Julien Chen

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Recreating a 400-Year-Old Chinese Sword is Complicated as Hell

The <i></i>smiths of Baltimore Knife and Sword have escorted us through Middle Earth, fathoms below an Aquaman-inhabited ocean, and into Kombat with a …

This Spectacular House in India Brings Nature Indoors

A stunning new house in Bangalore, India brings nature indoors using a unique introverted design that sees an outdoor courtyard sit within the middle …

Living Rooms

A Contemporary London Townhouse Remodel (with before pics)

LLI Design have shared with us their recently completed renovation of a 4 story 1970’s townhouse in Highgate, London.<p>The new owners, a young couple …

Terrifying Russian Architecture Which Looks Better From Above

The main highlight of these unique Moscow buildings is their architectural forms. At usual angles they may look absolutely differently. But the …

Student Proposal for London's Bishopsgate Goodsyard Builds on the Legacy of Zaha Hadid

In their semester-long project at Zaha Hadid’s final studio course at the Yale School of Architecture, students Lisa Albaugh, Benjamin Bourgoin, …

Designers Propose 1,000 Ft "Sidescraper" Around An Excavated Central Park

New York’s Cental Park is a major world icon, but designers Yitan Sun and Jianshi Wu want to dig it all up. Their vision sees the park excavated down …

The Tailored House / Liddicoat & Goldhill

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> The brief called for a variety of spaces, offering expansive settings for gathering, and inviting inner …

The simple, 3-step formula that made Steve Jobs' speeches so compelling

He transformed the often unimaginative product launch into a theatrical production, complete with a cast, sets, props, and music.<p>At the center of it all, Jobs was the showman who used the classic components of narrative to inspire his audiences.<p>Remarkably, Jobs used the same 3-act storytelling …

Ingenious Lightbulb Hack Can Cause Seizures, Spy On 'Air-Gapped' Networks

It’s now a given: the Internet of Things is horribly broken.<p>Connected lightbulbs, though one of the few possibly-justifiable products in the gross melange that is the IoT market, are sometimes contributors to that rank unsecurity. And now researchers have shown just how evil attacks on lightbulbs …

Hacking

Find out if you’ve been infected by sneaky new Mac malware

Is your Mac infected by newly discovered malware that was ostensibly created by Milan-based HackingTeam in order to gain remote access to your machine?<p>The new virus uses some old HackingTeam code and some new tricks to hide its tracks, but it’s mostly harmless, according to researchers.<p>That doesn’t …

MacBook

Amazing $2,000 speaker is worth every penny

Best List: Phantom speaker by Devialet<p>A whispered conversation in a library is about 30 decibels. A normally loud chat comes in at around 65 decibels. A jackhammer at 50 feet is 95 decibels, and also the loudness at which our ears can get damaged with prolonged exposure.<p>The Phantom speaker I’ve …

Audiophile

Why Steve Jobs wore the same outfit every day

<i>What he knew about decision making that most people don’t.</i><p>Every day we make a bunch of choices. It starts in the morning with hitting the snooze …

Jaw-dropping images from National Geographic's 2015 Photo Contest

The contest selected winning photos in three categories: People, Places, and Nature, as well as a grand prize winner.<p>The first place winner in each category will receive $2,500, and their photo will be published in National Geographic magazine. The grand prize winner receives $7,500 in addition to …

12 stunning snowflake photos you won’t believe were taken by an amateur photographer

No, these designs aren’t the latest in 3D printing technology; they are photographs of snowflakes taken by self-taught Moscow photographer, Alexey …

Photography

This house was designed to curve like a boomerang, so that all the bedrooms could have views of the waterfront

This home, designed by Aamer Architects, is located on a long and narrow waterfront property in Singapore.<p>Inspired by the curve of a boomerang, the …

Photorealistic Paintings of Complex Architecture Meticulously Capture Depth and Detail

British painter Ben Johnson takes architectural realism to the next level. The London-based artist is best known for his large-scale and intricately detailed cityscapes, but his more recent foray into the world of architectural space has yielded some incredibly accurate representations that evoke …

Art

Storm Desmond: the before and after damage caused by flooding - in GIFs

See before and after GIFs and images of the flooding caused by Storm Desmond which brought heavy rain and gale-force winds<p>A major clean-up is underway after Storm Desmond wreaked havoc in the north of England and Scotland.<p>You can see in these <b>before and after GIFs</b> how different streets were affected …

Novel Chemical 'Washes Away' Alzheimer's Plaque in Mice

Scientists in Korea have found a small molecule that, when added to the drinking water of mice bred to develop Alzheimer's disease, washed away the …

Scientists Reveal The Secret Key To Charisma

If you can think on your feet, a new study suggests that you're in luck.<p>Scientists may have just have figured out how charisma -- that indefinable quality of people who can captivate a room -- works.<p>Charisma may rely on quick thinking, according to new research. In other words, people who can …

Psychology

Shockingly Hyperrealistic Sculpture of Frida Kahlo by Kazuhiro Tsuji

Japanese artist Kazuhiro Tsuji's hyperrealistic technique, learned while he was in the film industry, renders portraits that emote a profound sense of soul to viewers. His latest creation is a larger than life depiction of Mexico's famous Frida Kahlo. Known for her stunningly expressive …

Art

Wealthy homebuyers prefer to live in cities

New figures show that the most expensive property sales in Britain are concentrated in towns and cities rather than rural areas<p>Wealthy homebuyers are choosing urban living over a rural idyll, according to analysis of prime property sales by Knight Frank.<p>Researchers at the property firm looked at …

Housing

This Cape Town Estate Is an Unparalleled Masterpiece of Architecture and Design

A marquee ridge in South Africa hosts a world-class home with transparency, tactility, and swagger…<p>Originally published in the November/December …

Elon Musk Explains What Happens When A Tesla Crashes

As the surprise speaker at the Baron Investment Conference in New York Friday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk discussed the claims that his company’s electric …

Why A Neurotoxin Is Closing Crab Season In California

State officials have closed both recreational and commercial fishing for Dungeness and rock crab on the California coast north of Santa Barbara to the Oregon border, due to a large algae bloom that's making the crab unsafe for consumption.<p>The bloom, created by an organism called <i>Pseudo-nitzschia,</i> …

Biofuel

'Banks are a buy, but not supermarkets'

Fund focus: Simon Brazier, manager of the Investec UK Alpha fund, names the unloved shares he is backing to recover<p>Simon Brazier, manager of the Investec UK Alpha fund, describes himself as a “buy and hold” investor, who often makes no changes to his portfolio for three months at a time.<p>But in …

‘Eternal summer’ of artificial light and central heating could be harmful to health

Genes which should change throughout the year are being silenced by modern living, scientists warn<p>The ‘eternal summer’ provided by central heating and artificial lighting could be damaging our immune systems and leaving people open to illness and early death, scientists have warned.<p>Humans, like all …

Biology

Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.<p>Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified …

Immune System

"Atlas of Beauty" Photographer Provides a Rare Look at Women in North Korea

Over two years ago, Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc embarked on an ambitious quest to document diverse examples of beauty around the world through stunning portraits of women from more than 37 countries. Her journey has taken her to a diverse range of lands, including Tibet, Iran, Brazil, and …

Leaving China out of the TPP is a terrible mistake

Trade ministers from the U.S. and 11 other countries around the Pacific may have reached a long-awaited trade deal on Monday, but plenty of questions …