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'A story with sex and money at its heart': Evie Wyld on I Capture the Castle

I don’t remember exactly what I thought Dodie Smith’s <i>I Capture the Castle</i> was about before I read it. I was in my early 30s and it was one of those books I had been dimly aware of as part of the reading landscape of other people’s childhoods, like <i>Anne of Green Gables</i>: a perfectly nice thing to read …


This Super Sustainable House Can Be Built in One Day

A Dutch design firm has redefined living by creating a house that doesn't need a foundation, can be built in one day and is three times more …


The Evolutionary Argument Against Reality

As we go about our daily lives, we tend to assume that our perceptions — sights, sounds, textures, tastes — are an accurate portrayal of the real world. Sure, when we stop and think about it — or when we find ourselves fooled by a perceptual illusion — we realize with a jolt that what we perceive …


Earth, Mars, and the Sun Are Aligning This Weekend to Put on a Beautiful Show

And the moon even has a trick up its sleeve, too.<p>If you're lucky enough to live in a place with a clear sky this weekend, grab your binoculars, because there's going to be a lot to watch this weekend.<p>The Associated Press reports that on Sunday morning, Earth, Mars, and the Sun will be perfectly …

NASA Invests In Suspended Animation, Growable Space Habitats, And More

To take us to Mars and beyond<p>NASA wants to put humans on Mars in the 2030s, and it's probably going to take some crazy ideas to get us there. Toward that end, the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program has just announced a second round of funding for 8 crazy, futuristic, brain-tickling …

Space Travel

Andy Goldsworthy creates ephemeral Land Art with natural materials found in the wilderness

Some of the best art out there is ephemeral and leaves almost no trace. Take the case of Andy Goldsworthy, generally considered the founder of modern …


Scott Kelly snaps photos of Earth and the galaxy from space – in pictures

Nasa astronaut Scott Kelly is the only American to have spent 340 days in space. In addition to his research and experimentation, he captured his unique view of the Earth<p>Scott Kelly returns to Earth with a bump and a thumbs-up after record ISS stint

Space Science

Photonic Propulsion Could Send a Spacecraft to Mars in As Little As 3 Days

If the technology can actually be scaled enough to use on space probes, it might be the key to visiting worlds outside our solar system.<p>There's no argument in the astronomical community—rocket-propelled spacecraft can take us only so far. The SLS will likely take us to Mars, and future rockets …

23 Genius IKEA Hacks That Solve All of Your Storage Problems

And just like that, your home will feel clean around the clock.<p>The internet obsesses over IKEA hacks for a reason. When your home feels packed with <i>stuff,</i> easy and inexpensive storage solutions are always welcome. Work a little DIY magic, and even the biggest messes can disappear.

DIY Ways to Fake a Canopy Bed

(Image credit: Patrick Cline)<p>Curtains aren't just for windows. Even if you don't have a canopy bed or a four-post bed where you can easily hang …

West Elm

17 DIY Projects That Will Make You Say "Why Didn't I Think of That?"

And will truly make you question your own creativity (in the best possible way).<p>And will truly make you question your own creativity (in the best possible way).

5 Most Luxurious Places to Stay in Paris

The city known for love, baguettes, and a chic population is also home to some pretty awe-inspiring hotels.<p>Paris is known for many things: awe-inspiring architecture, mouth-watering patisseries, incredible landmarks, and, of course, being the "City of Love."<p>You don't, however, necessarily associate …

What Your Favorite Dog Breed Says About You

<i>By Caitlin Jill Anders</i><br>Even though we love all dogs, most of us have to admit: We definitely play favorites. We each have our "type" — that specific …

Morning Treat: Quick and Easy Blueberry Mug Muffins

Make your mornings just a little bit sweeter with quick and easy single-serve blueberry mug muffins!<p>You know those mornings when you’re craving a hearty breakfast, and cereal just won’t do? No problem!<p>Start the day off right with this warm and tasty blueberry mug muffin recipe from Beth at Budget …

