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The Designer's Guide to Dressing Up Your Small Space

While some people associate small space living with sacrificing style, we here at Domino know that small spaces really just imply a more creative …

Small Spaces

The reasons why food tastes better in a bowl than on a plate

There were only three uses for the blue and white Pfaltzgraf bowls that filled my family’s kitchen cabinets when I was growing up—soup, breakfast cereal, and ice cream. Okay, maybe the occasional chili night. Everything else—pasta, casseroles, roast chicken—we ate off of large dinner plates, offset …

Japanese Food

How Trump Is Shaking Up the Book Industry

America’s literary bubble is rethinking its identity.<p>Donald Trump’s election victory plunged America’s elite, liberal and coastal circles into an identity crisis, as journalists and pundits who had been so sure of a Trump loss grappled with charges of insularity and willful disregard. They penned …

Books

Personal Finance and the 80/20 Principle

Several years ago, I had a brief period where I looked at my life through the “80/20 principle,” which culminated on The Simple Dollar with this …

Personal Finance

7 Times You're Actually Just Hoarding When You're Trying to Organize

We've all been there. It's almost springtime and after a long winter spent indoors, you're ready to get your home nice and clutter-free for the warm …

Hoarding

No hugging: are we living through a crisis of touch?

Strokes and hugs are being edged out of our lives, with doctors, teachers and colleagues increasingly hesitant about social touching. Is this hypervigilance of boundaries beginning to harm our mental health?<p>When did you last touch someone outside your family or intimate relationship? I don’t mean a …

Immune System

Lost Art Of Bending Over: How Other Cultures Spare Their Spines

To see if you're bending correctly, try a simple experiment.<p>"Stand up and put your hands on your waist," says Jean Couch, who has been helping people get out of back pain for 25 years at her studio in Palo Alto, Calif.<p>"Now imagine I've dropped a feather in front of your feet and asked to pick it …

Pain
Demonstration

The science of sex differences is nothing for feminists to be afraid of

<i>The feminist project has been worn down by the anti-scientific attempt to sweep sex differences under the rug. Let’s acknowledge the science and move on to more interesting debates.</i><p>In 1949, Simone de Beauvoir published an elegant book that made waves with its famous claim that one is not born a …

A Race Against Time to Excavate an Ancient African Civilization

Archaeologists in Nubia are struggling against erosion, desertification, and government plans to develop the land.<p>In 1905, British archaeologists descended on a sliver of eastern Africa, aiming to uncover and extract artifacts from 3,000-year-old temples. They left mostly with photographs, …

Archaeology

Rise and Fall of the Mighty Minoans

Perhaps the inspiration for Atlantis, Minoan civilization born on the island of Crete spread throughout the Mediterranean before it mysteriously collapsed.<p>In the epic poem <i>The</i> <i>Odyssey,</i>the Greek poet Homer praised an island that lies “out in the wine-dark sea . . . a rich and lovely sea-girt land, …

Expert Advice: How to Become a Minimalist, by the Author of “Goodbye, Things”

Minimalism has lots of rules: Do this, don’t do that; keep this, throw everything else out. Which is why we were happy to come across <i>Goodbye, Things:</i> …

Minimalism

The Era of Quantum Computing Is Here. Outlook: Cloudy

Quantum computers should soon be able to beat classical computers at certain basic tasks. But before they’re truly powerful, researchers have to …

This Startup Wants to Neutralize Your Phone—and Un-change the World

Late last fall, in the gleaming white lobby of Madison Square Garden, uniformed attendants were posted at security stations to make thousands of …

The Japanese words for “space” could change your view of the world

When you are the first person to arrive in a meeting room, do you think of it as being empty or full?<p>If you were raised in the West, a meeting room is made for people to meet. Therefore, if there are no people in that room, then of course it must be empty. As philosopher Henk Oosterling remarks, in …

A philosopher of sex says sexual freedom is destroying desire

Philosophers claim to explore the most fundamental features of existence, but have been disappointingly silent on one all-important subject: Sex.<p>Sure, Michel Foucault addressed the sociological discourses around sex and Simone de Beauvoir definitively demonstrated the value of sexual equality, but …

Philosophy

William James Makes a Lesson Plan for Himself | Paul J. Croce

The lure of the ancients suggested to William James some ways to use his education, but where would that education lead—what particular intellectual …

Philosophy
Biology

Western philosophy asks, “What is being?” Japanese philosophy asks, “What is nothingness?”

Academic philosophy departments in the West tend to teach a neat, white canon: Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche etc. Those who want to study Eastern thinkers typically have to head to the East Asian studies department.<p>This closed-mindedness …

Japan

The global dominance of white people is thanks to the potato

In his economic masterwork <i>The Wealth of Nations</i>, the great Scottish economist Adam Smith reveals himself to be a deep admirer of Irish poor folk. Or, more specifically, their preferred food, potatoes.<p>“The chairmen, porters, and coal-heavers in London, and those unfortunate women who live by …

World History

Bill Gates has read nearly all 37 books by this scientist — here are 7 of his favorites

This pick should come as no surprise — Gates has not been shy about his admiration of Smil's work. On his Gates Notes blog, he said he had read nearly all of Smil's 37 books, most of which delve into topics like food production, energy, public policy, and the environment.<p>"The truth is, I'd read …

Bill Gates

Happy With Less: What You Need to Know About Minimalist Living

<i>While some get off on having all the latest and greatest products, more millennials are seeing who can make do with very little. Angela Waters speaks</i> …

Minimalism

Never Use Futura

It could have been <i>Never Use Comic Sans</i>. Or <i>Never Use Arial.</i> Or—dare I write it?—<i>Never Use Helvetica</i>. Instead, Douglas Thomas chose Futura.<p>An entire …

What Happens If China Makes First Contact?

As America has turned away from searching for extraterrestrial intelligence, China has built the world’s largest radio dish for precisely that purpose.<p>Last January, the Chinese Academy of Sciences invited Liu Cixin, China’s preeminent science-fiction writer, to visit its new state-of-the-art radio …

UC Berkeley

Post-war home in Kyoto brilliantly renovated to blend modernity with tradition

Japanese architecture is known for its minimalist sophistication and this beautiful renovation of a pre-war home in Kyoto is a shining example. …

Disneyland with the Death Penalty

<b>We sent William Gibson to Singapore to see whether that clean dystopia represents our techno future.</b><p>"It's like an entire country run by Jeffrey …

This Prehistoric "Masterpiece" Could Rewrite The History of Ancient Greek Art

It was hidden under millennia of dirt.<p>It didn't look like much at first. A small piece of stone, just 3.6 centimetres (1.4 inches) in length, …

The Rock Solid History of Concrete

The story of concrete is so ancient that we don't even know when and where it begins. It is a story of discovery, experimentation, and mystery. Emperors and kings became legends for erecting great concrete structures, some of which are still a mystery to engineers today. Many of history's most …

Engineering

“One Hour, One Camera, One Lens”

This photography project is directly inspired by my usage of the Fujifilm X-Pro2 camera and the need to return to the basics of photography in all …

FUJIFILM

The secret origin story of the iPhone

An exclusive excerpt from The One Device<p><i>This month marks 10 years since Apple launched the first iPhone, a device that would fundamentally transform how we interact with technology, culture, and each other. Ahead of that anniversary,</i> Motherboard <i>editor Brian Merchant embarked on an investigation to</i> …

Computer Science