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Women Think Better in Warmer Rooms, Study Suggests

While the study hasn’t been completely conclusive, recent findings have suggested that women think better in warmer rooms while men work better in lower temperatures ones.

Such findings may cause workplaces to think more deeply about their room temperatures and the effect it has on employees’ productivity.

The study occurred in Berlin where 542 students were recruited by researchers to take math, cognition, and verbal tests. Forty percent of the participants were female. First, the tests were taken in a room kept at 61.14 F, but then they were taken in another room at 90.63 F.

Overall, the women performed better on math and verbal tests in the warmer room while the men did better on those tests in the colder room. However, the cognitive tests were unaffected by temperature.

Warmer is better for everyone

“Our findings suggest that gender-mixed workplaces may be able to increase productivity by setting the thermostat higher than current standards,” the authors wrote.

Study co-author Agne Kajackaite, head of the Ethics and Behavioral Economics research group at WZB Berlin Social Science Center, told Newsweek: “There have been many studies showing that women prefer higher indoor temperatures than men. However, nobody looked at the effect of these differences in comfort on performance.

“We show that the battle for the thermostat is not just about comfort. It is much more—in our experiment, women’s cognitive functioning is the best at high temperatures, whereas men’s [is] at low temperatures. Importantly, the positive effect of increased temperatures on women’s performance is much stronger than the negative effect on men.”

Kajackaite continued: “This is just the first study looking at the effects of temperature on cognitive performance by gender. We ran the experiment with a homogeneous sample at a German university. More research looking at different groups—age, educational background, country—and different cognitive tasks is needed.”

Wouter Van Marken Lichtenbelt, a professor of ecological energetics and health at Maastricht University who has also published research on body temperature, told Newsweek that the study was written as if men had an opposite response to that of women, but “there is not one statistically significant effect observed in the data of the men.”

Wei Luo, a Ph.D. student at Maastricht University working with van Marken Lichtenbelt, confessed that the methods used were not wholly sufficient as the order of the different tests was fixed and the participants could have simply been tired. “This makes comparison between tests difficult,” said LuoHe.

The paper also lacked any information concerning participants’ clothes or the length of the tests, said van Marken Lichtenbelt, and this information could have had a significant impact on the results.

However, the results still strongly suggest that offices would be more productive if they slightly increased their room temperatures, agreed Van Marken Lichtenbelt, who also did a study in 2015 that found that exposures to temperatures outside our comfort zone could affect things like diabetes and obesity.

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Could We Put AC Units To Better Environmental Use?

When you feel the heat of the sun beating down on you and your home, the last thing you want to do is just sit and sweat. Rather than perspire until we expire, most of us do what you would be expected: you put on the AC unit.

But, rising energy costs and rising worries about the impact of such hardware on the environment leaves us with both financial and moral considerations. However, despite being vilified by some, air conditions could play a more active, meaningful role in turning around atmospheric carbon dioxide: some believe we could use it as a source of fuel.

This problem has been one that is spoken about on a regular basis. Excess carbon dioxide in the air is not a good thing. It can be used for numerous things, such as for pumping into a greenhouse to feed plants or feed the growth of trees. However, we could also find other uses for it – including the potential for turning atmospheric carbon dioxide into a fuel.

The ideas been going around for some time and could be delivered in the near future. Analytical scientists have started to argue that using AC units that can pull in the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and turn it into fuel could be a goer. These would be hugely useful for solving excess carbon dioxide in the air, and for dealing with rising energy bills.

This would be a much more effective alternative to using things like fossil fuels to help power our lifestyles. For many, it would be the perfect antidote to both stabilizing the cost of living and in making a more conscious effort to help the environment.

Is this going to be possible?

Sadly, for now, it’s more theory than a possibility. It’s still something that is being worked on. Thankfully, major names such a Climeworks, Siemens AG and various other firms, such as Green Energy, are getting involved in correcting this issue.

More resources are going into the creation of this kind of green tech, which could go a long way to making sure we have more of an opportunity to stop such needles wastage moving forward.

According to researchers on the project, the aim would be to create a system that is going to separately capture the CO2 from the air and then isolate the hydrogen from the water. This would then be used to produce the fuels needed.

The challenge, then, is creating a system that can do all of this at once. While it’s apparently not difficult to do in theory, the practice is seemingly a fair bit tougher.

