Laura Schaffer

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6 of the Most Fascinating Galactic Empires Outside of Star Wars

Invariably, when the topic of galactic empires comes up, someone will reference Star Wars—the muddy details of the Empire’s economy and structure, …

11 70s sci-fi movies better than Star Wars

When the grand history of American cinema is written, the 1970s will be seen as one of the most important decades in the timeline. Filmmakers started …

Articles about 20 modern home renovations on Dwell.com - Dwell

Wide-open spaces, welcoming attitudes, and a healthy respect for modernism—the American Midwest has much to offer.<p>Armed with a keen eye for design and a yen for vintage furniture shopping, Glee star Jayma Mays and actor Adam Campbell...<p>In spaces small or large, an eat-in kitchen is a useful hub for …

Design

Articles about all these prefabs were assembled 10 days or less on Dwell.com - Dwell

Made of recyclable and other eco-friendly materials, LEAPfactory’s modular ski school has an incredibly light environmental touch.<p>This stunning forest retreat in England uses prefabricated panels to minimize site impact, shorten construction time, and protect...<p>With the official start of summer …

Prefab Homes

Fan edits all three Star Wars prequels into a single two-hour movie that’s better than the originals

We’ve always said that the <i>Star Wars</i> prequels could have worked if they’d been condensed into a single film about the downfall of young Anakin …

Clever animation shows the shocking human cost of World War II

An estimated 60 million to 80 million people died before the war officially ended in 1945. A new data visualization created by Neil Halloran and posted on i09 attempts to make this vast sum comprehensible, conceptualizing the fatalities using charts and graphics that convey the toll of war.<p>The …

Data Visualization

Casa Cúbica, a tiny container home

Cúbica is a company in Costa Rica that specializes in alternative construction based on repurposed shipping containers. They have built housing, …

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DIY Six Seat Dining Room Table

The HFHS house needed a dining room table, so I made one! With the style we wanted, it was like putting together an open-ended puzzle. I had a bunch …

6 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in May 2015 (And the Best Episodes of Each)

READ MORE: 7 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in April 2015 (And the Best Episodes of Each)<p>1) “Grace and Frankie” Season 1 (available May 8)<p><b>Why</b> …

TV

How to build a Passive House off-grid, and without foam

1/21<p>MARTaK Passive House Build<p>The Passive House Institute is known to have one of the strictest energy-efficient building standards in the world. …

Off-grid