Laura Secorun Palet

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Ecologist's Airborne Scanners See The Forest And The Trees — All Of Them

Thursday, January 22, 2015

In today's world it can be easy to feel like there's nothing left to discover, that all the blank bits of the map have long been filled. Gregory Asner begs to differ, and he's developed a lab in the sky to prove it.

In the Carnegie Airborne Observatory, ...


Clowning Without Borders Aims To Give Refugees Another Way To Heal

Friday, January 02, 2015

On a cold November morning, 300 children gather in a soccer field in Zaatari, a Jordanian village next to the country's largest refugee camp.

Most of them are Syrians who fled from Homs with their families and now live in makeshift tents in what was already a ...


One Man's Trash, Another Man's Fashion Brand

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Trying to save the world today can take on many forms. For Javier Goyeneche, a 44-year-old Spanish entrepreneur, it happens to involve trash — discarded tires, leftover coffee grounds, even old fishing nets from the sea. He's not just recycling them; he's using them to make a fashion statement.

Goyeneche ...


Turkey Looks For Energy In An Abundant Resource: Pistachio Shells

Thursday, November 20, 2014

What would you do with thousands of tons of leftover nutshells? It's a question that Turkey — the world's third-biggest producer of pistachios, behind Iran and the United States — has been asking itself for years.

Usually discarded pistachio shells end up in landfills, but nut-loving Turks think ...


Americans for Independence — From America

Saturday, November 15, 2014

You might think that Scotland's failed independence vote in September would discourage Americans from going the same route. And after the South's failed attempt to break away more than 150 years ago, who could think of trying it again?

About a dozen regions, as it turns out. They might not ...


A Cheerful Mortician Tackles The Lighter Side Of Death

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Caitlin Doughty remembers her first encounter with death.

"That thud — that noise of the girl's body hitting laminate — would play over and over again in my mind, dull thud after dull thud," she writes in her new book, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the ...


Privacy Or Profit? These Firms Want To Help You Sell Your Data

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Our personal information is highly valued, and online data brokers are making millions by gathering and sharing our search histories, buying habits and marriage statuses with advertisers and marketers. But several new services want to help you take control of this process — by selling your personal data yourself.

That's ...


Travelling Books: Vintage Van Carries Literature Around Lisbon

Saturday, August 30, 2014

You're probably well-acquainted with the idea of the food van. The more sartorially minded may have even visited a fashion truck. Now, it's translated into literature aimed at tourists.

In June 2013, three entrepreneurial literature lovers from Portugal's capital created a nomadic bookstore that moves around the city all ...


For City Dwellers, Stargazing Can Make For A Stellar Vacation

Saturday, August 16, 2014

When was the last time you looked at the Milky Way? Or saw the shape of Cassiopeia? If you live in a city, you might not even remember. In the world's most populated areas, air and light pollution obscure the sight of thousands of stars once visible to the naked ...


Art From Death: Taxidermy As A Creative Hobby

Saturday, August 09, 2014

First it was knitting; then came excessive facial grooming, vegan baking and urban beekeeping. You thought hipster hobbies couldn't get weirder? Brace yourself.

Now think: taxidermy. From DIY stuffing kits to workshops and homemade skull jewelry, this old craft is getting a revival from the hands of artists, designers and ...


Obama: Iraq Must Have Legitimate Government To Combat Insurgency

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Updated at 12:25 p.m. ET.

President Obama says that the U.S. will continue to provide Iraq with humanitarian and military assistance, but he ruled out ground troops and reiterated administration calls for Iraq to form a "legitimate" government in order to face the threat from Islamic militants.

Speaking to ...


Weekly Innovation: An App To Help Stop Food Waste

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

This post is part of our Weekly Innovation series, in which we explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Do you have an innovation to share? Use this quick form.

The U.S. wastes up to 40 percent of its food. ...


Switzerland: From Banking Paradise To Data Safe Zone

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Stash gold in a Swiss bank? It's old hat. Try something really valuable: data.

Swiss vaults have held treasures ranging from Nazi gold to Wall Street fortunes. Now they might become the guardians of the 21st century's most precious asset. Think thick steel doors, timed locks, biometric sensors — all ...


Oil Off The Coast Of Ibiza? Protesters Don't Want To Know

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Ibiza — famous for wild, all-night parties — is home to some of the Mediterranean's most pristine beaches and thriving marine ecosystems. But these could soon be endangered by more than the island's hedonism.

Spain's central government is considering whether to allow oil prospecting near the coasts of Ibiza and ...


Try 'I Tradizionali,' A Temporary, Culinary Tattoo

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Cooking is a messy endeavor, and few recipe books escape drips, spills and splatters. But help is at hand.

Two young Italian designers have come up with I Tradizionali, a collection of beautiful and temporary tattoos of Italian recipes that fit on your forearm.

Do the shallots go in before ...


Security Camera Footage Could Track Suspects

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A woman in Seattle said a small aircraft was hovering outside her window. Two men piloting the craft packed up their gear and fled before police arrived. The men may be on security tapes.


Having An Army Might Be Practical, But It's Not Obligatory

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Even in times of global economic crisis and shrinking national budgets, many countries cling tight to their military forces. Defense spending, for most states, is considered an unavoidable necessity for protecting citizens.

But what if having a military wasn't necessary? There are currently 23 countries in the world that don't ...


Cave-Dwelling In Spain Offers A Welcome Inconvenience

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Have you ever fantasized about getting away from it all — going somewhere without smartphones, computers or Twitter?

Tuning out from technology can be challenging, but for the truly daring, there is an even more radical solution. In southern Spain, thousands of people live completely unplugged — in caverns.

The ...


A Call For Fair Phones And Conflict-Free Tech

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Despite his serene demeanor, Bas van Abel once got so furious, he smashed his 11-year-old's Nintendo DS. It wasn't his son's fault. It was the toy: Van Abel couldn't get it open.

An advocate of open design and a prominent member of the global maker community, van Abel lives by ...


Your Computer Is Bored By You

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

When computers finally become self-aware, will their first act be enslaving the obviously inferior human race? The answer, I think, is "no."

But they won't spare us out of altruism or a sense of responsibility to their creators. No, they will leave us alone because we bore them.

The average ...