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This sustainable suburban home can power a pair of electric cars, too

Modern design and net zero principles helps a Minnesota couple realize their green home dreams<p>Minnesotans Mark and Kate Hanson believe in efficiency and a better environment, so it makes sense they’d seek out a more sustainable design for their new home. But the new net zero home they moved into …

The Color Scheme That Never Fails to Deliver a Stylish (and Serene) Bathroom

(Image credit: Elle Decor)<p>The clean, crisp palette of black and white is a perfect choice for the bathroom — a place with cleanliness at the very …

Interior Design

The World Can't Build Enough Infrastructure To Keep Up With Investor Demand

Chinese companies are building ports, financial centers, and free industrial zones across Eurasia, Belarus companies are building rail terminals in Poland, and investors from places like Abu Dhabi are building new city districts in places like Belgrade. Infrastructure development is booming …

Economic Development

Why the Middle East Is Betting on a Solar Future

Image source: First Solar.<p>Just how cheap has solar energy gotten? To give you an indication, Middle Eastern countries from Saudi Arabia to the United Arab Emirates are betting on solar to power their future, now the oil that has fueled their electricity plants for the past century.<p>The decision to …

Building Your Digital Brand? Avoid These 7 Common Mistakes

Avoid these 7 pitfalls and you'll be well on your way to success.<p>It goes without saying that a strong social media presence is a major boon to the success of the typical businessperson. While researching my latest book, <i>Getting to Like</i>, Managing your digital persona is both an art and a skill, and …

Marketing

Starbucks Is Being Sued For Serving Too Much Ice

If you’ve every felt cheated by the amount of ice in a Starbucks cold drink, worry not—someone is on your side.<p>An Illinois woman has sued …

Coffee

NASA craft discovers heart shape on Pluto as flyby nears

The dwarf planet is also dotted with bright points which may be ice caps, and a mysterious dark shape nicknamed "The Whale."<p>"We're at the 'man in the moon' stage of viewing Pluto," said John Spencer of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado.<p>"It's easy to imagine you're seeing …

Planets