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This Laptop is Every Designer’s Wet Dream

Why this doesn’t exist already, I don’t know! Aptly named the Logitech Lapdesk, it’s the latest concept from designer Erik Tuft and it explores the …

Industrial Design

Self-Healing Electronic 'Skin' Lets Amputees Sense Temperature And Pressure On Prosthetic Limbs

Biomedicine just took another leap forward. University of Colorado Boulder scientists created so-called electronic skin—e-skin for short. The e-skin …

7th Annual MPA Grand Prize - Mobile Photography Awards

The Mobile Photography Awards is pleased to announce <b>Nan Deng</b> as the winner of the <b>2017 Grand Prize MPA Photographer of the year</b>, as chosen by members …

Mobile Photography

What happened when a photographer asked strangers to embrace

For more than a decade, photographer Richard Renaldi has been bringing strangers together in intimate photos – here's what is behind the "Touching Strangers" series.

Photography

Why the UK Election Results are the Worst in History.

No One Should Care This Much About A Corporation’s Logo

I’m as guilty as anyone. But it’s time to think harder about what we get mad about.<p>After 100 years of the same thing, Lufthansa did something drastic. Horrible. Unthinkable. Did it beat up someone for refusing to leave their seat? Worse. Lufthansa changed its logo.<p>I know. Even typing that gives me …

Graphic Design

The UK's mass surveillance laws just suffered another hefty blow

In December 2016, the EU's highest court ruled that governments keeping emails and electronic communications on a "general an indiscriminate" basis …

Surveillance

Camels disqualified from Saudi Arabia beauty contest because they used Botox

A group of 12 camels have been banned from a beauty contest after it was discovered that they had used Botox.<p>The annual King Abdulaziz Camel Festival …

Middle East

Rotterdam’s “Fashion Police” Can Now Confiscate Expensive Clothes from People Who Look Too Poor to Afford Them

Police in the Dutch city of Rotterdam is rolling out a new and highly controversial pilot program aimed at reducing crime. The program will target …

Rotterdam

Researchers have discovered a new kind of government spyware for hire

A Lebanese hacking campaign could be part of something much larger<p>There’s a string of spyware campaigns operating out of a government building in Lebanon, according to new research from Lookout Security and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Dubbed “Dark Caracal,” the new group is linked to …

Security

Designers Finally Have A Seat At The Table. Now What?

Companies are finally listening to designers, writes Google Ventures’ Kate Aronowitz. Here’s what designers need to do now.<p>About 15 years ago when I started at my first tech company, design was seen by most as an afterthought. Even as a senior designer, I wasn’t invited to meetings to present my …

Portuguese town encourages children to smoke at Epiphany

VALE DE SALGUEIRO, Portugal (AP) — The Epiphany celebrations in the Portuguese village of Vale de Salgueiro feature a tradition that each year causes an outcry among outsiders: Parents encouraging their children, some as young as 5, to smoke cigarettes.<p>Locals say the practice has been passed down …

Northern Forest of 50 million trees to be planted across breadth of England

A Northern Forest of 50 million trees is to be planted between Liverpool and Hull, the Prime Minister has announced. Over the next 25 years, a vast swathe of woodland will be created over an 120 mile area to improve the environment and help prevent 190,000 homes from flooding.<p>On Sunday, Defra …

The war on food waste has a new weapon: a £99 fridge camera

Phone app offers households savings for a fraction of the cost of a top-of-the-range smart fridge<p>The world’s first wireless fridge camera goes on sale in the UK next month aimed at helping households slash food waste by being able to check exactly what they have in their refrigerator at any time.<p>As …

Pentatonic turns smartphones, cans and cigarette butts into flat-pack furniture

Start-up company Pentatonic is aiming to "radically transform consumption culture" with a range of furniture and products created from food, …

20 best album covers of 2017

From pencil drawings to bold photography, this year's best album covers showcased a huge range of styles. It was a year where music artworks sparked …

