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Peter the Great: A Russian Hero

No other personality in Russian history has so often been the subject of scholarly research, of polemical pamphlets and historical novels, as the …

Capitalism

6 Legendary Mercenary Armies From History

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A+E Networks

Groundhog D-Day

In the past year alone we’ve had Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game, Brad Pitt in Fury and Kristin Scott Thomas in Suite Française. Why is …

Colorized photographs give life to these WWI, WWII U.S. troops

World War I's Hundred Days Offensive and the Battle of Belleau Wood. World War II's Battle of Midway and D-Day.<p>These and many other diverse clashes …

Material Question

Graphene may be the most remarkable substance ever discovered. But what’s it for?<p>Until Andre Geim, a physics professor at the University of Manchester, discovered an unusual new material called graphene, he was best known for an experiment in which he used electromagnets to levitate a frog. Geim, …

LED Lightbulb Becomes First Consumer Product To Use Graphene

Graphene is an incredible material. The substance can conduct electricity and heat with extreme efficiency, and is about 100 times stronger than steel, making it one of the most hyped materials of the 21st century. There’s also hope that graphene could be effective at fighting cancer stem cells, …

Graphene

Can hipsters save the world?

It’s easy to mock the beards, tattoos and fixed-wheel bicycles of east London, but its ‘flat white economy’ is here to stay. Ed Cumming on the revolution that’s changing Britain<p>Cereal Killer is a café on Brick Lane in east London that serves breakfast cereal. It opened last December to a fusillade …

England

Moebius Gives 18 Wisdom-Filled Tips to Aspiring Artists (1996)

Jean Giraud, aka Moebius, was a comic book artist who combined blinding speed with boundless imagination. He shaped the look of <i>Alien</i>, <i>Empire Strikes</i> …

Samsung Galaxy S6 sacrificed what it does best in its war with Apple

Pursuit of premium design and slender profile have come at the cost of losing what made the company’s smartphones interesting and different<p>The announcement of Samsung’s new flagship Galaxy S6 smartphones has caused quite a stir, with a new design, interesting features, and a stripped back approach …

Phones

Skeletons Reveal Tuscan Life in the Time of Cholera

"Thousand-year cemetery" records a millennium of tough living in Tuscany.<p>Tuscany is synonymous with the good life—wine, rolling hills, luscious cuisine. But for many years it was a pretty tough place to live.<p>At the Badia Pozzeveri church cemetery near Lucca, archaeologists have uncovered skeletons …

Bill de Blasio

This Stunning App Made Me Wish All Textbooks Were On iPad

When I say textbook, you probably think something along the lines of “boring” or “meh,” but a new app called Earth, A Primer for iOS brings boring old geology textbooks into the addictive, interactive future.<p>The app is a beautiful way to explore the world and how it came to be. The app takes the …

Articles about 6 midcentury modern interiors we love on Dwell.com - Dwell

Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron explains the thinking behind our annual issue dedicated to interior design.<p>Rugs don't just belong in cozy mountain lodges—as proven by a new summer collection from Brooklyn dealer Aelfie.<p>From repurposed shipping containers to cabin retreats, we look at a range …

Mid-Century modern

10 magnificent minimalist GIFs by Florian de Looij

GIF: gif.flrn.nl<p>Here are some of my favorite very simple animations by artist and GIF-master Florian de Looij.<p>More from him: portfolio, and GIF …

GIF Animations

The Pentagon’s Pathetic Vietnam Whitewash

A Pentagon website intended to mark the 50th anniversary of America’s war in Vietnam does a disservice to history.<p>It’s the biggest snow job of …

When Pop Broke Up With Jazz

Writer Ben Yagoda has set out to explain a shift in American popular culture, one that happened in the early 1950s. Before then, songwriters like Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin and Jerome Kern wrote popular songs that achieved a notable artistry, both in lyrics and music. That body of work, …