It’ll be interesting, then, to see what comes next. If these were able to be created, then we could be producing enough fuel to help run many cities, according to research in the Nature Communications journal.

With the need for more renewable forms of fuel that can also cut down on our production of carbon, this could be a fantastic solution to turn the tide in the battle for a healthier planet.

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A Spring-Cleaning Guide for Cat Parents

Spring is here, and we all know what that means – spring cleaning!

It’s time to move the couches, see what’s growing behind the dresser, and get into every nook and cranny of your house. It’s also a great time to get into all your cat’s toys, beds, carriers, and more, and here are some tips to help you start!

Deep Clean Everything

First off, you definitely need to get in the habit of washing your cat’s bedding regularly – every week, even, if you can. Just as we should be washing our sheets weekly, cats need a clean place to lay as well!

You’ll want to make sure that the cat bed you have is easy to remove and wash. It’s even better if you use blankets and pads and such so that you have somewhere for your cat to sleep while its bed is being washed. Be sure you use unscented detergent as cats are averse to scented laundry soap.

We also often never think to wash our cat’s toys, but these also could use a deep cleaning this spring. You can place plastic ones on the top rack of your dishwasher or hand wash them with mild soap. If they’re catnip toys, it’s probably time to throw them out anyway, so you’d be wise to replace them with refillable catnip toys that last much longer – you’ll be able to wash and refill them!

And then there are the carriers. I know we usually don’t pull these out very often – maybe just to take a trip once a year and then those visits to the vet. So, it’s not very dirty, right? But think – when is the last time that you washed it? Have you ever washed it?

This spring, it’s probably about time you took it outside and scrubbed it down with warm, soapy water. If you want to really disinfect it with bleach, dilute one ounce of bleach in a quart of water, and be sure to wash it off thoroughly.

Of course, if you have carriers with fabric or cushions, it’s a bit more complicated, but usually, you can place those in the washing machine or wash them by hand. Remember, only unscented detergent!

Get Organized

Now you’re ready to enter spring with all of your cat belongings fresh and clean. It’s time to get organized:

  • If you live in a warm climate, this should already be taken care of, but if not, spring is the time to get your cat ready for flea and tick season with some prevention.
  • When is the last time your cat had a check-up? Make sure you are up-to-date on your vet visits and vaccines.
  • Maybe you’ve never thought to check the expiration dates on your cat food, but their food expires too. Look through your pantry, and toss any expired items.
  • Does your cat have a microchip implant? Is the ID up-to-date? Or is the number and address on its collar correct?

Spring Saftey

Last but not least, if you love your cat, you won’t want it to be able to get itself into any dangerous situations.

This means checking your windows and screens and repairing any holes or damage, paring your cleaning products down to just what is safe for cats, and perusing your yard to make sure that all of the plants you have are safe for cats. And be sure you don’t track any of the insecticides inside. Safety first, and happy spring!

Spring is here, and we all know what that means – spring cleaning!

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Alibaba And Meituan Racing for The Food Delivery Service Industry

As of late, fast, affordable delivery of food has become a life-changing event for many working people in China, although there are plenty of others who prefer to prepare their own food.  Many people in the working class do not have time to pick up fresh ingredients from their local stores.

This has brought about many startup companies as well as larger companies trying to create home-cooked meals that are easy to prepare and very affordable for those with very busy lifestyles by sending fresh vegetables and meats directly to their doors.

Huge Market Growing

According to the fresh grocery sector in China, there was a total of 4.93 trillion yuan or $730 billion, total sales last year alone.  The growth has steadily grown from 3.37 trillion yuan in 2012 according to the data collected by Euromonitor and Hua Chuang Securities.

Most of these transactions are taking place inside the wet markets and supermarkets.  Online retail has only accounted for 3% of the total sales in 2016 and shows there is plenty of room for growth.

Alibaba and JD.com who are e-commerce leaders have already incorporated groceries to their online shopping malls, along with established markets that are focused on players like Tencent-backed MissFresh, which has raised $1.4 billion to date.

Adding to these numbers, the field has become even more crowded with the entrance of Meituan which is a Tencent-backed food delivery service and hotel booking mega giant that has raised $4.2 billion in the Hong Kong listing last year.

