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Not-so-big 409 sq. ft. apartment renovation 'densifies' functions

How to make a small space feel bigger? There's a diverse repertoire of solutions from using transformer furniture to hiding storage in underused …

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 98 – The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton (1621)

This compelling and occasionally comic study of melancholy became cult reading in the 17th century and has inspired artists from Keats to Cy Twombly<p>From the eccentric compulsion of its full title onwards (<i>The Anatomy of Melancholy, What it is: With all the Kinds, Causes, Symptomes, Prognostickes,</i> …

Literature

The Ten Best History Books of 2017

Historians have never been more popular. With the seemingly unceasing news cycle, readers of all political persuasions have been seeking out context …

Books

You Have a Great Idea, But Do You Have the Confidence and Persistence To Build It?

How this health care innovator and his partners built a business that mattered.<p><i>In this ongoing series, we are sharing advice, tips</i> <i>and insights from real entrepreneurs who are out there doing business battle on a daily basis. (Answers have been edited and condensed for clarity.)</i><p><b>Who are you and</b> …

Entrepreneurship

Solar-powered prefab tiny house will do it all for $125K

The cost will cover site preparation, delivery, and installation of Koda<p>Last year, Estonian design collective Kodasema revealed a prototype of Koda, a prefabricated, energy-efficient, transportable (and chic) concrete micro home that captured the imagination of tiny home enthusiasts …

11 books to read while you wait for season 2 of Handmaid’s Tale

Women confronting power in dystopian worlds<p><i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i> finished its first devastating season on Hulu this week, but the adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s chilling dystopian novel will come back for a second season.<p>The novel and show portray a dystopia in which women are stripped of their …

North Korea writes rare letter to House protesting new sanctions

A North Korean parliamentary committee made a rare move Friday, sending a letter of protest to the U.S. House of Representatives over its new package of sanctions.<p>The missive comes as Pyongyang has been in high-outrage mode for weeks after President Trump threatened the reclusive nation with …

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 …

The Return of Lorde

Lorde, the New Zealand-born pop star, came into the fire-lit lounge of her downtown Manhattan hotel a few minutes past 11, apologizing for the lateness of the hour — funny story, she said. She’d been commuting daily to a Greenwich Village recording studio, plugging away at new music, but today U2, …

NASA Wants to Launch a Giant Magnetic Field to Make Mars Habitable

So crazy, it just might work.<p>NASA scientists have proposed a bold plan that could give Mars its atmosphere back and make the Red Planet habitable for …

Here's a 6-Figure Service Business You Can Start for Under $100

Stocking shelves in the grocery store looks like a starter job but it is actually a lucrative business.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As you go about your grocery shopping, focused on the items that you need to get, you probably don’t realize that there’s an incredible …

Small Business

Sitting might not be so bad for you after all

Sitting has been branded the "new smoking" for its supposed public health risks, especially for people with sit-down office jobs.<p>Over the past 15 years or so sitting has been linked with cancer, heart disease and diabetes and even depression. This has led to a surge in media stories on the risks of …

Shipping container transforms with walls of glass in Argentina

From industrial to rustic<p>Fans of Philip Johnson’s Glass House take note: As it turns out, you too can have <i>something</i> like the modernist icon if you get a shipping container, paint it black, and replace the corrugated steel with sleek walls of glass. How’s the above example for inspiration?<p>Designed …

5 Apps Will Kickstart Your Spring Cleaning

Getting organized is the hardest part of life. Or maybe it’s staying organized. No matter where you fall on the organizational spectrum, we can all agree that life constantly gets in the way and things that you always mean to do get brushed aside. Cue: technology. This week, we’ve got five brand …

Elon Musk wants to dig a tunnel to ease L.A. traffic. We have a lot of questions

Elon Muskis apparently turning his focus from the heavens to the Earth, proposing on Twitter that he plans to dig a tunnel that could reduce Los Angeles traffic.<p>The often outspoken Chief Executive of<p>SpaceXand Tesla Motors Inc. last month told his 6 million Twitter followers: “Traffic is driving me …

