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Seeking Happiness? This 15-Minute Morning Routine Just May Transform Your Life

How do you stay happy, despite the daily challenges of life? This quick and practical 3-step method can help.<p>Our emotions have a powerful effect on our day. When we're in a good mood, we can take on the world. If we're sad, frustrated, or disappointed, even the smallest obstacle seems …

Happiness

Chicago’s new Riverwalk offers a vision of the future of urban parks

The city’s new waterfront gem shows how urban public spaces are evolving<p>Chicago’s Lakefront Trail is arguably one of its finest civic asset, a cherished 18.5-mile linear park that showcases the beauty of Lake Michigan. Grant Park, which sits adjacent to the Lake at the center of the trail network, …

Obama administration denies $400 million cash payment to Iran was a ransom

The five, including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, were released on Jan. 16 in exchange for seven Iranians held in the United States for sanctions violations. The prisoner deal coincided with the lifting of international sanctions against Tehran.<p>At the time, the United States said it had …

Here’s How You Can Get a Flight to Europe for $150

If you’re already thinking about how you’re going to spend your time away from the office this holiday season, please allow us to offer up a few suggestions: Why not catch a show in London’s West End or take a wander along the picturesque canals of Amsterdam? Or maybe spend a few days totally …

The 10 best architects of all time, ranked

New Yorkers don’t have to look very far to see the power of architecture: It boasts an iconic skyline, after all, made up of buildings ranging from …

How to Use Moonlight as Your Main Light Source

Using the moon as your main light source for late-night photography can be beautiful, surreal… and challenging. But photographer Karl Taylor has a …

Photography

These dystopian cityscapes were all designed by a computer program

The London-based programmer and designer is the mastermind behind a newly released series of computer-generated cityscapes that look straight out of the movie "Inception."<p>"I was interested in the idea of 'creating' a virtual city, but realised I could never design such an amount of detail," Brown …

Digital Art

28 incredible roads to drive in your lifetime

From a mountain pass in Abu Dhabi to routes that wind through the Swiss Alps, these roads make for a drive you won't soon forget.<p><i>Sarah Schmalbruch contributed to an earlier version of this post.</i>

Drake's 'Views': 6 songs you need to hear off his new album

An agonizing one year and nine months ago, Drake announced his fourth solo album (originally titled <i>Views from the 6</i>, but shortened simply to <i>Views</i> this past week). Not that it's been radio silence ever since: The Toronto rapper had his biggest year yet in 2015, thanks in part to a surprise mixtape</i> …

How architecture uses space, light and material to affect your mood

No longer silent, fusty and reserved for solitary study, libraries are now bright and buzzing spaces where people can also engage with their local …

20 Creative Business Cards for Architects

Establishing professional contacts in architecture – and well, in any field, really – has changed dramatically in the last decade, passing from the …

Lyft launches business profiles to make it easier to expense rides for work

Apple settles long-running Siri lawsuit for $24.9 million

Apple has elected to pay $24.9 million to Dallas-based company Dynamic Advances to settle a four-year-old lawsuit relating to Siri. The company raised the suit in 2012, arguing that Apple's Siri assistant violated a patent owned by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, and licensed to …

The rarest photo books we wished we owned

Good photography books are relatively easy to find these days – we are certainly in no shortage of images. But finding <i>great</i> ones – the kind that makes you feel, think and reflect – are a little harder to discover. Many of them now out-of-print or shockingly expensive, making it difficult for …

Articles about forest retreat combines small living camping experience on Dwell.com - Dwell

As the perceptions of what a travel shelter should look and feel like has continued to adapt, Collective Retreats has been...<p>A couple builds a home that makes the most of its woodsy site.<p>Made up of three modernized kodas, this wood-clad cottage features bright, minimalist interiors.<p>A jewel-like …

Microsoft’s Bing Search Engine Is Finally Profitable

Microsoft’s quixotic quest to upset Google in search is finally turning a profit. The Bing search engine is in the black, the tech giant announced …

AdWords

Articles about montreal duplex transformed elegantly simple light filled home on Dwell.com - Dwell

As we neared the top of the winding, picturesque road to shoot Lauren Conrad's house in the hills, the first thought to strike us...<p>In the city's Villeray neighborhood, a cramped structure is recast as an open work-play space for a young family.<p>In a former fishermen’s cottage outside Copenhagen, a …

“Just Googling it” is bad for your brain

Having the world at our fingertips around the clock takes a lot of the pressure off our minds to remember basic facts. But the ability to find answers on search engines like Google is also killing our memories, a recent report (pdf) by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab shows.<p>When asked a question, …

The Brain

The First Shipping Container House We've Seen That Actually Looks Awesome

An airy forest home courtesy of architect David Fenster's design skills<p>To be blunt, most houses we've seen that are built out of shipping containers …

Santa Cruz

Incredible eco-friendly mansion is hidden entirely underground

Don’t be fooled by the garden—beneath this manicured lawn lies a stunning, luxurious subterranean mansion with strong eco-credentials. Designed by …

15 Creative New Designs For Solving The Urban Housing Crisis

From floating houses to super-skinny ones, here’s how cities of the future can reimagine how they build to accommodate growing populations.<p>Like San Francisco or Tokyo, London is a terrible place to try to find a place to live. Thanks to a lack of supply, a two-bed flat in Central London sells for …

Articles about 5 modern homes striking green roofs on Dwell.com - Dwell

Refresh your home for the summer season with these simple modern upgrades.<p>Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron talks us through Dwell's February 2016 issue.<p>Taking a calculated turn from tradition, two Czech architects designed a modern rendition of a classic Bohemian home, powered by...<p>It’s been …

Elon Musk Clarifies His Suggestion To Terraform Mars By Nuking It

He doesn’t want to bomb Mars. He just wants to bomb the sky above Mars. Frequently.<p>Surviving on Mars is hard, as we’ve learned in <i>The Martian</i> and pretty much every other sci-fi movie that takes place on Mars. One way to make the Red Planet more livable is to make it more like home--by firing off …

Selling your Home? 6 Improvements that Add Value for Resale!

Are you preparing your home for sale and wondering what home improvements add the most value?<p>We put together a list of the best home improvements for …

Articles about breezy modern addition opens historic melbourne home on Dwell.com - Dwell

A family with three young sons asked Mitsuori Architects to renovate and expand their venerable Victorian house to accommodate...<p>An airy addition on the back of a historic house in Boise is a model of sensitive renovation, seamlessly melding new and old.<p>This historic property in Concord, …

Motorola Challenges Apple With a New Moto 360 Smartwatch

So far, Apple has been the only smartwatch maker to think deeply about its devices as fashion accessories. That changes today, Wednesday, Sept. 2. …

THE SHOT: A Once in a Lifetime Moment

I had been chasing this storm for about two hours when I got this shot. And what an amazing feeling it was. It happened so fast that I actually only saw the flash out of the corner of my eye.<p>The picture was taken on August 8 in Marana, Arizona, a suburb of Tucson. I checked it on the camera LCD and …

Dawn Spacecraft Snaps A Closeup Of Mysterious Pyramid On Ceres

Why is it so shiny?<p>NASA's Dawn spacecraft has moved in for a closer look at the dwarf planet Ceres. Since descending to an altitude of 900 miles in mid-August, its view has gotten three times sharper. That has allowed scientists to zoom in on a 4-mile-high mountain in Ceres' southern hemisphere.<p>The …