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The Forgotten Stepwells Of Urban India

All across India, elaborate subterranean temples are hidden in plain site. Constructed between the 2nd century and 4th century AD, these massive and ornate stepwells were built both for spiritual bathing and as a way to access water tables during monsoon season and drought seasons. Today, tourists …

India

First ride: Lexus hoverboard

A real-life hoverboard, you say?<p>That’s right. As predicted in Back to the Future (Part II), 2015 is the year in which the flying skateboard finally becomes a reality. Many have tried to convert this teenage fantasy into science-fact, but it’s taken nearly 30 years for anyone to make a working …

Hoverboards

Articles about 12 ways literally live large on Dwell.com - Dwell

Articles about 12 ways literally live large. Dwell is a platform for anyone to write about design and architecture.

Writing

TOP 7 UNIQUE HOUSE DESIGN: MODERN RANCH HOUSE DESIGN AS A REFLECTION OF ITS SURROUNDINGS, WITH A NOD TO THE FUTURE

San Diego-based construction modeling firm Engineers Magnus designed this advanced farm house as an impression of its surroundings, with a gesture to …

National Geographic Travel

The Week in Review: Big Names Say Farewell

A comedic force and a movie star were among those we lost this week.For almost four decades, Robin Williams challenged his audiences and brought them …

A Cool New Use For Legos: Growing Lab Plants

Legos: a plant researcher's new BFF<p>Legos are great for making all kinds of things--castles, pirate ships and functioning miniature dockyards, as I can tell you from experience. But a new study found that they are absolutely excellent for something unexpected: studying the growth of plants and the …

Lego

10 False Science Facts Everyone Knows

When spouting off hazy facts, there's no better retort to a skeptical audience than calmly explaining that it's not just true -- it's …

The Surprisingly Strong Case for Colonizing Venus

Science fiction writers have come up with a plausible scenario for a floating city above the fiery planet.<p>Why worry about building a colony on Mars when instead you could float one high above the surface of Venus? Science fiction writer Charles Stross recently revived the idea of building a …

Is Urine Really Sterile?

Barcelona Commemorates 300 Years of Catalan Spirit With 7 Public Installations

Every year, citizens of Catalonia commemorate the events of September 11th 1714, a key date in the War of the Spanish Succession that has come to …

Barcelona

Drumnacraig – Extension / MacGabhann Architects

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> Drumnacraig Extension was completed in 2011 at a private house on the Fanad peninsula. The design turned …

DAS HAUS 2014 / Louise Campbell

"Das Haus – Interiors on Stage" is the large-scale sceno- graphy of a living situation based on the very personal ideas of an internationally …

Casa en Gardelegui / Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> The old buildings dotted across the Llanada, or plain, of Alava, which make up small village …

Design

Stair House / Onix

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> In 2013 the first Onix climbing house was created in the small town of Almelo (the Netherlands). A …

Design

34.25° House / Bartek Arendt + Kasia Bedra

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> The house sits at the top of the valley shaped by Radunia, a small river in northwestern Poland. The …

Regulation

2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L

Bringing it all together.<p>There is a Hyundai plant in Montgomery, Alabama, yet most of the city’s populace has never seen anything that could be described as flashy roll off its assembly lines. But the stares are piercing as we drive a 2015 Sonata through the city.<p>It’s tempting to chalk up the …

Fuel Efficiency

2015 Subaru Outback

Refreshed wagon alternative to the crossover SUV.<p>Australian pitchman Paul Hogan is long gone from Subaru's team, but the Outback he once peddled is humming along quite well without him. And considering that you haven’t thought about Mick “Crocodile” Dundee in years, you’ve probably been doing just …

Subaru

14 Reasons Not Living Together Is Great for Your Relationship

It might seem ideal to get boo'ed up permanently by having your boyfriend move in, but there are lots of perks to living apart.<p><b>1. You don't have to factor him into your apartment search.</b> Believe me, it's twice as hard finding a place when you've got to accommodate another person's requirements for …

Hot off the press, just in time for summer -- our expert curated 'Best in Europe' picks for 2014: bit.ly/besteurope2014. Are you off to any of our top 10 #Euro picks this July? Pictured are three of the ten. Top: Village of Oia in Santorini, Greece (image by Artie Photography). Left: The medieval fortified hill town of Ostuni, Apulia, Italy (image by Paul Williams) Right

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Loneliness

The 15 Best Rom-Coms (for People Who Hate Rom-Coms)

Learn to love them.<p>Romantic comedies are not your enemy. When most people think of rom-coms—often disparagingly dubbed "chick flicks," a term that needs to die a quick death—they probably think of bubbly, 90-minute movies featuring a Katherine Heigl or a Jennifer Aniston looking for love in all the …

Romantic Comedy

6 Sci-Fi Classics That Influenced Snowpiercer

The best slam-bang spectacle you'll see for a while<p><b>The best action film of this summer</b> comes from a South Korean director you probably didn't know existed. <i>Snowpiercer</i>, a breakneck sci-fi adventure about a train carrying the last survivors of a deep-freeze environmental apocalypse, hits theaters …

Science Fiction

What Women Really Think of Your Beard

<i>This post is courtesy of the editors of Elle.com. Men with facial hair: pay attention.</i><p><b>Thanks to the World Cup, Men's Fashion Week</b><b>,</b> and <b>Wimbledon</b>, on top of the never-ending stream of hunkiness coming from Hollywood, there's been a lot of opportunity to man ogle of late. But yesterday, when we caught …

Men's Fashion

Bobby Womack: The Soul Man We'll Never Forget

<b>If soul music ever had its own Zelig,</b> his name would have been Bobby Womack. From the late '50s to just very recently, shapeshifting, showing up at the most crucial points of history, this very cool cat always seemed to just be there. Womack died over the weekend, at 70, but check the pictures, …

Aretha Franklin

Dana DeArmond Has 10 Things to Say to Men

<b>Dana DeArmond is the thinking man's pornstar</b>. An early social media star, DeArmond had nearly a million Myspace friends earning her the name "The Internet's Girlfriend" before she even began her career. Since then, DeArmond has dabbled in comedy and currently hosts the Dirty/Nerdy show on Vivid …

Men's Fashion

The Surprising Lessons of Drunk History

What I learned acting in America's filthiest, funniest historical TV show<p><b>Johnny Cash walks into a recording studio.</b> He's dressed in all black and looks moody. Behind the console, Kris Kristofferson is dumping cigarette butts into a bucket. Moments before their legendary first meeting, Cash looks …

David Bowie

10 Things You Didn't Know About Marlon Brando

It's been ten years today since the world's most famous Method actor died. Did we even know the guy? Consider these lesser-known facts.<p>He was in a Charlie Chaplin movie.<p>That is, a movie <i>directed</i> by Chaplin. The 1967 romantic comedy <i>A Countess from Hong Kong</i>, also starring Sophia Loren. This was five …

Marlon Brando

Michael Jackson: Intimate Photos From the King of Pop's Teenage Years

Amazing vintage pics of Jackson and his brothers from the lens of Jim Britt<p>13<p>Jim Britt had just signed as Motown's art director and photographer in …