Brendan Smith

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3D Printing Robots are the Masons of the 21st Century

ZA Architects new “Smart Masonry” construction method adapts one of mankind’s earliest building techniques to the Digital Age.<p><i>Images courtesy of ZA Architects, via</i><p>The ancient art of stone masonry, which dates all the way back to Neolithic man, has met its modern match in ZA Architects digital stone …

No One Will Tell You How Much Time You Should Work Every Day, So I Will

Here is a well researched fact of life. The more you work, the less productive you become! The secret is to work smarter and take lots of breaks.<p>Let …

A Google For Scientific Articles, For The Next Time You’re Locked In A Debate About Vaccines

Stop spouting nonsense and dig into the research.<p>Arguing about scientific topics is always a fraught endeavor. Part of the problem–whether you’re discussing GMOs, the measles vaccine, or some other controversial topic–is that finding relevant research isn’t easy for people who don’t spend their …

New in the Shop: Beautifully Abstract City Maps by Jazzberry Blue

Using bold colors and geometric forms, artist Jazzberry Blue creates abstract maps of some of the world's most famous cities. He's made these modern maps, that have that mid-century modern look to them, for almost every city you can think of including Chicago, Milan, and Berlin. The self-taught …

World's First Plantable Coffee Cup Biodegrades Into Seedlings After Use

Given America's caffeine addiction, it's no surprise that to-go coffee cups contribute significant amounts of waste to landfills. One California-based company has a solution to cut back on coffee-related trash: cups that can be planted. Seeds embedded in fibers that make up the cup's walls will …

3D scanning will be used to create "unique fitted clothing"

<b>Dezeen and MINI Frontiers:</b> industrial designer Leonie Tenthof van Noorden, who uses 3D scanning to produce bespoke dresses, claims the technique will …

Sayon Wood Frame Glasses

Sayon, a fine collection of wood frame glasses from New Delhi, India.<p>Sayon Chatterjee is a New Delhi, India based multidisciplinary designer who …

India

"It's the end of fashion as we know it" says Li Edelkoort

<b>Design Indaba 2015:</b> fashion is dead, trend forecaster Li Edelkoort has declared, describing the fashion industry as "a ridiculous and pathetic parody …

Cape Town

50 Vintage Text Effects Bundle

A download bundle that includes 50 stylish vintage text effects.<p>Check out this great <b>vintage text effects bundle</b>! The complete download pack consists …

URBAN TALES to Explore the Future of Cities

<i>URBAN TALES</i> will showcase three distinct architectural artwork series exploring visions of narrative based city redevelopments. Featuring RIBA …

'Big Brain' Gene Found in Humans, Not Chimps

A single gene may have paved the way for the rise of human intelligence by dramatically increasing the number of brain cells found in a key brain …

Evolution

Here Are All The Crazy Ways Humans Are Changing Nature

A new photo series titled “A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World” documents the ways humans are changing the natural world. Shot and edited by Robert Zhao Renhui, whose work explores the ethics and morality of man’s relationship to nature, the images catalogue how animals and organisms evolve …

50 Productivity Tips to Boost Your Brain Power | Inc.com

It might seem like a weird question, but how much time do you give your brain a fair consideration? Do you stop to marvel at its supreme cleverness and incredible power? That it's a giant electrical muscle controlling your entire body? Or at the minimum, check in and give your brain a …

Scientists stick it to climate deniers: Study provides direct evidence that human activity is causing global warming

For the first time, researchers directly observed carbon dioxide trapping heat in the atmosphere<p>People who continue to deny that human activity is directly impacting climate change (looking at you, Inhofe) had better pay attention to this one: scientists, for the first time, have provided direct …

Archiblox prefab home uses "a fraction" of the energy it generates

Archiblox says the house is the "world's first carbon positive prefabricated house," by which it means the first prefab house to be energy positive. …

Has science just disproved God?

Has the idea of God just taken a deathblow from its old enemy, science?<p>Richard Dawkins’ site suggests that some recent MIT research is pretty much …

Density is Great, But Walkability Needs More | Smart Cities Dive

Achieving density and creating public circulation space that is centered around pedestrians are both key components to fostering a walkable …

The Provocative Architecture Of Thomas Heatherwick

From his grain silo art museum to a park floating on a pier, Thomas Heatherwick’s designs are endlessly inventive and radically playful.<p>The mad scientist of architecture, who was just tapped to help design Google’s headquarters, is the subject of a new exhibition on display at the Hammer Museum in …

Productivity 101: How to Use Personal Kanban to Visualize Your Work

The best productivity methods keep your to-dos in front of you and prioritized so you never wonder what to work on next. Some are complicated, but …

Dwell

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How Microgrids Could Bring Electricity To 1.5 Billion People

<i>This article was originally published in December 2012 on the Energy Realities blog.</i><p>Since most of the world has taken electric lights, air conditioning, ubiquitous power outlets and so on for granted for several generations, it’s easy to forget that more than 1.5 billion people on the planet – …

Energy

Turn Your Old iPhone Into A New, Braun-Inspired Radio

Your old iPhone might not run the latest apps or hold a charge all day, but it’s still an amazing little machine, capable of upgrading almost any appliance in your home, if only there was a way to make that happen.<p>The iReadyO radio ($83), a new Kickstarter project by the Korean design studio PlusD, …

Will Solar Cause A 'Death Spiral' For Utilities?

Solar panels are sprouting up fast and getting cheaper everyday. Soon some of the homes and businesses that own or lease these solar systems could “cut the cord” and unplug entirely from the power grids operated by their regional power utilities. But let’s start by dispelling a myth. What has …

Electricity

Why the Keystone Pipeline Is the Wrong U.S. Energy Debate

The Keystone XL — a proposed addition to a network of pipelines running from the Canadian oil sands to refineries in Texas — has become the political football of the moment. It was the first issue that Sen. Joni Ernst addressed in her response to last week’s State of the Union address, and …

What Science Is Telling Us About The Heart’s Intuitive Intelligence

The wonderful and brilliant scientists over at the Institute of HeartMath have done some amazing work in shedding light on some very significant …

Extraordinary pictures of the most ancient trees on Earth

Photographer Beth Moon spent 14 years traveling around the world taking pictures of the most ancient trees on Earth. The resulting photos—printed in …

San Francisco

Tech 2015: Deep Learning And Machine Intelligence Will Eat The World

Despite what Stephen Hawking or Elon Musk say, hostile Artificial Intelligence is not going to destroy the world anytime soon. What is certain to happen, however, is the continued ascent of the practical applications of AI, namely deep learning and machine intelligence. The word is spreading in all …