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SiliconX: Scientists hail new alloy as missing ingredient for next-gen batteries

For years, scientists have seen silicon as a hugely promising material in the world of lithium-ion batteries. The primary reason for this is that …

Electric Vehicles

5 Ways to Turn Your Negative Self-Talk Into a More Productive Inner Dialogue

Negative self-talk will prevent you from living a positive life. Here's how to create a more powerful inner dialogue.<p>Whether you tell yourself, "I'm never going to be promoted," or you constantly think, "People think I'm weird," negative self-talk affects how you feel and how you behave. In fact, …

Self-help

100 Small, Nice Things to Do For Your Wife Just Because

Because it's the little things that matter.<p>It sounds a bit cliché, but it’s the little things that make a marriage. Grand gestures have their time …

Relationships

Steico makes building materials so green you could eat them all up

The Passivhaus, or PassiveHouse building standard is really tough on energy consumption, and results in very comfortable buildings, but it is …

This 18-Minute Yoga Routine Builds Muscle—and Busts Anger

Next time you’re all riled up, try this restorative vinyasa flow.<p>When you’re feeling angry or upset, a HIIT routine might not be the best way to blow …

Yoga

Hawaiian house by LifeEdited harvests more energy and water than it consumes

Design consultancy LifeEdited has built a family home on Hawaiian island Maui, as a model for sustainable, off-grid living.<p>The LifeEdited: Maui …

Taking a Train Through the Great Smoky Mountains Needs to Be on Your Bucket List

If you've never been to the most visited national park in the U.S., you should make a train trip through the Great Smoky Mountains a priority.<p>The …

30 years after Prozac arrived, we still buy the lie that chemical imbalances cause depression

Some 2,000 years ago, the Ancient Greek scholar Hippocrates argued that all ailments, including mental illnesses such as melancholia, could be explained by imbalances in the four bodily fluids, or “humors.” Today, most of us like to think we know better: Depression—our term for melancholia—is …

Depression

2018 will usher in the green cryptocurrency revolution

Headlines sounding the death knell of fossil fuels and the internal combustion engine do not quite add up to the birth of a global green economy. For …

14 Easy, Vegan-Friendly Weeknight Dinners

18 Epic Multi-Day Backpacking Trips in Canada

<b><br>Multi-day backpacking trips take time to put together.</b><p>Planning is key. In fact, if you have dreams of spending a week under the stars, carrying …

40 Top Motivational Quotes to Inspire You to Greater Determination and Perseverance

Looking for a burst of motivation when the going gets tough? These inspirational quotes will help you keep pursuing your dreams.<p>Without a doubt, a key quality every successful person has is perseverance: the grit and drive and will to keep pushing forward in spite of challenges and …

Motivation

34 Business Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

<i>This article originally ran in Term Sheet, Fortune’s newsletter about deals and dealmakers.</i> <i>Sign up here.</i><p>Alright, here it is: the book list to end all …

Blockchain could ‘change everything’ for real estate

“This changes everything.” That’s how Apple introduced the original iPhone in 2007. But it could just as easily apply here and now to the blockchain and its potential to enable transformative innovation in a variety of industries.<p>The most mature proposals for blockchain-led innovation are in the …

An idiot’s guide to futuristic smart cities under development

Tech titans have caught utopia fever. Here’s a breakdown of who’s doing what<p>Maybe it’s the sudden flurry of flying car proposals or the hype over hyperloop, but it seems like tech companies are finally ready to build the cities of the future we’ve been obsessing about in films for years.<p>Smart city …

The 60-minute morning routine that productivity expert Tim Ferriss swears by

Tim Ferriss, the author of "The 4-Hour Workweek" and "Tribe of Mentors," uses a specific routine to start his day. Following is a full transcript of the video.<p><b>Tim Ferris:</b> The first 60 minutes or so are very clearly defined. And that's the recipe that I use to set up the rest of the day.<p>My name is …

20 Lessons You Need to Learn Before You're Out of Your 20s

The level of reward you experience directly correlates to the level of effort and work you invest.<p><i>What are some of the lessons one should definitely learn at their 20s? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand</i> …

Self-improvement

A Cheat Sheet to Using Adaptogens to Lower Stress, Increase Energy, and Improve Digestion

Ease anxiety, boost libido, reduce bloat, enhance your skin's natural glow — do any of these benefits sound too good to be true? Well, they're not. These are all very real benefits of some magic little plants and herbs called adaptogens.<p>Dr. Will Cole, DC, a functional medicine practitioner from …

Flatpack M.A.Di house pops up in a matter of hours

The M.A.Di home comes in several sizes, including a 27-sq m (290-sq ft) tiny house; 46-sq m (495-sq ft) or 56-sq m (603-sq ft) double home and a …

tinyhouses

The 6-week Model Body workout plan

Steer Films<p>Steer Films<p><b>Duration</b> 60<p><b>Exercises</b> 7<p><b>Equipment</b> Yes<p>Everyone has snapped a few shots only later to go back and delete a bunch of them. "My eyes …

Exercise

How houses were cooled before air conditioning

It’s too darn hot<p><i>Welcome back to</i> <i>Period Dramas</i><i>, a weekly column that alternates between rounding up historic homes on the market and answering questions we’ve always had about older structures.</i><p>On these sweltering midsummer days, it’s natural to want nothing more than to sit in front of an air …

Thermarest Slacker Hammock Sleeping Pad Review

The self-inflating Slacker Hammock Sleeping Pad will work with any gathered end hammock. Shown here with a Hummingbird Hammocks Single.The Thermarest …

10 harmless mind tricks that make people like you

When you're working hard and doing all you can to achieve your goals, anything that can give you an edge is powerful and will streamline your path to …

Self-help

7 Tips For Creating Your Own Home Meditation Zone

With all the benefits that come with meditation, it makes sense to set aside a place in your home for this life-enhancing practice, even if it's a space that's technically made for something else.<p>Research has shown that regular meditation offers a host of health and psychological advantages. …

Should You Start a Business? 9 Ways to Know You Won't Be Happy Until You Do

Starting a business isn't just about making a living -- it's about doing so in the way that makes you happy.<p>Being an entrepreneur is hard, both physically and emotionally. Doubt, anxiety, despair -- along the way, every entrepreneur struggles with those feelings.<p>So why are entrepreneurs willing to …

Entrepreneurship

In the AI Age, “Being Smart” Will Mean Something Completely Different

Andrew Ng has likened artificial intelligence (AI) to electricity in that it will be as transformative for us as electricity was for our ancestors. I can only guess that electricity was mystifying, scary, and even shocking to them — just as AI will be to many of us. Credible scientists and research …

Artificial Intelligence

Lightweight prefab wood framing system goes together without nails

We do go on about how we love wood construction; it is the only building material that sequesters carbon for the life of the building. These days, …

Stanford study says fossil-fueled cars will vanish in 8 years as ‘big oil’ collapses

A new study published by Stanford University suggests that fossil-fueled cars will vanish within eight years – and citizens will have no choice but …

Google, Not the Government, Is Building the Future

One persistent criticism of Silicon Valley is that it no longer works on big, world-changing ideas. Every few months, a dumb start-up will make the news — most recently the one selling a $700 juicer — and folks outside the tech industry will begin singing I-told-you-sos.<p>But don’t be fooled by …

Artificial Intelligence