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Soft Sell - Interview with Jo Nagasaka

Interview with Jo Nagasaka<p><b>Schemata Architects chief Jo Nagasaka believes Tokyo’s retail design must embrace the post-consumer age.</b><p>Jo Nagasaka, how …

Welcome to Tokyo's Akihabara Electric Town, with the craziest gadget stores you'll ever see

Tokyo is a wonderfully frenetic city of lights, high rises and concentrated insanity. It's equal parts "Blade Runner," "The Fifth Element," "Ghost in the Shell" and, well, just about every other sci-fi movie you can think of.<p>For years, Tokyo's Akihabara district was <i>the</i> place to score cheap …

Japan

Propelled by rocket fuel, ego and tunnel vision, Eugene Cernan was the last man to walk on the moon. Now a new film tells his amazing story, from the crash that charred his helmet to the ‘spacewalk from hell’<p>Eugene Cernan has felt the white heat of re-entry three times. “The landing,” says the …

Space Science

Weedkiller alert over cancer link

The World Heath Organisation's cancer agency has declared that glyphosate, the active ingredient in popular herbicide Roundup, is 'probably carcinogenic'<p>The World Health Organisation’s cancer agency has declared that one of the UK’s most widely used weedkillers is “probably carcinogenic to …

Articles about dramatic cutout wall and other surprises define playful house on Dwell.com - Dwell

In Auckland, New Zealand, an architect cleverly uses roof supports and surplus soil to define space, both inside and out.<p>Every week, we highlight one amazing Dwell home that went viral on Pinterest.<p>A traditional floor plan gets a minimalist update, complete with a classic porch.<p>In a remote …

G-Star RAW and Vitra join forces to relaunch Jean Prouvé's 1940s office furniture

<b>Milan 2015:</b> Fashion brand G-Star RAW has collaborated with furniture company Vitra to update a range of original designs by Jean Prouvé for use in …

This was one of the moments Steve Jobs realized he could change the world

One of those old interviews was shared by venture capitalist Chris Dixon on his blog Friday, under the title, "It all blossomed out of this tiny little seed."<p>The video is part of a documentary filmed in 1985, the year Jobs was ousted from Apple to found a new computer company called NeXT.<p>In the …

Pluto Probe Sets a Distance Record for Course Correction

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has performed a record-setting maneuver to adjust its approach to Pluto ahead of this summer's historic flyby.<p>The New Horizons probe, which will zoom through the Pluto system on July 14, fired its engines for 93 seconds on Tuesday when it was about 3 billion miles …

Solar System

Have Astronomers Finally Found Dark Matter?

It’s been a mystery for 80 years—but gamma rays from a dwarf galaxy could finally tell scientists what dark matter is really made of.<p>It’s too early to say for certain, but astronomers may have picked up a new clue to the nature of dark matter—invisible cosmic stuff with at least five times the mass …

Dark Matter

Lockheed Martin Unveils Jupiter and Exoliner Space Transports

Lockheed Martin has unveiled a spaceflight architecture that it says could take cargo to the International Space Station and help facilitate humanity's spread out into the solar system.<p>Lockheed hopes the system — which features a space tug known as Jupiter and a supply module called Exoliner — wins …

Space Exploration

Month in Space Pictures: Savor the Beauty of Blastoffs

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Space Exploration

As Climate Wars Heat Up, Some Skeptics Are Targets

Scientists who warn that the earth's climate is changing have been subjected to hacking, investigations, and even court action in recent years. That ire usually comes from conservative groups and climate skeptics seeking to discredit the research findings.<p>"If you come and testify before the U.S. …

Altering the space between tiny crystals allows lizards to reflect a specific wavelength of light and camouflage themselves, study finds<p>It is one of nature’s most spectacular displays and now scientists have shown how the chameleon changes colour.<p>A study has found that the lizards possess a layer …

Zoology

This New Flat Lens Captures Perfect Colors Without Chromatic Aberration

A team of researchers at Harvard are trying to revolutionize the world of optical lenses. Instead of traditional curved lenses that suffer from …

