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Best British cars: Top 50 all-time greatest british-built cars revealed

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19 Apr, 2017

We convened a distinguished panel of expert judges to decide once and for all on the best cars ever built in Britain.

10 Interesting Facts about the Dead Sea

Also known as the lowest place on Earth, the Dead Sea is full of surprises. It is nearly ten times as salty as the ocean, making it one of the saltiest water bodies in the world. The Dead Sea, as the name suggests, also does not have any visible life, as the salinity makes it extremely difficult for aquatic plants and animals to survive.

The sea is actually popular for a number of reasons. Apart from the historical significance which the Dead Sea holds, it is also well known for its high levels of buoyancy.

The Dead Sea, Israel

Read on to find out some more interesting facts about the Dead Sea.

  1. With a surface and shores that are nearly 1,400 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest elevation point on Earth.
  2. Being a hypersaline lake, the Dead Sea is also ranked as the world’s deepest. To clarify, a hypersaline lake is any body of water surrounded by land which has considerably greater amounts of sodium chloride than an ocean. There are also multiple other mineral salts present in the Dead Sea. With a depth of 1,237 feet, the Dead Sea beats other popular hypersaline lakes like the Great Salt Lake and Lake Assal in depth. Lake Retba in Senegal has a salinity of 40%, making it the saltiest lake outside of Antarctica.

Dead Sea

  1. The high salt content in the water of the Dead Sea makes it extremely buoyant. This means that people can easily float on the surface of the Dead Sea without the fear of drowning.
  2. Even though aquatic life cannot survive in the Dead Sea, there are still bacteria and microbial fungi present in the waters of this hypersaline lake. Recent research has also shown that new life forms are being discovered at the base of the Dead Sea in fresh water springs.

Dead Sea Israel

  1. The Dead Sea is located in the Jordan Rift Valley and has a length of 42 miles. The maximum width of the Dead Sea is 11 miles and it is fed by the Jordan River.
  2. The lowest place on Earth is also home to the lowest road on the planet. Highway 90 is a road located 1,289 feet below sea level on the Israeli shore of the Dead Sea.
  3. The Dead Sea itself is nearly 3 million years old!

The Dead Sea

  1. The Dead Sea was known to provide a variety of medicinal products. It is also one of the world’s most popular health resorts, and people, from Herod the Great, to Cleopatra, have recognized its medicinal properties. The Dead Sea and its minerals are, to this day, known to have a great effect on multiple medical conditions including psoriasis and asthma.
  2. The Dead Sea has great historical and religious significance. It is also known as the place of refuge for King David according to the Bible.

Dead Sea, Jordan

  1. Most people may not know this but the Dead Sea has great discharges of asphalt. This asphalt even rises to the surface of the Dead Sea at times. The asphalt was also used by Egyptians for their mummification process.

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4 Bright Studio Apartments With Creative Bedroom Placement

Deciding how to handle the sleeping situation is one of the most challenging aspects of designing a studio apartment, requiring a lot of forethought to match the lifestyle preferences of the resident while working around any architectural or floor plan obstacles that can limit the available options. And that’s even before taking decor into consideration! This post looks at four compact studio apartments, each one taking a different creative approach – both in terms of bedroom design and overall aesthetics. A few of them even include floor plans for your own apartment layout inspiration.


Visualizer: Lauri Brothers  

Let’s start with a fun compact studio with a color scheme based around a Pantone palette of minty turquoise. Like the fresh springtime hues used within, the apartment’s layout fosters a breezy atmosphere that at once relaxes and energizes.

The open layout begins with a combination living room and office, separated from the dining and kitchen area by a breakfast bar clad in translucent glass blocks.

Glass elements play a tremendous role in this design. Mirrors, blocks, and windows work together to bathe the interior with light and erase the boundaries between functional spaces.

In the corner, a cozy lounge space offers respite from a long day of work. The hammock is an especially enviable addition, soaking up the skyline view from the impressive floor-to-ceiling windows.

Rather than hiding away in some corner, the bed actually occupies a central volume in the center of the living space, shielded from the sofa by a wall with televisions mounted on either side.

