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Toshihiko Shibuya’s Tiny Art Resembles Blossoming Life

Displayed at a random location within the woods of Tomakomai in Japan, Toshihiko Shibuya’s most recent installation mirrors the emergence of biological life using 1,500 individual, pastel-colored pushpins meant to look like spores. These woods in particular serve as a surreal setting for the work as the trees here cannot root deep enough to sustain growing to great heights. Thus, they fall once they’ve grown …
Tags: Art, Japan, Design, Biology, Life, Culture, Forests, Linkaboutit, Installations, Art Installations, Push Pins, Tomakomai, Toshihiko Shibuya

This Brainless Blob Can Solve Puzzles, Sleep and More

Officially on display at the Paris Zoo from 19 October, this unicellular organism will be the first-ever “brainless blob” to be showcased in a zoo. Despite not having a brain, the mass can complete a bevy of tasks from improvising music to maneuvering through a maze, remembering which food it likes best, and crossing a bridge covered in a hazardous chemical. While it’s new for …
Tags: Science, Design, Zoos, Research, Culture, Paris, Scientists, Linkaboutit, Researchers, Paris Zoo, Physarum Polycephalum, Unicellular Organism

Analogue Announces its Game Boy-like Device, Pocket

Made as a tribute to portable gaming, Analogue’s just-announced Pocket is, as Wired says, “not-a-Game-Boy-but-kind-of-a-Game-Boy.” The company’s first-ever handheld device, the Pocket works with all Game Boy cartridges (including those made for the Game Boy Colour and Game Boy Advance), which is a good 2,700+ games. Of course, this contemporary device offers plenty of updates including a high-definition screen, longer battery life and stereo speakers. …
Tags: Gaming, Games, Music, Design, Video Games, Tech, Retro, Game Development, Linkaboutit, Game Boy, Handhelds, Computer Games

Virgin Galactic Unveils Suits for Space Tourism Flights

A departure from the uniforms that NASA astronauts require for trips beyond Earth’s atmosphere, the spacesuits ticketed passengers will wear on Virgin Galactic’s flights are comfy, blood-flow-regulating, and designed by Under Armour. “The big difference between suits of the past and this suit is that those suits were to perform a task, and this suit is to enjoy and savor space on your own terms, …
Tags: Space, Design, Planes, Nasa, Earth, Space Tourism, Virgin Galactic, Linkaboutit, Under Armour, Spacesuits, Armour, Commercial Space Flights

New Typeface Based on Greta Thunberg’s Handwriting

Greta Grotesk is designer Tal Shub’s typographic ode to Greta Thunberg and references the climate change activist’s handwriting. Shub (co-founder of Uno, an NYC-based company that aims to offer alternatives to single-use plastics), was impressed by the boldness and clarity of Thunberg’s message and its parallels with the lettering on two of her handwritten signs. The typeset Shub developed acts as an additional reminder of …
Tags: Design, Typography, Typeface, Fonts, Linkaboutit, Lettering, Shub, Thunberg, Greta Thunberg, Greta Grotesk, Tal Shub

Behind Eliud Kipchoge’s Record Run

Though Eliud Kipchoge’s record-breaking marathon run in Vienna will not count as an official world record, his feat is proof that a sub-two-hour marathon is possible—under almost perfect conditions. In a video for Wired, sport psychologist Michael Joyner explains just how Kipchoge did it. From the way he followed in his pacers’ draft and ran a course with minimal hills, to the carbon plate-imbedded sneakers …
Tags: Videos, Design, Sport, Culture, Vienna, Records, Running, Marathons, Linkaboutit, Eliud Kipchoge, Kipchoge, Michael Joyner, Official World Records

Space-Ready Rockets Made by AI-Powered Robots

Within LA-based rocket-maker Relativity’s factory space you’ll find a handful of the largest metal 3D printers in the world working around the clock—as they’re commanded by AI. One 30-foot-tall machine, equipped with two massive robotic arms, is in charge of building rockets up to 95% completion—with wiring, rubber finishing parts and a few other assets to be handled manually. But this isn’t merely an instance …
Tags: Space, Design, Los Angeles, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, 3d Printing, Rockets, Relativity, Ai, Linkaboutit

California Bans The Sale of Fur Products

California has officially banned the sale of animal fur products—with a few exceptions—making it the first US state to do so. The new legislation means that it will be “illegal to sell, donate or manufacture new fur products in the state,” but leather, cowhide, shearling, religious pieces and items used by Native American tribes are exempt. Additionally, the state passed a circus performance bill, which …
Tags: Fashion, Design, Laws, California, Animals, US, Culture, Peta, Fur, Linkaboutit

