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These Charming Optical Illusions Pop Off the Page | Monday Insta Illustrator

Don't look down.<p>Tricking the eye with illustration isn't difficult—it's a simple matter of looking up the techniques on YouTube. But doing it well, with imagination, charm, and panache, is another matter entirely. See the works of Ramon Bruin for inspiration on nailing the genre. Whether he's …

Top 10 tips on how to write like William Shakespeare

When I started writing the My Book of Stories series, my intention was to inspire young people to write their own stories by using plot ideas and characters from some of the best stories ever written. Looking at Shakespeare’s canon I realised that he covered almost every variant of story you might …

William Shakespeare

8 Skillet Desserts That Just Might Change Your Life

Let's hear it for the skillet: the easy, fast and non-dirty-dish-creating way to make an impressive dessert that will win you friends and lovers. Here, eight of our favorite recipes.<p><b>Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie</b><p>Go big or go home. Pass the milk. <b>Get the recipe</b>.<p><b>Skillet Pear Ginger Pie</b><p>Premade piecrust …

5 Daring, Designer-Tested Paint Colors

5 designer-tested paint colors.<p>From glossy yellow to green turquoise, 5 designers share spaces and shades that say color confidence.

10 Garden Ideas to Steal from India

What did Indian gardens look like before the invaders arrived? The Mughals imposed their 16th century Persian constraints–they were all for walls and …

Landscaping

This is what Lincoln had in his pocket when he was assassinated

It will be 150 years since President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. on April 14, 1865.<p>Lincoln was attending the play "Our American Cousin" in a much-needed attempt to calm his nerves after the stresses of the Civil War. Although the war would not officially …

Where Android's little green robot mascot came from

"So the robot [is] starting to show up," one person who worked on the Android team years ago told Business Insider. "Some engineer, somebody created it. I don't even know who. And then they probably showed it to Andy [Rubin], and he said 'that's cool,' and he took that robot and he open sourced it."<p>…

The Best Places to Stargaze in America

For 25 years, NASA’s orbiting Hubble telescope has beamed mesmerizing images of our universe. But Earth dwellers can get stellar celestial views, too.<p>Here are three trip-worthy dark-sky havens in the United States:<p>> Lake Powell (Utah)<p>The combination of a thin atmosphere and lack of artificial light …

Hubble Space Telescope

10 Mistakes People Make When Buying a Camera

Outdoor and travel photographer John Greengo has spent years behind the counter of a camera store, helping people with their camera purchases. In …

Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge Bends Under The Same Pressure As The iPhone 6 Plus

Remember "Bendgate"? As our smartphones get bigger, they get more fragile -- and Apple's not the only company whose phones break under pressure.<p>SquareTrade, an electronics insurance company, used its own "bend bot" to put the new Samsung S6 Edge, the new HTC One M9 and the iPhone 6 Plus to the same …

12 Important Things to Know Before You Buy a Sofa

Designers reveal what you must consider before making this major purchase.<p>When it comes to furniture, a sofa is likely to be one of the biggest investments you'll make. Yet, with so many options, it's so easy to go wrong. We spoke with our favorite designers to find out the secrets to making a …

Beginner's Guide to Looking More Date-Worthy

Sadly, I have seen some of the most beautiful people unable to find the right one simply because of their chosen look. In a perfect world, our soulmates would have laser vision into our souls, but this isn't quite the case. Looking date-worthy is the biggest, yet easiest problem to solve. That's …

CDC Alert: Drug-Resistant Foodborne Illness Spreads in US

Figuring out how to talk about antibiotic resistance—which you’ll be seeing discussed here a lot, since it’s the topic of my last book, an important part of my next book, and a central topic in my past blogging—is a difficult balancing act. On the one hand, antibiotic resistance is a true global …

Public Health

RANKED: The best smartphones in the world

The two newest flagship Android phones, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 go on sale April 10. If you're in the market for a new phone, this is a good month to buy.<p><i>We update this list approximately once a month. Our rankings are based on a variety of factors including design, software and</i> …

