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My Grandmother Was Italian. Why Aren't My Genes Italian?

Maybe you got one of those find-your-ancestry kits over the holidays. You've sent off your awkwardly-collected saliva sample, and you're awaiting your results. If your experience is anything like that of me and my mom, you may find surprises — not the dramatic "switched at birth" kind, but results …

Genetics

Here's Warren Buffett's verdict on bitcoin

by Roger Lowenstein<p>The most chilling movie scene ever might be the final take of <i>Invasion of the Body Snatchers</i>. One by one we see the human race …

The 48 Best Podcasts for Entrepreneurs

These shows will help you hack your brain, invest wisely and find inspiration and motivation in unexpected places.<p>Running a business is daunting, and many entrepreneurs find themselves seeking mentors -- or better yet, wishing they had an experienced friend to dish all of their secrets. For those …

Entrepreneurship

Dwell’s Top 10 Vacation Homes of 2017

Need to take a mental vacation? Feast your eyes on the most incredible rentals of the year.<p><i>To see more of our Top 10 lists, click here.</i>

Dwell Made Presents: DIY Walnut Dining Table

Craft your own live-edge walnut dining table with this step-by-step video and guide.<p>I clamped down a straight edge and ripped the first slab in half. This slab will be used for the edges of the table.<p>I used four coats of rag applied Minwax Wipe-On Poly to seal the table top. I sanded in between the …

Bizarre, Enormous 16th-Century Map Assembled for First Time

The largest known world map of its time—made of 60 individual sheets—can finally be seen as the mapmaker intended.<p>This colorful and intricately detailed map from 1587 is more than nine feet by nine feet when fully assembled. For the last 430 years, its 60 individual sheets were bound together as an …

This Fairytale-Like Tiny House is Completely Off the Grid

(Image credit: Innermost House)<p>The little house that Diana and Michael Lorence built for themselves in the woods of Northern California is like …

Living Rooms

7 books that will make you smarter in a single plane ride

Flying offers the opportunity to disconnect from the internet — unless you pay for it — and turn your mind off from the constant barrage of phone notifications.<p>Why not spend that time getting smarter on a topic you've always wanted to learn more about.<p>With that in mind, Business Insider found seven …

Books

Picking Flooring for Your Home: Make the Right Choice Every Time with our Step-by-Step Guide

There’s no getting around it: Picking flooring for your home is a big decision. Between the cost of the materials, the time spent on installation and …

3 Online Furniture Stores You'll Wish You Knew About Sooner

(Image credit: Lamps Plus)<p>When shopping online for furniture, do you ever find yourself going round and round, stumbling upon the same pieces store …

Furniture

21 Side Projects That Became Million-Dollar Startups (and How Yours Can, Too) | Inc.com

Maybe you want to start a business. Or maybe you want to expand your business into a new area. Or maybe you don't want to quit your full-time job--at least not yet. You're trying to find a side hustle. Should you?<p>Absolutely.<p>The following is from Ryan Robinson, a content marketing consultant to the …

Startups

Warm Water Has Existed on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus for Potentially Billions of Years

If you were to fly over Enceladus’ southernmost regions, you’d witness a remarkable sight. With surprising frequency, this ice-covered moon spurts a …

Astronomy

13 Modern Bathroom Vanity Ideas

The bathroom vanity is one of the first places most people head to before beginning the day—so, it's a good idea to give some serious thought to how you want it to look and feel.<p>Repurpose Natural Materials

Trousdale Place Residence

Located at the top of Beverly Hills is the newly constructed 7200 SF home on Trousdale Place. The property offers sweeping views from the Pacific Ocean to downtown Los Angeles. In the design process it is necessary to find creative solutions to the unique challenges that arise in the course of a …

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star selling glassy treehouse midcentury in Hollywood Hills for $2M

Owned by Ellen Pompeo<p><i>Grey’s Anatomy</i> actress Ellen Pompeo and her husband, music producer Chris Ivery, are ready to part with their 1957 modern in the Cahuenga Pass area of the Hollywood Hills, reports <i>Variety</i>.<p>The house, designed to be “upside-down,” is arranged so that the main living spaces are on …

