House Styles Around the World

Throughout human history, people have been fabricating shelters to fit their culture, climate, and surroundings. For many of us, a home is a four-walled building mounted on a permanent foundation. But across the globe, people define home in many ways, built from any number of locally-available materials in all sorts of regionally unique styles. Let’s look at […]

Deadly quake interrupts traffic, wrecks houses & causes blackout in Japan’s Osaka area (VIDEOS)

As well as killing at least three people and injuring hundreds, a powerful earthquake in the Osaka region has briefly brought chaos to local transportation systems and caused substantial damage to housing and infrastructure. The earthquake, measuring a magnitude 6.1, left a trail of destruction in its wake after striking the northern part of Osaka […]

Jordan Spieth rents two houses at The Masters, and it gives him a competitive edge

Ross Kinnaird/Getty Jordan Spieth rents two houses at The Masters, one for relaxing with family and friends and one for when he needs to focus or sleep.  It appears that most other golfers only rent one house.  Spieth followed this strategy in 2015 when he went on to win The Masters.  Jordan Spieth has a […]

Elon Musk’s Boring Company will sell Lego-like bricks that can be used to construct houses in just a few days

Rashid Umar Abbasi / Reuters Elon Musk’s Boring Company, a startup that wants to build an underground network of tunnels in Washington, DC and Los Angeles, plans to sell bricks made of its leftover rock. Musk tweeted on Monday that the bricks could be used to construct houses and other buildings. Other startups have developed […]

Why Japanese houses have such limited lifespans

EVERY 20 years in the eastern coastal Japanese city of Ise, the shrine, one of the country’s most venerated, is knocked down and rebuilt. The ritual is believed to refresh spiritual bonds between the people and the gods. Demolishing houses has no such lofty objective. Yet in Japan they have a similarly short life expectancy. […]

Police investigating suspicious package in Houses of Parliament, hours after similar incident

Police are investigating a suspicious package at Parliament. It comes just a day after a similar scare. “Police were called at 9.49am on Tuesday, 13 March to reports of a suspicious package at Norman Shaw Buildings, Victoria Embankment, Westminster,” a Metropolitan Police spokesperson said. “Specialist officers have been called and the package will be assessed. […]

Yelling at “scumbags”—inside the White House’s last gaming violence summit

Enlarge / “DEATHGAMES” is a wholly original character representing gaming’s image in certain corners. Image and concept (c) Ars Technica, All Rights Reserved. (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty) “I think the first words he said to me were something like, ‘What are we going to do with these scumbags?’” In the wake of a horrific […]