X-ray photos reveal child being smuggled was hidden inside a suitcase 

This is crazy. An eight-year-old boy from the Ivory Coast was being smuggled into Spain while being hidden inside a suitcase. Apparently, the boy’s father had paid a 19-year-old girl to carry the boy in the luggage from Morocco to neighboring Ceuta, a Spanish city in Africa. This was a bad plan that could have ended… » 5/08/15 4:22pm 5/08/15 4:22pm

This Tiny Home Uses Sliding Walls to Transform One Room Into Four

We've seen our fair share of transforming apartments around here, from MIT's super-advanced version to this Ikea-esque wonder. But none of them can compare to the sheer inventive genius of this apartment, in which huge sliding racks make it possible to pack a whole household into a tiny corridor of space. » 11/07/14 10:01am 11/07/14 10:01am

Spain's New "Google Tax" Could Be Bad for Everyone

The Spanish government has just approved a horrible law that will force news aggregation services, such as Google News, to pay news sites for each link they include with their content. You read that right: On top of sending sites a ton of traffic, Google (other aggregators like Yahoo News, and maybe even Facebook or… » 10/30/14 2:16pm 10/30/14 2:16pm

Can Architecture Perform Miracles? The Quest to Make Gaudi a Saint

Visiting the dripping sand castle basilica that is the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona could definitely be described as one of the most awe-inducing moments of my life. A spiritual experience? Perhaps. But is it a miracle? That's what a group of believers are trying to prove in their campaign to make its architect,… » 7/29/14 2:57pm 7/29/14 2:57pm

The Self-Checkout Security Checkpoint Passed Its First Big Test

Tiresome TSA security lines may be a thing of the past as a new, self-managed security device successfully passed its real world debut at an Australia-Spain World Cup match in Curitiba, Brazil last month. The only folks not excited about the new security measure are die hard fans of the Socceroos. » 7/14/14 10:33am 7/14/14 10:33am

Spain Might Jump Time Zones To Stimulate Its Economy

If your economy isn't doing so well, just jump into another time zone. This is the strategy pursued by Samoa, for example, which rather dramatically leapt across the International Date Line back in 2011 in order to align its work-week more closely with its Pacific neighbors; and a more local version of this might be… » 2/18/14 10:40am 2/18/14 10:40am

Ireland Is Tearing Down Thousands of Empty, Brand New "Ghost Homes"

Phoenix, Madrid, even Astana: These are the cities we tend to hold up as examples of the havoc that construction booms—and busts—can wreak on a housing market. Ireland is in the news less, but its situation is just as dire; thousands of brand-new Irish homes have sat empty for years. And now the government is… » 12/30/13 12:00pm 12/30/13 12:00pm

US Now Claims European Agencies, Not the NSA, Spied on European Leaders

Finger-pointing over the NSA's spying habits ascends to a new level of complexity with the latest revelations of how the United States spies on foreign officials. However, U.S. officials now tell The Wall Street Journal that the phone records at the center of the surveillance scandal in Europe were actually collected… » 10/29/13 1:30pm 10/29/13 1:30pm

There Are 480GB-Worth Of Photos In This Epic Time Lapse Of Barcelona

There are tons of great city time lapses. When you combine beautiful, weird or iconic architecture with changing light at different times of day, and people speeding by you almost always get a winner. But its not easy to make these shorts. This time lapse of Barcelona, shot in the past few months from August to… » 10/12/13 11:27am 10/12/13 11:27am