Easy Architectural Details You Can Add To Your Home

Newer homes, especially those geared toward first-time buyers, are often devoid of the level of architectural detail you would find in older or more expensive homes. If you’re not a fan of the big, boring box look, you can easily add in some detail to up the charm factor. And, many of these projects can be done yourself with minimal skill and money.

“Nothing jump-starts design envy more than walking into a home with stunning architectural details like interesting ceilings, textured walls, charming stained glass and more,” said Apartment Therapy. “Don’t despair if you don’t have any built-in architectural details in your home; there are some ideas you can try that just might give your space a similar feel as those bursting with architectural character and charm.”

Arches …

Crown molding …

Ceiling Beams …

Panel moldings …

Tin ceilings …

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2015 Nobel prize Awarded For Discovery of Ghostly Neutrino Particle Mass

A Japanese and a Canadian scientist won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Physics on Tuesday for discovering that elusive subatomic particles called neutrinos have mass, opening a new window onto the fundamental nature of the universe.

Neutrinos are the second most bountiful particles after photons, which carry light, with trillions of them streaming through our bodies every second, but their true nature has been poorly understood.

Takaaki Kajita and Arthur McDonald’s breakthrough was the discovery of a phenomenon called neutrino oscillation that has upended scientific thinking and promises to change understanding about the history and future fate of the cosmos.

“It is a discovery that will change the books in physics, so it is really major discovery,” Barbro Asman, a Nobel committee member and professor of physics at Stockholm University, told Reuters.

In awarding the prize, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the finding had “changed our understanding of the innermost workings of matter and can prove crucial to our view of the universe”.

For many years, the central enigma with neutrinos was that up to two-thirds fewer of them were detected on Earth than expected, based on how many should be flooding through the cosmos from our Sun and other stars or left over from the Big Bang.

Around the turn of the millennium, Kajita and McDonald, using different experiments, managed to explain this by showing that neutrinos actually changed identities, or “flavors”, and therefore must have some mass, however small.

McDonald told a news conference in Stockholm by telephone that this not only gave scientists a more complete understanding of the world at a fundamental level but could also shed light on the science behind fusion power, which causes stars to shine and could one day be tapped as a source of electricity on Earth.

“Yes, there certainly was a Eureka moment in this experiment when we were able to see that neutrinos appeared to change from one type to the other in traveling from the Sun to the Earth,” he said.  read more —> http://www.reuters.com/


What Your Eyes Have Already Beheld

Opinions about beauty may be shaped just as much by past social interactions as by our genes.

Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder, because much of what attracts us to other people is guided by our individual life experiences, according to a survey that asked thousands of volunteers to rate the attractiveness of various multinational faces.

There are some universal aspects of human faces, like symmetry, that most people find attractive. But these common aesthetic preferences account for only about 50 percent of our total attraction to a face, the new study suggests.

The other half of the equation is very personal—and even the remembered face of a childhood girlfriend or boyfriend might have a lifelong impact on our preferences. That’s why even identical twins with the same genes don’t always fancy the same faces.

“People will generally agree that Brad Pitt is an attractive guy,” says study co-author Jeremy Wilmer, a Wellesley College psychologist. “There might be some very interesting debates around the dinner table about whether he’s a 7 or a 4. But the reason that supermodels make loads of money is that, on average, lots of people think they are pretty attractive.”

The source of our shared preferences has long been a topic of debate. Some previous research has suggested an evolutionary role, likely tied to healthy and successful reproduction, while other studies stress the role of culture in shaping our tastes.

Rather than focus on what makes someone universally attractive, though, Wilmer and his colleagues wanted to explore the extent to which beauty is up to the individual eye, and where our peculiar preferences come from.

They set up a website featuring 200 widely different faces—including computer-generated visages and stock photos from many nations—to better mimic what we see in the real world and gain insight on attractiveness in the broadest sense.

First some 35,000 volunteers visited the site to rate the 200 faces on an attractiveness scale from 1 to 7. This helped refine the way the authors tested for individual face preferences, and it also reinforced the notion that a person’s preferences are somewhat predictable.

“It turns out that we can predict about 50 percent of a random person’s preferences with another random person’s preferences,” Wilmer explains. “But then the other 50 percent of our preferences are different.”

… Read more —>  www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/

Bennion Deville Homes Going Independent

Established, successful Southern California real estate brokerage leaving Windermere

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – September 30, 2015 – Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, founders and co-owners of one of the largest residential real estate franchisee brokerages in Southern California, Windermere Real Estate Southern California, are going independent starting October 1, 2015. The departure from the franchise network along with the company’s name and branding reflects an enhanced focus on the company’s ongoing growth strategy.

Both Windermere Real Estate SoCal, in San Diego and Orange counties, and Windermere Real Estate Southern California, in the Coachella Valley, will be operating under a new brand: Bennion Deville Homes. The 29-office real estate company debuted the brokerage’s innovative branding in a companywide meeting to more than 1,000 agents on Thursday, September 24. The company also announced cutting edge marketing and technology tools that will be debuting on BDHomes.com, the company’s new website, over the coming months … read more —>  www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/

How Expensive Was The California Gold Rush?

Back in 1849, a dozen eggs would cost you the equivalent of $90

If you have ever wondered how California’s modern-day rush for riches in Silicon Valley compares with the Gold Rush of 1849, look no further than the cost of buying a home.

Glenn Kelman, CEO of real estate startup Redfin, recently warned of an exodus of tech-specialists from Silicon Valley as the average price of property there topped $1 million – more than double the averages in Seattle, Boston or Portland.

It would be fair to say that property prices rose during the Gold Rush too, but that is where the comparison would have to end. Because back in 1849, they climbed to levels that would make modern Californians weep.

The writer Bayard Taylor arrived in San Francisco by ship in the summer of 1849 and feared that nobody would believe him when he wrote about the Gold Rush economy in his dispatches for the New York Tribune.

When the average wage for a laborer in New York might be one or two dollars a day, he was astounded to discover that individual hotel rooms were rented to professional gamblers for upwards of $10,000 a month – the equivalent today of about $300,000. (All inflation estimates are courtesy of Westegg.com.)

Taylor wrote —> read more:  www.smithsonianmag.com/history/