Meituan Maicai is a new app along with Meituan grocery shopping which are both separated from the company’s all-in-one app.  They entered Shanghai in January and then pushed their way into Beijing last week.  This move followed Maicai’s announcement back in mid-2028 to get a strong hold on the market of grocery delivery.

According to TechCrunch, Meituan has a plan for taking the grocery delivery market to a much higher level which is very much like the other players in this field.

Users can choose from 1,500 items in stock ranging from yogurt to pork loin. They can fill their in-app shopping carts and pay using their phones.  Then, the company will dispatch their delivery fleets to people’s doors within as little as 30 minutes.

Intricate Infrastructure

The fast delivery is possible using satellites of physical service stations stretching across neighborhoods that serve warehousing, packaging, and delivery purposes.  Placing offline hubs along with customers, allows data-driven internet firms to increase warehouse stocking, based on local user’s preferences.  In other words, those who are living in an upscale area probably eat and shop differently from those in other areas of the city.

Meituan’s incursion into the grocery shopping world has intensified its battle with Alibaba to have control over how people in China eat.  Alibaba’s Hema Supermarket has a similar setup that uses neighborhood stores as warehouses and fulfillment centers to be able to delivery within 30 minutes within a set radius.

For many years now, Meituan’s food delivery has been battling neck and neck with Ele.me which Alibaba purchased last year.  Both Alibaba and Meituan are now focusing on restaurants to get them to sign up for their proprietary software which could give owners more insight into diners and increase customer awareness.

Although Meituan wants to be the “everything” app, it has tried several new initiatives that will lead to public offerings but has been known to put them on hold in a short period of time.  This firm acquired the bike-sharing service Mobike last April but in under a year, they shut it down, due to costs.  They also placed a hold on their much-anticipated ride-hailing business.

Putting it in their word words, Meituarn’s eating business seems to be at the heart of this company.  It seems they are tapping their existing infrastructure by reaching their goals summoning its food delivery drivers to serve groceries during peak hours.  As of last year, the company noted their earnings and the grocery field could leverage its massive user base creating the largest intra-city on-demand delivery network.

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Training Your Cat to Love the Carrier

Our world is full of tragedies and emergency situations, but we often have the tendency to think, “Yea, but that will never happen to me.” Sadly, that thought deters us from preparing for whatever may come our way.

It’s always in your best interest to think about your family and your pets in the event of an emergency. One key factor with a quick evacuation is being able to get your cat into the carrier without a fight. It’s because of this small detail that pets are so often left behind, never to find their families again when disaster strikes.

It’s so crucial to begin training your cat now to head straight to their carriers or kennels in case of emergency situations. That means it must be a place of safety and comfort to them. There are various ways to do this, depending on your cat’s preferences and personality, but there are some universally common ways that almost always work.

Get a Comfortable Carrier or Kennel

You may have to go through a few trial and errors to find a carrier that your cat likes, but it’s always best to have a hard-sided kennel even though it may not seem like the most comfortable. You can always begin the process with a cozier one, such as the Sleepypod.

Not only is the Sleepybod luxuriously comfortable, but it’s easy to clean and take apart. The top is easily removable, and the interior can be removed and placed easily in the washer. You can even add a bed warmer! Make sure that the carrier is always open and accessible so that it seems safe and protected to your cat.

Once you’ve found the carrier for you and your cat, here are some ways to make it even more appealing:

Use Treats

You know your cat better than anyone else, what it will do literally anything to get, whether it’s a delicious treat or its favorite toy. Whatever it may be, use that item to coax your cat into the carrier, and give it as a reward once he or she is in. Make sure you only make this item available within the carrier. Never trap him inside, but let him explore and get comfortable at his own pace, keeping the reinforcement positive.

Drape a Towel Across the Carrier

You know how cats absolutely love cardboard boxes? They enjoy carriers in almost the same way, so draping a towel over the carrier can help encourage your cat to go inside.

Feed Your Cat in the Carrier

This doesn’t always catch on, so don’t force it. However, when it does work, it works marvelously. Place the cat’s food towards the back of the carrier so that he has to enter to be fed.

Never Use the Carrier as Punishment

Your cat needs to only view the carrier as somewhere he is safe and comfortable, so never use it as a place to trap him when he’s behaved badly. Cats just don’t learn by punishment, and this will only result in making him afraid to go into the carrier. Therefore, the carrier will be the last place he’ll want to go in the event of an emergency – or even just to get to the vet!

