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Book of the Moment: The Working Drawing

<b>The Working Drawing: The Architect's Tool</b>, edited by Annette Spiro and David Ganzoni and published by Park Books, is a must-have book for architects …

De Rotterdam is a "dynamic presence in the city," says Rem Koolhaas

<b>Movie:</b> in this exclusive interview, Rem Koolhaas tells Dezeen why the colossal new De Rotterdam tower is the most visible OMA skyscraper yet. "Nobody …

Tiny Madrid apartment by MYCC with rooms connected by a ladder

The owner of this Madrid apartment moves between living and working spaces like a character in a computer game, using ladders and stairs that connect …

The 21 Greatest Buildings of the 21st Century

Our Favorite Pillars of Design<p>So often we look beyond the walls of our surroundings in an attempt to grasp everything around us — to better …

Flat-pack NOMAD Micro Home promises inexpensive off-grid living

The micro-dwelling shoe-horns a living area, kitchen, bathroom, and upstairs sleeping area into its small physical footprint, and is offered in three …

Rise and shine: the daily routines of history's most creative minds

One morning this summer, I got up at first light – I'd left the blinds open the night before – then drank a strong cup of coffee, sat near-naked by an open window for an hour, worked all morning, then had a martini with lunch. I took a long afternoon walk, and for the rest of the week experimented …

Astronomers shoot first in 'Star Wars'-style timelapse

Everyday astronomical research looks a lot like sci-fi<p>This three-minute time-lapse video was shot at the summit of Mauna Kea, the 13,803-foot (4.2 km) volcano in Hawaii. Due to its position, the peak is ideal for space observation. It's currently home to the Manua Kea Observatories, which are used …

Spot Exoplanets With Your Home Telescope, Using Free NASA Software

The new software measures varying light phenomena, accounting for distortions from the Earth's atmosphere and any stray clouds.<p>Well, this is what you bought that new telescope camera for, right?<p>NASA is releasing, for free, a bit of software that allows those with telescopes to detect planets …

Rent This Mediterranean Villa (Photos)

Relax on the Riviera<p>Rent This Mediterranean Villa (Photos)<p>From a traditional whitewashed Greek villa to a modernist retreat in Corsica, France, rent …

September guide to the bright planets

In September 2018, 4 planets continue to arc across the evening sky. From west to east as darkness falls, these bright worlds are Venus, Jupiter, …

Hemisphere

The Best Ever Maps Of Our Two Nearest Galaxies

Say hello to the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, like you've never seen them before.<p>Thanks to NASA's Swift satellite and astronomers from both NASA and Penn State University, we can now feast our eyes on this: the most detailed ultraviolet light survey ever of the two closest galaxies to …

Mermaids Are Real: Columbus, Shakespeare, and Pliny the Elder

People are asking, prompted by a new special on Mermaids, whether mermaids exist or not.<p>A look over the years shows that many people around the world …

Mermaids

What goes on when lightning strikes?

A new theory from Russian researchers suggests that lightning may be a by-product of cosmic rays. Surprisingly, despite studying lightning for …

Water Trapped For 1.5 Billion Years Could Hold Ancient Life

Scientists have discovered water that has been trapped in rock for more than a billion years. The water might contain microbes that evolved independently from the surface world, and it's a finding that gives new hope to the search for life on other planets.<p>The water samples came from holes drilled …

APOD: Four X-class Flares (2013 May 16) Image Credit: NASA, Solar Dynamics Observatory, GSFC http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130516.html Explanation: Swinging around the Sun's eastern limb on Monday, a group of sunspots labeled active region AR1748 has produced the first four X-class solar flares of 2013 in less than 48 hours. In time sequence clockwise from the top left, flashes from the four were captured in extreme ultraviolet images from the Solar Dynamics Observatory. Ranked according to their peak brightness in X-rays, X-class flares are the most powerful class and are frequently accompanied by coronal mass ejections (CMEs), massive clouds of high energy plasma launched into space. But CMEs from the first three flares were not Earth-directed, while one associated with the fourth flare may deliver a glancing blow to the Earth's magnetic field on May 18. Also causing temporary radio blackouts, AR1748 is likely not finished. Still forecast to have a significant chance of producing strong flares, the active region is rotating into more direct view across the Sun's nearside. http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/news/News051513-ar1748.html Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130516 Starship Asterisk* • On This Day in APOD http://asterisk.apod.com/view_retro.php?date=0516

Failure of Nasa's Kepler telescope puts search for another Earth in peril

Nasa's hunt for other planets that could harbour life faces a setback: its Kepler space telescope is broken and, since it is in orbit around the Sun, …

Brick Wall Studio Apartment Inspiration

• 1 |<p>2 |<p>3 |<p>4 |<p>5 |<p>6 |<p>7 |<p>8 |<p>As one might reasonably expect, the impression created by a brick aesthetic is one of elemental ambience and this is rightly …

How Saturn keeps itself looking young and hot

New research has revealed how Saturn keeps itself looking young and hot while other planets become darker and cooler as they age.<p>As planets age they …

Chic Contemporary Spaces Rendered By Anh Nguyen

• 1 |<p>The light and airy living room boasts a wall of white and grey striated marble for a touch of luxury.<p>2 |<p>A staircase with glass railing leads up to …

DIY Privacy Frosting Tips: Bathroom Window Treatments

Ever feel the need to break loose and escape the constraints of city, social interaction, constant connectivity, responsibilities and life? To run …

DIY Wood Walls: Inspiration & How to Install Them

Vertical. Horizontal. Slanted. Our walls are begging for more than chair railings, wainscoting or just a triple coat of paint. No, they want to mix …

Paper Inspired Décor: Fun Ways for You and Your Kids To Decorate Your Home

<i>Ready. Set. Craft Wars!</i> Tori Spelling has been hosting a unique show on using the ingredients of home and life to make original artwork. As a DIYer …

10 DIY Staircase Designs Sure to Amaze

For centuries, staircases have taken us to new heights — literally. Whether wood or marble, painted or bare, this standard architectural feature can …

Multi-Level Contemporary Apartment

• 1 |<p>2 |<p>The staircase boasts a smoky glass railing framed in steel with display shelves in backdrop.<p>3 |<p>The living room with office rests on the second …