A journey inside Bern’s whimsical clock tower reveals how clicking gears and dancing bears changed the meaning of time. Deep inside a medieval watchtower, Markus Marti presides over the passage of time. Several times a week in the heart of Bern, Switzerland, the retired engineer leads a small group of visitors up a twisting narrow staircase. Then, using a wooden baton as a pointer, he explains how a maze of iron parts powered by a swinging pendulum has, second by second, counted off the last half millennium.
Elon Musk says a MILLION people could be living on Mars by the mid-2060s - but they will have to be prepared to die. SpaceX founder Elon Musk has set out a plan to establish a self-sustaining city on Mars complete with iron foundries and pizza restaurants. The billionaire entrepreneur envisions 1,000 passenger ships flying en masse to the red planet within the next century - Battlestar Galactica style.
Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, designer of the station, said the Oculus resembles a bird being released from a child's hand. The roof was originally designed to mechanically open to increase light and ventilation to the enclosed space.
Shimon Peres was a leading figure on Israel's political landscape for as long as the Jewish state itself has existed in modern times. He held almost every public office, including those of prime minister and president, although he never led a party to an election victory. Born Szymon Perski in Wiszniew, Poland (now Visnieva, Belarus), on 2 August 1923, Shimon Peres was the son of a lumber merchant. His parents were not Orthodox Jews but the young Shimon was taught the Talmud (compendium of Jewish law and commentaries) by his grandfather and became a strong adherent of the faith. In 1934 the family moved to the British Mandate of Palestine (Peres' father had emigrated two years earlier) and settled in Tel Aviv. Mr Peres died in a hospital near Tel Aviv early on Wednesday, with his family at his bedside.