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Kiefer's DIY "Parallelgo" Clamp Design

For tricky glue-ups and unusual shapes<p>A Canadian craftsman named Kiefer, now retired, reports that he spends his days having "a great time in my …

Woodworking

Monumental Masterpieces: 8 of Art History’s Most Famous Large-Scale Paintings

Great art comes in all shapes and sizes. From towering sculptures to tiny sketches, artists have produced works that play with scale throughout the history of art. While this interest in experimentation is apparent across mediums and genres, its role in painting has been particularly …

Art

LA gaining parks, but nearly half of residents don’t have easy access

The city is spending more on creating new park space<p>Los Angeles has more park space than it did a year ago, and more residents live close enough to a park that they can walk there, according to a new report from the Trust for Public Land.<p>Each year the nonprofit ranks the 100 largest U.S. cities …

Urban Design

Glorious church conversion lists for $2.6M in Melbourne

The former church was built in 1906<p>Another glorious church conversion has come to our attention, this time in Melbourne, Australia, where the former Northcote Presbyterian Church Hall has been transformed into a bright and spacious home.<p>Built in 1906, the church located in the suburb of Northcote …

Pool Table

The perfect high-design, playfully industrial dresser

“I like that you’re able to see all the mechanics of it, which I think is really romantic.”<p><i>Welcome back to</i> <i>Show & Tell</i><i>. For this installment, we spoke with Alyse Archer-Coité, director of culture and programming at</i> <i>A/D/O</i><i>, a creative space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, dedicated to expanding the reach of</i> …

Furniture

Could We Build the Millennium Falcon from 'Star Wars'?

With so many incredible, newly developing technologies, could we build a real-life Millennium Falcon? In short, no. But we're getting closer.<p>In the …

Star Wars

Tour the Millennium Falcon with These Awesome 'Star Wars' Photos

Revealing the Interior<p>Credit: Lucasfilm<p>Time to cruise across the universe in style. The Millennium Falcon can not only make the Kessel Run in 12 …

Star Wars

China’s biggest electric car maker announces its global ambitions with a monorail in Brazil

One of China’s biggest electric car makers is increasingly looking for business outside China.<p>BYD, China’s biggest electric vehicle maker by sales, signed a 2.5 billion Brazilian real ($689 million) deal this week to build a monorail system in Brazil’s eastern city Salvador, the firm said Thursday …

Automotive Industry

Johns Hopkins engineers helping NASA restore links to long-lost 'zombie' satellite

When aerospace engineers launch a satellite, they don’t expect it to last forever. So when the NASA orbiter known as IMAGE disappeared from view …

Astronomy

Downtown Detroit Markets open for the summer

Just in time for the busy holiday weekend, the Downtown Detroit Markets are now open in Capitol Park, Cadillac Square, and 1441 Woodward. This season’s lineup of vendors are majority women-owned, with over 50 percent owned by people of color. We stopped by to preview some of the new offerings.<p>In …

Urban Planning

Uber to open Advanced Technologies Center in Paris focused on flying taxis

S’envoler<p>Uber’s plan to fill the skies above cities with swarms of electric-powered flying taxis is getting its own dedicated laboratory. The company announced Thursday that it will build a new Advanced Technologies Center in Paris focused on its ambitious Uber Elevate project, the ride-hail …

Transportation

“Get this man a shield!”

Marvel Comics’ Captain America rarely leaps into action without his virtually indestructible red, white and blue shield, whether in the pages of …

Comics

What Are the Seven Wonders of the World?

We've all heard of the Seven Wonders of the World, but what are they exactly and where do they come from? To get to the origins of the original “must-see” list, we need to go back to Ancient Greece. Called <i>themata</i>—Greek for “things to see”—the list came about from writers of guidebooks and …

Ancient History

Algorithms could reduce taxi numbers by half, says Carlo Ratti

Cities would need half as many taxis if human drivers were replaced with robots, according to new research coordinated by Carlo Ratti, director of …

Artificial Intelligence

The rocket that eats itself

<b>Engineers in Scotland and Ukraine have begun testing a rocket that "eats itself".</b><p>It will lift satellites into orbit by burning its own body as fuel.<p>Rocketry is a wasteful business. A rocket uses most of its energy lifting its own weight into space. Its payload is typically just a fraction of that.<p>A …

Space Travel

Mazda Develops First Automatic Bumper Recycling Technology

The less work involved in recycling, the better. That’s the thinking behind Mazda’s automated bumper-recycling process. The newly-developed technology is simple enough: Feed a bumper from any vehicle manufacturer into a crusher that removes metal and paint. A machine sorts out the remaining pieces, …