Graphic Design

Electric passenger jet revolution looms as E-Fan X project takes off

Battery-powered air taxis and bigger hybrid planes poised to change aviation<p>Trains, ships and automobiles have all been swept along in recent years by the electric power revolution – and planes are next.<p>Passenger jets are poised for an electric makeover that could fundamentally change the economics …

Britain is having trouble recruiting new spies because Facebook and Google pay 'five times more'

The UK's surveillance agency, GCHQ, is having trouble recruiting new spies because current and potential spooks want to take better-paid jobs at big tech firms such as Apple, Google, and Facebook.<p>We first saw the news via Quartz.<p>A December report from the government's security services watchdog, …

Surveillance

FCC approves first wireless 'power-at-a-distance' charging system

Charging your mobile device wirelessly is certainly less of a hassle than plugging it in, but still requires the device be in physical contact with its station to actually work. That's about to change now that the Federal Communications Commission has approved the first wireless charger that works …

Google’s voice-generating AI is now indistinguishable from humans

Humans have officially given their voice to machines.<p>A research paper published by Google this month—which has not been peer reviewed—details a text-to-speech system called Tacotron 2, which claims near-human accuracy at imitating audio of a person speaking from text.<p>The system is Google’s second …

Artificial Intelligence

Scotland united in curiosity as councils trial universal basic income

Four local authorities tasked with turning utopian fantasy into reality with backing of first minister and multi-party support<p>Universal basic income is, according to its many and various supporters, an idea whose time has come. The deceptively simple notion of offering every citizen a regular …

DARPA funds unhackable computer project to replace ‘patch-and-pray’ solutions

In its search for hardware solutions to cyberintruders, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded a $3.6 million grant to the …

DARPA

New AI can work out whether you're gay or straight from a photograph

An algorithm deduced the sexuality of people on a dating site with up to 91% accuracy, raising tricky ethical questions<p>Artificial intelligence can accurately guess whether people are gay or straight based on photos of their faces, according to new research that suggests machines can have …

‘I want to help humans genetically modify themselves’

Former Nasa biochemist Josiah Zayner became an online sensation by conducting DIY gene therapy on himself. He explains why he did it<p>Josiah Zayner, 36, recently made headlines by becoming the first person to use the revolutionary gene-editing tool Crispr to try to change their own genes. Part way …

WannaCry cyberattack: US says it has evidence North Korea was 'directly responsible'

Homeland security adviser says US would ‘publicly attribute’ the attack, which infected more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries, to Pyongyang<p>The US is poised to publicly blame North Korea for carrying out an unprecedented cyber-attack that caused widespread disruption to public services, …

Former Pentagon UFO official: 'We may not be alone'

<b>(CNN) —</b> A former Pentagon official who led a recently revealed government program to research potential UFOs said Monday evening that he believes there is evidence of alien life reaching Earth.<p>"My personal belief is that there is very compelling evidence that we may not be alone," Luis Elizondo …

CNN

In Breakthrough, Scientists Edit a Dangerous Mutation From Genes in Human Embryos

Scientists for the first time have successfully edited genes in human embryos to repair a common and serious disease-causing mutation, producing apparently healthy embryos, according to a study published on Wednesday.<p>The research marks a major milestone and, while a long way from clinical use, it …

The future of grocery shopping has arrived in China

A little more than a year ago, Amazon announced a new grocery store concept that promised customers a human-less shopping experience. Customers would simply walk in, grab the items they need, and leave without waiting in a line or going through a checkout—letting sensors, computer vision, and …

eCommerce

How the Keto Diet—Even Without Exercise—Slays the Opposition

An American research team wanted to know which combination of diet and exercise has the most beneficial results on metabolic syndrome in 10 …

Diabetes

Trump’s error on Jerusalem is a disaster for the Arab world … and the US too

The president’s foolish move in recognising the city as the capital of Israel will have negative consequences impossible to predict<p>Every time it seems Donald Trump cannot outdo himself, he does it again. Now he has announced that his administration will recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, …