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All the Coolest Stuff From Toy Fair 2016

If January’s CES is the main course when it comes to trade shows, February’s New York Toy Fair is the dessert you can’t wait to dig into afterwards. …

Nissan Makes Terrifying Self-Parking Office Chairs

The engineers at Nissan are excited about autonomous driving technology. So excited in fact, they pulled themselves away from working on actual cars …

Did you solve it? Are you smarter than a British 13 year old?

Find out how well you did in the UK’s teenage maths challenge<p>Earlier today I set you ten questions form the UKMT Intermediate Mathematical Challenge, sat by more than 200,000 British schoolchildren aged 13-16 on Feb 4 this year.<p>More than 30,000 of you took the test today, and on the whole you did …

Mathematics

Dogs can read human emotions

Many dog owners believe their pets are able to pick up on their moods, but scientists have demonstrated once and for all that man's best friend can actually recognize emotions in humans.<p>Researchers found that by combining information from different senses dogs form abstract mental representations …

Animal Behavior

Star Trek And NASA Just Issued A ‘Replicator Challenge’

Runs through May 1<p>“Calling all Starfleet cadets! <i>Star Trek</i> and NASA want you to engineer the future of food in space.”<p>That’s the message that NASA and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Foundation are sending to enterprising young inventors across America, as part of the new <i>Star …

Star Trek

This app lets you play N64, PS1 and GBA games on your iPhone without a jailbreak

Emulating console and handheld games has been one of the primary reasons to jailbreak an iPhone for years, but the release of NewGamepad could bring …

How Google Is Reimagining Books

Editions At Play sees designers and authors working simultaneously to build a new type of e-book from the ground up.<p>The first sign that Reif Larsen’s <i>Entrances & Exits</i> is not a typical e-book comes at the table of contents, which is just a list of chapters titled “Location Unknown.” Click on one of …

10 Amazing Treehouses You Can Actually Stay In

Fulfill that childhood fantasy and book one of these high-end treehouses, from Costa Rica to Italy to San Francisco<p>There’s something magical about a treehouse. And we’re not talking about your run-of-the-mill backyard hideaway filled with kids’ toys. These 10 examples are architectural gems that …

Costa Rica

Brilliant Pencil Sharpener Design Helps You Endlessly Extend Pencils

Uses miniature wood joinery to turn your No. 2 into a No. 2222<p>One of the more fascinating challenges for a product designer is creating the UI for …

Articles about 7 daring dutch homes on Dwell.com - Dwell

Inspired by her natural surroundings, a Dutch felt artist intuitively crafts a home on a northern Holland harbor.<p>In this series, Sebastian Mariscal designs a home in Venice, California, that brings the outside in. We track the project...<p>The alphabet is as easy as ABC, but for typographer Peter …

Design

This Glass Disc Can Store 360 TB of Your Photos for 13.8 Billion Years

If you back up your photos on optical disks or storage drives, there’s a good chance your data won’t last as long as you do due to things known as …

Uber CEO delivers stinging attack to city regulators at TED

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick used the TED stage on Tuesday to attack transport regulators for standing in the way of uberPOOL's mission to cut …

The radical plan to destroy time zones

Last Summer, North Korea did something a little odd. On the 70th anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japanese occupation, the closed and authoritarian state announced it was permanently turning its clocks back half an hour. The country was creating its own time zone: Pyongyang time.<p>As a plan, it …

North Korea