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Pretend You're Good At It

A while back, I met up with my pal Jenny Lawson, who was in town recording the audiobook version of her memoir, Let's Pretend This Never Happened. I …

Self-help

Cool sculpture made of repurposed wooden escalator stairs

Sydney's Wynyard Station wooden escalators, built in 1932, have been preserved and repurposed as a sculpture titled Interloop, in the station where …

What Are The Best Natural Antidepressants Available?

News<p>Are there alternatives to prescription meds for depression and anxiety? Yup! We found the best natural antidepressants to bring your happy …

The CEO of the world's largest architecture firm reveals her favorite buildings of all time

Around the world, the company has more than 2,500 architects working on design projects, including a $600 million redevelopment of Chicago's oldest post office.<p>In an interview with Business Insider, Gensler co-CEO Diane Hoskins shared three of her favorite pieces of architecture of all time — two …

Toronto

These rising architectural stars could change India's skylines forever

Written by Zahra Jamshed, CNN<p>"India is the place to be," said Amit Gupta, architect and co-founder of Indian design firm Studio Symbiosis.<p>And for the rising Indian architectural star, this certainly seems to be true. Though the design firm -- founded by Gupta and his wife, Britta Knobel Gupta -- is …

Architecture

The biggest real estate development in American history will have a 15-story maze of stairwells

New York City's Hudson Yards — the biggest private real estate project in American history— is getting a massive public centerpiece that looks like it was inspired by M.C. Escher.<p>The structure — part interconnected stairway, part tower, part art piece — will stand in the heart of the development's …

Skyscrapers

This Transparent Swimming Pool Hangs over Building's Edge, 40 Stories Aboveground

Travel to Houston if you dare enter this gravity-defying pool<p>Access to a swimming pool is always a plus when you're hunting for the perfect new apartment. But what about a rooftop swimming pool that extends over the side of your building, 500 feet in the air, making swimmers feel like they're …

Bang & Olufsen's new wireless speaker system seamlessly clips together on your wall

In a move that will no doubt elate interior designers and confound curmudgeonly audiophiles, Bang & Olufsen has introduced a completely new wireless …

I Found the World's Coolest Nightlight For My Son

I knew it was inevitable, but it arrived one night without warning: My two-year-old son woke up crying, suddenly afraid of the dark.<p>As a tech …

Do These Things After Work Everyday And You Will Achieve Anything You Want In Life

This curated column is authored by Thomas Oppong, Founding Editor at Alltopstartups TheThe post Do These Things After Work Everyday And You Will …

Motivation

Bruce Lee achieved all his life goals by his death at age 32 because of one personality trait

In 1969, nobody expected a thin Asian man with a high pitched voice to become one of the most influential characters of the 20th century.<p>Nobody knew, that is, except Bruce Lee.<p>That year, Bruce Lee wrote a letter to himself:<p>My Definite Chief AimI, Bruce Lee, will be the first highest paid Oriental …

Motivation

5 Mental Biases That Are Keeping You Poor

Keys to overcoming these roadblocks to wealth.<p>Our brains are not naturally wired to make the kinds of decisions that lead to long-term financial …

Critical Thinking

Architect turns old cement factory into incredible fairytale home - and the interior will blow you away

When Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill stumbled upon an abandoned cement factory in 1973, he saw opportunity in the ruins. Bofill bought the early …

Design

Minimalist Living Appeals to Those Who Have It All

Architects and designers find modern tastes skewing simpler<p>In its most basic form, minimalism is a way to live simply. It’s the stripping away of …

Architecture

4 Essential Steps to Learn or Improve Any Skill More Effectively

You have big dreams that ignite your soul. You want to live those dreams today. Yet, you’re not equipped with the skills that’ll lead you to those …

Self-improvement

Monet glimpsed through his own words, demons and all

The artist has been the shadow behind his paintings. A new film reveals a genius stalked by debt<p>The words are those of a man at the end of his tether. “I must have undoubtedly been born under an unlucky star. I’ve just been turned out without even a shirt on my back from the inn in which I was …

7 dramatic home library ideas

Yes, please<p>When you can’t visit grand libraries with stunning architecture whenever you want, the next best thing might be a spectacular display of books right at home. Indeed, for bibliophiles with a design bent, building a home library might mean ditching generic bookshelves for clever built-in …

How to be 1% Better Every Day (The Kaizen Approach to Self-improvement)

This curated column is authored by Thomas Oppong, Founding Editor at Alltopstartups “CompoundingThe post How to be 1% Better Every Day (The Kaizen …

Self-improvement

Woolly mammoth will be back from extinction within two years, say Harvard scientists

"Woolly mammoths" could be brought back from extinction within two years, the scientists behind a groundbreaking resurrection project have said.<p>World-renowned geneticist Prof George Church and his team at Harvard University have been working for the past two years on recreating the DNA blueprint of …

Genetics

Hypnotic forest of resonating lamps

TEAMLAB created this beautiful installation reminiscent of Chinese sky lanterns, except the color of each can be controlled. The result is simply …

10 Untranslatable Words to Describe Love in Other Languages

The feeling of falling in love can be hard to put into words, but there are plenty of languages that describe the phenomenon a whole lot better than …

Aquariums

Seven Relaxation Techniques when You Are Stressed Out

Adulthood can be very stressful, and we would all avoid the rigors of adulthood if we could. Thinking about paying bills, keeping in touch with …

Self-improvement

TinkerBox

Nestled in the woods of Hudson Valley, this house was conceived as a car-lover’s dream retreat. A generously sized garage is the locus of the design, generating space for car storage and maintenance as well as a spacious wine cellar and a furniture workshop. The rectangular form of the house, which …

Hudson Valley

21 skyscrapers that will transform London's skyline by 2020

We listed some of the most striking developments across the city that are set for completion by 2020.<p>While Stratford, Canary Wharf, and Lambeth appear to be the most dominant areas in terms of up-and-coming buildings, new skyscrapers will be cropping up all across London, including two new …

Skyscrapers

Hundreds of whales are washing up dead on a beach in New Zealand — and no one knows why

It was one of the largest mass beachings recorded in New Zealand, where strandings are relatively common, said Andrew Lamason, the department's regional manager.<p>Some 416 pilot whales beached themselves overnight at Farewell Spit in the Golden Bay region at the northern tip of South Island.<p>Lamason …

Cognitive Science

These efficient modern prefabs raise the bar for shipping container homes

Delivered in 10 weeks<p>In our roundup of eco-friendly prefab homes you can buy right now, one of the newest companies featured is Honomobo, based in the Canadian province of Alberta. Launched last spring, the company builds modern homes, offices, studios, multi-family complexes, and more out of …

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In a Difficult Conversation, Listen More Than You Talk

When Jared walked into a meeting to discuss a new marketing approach for a product, the conversation didn’t play out well. Five minutes into the dialogue, the product manager, Françoise, started interrupting him with questions he was planning to address later in the pitch. As the conversation ran …