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Things You Should Know Before Building Your Own Home

Financial Decisions to Make Before Building Your Own Home<p>Updated March 14, 2018<p>Do not let the many types of decisions you will need to make dissuade …

PV Cabin / Lorena Troncoso-Valencia

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> Formerly the Neanderthal man lived in caves to take refuge. The choice of these stone dwellings, …

L’Angolo Estate / LEVER Architecture

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> This new family-owned winery is located on 23 acres outside of Newberg, Oregon in Yamhill County. The …

Tiny house design competition winners reveal modular delights

This year, the challenge set for designers was to create a tiny house no bigger than 25 sq m (269 sq ft). The design had to be modular, transportable …

​Supplements For Better Sex | Men’s Health

Omega-3 fatty acids are a known supplement for guys with heart issues. So how can that help you below the belt?<p>If there’s a certain food or supplement that’s good for your heart, it’s likely to be good for your sex life, too according to Dr. Brahmbhatt. That’s because heart-healthy changes are …

12 things successful people don't waste their money on

People have struck it rich by launching social media startups, inspiring wildly successful crowdfunding campaigns and writing wizard-themed best-selling books. But, most successful people have far more boring backstories of accumulating wealth through savvy spending and smart saving …

Personal Finance

Why Apple’s HomePod is poised to bomb

HomePod, the first new Apple product of 2018, is about to arrive. And as a huge Apple fanboy, I couldn’t care less.<p>Apple’s been hyping its smart speaker ever since unveiling the device last June at the Worldwide Developers Conference. And yet HomePod has failed to really excite fans (except through …

7 Scientifically-Backed Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

“Unfortunately, there’s no spigot you can turn on to flush excess calories out of your fat stores” and speed up your metabolism, says Gabriele …

Nutrition

Top Tents and Hammocks of 2017: Results from the Annual Hiker Survey

or the fourth year, The Trek has surveyed long-distance hikers on the Appalachian Trail (AT) regarding the shelter systems they use – tents, …

Hiking

How to lose weight by reinventing your breakfast

If you’re looking to lose weight in 2018, consider rethinking your breakfast.<p>In her diet book “Target 100,” weight-loss expert Liz Josefsberg says …

Breakfast

The 3 Healthiest Drinks at Starbucks

<i>Cooking Light</i> has shared 4 ways you can make your everyday order at Starbucks just a bit healthier. So, now that you know the tricks of the trade, be …

Coffee

Deep-breathing exercises for a clear mind

Fill your lungs and empty your mind - deep-breathing techniques will help you keep a clear head<p>Breathing seems like something we do unconsciously, …

Mindfulness

Richard Branson Says You Should Do 3 Things to Achieve More Happiness in 2018 | Inc.com

Every year, it is estimated that one in four people struggle with a mental health problem. In fact, according to <i>Psychology Today</i>, an estimated 15 million Americans a year struggle with depression.<p>One of my own family members has grappled with depression for decades, so I understand it firsthand. …

Happiness

How to lose weight: 7 easy steps to lose weight in 7 days

How to lose weight: 7 easy steps to lose weight in 7 days<p>If how to lose weight is a question that’s been on your mind in 2018, we’re here to help you …

Fitness

An Almost Guaranteed Way to Achieve Every Goal You Set This Year | Inc.com

New Year's resolutions: We love to make them. And, statistics show, we almost never keep them. (Eighty percent of people who make New Year's resolutions abandon them by the second week of February.)<p>Of course you could try using silence to accomplish a goal. Or you could try to sneak up on big …

Motivation

New modular shipping container home is also energy-efficient

Another entrant into the prefab, modular market<p>Athens-based company Cocoon Modules has unveiled a new container home prototype in collaboration with Greek natural mattress brand Coco-Mat.<p>By upcycling shipping containers and transforming them into modular homes, hotel developments, and emergency …

