The artificial glacier growing in the desert

July 21, 2017

(CNN)In the far north of India, a cold mountain desert is the stunning backdrop to an unprecedented icy structure. The locals say it’s the only place in the world where a man, sitting in the sun with his feet in the shade, can suffer sunstroke and frostbite at the same time.

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Dirty laundry: Are your clothes polluting the ocean? – BBC News

July 6, 2017

“But I’ve been spending hours washing clothes and counting the fibres.” It might not be exotic, but this painstaking laundry-science has revealed that an average UK washing load – 6kg (13lb) of fabric – can release: 140,000 fibres from polyester-cotton blend nearly half a million fibres from polyester more than 700,000 fibres from acrylic Fishing for plastic “A lot more fibres were released in the wash than we expected,” Ms…

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Vivo built an under display fingerprint sensor, and we got a sneak peek

June 29, 2017

Finally, that display can go all the way to the bottom of the smartphone.Image: Vivo While Apple and Samsung race to be the first company to perfect a fingerprint scanner that resides under a smartphone’s display, a Chinese company called Vivo has already done it. Vivo is launching the technology jointly with Qualcomm at Mobile World Congress Shanghai on Wednesday, but Vivo shared key details, images and video exclusively with…

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Leading universities rated ‘bronze’ under new ranking system – BBC News

June 22, 2017

Drop-out rates The TEF, which was introduced by the previous government, is being administered by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce). Degree providers – a mixture of universities, colleges offering degree courses and alternative providers – could choose whether or not to take part. However, those awarded a bronze or higher – all institutions that took part, besides 64 who were given a provisional rating – are now…

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Father pays tribute to son who died aboard the USS Fitzgerald

June 22, 2017

(CNN)The words that leaked from Darrold Martin’s lips pulled at the heartstrings of CNN’s Brooke Baldwin — and her audience. One missed call Thirty-six minutes after the collision, 24-year-old Martin tried to reach his father. “The way we communicated was with WhatsApp,” Martin said, referring to the instant-messaging service. Martin could tell from his phone that his son had tried to reach him — likely as water was rushing into…

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Hanok homes: South Korean architects look to the past in their push to modernize

June 21, 2017

(CNN)South Korea may be known for its sharp focus on the new, but architects — and their increasingly sophisticated clients — are looking to the past for inspiration. “Historically, the prevalent view was that the hanok was useless — it was blocking development and economic progress,” says Hyumgmin Pai, an architectural historian at Seoul National University who curated South Korea’s award-winning pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. “Now we are…

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