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A Stanford ophthalmologist explains how we see color and art

Photoreceptor cells in our retinas (the rods and cones) receive light and change it to a neural signal. But they cannot transmit images directly to …

Claude Monet

Japan's Wisteria Tunnel Is the New Go-To Flower Destination

If you love the Cherry Blossom Festival, you'll want to make this trip<p>There are a few must-see, bucket-list destinations in the world that look too magical to be real, such as the Cherry Blossom season in Japan, the Tegalalang Rice Terraces in Bali , the Anza-Borego Desert in California, the …

M.C. Escher Demonstrates His Artistic Process

M.C. Escher was an uniquely gifted artist who had a knack for infusing art with mathematics, even though Escher himself claimed he had "no …

This Artist with Synesthesia Sees Colors in Music and Paints Your Favorite Songs

Melissa McCracken grew up with a neurological condition that means she processes songs as colors—a gift that translates into paintings inspired by her favorite musicians.<p>Most artists make a living by painting what they see, but Melissa McCracken paints what she hears. The 26-year-old from Kansas …

Bon Iver

Famous B&W Photos Turned into Color by a 21-Year-Old Whiz

Marina Amaral is a 21-year-old Brazilian retoucher who is receiving widespread acclaim for her work adding color to famous historical B&W …

How slaves maintained their personal value even while on the auction block

<i>Wiley Hall, 3rd is a former columnist with the Baltimore Evening Sun.</i><p>‘The Price for Their Pound of Flesh” is a poignant, at times startling, look at how individuals were able to maintain their dignity and sense of self-worth under slavery. With remarkable detail, Daina Ramey Berry explores the …

Black History

Is Alaska's first new butterfly species in decades an ancient hybrid?

Some might say it takes a rare breed to survive the Alaska wilderness. The discovery of a possible new species of hybrid butterfly from the state's …

Alaska

How to Start a Fire with a Lemon

This is definitely the most citrusy survival skill you'll ever learn. It's the perfect technique for anyone who happens to get lost in the woods with …

Swenyo UX4 brackets make it easy for you to build your own furniture

For those who don’t want to spend a fortune on designer furniture but who also want to avoid turning to Swedish particle board, custom furniture is …

Woodworking

The walls of Hong Kong’s very own ‘gated compounds’ must come down, too

There has been a lot of discussion recently about the decision by the State Council to open up gated residential compounds around mainland China, and …

Hong Kong

Ingenious Lamps Allow Plants to Grow Indoors without Direct Sunlight or Water

Designers Emilia Lucht and Arne Sebrantke (of Studio We Love Eames) developed a lamp that allows plant lovers to grow greenery anywhere. By using LED lights in place of direct sunlight, the <i>Myrdal Plantlamp</i> is able to create its own self-sustaining ecosystem. This allows the product to mimic the …

Plants

Creative Packaging Design Turns Pasta Into Hair

“Clever” and “pasta packaging” are two things that rarely go together – until now. Maverick Moscow based company Nikita has recently published a …

These Painstakingly Hand-Marbled Wooden Designs Swirl with Color

Pernille Snedker Hansen uses an ancient technique to create coiling, colorful amoeba-like designs.<p>Marbling is a painstaking way to create an image. Artists slowly drip paint onto the surface of a pool of water or other liquid, allowing the paint to become swirling, colorful designs. Then the …

How Interior Designers Are Honoring Community Engagement

Association members are often giving back to their communities, so one group decided to highlight those contributions via a new awards …

Man Had His Body Photoshopped in 19 Countries to Compare Beauty Standards Across the World

In 2014, journalist Esther Honig created a fascinating project titled <i>Before & After</i>, where she asked over 40 Photoshop enthusiasts in 25 different countries to “make her beautiful.” She sent them an unadulterated photo of herself, and the results were astounding. Her appearance changed drastically …

Forensics Reveal Unexpected Colors In Van Gogh Paintings

Art conservators in Chicago solve a Van Gogh mystery involving his famous bedroom in Arles.

