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Amazingly Complex Ant Hills Cast as Aluminum Sculptures

It's rare to see what an actual ant nest looks like underneath the surface of the earth. Anthill Art is an amazing process that captures that magnificent mystery in sculpture form. To create each piece, the anonymous American artist pours molten aluminum into the entrance of an ant hill, filling …

Art

92-Year-Old Grandmother Creates Amazingly Complex Temari Balls

These stunning embroidered balls called “temari” were made by the prodigiously nimble fingers of a 92-year-old grandmother in Japan. Although she only learned this elaborate skill in her sixties, she has since created nearly 500 unique designs that have been photographed by her granddaughter …

Japan

The Life Lessons of Jack Handey

<b>SET GOALS.</b> Set goals for your friends and relatives to achieve. Check up on them to make sure they are meeting those goals.<p><b>IN CHOOSING YOUR MISSION IN LIFE, DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY.</b> Let’s say you enjoy lying on the couch, watching TV, not thinking about anything. Or maybe lying on the beach, …

Wonders of the World

Does the Mushroom Love Its Plucker?

You may already know Larry. Remember the guy in the cat-in-the-hat hat selling Indonesian jewelry at Grateful Dead concerts from New England to California? The American guy doing judo moves in that Japanese punk-rock music video back in '86 on Japanese MTV? The guy in the plant store who had just …

Mushrooms

Your Daily Multivitamin May Be Hurting You

The debate is on: just useless, or truly dangerous?<p>In June, at this year’s European College of Sport Science conference in Barcelona, Mari Carmen Gomez-Cabrera, a physiologist at the University of Valencia and one of the world’s leading experts on antioxidants, was debating the merits of …

Wellness

The Best Fruits For Fueling Your Body

First celebrated in chiropractor Douglas Graham’s 2006 book <i>The 80/10/10 Diet,</i> the all-fruit diet has long had a cult following: Steve Jobs, among others, was an adherent. But the endurance world took notice after long-distance runner and fruitarian Michael Arnstein, 36, won last year’s Javelina …

Nutrition

Articles about contemporary nordic town house on Dwell.com - Dwell

With their light, white house that owes equal debts to its Nordic surroundings and to the Japanese provenance of its architects,...<p>Historic details and modern interventions commune in two bathrooms in a renovated West Village town house.<p>This prefabricated dwelling is the first thing visitors see …

Architecture

Articles about lucky 7 on Dwell.com - Dwell

Thanks to Los Angeles’s Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance, the developers of Auburn 7 were able to maximize their property’s...<p>The alphabet is as easy as ABC, but for typographer Peter Bil’ak, the way language looks is a never-ending exploration.<p>Sometimes one’s art can be simultaneously window and …

Fabrication

Articles about brown green on Dwell.com - Dwell

Toronto designers Peter Fleming and Debbie Adams found a polluted lot and a run-down building—and saw fertile ground for a...<p>Design pared to the bone is a high-risk strategy, but as this Australian home illustrates, it can also produce a sublime...<p>Carver + Schicketanz Architects’ eco-friendly …

Architecture

Articles about sign times on Dwell.com - Dwell

Looking for directions on the road to sustainability? At Leger Wanaselja Architecture's multifamily development in Berkeley,...<p>Bay Area artist Lauren DiCioccio's "Remember the Times" is currently on view at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) in San...<p>It's been a long strange trip, but this …

American Cities

Reconstructed thatch home from the prehistoric Jomon period in Nagaoka, Japan. 

Reconstructed thatch home from the prehistoric Jomon period in <b>Nagaoka, Japan</b>.<p>Contributed by Hiroyuki Yamada.

Boat house on Whidbey Island, Washington, USA

Boat house on <b>Whidbey Island, Washington, USA</b>.

House of the Forest Owls by Bernd Riegger in Wolfurt, Austria

<i>House of the Forest Owls</i> by Bernd Riegger in <b>Wolfurt, Austria</b>.<p>Photography by Adolf Bereuter. Via Subtilitas.

