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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


Engineers Develop a Hyper-Compressible Material Using Artificial Intelligence

You may not realize that among more conventional applications of artificial intelligence like apps and search engines, emerging technologies are transforming yet another unexpected area of design: materials. A fascinating new material study released by Delft University is showing how machine learning may upend our assumptions of how materials are capable of behaving.The Delft study, led by assistant professor of materials science and engineering Miguel Bessa, has developed a new meta material th...
Tags: Science, Design, Tech, Materials, Machine Learning, Delft, Delft University, BESSA, Artificial Intellige, Miguel Bessa


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


Archaeology, Camels and Cars: From The Dead Sea to Petra

We ride with archaeologist Sarah Parcak and Infiniti to the ancient city in Jordan It’s early morning in Jordan’s Wadi Rum and we’re loading our gear into the fleet of Infiniti QX80s, backed by only the sounds coming from doors opening and closing shut, and feet shuffling silently in the red sand. Despite the bright LED lights of our fleet SUVs, an observatory’s worth of …
Tags: Travel, Space, Science, Design, Technology, Interviews, Cars, History, Egypt, Road Trips, Satellites, Archaeology, Driving, Jordan, Archeology, Drives


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


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


Supreme Court Lets Lawsuit Claiming Domino's Website Violates Americans With Disabilities Act Proceed

The Supreme Court declined to give Domino’s Pizza Inc. an out from a lawsuit arguing that its website is inaccessible to people with blindness, denying a petition on Monday that could have allowed the company to evade facing the plaintiff in court.Read more...
Tags: Ecommerce, Science, Design, Technology, Supreme Court, Accessibility, Disability, Retail, Dominos, Americans with Disabilities Act, Blind, E Commerce, Blindness, Domino 's Pizza Inc


SCOTUS Lets Lawsuit Claiming Domino's Website Violates Americans With Disabilities Act Proceed

The Supreme Court declined to give Domino’s Pizza Inc. an out from a lawsuit arguing that its website is inaccessible to people with blindness, denying a petition on Monday that could have allowed the company to evade facing the plaintiff in court.Read more...
Tags: Ecommerce, Science, Design, Technology, Supreme Court, Accessibility, Disability, Retail, Dominos, Americans with Disabilities Act, Blind, E Commerce, Blindness, Domino 's Pizza Inc


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


Algae Demand Our Attention

Algae is hot right now, and not just because global warming is exacerbating massive algae blooms (you'll understand later). If you've been paying attention to recent design trends, you've likely become aware of the growing popularity of algae in design. This year, the Nature Design Triennial at the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York and the Cube Design Museum in Kerkade, Holland, as well as Paola Antonelli's Broken Nature exhibition at the Design Triennale Milano, have exhibited a number of projec...
Tags: New York, Science, Design, China, US, Materials, Canada, North Atlantic, Luma, Fashion Design, Cooper Hewitt, Agar, Paola Antonelli, Japan Korea, Cooper Hewitt Museum, Arles France


This year's ozone hole could be the smallest it has been in 30 years

For decades, scientists have closely observed the ozone layer, which protects Earth from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation. This year, just in time for World Ozone Day, the European Union’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) announced the state of the ozone hole — its size is the smallest it has been in the past 30 years. Ozone is created in our atmosphere when the sun’s high-energy UV rays rupture the stable covalent bonds of atmospheric oxygen (O2) molecules, transformi...
Tags: Science, Design, News, Environment, European Union, Bbc, United Nations, Meteorology, Montreal, Ozone, WMO, Cams, World Meteorological Organization WMO, Ozone Layer, Ozone Hole, Ozone Healing


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


Korvaa is the worlds first headphones grown from bio-based materials

Move over plastic and aluminum — the headphones of the future may be built from fungus and biosynthetic spider silk. Helsinki-based multidisciplinary design studio Aivan recently unveiled Korvaa, the world’s first headphones made exclusively from microbially grown materials. Created using synbio (short for “synthetic biology,” an interdisciplinary branch of biology and engineering), Korvaa is the first physical implementation of the technology and marks a potential shift away from a fossil fuel-...
Tags: Science, Design, Technology, Innovation, Sustainable Materials


Apple Finally Did the Right Thing (Sort of)

