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Does a black hole ever die?

What we know about the mysterious life cycle of a black hole.<p>Astronomer Misty Bentz would like you to know that black holes don’t suck. “They’re not cosmic vacuum cleaners going around and sucking everything in,” she says. “They just use gravity the same way everything else does.”<p>Instead of a …

Kefir-Battered Cast-Iron Fried Chicken

When a craving for fried chicken hits, I turn to this recipe, which tastes nothing like chicken that's been passed through a fast-food window—and …

Giant glass orb in Paris is wrapped with a rotating solar sail that follows the sun

Architects Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines teamed up to create the stunning, solar-powered Seine Musicale located on Seguin Island in Paris. The …

Design

5 Traditional Homes with Super-Modern Additions

When you're adding on to an older home, you have two options: you can match the architecture of the addition to the existing house, or, if you're …

Impressive 500-square-foot apartment has everything you need

It’s located in the heart of Kiev<p>It’s always fun to take a peek at how the rest of the world does compact apartments. The latest example comes out of Kiev, Ukraine, designed by local firm Martin Architects.<p>Measuring 45 square meters, or about 484 square feet, the one-bedroom appears to be a …

Paris apartments, modern and airy, used to be a 19th-century photo studio

The two rooftop abodes get exceptional natural light<p>Ah. Here’s yet another home we’d move to Paris for. This cleverly renovated pair of apartments may appear to be thoroughly modern—The glass! The lines! The unexpected mirrored volume on the lower floor!—but the space was built in the 19th century …

30 cities where people under 30 wants to live right now

<b>The INSIDER Summary:</b><p>Millennials go to great lengths to live in cities instead of languishing in the suburbs. Nestpick, an apartment-hunting site, compiled the "Millennials Cities Ranking" based on 16 factors to determine which places are most desirable to this most talked-about generation.<p>The …

United Kingdom

The biggest real estate development in American history will have a 15-story maze of stairwells

New York City's Hudson Yards — the biggest private real estate project in American history— is getting a massive public centerpiece that looks like it was inspired by M.C. Escher.<p>The structure — part interconnected stairway, part tower, part art piece — will stand in the heart of the development's …

Glass-roofed heaven in Sweden can be yours for $1.3M

Own a piece of heaven and live among the stars<p>We’ve seen our fair share of gorgeous glass-walled houses for sale, but a home with a glass roof doesn’t come around these parts that often. Located in Gothenburg, Sweden, “Villa Heaven” features a simple gabled construction and a glazed covering that …

West Coast to London: Norwegian Announces $199 Flights

Why Herzog & de Meuron's Hamburg Elbphilharmonie Is Worth Its $900 Million Price Tag

<i>This article was originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Will Elbphilharmonie Be Hamburg’s Guggenheim?"</i><p>So much has already been written about …

Herzog & de Meuron

The Largest Coal Plant In The Western U.S. Is Closing Decades Ahead Of Schedule

The Navajo Generating Station is the seventh largest source of climate pollution in the country. When it closes in 2019, it will be because of economics–not regulation.<p>Three years ago, the EPA struck a deal with the owners of the largest coal plant in the Western U.S. to close the plant by 2044. …

Berlin Will Have to Wait Another Year for Its New Airport

Eight years late, and the scandal of Berlin’s messed-up new airport only gets worse.<p>Will Berlin’s new airport ever be finished? Last week the German capital announced for the fifth time that its long-awaited Willy Brandt Airport—more commonly known as Berlin Brandenburg—will be delayed once again. …

Cioppino (Fisherman's Stew)

5 stars based on 28 votes<p>Brimming with fresh seafood in a tomato and wine broth that tastes like the sea, cioppino (pronounced <i>cho-pee-no</i>) is a rustic …

Louisville’s “Spaghetti Junction” is a testament to how cars degrade cities

Doubling down on auto infrastructure, Kentucky-style.<p>Dwight D. Eisenhower’s grand scheme to connect US cities to one another with interstates was a great idea. It enhanced trade, economic development, and mobility.<p>By contrast, jamming interstates and freeways <i>through</i> cities — something Eisenhower …

Urban Design

I Love Modern Architecture

I love modern architecture. I live, breathe, and dream about it! These projects are some of my very favorite examples of architecture at its best.

