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What Are “Nearables,” And Why Is Ideo So Excited About Them?

Bluetooth beacons enter a new interactive frontier with Estimote’s sticker-size hardware<p>Last week beacon technology–sensors which can trigger actions in devices that come within range, increasing their spatial intelligence–shrank in size and grew in opportunity with the introduction of Estimote …

This Origami-Inspired Solar Panel Folds Up To Bring Cheap Power To Space

Getting solar panels to space is no easy task. This array–which is only 9-feet wide folded up, but can pop open to 82-feet once in space–could deliver the goods.<p>Without obstacles like clouds or nighttime, solar panels are ideally suited for space and eventually might even be able to efficiently …

Seminal Bauhaus Texts Now Available For Free

Some of the 20th century’s greatest visual minds came out of the Bauhaus, a daring, experimental art school founded in 1919 in Weimar, Germany. There were its three architect-directors, Walter Gropius, Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, and Hannes Meyer; painters Piet Mondrian, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee; …

Sonic Youth, Ariel Pink, Animal Collective Members, Jim O'Rourke, Yoko Ono, More Make Music for Plants

Back in 2002, artist Peter Coffin began his <i>Music for Plants</i> series of installations. It was inspired in-part by <i>The Secret Life of Plants</i>, a 1973 book that combined science with New Age techniques to argue that plants could "hear" sound—and that, theoretically, one could make music for them just as …

David Lynch’s Photos Of Abandoned Factories Are Just As Haunting As His Films

The director of surreal masterpieces like Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive has released his first book of photography, The Factory Photographs, and it’s every bit as unsettling as you’d expect.<p>Avant-garde film director David Lynch is known for his singular ability to turn the seemingly banal into …

The Monocle Guide to Good Business

The world is rife—even overrun—with business books. Whether it's sage management advice or dubious tips on working two hours a week from a hammock, the business section of most bookstores is full of all flavors for would-be entrepreneurs and those looking to make moves in the business world. …