Mazda

Lyft is spending $100M on new hubs for drivers

Community centers for the gig economy<p>Earlier today, Lyft announced a $100 million investment in expanding its network of driver hubs in major U.S. cities, including the addition of 30 more locations.<p>These hubs, 15 of which are currently located in major U.S. cities, function as service centers and …

Transportation

How a healthcare company plans to fight homelessness

Kaiser Permanente is investing $200 million to house Americans<p>Efforts to combat the country’s homelessness crisis will get a financial boost from one of the country’s biggest healthcare providers—Kaiser Permanente is investing $200 million in affordable and supportive housing across the country.<p>The …

Health Care

How to Know if Your Neighborhood is Being Gentrified

Using modern digital tools, Michael Luca and colleagues hope to give urban planners a look into gentrification as it is happening.<p>A new study of …

Urban Design

Bywater faces its future

As New Orleans struggles to balance tourism and residents, the neighborhood is caught in the middle<p>One morning a couple of years ago, a neighbor called me over from my porch to point out the guy staying in the Airbnb next door: a certain famous actor who’d just appeared in a blockbuster …

Urbanism

Omni Boston Seaport Hotel officially breaks ground in the Seaport District

The 1,055-room inn will be the fourth-largest hotel in Boston—but there is some controversy about its name<p>What will be the fourth-largest hotel in Boston is officially underway following a May 22 groundbreaking that drew VIPs such as Gov. Charlie Baker and Mayor Marty Walsh.<p>The $550 million Omni …

South Boston Waterfront

Chunk of original Star Wars Death Star goes for sale on eBay

That's no moon.<p>You've got your all black mobile life support system. You have Stormtroopers at your command. Now you just need a suitable spaceship. Get started on your very own Death Star by picking up a prop piece of the original ship from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope on eBay.<p>The story of …

Star Wars

Atlanta councilman proposes city’s largest code enforcement demolitions ever

Dustin Hillis has pitched legislation to level more than 70 blighted apartments in District 9<p>Freshly installed Atlanta City Councilman Dustin Hillis can’t stand blight.<p>Before he was elected to the council in November, he’d been working with Council President Felicia Moore—back when she was merely a …

Urban Design

What is artist James Turrell creating inside a Flagstaff crater? He's been at it for 40 years

FLAGSTAFF – Roden Crater rises far from homes and paved roads, separated from civilization not just by distance but by a sternly worded “No trespassing” sign at the only gap in a barbed-wire fence.<p>It stands alone in Arizona’s high desert northeast of Flagstaff, an extinct volcano smoothed by eons …

Museums of Contemporary Art

Raymond Loewy's Illustrative Chart Showing the Evolution of Form Factors

Cars, trains, phones, clocks, chairs, stemware, dresses, bathing suits<p>Raymond Loewy, the father of industrial design, once drew up this nifty chart …

Swimwear

Yo! C77 Sketch: How to Choose the Right Perspective

In this episode, Michael DiTullo shows us how to use perspective to portray a convincing sense of scale<p>Beyond having accurate perspective, choosing …

DIY

OneMap Alliance will create one super HD map to rule them all

The mapping consortium is pushing to have the world mapped in HD by 2020, a lofty goal indeed.<p>One of the most significant hurdles that self-driving car development needs to clear is the relative lack of ultra-detailed high-definition mapping data for public roads. Right now, the effort to create …

Bike Lanes

MIT teaches self-driving cars to change lanes like real drivers

Autonomous vehicles really don't know how to switch lanes as well as people do. They tend to rely on either relatively static data models that are difficult to study in the thick of traffic, or are basic enough that the car might only change lanes when it's absolutely necessary -- that is, hardly …

Autonomous Cars

New York Public Library’s Rich Digital Collection Has Over 180,000 Images to Download

The New York Public Library has just made it a lot easier to take advantage of their digital collection. Not only have they released more than 180,000 pieces of digitized information into the public domain, they've also made it accessible without having to log in. From the letters of Thomas …

Thomas Jefferson

Star Wars-inspired flying robots joining space station crew

Smart NASA Astrobee robots the size of Jedi training droids will help astronauts on the International Space Station work faster and be more productive.<p>May the force be with them!<p>Astronauts aboard the International Space Station will soon be joined by a crew of free-flying mini-robots inspired by …

Space Exploration