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9 best Frank Lloyd Wright homes for sale in 2016

Some with original furniture, and some still on the market<p>For enthusiasts of Frank Lloyd Wright and his extraordinary homes, 2016—the year he would have been 149—offered what felt like an embarrassment of riches on the real estate front. The covetable properties popped up everywhere, from Michigan …

7 prefab homes that impressed us in 2016

Another prefabulous year behind us!<p>The idea that prefab homes can provide an efficient alternative to traditional construction is no longer news. Besides digging deep into all kinds of prefab dreams percolating throughout the last century, Curbed also been sharing plenty of prefab options currently …

A Startup’s Smart Batteries Reduce Buildings’ Electric Bills - MIT Technology Review

An energy startup called Stem has developed a battery for commercial buildings that’s clever enough to predict—based on the price of electricity—when …

Clean Energy

How Pininfarina Shaped the World of Luxury Automobiles Photos

Few names resonate throughout the automotive-design world like Pininfarina. Since its founding in 1930 by Battista “Pinin” Farina, the Italian design firm has helped form the visual identity of legendary marques like Ferrari, Maserati, and Alfa Romeo. Three generations of Pininfarina designs have …

The 13 best uses of Siri on a Mac

Siri and I have been shacking up together on my MacBook for about two months now. How useful is Apple's digital assistant on a Mac? Let me count the ways.<p>1. Find files<p>Siri offers a quick way to find files you want to return to. You can say, "Show me documents from yesterday" or "Show me …

The feds just gave batteries and rooftop solar panels access to big-time energy markets

Distributed energy will be able to play in wholesale energy markets. That’s a big deal.<p>Given the state of US politics, it’s safe to say that very few people are paying attention to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) right now — even fewer than usual, I mean.<p>However, in its quiet and …

Best air-purifying houseplants, according to NASA

NASA recommends one air-purifying plant for every 100 square feet of space<p>While architects are raving about the benefits of plant-covered facades, you don’t need to entirely mask your building with greenery in order to get the same benefits. Starting in the 1980s, NASA scientists began to study the …

The Top 10 Solar States & How Utilities Are Fighting Them

With three solar panels installed for every two Nevadans, Nevada now has more solar capacity per person than any other state. But, at the behest of NV Energy, the state also eliminated its net metering program last December, causing a whopping 93 percent decline in rooftop solar applications the …

Good Green Design Doesn't Have To Be Expensive: The M&M; House

All photos via 100Khouse<p>I have not paid nearly enough attention to the work of Postgreen, the Philadelphia developers of economical and very …

Battery revolution empowers consumers, unleashes renewables, imperils Big Energy

Renewable electricity is already undermining the big energy utilities' business model, writes Emma Howard, breaking their monopoly and bringing down …

Renewable Energy

Sonnen’s new battery for solar self-consumption could succeed in US

Tesla Powerwall competitor launches a battery to ease recent net metering woes.<p>German battery company Sonnen never made the grand splash in the US …

Solar Power

“Blackout Tattoo” Trend Cloaks the Body in Black Ink to Make a Bold Visual Statement

As tattoos continue to grow in popularity, artists push the envelope with the color, complexity, and scope of their designs. The classic Sailor Jerry style of tattooing–which champions dark outlines and a limited color palette–is joined by other styles such as dotwork, watercolor, and cross stitch. …

Tattoos

She Was the Z: An Appreciation of Zaha Hadid

Z. At most Zaha. The way many of her friends referred to her conveyed the energy and the design signature both her buildings and she, herself, exemplified. Z’s buildings slashed and snaked their way into our consciousness and out of the sites to which they did not wish to be confined. She was the …

Here’s How Electric Cars Will Cause the Next Oil Crisis

Predictions like these are tricky at best. The best one can hope for is to be more accurate than conventional wisdom, which in the oil industry is …

Electric Vehicles

‘Tesla Solar’ Wants to Be the Apple Store for Electricity

Tesla Motors Inc.’s bid to buy the biggest U.S. rooftop solar installer has little to do with selling cars. Rather, it’s about solving two of the …

Tesla

The 11 most beautiful apps of the year

We think the most beautiful apps of the year use color creatively, simplify otherwise annoying experiences, and spark our imaginations with stunning game environments. They feature a strong attention to detail, along with a smart overall design that matches the function and feel of the app.<p>These …

Apps

8 Apps To Make You a Better iPhone Photographer

These handy apps will help you take your mobile photography up a notch.<p>Apple's iPhone has one of the most capable cameras in its class, yet avid photographers complain of its bare-bones interface with limited controls. We've rounded up several third-party apps that will give users more control over …

Best smartphone cameras: Galaxy S7 vs. iPhone 6s vs. Nexus 6P vs. Lumia 950

Samsung vs. iPhone, Nexus vs. Lumia. It's time to find out who makes <i>the best</i> smartphone camera.Recently a new smartphone waltzed onto the scene, …

RM Sotheby's set to auction first-ever Shelby Cobra

There are special cars, and then there are <i>special</i> cars. The Shelby Cobra is a special car, but the first one ever made? That's something that belongs in a museum. But, instead of a museum, it's about to head to the auction block for the first time ever.<p>The first Cobra ever, chassis designation CSX …

Mid-Century Modern America: 10 Classic Houses for the Ages - Interior Design Inspirations

Icons of midcentury modern design by the likes of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, Eero Saarinen and Marcel Breuer still stand across …

Architecture

SunPower Touts World's Most Efficient Silicon Solar Panel

American solar panel maker SunPower says it’s got another world record on its hands. On Monday the Richmond, Calif-based company announced that it …

Apparent conflicts of interest may dog Tesla-SolarCity deal

Amazon Stocks History: The Importance of Patience

<b>Amazon.com</b> has an impressive stock price history -- perhaps one of the greatest over the past two decades. After accounting for three stock splits, Amazon's shares have advanced from $1.50 in May 1997 to over $700 today -- a 46,500% return!<p>AMZN data by YCharts<p>But you'd be hard-pressed to find …

7 rules-of-thumb to follow in aquaponics

19 Aug 2015<p>From a media bed unit start-up in Bangkok to a fully developed 120 households deep water culture (DWC) unit in Ethiopia, aquaponics is …

Aquaponics

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Energy Sales: A Catalyst for Tesla Motors, Inc. in 2016?

It was just over a year ago when electric-car maker <b>Tesla Motors</b> launched its energy storage business, bringing Tesla into a whole new segment. With its Powerwall and Powerpacks, Tesla set out with a big mission: to "wean the world off fossil fuels." While Tesla Energy is still undoubtedly in its …

Hands-on: iOS 10 + watchOS 3 Home app for HomeKit on iPhone, iPad, & Apple Watch

HomeKit, Apple’s smart home accessory framework, is gaining some much needed attention in iOS 10 and watchOS 3 thanks to a new built-in Home app for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Apple previously relied on third-party apps from accessory makers to control the HomeKit experience, using Siri as the …

5 Powerful Tools You Should Use to Dominate Social Media

Social media doesn't have to be time consuming anymore with these easy fixes.<p>Social media channels can take all the time you are willing to throw at them and then take the same again. Yes, we need social channels for marketing, but it needs to be on our terms and work for us, not against.<p>Luckily …