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Emissions-free cement, a women-only spacewalk, Soviet-era train stations, a very rare diamond and more from around the web Google Maps Adds Vocal Guidance for Visually Impaired Users Now available on Google Maps iOS and Android apps (one day after World Sight Day), a more detailed voice feature will now update and guide visually impaired people more effectively. To turn on the feature, access the settings …
Tags: Travel, Apps, Space, Music, Science, Design, News, Internet, Trains, Russia, Environment, Los Angeles, Tech, Nasa, Cities, Diamonds

Google Maps Adds Vocal Guidance for Visually Impaired Users

Now available on Google Maps iOS and Android apps (one day after World Sight Day), a more detailed voice feature will now update and guide visually impaired people more effectively. To turn on the feature, access the settings page within the app and toggle through the navigation features and turn on detailed voice guidance under the walking options tab. A milestone in mobility tools for …
Tags: Transportation, Apps, Maps, Design, Technology, Tech, Cities, Mobility, Google Maps, Voice Assistants, Visually Impaired, Linkaboutit, Vocal Guidance

Phonocut is An At-Home Vinyl Machine

An at-home consumer vinyl-cutting machine, the Phonocut means that anybody—provided you have a digital audio file—can make their very own records in three steps. Essentially “idiot-proof” (according to co-founder Florian “Doc” Kaps) the device cuts 10-inch vinyl as the music plays, and is able to hold 10 to 15 minutes of sound on each side. It will be available to back on Kickstarter next week, …
Tags: Music, Design, Audio, Devices, Records, Kickstarter, Vinyl, Linkaboutit, Audio Recording, Home Vinyl Machine, Florian Doc Kaps

The London Underground’s African Diaspora Roundels

In conjunction with Art on the Underground, British-Ghanaian artist Larry Achiampong redesigns the London Underground roundels (the discs that mark each station) for the Westminster Underground stop. Achiampong’s iteration will represent the colors of the African diaspora—green, black, yellow and red—and depart from the traditional red, white and blue palette. It’s significant because it represents a sometimes overlooked community within London’s population and also because …
Tags: UK, Design, London, Immigration, Cities, Transport, London Underground, Ghana, Linkaboutit, City Planning, African Diaspora, Art on the Underground, Larry Achiampong, Achiampong

First-Ever Diamond Within a Diamond Found in Russia

Fittingly dubbed the “Russian Nesting Doll Diamond,” this tabular-shaped diamond within a diamond was found in the Nyurba mine in Yakutia, Russia. Perhaps the world’s first-ever instance of such a gem, an outer diamond (.62 carats) holds a smaller one (.02) carats within, but the two differ enough so that the smaller rock rattles around inside. Because this is such a rare occurrence, researchers have yet …
Tags: Science, Design, Russia, Culture, Diamonds, Archaeology, Rare, Linkaboutit, Yakutia Russia, Jewels, Gems, Gemology, Nyurba

90,000 New Trees for LA

Los Angeles may be well-known for its long stretches of highway and traffic, but Mayor Eric Garcetti sees the benefits of investing in preserving and fostering the city’s natural environment. As part of the Green New Deal, Garcetti appointed Rachel Malarich as LA’s first Forest Officer. She’ll manage the growth of 90,000 new trees—some will replenish the nation’s largest urban forest and others will be …
Tags: Design, La, Environment, Trees, Los Angeles, Sustainability, Cities, Nature, Culture, Eric Garcetti, Public Parks, Public Spaces, Linkaboutit, Garcetti, City Planning, New Green Deal

Researchers Find Emissions-Free Way to Make Cement

Researchers at MIT have developed a way (though admittedly experimental) to produce emissions-free cement—that means the manufacturing process “releases no carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.” This is a hugely significant breakthrough, as cement manufacturing (for the intention of making concrete) is responsible for almost 10% of global emissions. The process includes an electrochemical method, which would replace the current one, which is dependent on fossil-fuels. …
Tags: Science, Design, Environment, Mit, Architecture, Fossil Fuels, Carbon Emissions, Construction, Greenhouse Gases, Linkaboutit, Concrete, Cement

