted 83 different experiments in which cell phones were placed inside bee hives, and the bees'......read more

Jasper James: City Silhouettes

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Entrancing photos combine city dwellers with their urban locales

In 2008, the number of people living in cities surpassed the amount of people living in rural areas for the first time in history. This global urbanization shift informs the work of British photographer Jasper James in his latest series, "City Silhouettes." The images in the series, which portray city dwellers with their respective urban locales filling their silhouettes, aptly reflect......read more

The City 2.0: Winner of the 2012 TED Prize

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Innovation group challenges people to re-imagine the city of the future

More people are living in cities than ever before, and the global urbanization movement is showing no signs of slowing down. By 2008, the number of people living in cities surpassed the amount of people living in rural areas for the first time in history. In terms of sustainability, the inexorable urbanization trend poses both challenges and opportunities for a more eco-friendly......read more

Megacities: The Future of the Planet

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Composite images by Marcus Lyon offer a glimpse of our urban future

In 2001, Goldman Sachs economist Jim O'Neill coined the term 'BRIC' in reference to the megacities of Brazil, Russia, India and China -- urban magnets that he rightly predicted would drive economic growth in the coming years. Drawing in rural workers with the promise of higher wages and a higher quality of life, the ever-growing BRIC megacities are defined by the fine balance between expanding......read more

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