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Gaza Strip students build solar-powered car to help battle fuel crisis

The Gaza Strip in Palestine is faced with diesel and electricity shortages that lead to blackouts and major transportation challenges. So engineering …

Gaza

Using Legos as a Legitimate Urban Planning Tool

MIT wants to make transportation planning more transparent—and a bit more fun.<p>MIT researchers unveiled something earlier this month that will please toddlers and serious urban planners alike. It’s a model of Dudley Square—a neighborhood in the greater Boston area—about the size of a kitchen table. …

A genius teacher installed bike pedals underneath her students' desks

At one middle school in North Carolina, bike pedals are making kids better at math.<p>Seriously: Ever since eighth grade math teacher Bethany Lambeth …

Google’s Quest To Design A Typeface For Every Language On Earth

For the past five years, Google and Monotype have sought to bring hundreds of alphabets online through a family of typefaces called Noto.<p>Can you imagine typing up an email, sending it off, and being told by the recipient that its contents were gobbledygook? Of course not. For most of us, whatever …

MIT And Google Give The Cubicle A Radical, Shape-Shifting Redesign

The work pods are a glimpse of the self-assembling architecture of the future.<p>Once heralded as an ingenious design strategy for saving money and fostering collaboration, the open-plan office has fallen from grace. It’s increasingly viewed by employees as a stressful, noisy nuisance, but with real …

This brilliant 13-year-old figured out how to make clean energy using a device that costs $5

Maanasa Mendu thinks she's cracked the code on how to make wind and solar energy affordable.<p>On Tuesday, Mendu, a 13-year-old from Ohio, won the grand prize in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her work in creating a cost-effective "solar leaves" design to create energy. In …

10 Things That Happen When Students Engage in Design Thinking

<i>John Spencer, a great friend and amazing thinker, has a course on “Design Thinking for Teachers”, that is happening now. I know John is very</i> …

Incredible New London Design Museum

The Design Museum is the new London design temple. Formerly situated in Shad Thames, in the south, it’s now in South Kensington that are exposed …

Teaching Empathy Through Design Thinking

The core principles of design thinking are to empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test. Teaching design thinking can be a powerful way of …

FoodCloud: new app proves a nourishing idea for wasted food

“Within one community, there can be a business that’s throwing away perfectly good food and just around the corner there’s a charity that’s struggling to feed people in need,” says Iseult Ward of FoodCloud, a remarkable social enterprise which she co-founded with Aoibheann O’Brien in 2012. “We …

Agriculture

Bill Gates is backing a revolutionary waterless toilet — here's how it works

Cranfield University<p>Four years after the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded $710,000 for the development of a revolutionary waterless toilet, …

Watch how a female graffiti artist is spray painting messages of hope on the walls of Kabul.

"Art is important in Afghanistan...people are getting tired of words."<p>Shamsia Hassani is a trailblazer in a country torn apart by war and religious …

Graffiti artists invited to make their mark as downtown library closes

If you’ve got a secret tag you’ve been yearning to share, take your talent to the Stanley A. Milner Library in downtown Edmonton on Dec. 17.<p>The date …

The First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Is Almost Ready for Action

One turbine isn't turning, but production should start soon regardless.<p>There has been a hiccup at the nation's first offshore wind farm as it prepares to start delivering power.<p>Deepwater Wind, which owns the five-turbine farm off Block Island, Rhode Island, says one turbine is not turning.<p>But …

Hydroelectric Power

9 Ways Science Helps Catch Counterfeit Art

Approximately $64 billion is spent on art every year. It’s estimated that anywhere from 2 to 50 percent of those pieces out there are counterfeits. …

Could underwater farming feed the world?

Ocean-bound entrepreneur envisions ecological restoration and economic revival.<p>Worldwide, farmland consumes an area roughly the size of Canada and the United States put together. It takes that much land to produce enough fruits, vegetables, and grains to feed the world, to say nothing of the …

Farming

Spain’s famous Prado Museum showcases female artist for the first time

The Prado, Spain’s national art museum, may be close to 200 years old and host of one of the world’s widest collections of Renaissance and Baroque art but, until now, the Madrid gallery has never put the spotlight on a female artist.<p>That has changed as the famous art centre dedicates an exhibition …

Experimental City: How Rotterdam Became A World Leader In Sustainable Urban Design

Europe’s largest port–threatened by rising waters and a loss of its major industry–has reinvented itself as a playground for innovative thinkers who are trying to create a resilient city of the future.<p>When Helly Scholten makes dinner, if she needs a tomato or squash or an onion, she heads …

Politicians and industry use buzzwords such as ‘creativity’, ‘collaboration’ and ‘imagination’. So why are we taking all the fun out of learning?<p>In an inner-city classroom on an ordinary day, something extraordinary is happening.<p>Ashley, a boy on the autism spectrum who has behavioural challenges, …

Pedagogy

Helsinki Hopes This App Will Make People Ditch Their Cars - MIT Technology Review

Helsinki, on the southern shore of Finland, has a regional population of 1.2 million. Its transportation options include buses, trams, and a metro, …

Transportation

South African teen wins Google prize for orange peel innovation

<b>A 16-year-old South African schoolgirl has won the grand prize at Google's science fair for using orange peel to develop a cheap super-absorbent material to help soil retain water.</b><p>Kiara Nirghin beat students from around the world for a $50,000 (£38,000) scholarship with her "fighting drought with …

Commuter Rail Workers in Boston Are About to Get Bionic Eyes - MIT Technology Review

Add commuter rail to the list of industries adopting augmented reality to boost efficiency, cut costs, and increase their workers’ skills.<p>In …

Innovators Under 35 - MIT Technology Review

The people in our 16th annual celebration of young innovators are disrupters and dreamers. They’re inquisitive and persistent, inspired and …

Announcing The Winners Of The 2016 Innovation By Design Awards

A panel of 26 expert judges pored through more than 1,700 entries and selected the best products, services, and ideas of 2016.<p>Year by year, the Innovation by Design Awards have grown. This year’s entries represented an astonishingly strong survey of innovation around the globe—more than 1,700 …

We're in the age of the wordless logo

With increasing frequency, MasterCard said, it would do away with using its name in the logo entirely. The focus would be more on the symbol than the words.<p>MasterCard's move reflects a wider shift among some of the most widely recognized global brands to de-emphasize the text in their logos, or …

IBM is gearing up to become the world’s largest and most sophisticated design company

<i>In this series, Perfect Company, we are examining pockets of excellence in the corporate world. No single company is perfect, but together they show what the corporate ideal could look like.</i><p>The platonic ideal<p>“Design is <i>not</i> style. It’s <i>not</i> about giving shape to the shell and not giving a damn about …

Product Design

America’s First Offshore Wind Farm Is Almost Ready

Check out these photos of its impressive installation process.<p>A milestone for American renewable energy that has been almost a decade in the making is nearing completion off the coast of Rhode Island. The nation’s first offshore wind farm is now rising and is expected to be completed this fall. …

Cooper Hewitt announces winners of the 17th annual National Design Awards

<b>Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Director Caroline Baumann announced the winners of the 2016 National Design Awards,</b> recognizing excellence …

San Francisco

Andy Warhol Created a Cookbook, and It’s as Wild as You Might Expect

Andy Warhol was never really interested in the culinary arts, but as we all know, he did manage to turn the Campbell’s soup can into an American icon. It was something he claimed that he ate every single day for 20 years, a food that fascinated him because of its ability to taste the exact same, no …