Hard or Soft Midsoles for Injury Protection?

Luxembourgian study finds that training and experience matter more than shoe construction.<p>Running studies from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg are relatively rare, so I figure this new <i>British Journal of Sports Medicine</i> paper is worth a mention. Researchers provided 247 runners with identical running …

Marathon Training Doesn't Hurt Knees, Even In Beginners

First-time marathoners showed no change in knee cartilage after six months of running.<p>Pretty much every study that looks at runners and knee problems, whether it's a multi-decade longitudinal study or a massive cross-sectional study, has found that runners have no elevated risk of knee …

Beet Juice for Milers

A new study tests the popular performance-booster on elite middle-distance runners.<p>Over the past few years, I've written a lot about the potential endurance-boosting effects of beet juice. Unlike the vast majority of supposed performance-enhancers, the claims are actually backed by some pretty …

Vigorous Exercise Less Affected by Air Pollution

Intensity affects the balance between exercise's benefits and pollution's risks.<p>Timing is funny. I was in New York for the past few days, and on Tuesday morning I went for a run from my midtown hotel, weaving a mile through the traffic-clogged streets to get to Central Park. But just as I got …

How Much Energy Does Your Achilles Tendon Store?

Stiffer tendons help you run more efficiently, but it's not clear how.<p>Your legs are like springs. When you run, you stretch those springs -- in particular the Achilles tendon, and to a lesser extent the arch of the foot -- and store energy that's then released to power your next stride, as the …

Start Fast or Pace Evenly?

Study suggests that a slightly fast start may pay off.<p>There's a longstanding debate about whether even pacing in always best in long (i.e. more than about four minutes) races. Physiologically, it makes sense -- but when you look at the actual pacing patterns of world records, they almost …

Motivational Poster #63

Before you go out and run with traffic, not against it, consider the effect it has. On everyone.

Why You Might Want to Avoid Afternoon Coffee

Caffeine taken six hours before bedtime can significantly worsen sleep.<p>If you're reading this while enjoying an afternoon coffee, you want to reconsider. Not the reading, but the sipping, as new research strengthens the case for avoiding caffeine too close to bedtime. While that might sound like …

Healthy Diet Linked To Lower Odds Of Depression

Produce, whole grains associated with better mental health.<p>There's growing evidence that diet can affect the risk of developing depression. Although previous studies that looked at the effect of single nutrients have come to different conclusions, a new review of existing research suggests that, …

The Best Milk Alternatives

<b>EVERY YEAR, NEW RESEARCH</b> ratchets up doubt about the health benefits of milk, including a 2012 study linking dairy consumption to Type 1 diabetes. Even more troubling: the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders estimates that some 50 million Americans are lactose …

Nutrition

Airbnb Gives Hosts the Tools to Become Hoteliers in App Redesign

Airbnb launched new iOS and Android apps Tuesday that make it easier for hosts to communicate with guests and accept bookings.<p>For guests, the app …

A Girl's Guide to Riding Alone

It never occurred to me to travel alone until I'd turned 30.<p>When I first started traveling without my parents -- which is to say, when I first started traveling much at all -- I had my college roommates as companions. Together we saw the Great Wall of China, the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Myrtle …

Hawaii's New Gay Marriage Law Expected to Boost Tourism by $217 Million

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie plans to sign a gay marriage bill into law during an invitation-only ceremony at the Hawaii Convention …

13 epic views from the Skåla Trail: One of Fjord Norway’s most rewarding hikes

OUR GUIDE LOOKED UP at us from his stack of maps and pamphlets and said with a hint of a pride, “It’s considered one of the longest upward slopes in …

Hiking

The history behind heathers

I am never happier than when roving over one of our sublime heathlands in search of flowers. I love the wide open spaces, with their "space and freedom and the friendliness of growing things", as Michael Home so eloquently wrote of the Breckland heaths in 1946. I love the floral combinations – …

Obsessing Over Fat Plants

Caudiciforms or fat plants, as they are also known, have been an obsession of mine since I was introduced to them in the late ’90s by a great …