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Mesmerizing Laser-Cut Wood Sculptures Feature Layers of Intricate Patterns

Oakland-based artist Gabriel Schama creates mesmerizing, laser-cut wood relief sculptures that feature layers of intricate swirls and abstract patterns. A myriad of geometric lines and ancient symbols take the shape of human silhouettes and mandala-like designs. Some pieces look like the pulsing …

Sculpture

A man who retired at 34 shares a spreadsheet that helped him get there

On August 1, 2016, Brandon officially retired.<p>The 34-year-old software developer and blogger behind the Mad Fientist -- who doesn't use his last name …

A tsunami of store closings is about to hit the US — and it's expected to eclipse the retail carnage of 2017

Retailers are bracing for a fresh wave of store closings in 2018 that is expected to eclipse the rash of closings that rocked the industry last year.<p>"Landlords are panicking," said Larry Perkins, the CEO and founder of the advisory firm SierraConstellation Partners. "The last year was pretty …

Commercial Real Estate

We've spent more than two years traveling the US in a tiny house — here are 7 things people don't realize about tiny homes

A few years ago, almost no one had even heard of a tiny house. But now? Instagram-ready photos of them are everywhere, millions watch shows about them and tens of thousands attend events to get a peek inside.<p>But these mini homes are more than just eye candy. Across the nation, more than a dozen …

Fort Worth

Reinvent or Die: The Transformation of Malls Under The New Economic/Urban Paradigm

<i>In this collaboration, the Spanish office Ecosistema Urbano analyzes the rise and fall of the shopping centers as an authentically American typology</i> …

Urban Design

Tiny houses in 2017: More flexible, clever than ever

It’s the end of 2017, which means tiny houses are kind of old news. By that we mean, this has been another year of so many new micro homes on wheels …

'Beasts Made Of Night' Is The Beginning Of A Great Saga

Fantastic worldbuilding sets the stage in this debut novel, as Tochi Onyebuchi conjures up a busy market city inspired by his Nigerian heritage and populates it with a group of outcast kids who shoulder the sins of the rich and powerful.<p>In Kos, all nobles – especially the royal family – are free …

Books

Clean Energy Is Approaching a Tipping Point

The cost of renewables is plunging faster than forecasters anticipated just a few years ago as as technologies like gigantic wind turbines arrive on …

Renewable Energy

The 7 Books Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Says You Need To Lead Smarter

The well-read CEO recommends books that have informed his own thinking and that of his team at Microsoft in formulating the company’s turnaround.<p>If you spend time with Satya Nadella—as I did on several occasions this year while researching our new cover story on the dramatic impact he’s had on …

Books

Personas vs. Jobs-to-Be-Done

<b>Summary:</b> Jobs-to-be-done focus on user problems and needs, while well-executed personas include the same information and also add behavioral and …

UX Design

Mobile User Onboarding: Examples From Three Awesome Apps

It is easy for me to simply list the do’s and don’ts of mobile user onboarding. Do indicate progress and flow length, don’t overwhelm the user. Don’t …

Tutorials

Google is sharing its management tools with the world

Speaking at his alma mater in January, Sundar Pichai, Google’s low-profile CEO, revealed his key to effective management: “Let others succeed.”<p>Enacting Pichai’s advice is easier said than done. But Google is sharing some tools that might help. Its Re:Work blog is offering a series of instructive …

What in the world is growth hacking—and why you should learn to do it

Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, …

Assess Your Conventional Deadlift Form With These Three Easy Tests

The conventional deadlift is a staple in a lot of strength athlete’s training programs. And whether you’re an athlete, coach, or beginner, nailing …

Get a Big Squat: The Russian Squat Routine vs. The Smolov Squat Routine

In the small and dark basement gym where I trained in Olympic weightlifting, I once saw one of the international level lifters stop his snatches and …

Exercise

Move Over, Tiny Houses — This Low-Cost Home Could Be the Next Big Trend

Anyone could build this!<p>When a retired couple in Baccarat, France, approached architecture firm Studiolada Architects, they had one very specific request. They wanted a house that would be extremely cost-effective and energy-efficient. So, the French firm got to work designing and building a …

Design Ethnography: Designing Our Digital Futures

The School of Design at Swinburne University will host a free forum on Design Ethnography. Featuring a panel of experts, this event will aim to …

Tip: How to Double the Gains from Pushdowns

Build those puny triceps with this advanced training method. Here's how.<p>Tricep pushdowns are one of the best exercises for building the back of the …

Tesla looks exactly like Apple pre-iPhone era, says venture capitalist

After billionaire venture capitalist Marc Andreessen made the case that Tesla is to automakers what Apple was to Nokia circa 2007, now Facebook millionaire turned venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya is making a very convincing case about Tesla looking like Apple during the pre-iPhone …

Tesla

Why Design Matters

Creating Usability with Motion: The UX in Motion Manifesto

The following manifesto represents my answer to the question — “As a UX or UI, designer, how do I know when and where to implement motion to support …

UX Design

6 brilliant ways to slice user stories

Some time ago on my personal blog I was writing about Impact Mapping, a tool to evaluate your assumptions regarding your product. The result of this …

“Between Heaven and Earth”: Behold This Cantilevered Skypool in the Heart of the Dolomites

Italy-based studio noa* network of architecture has created a cantilevered sky pool as part of a renovation of a hotel. Located in the skiing and hiking region of Kronplatz, Italy, the pool is designed to function as a “connector between old and new,” particularly with its use of local larch tree …

Animated Infographics About Everything, a Nike HyperAdapt Teardown and the Unexpected Ways Movie Sound Effects Are Made

A weekly selection of great links curated by the Core77 team.<p><i>Core77's editors spend time combing through the news so you don't have to. Here's a</i> …

Infographics

This incredible tool lets you see how Facebook tracks you online

A browser extension shows you how Facebook infers what content you want to see based on your social media habits and behaviors.<p>Data Selfie is a free …

The robot that takes your job should pay taxes, says Bill Gates

Robots are taking human jobs. But Bill Gates believes that governments should tax companies’ use of them, as a way to at least temporarily slow the spread of automation and to fund other types of employment.<p>It’s a striking position from the world’s richest man and a self-described techno-optimist …

Bill Gates

How Behavioral Economics Can Help You Retire Rich

In Dan Ariely’s world, small changes can have a very big impact.<p>The behavioral economics expert and professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of …

Personal Finance

Listen to Monzo founder on building a ‘smart’ bank, fintech bubble and turning down acquisition offer

Yesterday I caught up with Tom Blomfield, co-founder and CEO of “challenger” bank Monzo.<p>The startup is building a digital-only bank, or “smart bank,” as Blomfield calls it, and last August was granted a U.K. banking licence “with restrictions” by the U.K. regulators FCA and PRA, as it prepares to …

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