Plant Prefab raises $3 million from Obvious Ventures for durable, sustainable homes

Plant Prefab wants to make it easier for people to build homes within urban neighborhoods and cities, and it has raised $3 million to do just that. The investment, led by Obvious Ventures, will go some way toward helping the company scale, bring on more talent, and improve existing systems.<p>A …

Narcissists and Psychopaths Love to Stay Friends with Their Exes

A new study found that many people who befriend their former lovers are narcissists and psychopaths. We spoke with an expert to understand why your troubled ex-boyfriend has been sliding into your DMs.<p>For anyone who has ever wondered what kind of psychopath stays friends with their ex, a new study …

Relationships

Why Space and Time Might Be an Illusion

This past fall, the world of physics celebrated the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, which forms the foundation of our modern understanding of the force of gravity. Einstein's creation has been the ultimate antidote to a blasé, seen-it-all attitude that sometimes …

Off-grid UFO home is completely powered by wind, water and sun

UFOs could soon be spotted floating on the ocean as cool sustainable homes. Italian boating company Jet Capsule designed what may be the most stylish …

Can You Guess How Much NYC Paid the Architect of the Most Expensive Train Station on Earth?

The World Trade Center Transit Hub—aka The (other) Oculus—has already gone down in history as the most expensive train station, ever. The grand total …

How An MIT Data Viz Guru Is Exposing Cryptic Government Data

Data USA proves that census data can be beautiful, while simultaneously pulling it out of Google’s blind spot: the deep web.<p>The U.S. government has access to the kind of data that makes guys like Cesar Hidalgo drool. The director of MIT Media Lab’s MacroConnections Group, Hidalgo’s passion is …

Data Visualization

This New Office Will Have Hundreds Of Spaces For Bikes–But None For Gas Cars

Sorry, car commuters. You’ll have to find parking on the street.<p>When a new high-rise is built in downtown Oslo, Norway, one of the first things visitors will notice is the bikes: A massive ramp leads cyclists directly into the building, and the plate-glass windows in the lobby show off bike …

Man Climbs Tree, Doesn't Come Down, Becomes Internet Hero

A mysterious man climbed a tree in Seattle and began shouting obscenities and throwing apples, branches, and pinecones at the police. For obvious reasons, he is very popular.<p>I don't know when America broke, but everyone knows that it's broken. Our bridges are crumbling, our water is poisoned, our …

One of these seven US cities will receive $50 million to rethink urban transport

An aging population and increased urbanization are set to dramatically change America's transport needs, and the government wants to do something about it. In 2015, the Department of Transportation unveiled its Smart City challenge, a competition for mid-sized cities to their rethink urban …

Hubble Shatters The Cosmic Distance Record; Most Distant Galaxy 'A Shocker'

Thanks to an incredible combination of luck, technology and human ingenuity, the Hubble Space Telescope has identified, measured and confirmed a galaxy farther away in space — and closer to the Big Bang — than ever before. Because the Universe is expanding, and the fabric of space in between …

Universe

How China is sending man back to the Moon to mine safe nuclear power and become the world's energy giant

The Night Sky in March: The lunar surface is rich in helium-3, perhaps the most valuable substances in nature, one that could provide energy for the world<p>Can we mine the Moon? It seems imperative to do so.<p>The space-faring nations have ignored the 1979 outer space treaty, and last year America's …

Piper the Border Collie patrols an airline runway, looks incredibly badass

Walking the runway doesn't always refer to fashion.<p>For one badass Border Collie named Piper, it means patrolling the airplane runways at Cherry …