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The 13 Anime of Spring 2016 You Should Be Watching

The Best Plants to Bring Life to Your Bathroom

Plants are a great way to bring a little natural beauty indoors. They clean the air in your home and add color to every room. Your bathroom, however, …

Everything you need to know to assemble and care for a succulent garden

By Adrian Higgins<p>Adrian Higgins<p>Gardening columnist<p>Email Bio Follow<p>These common varieties would make a great addition to your home or garden.<p>These common varieties would make a great addition to your home or garden.<p>It’s hard to say at what point the growing of succulents went from being a nerdy …

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How To Sleep Better: 9 Fixes For Common Reasons Why Your Bedroom's Not Working

You wake up exhausted, unenthusiastic to face the world (and the day). You don't have one bit of excitement about bedtime. It takes you twice as long …

How Compost is Made

Where I live in Portland, Oregon, the compost and recycling bins are picked up every week, but the trash bin only every second week. When the program …

8 Things You Didn't Know About Decorating

Secret tricks of the trade.<p>From adding dark, drama-inducing lampshades to creating ceilings with style, design experts reveal their best home-decorating tips and offer up insider tricks-of-the-trade.

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What the Pros Know: 3 Simple and Effective Interior Design Tips

(Image credit: Dylan Chandler)<p>This week's video roundup is dedicated to the fundamentals, those little things that will help you get a space just …

8 DNA Sculptures from Around the World

It's been more than 60 years since we learned about the double helix structure of DNA, the code inside living cells that controls the building blocks …

Lens Guide: Best Lenses to Move up to from a Kit Lens

Kit lens—to use or not to use? While kit lenses are much less expensive than better hobbyist and professional lenses, in the world of photography, …

The Stories Behind 10 Dr. Seuss Books

Theodor Seuss Geisel—who was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 2, 1904—wasn't actually a doctor (at least not until his alma mater, …

10 Always-Entertaining Party Games

Party games are a great way to bring people together, break the ice or just provide old friends with new tricks. From easy, no-frills fun to …

7 Common Words With Little-Known Relatives

When some words have hit the big time, they've left clunky related words behind.<p>1. exhaust/inhaust<p>While "exhaust," from the Latin for "draw out of," …

14 Words That Are Their Own Opposites

Here’s an ambiguous sentence for you: “Because of the agency’s oversight, the corporation’s behavior was sanctioned.” Does that mean, 'Because the …

12 Old Words That Survived by Getting Fossilized in Idioms

English has changed a lot in the last several hundred years, and there are many words once used that we would no longer recognize today. For whatever …

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Best Free iPhone and iPad Games of 2013

TouchArcade Rating:<p>If you haven’t noticed, free to play games have hit critical mass on the App Store. There’s definitely a load of bad ones that put …

Modular CALTROPe structure reduces impact of rising sea levels by cultivating mangrove forests

Hungarian art and design collective Szövetség'39 has unveiled a concept to reduce the impact of rising sea levels in the world's delta regions by …

10 Trails Every Passionate Hiker Must Trek

Lace up your boots and grab your walking stick. It’s time to climb!<p><b>1. Observation Point</b><br>With hikes like Angel’s Landing and the Narrows, Zion National …

Durian, the World's Smelliest Fruit

Durian is renowned as the world's stinkiest fruit. As <i>Smithsonian Magazine</i> explained:<p>"To eat it seems to be the sacrifice of self-respect," wrote …

11 Times TIME's Person of the Year Wasn't Really a Person

<i>TIME has named The Ebola Fighters the 2014 Person of the Year. Some years, they don't narrow it down to one person (or choose a person at all).</i> …

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25 of the Happiest Words in English

Isabel Kloumann and a group of mathematicians at the University of Vermont published a paper in 2012 on positivity in the English language. They took …

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15 Wonderful Words for Delightful Experiences

Some situations are just too perfect for words, but these bits of lovely lingo will shorten that list ever so slightly.<p>1. Petrichor<p>The scent of rain …

What Makes a Photograph Timeless?

Taking a good photo is harder than you think. After all, there’s a reason your latest camera phone snap hasn’t landed in any museum yet. Take your …

Bio-surfaces containing "hacked" bacteria could clean your feet as you walk on them

Buildings in the future could feature floors embedded with synthetic bacteria that eat dirt and clean your feet, according to this project by design …

Synthetic creatures could "save nature" says Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg

Synthetic living creatures would be released into the wild to save endangered species and clean up pollution under this futuristic proposal by …

"Start a recycling centre" with Dave Hakkens' Precious Plastic factory

<b>Dezeen and MINI World Tour:</b> in our next movie from Eindhoven, Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Dave Hakkens shows us how his Precious Plastic …