The kitchen’s use of glass blocks and white surfaces helps balance the heaviness of the brick accent wall. A layer of transparent glass catches splatters from the sink and stove to make cleanup a breeze.

A series of three simple kitchen pendant lights trace sharp lines across the ceiling thanks to the precise decorative routing of their cords – a contemporary touch.

The entryway balances comfort and functionality, taking advantage of its roomy proportions with a handy bench and tidy shoe rack.

And finally, a quick look at the bathroom, decorated with an even more subdued shade of mint.


Visualizer: Vatman Studio  

At 45 square meters in size, this studio apartment makes fantastic use of its limited floor plan without sacrificing the individuality of each functional area. Each area feels like its own little “room” but doesn’t feel too closed off from the rest of the home thanks to the low-profile furniture and partial walls.

The designers chose Scandinavian influence as the overall unifying theme, but each room features its own unique flavor. For example, the living room glows with bright neon accents while the kitchen feels sophisticated in gold.

Named for the bouncy rhythms of jazz musician John Coltrane, the Coltrane Suspension Lamp series adds a sense of life and movement above the kitchen island. Many dining pendant lights have just the right form to use above counter tops.

A touch of greenery in the living room and bedroom help to bring the outdoors in. The plants in the taller pots are the ZZ plant, or Zamioculcas zamiifolia, also known as the “eternity plant” because of its reputation as one of the easiest indoor house plants to care for.

The bedroom enjoys an open visual plane while preserving insulation from sound thanks to its glass boundary. Sliding curtains offer privacy when needed.

While the rest of the interior is bright white and airy, the area around the front door makes for a dark and dramatic entrance.

Designed by Tom Dixon, these large coat pegs are easier on clothing compared to small hooks that can stretch or deform delicate fabrics.

Here’s a look at the apartment from a bird’s eye view. If you enjoy getting inspiration from 3D layouts like these, make sure to check out our compilation of 50 studio apartment floor plans for even more ideas.


Visualizer: K Band  

A little different from the previous two homes, this apartment occupies 42 square meters in Kiev, a clean and simple interior that uses natural elements to foster a sense of relaxation and comfort. Because the apartment was designed with a young couple in mind, most furniture remains in the middle of the floor plan to accommodate a freer flow of foot traffic.

Decor remains spare. The few accents that adorn the home remain minimalist and modern just like the interior.

While instruments and their peripherals can often add clutter to smaller homes, this interior puts them on display and turns them into music themed decor.

Dining and storage separate the kitchen from the living room. The espresso station is a nice touch, making it easier to grab a quick cup while working or playing at the table.

A wooden accent wall with built-in shelves helps protect the bedroom’s privacy without cutting off the living space from the window’s generous flood of sunlight.

Geometric decor seems to be a popular motif for minimalist bedrooms. This origami-inspired crane would be easy to recreate with a small roll of colorful painter’s tape.

Check out this boundary between the entrance and the rest of the home! A sharp transition from wood to white-on-white brightens the space despite its distance from any windows.

In fact, the white surfaces actually make the rest of the living room look brighter too.

The kitchen mostly follows the wood and white theme, but also adds a border of gray tiles for contrast.

The gray helps hide the shadows cast by the kitchen’s recessed position.

Using the same tiles as the kitchen, the bathroom also keeps things simple and dramatic with a grayscale theme.

The vanity is enclosed by the same light wood found elsewhere in the home. A bar of recessed lighting keeps things bright.

What an adorable litter box niche! With a hole shaped like a cat’s head, it helps hide the box while remaining easy to open and clean.


Visualizer: Zinaida Zagurska  

And finally, a compact apartment that bucks the trend of minimalism and embraces a comfortable homey aesthetic that showcases the personality of the resident. Numerous instruments serve as music themed home decor, just as fun to use as they are to look at.

One room that does remain relatively minimalistic is the kitchen – aside from a few plants atop the counters, most of the contents is purely functional.

Tucked away from the rest of the home, the bedroom hides behind a slatted interior wall with curtains for privacy.

Its walls are clad in wood, the lighting low and warm for relaxation.

A large graphic mural adds a touch of industrial character to the room.

And the brick wall, though it’s painted white, continues the industrial theme.

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