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3 Unrealistic Career Goals You Need To Abandon

Life doesn't happen on a schedule, and neither should your career.<p>Setting goals is par for the course when it comes to your career. Whether it’s for the near future like "land a new job within three months" or long term, like "become partner at the firm in 10 years," it’s natural to make …

Employment

Jaunt CEO Steps Down, VR Company Now Looking For a Growth-Oriented Replacement

Disney was the lead investor on a $65 million round in the company last year.<p>The CEO of Jaunt, one of the most high-profile virtual reality companies, is stepping down.<p>Jens Christensen, who cofounded the Silicon Valley-based company, is leaving the company, <i>Fast Company</i> has learned. Jaunt will …

Virtual Reality

One Million Euro "Coins of Hope" Feature The Face Of A Missing Child

Belgian NGO Child Focus convinced 19 governments and a king to make it happen.<p>The faces of missing children have been appearing on billboards, and in the famous missing children milk carton campaign in the U.S., since the 1980s. Now, in Europe, all the countries in the Eurozone block have …

Belgium

Watch Tony Hawk Show Off His Mad Skills in Zero Gravity

Hawk proves he can skateboard in just about any condition, including near weightlessness.<p>Remember that episode of the Nickelodeon show <i>Rocket Power</i>, where Otto and the crew visit Tony Hawk's secret lair—dubbed The Hawk's Nest—and roller blade, skateboard, and snowboard through a veritable skaters' …

Skateboarding

The Inside Story Of Donald Trump's Only High-Tech Venture

The Republican nominee's foray into interactive TV was an "early version of Netflix" but it didn't catch on.<p>A federal appeals court judge held a hearing in D.C. to criticize independent counsel Kenneth Starr for news leaks about his investigation into President Bill Clinton's affair with Monica …

Donald Trump

The All-Electric Light Rider Is The World's First 3-D Printed Motorcycle

Airbus has made the perfect city motorbike, but this kind of manufacturing still isn't cheap.<p>Airbus, the airplane company, has made what it calls the world’s first 3-D printed motorcycle, and it looks like the perfect city get-around—as long as you have $57,000 to spend. For that money, though, you …

Motorcycles

These Harvard-Designed Robobees Can Perch For Days Using Static Electricity

Behold, tiny, ultra-light robots that can hang out with you indefinitely.<p>Surprisingly, one of the trickiest parts of building a robot bee isn’t making it fly, or stopping it from crashing into things, but perching. Perching saves a lot of energy, especially if you’re relying on the constant buzzing …

Electricity

Henry Rollins And The Producers Of "Live At 9:30" On Resurrecting The TV Variety Show

The venerable DC rock club heads to public television in an all-new variety show.<p>"Is it hard to get people to watch TV?" Henry Rollins asks as we're talking about the prospects for <i>Live At 9:30</i>, the new series debuting on public television stations around the country on May 28th. "I thought they …

TV

TJ Miller's Funniest Moment In "Silicon Valley" Has Four Minutes Of Awesome Outtakes

If you liked seeing TJ Miller guess that Stephen Tobolowsky's character was a fan of, among other things, "a nice piece of fish," get ready.<p><b>WHAT:</b> A four-minute outtake reel from a single scene in <i>Silicon Valley</i>.<p><b>WHO:</b> TJ Miller and Stephen Tobolowsky.<p><b>WHY WE CARE:</b> It was the money moment from the first …

Silicon Valley

Nendo Designed A Whole Department Store, And It's Bonkers

Nendo has designed dog houses, chocolates, and survival packs. Now, it's turning its attention to whole department stores.<p>What do you get when you ask the insanely prolific Japanese design firm Nendo to redesign a department store? The new Siam Discovery, a five-story retail complex in Bangkok that …

Bruised And Bloodied Female Athletes Never Give Up In This Taboo-Busting Ad

Feminine care brand Bodyform thinks, "no blood should hold us back."<p><b>WHAT:</b> Blood-spattered sportswomen star in an unflinching campaign from feminine care brand, Bodyform.<p><b>WHO:</b> Bodyform, AMV BBDO<p><b>WHY WE CARE:</b> The ad follows several sportswomen and a ballerina, as they are left battered and bleeding …

Advertising

Least Creative Ad Of The Day: Chinese Detergent Brand Goes Full Racist

Qiaobi is getting deservedly criticized in China and abroad for its latest commercial.<p><b>WHAT:</b> A laundry detergent ad that transforms a black guy into a Chinese guy by, uh, "cleaning" him.<p><b>WHO:</b> Qiaobi<p><b>WHY WE CARE:</b> It may not be the most racist ad ever. Or even the most racist <i>detergent</i> ad ever, but in …

Asia

This Tube Map Shows The Greatest London Buildings That Never Came To Be

From propellor-powered monorails to fungus farms, the city of London has had the potential to be a very different place.<p>Pretty much every one of the abandoned building schemes detailed on the Londonist’s Unbuilt London Tube Map are fascinating, but some of them are just plain bizarre, and it is …

London

A Digital Game That Can Still Foster Open-Ended Play

Can screen-based experiences still spark imaginative, open play in kids? Israeli interactive designer Matan Stauber thinks so.<p>"Video games are very specific, there’s something you have to accomplish," says Tel Aviv-based interactive designer Matan Stauber. "There's a very narrow system and …

Tel Aviv

You Can Cook A Whole Meal On This Wired Kitchen Table

SmartSlab incorporates all your cooking needs into a two-inch tabletop, and it could do the same for counters. Is this the kitchen of the future?<p>Last June, Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram, the designers behind the Stockholm-based design firm Kram/Weisshaar, found themselves just outside of the …

Lifestyle

Watch An Asian-American Rapper Replace White Leads In Every Movie In This Music Video

Asian-American rapper Dumbfounded takes #StarringJohnCho to the next level in his movie-hopping music video.<p>Asian-American representation in Hollywood is finally, <i>finally</i> having a moment. Or at least outrage over its glaring absence is.<p>It started after the Oscars telecast in March. While host Chris …

Music Videos

Can Rebranding Help A City Shake Its Seedy Reputation?