You’ll be making life a lot easier for you, your family, and your cat if you use these tips to train your cat to love the carrier.

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Google Maps Will Tell You About Speed Traps

Who hasn’t been rolling along, not paying much attention to your speeds, and seen the familiar blue lights or the flash of a speed trap camera?  Now you’ve got a speeding ticket, complete with fines and points on your license.  While posted speeds are law, we frequently treat them like suggestions and pay the price.

Google has decided to give the average driver a hand with its new feature; it displays the speed limit of any road you are on as well as just how fast you are traveling.  These guides will be shown on the lower left side of your Google map app.

Want more?  Google has devised a way of warning drivers audibly that they are approaching a speed trap, giving them time to tap the brakes and slow down before they see the flashing lights behind them.

The Google feature isn’t a new concept, but it was provided exclusively to certain locales, such as Rio De Janeiro and the San Francisco Bay areas, who have enjoyed the tech for a year.

Available In These Countries:

Mashable has researched a claim first leaked by the Android Police and can confirm that speed limit and speed traveled alerts will be available in Denmark, the US, and the UK.  Speed camera alerting will be available for drivers in India, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Indonesia, Russia, the US, Mexico, and the UK.

Google has historically had to rely on drivers to send speed trap alerts, but this new Maps offering will allow drivers to see them in real time while using the app.

Waze is a popular mapping app that offers speed trap alerts, making it more user-friendly than Google maps. Google took over Waze in 2013, buying the company for around $1 billion USD.   Users wished that Google maps had the feature, but for nearly five years, they didn’t seem inclined to incorporate the upgrade.

These alerts will not only save drivers from costly speeding mistakes but will also keep the roads safer for everyone.

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Spend Your Valentines In The Most Romantic Cities

Valentine’s day is upon us! You may think that you have the perfect Valentine’s day celebration planned out for your partner, but you might want to reconsider your location. An exclusive list of the most romantic destinations in the world was just released by Spa Seekers, and you may be surprised to find what the top city on this list is.

In order to construct this list, Spa Seekers examined 66 famous cities around the world, rating these cities on how romantic they are. The index score on this site is a combination of five factors including the city in which you are most likely to be proposed to based on hashtags like #isaidyes #heproposed and #engage.

The site also studied the marriage rates in each of these cities, the rate of sexual activity in each city based on a study done on 450,000 adults, the scene of LGBT dating based on a global study done by Nestpick, and how many people feel romantic in these cities, based on social media updates.

Based on these metrics, Spa Seekers concluded that New York City trumps all when it comes to romance.

Highest Number Of Marriage Proposals

According to the site, New York comes out as the world’s most romantic city with an index score of 46.4 of 50. According to Instagram data, the Big Apple has seen the highest number of marriage proposals over the past six months, and it was rated 5 out of 5 as the world’s best city for LGBT dating.

Amazing Cityscape Views

New York also has the 4th highest marriage rate in the world and is the 9th most sexually active city. There are several picturesque locations to go on dates like Central Park, for instance, or the Empire State Building, from where you can catch the amazing cityscape views.

Thanks to the 1,813 Instagram posts tagging it as a location, and the numerous marriage proposals over the last six months, London comes in as a close second. It is also the 4th most sexually active city in the world.

The rest of the list includes some more predictable locations like Paris, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berlin, Miami, Melbourne, and Sydney. Once you’ve chosen your location, you could always raise the stakes by booking one of the world’s most romantic hotels, and crossing your fingers that your partner accepts your proposal!

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Check It Out: 10 Surprising Elevators

A lot can happen in an elevator – or very little. Typically, it’s one of the most boring parts of your days – especially if you work in a high-rise or live in an apartment building. Sometimes you’re stuck in there alone from the first floor to the very top with nothing to do in this small, enclosed space.

Other times, you get stuck in there for such a duration with someone you know but never talk to. Welcome to five minutes of awkward silence or hesitant pleasantries.

Don’t get me wrong, the elevator is much better than walking up all those flights of stairs, but at times it can also be hugely inconvenient – if it’s one of those elevators that never seems to work – or just plain boring or awkward.