About a week ago, the “a” key on my MacBook Pro broke. Once flat and useful, the poor little guy now looks like a mini ski slope and barely works. Several of my friends have similar keyboard problems on their overpriced laptops. So it felt like a relief earlier today when Apple announced an expansion of Keyboard…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Design, Macbook, MacBook Air, Macbook Pro, Apple Keyboard, Bad Apple, Macbook Keyboard, Apple Butterfly Key Design


MIT Scientist’s Quest For a Bot That Can Smell As Well As a Dog

“We have $100 million worth of equipment downstairs. And the dog can beat me?” MIT scientist Andreas Mershin asks. “That is pissing me off.” Mershin aims to develop a bot that detects an antigen that can be an indicator of prostate cancer. It’s one that properly trained dogs can sniff out with 90% accuracy. The physicist’s lab, Label Free Research Group, is attempting artificial olfaction, …
Tags: Science, Design, Dogs, Tech, Mit, Prostate Cancer, Robots, Scientists, Linkaboutit, Artificial Olfaction, Andreas Mershin, Mershin, Label Free Research Group


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Designing an Italian icon, a mirrored hot air ballon, 3D-printed organs and plenty more inspiration and oddities The Impending Death of the Password Thanks to companies like MobileIron, device passwords (believed to date back to the 1960s, thanks to an MIT time-shared computer) may be on their way out once and for all. Since most people use weak passwords for the majority of their logins …
Tags: Psychology, Coffee, Art, Music, Science, Design, Technology, Internet, Cars, Tech, Computers, Architecture, 3d Printing, Italy, Public Art, Linkaboutit


3D-Printed Organ Capable of “Breathing”

Bioengineers at Rice University and the University of Washington crafted a first-ever 3D-printed “breathing” organ. Developing an organ that can maintain (aka breathe and transmit oxygen) has proven to be the most difficult part of the research: growing living cells is simple, researchers argue, but keeping them alive is much more difficult. This lung is 3D-printed from soft gels which allow it to expand and …
Tags: Science, Design, Medicine, Tech, Medical Research, 3d Printing, Linkaboutit, University of Washington, Rice University, Organs, Organ Transplants


This Inflatable Curtain Turned a Bath Tub Into the Most Spacious Shower in my Home

If you live in a tiny apartment or condo, it’s doubtful you have the luxury of a walk-in shower. A cramped tub probably does double-duty for all your bath time needs, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The Aircurv is an expanding inflatable curtain that lets you move around and stretch out without rubbing up against…Read more...
Tags: Reviews, Gadgets, Science, Design, Showers, Stuart McLeod, Aircurv


The Lifelong Benefits of a Single Psychedelic Trip

For decades, numerous scientific studies have set out to determine the benefits of psychedelic trips. From stabilizing moods to boosting creativity, substantial findings support the positive impact of psilocybin. But, a slew of recent work—specifically a survey conducted by Johns Hopkins—suggests that trips could do even more: they can instill newfound purpose and a sense of connectedness that lasts a lifetime. Often, these come as …
Tags: Health, Wellness, Science, Design, Drugs, Research, Culture, Mushrooms, Johns Hopkins, Ayahuasca, Linkaboutit, Lsd, Psychedelics, Psilocybin


Alzheimer’s-Detecting VR Game

VR game Sea Hero Quest—developed by game studio Glitchers, Deutsche Telekom (a German telecommunications company) and several European universities—is capable of identifying the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease in players. The game takes players on an ocean voyage, during which they are tasked with controlling the ship and navigating a specific route—first with a map, and then without. Apparently, “every two minutes spent playing the …
Tags: Health, Science, Design, Medicine, Video Games, Tech, Alzheimer's Disease, Vr, Virtual Reality, Linkaboutit, Sea Hero Quest, Glitchers Deutsche Telekom


Jewelry Could Replace Contraceptive Pills and Implants

Developed by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a tiny patch might change the future of contraception. Potentially replacing traditional options for birth control (from pills to IUDs and implants), the small contraceptive patch will administer contraceptive drugs through consistent skin contact and therefore can be attached to accessories—from earring backs to the back of a watch. Engineer Mark Prausnitz says, “The more contraceptive …
Tags: Health, Jewelry, Accessories, Science, Design, Medicine, Watches, Birth Control, Linkaboutit, Contraceptives, Georgia Institute of Technology, Mark Prausnitz


