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100 things we didn't know last year

<b>Interesting and unexpected facts can emerge from daily news stories and the Magazine picks out such snippets for its weekly feature, 10 things we didn't know last week. Here's an almanac of the best of 2014.</b><p><b>1. The Pentagon has</b> a plan for combating a zombie apocalypse.<p>Find out more (Foreign</b> …

Nokia

Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age - Barbican exhibition review by Sean Sheehan | LensCulture

Stephen Shore, in describing his work, once spoke of ‘showing people what they were not seeing.’ In these deceptively simple words, we can find a rationale for photography’s status as an art form.<p>Shore is just one of the 18 photographers whose work is on show at London’s Barbican as part of the …

Architecture

In Norway, A New Model For Zero-Energy Housing

Snohetta’s carbon-neutral model home looks like it’s been tipped up for a quick vacuum underneath. Could it be replicated elsewhere?<p>The building industry is one of the world’s biggest polluters. About half of the U.K.’s carbon dioxide emissions come from the construction and operation of buildings; …

Architecture

8 Things Your Pet Says About Your Personality

1) Researchers have established some general conclusions about pets and their owners personalities:<p><b>Fish owners are happiest.</b>• <b><br>Dog owners are the most</b> …

Pets

Age of stars is pinned to their spin

<b>Astronomers have proved that they can accurately tell the age of a star from how fast it is spinning.</b><p>We know that stars slow down over time, but until recently there was little data to support exact calculations.<p>For the first time, a US team has now measured the spin speed of stars that are more …

Universe

Stunningly Elaborate Scenes Created Without Photoshop by Jee Young Lee

Seoul-based artist Jee Young Lee devotes weeks and months to building incredibly elaborate scenes by hand for the sake of taking a single photograph—all without the use of digital manipulation. Confined to the small space of her 360 x 410 x 240 cm studio, she painstakingly constructs every last …

Art

The Never-ending Mechanical Pencil

Most modern mechanical pencils are known for their both their visibility into the intricate, inner moving parts as well as their frequent disposal, …

A Cabinet Formed From Intersecting Squares

Mexican designer Joel Escalona partnered with French company Roche Bobois on an intriguing cabinet called Booleanos. The storage piece’s …

Furniture

This Chameleon Teacup Will Match Any Saucer

A matching tea set is one of life’s simple pleasures, but how could you ever decide on just one pattern? Cup & Saucer, by Japan’s D-Bro design studio, insists that you don’t need to.<p>The cups in this series actually have no pattern at all. Instead, they’re painted with a perfect, palladium surface …

DIY

Renaud Defrancesco's LED lightbulbs are shaped like lampshades

ECAL graduate Renaud Defrancesco has designed a collection of LED bulbs that double as decorative pendant lights.<p>The Ampoules LMP collection is based …

Prototypes