That is, until you get on one of these twenty elevators designed by some unique people who were tired of the typical elevator experience.

Check it out:

1) To keep the elderly patients from feeling anxious or, worse, running away, this long-term care facility for the elderly thought making the elevators into a mural would be a good idea.

Now, it just looks like a warm, inviting scene!

2) This designer must have been wishing for a snow day and decided to make his own. Step into a winter wonderland with evergreens and snow angels. It feels like Christmas every time you need to go up or down!

3) Wait, where are the buttons? Don’t worry; you’re not trapped. Just look down, and kick instead of pushing buttons, like any ordinary elevator would have you do.

Maybe get some of that pent up anger out while you’re at it, too!

4) This designer had emergency situations in mind. What an inventive way to take care of medical emergencies that cause one to land on the ground, unable to rise!

The alarm button located by the floor is accessible in any situation.

5) Now we’re going from winter wonderland to the tropics. Dive into this elevator that seems to take you under the sea as it’s surrounded by a giant aquarium.

I’d never take the stairs again in this German building.

6) The elevator up to the top of the World Trade Centre is one-of-a-kind.

While you’re in the clear elevator, you’re also getting a clear picture of the architectural evolution of the city as you head up.

7) If you’re self-conscious about your weight, you may want to take the stairs instead of this elevator.

The elevator provides a digital visual aid to alert its riders of how close it is to reaching its weight capacity. Smart!

8) Now this is probably my personal favorite. The button is located 30 feet away from the elevator so that, by the time you arrive at the doors, it should be ready to receive you!

Good for impatient, always-in-a-rush people like me.

9) Whether you struggle with memory loss or you can’t even remember what day it is after what just happened last night, this hotel in Ukraine has got your back.

Every morning, they change the elevator rug to let riders know what day it is.

10) Now this is a bit hilarious; I wonder what prompted the need for a “shuffle” button in an elevator.

The elderly? Indecisive people? Who knows! Definitely the first time I’ve had the option to shuffle off of an elevator without getting stuck in the doors.

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Vietnam’s Highly Anticipated Golden Bridge Opens

We know what you’re thinking, and the answer is no – this isn’t a scene from a fantasy movie. This golden woven thread bridge held up by a colossal pair of hands overlooking the mountains is located in central Vietnam.

Nicknamed “The Hands of God”,  and nestled in the densely forested Ba Na Hills, Vietnam’s officially named Golden Bridge has attracted throngs of tourists since it opened in June this year. It seems like the purpose to design a structure to evoke the image of the giant hands of God, pulling a strip of gold out of the land was achieved when the shimmering structure, set more than 3,280 feet above sea level, was opened to the public.

The bridge is 150-meters long and passes through a picturesque mountside. It is held up by two weathered hands which although appear to be stone, are in fact made from a combination of steel mesh, concrete and covered with fiberglass.

The scenic Ba Na Hills was first established by French colonists in 1919 and is located near Danang on Vietnam’s central coast. At one point in time, it boasted some 200 villas, but only a few ruins remain today. The Hills are renown for its cobbled streets, a Fantasy Park, and a French-style village, and attracted 2.7 million visitors last year alone according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism. The walkway extends over the treetops from the edge of a leafy cliff face and offers visitors uninterrupted views of the landscape beneath.

According to the BBC, plans are in the works to build an adjoining silver bride that would resemble God’s strand of hair. The area was formerly the site of an American base during the Vietnam War and is now a vacation hot spot. The unique mix of city, beach, and mountains draw many tourists to the area: China Beach for fresh seafood and good waves; Marble Mountains for exploring temples and caves; and the city itself for a burgeoning culinary scene.

The bridge is reported to have cost the Vietnamese government a titanic USD $2 billion and was designed by TA Landscape Architecture in Ho Chi Minh City.

We know what you’re thinking, and the answer is no – this isn’t a scene from a fantasy movie. This golden woven thread bridge held up by a colossal pair of hands overlooking the mountains is located in central Vietnam.
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Must Watch: World’s Biggest Underground Bike Parking

Bikes are the future. Actually, they are the present in many places around the globe. One problem all bike owners still have is bike parking. They get too full, too quick and then go figure where to secure your bike. Watch the video below.

