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9 Surreal Places You Need To Visit Before You Die

Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not <i>used</i> correctly, can also be the most destructive force …

Self-help

14 Places to Swim Before You Die

One of the best things about a warm-weather getaway is the thrill of throwing on a bathing suit and going for a swim. For some folks, a great swim means floating in a pool and catching some much-needed rays. Others enjoy the prospect of jumping into an ocean (or natural swimming hole) and taking in …

Free Things to Do in New York City

TravelFree Things to Do<p>Finding free activities to fill your day in the City That Never Sleeps is easier than you might think. With countless cultural attractions and a large city parks system, there's plenty to do that won't cost you a cent.<p><b>Art/Music</b><p>Skip the $25 ticket price when the <b>Museum of</b> …

Staten Island

Rocco Yim Reveals the Key to Developing Cities for Low-Carbon Living

During this week’s “Alternatives for Low Carbon City Architecture and Life” conference in Shenzhen, China, we sat down with Rocco Yim to ask him how …

7 Green Building Materials That Will Blow Your Mind

When you think about greenhouse emissions, you probably imagine large factories, spewing enormous quantities of volatile gases. In reality, large …

Rammed Earth

6. Geek Love By Katherine Dunn

Travelling carnivals, body mutation, a family of home-made freaks and a long-lost daughter with a tail: what more could you want from a novel. Geek …

Green Home 101: "Greenovating" Your Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of any home. The average American spends three to five hours a day in the kitchen – preparing food, eating, hanging out, …

What Can Your Last Name Tell You

At least for purposes of research, just about every genealogist rues the ancestor whose last name is common, and therefore hard to trace, and …

31 Best Websites for Scoring Freebies

<i>By Douglas Ehrman, Contributor</i><p>As the world becomes even more commercialized, an increasing amount of free stuff can be had through discount offers, recycling efforts and Internet loss leaders. Learning where to look for these deals and free samples can save you a significant amount of money on a …

Sustainable kettle brews up a Kickstarter storm

Sleek, chic and streamlined: that's the James Dyson Award-winning Miito, a new kind of kettle that looks nothing like a kettle at all. The rod-and-plate ensemble uses induction technology to save power and water by heating up precisely the amount of water you need and no more.<p>The kettle was …

How to Take the Perfect Nap

Discover the right time of day and the exact number of minutes you should rest<p>There’s a good reason we often tell you to “sleep it off.” Plenty of studies have proven the restorative perks of a mid-afternoon nap. With just a quick bout of shuteye, you can improve your memory and relieve stress, and …

This Coffee Table Cleverly Hides Your Messes

No one will ever know you're a coaster hoarder.<p>You can finally stop scrambling to clean up your living room when mom stops by. This clever table, aptly called the Times 4 and designed by Gonçalo Campos, has a wooden table top that rotates to reveal and hide its different compartments — giving you …

What $150,000 Will Buy You Around the Country

Get all the charm of a historic home without shelling out.<p>Get all the charm of a historic home without shelling out.

6 Historic Fixer-Uppers For Sale Across America

Tie on your tool belt! We found six historic fixer-uppers at can't-be-beat prices.<p><b>PARSONS, KS</b><p>Recently updated from a multi-unit apartment to a single-family home, this four-bedroom, 2,152-square-foot Victorian awaits finishing touches like new paint and appliances.<p><b>Asking Price:</b> $49,900<p><b>Listing …

Urban Algae Canopy Produces a Forest’s Worth of Oxygen Daily

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ]Generating as much oxygen per day as 400,000 square feet of natural woodland, the Urban Algae …

Urbanism

Articles about sustainable solar powered family retreat california on Dwell.com - Dwell

Designed to harness the sun, architect Birgitte Hovmøller's vacation house features a roof full of solar panels and plenty of...<p>A couple’s retirement home on a nature preserve in Carmel, California, emerges as a series of eco-conscious pavilions that rest...<p>Compact in size—yet big on comfort—this …

Architecture

Ikea imagines a refrigerator-free kitchen for 2025

1/3<p>From bio-refrigerators that cool food with gel to zero-energy clay alternatives, we see a lot of designs that look to make one of the home's most …

Simple '4-7-8' breathing trick can induce sleep in 60 seconds

A deep breathing trick can make insomniacs drop off to sleep in under one minute, a health expert has claimed.<p>The method involves making a loud whooshing noise with the mouth then holding the breath in stages.<p>Called the ‘4-7-8’ method, it has been pioneered by the US sleep expert Dr Andrew Weil who …