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Monumental inverted pyramid home in Spain will blow your mind

Just when you thought you’ve seen it all when it comes to home architecture, along comes one of the most imaginative homes yet. This inverted pyramid …

Architecture

Trump wants to make it easier to drill in national parks. We mapped the 42 parks at risk.

Weaker regulations could mean oil and gas pollution and spills in pristine national parks.<p>It’s no secret that oil and gas companies are on the hunt for new places to drill. But the quest for more fossil fuels could heat up in places you might not expect: our national parks.<p>With President Donald …

National Parks

Fleet of Flower Bicycles Take Over the Streets of São Paulo

In the past, avant-garde artist Azuma Makoto has created experimental art ranging from cosmic plants to ice block bouquets. Now, the Japanese artist is back with another beautiful and botanical work of art called <i>Flower</i> <i>Messenger</i>.<p>Composed of 30 functioning bikes overflowing with floral arrangements,</i> …

São Paulo

20+ Places to Find Spectacular Public Art Around the U.S.

You don’t have to trek to a museum to see great art—often, you can find it outdoors. Public art allows everyone to experience the thrill of creative expression. From playful sculptures that interact with the environment to colorful mosaic staircases, these incredible displays brighten our world at …

Art

Found: Thousands of Man-Made Minerals--Another Argument for the Anthropocene

Humans have dramatically changed Earth’s surface. Satellite images show New York City’s sparkling lights at night and the Great Wall of China during …

Anthropocene

The world's first plantable coffee cup replenishes local flora

In America alone, over 145 billion disposable coffee cups are discarded annually. People’s coffee habits have led to a startling amount of waste, …

Ai Weiwei to build 100 fences for an exhibit on immigration

At a time when the political sphere is targeting immigrants with the travel ban and doing little to address the worldwide refugee crisis, news has been shared that artist and activist Ai Weiwei will bring a project commenting on the exclusion of migrants and refugees to New York.<p><i>Good Fences Make</i> …

Streetwear

What Is the Future of Higher Education?

Experts in the field offer their reasons for optimism and pessimism going forward.<p>A bachelor’s degree is more valuable than ever before, and yet college enrollment in the United States is on the decline. As the economy has improved and tuition has increased, more young adults have sought options …

2015 was a tipping point for six technologies that will change the world

To the average person, it may seem that the biggest technology advances of 2015 were the larger smartphone screens and small app updates. But a lot …

Heart Rates

9 technologies to watch in 2016

Technology advances not so much when it exhibits innovation, but when it becomes truly practical for everyday people. 2015 saw a lot of that as voice …

Artificial Intelligence

Revolutionary Maternity Beds with Clip-On Cribs Allow Moms to Effortlessly Bond with Newborn Child

After giving birth, it's natural for a mother to want to be close to her newborn, but this task isn't always as simple as it seems. Since hospital cribs tend to be positioned several feet away from a patient's bed, pain and exhaustion often prevent a mom from getting up to retrieve her child. This …

The Siege of Miami

As temperatures climb, so, too, will sea levels.<p>The city of Miami Beach floods on such a predictable basis that if, out of curiosity or sheer perversity, a person wants to she can plan a visit to coincide with an inundation. Knowing the tides would be high around the time of the “super blood moon,” …

Sea Level

Internet Pioneer Warns Our Era Could Become The 'Digital Dark Ages'

What happens when today's high-tech data storage systems become tomorrow's floppy discs?<p>Google Vice President Vint Cerf is concerned about the answer and its implications for preserving history. Speaking at a conference of top American scientists, Cerf described such a loss of important information …

Humanities

Lack Of Deep Sleep May Set The Stage For Alzheimer's

There's growing evidence that a lack of sleep can leave the brain vulnerable to Alzheimer's disease.<p>"Changes in sleep habits may actually be setting the stage" for dementia, says Jeffrey Iliff, a brain scientist at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.<p>The brain appears to clear out toxins …

Alzheimer's Disease

Edible Agroforestry: Designing Your Own Food Forest

Backyard Abundance, an environmental education non-profit organization, has released an open-source document on how to create your own “food forest” …