In Holland, improvements are being made for bike owners.The world’s biggest underground bike parking opened at a Dutch city called Utrecht. This underground parking center provides security for bike owners.

The parking center has three floors and it can cater up to 6000 bikes(!!!). Utrecht authorities keep expanding the parking lot and they promised that by the end of the year (2018) it would be able to house up to 12500 bikes.

This is the rent-by-hour bike service, also located in the new underground bike parking. The bikes are being readied for their underground journey to their new rent center.

Take a look at this massive bike rack. 

Like a car park, but smaller, healthier and cooler.

This parking center is open 24/7, so people can come at any time to park their bike here. For the first 24 hours parking is free for those people who are the users of public transport chip.

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The Hoover Dam Miracle

As one of the most impressive engineering feats of its day, the Hoover Dam has long been one of the most important structures of its kind. A powerful solution for producing power and managing the city resources, the Hoover dam plays a huge role in the region. However, it’s power is something that few people can appreciate. A whopping 1200ft tall, the Hoover dam is a monolithic creation that is truly one of the most impressive dams in the world. It holds back the Colorado River and uses its power to help create a much more manageable water flow.

However, when people go to visit dams, it’s rarely to just admire their architectural marvel – there’s usually a little more to it. People love to experiment with them, to see what they are like when you do anything from throw a ball down to pour some water in.

Creative Experiments

For Leslie Hutchings, the aim was to go to the top of the Hoover Dam and then drop some water out of a bottle all the way down. When she opened the bottle, though, the water didn’t float down as you would expect – it floated upwards, towards the sky, defying any kind of conventional gravitational knowledge that we have.

Trying again and again, the water continued to just flow upward, not down – a freak of nature, surely unrepeatable, right?

Against Nature

Many videos exist of people doing this unique trick, with everyone failing to see the water flow down where it should. All that happens is that the pourer gets hit in the face with a nice spray of water – good to cool you down, I guess! No matter what people seemed to be using, from a bottle of water to a construction hat, the same thing would happen each and every time.

According to scientists, it’s because of the curvature of the dam that creates an upward drift thanks to the wind and air hitting the face of the dam. Despite the fact you cannot feel the draft yourself, it’s enough to force the water back towards you instead of down as you would expect.

If you ever wind up at the Hoover Dam, and you should definitely try to go look at it, take a look at what happens when you try it yourself. If you get the water to go down the way, we’ll be pretty damn impressed!

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Want To Live in America and Enjoy Canada’s Universal Health Insurance? Buy This House!

A property with entrances both from the American and Canadian side is up for sale. Customs officials and border police allow tenants to move freely inside the house as long as they stay inside or in the yard. What happens if you want to go outside?

Most people who live in a number of countries simultaneously usually have a lot of miles of their frequent flier card. Yet, there is one place on the border between the Us and Canada that enables tenants to live in both countries simultaneously, without leaving the comfort of your home.

The house is located between Beebe Plain, Vermont and Stanstead, Quebec and is now up for sale. The property, built in 1782 is 3,010 square feet is currently divided into five different units.

A Merchant’s House

The property known in the area as “Old Stone Store” was built by a merchant who wanted to sell agricultural product in Vermont and Quebec. The current owners who are in their 70’s inherited it 40 years ago. They have a dual Canadian and American citizenship and are hoping to sell the property and move to Ontario and be closer to their grandchildren.

The property is listed for $109,000 (USD) but needs about $600,000 invested in renovation. But, as the owners found out, it isn’t easy to sell a house situated on the border of two countries. Even if they are very close and friendly neighbors like the US and Canada.

Life on the Border

According to the residents, Brian and Joan DuMoulin who have grown accustomed to living on the border says that it used to be something natural and normal, but the days of crossing the border without being noticed are over. DuMoulin states 9/11 as the cause for change.

The house has two entrances, one from the Canadian side of the border and one from the American. Customs officials and border patrol officers have learnt to recognize the tenants and allow them to move freely inside the house and the yard, but limitations start when tenants try to leave the property. The rear gate (to America) is now locked for security reasons dictated by the Americans. “That’s the awkwardness” DuMoulin says “you can’t just go this way or this way, you’ve got to go through (the ports of entry) and then back through.”

Having said all that, Rosemary Lalime, the couple’s realtor said that the house has been shown to over 10 potential buyers and another six more recently. Except for one prospector, all of them were American. With the property now going viral, we expect the property to be sold in no time!

