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Amazon to build futuristic HQ of greenhouse domes in downtown Seattle

Google keeps its employees happy with swimming pools, bowling alleys and a crazy golf course, while Facebook is building its workers a giant shed with a four-hectare (10-acre) park on the roof, in which they can work in the Californian sun. Now Amazon is joining the party of novelty headquarters – …

Mesmerizing Wall Collages Made of Paper and Plastic Cups

New York-based artist Lisa Hoke creates colorful wall collages out of an assortment of disposable items. Working extensively with paper and plastic cups, the artist installs each of her multilayered murals in eye-catching patterns. She playfully transforms each room into a magnificent spectacle …

Paperhouses: the free online resource for architect-designed houses

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The dark side of diamonds | Latin America

<b>No subject is off limits - Redi Tlhabi talks frankly to inspiring and intriguing personalities from across the world.</b><p>"A diamond is forever," claims the marketing - and yes, this precious stone has come to signify eternal, sparkling romance.<p>But diamonds also have a dark side - as a commodity that …

Art as Therapy: Alain de Botton on the 7 Psychological Functions of Art

The question of what art is has occupied humanity since the dawn of recorded history. For Tolstoy, the purpose of art was to provide a bridge of empathy between us and others, and for Anaïs Nin, a way to exorcise our emotional excess. But the highest achievement of art might be something that …

The Devil Is in Your Snooze Button

3<p>SHARES<p>I feel like Faustus every morning. The warm darkness of sleep around me like a blanket, I listen as Mephistopheles whispers: <i>Oh, Faustus, dear,</i> …

Blake Lively Bags L'Oréal Paris Contract On Her Way To Becoming The Next Gwyneth

Get ready for even more Blake Lively in your life. The former "Gossip Girl" star and current domestic goddess is the new face of L'Oréal Paris, which means she's coming soon to a magazine near you.<p>L'Oréal Paris France posted a photo of Blake on Instagram, looking smiley and giddy (we would too if …

Why Time Slows Down When We’re Afraid, Speeds Up as We Age, and Gets Warped on Vacation

Given my soft spot for famous diaries, it should come as no surprise that I keep one myself. Perhaps the greatest gift of the practice has been the daily habit of reading what I had written on that day a year earlier; not only is it a remarkable tool of introspection and self-awareness, but it also …

The Art of Looking: Eleven Ways of Viewing the Multiple Realities of Our Everyday Wonderland

<i>“How we spend our days,”</i> Annie Dillard wrote in her timelessly beautiful meditation on presence over productivity, <i>“is, of course, how we spend our lives.”</i> And nowhere do we fail at the art of presence most miserably and most tragically than in urban life — in the city, high on the cult of …

The Psychology of Getting Unstuck: How to Overcome the “OK Plateau” of Performance & Personal Growth

<i>“Any sequence of mental action which has been frequently repeated tends to perpetuate itself,”</i> William James wrote in his influential meditation on habit, <i>”so that we find ourselves automatically prompted to think, feel, or do what we have been before accustomed to think, feel, or do, under like</i> …

Kanye West Knows You Think He Sounded Nuts on Kimmel

Here are three stories.<p>I'm 9 or 10 and my mother and I are on a cross-country road trip when we decide to stop for breakfast at a small diner in …

A tour of 'Close, Closer': the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale

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The Art of “Creative Sleep”: Stephen King on Writing and Wakeful Dreaming

<i>“Sleep is the greatest creative aphrodisiac,”</i> a wise woman once said. Indeed, we already know that dreaming regulates our negative emotions and “positive constructive daydreaming” enhances our creativity, while a misaligned sleep cycle is enormously mentally crippling. But can a sleep-like state in …

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The Difference Between "I Can't" And "I Don't"

<b>What's the Latest Development?</b><p>A study recently published in <i>Journal of Consumer Research</i> describes experiments in which test subjects who wanted to …

Oxytocin: The Cuddle Chemical

What’s interesting is that couples that stay together tend to have very highly correlated levels of oxytocin. Oxytocin is one of the chemicals that …

Irish Activists Seek To Add Atheism To School Curricula

<b>What's the Latest Development?</b><p>Last month's announcement that Ireland's education minister would begin work with organizations on increased religious …

Rich People Not Feeling It (“It” Being Empathy)

The New York Times explains something that <i>may</i> have already occurred to a few of us:<p>A growing body of recent research shows that people with the most …

Wisdom from a MacArthur Genius: Psychologist Angela Duckworth on Why Grit, Not IQ, Predicts Success

Creative history brims with embodied examples of why the secret of genius is doggedness rather than “god”-given talent, from the case of young Mozart’s upbringing to E. B. White’s wisdom on writing to Chuck Close’s assertion about art to Tchaikovsky’s conviction about composition to Neil Gaiman’s …

How Richard Dawkins Coined the Word Meme: The Legendary Atheist’s Surprising Religious Inspiration

Most people know that the word “meme” was coined by legendary evolutionary biologist <b>Richard Dawkins</b> in his seminal 1976 book <i>The Selfish Gene</i>. What few realize, however, is that the vocal atheist and champion of evidence as the holy grail of life, who even penned a children’s book rebutting …

The Secret Museum: Van Gogh’s Never-Before-Seen Sketchbooks

Given my soft spot for the sketchbooks of famous artists and private notebooks of great creators, I was delighted to discover that, unbeknownst to most, <b>Vincent van Gogh</b> kept one. In an 1882 letter to his brother Theo, he wrote: “My sketchbook shows that I try to catch things ‘in the act.’” This …

The Art of “Negative Capability”: Keats on Embracing Uncertainty and Celebrating the Mysterious

Despite his short life, the great Romantic poet <b>John Keats</b> (October 31, 1795–February 23, 1821) endures as one of the most influential creative geniuses humanity has produced. Writing to his brothers, George and Thomas, in a December 1817 letter found in <b>Selected Letters</b> (<i>public library</i>), Keats coins …

Secrets of The Phantom Tollbooth: Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer on Creativity, Anxiety, and Failure

In 1961, a young architect by the name of <b>Norton Juster</b> received a grant for a book on urban perception and settled down at his house in Brooklyn Heights to write it. Struggling with the process, however, he began toying with a playful story about a boy named Milo in an effort to distract himself …

In Pursuit of the Extraordinary: Anaïs Nin Reads from Her Famous Diaries

I often say that the answer to every existential question can be found in the journals of Anaïs Nin, one of the most dedicated diarists in modern literary history — her sixteen tomes of published journals, spanning more than half a century between the time she began writing at the age of eleven and …

Janis Joplin on Creativity and Rejection: Her Lost Final Interview, Rediscovered and Animated

On September 30, 1970, four days before her death, <b>Janis Joplin</b> gave her final interview, a profound conversation about creativity and rejection with Howard Smith of the <i>Village Voice</i>, found in the altogether fantastic <i>The Smith Tapes Box Set</i> — an archive of Smith’s restored interviews with such icons …

How To Be a Nonconformist: 22 Irreverent Illustrated Steps to Counterculture Cred from 1968

“Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?,” James Thurber asked in the caption to a 1958 <i>New Yorker</i> cartoon depicting a woman fed up with her artist partner. It remains unknown whether the cartoon itself, or this cultural dismay shared by some of the era’s counterculture thinkers, …