Glassy midcentury modern in Palos Verdes Estates seeks $1.8M

The light-filled home features vaulted ceilings and clerestory windows<p>Built in 1965, this elegant Palos Verdes Estates residence was designed by architects Young and Remington, who designed a number of modern-style homes and commercial buildings across the South Bay in the 1950s and ’60s.<p>In keeping …

5 Energy-Efficient and Stylish Ways to Shade Your Windows

Louvers, jalousies, frits, awnings, and exterior shutters—learn about some of the best-looking and effective ways to achieve a passive solar design in your home.<p>These shading devices are critical to passive solar design, but they're not always the most aesthetically appealing. However, it's …

This Wiltshire garden may look wonderfully wild, but it's actually cleverly planned

<b>GARDEN PROFILE:</b><p><b>Style:</b> Wild-style perennial planting with orchard trees and a vegetable plot<p><b>Seasons of interest:</b> All year but best in late summer<p><b>Size:</b> …

Robin Williams

Remote Rainforest Cabin Can Be Sealed Up With Huge Shutters

The problem when choosing a remote location for a vacation house or a cabin retreat is that in order to gain privacy and great views you have to give …

Cabins

Glass-and-stone midcentury on 5 acres asks $2.3M outside NYC

Originally built in 1957 and updated since<p><i>Have a nomination for a jaw-dropping listing that would make a mighty fine House of the Day? Get thee to the</i> <i>tipline</i> <i>and send us your suggestions. We'd love to see what you've got.</i><p><b>Location:</b> Pound Ridge, New York<p><b>Price:</b> $2,299,000<p>A sprawling glass-walled …

7 Inspiring Lawn-Free Yards

Zen retreat<p>This Palo Alto, CA front yard was designed be a point of interest for anyone passing by. Landscape designer Chris Jacobson kept mostly to …

Landscaping

Inspiring Urban Garden Designs And Their Creators

Over the past decades we’ve gradually lost the strong connection we once shared with nature. As the cities have developed, houses were replaced by …

Landscaping

12 Millionaire Habits to Start Making Serious Money Soon and Build Wealth in a Hurry

Get-rich-quick schemes rarely work but doing the right things every day rarely fails.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There's a mindset that's prevalent these days. It's one of instant gratification in an on-demand society that looks for quick results with very little …

Self-improvement

thomas dambo hides six 'forgotten giants' in the danish woodland

<b>in often overlooked wooded areas on the outskirts of copenhagen, danish artist thomas dambo has installed six, oversized ‘forgotten giants’.</b> forming …

Cabin in Longbranch

Jim Olson’s reverence for nature and admiration of the site’s beauty is expressed in the design of this project located on Puget Sound and nestled amidst the towering fir trees of an ancient forest. What began as a 14-foot-square bunk house built in 1959 has morphed through subsequent remodels in …

Let The 10th Doctor Teach You Einstein's General Relativity in 3 Minutes

Who better to explain space-time?<p>On 14 March 2017, the world celebrated what would have been Albert Einstein's 138th birthday. But while all of us …

Physics

The Underappreciated Man Behind the “Best Graphic Ever Produced”

He’s known for his acclaimed depiction of Napoleon’s ill-fated invasion of Russia. But Charles Minard was full of innovative visualizations.<p>Charles Joseph Minard’s name is synonymous with an outstanding 1869 graphic depicting the horrific loss of life that Napoleon’s army suffered in 1812 and 1813, …

Curving House Facade Wrapped Around An Olive Tree

Casa Kwantes is definitely not the type of house that would blend in, especially in a traditional setting which is pretty much how you could describe …

Architecture

A Year of Careful Study Leads to a Thoughtful Renovation of a 1949 Eichler - Dwell

Sitting on spacious lots just walking distance from Menlo Park’s downtown area is a trio of architecturally modest tract homes—one of which is the residence at hand. Joseph Eichler worked with a draftsman to build them in 1949, before he hired architects Robert Anshen and A. Quincy Jones to design …

Home Improvement

What Would Eichler Do? - Dwell

"What would Eichler do?"<p>That question clinched the deal that created Simpatico Homes, a modular-home company inspired by the work of the postwar developer Joseph Eichler.<p>During the 1950s and ’60s, Eichler built more than 11,000 architect-designed modern homes in California. Seth Krubiner, …