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Finally, Sagrada Familia in its Final Stages of Construction

Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece in Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia Basilica, will soon be finished.

Let me elaborate on that though. It will be finished, but not very soon. If you’re looking forward to schedule your Barcelona trip to see its full grandeur, you may have to wait for another ten years. The construction is entering the final phase, and it’s scheduled to be completed in 2026.

Considering that it’s been more than a century since the construction have started, it’ll be a wonderful feat to be in this generation to see when it is completed. The administration said that it’s currently in schedule for Antoni Gaudi’s centennial death anniversary on 2026. According the records, the first stone for La Sagrada Familia was started way back in 1882. Unknown to most, Antoni Gaudi wasn’t the first architect. He started working on the huge basilica a year after the construction began and it’s been his life’s work, until he died in 1926.

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Once the basilica is finished, it will have six new towers. The central spire, called Tower of Jesus Christ, will stand as the tallest religious tower in the continent, rising at 172.5 meters.

The current architect of the entire project is Jordi Fauli, who have been working on it since 2012. In over a decade ago, the inner part of the basilica had no roof. Now, they revealed a new inner chamber with a small amphitheatre with stained glass windows and arch ceilings that look so surreal with light.

Walking towards it in Barcelona, it’s not hard to miss this impressive structure. The nativity façade and spires makes it look like someone made a huge sand castle from afar. But with a closer look, it reveals astounding details in the form of art and complex sculptures. Many say that it’s part late Gothic with mix of art nouveau.

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It was never intended to be a cathedral, because Gaudi’s design deviated from traditional church architecture. There even used to be a school there, now it’s an exhibition gallery. However the whole structure was known before as a cathedral, until Pope Benedict XVI declared it as a basilica in 2010. It has several chapels and one of them is the home of Antoni Gaudi’s tomb.

The spires have sculptures of angels, and traditional symbols of saints. There are three facades on the church; nativity, passion and glory facades. Each one has its own unique set of scultures depicting the theme. For instance, the nativity facades has all sorts of symbols of life and nature. There are sculptures of or turtles at the bottom of the columns, and ornate scenes of people all over.

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Currently La Sagrada Basilica is around 70% complete. Even in its unfinished stage, this basilica is one of the most magnificent structures in Spain and in the world. It’s a major UNESCO heritage and tourist site with over 3.2 million visitors in 2014. With that amount of people, the entrance fees are used to fund the rest of the construction and maintenance.

Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece in Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia Basilica, will soon be finished.
Let me elaborate on that though. It will be finished, but not very soon. If you’re looking forward to schedule your Barcelona trip to see its full grandeur, you...

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FREE Museum Passes on Smithsonian Museum Day Live! Sept. 24

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Mark the calendar or set your app reminder for this Saturday September 24, 2016. Fans of art and history can enjoy a free treat on the 12th Annual Smithsonian Museum Day Live! You can visit their website, pick a museum and download two passes for FREE!

When Smithsonian started this annual event, there were only 200 who opened their doors. Now you can choose over 1200 participating museums all over United States! Among the new participants is the newest one in D.C., the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Read more about this new museum from our post.

Unsure where to go? Here are some of the amazing art museums you can visit.

  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery, New York – Spend the afternoon with modern and contemporary art exhibits in this historical museum. Since 1862, this gallery housed a wide variety of art collections ranging from pop art, abstract expressionism and impressionistic styles.
  • Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History, Massachusetts – Do you want to see something different other than framed artworks? This museum continued the tradition of stamp collecting for the past 56 years.
  • Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas – Also known as The Modern, this museum maintains permanent and new collections from artworks of 1970’s and beyond. This includes sculptures, paintings, cartoons, photographs and videos.    
  • Museum of the City of New York – Visiting New York this weekend? Know more about the city’s distinct character by exploring local artworks in Museum of the City of New York. Exhibits connect the diverse culture around the city from its past, present and towards its future. Take a look at the current exhibits in their website.
  • Aerospace Museum of California – Want to see something different, get your Smithsonian Museum Day Live passes for the best aviation exhibit in Sacramento. This isn’t just for nerds and adults, as there are exhibits ranging from small scale models to full scale jet fighters and Top Gun’ F-14.Kids and adults can also attend a short Flight Zone laboratory session, wherein you can hands-on flight simulation.
  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York – This Smithsonian institution has an amazing collection that spans more than three centuries of history. You can find almost every imaginable thing you’ll expect from a museum, and more. The exhibits fo from the weird and exotic, old and new, fragile and precious. There are collections from US and other countries, prototypes from designers and architects from both the past and present.

