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Current Obsessions: Summer Solstice

Read on to find out what we loved this week—and get ready for the longest day of the year on Sunday.

Articles about charles birnbaum future landscape architecture on Dwell.com - Dwell

Charles Birnbaum, founder and president of the Cultural Landscape Foundation, makes the case that historical preservationists are...<p>The turn-of-the-century design icon's architectural projects reveal his modern foresight.<p>A refreshing change to commercial architectural landscaping.<p>Landscape …

Enhancing the Feeling of Space: The Cresta Residence Designed by Jonathan Segal FAIA

There are those who say that “Less is more” and then, there are those who express their dissatisfaction and state that “Less is never more—less is …

11 Terrifying Childcare Inventions From The Early 20th Century

Enjoy the motorized hanging cradle, the baby gas mask, the UV-ray baby branding prod, and more "infant-friendly" gadgets from the Popular Science archives.<p>Updated:<p>There are certain areas of expertise that came naturally to us over the years: cars, space, aviation, and computers, to name a few. …

The first-ever naturally occurring gears are found on an insect's legs

Gears are a potent symbol of human industry, a sign of mechanical wonder or a cold assembly line. If you had to pick something to stand against the natural world, they'd be a pretty likely pick — except that as it turns out, insects discovered them first. In a paper published today in <i>Science</i>, …

These Photos Of The Paris Air Show Are Unreal

You hear about huge spending on the newest and fastest fighter jets and jumbo jets, but it's hard to grasp where all that money goes. Here's how: …

The world's best wild swims

Little can match the pleasure of taking a dip in a secluded spot. Sliding into a river or striking out for the centre of a lake, it’s impossible not to feel as if you’ve become part of the scene, rather than simply marvelling at it.<p>Indulge in one of these stunning swims and we promise they’ll make …

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This Is How You Sell A $523,000 Lamborghini Aventador On The Street

Selling an Aventador in London is easy. Just stick a for sale sign in Arabic on the windshield, and then wait for some rich dude to come around and …

Frictionless Creativity

Lightbulb image copyright 4Max<p>Company lifespans are getting shorter. Since the 1960s, the average lifespan of a company on the S&P 500 Index went …

A Treasury of Flying Cars, from the Golden Age of Aviation

Every time you get in a traffic jam, you dream of pulling a lever, adding wings to your car, and soaring over the rest of the poor drivers. And then …

The world's best secret islands

Looking for a romantic spot that's (almost) all yours? Here’s a list from our brand new <i>Best in Travel 2011</i> guide to reignite your love affair with desert islands, with picks from across the globe.<p>1. Torres Strait Islands, Australia<p><i>Image by Killer White Fluff</i><p>As far as you can go in Oz without …

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The Sisyphean Problem Of Email

<b>Advice that should be given to modern people considering marriage:</b> “Before you marry, consider this, ‘Is this the person I’d like to watch stare at their phone for the rest of my and their life?”<p>In the Greek myth of Sisyphus, Sisyphus, as punishment for aspiring to immortality, is given the task to …

How a Massive New Railroad Is Being Blasted Out Beneath New York City

You could be standing right on top of the United States' biggest public transportation infrastructure project ever and not have the slightest …

The Greatest Chinese Car Names Of All Time

Say what you want about how Chinese cars have questionable build quality and safety, or how they're so often knock-offs of other production cars. …

The Best Thing About BMW's Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé

I've seen the newest BMW one-off at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este today, and as you would expect from Pininfarina, it's a great looking …

Your Ridiculously Awesome Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Wallpaper Is Here

The Porsche 911 Carrera GTS has always been a bit of an odd duck. Put somewhere in between the Carrera S and the GT3, you don't see too many on the …

Together at last – an RC car and a quadcopter

The rear wheel-drive vehicle has a tough polycarbonate body, and four wheels referred to as driving rings. Each ring is driven not by a …

This 163 MPH Rocket Bike Just Set a Land Speed Record

There's a surprising amount of energy locked away in the fizzing bubbles of hydrogen peroxide. Enough, in fact, to propel one daredevil and his …

Live-action 'Destiny' trailer is an early glimpse at Bungie's new universe

Bungie first unveiled its upcoming sci-fi epic <i>Destiny</i> earlier this year, but we've yet to see the <i>Halo</i> follow-up in action. That's still true with the release of the game's first trailer, which is a combination of live-action and CG, but with no actual gameplay. As <i>Variety</i> reports, the trailer was …

Talent Strategies for the Post-Loyalty World

An interview with <b>Ben Casnocha</b> and <b>Chris Yeh</b>, coauthors of the article Tours of Duty: The New Employer-Employee Compact.<p>JUSTIN FOX: Welcome to the HBR IdeaCast from Harvard Business Review. I’m Justin Fox, and I’m talking today with Ben Casnocha, an entrepreneur and co-author of the recent book, The …

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Ghost town in Argentina re-emerges from lake

EPECUEN, Argentina -- A strange ghost town that spent a quarter century under water is coming up for air again in the Argentine farmlands southwest …

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50 Years on Everest – Climbers’ Candid Thoughts on the State of the World’s Tallest Peak

On this day 50 years ago, May 1, 1963, Jim Whittaker became the first American to stand atop Everest, a feat which made him a national hero. A few weeks later, May 22, Tom Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld made the daring first ascent of the West Ridge and the first traverse of the peak, electrifying the …

We are all addicts now

Even cupcakes and iPhones control us — social and technological advances stimulate desires and foster addiction<p>The 21st century cupcake is a thing of wonder: a modest base of sponge groaning under an indulgently thick layer of frosted sugar or buttercream. It’s made to look like a miniature …

Spock vs. Spock: Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy Make Hilarious Audi Spot – Feature

Audi’s new two-minute-plus online “commercial” is the perfect example of how car advertising works in 2013. Timed to capitalize on the May 16 release of <i>Star Trek Into Darkness</i>, the video opens with Zachary Quinto (who plays a young Spock in the latest movies) losing to Leonard Nimoy, the original …

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Pictures: When Snow and Ice Meet Lava

Studying what happens when lava flows meet snow and ice helps researchers track climate change through the ages.