The First Trillionaires Will Be Made In Space: The Future Of Mining

Asteroids In Space

Source: io9

As space colonization begins to look like more of a reality while finding new sources of mineral wealth on Earth increasingly resembles a fantasy, the private sector has set its sights on space–or more specifically on the Manhattan-sized hunks of rock and metal hurtling through space at 56,000 miles per hour–for future sources of fortune. More than 10,000 asteroids currently orbit the Earth, and three men believe they can extract and sell their components for an enormous profit.

Larry Page of Google, filmmaker James Cameron, and Peter Diamandis of the X-Prize Foundation make up this curious hodgepodge of rich white men, and in 2012 they founded a privately-traded company called Planetary Resources, which is the forerunner in the race to extract resources from asteroids. Continue Reading

Your Dream Home Is Actually In Lima, Peru

S House Lima Peru

Source: Arch Daily

Architectural firm Domenack Arquitectos have played with space and enclosures to generate the perfect, open home for Peruvian climates. From the architects:

The house is the result of dealing with three important variables: satisfying the functional needs of the family, adapting the design to a difficult sloping topography without resorting to complicate and expensive structures, and capturing the views towards a golf course despite the fact that the plot is not adjacent to it.

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You’ll Love These Shots From National Geographic’s 2015 Traveler Photo Contest

Incredible Photos of Paris

Photo by Jaco Marx. Source: Earth Shots

Few institutions measure up to the centuries-old National Geographic Society, which is respected worldwide for its promotion of environmental conservation and observation, often in the form of rich imagery and intriguing articles. So it’s no surprise that National Geographic’s Traveler Photo Contest 2015 elicited incredible photographs from (literally) every corner of the world.

The four contest categories are vague and simple: travel portraits, outdoor scenes, sense of place, and spontaneous moments. Photographers can interpret these designations as they will, making for a monumental variety in each image’s composition, style and feel. While there’s still time to submit a picture (the contest runs through the end of June), Nat Geo editors have released galleries of their favorite submissions. While these are our favorite photos in the running, you can check back in July for the full list of winners.

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Traveler Photo Contest 2015

Photo by Angyalosi Beata. Source: Capture It

Diving Bird National Geographic Society

Photo by Alejandro Prieto. Source: The Atlantic

Benjamin Hardman Photos

Photo by Benjamin Hardman. Source: Benjamin Hardman Photography

Nat Geo Photo Contest

Photo by Ed Graham. Source: Huffington Post

Travel Portraits National Geographic Contest

Photo by Carey Nash. Source: Carey Nash Photography

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Photo by Chris Shmid. Source: Huffington Post

Polar Bears Nat Geo

Photo by Daniele Bertin. Source: 500px

Lee Scott Photography

Photo by Lee Scott. Source: Huffington Post

Traveler Photo Contest Submissions

Photo by Kristin Repsher. Source: Kristin Repsher

Wild Bear National Geographic

Photo by Chris Schmid. Source: The Atlantic

Hidenobu Suzuki Photography

Photo by Hidenobu Suzuki. Source: Meena’s Tirith

Skeikh Zayed Grand Mosque Lori Barbely

Photo by Lori Barbely. Source: Lori Barbely

National Geographic Photo Contest

Photo by Ravikanth Kurma. Source: Huffington Post

Kent Shiraishi Photography

Photo by Kent Shiraishi. Source: The Atlantic

National Geographic Photo Contests

Photo by Matthew Seville. Source: The Atlantic

Wildlife Photography of Rhinos

Photo by Stefane Berube. Source: Huffington Post

Shane Wheel Traveler Photo Contest Submission

Photo by Shane Wheel. Source: Huffington Post

2015 National Geographic Traveler Photography Contest

Photo by S. Ram. Source: Huffington Post

Paolo Lazzarotti Photography

Photo by Paolo Lazzarotti. Source: National Geographic

Lion National Geographic Photos

Photo by Mohammed Alnaser. Source: 500px

Incredible Photos of Paris

Photo by Jaco Marx. Source: Earth Shots

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Videographer Captures His 16 Surreal Days In Antarctica

After 20 days of traveling to what might be considered the world’s final frontier, Kalle Ljung offers the less daring–or perhaps less-monied–of us a surreal taste of Antarctica. Ljung and his traveling companions kicked off their excursion from Ushuaia, Argentina, then rounded Cape Horn to cross the Drake Passage and venture into Antarctica’s Melchior Islands, where Ljung stayed for 16 days. What he saw was absolutely breathtaking.

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