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What it takes to make the greatest vacuum cleaner

If there were a category for the greatest vacuum in the world, I’m assuming it would have a few hallmarks to say the least. The vacuum must be …

Industrial Design

Every Self-Respecting Professional Should Know These 4 Business-Critical Calculations

Passion and mindset are important but never more important than cold, hard numbers.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In its simplest form, business is math. If the unit economics work in a business’s favor, then the business will succeed; otherwise, the business will fail …

Customers

This eco-friendly prefab home was built in just 28 days

São Paulo-based engineering and construction company SysHaus and Brazilian architecture firm Studio Arthur Casas have designed and installed the …

Design

An Off-Grid Goto House Wraps Around a Jewel-Like Courtyard

Punctured by a glass-enclosed courtyard, this hexagonal, donut-shaped house is filled with light and views from all six sides.<p>Having worked as an engineer at firms such as Apple and Microsoft, Ken Goto was already well versed in pushing the envelope of innovation when he tapped husband-and-wife duo …

Off-grid

Five of the finest flatpack homes

There's little doubt that the neatly packaged nature of a certain Swedish furniture-maker's products are a big reason for its success, and lately …

Simple Living

High Desert Modern house in Oregon is designed to be "cool, calm and collected"

American firms DeForest Architects and NB Design Group have created a dwelling in central Oregon with sliding panels that can either expose or …

Architecture

Studio Arthur Casas designs prefabricated home for SysHaus

Brazilian firm Studio Arthur Casas has worked with a startup to create a highly flexible, prefabricated home that avoids the "negative surprises" …

A simple visualization can help make change less painful

Companies that don’t constantly adapt to their environments are doomed to fail. As teams increase in size, as the product’s usage changes, as the competitive landscape adjusts, you need to change both how you work and what you’re working on. As Heraclitus wrote, “e<i>verything changes and nothing</i> …

Modern house acts like a series of picture frames for nature

Picture perfect<p>Some houses are designed to blend in with the landscape. Others relish in the dissonance they create. This house in Australia falls somewhere in between. Aussie firm Studiofour designed this modern white house to frame its surroundings like a large scale picture frame.<p>The house is …

Cool concrete summer home sits among a sea of trees

Life in this concrete forest doesn’t seem so bad<p>Designed by the Buenos Aires-based studio Besonías Almeida Arquitectos, this summer home is situated in a seaside resort south of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and blends a clean modernist aesthetic with the surrounding landscape. The home’s design relies …

Our Top 25 House Plans

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How to Set up a Twitter Bot with Python and Heroku

I just set up a Twitter bot to generate pharmaceutical ads and tweet them out a few times a day. (Source code here). I ended up piecing together …

10 Incredible Decks That'll Inspire Your Backyard Reno

You might not have been planning a reno, but you are now.<p>You can't just put a table and chairs out there and call it a day. There's a whole lot more you can do to your deck, whether you want a full-on overhaul (new flooring or rails, for example), or just want some decor inspo. These amazing decks …

15 of the Best and Most Unusual Online Courses for Entrepreneurs

Improve your outlook, boost your marketability and get a leg up on trends with these digital lesson sessions.<p>Real-world experience is the world’s best teacher, but there’s a wealth of knowledge online to help teach ourselves what we don’t have the opportunity to learn from a mentor or navigating …

The World’s Rarest Cars, on Display at Lake Como

While car lovers and manufacturers confront a robot-driven electric future that will change transportation forever, thousands gathered on the shores …

How to Be a Human Lie Detector (Infographic)

Here's how you can learn if someone isn't telling the truth.<p>Figuring out if someone is lying is much easier than you think. And with a few quick tips, you’ll be well on your way to spotting a lie.<p>For starters, it’s important to understand how people communicate. And it be might a shock to learn …

9 Unexpected Ways To Clear Negative Energy From Your Life That Actually Work

When your life gets clouded with negative energy, it can be hard to see through it. It can feel like there's an all-encompassing fog that's never …