X-Wing Fighter From Office Supplies

Step 1: You Will Need:<p>1 chisel sharpie<br>4 pen lids<br>1 small pencil sharpener<br>4 2" brass fasteners<br>2 medium binder clips<br>2 large binder clips<br>1 defunct memory …

Build the Starship Enterprise From Useless Office Supplies

Wooden Lock Puzzle<p>Barncaster Electric Guitar<p>Minecraft Class<p>is it possible to use a third medium sized binder clip? I don't have any big ones.<p>If you …

Science Fiction

Become a cyborg with one of these four body implants

Body hackers, also known as grinders, are people who modify their body with technology.<p>These DIY cyborgs are pioneering new ways to enhance human capabilities through things like implantable microchips and magnets.<p>Here are four body hacks grinders are making popular.<p>NFC Chips<p>Near field …


Star Trek Cat GIF

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Your Guide To ‘Serial,’ The True Crime Podcast Everyone Is Freaking Out About Right Now

If you’ve spent any substantial amount of time on the Internet in the past week or so, or spent any substantial amount of time with anyone who has, you’ve probably been introduced to <i>Serial</i>, the new <i>This American Life</i> sister podcast that is taking the world by storm. Created by longtime <i>TAL</i> producer …

How-To: DIY Lighted Constellation Wall Art

Add a bit of starry, twinkly awesomeness to your home decor with this DIY lighted constellation wall art video tutorial from Corinne on ThreadBanger!<p><b>More:</b><p>How-To: Moon Phases Wall Art<br>• How-To: DIY Moon Phase Tights<br>• How-To: Constellations Scarf<br>• Rachel Hobson’s Incredible Moon Embroidery

Superheroes Reimagined as 16th Century Paintings

What would it look like if Superman was born in the 16th century? What if the Hulk was a Duke? These are the questions photographer Sacha Goldberger asked himself when he created this playful new series <i>Super Flemish</i>. Some of our favorite pop culture characters like Darth Vader and Snow White got …


40+ Christmas Wreaths to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

Deck the halls, doors and everywhere else.<p>A little Christmas crafting goes a long way. Start now and you'll have a holiday wreath for every door in your house.

Blooms Year Round: 15 DIY Paper Flower Projects for Home

(Image credit: Vitamini Handmade)<p>If you love the look of fresh flowers all year round in your home but hate that they all eventually die or are …


How To Make a DIY Drum Shade

For this DIY, Isabelle LaRue of Engineer Your Space explains how to make a custom shade to spiff up a less-than-exciting ceiling fixture.<p>Renting …

Video Tutorials

DIY Beautiful Tissue Paper Flowers

Paper flowers look just like natural flowers but last longer and won’t wilt or droop. That’s why they are very popular decoration for home, parties, …

23 Cute and Quirky Crepe Paper Crafts to DIY

Never underestimate the power of crepe paper to turn up any party space or plain Jane room. That’s right — the delicate paper usually designated for streamers can be used to create fabulous home decor, next-level party favors and even wearables like headbands and fringe crowns. All you need to do …


13 DIY Decor Solutions That Will Make Your Life Easier

T-shirt rug

Braid a rug with four strands out of old T-shirts that you can actually wash afterwards! (English and German)<p>420<p>2443

How-To: Magically Awesome DIY Harry Potter-Inspired Wands

It kind of blows my mind that these amazing DIY Harry Potter-inspired wands from Sisters, What! are constructed almost entirely out of chopsticks and hot glue. They look absolutely fantastic!<p>I’ve seen tons of complicated DIY wand tutorials out there, but this technique seems both fun and totally …


How-To: Paper House Luminary

When I spotted this DIY paper luminary project by Cathe Holden at Just Something I Made, it really lit up my day! Cathe provides a template that you can print onto paper and cut out by hand. I am thinking of converting this into a pattern my Silhouette machine can cut for me. I would love to make a …