Inhabitat

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Looking for a better way to enjoy boating? Danish company Rand Boats has unveiled a sleek, minimalist motorboat that runs on an electric motor. See it here.

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Wired

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If everyone went 100 percent geothermal today, Earth’s store of thermal energy would still outlive the sun.

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The Next Web

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There are few things more soul-crushing than the dull white hue of fluorescent office lighting. Unfortunately, natural lighting isn’t always an option for offices stuck in the center of a large building, but Mitsubishi thinks it’s now able to create a convincing facsimile with a cleverly designed LED skylight that simulates daylight patterns. Of course, …

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The Guardian

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Locked down with your family? Want to impress the kids with a technique Canaletto used in 18th-century Venice? Our writer goes through the pinhole

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It's Nice That

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Based on the shapes of sailing, cycling, athletics, gymnastics, rowing and swimming, the six prints hark back to iconic Olympic designs of the 1960s.

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This is Colossal

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This week the Paris Musées added 100,000 digital copies of its artworks to the public domain, making them free and unrestricted for the public to download and use. From Claude Monet's “Setting Sun on the Seine at Lavacourt” to Paul Cézanne's “Portrait of Ambroise Vollard,” the collection contains wo

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Design Boom

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arctic bath, a new kind of floating cirular hotel and spa focusing on wellness, has now opened its doors on sweden's lule river.

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The Next Web

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In a post-apocalyptic future, what might happen to life if humans left the scene? After all, humans are very likely to disappear long before the sun expands into a red giant and exterminates all living things from the Earth. Assuming that we don’t extinguish all other life as we disappear (an unlikely feat in spite …

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Dezeen

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The Bauhaus had a huge impact on British architecture. Beyond Bauhaus curator, Pete Collard, picks four buildings that demonstrate the school's influence.

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Coolhunting

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From the tight medieval alleys of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter to Eixample’s carefully planned, uniquely shaped octangular blocks (the cut-off corners transform every intersection into more open plazas), Barcelona bursts with history, spirit, and inspiration—it’s a city that renders even the most fervent minimalist design lovers speechless and transforms them into romantics, with a little help from Gaudí and friends. In between the voluptuous, biomorphic, elaborate, and ornate Catalan takes on Art Nouveau (aka Modernisme), below are recommendations for where to stop and take a breath. For additional Barcelona take a look at our Word of Mouth: Barcelona guide from earlier this year and our personal notes on visiting the city.

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Design Boom

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architecture firm LAN has completed a monolithic minimum security prison in nanterre, france, clad in self-weathering steel sheets.

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Coolhunting

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Venice is a reality apart. Every time you arrive in the city you're catapulted into reflections on water and glass, too many tourists along small crowded streets, palazzos and alleys and gondolas. It's a place where senses are constantly stimulated. It's real, but somehow imaginary.

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Scientists say we are close to making fusion power a reality – but will it arrive in time to combat climate change?

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The Guardian

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The long read: Calculating the patterns and cycles of the past could lead us to a better understanding of history. Could it also help us prevent a looming crisis?

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