Click here to be directed to Smithsonian Museum Day Live. You need to fill up the form with your name, email and then select the museum you want free passes with. Some museums may require you printout the tickets, some can allow access by showing the ticket in your mobile. Check the individual museum pages for more info on their opening times and current exhibits.

Mark the calendar or set your app reminder for this Saturday September 24, 2016. Fans of art and history can enjoy a free treat on the 12th Annual Smithsonian Museum Day Live! You can visit their website, pick a museum and download two passes for FREE!
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Art Events to See in New York

 Here’s the list of some shows around New York that you should visit.

Film on View: Pourquoi viens-tu si tard? (Too Late to Love) at Museum of Modern Arts 

It is a magnificent black-and-white movie by director Henri Decoin which confronts absurdity and heartache. “A happy-go-lucky photojournalist” who subsequently “falls in love with a lawyer” who is having a little secret, not willing to share it. MoMA’s “Gaumont: Cinéma pour tout le monde” series will be on view till September 7.

Location: 11 West 53rd Street, New York
Price: adults $12, seniors $10, students $8.
Time: 7:00 p.m.

 

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Outdoor Cinema: “Embrace of the Serpent” at Socrates Sculpture Park

This is the film by Colombian director Ciro Guerra which will be on view in this week’s edition of the Socrates Sculpture Park’s Outdoor Cinema program. It is also nominated for an Academy Award in Best Foreign Language Film. “Embrace of the Serpent” tells the great story of two scientists and the havoc they inadvertently wreak on a community in the Amazonian area.

Location: 32-01 Vernon Boulevard
Price: Free
Time: 7:00 p.m.

 

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Launch of the Studio Museum in Harlem’s “in Harlem” 

This is about four artists and four uptown parks. The Studio Museum in Harlem will open a show of public works by Kevin Beasley in Morningside Park, Simone Leigh in Marcus Garvey Park, Kori Newkirk in St. Nicholas Park, and Rudy Shepherd in Jackie Robinson Park.

Visitors will be able to see some installations, including Beasley’s sculptures called “acoustic mirrors”. Leigh’s works is influenced by the architecture of the Shona-speaking people of Zimbabwe. Newkirk’s first appearance with public sculptures will show us some reflective fringe curtains. Shepherd’s “negative energy absorbers” are the sculptures that intend to “to dispel people’s feelings of racial prejudice, violence or ordinary disdain by opening them to more compassionate aspects of their personalities.”

Location: Four Harlem Parks
Price: Free
Time: 5:00–7:00 p.m. opening celebration at Marcus Garvey Park

 

 Cao Fei at Muesum of Modern Arts PS1: Exhibition Walkthrough with Xin Wang

Cao Fei’s first museum appearance in the United States will end on August 30. Before it happens, the art historian Xin Wang will lead a guided tour to explain some of the exhibition’s finer details. The work of Cao includes photography, video and installation. It engages with a dystopian modern condition. If we’re to borrow Kathleen Massara’s words, it is: “For the artist, there is always a way out, even if it is an imaginary one.”

 Location: 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City
Price: $10 adult
Time: 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

 

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Films To Come: Moholy-Nagy and the Moving Image at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 

During the last weekend of the summer movie program that focuses on Moholy-Nagy and the Bauhaus, visitors will see the magnificent screening of the 1936 sci-fi film called “Things To Come”. It is directed by William Cameron Menzies and it’s based on H.G. Wells’ novel which carries the same title. For this special occasion, Moholy-Nagy had to create some special effects.

Location: 1071 5th Avenue, New York (between 88th & 89th Street)
Price: adults $25, students and seniors $18
Time: 11:00 a.m.

 Here’s the list of some shows around New York that you should visit.
Film on View: Pourquoi viens-tu si tard? (Too Late to Love) at Museum of Modern Arts 
It is a magnificent black-and-white movie by director Henri Decoin which confronts absurdity...