The First Women-Only Spacewalk Will Happen After All

Initially cancelled because NASA didn’t have spacesuits for two women (Christina Koch and Anne McClain) who happen to be the same size, the women-only spacewalk—initially scheduled for March—will now take place on 21 October. Jessica Meir (replacing McClain) and Christina Koch (in space until February) will be tasked with installing lithium-ion batteries during their mission. On this being the first walk to be performed by …
Tags: Gender, Space, Design, Nasa, Culture, International Space Station, Spacewalk, Linkaboutit, Anne McClain, McClain, Christina Koch, Jessica Meir

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Talking to dogs, flawless sound, architecture-inspired pleasure toys and the changing face of fashion New Technology Enhances Dog-Human Communication From Maria Goodavage’s brand new book Doctor Dogs, an excerpt in Wired probes the FIDO program at Georgia Institute of Technology’s Animal-Computer Interaction Lab. The epicenter of dog-human communication studies in the US, FIDO’s researchers have developed several prototype talking vest for dogs. They employ tabs and pulleys …
Tags: Health, Wellness, Art, Apps, Fashion, Science, Design, Technology, News, Dogs, Pets, Marijuana, Race, Communication, Sustainability, Cannabis

Detroit’s Orchestra Hall, with Scientifically Verified Nearly Flawless Acoustics, Turns 100

Designed by C Howard Crane, an architect known for “theater palaces,” Detroit’s ornate, spectacular Orchestra Hall turns 100 years old on 23 October. With scientifically verified, nearly flawless acoustics, the venue houses the Detroit Symphony Orchestra—who are embarking on a program that will honor the 1919 season. Orchestra Hall’s shoebox shape favors sound over sight lines and its high ceiling with cloud panels perfect the …
Tags: Music, Design, Architecture, Concert Halls, Buildings, Detroit, Linkaboutit, Acoustics, Architects, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Orchestras, Beaux-Arts, Howard Crane

National Cannabis Industry Association’s Push to Legalize Marijuana

To combat illicit cannabis vape products (amidst the escalating vaping crisis), 800 cannabis business leaders and policy experts have urged Congress to legalize—and regulate—marijuana in the US. What they refer to as “real, comprehensive federal cannabis reform,” would allow lighter guidelines on vaping products, and comes along with recommendations to make funds available to state medical authorities to investigate the vape illnesses and request licensed …
Tags: Health, Design, Laws, Congress, Marijuana, US, Public Health, Cannabis, Culture, Vaping, Linkaboutit, National Cannabis Industry Association, Cannabis Culture

The Arrivals’ Extreme Climate-Themed NYC Pop-up Shop

Digital-exclusive outerwear and accessories brand The Arrivals has presented this year’s FW collection at their annual NYC pop-up shop. Titled OutThere Lab, and designed in collaboration with Brooklyn-based experiential strategy and design shop Early Spring, the venue itself highlights the functionality of the pieces through spaces (divided by translucent polycarbonate partitions and) dedicated to extreme microclimates—where the accompanying pieces near each weather-oriented display are organize...
Tags: Accessories, Design, Style, NYC, Clothing, Brooklyn, Stores, Clothes, Apparel, Linkaboutit, Outerwear, Store Design, Pop-Up Shops, The Arrivals

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

From headphones grown from fungus to a new understanding of procrastination, our round-up of the internet this week LGBTQ+ Activists Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera to Get NYC Monument A statue planned for Greenwich Village’s Ruth Wittenberg Triangle will honor Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, activists and icons of the LGBTQ+ community. The pair co-founded Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries, an organization that offered …
Tags: Psychology, Auto, Science, Design, Cars, Tech, Ios Apps, Nature, Porsche, Electric Vehicles, Studies, Fiat, Lgbtq, Products, Linkaboutit, Link About It

Developments in Our Understanding of Procrastination

“Procrastination is not a time-management problem, it’s an emotion-management problem,” Tim Pychyl, an associate professor of psychology at Carleton University, explains in Solving the Procrastination Puzzle. Numerous studies now reveal that troubles with mood and emotion-regulation trigger procrastination. As Sam Kemmis-Zapier explores for Fast Company, data-driven techniques can then be used to counteract these effects—like considering a project as a series of small actions rather than …
Tags: Psychology, Science, Design, Procrastination, Culture, Studies, Time Management, Linkaboutit, Tim Pychyl, Emotion Tracking, Solving the Procrastination Puzzle

LGBTQ+ Activists Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera to Get NYC Monument

