London has the Gherkin, New York has the Empire State and Dubai has the Burj Khalifa. Now the Sahara is the place to watch for the next skyline icon. French architecture firm OXO plans to build Sand City Tower, a futuristic city complete with offices, museums and even a meteorological observatory overlooking the African desert.
New analysis of the Ice Age’s saber-toothed cat shows it was probably an even more terrifying creature than originally thought. X-ray imagining has shown that the beast’s upper canine teeth actually grew twice as fast as those seen on modern African lions — oh, and they also grew to be about seven inches long, each.
Soccer pas de deux: United States midfielder Megan Rapinoe and Germany defender Leonie Maier play the ball during the second half of the semifinals of the FIFA 2015 Women’s World Cup at Olympic Stadium, Montreal, June 30 2015. Michael Chow-USA TODAY Sports
Good news, Tsipras!
As luck would have it would have it, Greece will have more time to pay off its debt to the International Monetary Fund: one second. The Paris Observatory plans to add one second to the atomic clocks on Tuesday night, in order to keep earth time in line with planet rotation. And this extra second just so happens to line up with the IMF debt deadline! Sure, months of negotiations didn’t work out — but maybe an extra second could make the difference?
This little piggy went to the symphony.
As it turns out, your future ham sandwich may have more sophisticated taste in music than you do. Polish researchers found that subjecting swine to Mozart on a daily basis made them happier than a pig in… clover. But playing heavy metal music didn’t have a good impact. They ended up blowing their entire allowance at Hot Topic.
Big Brother is smelling you.
Kind of literally, actually, in Sydney, Australia. The city’s rail system is employing a new electronic nose to sniff out vandals. The system, known as Mousetrap, detects paint fumes, catching would-be graffiti artists in the act.