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The 7 Habit of Highly Effective People

The 7 Habit of Highly Effective People

We seriously love @FightMediocrity & The 7 Habit of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. Here's a distilled summary of this gem. #BeExtraordinary

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Growing A Jungle In My New York Apartment

Growing A Jungle In My New York Apartment

A model has created an oasis in the middle of New York City by cramming 500 plants into her apartment. Yep, we're into it ;-)

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Storytelling through VR

Storytelling through VR

Imagine leaving a stressful day behind and slipping into a magical forest of calming lights and sounds.

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Sensploration

Sensploration

People are hungry for experiences that stimulate their senses simultaneously. “The reality is, you cannot consider vision without also considering hearing; tasting without also thinking about smelling.”

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Flash Of Light

Flash Of Light

Mindy Yang and Michel Roudnitska on their olfactory art Installation for London's FutureFest.

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The Bow Tie-Clad 'Poison Squad'

The Bow Tie-Clad 'Poison Squad'

Why the FDA owes its existence to 12 men eating poisoned meals.

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This company is building houses from old plastic

This company is building houses from old plastic

New Zealand-based inventor and engineer Peter Lewis wanted to give used plastic a permanent purpose.

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Life of a Kumari Goddess

Life of a Kumari Goddess

Let's travel to Nepal to visit with the young girls whose feet never touch ground.

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Japanese Sake Guide: Dassai Brewery 日本酒蔵元 獺祭ツア

Japanese Sake Guide: Dassai Brewery 日本酒蔵元 獺祭ツア

John Daub learned about sake on an adventure across Japan.

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The Magical Porta Potty

The Magical Porta Potty

A series of epic surprises emerge from what appears to be a normal porta potty.

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Alan Watts on How to make Yourself a Better Person

Alan Watts on How to make Yourself a Better Person

Philosopher, writer, and speaker Alan Watts shares his thoughts on how we can be better. Spend just over 10 minutes to recharge and feel deeply inspired...

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A Song of Ice and Fire

A Song of Ice and Fire

"A Song of Ice and Fire" is a tribute to Game of Thrones, based on the book series. Learn how to make this cocktail. 

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After watching this, your brain will not be the same

After watching this, your brain will not be the same

Dr. Lara Boyd describes how neuroplasticity gives you the power to shape the brain you want. 

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Inside Paris’ Secret Archive of Architectural Antiques

Inside Paris’ Secret Archive of Architectural Antiques

Hundreds of antique wood panels lie stacked against the walls of a glass-roofed warehouse just north of Paris’ Champs-Élysées. Beside them are shelves laden with cornices and sculptures.

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Thoughts at 3 A.M.

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On Building New Worlds

On Building New Worlds

As the production designer on such seminal films as The Crow, Fight Club, and Minority Report, Alex McDowell created what he calls “future realities”—gathering real information from laboratories, corporations, architects, and urban planning to envision worlds that don’t yet exist but one day very well might. 

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A Guide to Tasting Wine: the 5 S’s

A Guide to Tasting Wine: the 5 S’s

The standard tasting has 5 steps which involve the sense of sight, smell, taste, and somehow even touch. To make them easier to remember, they are often called “the 5 S’s”.

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The Art of Quilling

The Art of Quilling

Quilling Card, rooted in Vietnam, has been incredibly fortunate to assemble a team of women who have become passionate about the art of quilling.

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How To Tie a Sarong or Pareo

How To Tie a Sarong or Pareo

With a simple piece of fabric and a few strategically placed knots, you'll be looking like a beach goddess in no time on your next holiday. Christine Kobzeff shows us 18 stylish ways to wear a sarong.

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How to set a table

How to set a table

Improve your party hosting skills with three quick and easy ways to set a table.

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Insect Stings Ranked

Insect Stings Ranked

One passionate entomologist poetically describes and ranks over 70 species' painful stings.

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2,000 Pigeons with LEDs Light Up the New York City Skyline

2,000 Pigeons with LEDs Light Up the New York City Skyline

The artist Duke Riley sets two thousand homing pigeons, outfitted with L.E.D. lights, into motion across the New York City skyline. 

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This machine folds your laundry

This machine folds your laundry

FoldiMate makes the worst part about laundry a breeze. It fits right next to your washer and dryer and folds your clothes for you.

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Sound art imagines a different kind of zen garden

Sound art imagines a different kind of zen garden

Shanghai-born artist Jingying (Eric) Jiang developed the installation, Path, which lets users use perform classic raking movements with a sensor-enabled wooden rake.

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Classical Paintings as Part of Contemporary Life

Classical Paintings as Part of Contemporary Life

For his ongoing series “Art History in Contemporary Life,” Ukrainian artist Alexey Kondakov takes scenes and figures lifted from classical paintings and drops them into modern-day life.

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This reimagined wheelbarrow is revolutionary

This reimagined wheelbarrow is revolutionary

The Hippo Water Roller is used to gather water in developing countries. It was designed by two South Africans who grew up in rural areas.

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Every Noise at Once

Every Noise at Once

The story of music is the story of connections between genres and artists and eras. What does “mellow gold” sound like and how does it relate to r&b, rockabilly, and “pinoy alternative”? Discover and explore these musical relationships at Every Noise at Once by Glenn McDonald, a comprehensive map of every genre of music, including notable practitioners of each genre.

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How to make the smoke bomb?

How to make the smoke bomb?

One of the coolest tricks we know is this "smoke bomb": Fill an ice ball with smoke, only to smash it open over your cocktail. 

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In a World of Mixed Reality

In a World of Mixed Reality

Windows Holographic enables a world of mixed reality – where devices work together – regardless of whether they are developed for virtual reality, augmented reality, or anything in-between.

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Surfing in One of the Most Hostile Environments on Earth

Surfing in One of the Most Hostile Environments on Earth

Konstantin Kokorev, Sergey Rasshivaev, and Nikolay Rahmatov ride the wave in Russia’s Murmansk region.

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Why We Love The Smell Of Old Books

Why We Love The Smell Of Old Books

There are certain strange smells that always seem to get us--old books, summer rain, gasoline....?! While they can be attached to fond memories, there's more going on here. Trace breaks down the intoxicating chemistry behind several of our favorite funky aromas.

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On the Rise, Micro-Apartments

On the Rise, Micro-Apartments

All over the country (and world), micro-apartment developments are springing up. This micro-apartment is the future of city living.

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Wild flowers and herbs of Sardinia

Wild flowers and herbs of Sardinia

If you were to travel to the island of Sardinia by sea, it would become evident to you of its unique eco-system. The climate and the rich soil are what makes these scents would travel out on the breeze to greet you...

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Have you tried kombucha?

Have you tried kombucha?

Kombucha is any of a variety of fermented, lightly effervescent sweetened black or green tea drinks that are commonly intended as functional beverages for their supposed health benefits. Kombucha is produced by fermenting tea using a "symbiotic 'colony' of bacteria and yeast" (SCOBY).

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A visit to India

A visit to India

Inspired by Wes Anderson’s film Darjeeling Limited, David Dworkind wen to India. 

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Mint Julep, The official Kentucky Derby Recipe

Mint Julep, The official Kentucky Derby Recipe

Each year, almost 120,000 Mint Juleps are served over the two-day period of Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby weekend at Churchill Downs Racetrack. Here's the official recipe.

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