Myths and Truths About Microstock Photography

There is no doubt that microstock photographic libraries have divided opinion in the photographic community. With good reason. Like any disruptive …

Articles about 7 tiny backyards big style on Dwell.com - Dwell

In coastal Massachusetts, a resourceful couple and their equally enterprising children use reclaimed materials to create a...<p>It is not easy to design the interior of a tiny house without making compromises in style or functionality.<p>The alphabet is as easy as ABC, but for typographer Peter Bil’ak, …

Architecture

How to Hack Your Body to Live Past 120

A high-profile group of futurists is exploring the possibility of extending human life. How will they do it? Treat the body like a computer.<p>For as …

Singularity

10 Things You Absolutely Need In The Bedroom

How many can you check off the list?<p>The pieces and ideas you need for your most comfortable, luxurious, and personal bedroom ever. How many can you check off the list? This piece originally appeared on elledecor.com.

Interior Design

12 Foods To Eat When You're Totally Stressed Out

<i>By Lindsay Funston</i><p>When work deadlines begin piling up and your social calendar is booked, the last thing you want to hear is to steer clear of the vending machine. Who has time for healthy eating? But when it comes to combating stress levels, what you eat may actually help relieve your tension. …

How I Use Black Tape on My Fujifilm X100 for Street Photography

You can solve everything with black tape. If not, you just don’t have enough tape.<p>In this post, I’ll show you how I prepare my Fujifilm X100 camera …

101 Decorating Secrets from Top Interior Designers

Experts share their best tips.<p>The experts — Christopher Peacock, Myra Hoefer, Carleton Varney, and 97 other inspiring designers — share words to live and design by. Plus, see 101 easy makeovers from interior designers.

This Bike Safety Paint Is Invisible During The Day, Super Bright At Night

Spray on, wash off<p>Remember the glow-in-the-dark reindeer we wrote about last year? The same group that came up with an animal-safe spray paint to prevent herds of Santa's helpers from getting hit by cars has struck again--but this time they're keeping people safe instead of wildlife.<p>Reflective …

Volvo

The World's Oldest, Simplest Chair Design?

…and perhaps the world's first piece of flatpack, space-saving furniture<p>This type of chair was a build project for America's Boy Scouts since the …

A Perfume That Makes You Smell Better The More You Sweat

Say no mo’ to B.O.<p>Whether it’s after a hug from your teenage nephew or in <i>that</i> car on the subway, body odor hangs in the air. Some researchers from Queen’s University in Belfast, Ireland have created a perfume that gets stronger when it's combined with moisture (like sweat), and kills the foul odor …

Justice Department Defying Congress, Breaking the Law on Medical Marijuana

A spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently told the <i>Los Angeles Times</i> that a bipartisan amendment passed by Congress last year prohibiting DOJ from spending any money to undermine state medical marijuana laws doesn't prevent it from prosecuting people for medical marijuana or …

8 Smart Solutions If You Don't Have a Dining Room

Say goodbye to TV trays, or worse, eating on your bed.<p>Say goodbye to TV trays, or worse, eating on your bed.

Why We Act Irrationally: What Drives Our Senseless Habits

<i>James Clear writes about using behavioral science to master your habits and improve your health. His free guide, Transform Your Habits, has been downloaded more than 80,000 times. This post originally appeared on his blog.</i><p>It was 1977 and, although nobody knew it at the time, psychologist Ellen …

Self-improvement

The Wi-Fi–powered Canary security system warns of intruders and monitors air quality

There’s a new, hassle-free way to help protect your home, and it comes in the form of a tiny, sleek cylinder. Canary All-in-One Home Security is a plug-in-ready smart device that allows you to monitor everything from break-ins to air quality, all from your smartphone.<p>The setup<p>Straight out of the …

Do You Remember? Five Memories From the Days of Film

With apologies to our younger or newer photographers, today I am wearing a fine pair of rose tinted spectacles. They are quite an old pair of …