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Famed architect Shigeru Ban builds quake-proof homes from rubble in Nepal | Reuters

TOKYO - After twin earthquakes in April and May claimed 9,000 lives and left vast swathes of Nepal in ruins, survivors worried if they reused the brick rubble, they would end up with the same vulnerable, seismically unsound structures.<p>Japanese architect Shigeru Ban (C) shows a prototype of the …

Billy Crystal imagines Robin Williams in heaven: Read the script here

When the world suddenly lost Robin Williams in August at the age of 63, friends and fans of the comedian were heartbroken. So was Billy Crystal, his …

33 Inspirational and Thought-Provoking Books That Will Help You Create a Life You Love in the New Year

With New Years just around the corner, now is a great time to start thinking about what New Year's resolutions we would like to make in the upcoming year. Whether our goal is to improve our health, earn more money or to find a meaningful and loving relationship, often times, the core of what is …

25 Websites That Will Make You Smarter

Here's a list of websites that will actually make you smarter:<p><b>CodeAcademy</b>— Learn programming languages like HTML, CSS, and Javascript with this free, interactive resource.<p><b>Coursera</b>— With more than 800 free courses on topics that range from internet history to financial engineering, the education …

Christmas Books 2014: best fiction to read

Forget Amis, McEwan and the Booker winner — these are the best novels of 2014<p>Somewhere in the middle of Ali Smith’s delightfully fizzy novel <b>How To Be Both</b> (Hamish Hamilton, £16.99), the teenage protagonist interrupts her viewing of a film to “howl out loud like a wolf at its crapness”. I’ve …

100+ Essential Books Every Man Should Read

Amazon is offering $5 off on print book purchases of $15 or more until 11:59 pm December 14, 2017. Use the promo code <b>BOOKGIFT17</b> at checkout to …

The Ultimate Quentin Tarantino Playlist

Quentin Tarantino was by no means the first director to use popular music to score his movies, but over the course of eight films he has turned the …

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Highly-complex malware has secretly spied on computers for years, say researchers

Trojan is likely state sponsored, has attacked Russian, Saudi internet providers and telecoms since 2008<p>Security researchers have discovered one of the most advanced pieces of malware ever created — and it's been in use since at least 2008. Symantec researchers published their findings today on a …

Generate Better Small Talk By Asking About Challenges

Small talk is hard, but if you're trying to really get someone to like you, FBI Behavioral Expert Robin Dreeke suggests that the best question to ask …

How to Defeat Bad Breath Once and For All

It’s embarrassing when someone points out that you have bad breath or politely offers a mint with a knowing smile. There is very little you can do …

Landmark 'Gay Gene' Study Provides Evidence Sexuality is Not Chosen

In the largest ever study of its kind, scientists tested 409 pairs of gay brothers<p>The largest-ever study has been conducted into the existence of a …

How to Fold the World’s Best Paper Airplane | Colossal

<p>Back in 2012, former Cal Berkeley quarterback Joe Ayoob broke the Guinness World Record for the longest distance in paper airplane flight using a …

This game will make you hate yourself

I hadn't been playing <i>This War of Mine</i> very long, before I encountered irrefutable proof of the permeability of own moral boundaries.<p>As a character living under the violent siege of a modern city, me and a few friends were eking out a miserable existence by foraging abandoned houses for food, water, …

Underage girl who befriended 200 men on internet 'could fill a prison on her own', says judge

A 13-year-old girl from Fife in Scotland is at the centre of a paedophile probe after contacting around 200 men online and exchanging indecent images<p>A judge has said that a 13-year-old girl at the centre of a major paedophile probe "could fill a prison on her own" after she befriended around 200 …

40 quotes about life (for a pessimist)

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Today's Fairy Tales Started Out (Even More) Dark And Harrowing

It's well-known that our favorite fairy tales started out darker than the ones Disney animators brought to life. But you might be surprised by how much darker the originals were.<p>For the first time, a new translation of the Brothers Grimm's tales reveals exactly how unsanitized and murderous the …

11 Things Samsung's New Phone Can Do That The iPhone Can't

It can also do a bunch of things its rivals the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus can't do. Here's a quick look at some of the most important exclusive features found in the Galaxy Note Edge.

Team Of Interviewers Ask: 'What Is Architecture?'

<b>What is Architecture?</b> (WIA), a small collection of interviews with influential architects from around Europe, seeks to "provide clear and concise …

Architecture

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Articles about quirky midcentury modern gem napa gets stunning transformation on Dwell.com - Dwell

And it has a legendary jazz club, too.<p>Midcentury completists score the ultimate catch: a 1959 post-and-beam fixer-upper in which to showcase their sprawling collection.<p>Designed by Los Angeles architect Jenny Wu, the LACE collection is uniquely geometric.<p>These midcentury modern homes showcase the …