New York City is trying to turn payphones into the world's biggest and fastest municipal Wi-Fi network

A 9-foot-tall, narrow structure installed this past week on a Manhattan sidewalk is signaling a plan to turn payphones into what's billed as the world's biggest and fastest municipal Wi-Fi network.<p>The first of at least 7,500 planned hot spots are due to go online early next year, promising …

3D Printed Underwater City Plans to Recycle Rubbish into "Seascrapers"

Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut developed plans for an amazing oceanic city built out of recycled rubbish. This futuristic building proposal extends 1,000 meters down into the depths of the sea, and plans to be made entirely of 3D-printed plastic waste materials. Named for a species of …

Articles about adventurous apartment building made 36 shipping containers on Dwell.com - Dwell

Three dozen shipping containers find a safe port in a modern apartment building in Mexico.<p>Every week, we highlight one amazing Dwell home that went viral on Pinterest.<p>In South Korea, shipping containers have been used to build amazing projects including an art school, low-cost housing, a...<p>I wish I …

Transparent "Igloo" Offers Sanctuary to Enjoy Your Garden Year-Round

When enjoying the outdoors, it's nice to have a sanctuary to protect against bugs and sudden inclement weather. The Garden Igloo is a transparent canopy for your garden that allows you to cherish the scenery all while being shielded under a geodesic dome. Its minimalist design offers a lot of …

Abandoned Golf Courses in Japan Are Being Turned into Solar Power Fields

The company Kyocera has plans to transform Japan's forgotten golf courses into sites of alternative energy. These open green spaces were in high demand in the 1980s, but have declined over the years, as participation in the sport is down 40% from the 1990s. Since then, courses have been abandoned …

Who will lead the push to a smarter way of life in cities?

Technology needs to keep pace with demand as urban areas around the world continue to grow. Our experts debate whose job it is to keep our cities working<p>The world’s burgeoning population is converging on urban areas, so improving the management of cities is a huge challenge for the future. …

An Innovative Solution To Menstrual Hygiene In Developing Countries

Meet Flo, an affordable, modular “period kit” that allows girls in impoverished countries to wash, dry, and store their reusable sanitary pads.<p>In underdeveloped countries where periods are stigmatized, adolescent girls have a lot more to deal with each month than physical discomfort and hormones. …

Menstruation

3D Printing Ancient Artifacts Lets Us Figure Out What They Were Actually For

The case of the mislabeled spearbutt.<p>You are aware, of course, of that legendary ancient Irish artifact, the Conical Spearbutt of Navan, yes? No? You’re not? Well, it doesn’t matter, because thanks to to the work of PhD student Billy Ó Foghlú, it’s no longer a conical spearbutt at all.<p>Ó Foghlú was …

20 Alternative Housing Solutions for the Homeless

If there's no space in a shelter--or the shelter isn't safe--then the homeless need quick, portable, and durable housing alternatives. Professional …

Housing

South African black doll breaks the Barbie mould in style

Photograph: Leonardo Angelucci/AFP/Getty Images<p>Denim Dungaree, one of the many Momppy Mpoppy dolls<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/8/21/1440153039887/ce8d6868-174c-4a9d-8c96-519c2b0093bc-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Leonardo Angelucci/AFP/Getty Images<p>Denim Dungaree, …

How listening to Mozart could prevent epileptic seizures

Scans show brainwaves of those with epilepsy appear to synchronise with music by Mozart and John Coltrane<p>Listening to jazz or Mozart might stop epileptics having seizures, new research has suggested.<p>Epileptics react differently to music than those who do not have the disorder, new research …

How your attention span compares with a monkey’s

Comparing macaque and human brains reveals the 'unique properties' of human attention.<p>The human brain is pretty picky about the things it pays attention to. Our senses are constantly bombarded by smells, colours, tastes, and sounds, which means that much of that information has to be filtered out, …

The Brain

When Schools Are Forced to Practice Race-Based Discipline

Students of color are expelled and suspended at disproportionate rates. Educators say policies banning “disparate-impact” discipline are not the answer.<p>The Obama administration might be disappointed to find out there’s not much support for one of its key school-discipline reform initiatives—at …