Arles

Negotiation 101: How To Sell Design Ideas To Skeptical Clients

5 persuasive tactics for faster buy-in<p>You know that nervous feeling you get when you recommend something to clients?<p>It’s because you know they’re going to wonder why, and you’re going to have to spit out some sort of explanation. And you’re going to stutter through it with meaningless phrases: …

Floraform: Blooming Jewelry Inspired by Science and Nature

Science, technology, and nature have been blended together to create Floraform, a 3-D printed jewelry collection. Taking cues from the biomechanics …

Daan Roosegaarde aims to rid cities of pollution with Smog Free Tower

Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund what he describes as the largest air-purifier in the world (+ movie).<p>The …

Burn Your Portfolio – Michael Janda – Design Book Review

Burn Your Portfolio: Stuff they don’t teach you in design school, but should, a book by Michael Janda.<p>Written with a great sense of humor and much …

Modeling Suspects' Faces Using DNA From Crime Scenes

But can it work well enough to generate reliable leads?<p>This winter, a biotechnology company began offering a whole new service to police departments. Virginia-based Parabon NanoLabs' Snapshot service allows police to send Parabon NanoLabs DNA samples taken from crime scenes. From that DNA, the …

Why cocaine addicts keep making bad decisions

Chronic cocaine use alters brain circuits that help us learn from mistakes, a new study suggests.<p>The study, published online Tuesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, could offer a biological marker for the cycle of destructive decisions that many addicts exhibit.<p>Researchers measured EEG signals from …

Neuroscience

These 3-D Printed Bricks Cool Rooms Without Air Conditioning

The idea of “evaporative cooling” goes back centuries. Now it’s seeing new life in the shape of a brick–the 3-D printed “Cool Brick.”<p>Developed by Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, the Cool Brick is both masonry and an alternative to air conditioning. Containing thousands of holes, it’s porous …

Home Improvement

Scientist Gives Himself Fecal Transplant To Try A Hunter-Gatherer's Microbiome

Why a field researcher from America has exposed his colon to the gut microbiome of a tribesman from Tanzania<p>It's not often we encounter a story that begins with a line like this:<p>“AS THE SUN set over Lake Eyasi in Tanzania, nearly thirty minutes had passed since I had inserted a turkey baster into …

Overcaffeinators May Have More Trouble Expressing Their Feelings

I'm feeling lukewarm<p>If you often have trouble with finding the right words to express your feelings, empathizing with other people’s emotions, or waiting for your next caffeine fix, you may be alexithymic.<p>Alexithymia, derived from Greek for “no words for feelings,” is a personality trait …

How We'll Talk To Aliens

New NASA book looks beyond astrophysics to figure out how we'll communicate with extraterrestrials<p>Assuming we one day contact aliens, how will we communicate with them? That's the subject of a new book from NASA called <i>Archaeology, Anthropology and Interstellar Communication. _(Kudos to Jesus Diaz</i> …

Former FCC commissioner blames himself for approving mergers that ruined journalism

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>Credit: Thinkstock / VCTStyle<p>Confessional letters from former FCC commissioners are fairly rare at the best of times, but it’s …

Square Cuts More Custom Pricing Deals For Merchants And Ramps Up Sales Hiring

This past week brought the news of a fairly significant development for Square — the rollout of Square Stands in bars, Whole Foods restaurants, and other venues. This comes a year-and-a-half after the huge deal the payments company inked with the coffee and beverage giant Starbucks.<p>The lengthy wait …

This is What Happens When You Teach Machines the Power of Natural Selection

Psychopathic machines? Lethal AI? These are the concepts we should be thinking about when we talk about the benefits of self-improving software. An …

The iWallet Is Coming

<i>Post updated to reflect a misstatement about when Apple rolled out self checkout to its stores.</i><p>This week, Apple unveiled the first large-scale integration of iBeacon, a technology that, when coupled with their fingerprint identification system, may be another building block in building a …