Willie Nelson

Don't touch that dial: meet the engineer behind pop's biggest hits

The walls of The Lodge studio are lined with classic platinum records and music memorabilia. A David Bowie poster hangs next to a guitar signed by Lou Reed and a classic jukebox sits by a vintage eight-track player. Vampire Weekend guitarist Rostam Batmanglij strolls down the same halls that have …

Music Production

31 Rolls Of Undeveloped World War II Film Discovered

Avid photographer Levi Bettwieser is the founder of the Rescued Film Project, which sees him collecting undeveloped film rolls dating from anywhere …

Discover the best 5-smart-home-materials-you-need-know-about on Dwell - Dwell

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Wooden Ride-On Rocker Toy Modeled After a Star Wars Starfighter

An Auckland-based man named Steve, of Steves Wooden Toys, paid homage to the <i>Star Wars</i> films by building a large ride-on rocker toy modeled after the X-wing starfighter. The exquisitely-crafted project is made from solid wood and features pine, New Zealand-native macrocarpa, and rimu in its …

Furniture

Discover the best 6-modern-bookshelf-ideas on Dwell - Dwell

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Home Tours

Architect Designs Paris of 2050 as Eco-Friendly "Smart City"

According to architect Vincent Callebaut, the Paris of 2050 could look very different than the city we know today. The architect recently unveiled plans to transform the famous locale into a futuristic “smart” city. His design is a nod to the metropolis' historical architecture as it's punctuated …

Architecture

In Norway, A New Model For Zero-Energy Housing

Snohetta’s carbon-neutral model home looks like it’s been tipped up for a quick vacuum underneath. Could it be replicated elsewhere?<p>The building industry is one of the world’s biggest polluters. About half of the U.K.’s carbon dioxide emissions come from the construction and operation of buildings; …

Architecture

In Music, Uniformity Sells

More evidence that, historically, albums featuring less complex instrumentation have enjoyed greater popularity<p>Even unapologetic Top 40 hit-lovers would have a hard time denying the claim that popular music, on the whole, tends to sound pretty repetitive. This assertion feels so intuitive, that …

Vexed

A world war on American soil: How the Civil War became a global struggle

When the Union and the Confederacy charged into battle in 1861, the whole world was watching — and waiting<p>"So it seems your Republic is going to pieces?” an unnamed high officer of the French imperial government snidely remarked to the American guest attending a concert at Emperor Napoleon III’s …

War

The secret madness of Adolf Hitler

What a mysterious ailment during World War I reveals about the motivations of history’s greatest monster<p>All the records agree that on Tuesday, 15 October 1918, a little over a week before the Armistice, Adolf Hitler was blinded by poison gas. A hardened veteran, his four years of service with the …

Communication Skills

The Most Important Design Lessons Of 2014

May they inspire you to greatness in 2015.<p>More companies than ever identify as design-led organizations. Yet the nuts and bolts of how to “do design” remain mysterious to many. Meanwhile, design as a profession has sprinted past the days when industrial designers crafted beautiful, shiny objects, …

Design

Manchester Guardian exposes reality of Dachau: From the archive, 1 January 1934

Dachau concentration camp: report on its organisation, routine, punishment and ill-treatment of prisoners<p>The concentration camp at Dachau is often represented as a model of its kind. Thus the “Münchener Illustrierte Presse” of July 16 described it (with illustrations) as a kind of institute where …

Nazi Concentration Camps

Sou Fujimoto to create House of Hungarian Music at new Budapest museum park

<b>News:</b> Sou Fujimoto is one of three architects that have been selected to design buildings for a Hungarian museum complex in Budapest's City Park (+ …

The Surprising Ways That Chickens Changed the World

Civilization was powered by the humble chicken, says author.<p>For most of us, the word "chicken" spells a cold, clammy slab of plastic-wrapped white meat plucked out of the refrigerated section of our local supermarket. But in the ancient world, and in many cultures today, chickens had deep religious …