Prefab Homes

16 Small Habits That Could Seriously Improve Your Life Within A Year

H/T Reddit<p>"If you read for 30 minutes every day, that's 3.5 hours a week, which is enough to finish a book every two to four weeks. Depending on what you choose to read, that's 12 to 24 books completed in a year!" —a_tame_zergling<p>"I used to (and still do) have a problem with over-apologizing in …

Twentieth Century-Fox

Timeless Muscle: 5 anti-aging foods to add to your diet

As our bodies age, they go through an array of changes that might make us feel older than we really are. Muscle mass starts to break down, GH and …

Nutrition

Include these 10 healthy food in your diet to lower prostate cancer risk

Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer among men. Prostate cancer affecting the prostrate gland is a specific category of cancer …

Nutrition

Everything we know about the mysterious SR-72 — Lockheed Martin's successor to the fastest plane ever

In 2013, Lockheed Martin announced development of the successor to the SR-71 Blackbird spy plane.<p>The SR-71 was capable of reaching speeds over three times the speed of sound, and the SR-72 is intended to have even more impressive specs. <i>Following is a transcript of the video.</i><p><i>The SR-72 is the</i> …

Aviation

I retired at 30 with $1.25 million — here are the 3 key strategies I used to get there

I started my financial independence journey in 2010 and saved $1.25 million in 5 years, reaching financial independence at the age of 30.<p>I get asked a lot how I did it and how someone else can too, so I decided to outline the variables and scenarios that impact how fast you, depending on your …

Retirement

The 100 Most Important Buildings of the 20th Century

Pritzker Prize–winning architect Thom Mayne made it his mission to compile the definitive list with input from Zaha Hadid, Richard Meier, and others<p>Can you name the most important buildings of the 20th century? Thom Mayne has been asking a lot of people that question. Mayne, the Los Angeles–based, …

Le Corbusier

7 must-read books for design students

Heading off to uni this year, and looking for recommendations for graphic design books to keep you inspired? Maybe you're already studying and keen …

Graphic Design

These Are the 13 Foods a Dietitian Insists Her Clients Eat For Weight Loss

A big chunk of weight loss success has to do with your diet, so it makes sense to get advice from an expert on healthy eating. We asked certified …

The 28 best films of all time you've probably never seen

In 2017, we had "La La Land" and "Moonlight," while 2016 saw "Deadpool," "Rogue One," and "Finding Dory" take the stage.<p>With so much attention on these superstar blockbusters, it becomes far too easy for a quality movie to fall through the cracks — even with a star-studded cast and reputable …

Jurassic World

7 Best Airplane Gadgets for Long Flights

Surviving a long-haul flight is no easy feat, let alone getting comfortable on a plane where the air is dry […]7 Best Airplane Gadgets for Long …

Gear & Gadgets

The best thing to eat before and after you exercise, according to the scientist behind the viral 7-minute workout

Getting ready to work out is often the hardest part of exercising. You need a plan, a place to do it, the right kind of clothes, good shoes, and enough energy.<p>Caffeine can help you feel more energetic — but so can certain foods.<p>Chris Jordan is the exercise physiologist who came up with the 7-minute …

Workouts

Certain types of exercise help keep your mind sharp as you get older

According to Britain's National Health Service, exercising can cut your risk of major illnesses like heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, and cancer by up to 50%.<p>And new research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests that moderate exercise a few times a week could also …

Tai Chi

15 Profound Quotes From Lao Tzu That Will Open Your Mind Wide Open

Have you ever heard of Lao Tzu?<p>If not, then my word you’re in some wisdom today.<p>Lao Tzu was the founder Taoism, the highly influential philosophy …

Spirituality

Thanks to a little-known airline hack, traveling around the world could be cheaper than you realize

I'll admit, I had nearly written off the possibility of booking an around the world trip and visiting a handful of countries in one fell swoop for fear that I'd never land on a total airline fare I could stomach.<p>Then I learned about the Round-the-World (RTW) ticket, a program offered by the major …

Frequent-flyer Programs