Alex Akins

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The Perfect Storm (Of The Coming Market Crisis)

It is always refreshing to step away from the keyboard for a few days and hit the "reset button," which is exactly what I did last week. My wife and …

The 10 Weirdest Hotels in the World

Now that places like crazy colorful hotels and their art-infused rooms exist, there’s really no going back to ordinary. Since it seems like there’s something for everyone these days — from must-visit foodie hotels to haunted Airbnbs — creativity is becoming competition. These 10 unusual hotels give …

5 Flat-Pack Furniture Companies That Are Cooler Than IKEA

Sick of disposable furniture but can’t afford high-end stuff? A new genre of companies fit somewhere in between–and they ship to your door.<p>While companies like ABC Home and Design Within Reach tout the idea of bringing high design to the masses, their items are still out of reach for most of us. …

Wood windows? Swedes develop transparent wood material for buildings and solar cells

Windows and solar panels in the future could be made from one of the best—and cheapest—construction materials known: wood. Researchers at Stockholm's …

15 IKEA Alternatives for Modern Design Lovers

We all love a great IKEA piece! My home is covered in IKEA, from the coffee table and the media console to the china cabinet and the home office …

New Modular Furniture Assembles Into Fully Functional Rooms

What if living spaces—bedrooms, kitchens, home offices—<b>doubled</b> as both discrete areas for living, sleeping, and working <i>and</i> as storage? That's the question being asked and answered in a new line of modular furnishings by French industrial designer Gilles Belley, who, through this furniture system, …

10 Mind-Blowing Travel Destinations for Adventure Junkies and Thrill Seekers

You have already been to Italy, maybe even twice. You’ve gone to Florida more times than you can count.<p>You live big, you work crazy hard and you take risks. You are ready for a vacation that matches your curiosity, your desire for newness, your sense of adventure. You want to explore some place …

12 incredible US destinations that haven't been discovered by tourists

A recent Quora thread discussed unique places in the United States that aren't frequently visited by tourists.<p>From the picturesque False Kiva in Utah's Canyonlands National Park, whose exact destination remains a secret, to the crystal-blue Havasupai Falls in Grand Canyon National Park, here are 12 …

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Lighting the Brain

Karl Deisseroth and the optogenetics breakthrough.<p>On a recent Friday morning, a gray-haired woman whom I will call Sally arrived for an appointment with Karl Deisseroth, a psychiatrist and a neuroscientist in the bioengineering department at Stanford University. Sally, now in her sixties, had …

Couple uses ladders to navigate their Tokyo 'Ninja' house

We've seen people swinging on ladders to access tree houses, but it's not every day we see ladders <i>inside</i> homes. In 2012 a Tokyo couple commissioned …

The 20 Best Modern Desks for the Home Office

Unless you’re a personal trainer or a stage magician, odds are pretty good that the place you are going to spend most of your life is sitting at your …

Adventure Dreams: 10 Classic Adventures

Adventure<p>These are the quintessential adventure experiences you organize your year around because they require fitness, specialized gear, and maybe a large chunk of time off work. Our top ten cover life-list terrain in the mountains, ocean, and the desert and include the expert advice, gear tips, …

Grand Canyon