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14 Relaxing Bathrooms to Take Inspiration From

How do you define a comfortable washroom?<p>For every home owner, the definition is different. For some, it should be a big cozy space, while for …

Interior Design

10 Bookshelf Speakers for Upgraded Sound Quality at Every Price

Bookshelf speakers can deliver a quality sonic experience in a compact form factor. We've rounded up 10 of the best offerings available on the market today from the likes of Klipsch, KEF, and Sony, among others.<p>Just like their floor-standing siblings, bookshelf speakers require a dedicated receiver …

Audiophile

Welcome to Tokyo's Akihabara Electric Town, with the craziest gadget stores you'll ever see

Once a mecca of cheap electronics and gadget goodness, Akihabara has become something different, but no less incredible, and is still home to perhaps the largest electronics store in the world.<p>Tokyo is a wonderfully frenetic city of lights, high rises and concentrated insanity. It's equal parts …

Build This Stylish DIY Bluetooth Speaker That Delivers Great Sound

This Bluetooth speaker can be built in a day and is distinguished enough to complement your home's hi-fi system.<p>Bluetooth speakers have exploded in popularity, and are the easiest way to play music off your smartphone. The problem is the speakers are usually a bit small and the sound doesn't quite …

Tech Trends

Best toy drones you can buy right now

These machines might be drones in name alone, but that doesn't make them any less fun to fly.<p>While many of us might drool over powerful high-flying drones like those from DJI, Yuneec and 3D Robotics, most of us will be flying less expensive radio-controlled multirotor toys made to zip around your …

9 Motivational Videos to Help You Succeed in Business and Life

Can a few minutes of watching change your life? These deeply inspirational videos just might.<p>There are videos that energize us, inspire us, and motivate us to do great things. Then there are the very few that do all of that--and touch us so deeply that we wind up watching them over and over. We …

Motivation

10 Tips For Traveling To Japan From A First-Timer

<i>This is the eighth installment of my Japan travelogue. Read my first impressions</i> <i>here</i><i>, my visit to Odaiba</i> <i>here</i><i>, my visit to Akihabara</i> <i>here</i><i>, my last day in Tokyo</i> <i>here</i><i>, my first day in Kyoto</i> <i>here</i><i>, my shrine visit</i> <i>here</i><i>, and my traditional inn excursion</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p>After nine days in Japan, my sleep schedule finally …

Japan

How Woodworker Greta de Parry Changed the Design Game

The sculptor behind the iconic Coleman Stool shares insight into her creative process. (Who can't relate to #4?)<p>Chicago-based sculptor and woodworker Greta de Parry has earned a spot on the new guard of contemporary furniture designers—possibly thanks to a love affair with concrete. By fashioning a …

Furniture

Year of the Goose, Part 5: Track Education at Yamaha Champions Riding School

The Yamaha YZF-R6 is an impossible thing. That’s a lie, of course. The tuning-fork company’s been selling the same basic bike since 2008. And each of the big-four Japanese bike companies builds what’s known in the industry as a “supersport”—a machine with a fairing that sticks your ass up in the …

Motorcycles

Revealed: How to lose weight - drink plenty of red wine

Research shows that resveratrol, an ingredient fround in grapes, berries and red wine can help turn flab into calorie-burning 'brown' fat. Just drink responsibly!<p>Wine lovers rejoice! Research has shown that an ingredient in grapes, berries and red wine can turn excess flab into calorie-burning …

Nutrition

The mystery of India’s deadly exam scam

It began with a test-fixing scandal so massive that it led to 2,000 arrests, including top politicians, academics and doctors. Then suspects started turning up dead. What is the truth behind the Vyapam scam that has gripped India?<p>On the night of 7 January 2012, a stationmaster at a provincial …

Best Deep Fryers for Delicious, Crispy Meals

From churros to fried ice cream, treat yourself to deliciously crunchy meals with these top 10 deep fryers.<p>While chicken fingers and mozzarella sticks may not be for the health-conscious, everyone needs feel-good foods now-and-then. Here are 10 deep fryers for crisp results.

Deep Frying

10 Entrepreneurs' Productivity Secrets

Productivity apps have proliferated at the speed of startup conferences and podcasts. 10 entrepreneurs weigh in on the tools and resources they turn to in order to stay productive and centered.<p>Whether you're looking for a productivity app or a podcast to download, most of us ask our network for a …

Apps

Audiophile gear isn't always expensive, but high-end audio definitely is

Because Audiophile and high-end audio can be easily be confused, the Audiophiliac explains the difference.<p>Put simply: High-end audio is <i>always</i> expensive, audiophile gear isn't.<p>For example, the recently introduced ELAC Debut B5 speaker that sells for a mere $230 (£250) per pair is an outstanding …

How To Eat Without Food

Chewing is so old-fashioned<p>Our attachment to food is antiquated. So the argument goes: It takes time and energy to buy and prepare, and it can lack nutrition (we tend to cook away the good stuff). We can now drink our meals. Meal-replacement shakes—different from protein drinks that serve as …

The 7 Best Anime from Summer 2015

Pshuuuu.<p>Though we loved more than just the seven shows listed here, the IGN team got together and picked out the best shows from the 2015 anime …

Anime

The Food Lab: Foolproof Onion Rings

Here's another exclusive excerpt from my book, The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science. I hope you enjoy it.<p>At their physical core, onion rings couldn't be more different from fried fish. But at their philosophical core, they are one and the same. In each case, the goal is to prevent the …

Did the best speakers of the 1940s sound better than your speakers?

Speaker designers haven't learned all that much in the last 60-plus years, says the Audiophiliac.<p>The Western Electric 757A was designed as a monitor speaker for radio stations and recording studios in the late 1940s. It was never produced in large quantities, so few prime specimens survive today, …

How to Make a Bow and Arrow By Hand

DIY archery.<p>After a compound bow failed him on a turkey hunt more than a decade ago, 29-year-old Michael Spink of Spink Wooden Bows in Pocahontas, Arkansas, started making his own wooden bows by hand. He walked us through the process of crafting a 68-inch Native American longbow.<p>How to make the …

Woodworking

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Tourism

The Secret to the Creamiest, Dreamiest Hummus

You could be making better hummus.<p>If it strikes you as a little weird that hummus received top billing as our 2015 Dish of the Year, then, well, you haven’t had chef Michael Solomonov’s. The incredibly rich, ineffably smooth version that he dishes up at Dizengoff, his bustling Philadelphia …

Recipes

KTM RC 390 vs Yamaha R3 vs Kawasaki Ninja 300 - Spec Comparison

<i>The Yamaha R3 offers impressive amount of power, sharp styling but misses out by skimping on important features like ABS and slipper clutch, the</i> …

Autos (India)

Here's a pair of high-end yet affordable components from Schiit Audio

Schiit's cheap 'n' cheerful headphone amp and digital converter wow the Audiophiliac!<p>The Schiit Magni 2 Uber headphone amp and Modi 2 Uber digital converter are downright affordable, but still qualify as legitimate high-end audio components.<p>Five years ago, I reviewed the Schiit Asgard headphone …