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Frank Lloyd Wright and the zombie building boom

Parked like a red brick aircraft-carrier in the leafy suburbs of Buffalo, New York, stands the most opulent private house that Frank Lloyd Wright ever built. Its 400 windows sparkle with intricate art-glass panels, the mortar between its bricks gleams with gold, while its rooms are lined with eight …

Architecture

A beginner's guide to drills and bits

<b>Steve Hoefer</b> returns with another guide to some of the things that make civilized life possible.<p>There are a dizzying number of ways to put a hole in …

7 ways to fake-pronounce any foreign language from a linguist

People who speak languages other than English are sometimes impressed by how well I and other linguists pronounce words or names in their language, …

The Jefferson Bottles

How could one collector find so much rare fine wine?<p>The most expensive bottle of wine ever sold at auction was offered at Christie’s in London, on December 5, 1985. The bottle was handblown dark-green glass and capped with a nubby seal of thick black wax. It had no label, but etched into the glass …

The Big Mystery Behind the Great Train Robbery May Finally Have Been Solved

Gordon Goody is the type of gentleman criminal celebrated by George Clooney’s <i>Oceans</i> trilogy. In the early 1960s, Goody was a dashing, well-dressed, …

Crime

5 Expert Ways to Deal With Difficult People — And Make Them Love You

I’ve posted a great deal on working with difficult people and how to make people like you.<p>What new research and expert advice can we use to better …

The CIA’s ‘Zhivago’

The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book<p>by Peter Finn and Petra Couvée<p>Pantheon, 352 pp., $26.95<p>Inside the …

Seaside Retreat in Norway Displaying a Charming Wooden Exterior

Overlooking Holmestrand and the fjords, this seaside retreat in suburban Oslo comes with a charming appeal. Designed by Schjelderup Trondahl …

10 Books That Could Change the Way You Understand Modern Cities

We have just entered the Urban Age, when the majority of the world's population lives in cities. Most of us may live in the metropolis, but these …

Urbanism

How To Read a French Wine Label

You’re strolling through your favorite wine shop, comfortably perusing the domestic section. You turn the corner, and the French wine aisle presents …

Wine & Spirits

The Fascinating Neuroscience Of Color

This seemingly simple area of study offers insights into all sorts of behavior–from attention to decision-making.<p>Neuroscientist Bevil Conway thinks about color for a living. An artist since youth, Conway now spends much of his time studying vision and perception at Wellesley College and Harvard …

Why Aren't We Afraid Of A Tsunami Hitting San Francisco?

When a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off Japan's eastern coast early Friday morning, we all feared a tsunami. But San Francisco gets earthquakes all the time, and we're not scared of a tsunami there. Why?<p>When news broke of a 7.3-magnitude earthquake off the eastern coast of Japan early this …

Where Have All the Workers Gone?

A hundred years ago, the popular image of the worker was a sweaty toiler, his face smudged with coal dust or scorched by the blast furnace, oppressed by the industrial machine but not its total victim. He was coiled with potential energy that was frightening to some and inspiring to others—he had …

The Secret Auden

1.<p>W.H. Auden had a secret life that his closest friends knew little or nothing about. Everything about it was generous and honorable. He kept it …

75 places so colorful it’s hard to believe they’re real [pics]

No, you don’t need to adjust your screen, nor are any of these the product of extreme photoshopping.<p>Instead, these places (natural and manmade, …

Planetarium history: Nazis persecuted inventor Rudolf Straubel of Zeiss.

It is “unusual, even weird and startling,” wrote a journalist in 1924, upon seeing the world’s first projection planetarium. “It is the best ‘movie’ …

Fallen Starchitects: 7 Failures of Famous Architects

Even the world’s most famous and celebrated architects have their failures, whether due to unforeseen consequences of an extraordinarily complex …

Elon Musk: Triumph of His Will

For his entire life, Elon Musk has bent people to his insatiable will. Most recently, he's co-opted NASA. And now we'll see whether he's a) the visionary who forces americans to become explorers again, or b) a man so distracted by vision that his life's work is a series of brilliant disappointments.<p>…

Elon Musk

After the Antihero

The real TV trend of 2013? The rise of the strong female character.<p>On December 1, <i>The Good Wife</i> finished its fall season — a run of 10 consecutive …

TV

Stop coddling your dog—he’s 99.9% wolf

SANTA CLARITA, California—Cesar Millan crosses the road to meet me. Two pit bulls, a Chihuahua, and a Yorkshire terrier—named Junior, Taco, Alfie and Kaley Cuoko—follow. Off leash and at heel, the dogs are calm, almost languid. If Millan communicates with them, I do not notice.<p>For the past few …

Pets

35 Great Travel Books That Will Take You Around the World Without a Plane Ticket

Travel writing is a glamorous but difficult genre. To a reader it’s an easy sell: you get to go to fantastic places and see unusual things without …

AD 50 - The story of Roman London

<b>Most Roman towns were sited either over previous towns, or over Roman forts. London was unusual in that it appears to have been founded from scratch.</b> …

Fitness calculator - CERG

What do we ask for in the Fitness Calculator, and why?<p>Where are you from? Ethnicity? Highest level of education?<p>We use this information only for …

13 Staircases Worth the Climb (Photos)

Looking at any major city today, it's hard to imagine a time without staircases. A new book takes a look at the winding history of getting from one …

Read 19 Short Stories From Nobel Prize-Winning Writer Alice Munro Free Online

Calling her a “master of the contemporary short story,” the Swedish Academy awarded 82-year-old Alice Munro the Nobel Prize in Literature today. It …

The Serious and the Smirk: The Smile in Portraiture

<b>Why do we so seldom see people smiling in painted portraits? Nicholas Jeeves explores the history of the smile through the ages of portraiture, from</b> …

The Next Space Shuttle: Hybrid Engines Make Runway-To-Orbit Missions A Reality

A new type of engine could usher in an era of affordable spaceplanes<p>A disembodied jet engine, attached to a hulking air vent, sits in an outdoor test facility at the Culham Science Center in Oxfordshire, England. When the engine screams to life, columns of steam billow from the vent, giving the …

The New Deal We Didn’t Know

Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time<p>by Ira Katznelson<p>Liveright, 706 pp., $29.95<p>The New Deal, the apogee of liberal political power …

The greatest mystery of the Inca Empire was its strange economy

In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the Inca Empire was the largest South America had ever known. Rich in foodstuffs, textiles, gold, and coca, …