Elon Musk

This irregularly-shaped home perches on a single concrete pillar

It sits on a hill in Prague surrounded by trees<p>Now this home in Czech Republic is certainly <i>unique</i>. Designed by Jan Šépka, a co-founder of HŠH Architects, the aptly named House in an Orchard is located on an inclined plot in Prague surrounded by trees. Because of the slope of the site, the …

Kitchen Trends on the Rise in 2017

If 2017 is the year you've finally decided to move forward with that long dreamed of kitchen reno then you'll want to check out a new study by Houzz. The home design and renovation platform surveyed more than 2,700 US homeowners currently or recently undertaking a kitchen renovation on everything …

Michelle Obama gave her last speech as first lady — with a few tears, and a plea for ‘hope’

By Krissah Thompson<p>, Assignment editor<p>Michelle Obama began to cry as she delivered her final public remarks from the White House on Friday morning at an event celebrating school counselors. Her message, which was directed toward young people, was one of hope and inclusion.<p>“It is our fundamental …

Michelle Obama

Amazing camper van maximizes space with clever boat design tricks

If you thought camper vans couldn’t be elegant and cozy, think again. Jack Richens of This Moving House converted a 2012 Mercedes Benz Sprinter into …

This Map Reveals the Ultimate Cross-U.S. Train Trip for Under $250

Travel across the U.S. in style.<p>Want to see the sights of the continental United States, but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg to do it? You’re in …

15 Super Smart Ways to Use the IKEA Kallax Bookcase

The IKEA Expedit (lately reborn as the Kallax) has, like a lot of classics, an incredibly simple design. And like a lot of IKEA pieces, it lends …

Living Rooms

Hollywood sign vandalized to read 'Hollyweed'

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Hollywood sign got a little green over New Year's.<p>A prankster managed to change the iconic sign overlooking Los Angeles early Sunday to read "Hollyweed," said L.A. Police Officer Christopher Garcia, who works in the agency's security service division.<p>The vandal -- who police think is …

Nature Is Perfectly Miserable in These Rare Japanese Woodblock Prints

Hasui Kawase helped revive a Japanese printmaking tradition in the 20th century with scenes from the natural world.<p>As winter approaches, dark, moody landscapes might be increasingly common sights throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Only few of these scenes, however, are likely to be as beautifully …

Professors at America's elite colleges pick one book every student should read in 2017

But what if they could only choose one book?<p>When asked, professors at America's most prestigious colleges — those in the top 10, according to US News & World Report — shared with Business Insider the single book they think every student should read in 2017.<p>The topics of the books spanned issues …

College & University

Libraries are dying – but it’s not about the books | Simon Jenkins

The internet stole the monopoly on knowledge but it can’t recreate a sense of place. Revival is possible<p>Public libraries have had another bad year. They are like churches and local railways. People like having them around, and are angry if they close. But as for using them, well, there is so little …

Stunning Coffee Tables Designed to Look Like Ethereal Rivers

Every living room needs the right coffee table. It’s pretty much an essential to make your design work, so you really need to choose the perfect one. …

Furniture

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How to Keep Your Indoor Cacti Thriving - Quiet Corner

Cacti have a reputation of being easy to grow, which many of us have proven completely false. Cacti and other succulent plants are specialized …

Cactus

11 Plants, Flowers And Herbs That'll Boost Your Mood

They're like living, breathing antidepressants.<p>When the going gets tough, you need any little lift that'll get you in a more positive frame of mind. While self-care is incredibly important during life's difficult times, you might be surprised that your environment can play a critical role when it …

NASA Has Compiled a List of the Best Air-Cleaning Plants for Your Home

Many of us spend most of our time indoors, so it’s important to cultivate a space that’s a healthy one. A simple—and beautiful—way to do this is through houseplants; they add some green to your home while being an effective way to purify the air.<p>NASA hardly seems like the organization that would …