Why You Should Consider Booking a Trip Through BJ's, Costco or Sam's Club

<i>Roderick Eime / Flickr</i><p>If you've ever shopped in a wholesale retail store like Costco, Sam's Club or BJ's Wholesale, you're probably more familiar with their barrels of cheese balls and 2-liter bottles of olive oil than you are with their vacation packages. While these membership-only warehouse …

21 Best Things To Do In The San Francisco Bay Area, As Explained By Locals

New York was freezing, and I had to leave. Thanks to JetBlue and a $63 round-trip ticket (yes, you read that right), I headed to the San Francisco Bay Area where the weather was better and the food, too, gave NYC a run for its money.<p>While there, I worked from various cafes, friends' homes and …

Do you believe you can think yourself well, changing the very structure of your brain over time through rigorous training? Norman Doidge does…<p>When you pick up a bestseller that announces “this book will change your life”, or which, say, claims to be full of “mind-bending, miracle-making, …

The Brain

Jupiter’s icy moon Europa may harbour extraterrestrial life. Nasa has announced a mission to go, but Esa will get there first<p>Europa is a tantalising place orbiting the giant planet of Jupiter. Extraordinary images from the twin Voyager spacecraft in 1979 showed that Europa’s surface was cracked in …

Astronomy

Eero is a little white box that aims to change Wi-Fi forever

Would you spend $300 on a carefree Wi-Fi network?<p>Linksys, D-Link, Netgear, and Belkin. Those are the brands that most consumers choose when it comes time to set up a home Wi-Fi network. But no matter which product you buy, getting wireless internet working in your home — your <i>entire</i> home — can …

Next Year, NASA Could Get An Extra $500 Million And A Mission To Europa

Finally!<p>President Obama wants to give NASA’s missions a big boost. Monday afternoon, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden updated the nation on the state of its space agency, noting that the Obama administration is proposing an $18.5 billion budget for NASA for the 2016 fiscal year. That’s about $500 …

The Untold Story Of Shake Shack’s $1.6 Billion Branding

For the first time, Pentagram tells the story of building Shake Shack’s branding from the ground up.<p>Last week, Shake Shack went public in an IPO that ballooned to $1.6 billion–cementing the brand’s journey from a one-off boutique stand in New York’s Madison Square Park to a multinational burger …

22 Movies Every Designer Should Watch On Netflix

In search of some inspiration? Then we have the movies for you!<p>Sometimes you take a look at your Netflix queue and think there’s nothing decent on the service. That’s not entirely true! Netflix has certainly lost its library of mainstream Hollywood films over the past few years. But for the …

As Dawn spacecraft closes in on Ceres, things start to look 'rough'

Eat your heart out, Hubble! NASA's Dawn spacecraft is in the home stretch of its journey to Ceres and has snapped the best images yet of the dwarf planet. Grainy as they are, the new views of the 590-mile-wide world are already turning up unexpected features on the surface.<p>"What we expect at Ceres …

SpaceX and Boeing are on their way to launching US astronauts, NASA says

The agency will use the partnership to end dependency on Russia<p>New details about NASA's Commercial Crew Program were revealed today during a press conference held at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Both SpaceX and Boeing have completed the first milestones in their plans to send humans into …

Mysterious radio signal from space caught live for first time

Astronomers in Australia have picked up an “alien” radio signal from space for the first time as it occurred. The signal, or radio “burst”, was discovered on May 15, 2014, though it’s just being reported by the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. “The burst was identified within 10 …

Beautiful Design Composition

I can't get tired looking at beautiful and simple compositions. More and more the web is bringing back the classic principles of good graphic design …

Selective Sharpening Using High Pass in Adobe Photoshop

Sharpening has always been somewhat of a mystery to me. I’ve been taught that it should be done routinely with digital images and I’ve read a number …

Review: The Sony A7 Mark II; nearly there…(Updated, 21 Jan)

We now have no less than <i>four</i> full frame mirrorless options from Sony; the A7R (previously reviewed here); the A7, the A7S, and now the A7II. This …

Sonos’s Hot New Viral Logo Was A Happy Accident

While working on new branding, designers stumbled on an awesome visual illusion.<p>Look at this new Sonos logo. It radiates with energy. But do you notice anything else? No? Try scrolling up and down on the page. There you go. Ingenious, right? It looks like soundwaves emit straight from its core. …