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BBC – Future – Could wood buildings be a solution to climate change?

I am standing on a seemingly ordinary construction site of an inconspicuous office building in East London. The seven-storey building is about two-thirds finished – the basic structure and the stairs are present, with the plastering and the wiring is just beginning. But as I walk around, something else slowly reveals itself. The construction site is quiet and clean – …

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BBC – Future – Is It Right to Use Nazi Research When It Can Save Lives?

In search of a glimpse of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing this week, Washington DC news station WTOP published a brilliant biography of "brilliant" rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, buried in 1977 in nearby Alexandria was quickly withdrawn. The reason? It had not been mentioned that von Braun was a Nazi. There are few areas of scientific progress …

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BBC – Future – Strange Evolution: The Strange Future of Life on Earth

In the early 1980s, author Dougal Dixon published a cult book entitled After Man: A Zoology of the Future, in which he imagined what life would be like in millions of years. Dixon imagined shrews using their tails as parachutes, flying monkeys (or "flunkeys"), super-long snakes catching birds in the midst of flight, night sailors spearing their prey with long …

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BBC – Culture – Film Criticism: The Lion King

With its mythical history of life and death, not to mention lions and hyenas, the Lion King was an unlikely candidate for photorealistic treatment. But the new film leaps into naturalism, with dazzling authenticity, as computer-generated herds of zebras, elephants and antelopes walk across the canvas for a sweeping African view towards Pride Rock, where King Mufasa waits to hold …

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BBC – Future – Apollo in 50 numbers: the cost

$ 25bn: Total cost of the Apollo program in US dollars The president, who had pledged to land a man on the moon by the end of the decade, was not enthusiastic about space exploration. "I'm not that interested in space," John F. Kennedy told NASA chief James Webb in a private meeting in the White House in 1962. "I …

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BBC – Future – Would people develop again if we were to rewind time?

What would happen if the hands of time were reset to any point in our history of evolution and we restarted the clock? The American paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould suggested this famous thought experiment in the late 1980s – and it still takes the imagination of evolutionary biologists to never re-develop. In fact, he felt that the evolution of humanity …

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