"A bold, striking, visual slap in the face is a pretty good place to begin," says creative director Andy Reynolds.<p>Dongguan is an industrial city located at the mouth of China's Pearl River Delta, about 50 miles north of Hong Kong, that's earned an unsavory reputation as a "sin city" for its high …

Branding

NASA Looks To Gaming Tech For Next-Gen Space Exploration

The space agency adapted Microsoft’s mixed reality technology to help scientists and engineers explore Mars and design better spacecraft.<p>NASA is taking its cue from the gaming world.<p>An eight-year partnership between NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Microsoft’s HoloLens is bearing fruit in …

NASA

In Off-Grid Regions, Cheap Solar Kits Could Spread As Quickly As Mobile Phones

East Africa is exploding with pay-as-you-go solar electricity that takes advantage of the country's mobile payments infrastructure.<p>It's easy to get a cheap solar panel in Uganda. You just pay a small deposit via a mobile phone and you can take home the equipment immediately. You install the system …

Mobile

Why Environmental And Health Groups Are So Torn About Toxic Chemical Reform

The nation's law regulating toxic chemicals that are in products we use every day is broken, leaving tens of thousands of substances untested for safety. But they worry the fix could leave us no better off.<p>In 1976, the U.S. passed the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), a landmark law to regulate …

Health

Why Designing In A Vacuum Isn't Always A Bad Thing

Just ask Her interface designer Geoff McFetridge, who shuns research in the name of "inventing new images."<p>In Geoff Mcfetridge's Los Angeles studio, there's a two-foot-tall stack of Strathmore sketchbooks that catalogue every idea from every professional project he's ever worked on. "I have them …

Design

Mapping How Terrorists Are Destroying The World's Cultural Sites

The scale of the destruction over the last five years has been immense. But mapping these activities can help stop and predict the next attacks.<p>How do you stop the deliberate destruction and looting of cultural sites by groups like ISIS? If military action can’t stop terrorist groups from killing …

Maps

Honest Teen Marketing And Netflix Adultery: The Top 5 Ads Of The Week

Snickers' "Hungerithm," Intel puts backpacks on bees, and a yearbook for gun violence victims.<p>For ages and ages we've been hearing a certain sector of (smart) marketers incant a mantra about the need for brands to produce less advertising and more things that people can actually use. Help people …

Netflix

How The Go-To Guy For Writing Fictional Music Ended Up Producing The New Monkees Album

The Fountains of Wayne bassist and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend music supervisor talks working with the Monkees for their 50th anniversary.<p>There aren't a lot of rock bands who get to celebrate a 50th anniversary. Over their 50 years, though, the Monkees have proven themselves far more interesting than the …

Albums

Gary Numan Thinks The Music Industry's Collapse Is A Beautiful Thing

We talked to synth pop pioneer Gary Numan about Moog synthesizers and the state of the music industry.<p>Gary Numan was an accidental pioneer. While recording with his band Tubeway Army in 1978, the British musician stumbled across the Minimoog synthesizer and began using the machine to give his songs …

Electronic Music

How Airbnb Made Its Payments System More Accessible To Brazilians For The Rio Olympics

Rio is now Airbnb's fourth largest city. The company has updated its payments system there so that locals can more easily use the site.<p>In 2014, when Brazil hosted the World Cup, the number of Airbnb listings in Rio alone rocketed from about 800 to 17,000. But most Brazilians couldn’t use their …

Airbnb

The "Internet Of Things Bank" Gives You An Electric Shock When You Overspend

Now even our financial conscience can be automated.<p>If you have trouble saving money, a new platform is designed to help remind help. Every time you spend over your limit, you can program a device to give you an electric shock.<p>Intelligent Environments, a U.K.-based software developer that makes …

Banking

Don’t Be Surprised If Google’s New Animated Short Wins An Oscar

The best way to watch Pearl is the way it wasn’t intended to be seen: in VR. Ironically, that version won’t be Academy-eligible.<p>There are films that make you feel like a kid again. There are films that make you feel the invincible freedom of your teenage years. And there are films that capture the …

Animated Movies

This Beautifully Illustrated Book Shows Kids A Sustainable Urban Future

Think Richard Scarry, but with more bikes, high-speed rail, and wind turbines.<p>It's a fact of the children's publishing world that toddlers love books about trains and cars. But they tend to be a little dated—Thomas the Tank Engine runs on coal. A new kids' book tells the story of a road trip and …

Sustainable Design

Why We Are Better At Making Decisions For Other People

The science behind why we are terrible at making decisions for ourselves but are so quick to say "I told you so."<p>If you’ve ever started a sentence with, "If I were you . . . " or found yourself scratching your head at a colleague’s agony over a decision when the answer is crystal-clear, there’s a …

Psychology