Category Archives: Lifestyle

Want a Lego-style home in just a few weeks?

PopUp House, located in France, offers a variety of kits for houses and offices which can be be built in less than a month.  Unlike typical U.S. style two-by-four home construction, the PopUp House has been intentionally designed to be assembled quickly using pre-formed parts and only a standard screwdriver.  This design choice offers the […]

These are the things that a food-poisoning expert doesn’t eat

Bill Marler, an attorney with 20 years of experience in food-poisoning litigation, fears these six foods the most. Source: These are the things that a food-poisoning expert doesn’t eat – Business Insider

Study: Agriculture must reduce methane emissions five-fold

When it comes to the causes of global warming and climate change, many of us picture billowing clouds of black, toxic smoke spewing from vehicles and factories.  However, a growing number of environmental experts is sounding the alarm that we should take immediate steps in altering our food production. Source: Study: Agriculture must reduce methane emissions five-fold – […]

“Mr. Fuller, Why would you build a round house?”

Round homes were the preferred choice of our ancient ancestors. Could they be making a comeback as we become more conscientious about efficiencies? Source: “Mr. Fuller, Why would you build a round house?” : TreeHugger

Zappos’ multimillionaire CEO explains why he lives in a trailer park with his two pet llamas – Yahoo Finance

  Zappos’ Founder,Tony Hsieh, moved from a luxury penthouse to a 240 square-foot trailer in a Las Vegas trailer park…intentionally…and has been happy ever since.  Read the article to find out why. Source: Zappos’ multimillionaire CEO explains why he lives in a trailer park with his two pet llamas – Yahoo Finance

Family Builds Greenhouse Around Entire Home, Saves Big on Heating Bills

This is about a family that lives in a bubble…a house inside a greenhouse to be exact.  What a great idea!  This is a project I’ve fantasized about building for years but I’m happy to say this family has beaten me to it.  With a durable enough greenhouse, the internal living quarters could be anything, even just […]

Naturalist David Attenborough says sun can save Earth – Yahoo News

David Attenborough, acclaimed nature documentary-maker, calls on the world’s governments to spend a fraction of their defense-related R&D budgets on making renewable energy so cheap that, in ten years , nobody will want to use fossil fuels anymore.  According to Attenborough, capturing only 1/5000th of the solar energy that falls on the earth and moon […]

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Would You Live in a Plastic House?

For years we’ve heard how bad plastics are for the environment supported by countless stories of landfills overflowing with plastics, deadly toxins and hormonal disruptors, and a huge floating island of plastic trash in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.   And now the plastic industry wants to build houses out of the stuff?  Is it time to break out the picket signs and start protesting?  Not so fast.  Apparently, these aren’t your grandfather’s plastics anymore.  According the American Chemistry Council, modern plastic building materials are much safer and efficient than their ancestors.  The Plastics Make It Possible campaign built an experimental 200-foot tiny house to demonstrate the many benefits of building with modern plastic materials, many already used in housing construction today.

Source: Would You Live in a Plastic House?

Think you want a tiny house? Businesses offer a tryout first – Yahoo Finance

Due to a rapidly increasing interest in tiny houses, some innovative businesses are offering potential buyers the chance to test the waters before investing. Source: Think you want a tiny house? Businesses offer a tryout first – Yahoo Finance

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Need a Brain Upgrade?  Do It Yourself!

 

Have you ever thought how nice it might be to clean the cobwebs from the old cranium and pop in a new, freshly upgraded brain?  If you thought your only recourse was to track down an evil brain-transplanting scientist, think again.   According to neuroscientist Sandrine Thuret in her recent TED Talk, you can do the brain exchange yourself by making a few simple lifestyle changes which enhance neurogenesis.