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IBM-Maersk blockchain alliance cuts oceanic shipping times by 40%

Did you just get a TV from Tokyo or flowers from France? Blockchain, that potentially disruptive but much-derided technology, might have helped deliver the goods.<p>A blockchain-based IBM partnership with global shipping colossus Maersk has now expanded to include 94 partners, Big Blue said Thursday. …

Blockchain

How to use weeds to read soil

The weeds in your yard are trying to tell you something.<p>There's no such thing as a good weed. That’s something you learn pretty quickly in a …

The Half-Acre Homestead

I’ve gone through an evolution in homesteading in three phases.<p>In the ‘60s, I built a house in Big Sur, developed a water supply, and terraced a …

Farming

Portushome Guesthouse / Barna Architects

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> The primary task of the design was to create a guest house that is connected to the local environment, …

Waitpinga House

Nestled between the bushland and the Austrialian coast, the Waitpinga House uses a narrow floorpan to accommodate the dramatic views on both sides. …

Grand Pic Chalet

This minimalist cabin is located deep in the woods in Quebec, Canada, and was designed by Montreal-based practice Appareil Architecture. Designed to …

Lucia's Garden / studio_GAON

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> Lucia’s garden is located in the old downtown of Gong-Ju city. (Gong-Ju is one of the oldest historical …

This Neurologist Found Out What Happens to Our Brains When We Die

Only to realise 'Star Trek' had already explained the process in a 1988 episode.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Germany</i><p>If we had paid closer attention to <i>The Simpsons</i> 18 years ago, the election of Donald Trump might not have come as such a shock. And if German neurologist Jens Dreier had …

The hidden healing power of sugar

Doctors are finding one way that sugar can benefit your health: it may help heal wounds when antibiotics fail.<p>As a child growing up in poverty in the rural Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe, Moses Murandu was used to having salt literally rubbed in his wounds when he fell and cut himself. On lucky …

Diabetes

Re-Thinking Alzheimer’s Research by Looking to Our Ancestors

A pair of Harvard researchers is challenging what we think we understood about Alzheimer’s—and might have stumbled on a big clue for a …

50 Books from the Past 50 Years Everyone Should Read at Least Once

Challenge accepted.<p>Fifty contemporary classics everyone should read at least once—only 50? There are hundreds we could include, and if we did, this …

Books

Much of the modern world is explained by one population spike

We like to think of the story of human growth as a single, long ascent. In fact, it’s a solitary spike. The population growth rate hovered just above zero for more than 10,000 years. Only after something happened in the 1700s did the growth rate begin to climb, and climb, and climb.<p>With the …

The morning routine experts recommend for peak productivity

What’s the best way to start your day so that you really get things done?<p>Laura Vanderkam studied the schedules of high-achievers. What did she find? …

Time Management

5 Yoga Moves Every Winter Athlete Should Be Doing

Hurtling down a mountain on skis or a snowboard is fun. But whether you make it to the slopes only a few times a year or consistently earn a spot in …

Life lessons from Tadahisa Sakai, the last descendant of a Japanese samurai clan

About 150 years ago, at the end of Japan’s Edo period, a civil war resulted in the end of the samurai culture and the birth of modern Japan. One …

This Huge New Prime Number Is a Very Big Deal

There's a new biggest known prime number in the universe.<p>It's called M77232917, and it looks like this:<p>Despite being a ridiculously huge number (just …

Mathematics

How to Buy Condoms That Don't Feel Like Condoms

It's time to upgrade your rubbers.<p>At their worst, condoms don’t fit, smell weird, dehydrate both sets of genitals, cause friction, and make a once glorious boner look embarrassed, peering up at you from its latex prison. But at their best, condoms can actually make sex <i>better.</i><p>I remember with …

Slime from this 300 million-year-old creature could create bulletproof body armor

Older than the dinosaurs, slime from a primitive creature could be used for future bulletproof body armor.<p>The hagfish is more than 300 million years …

Exterior Paint Color Ideas and Inspiration from AD Photos

No matter how much time you spend arranging your gallery wall or choosing the perfect entry console, if you want your home to make a good first impression, you have to start before your guests walk in the front door. Painting the exterior of a house can seem daunting. After all, it’s not something …

Renovated Lower Pac Heights Victorian asks $3.3 million

Comes with its own studio underneath<p>Remodeled in 2015, this two-unit circa 1900 home in tony Lower Pacific Heights comes with an eyeful of uber-contemporary design.<p>1825 Scott, comprising the top two floors, features two en-suite bedrooms, private outdoor patios, a third deck off the kitchen/family …

9 utterly magnificent apartments where you can live in splendour at a fraction of the usual cost

An apartment within a listed mansion offers a fantastic mix of affordability, practicality and splendour, as these stunning places show.<p>Alderley – …

For the Drama Lover: A High Contrast Look For Walls & Floors

(Image credit: Inside Out)<p>Black walls have been a hot trend in interior design for some time now, but lately I've been seeing a sort of twist on the …

Take Happy Hour Outdoors In These Backyard Bars

Very few things compare to the simple pleasure of enjoying a nice glass of wine outside on a gorgeous summer evening. While you could head out to any …

Outdoor Spaces

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Zip-lines

How to create the Hitchcock Vertigo dolly zoom effect with any drone

The Hitchcock zoom, Vertigo effect, dolly zoom, it has a bunch of different names depending on who you ask. But it’s all the same thing. Moving the …

Hamptons Homes Blur the Line Between Inside and Out

Twenty-foot-wide glass walls retract electronically at the tap of a cellphone app at the over-the-top $39.5 million furnished mansion John Kean built last year on four acres in Southampton. They disappear into wall pockets, blurring the distinction between indoors and out.<p>The living room, with its …

11 Tips to Up Your Drone Photography

With the help of photographer Lorenz Holder, COOPH presents 11 simple tips and tricks on how to shoot great drone photography.<p>With a little …

Dorgenois

New Orleans, Louisiana<p>The Dorgenois Residence is a compact 1,400 s.f. home that can operate as a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath or two smaller units to afford flexibility over the long term use of the structure. The site itself presented the challenge of developing a scheme for a substandard New Orleans lot …

Architecture