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Architect Dan Meis Sells Midcentury Modern Home for $2M

Recently renovated Calabasas, California home has four bedrooms, two fireplaces and an art studio<p>Dan Meis, the American architect best known for …

A Quantum Theory of Consciousness

Some of you may have already heard of the so-called “quantum theory of consciousness.” I’ve encountered different versions of it over the years. It presents a method of integrating traditional religious views of the “soul,” the “afterlife,” and the possibility of “other realms of existence” with …

Scientists Want You to Help Them Find Nearby Alien Planets Please

The Red Dots Campaign will target Ross 154, Barnard’s Star, and Proxima Centauri, three red dwarfs within ten light years of our solar system.<p>Hey, you: Want to help search for potentially habitable worlds around nearby alien suns? 'Course you do. Well, on Monday, the Pale Red Dot Campaign, the team …

Universe

You won't believe the interior of Japan's jaw-dropping new train

All aboard the swanky train! Japan just unveiled a new luxury sleeper train – and it’s jaw-droppingly beautiful. The gold-tinted Shiki-shima, which …

A Beginner’s Guide To Japanese Whisky — What To Know & Which Bottles To Buy

We love whisk(e)y. The brown spirit has blown up on the world stage over the last ten years. We’re lucky enough to live during the resurgence of America’s bourbon, Ireland’s triple distilled whiskeys, and Scotland’s single malts. Yet we have yet to really embraces two lesser known whiskies — …

Japan

2017 World's Best Pastry Chef Dominique Ansel offers floating cakes and more at new Ginza store

A cake so light <b>it’s served in a floating balloon?</b> Guess how you’re supposed to get the cake out. (Hint: it involves something sharp!)<p>In case you …

Edge-On View of Spiral Galaxy Reveals 'Odd Twists' | Video

A new view of galaxy NGC 1055 captured by the Very Large Telescope’s FOcal Reducer and low dispersion Spectrograph 2 (FORS2) instrument shows …

Big History

ici: sophisticated French cuisine at bistro prices

The backstreets of Ebisu do not lack for great French cuisine. So how can a tiny new restaurant put itself on the map in such a popular dining …

France

Buildings That Know How To Make A Thatched Roof Look Modern

It’s hard to give up an idea that you had for so long even when you find out it’s false or exaggerated. For example, everyone seems to have this idea …

Ho Chi Minh City

Renovated Tribeca loft with rustic touches wants $1.65M

The two-bedroom condo features beamed ceilings, exposed brick, and tons of built-in storage<p>It may be thoroughly modern, but there’s nothing generic about this two-bedroom duplex loft, which has an dreamy rustic-industrial vibe going.<p>In its current incarnation, the condo’s main floor is wide open: …

Rustic

Bill Gates says these are the two books we should all read to understand AI

The tech world’s book-nerd-in-chief wants you to add two books to your list of summer science reads. To get up to speed on artificial intelligence, Microsoft cofounder and philanthropist Bill Gates recommends Nick Bostrom’s <i>Superintelligence</i> and Pedro Domingos’s <i>The Master Algorithm</i>.<p>Gates never …

Singularity

How A Horizontal Wood Fence Can Impact The Landscape And Décor Around It

Having a house with a white picket fence used to be the dream a while ago but times change and so does the design of the fence. The horizontal fence …

Landscaping

Minimalists Agree—This Is How You Decorate a Clutter-Free Space

With life pummeling forward at such a rapid pace, we all need a sanctuary to come home to and escape the world. This is exactly the approach Collin …

Travel Tools I Use to Learn, Work and Play Anywhere in the World

I often get asked what apps, services and travel tools I use to work, learn, plan, play, track habits, manage time, write, read and more.<p>I’d like to …

Malcolm Gladwell

The best Tokyo ramen shops of 2016

Tokyo's ramen scene is in a constant state of upheaval, so just keeping up with all the new openings can be a hugely time-consuming task. In 2016, …

Japan

Record Supermoon and 9 More Can't-Miss Sky Events in November

Get ready to see lunar pairings, meteor showers, and more this month.<p>The coming month brings the roaring lion of meteor displays, dazzling planets, and plenty more reasons to look up at the night sky. You’ll even have the chance to catch the most impressive supermoon in nearly seven decades.<p>So dust …

Astronomy

8th-magnitude Nova in Sagittarius

<b>A nova in Sagittarius, discovered a few nights ago by a Japanese amateur, has become bright enough to see in binoculars.</b><i>Update:</i> As of October 31st, …

Astronomy

Biggest map of giant voids and clusters in the universe solves major cosmological puzzle

Since its discovery in 2008, astronomers have been puzzled by a cosmic mystery so vexing that it has even led some to question whether the general …

Astrophysics

Subatomic Particles, Part 4: Gauge Bosons, the Glue That Holds the Universe Together

ACTS & FACTS IMPACT<p>Subatomic Particles, Part 4: Gauge Bosons, the Glue That Holds the Universe Together<p>Have you ever wondered how a magnet “knows” to …

Physics

Is Consciousness Physical?

INTEGRAL WORLD: EXPLORING THEORIES OF EVERYTHING<p>An independent forum for a critical discussion of the integral philosophy of Ken Wilber<p>Publication …

Consciousness

Small Japan firms dying out as aging owners struggle to find successors

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s small firms, many of which are “mom-and-pop” operations, are dying out as their aging owners struggle to find successors, in another sign that the fast-ageing population is taking its toll on the world’s third-largest economy.<p>Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has targeted more …

Japan

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

Earth - It took centuries, but we now know the size of the Universe

"Let us go rambling about the Universe." This is the invitation that American astronomer Harlow Shapley gave to an audience in Washington DC in 1920. He was taking part in the so-called Great Debate with fellow scientist Heber Curtis on the scale of the Universe.<p>Shapley believed that our Milky Way …

Astrophysics

Concept of the Ideal Kitchen Decorating for Minimalist House

Kitchen decor must be a slightly confusing part in deciding of how your kitchen will be. The first thing to do before starting to decorate your …

Interior Design

A Visit to the Oldest Sake Brewery in Japan Run by the Same Family for 55 Generations

Sudo Honke in the Ibaraki Prefecture is the oldest sake brewer in Japan. The family has been making the traditional rice brew for over 850 years, …