Fender's excellent desktop app for learning to play songs is now free

Fender’s $35 Riffstation desktop app, which helps you break down songs to learn its chords and riffs at your own pace, is now available for free on macOS and Windows.<p>Fire it up, open an MP3 or CD track, and Riffstation will break it down to show you the chords for the entire song. You can also slow …

Guitar

17 Stephen Hawking Quotes That Will Inspire You (and Leave You Dreaming of the Stars)

Sadly, Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76. But his words are timeless.<p>Stephen Hawking was one of the most famous and influential scientists of our time. Sadly, Hawking has passed away at the age of 76 -- fully 55 years after doctors gave him just two years to live with a diagnosis of …

Watch: A Conversation With Decluttering Guru Marie Kondo

We interview the Japanese organizing expert about the art of tidying up and her new collaboration with minimalist brand Cuyana.<p>Marie Kondo, Japanese lifestyle expert and best-selling author of <i>The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up</i>, has won global recognition for leading the charge on decluttering, …

Marie Kondo

10 incredibly useful online sites you didn't know about until now

If you had to guess, how many different websites do you think exist in the world today? From simple blogs to complex businesses, the Internet spans the gamut dispensing and gathering a myriad of information. Keep your answer in your head because, at the very end of this article, I’ll tell the …

Bring Your Vacay Home With These Spa-Inspired Bathrooms

We’re *all* for a little pampering, <i>especially</i> when it involves not leaving home. Lucky for us, spa-inspired bathrooms are the latest thing taking over our Pinterest feeds, and we can’t get enough of them. Featuring everything from cascading rain shower heads to elegant deep-soak bathtubs, these …

Interior Design

Minimal guest house looks like it’s floating in the trees

Sweet<p>Known for its sleek and sunny homes, Dallas design firm Wernerfield went <i>dark</i> for this guest house—a black-clad rectangular beauty suspended in the trees. Raised 12 feet off the ground on large metal columns, the modern home replaced a split-level on the same site. Lifting the living space was …

11 Houses With Gorgeous Double-Height Spaces

The private dwelling is a particularly favorable place in which to enjoy double-height spaces. This design strategy not only allows vertical spaces …

What You Need to Know About Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian Homes

You’ve heard the term thrown around, but what does it actually mean, and where in the world is Usonia?<p>If you’ve heard of Frank Lloyd Wright, you may have heard of one of his most lasting endeavors: the Usonian house. Rather than referring to a specific structure, the Usonian house actually refers …

9 Project Management Tools the World's Top Startups Actually Use

Want your teams to be more productive? Consider using a project management tool top startups use.<p>We all want to be more productive. And we definitely want our teams to be more productive. That's why so many productivity tools exist.<p>But which tools are right for you? One way to answer that question …

6 TED talks to help you be better with money

Over the years, a handful of TED speakers have shared their wisdom for taking control of your personal finance.<p>Here are some ideas to consider the next time you're feeling stressed about money.

How to Stop 5 Types of Emotional Vampires from Destroying Your Career

Slow, rational thought is the key to protecting yourself.<p>Some people consistently make you want to crawl under a rock and hibernate. These people, as psychologist Albert J. Bernstein outlines in <i>Emotional Vampires at Work: Dealing With Bosses and Coworkers Who Drain You Dry</i>, come in five major …

Renovated 1960s A-frame cabin proves that clever design triumphs over square footage

This 1960s A-frame cabin went through a massive rehabilitation that took it from a rundown shack into a beautiful home tailored to the needs of its …

I spent years working 14 hour days — but I didn't get truly successful until I started asking myself 4 questions

<b>• It took entrepreneur Jonathan Goodman many years to realize overworking wasn't working for him.</b><p><b>• In order to live a more balanced life, he had to cut back on his work hours and shift his entrepreneurial thinking.</b><p><b>• He developed several "cognitive filters" in order to establish better</b> …