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

The future according to Stanley Kubrick, rock musical podcasts, the landscape at our Earth's core and more from around the internet 24 Covers for the Washington Post’s Climate Change Issue For 21 April’s issue of the Washington Post Magazine, their staff took a look back at the past year’s most important climate change-related stories and republished them with well-designed, poignant covers. Counting 24 in total, …
Tags: Science, Design, Musicals, Internet, Future, Tech, History, Earth, Nature, Magazines, 3d Printing, Stanley Kubrick, Notre Dame, Publications, Linkaboutit, Link About It


The Former Lead Designer of Gmail Has a New Chrome Extension That Kills the Confusing Redesign

Fifteen years of feature creep have left Gmail feeling a little cluttered and over-burdened for some users, including Michael Leggett, who served as the product’s lead designer from 2008 to 2012. (Fast Company has an interview with Leggett about the extension.) So who better to help strip Gmail back to its simpler…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Design, Gmail, Email, Internet, Leggett, Simplify, Michael Leggett


The Odd Landscape of Deep Earth

The furthest we’ve ever dug into Earth is only 0.2% of the way to its center. Beneath our progress, new research says, is an odd assortment of mountain ranges—with some peaks taller than Mount Everest—as well as massive ebbing blobs under Africa and the Pacific Ocean and a 760-mile-wide iron sphere in the center. Using seismic waves, researchers hope to map the entire make-up of …
Tags: Mountains, Science, Design, Africa, Environment, History, Earth, Nature, Culture, Pacific Ocean, Mount Everest, Planet, Linkaboutit


Robert Zhao Renhui’s “A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World”

Surprising and oftentimes heartbreaking, a catalog of species permanently altered by human existence Singaporean photographer Robert Zhao Renhui‘s A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World (published by The Institute of Critical Zoologists) documents the species of plants and animals that have been most impacted by human existence. Renhui studies our own species through our relationships with others. Sometimes we’re the protagonist and a …
Tags: Books, Photography, Science, Design, Climate Change, Animals, Environment, Earth, Culture, Plants, Zoology, Photobooks, Institute, Steidl, Environmental Awareness, A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

The world's "weirdest" languages, spy planes spot archaeological sites, making museums more accessible and more from around the web Open-Source Software Making Museums More Accessible Oftentimes, the process of visiting a museum begins at an institution’s website, and not all of them are accessible to people with disabilities. In fact, several notable NYC institutions’ websites are not readable by visitors with loss of vision. Those …
Tags: Art, Apps, Science, Design, Privacy, Planes, Tech, History, Accessibility, Museums, Artists, Linguistics, Archaeology, English, Websites, Linkaboutit


Recreating the Face of a Neolithic Dog

Built upon one of 24 dog skulls excavated in 1901 from Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn in Scotland’s Orkney Islands, this facial recreation reveals the appearance of domesticated canines roughly 4,500 years ago. The recreation—commissioned by Historic Environment Scotland and National Museum of Scotland—aimed to draw further attention to the close relationship between Neolithic humans and dogs. It was achieved by way of a 3D-printed model …
Tags: Science, Design, Dogs, Scotland, Animals, Tech, History, Archeology, Linkaboutit, Orkney Islands, National Museum of Scotland, Neolithic Age, Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn


Adidas’ FutureCraft Loop Sneaker Talks a Big Recycling Game

As much as I like sneakers, one problem with the modern running shoe is that after your kicks get worn out, you can’t resole them like you can a nice dress shoe. So inevitably, old sneakers end up getting tossed in the trash where they rot in a landfill somewhere for the next few decades or more. However, with some…Read more...
Tags: Science, Design, Shoes, Adidas, Recycling, Consumer Tech, Futurecraft, the Loop, Adidas Going Greener, Futurecraft Loop


Adidas’ FutureCraft Loop Sneaker Talks a Big Recycling Game But There's a Catch

As much as I like sneakers, one problem with the modern running shoe is that after your kicks get worn out, you can’t resole them like you can a nice dress shoe. So inevitably, old sneakers end up getting tossed in the trash where they rot in a landfill somewhere for the next few decades or more. However, with some…Read more...
Tags: Science, Design, Shoes, Adidas, Recycling, Consumer Tech, Futurecraft, the Loop, Adidas Going Greener, Futurecraft Loop



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