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10 Kit Home Companies to Watch

In the past, talk of a kit-built house would sometimes conjure images of a tumble-down, rustic timber cabin. However, today you can create an ultra-modern look with natural materials by going the route of a prefabricated kit home.<p>Many companies will deliver all the materials necessary for …

Prefab Homes

Exteriors

An Australian renovation uses industrial materials both indoors and out.<p>With a nod to the Burgh’s industrial heritage, and an eye toward the new, Jeff Walz replaced an aging farmhouse with a chic steel...<p>Two architects collaborate on a modular compound that celebrates an unspoiled Sonoma …

Prefab Homes

Solar Growth Skyrockets as Nuclear Power Fails to Compete

By Mike Jacobs<p>Last year's solar deployment numbers just came in and they are, in a word, phenomenal. Utilities bought more new solar capacity than …

Make This DIY Gym Bench to Level Up Your Home Gym

If you love to build things yourself and have been looking to beef up your home gym, I have an awesome project for you: a DIY gym bench that’s fun …

Memoryfoam

The Benefits Of Getting Your Child To Do Chores - Raising a Successful Child, Part 1

I read an article that talked about the things that parents of successful children have in common. I decided to take each of the 10 topics one by one …

Science Shows How Harsh Parenting Can Make Kids Do Worse in School

Yelling at kids can backfire.<p>All parents want to give their children the best chance in life. But new research suggests that overly aggressive and …

Society of Garden Designers awards: 2017 winners revealed

Landscaping

Kitchen Composure: Small and Easy Upgrades To Organize Your Kitchen

The holidays brought a whirlwind of gingerbread making, holiday cookie decorating, and pies cooling galore. And while all the frosting and sprinkles …

Holiday Decorating

The First Human-Pig Hybrid Embryo Has Been Created in The Lab

A big step towards lab-grown organs.<p>For the first time, researchers have successfully grown human cells inside early-stage pig embryos in the lab, …

Biotechnology

Scientists Have Confirmed a Brand New Phase of Matter: Time Crystals

Constant motion without energy.<p>For months now, there's been speculation that researchers might have finally created time crystals - strange crystals …

Wyoming bill prohibits power companies from using renewables

A group of Wyoming legislators in the state's House and Senate -- all representing coal country and all avowed climate deniers -- have introduced a …

Why Obama Just Wrote Articles in 3 Academic Journals

Ideas pushed aside by politics can live on in scholarly debate.<p>In his final two months as president, Barack Obama restricted Arctic drilling, sanctioned Russia, named new national monuments and made one last dad joke. He also moved to imprint his seal on history in a quieter way: through academic …

Humanities

Americans are rejecting the 'homeschool myth' — and experts say the misunderstood education might be better than public or charter schools

During Betsy DeVos' recent three-hour confirmation hearing to become President Donald Trump's education secretary, charter schools came up no fewer than 60 times. Homeschooling was mentioned once.<p>Charter schools have become a significant part of the US public-education system and now educate 2.5 …

Researchers Say They've Figured Out What Makes People Reject Science, And It's Not Ignorance

Why some people believe Earth is flat.<p>A lot happened in 2016, but one of the biggest cultural shifts was the rise of fake news - where claims with no …

Peer-Reviewed

Off-grid village with game-changing green solutions blooms in the Middle East

An oasis for clean-tech solutions has bloomed in an unexpected place—the arid Negev desert. Located at Israel’s Kibbutz Ketura north of the Red Sea, …

Off-grid

How to Determine If Solar Panels Make Sense for You

Channel your inner Elon Musk.<p>Solar panels are quickly becoming one of the most popular options for green energy. Even Tesla, headed by Silicon Valley guru Elon Musk, has started marketing solar panels for the home. Musk has even gone so far as to power an entire island to show how efficient his new …

How To Survive Having The World’s Most Stubborn Child

I know it’s not a contest or anything, but I’m pretty sure I have the world’s most stubborn child. The kid is not willing to be wrong, won’t take no …

A Controversial New Gravity Hypothesis Has Passed Its First Test

Einstein might have been wrong.<p>A controversial new hypothesis that suggests our understanding of gravity is wrong has just passed an important first …

Six DIY gadgets that improve life in the developing world

<i>By Cat DiStasio</i><p>Around the world, inventors are coming up with amazing DIY gadgets perfectly suited for use in rural and off-grid areas. These gadgets translate into a huge improvement in quality of life for those who use them, by paving the way for affordable housing made from mud, effective …

Solar Power Is Now The World's Cheapest Energy

The drop in price is driven by investments from developing nations.<p>Over the past six years, the cost of solar energy has dropped dramatically, to the point where it is now even cheaper than wind power in emerging markets like China and India. This may be largely due to rising investments in solar …

11 Traits Parents of Successful Kids Have in Common

Good parents want their kids to stay out of trouble, do well in school and go on to do awesome things as adults.<p>And while there isn’t a set recipe …

"Brightest Supernova Ever" Turns Out to Be a Star Ripped Apart by a Supermassive Black Hole

The event was originally classified as the largest supernova ever documented, but it turns out that it was something even more volatile.<p>Last year, light from an incredibly violent and luminous explosion in a galaxy some 3.8 billion light-years away finally reached us here on Earth. The event, named …

Europeans Are Terrified By The Prospect Of Trump Becoming President [Infographic]

The U.S. presidential election is entering its final weekend and shockwaves from the controversies engulfing both candidates have struck European shores with a vengeance. Despite the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, the former secretary of state is distinctly viewed as the lesser …

Donald Trump

These Skills Are Hard To Learn But Pay Off For The Rest of Your Life

<i>“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”</i> — <b>Ralph Waldo Emerson</b><p>The ability to expand your mind …

Self-improvement

Earth - The secret of how life on Earth began

<i>This story is part of BBC Earth's "Best of 2016" list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>How did life begin? There can hardly be a bigger question. For much of human history, almost everyone believed some version of "the gods did it". Any other explanation was inconceivable.<p>That …

Biology

Move Over Solar: There’s New Energy Right At Our Feet

The next time you’re running through an airport to catch your plane or busting a move on the dance floor, you could also be generating clean, green …

Clean Energy

Muslim women complain about Sharia inquiries

<b>More than 100 Muslim women have complained about their treatment under two government probes into Sharia law.</b><p>The inquiries - one ordered by Theresa May when she was home secretary, and another by the home affairs select committee - are ongoing.<p>But some women have signed an open letter and said the …

Religion

When Everything's Going Wrong At Work, This Is The Personality Trait You Need

When <i>Shawshank Redemption</i>’s Andy Dufresne is wrongly convicted of murdering his wife and sentenced to life in prison, he takes the slow way out.<p>Every night from his cell he digs a little further toward freedom. Each morning he gathers the debris in his two fists and then releases it down his pant …

Teens

Meet the First Digital Ghost, Thanks to Artificial Intelligence

When her friend died, this artificial intelligence developer used chat to bring him back.<p>This Halloween, you can come "face-to-face" with the digital ghost of Roman Mazurenko, thanks to an artificial intelligence chatbot built by his close friend, entrepreneur Eugenia Kuyda.<p>Roman died in a car …

Physicists Have Achieved Superconductivity in a Non-Superconductive Material

Whoa.<p>For the first time, researchers have achieved superconductivity - the phenomenon of electrical conductivity with zero resistance - in a material …