A statue planned for Greenwich Village’s Ruth Wittenberg Triangle will honor Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, activists and icons of the LGBTQ+ community. The pair co-founded Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries, an organization that offered support for homeless drag queens, gay youth and trans people. And, as legend has it, Rivera threw the first bottle during the Stonewall riots. Rivera and Johnson, both drag queens …
Tags: Design, Activism, NYC, Culture, Lgbtq, Pride, Public Spaces, Linkaboutit, Stonewall, Greenwich Village, Stonewall Inn, Marsha P Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, LGBTQ Community, Queer Community, Stonewall Riots

Porsche’s New “Roads” App for Driving Enthusiasts

Roads, Porsche’s newest app, catalogs a deep collection of user-submitted drives and road trips. With over 500,000 users, the selection is vast and ever-growing. Available for iOS now and coming to Android soon, the app is by and for driving enthusiasts. Porsche’s Marco Brinkmann says, “It’s for all those that consider driving more than just transportation… It goes beyond the brand. It’s meant to be …
Tags: Apps, Design, Cars, Tech, Roads, Ios Apps, Porsche, Driving, Linkaboutit, Marco Brinkmann

Maurice Sendak’s Magical Stage Designs at The Morgan Library

An opportunity to step into the whimsical worlds imagined by one of the most revered children’s book authors, Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak’s Design for Opera and Ballet will open at The Morgan Library on 14 June. The exhibition unites over 150 costumes, props, sketches, storyboards and set models for the first time ever. The productions addressed in the exhibit include Where the Wild Things …
Tags: Costumes, Design, Exhibits, Exhibitions, Linkaboutit, Costuming, Stage Design, Maurice Sendak, Morgan Library, The Morgan Library

Grown-To-Order Headphones Made From Fungus

Korvaa has developed headphones made of fungus, biomaterials and 3D-printed plastics derived from the lactic acid found in yeast. The leather-like material that covers the foam ear-pads is actually fungal mycelium, while the firm but adjustable headband is made from the aforementioned 3D-printed plastics. Despite not being in production (yet), the prototype is proof that companies can rely on alternative sustainable materials to produce a …
Tags: Design, Headphones, Linkaboutit, Sustainable Materials, 3D printed, Fungus, Bioplastics, Biomaterials, Korvaa

Garage Italia Turns Vintage Autos Into Electric Cars

From Milan’s Garage Italia Customs, the Icon-e project sees Lapo Elkann’s creative and production agency replace vintage auto combustion engines with electric drivetrains. Their debut effort, a Fiat Nuova 500, maintains the spirit of the 1957-1975 production period, but there are several developments that make it fit for the road today. See more images at High Snobiety.
Tags: Design, Milan, Cars, Automobiles, Fiat 500, Electric Cars, Linkaboutit, Car Design, Lapo Elkann, Vintage cars, Garage Italia Customs, Auto Design, Garage Italia

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Gamified beer, wearable tech bandages, a unique concept home and more Rendered Versions of Lost Frank Lloyd Wright Designs Spanish architect David Romero turned to 3D-rendering software to finish some of the 600+ documented ideas Frank Lloyd Wright left behind. While many of his projects reached the ideation stage during his lifetime, the ones left unbuilt are just as remarkable—even though most of them are …
Tags: Japan, Design, Beer, Wearable Tech, Furniture, Architecture, Google Glass, Tokyo, Qr Codes, Frank Lloyd Wright, Linkaboutit, Link About It, Design Week, Clerkenwell Design Week, Electrodermis, Concept Homes

Rendered Versions of Lost Frank Lloyd Wright Designs

Spanish architect David Romero turned to 3D-rendering software to finish some of the 600+ documented ideas that Frank Lloyd Wright left behind. While many of Lloyd Wright’s projects reached the ideation stage during his lifetime, the ones left unbuilt are just as remarkable—even though most of them are simply aerial drawings. Taking into account the surrounding scapes of the once-potential projects, Romero “builds” these designs …
Tags: Design, Technology, Architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright, Linkaboutit, Renderings, David Romero, 3D Renderings

Electrodermis: Bandage-like Wearable Tech

Wireless, stretchable and customizable, Electrodermis is a new type of wearable tech poised to replace the more permanent implants and gadgets that companies have been conceptualizing. The project—helmed by Morphing Matters and Soft Machines labs—is a temporary bodily adornment that allows the wearer full computational capability, whether that be health- and fitness-tracking, information storage or as an interactive bandage. Its layered construction—fabric over TPU film, …
Tags: Wearables, Design, Tech, Wearable Tech, Linkaboutit, Bandages, Electrodermis, Health and Fitness Tracking, Information Storage

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