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Interiors: a modern Scottish croft – in pictures

The Scottish highlands were once dotted with self-sufficient smallholdings. But can crofting still work today?

Tiny 100-Square-Foot Apartment Virtually Transforms Throughout Day

When it comes to forecasting the future, there are two schools of thought: one that sees our planetary cup still half full, the other alarmingly half …

Are We There Yet? The Vessyl Uses Molecular Analysis To Tell You What You're Drinking

Quick and easy molecular analysis is, by most accounts, still a long way off. Many a project claiming the ability to scan an object and report its …

Inside SoundCloud’s Swanky New Berlin Headquarters

Resort village-like digs for SoundCloud in Berlin’s Google-funded startup incubator, The Factory.<p>Buoyed by its 250 million users and and estimable worth (valued at $700 million), SoundCloud has just opened its swanky 2190-square-foot headquarters overlooking The Berlin Wall Memorial. The offices …

The New ‘Inspiration Pad’ Turns the Conventional Blue-Lined Notebook Upside Down | Colossal

<p>Brussels-based design and advertising firm TM led by Marc Thomasset, just released the second edition of their wildly popular Inspiration Pad. The …

The Best Small Houses Of The Year

Ready for some home design porn? The American Institute of Architects has just announced the winners of its 2014 Small Projects Award, a prize recognizing some of the country’s best design and construction on a small scale. This year’s crop of winners features a handful of stunning residential …

Beach House by Orlando Soria for Homepolish

Beach House is a minimalist space located in Los Angeles, California, designed by Homepolish. The client is a minimalist by nature with a taste for …

McLaren Financial Report Includes Details on Special P1, P13

Annual financial reports are usually far from exciting, but once in a while automakers will add interesting tidbits to spice things up. That’s exactly what McLaren has done in its sales report for 2013, providing details on a special version of its P1 hypercar, while confirm the on-sale date for …

Softbank unveils 'human-like' robot Pepper

<b>Japanese firm Softbank has unveiled a robot called Pepper, which it says can read human emotions.</b><p>It uses an "emotional engine" and a cloud-based artificial intelligence system that allows it to analyse gestures, expressions and voice tones.<p>The firm said people could communicate with it "just like …

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Apple plans to ship 20 million ‘phablet’ iPhone 6 handsets this year

Apple kept its cards close to its chest about the forthcoming iPhone 6 at yesterday’s WWDC keynote (and why wouldn’t it?), but new information has arrived in the form of a report from China.<p>This information suggests that Apple has been able to solve the battery issues that reportedly plagued …

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Mercedes MLC Interior Spied

When Mercedes-Benz unveiled off its Concept Coupe SUV (likely to be called the MLC) earlier this year, it didn’t bother with showing off the interior. This isn’t surprising since the biggest news with the MLC is its exterior, which is essentially a more stylish version of the five-passenger …

Google teams up with fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg for new Glass frames and shades

Google is injecting some pizazz into its Google Glass wearable technology after the company announced a new collection of frames and shades created by fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg.<p>The ‘DVF | Made for Glass collection’ will be available to buy from the Google Glass site or Net-A-Porter …

Top Car Designers Critique Google’s Self-Driving Car

What do some of the best designers think of the car with an actual smiley face on the front? We talk to former design chiefs at BMW, McLaren, and Mazda to find out.<p>Google’s self-driving car isn’t just unconventional in the fact that it drives itself: it’s an extremely unusual design, more …

This Keychain Dongle Can Analyze Almost Any Physical Object Instantly

SciO might not have the most airtight use case, but I’m sure we’ll think of something.<p>Any nerd can appreciate the appeal of the “tricorder” device made famous by Kirk, Spock, Scotty, and other characters from <i>Star Trek</i>. Point it at pretty much any physical object, press a button, and <i>presto</i>–a wealth …

The Ferris Bueller house finally sold for $1.06 million

It was a deal. Or maybe not.<p>We told you about the Chicago house featured in <i>Ferris Bueller's Day Off</i> months ago, but it had already been on the market on and off for nearly five years. At one point, it was on the market at the same time as one of the Ferrari replicas used in the movie. While it was …

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Apple previews new mobile software iOS 8 at WWDC 2014

Apple demonstrated iOS 8, its newest version of its operating system for iPhones and iPads, at its worldwide developers conference in San Francisco.<p>The new OS introduced a new Health app to offer "a single comprehensive overview of your fitness," as well as updates to features including Mail and …

Google's New Self-Driving Car Ditches the Steering Wheel

Steering wheel, accelerator, brake pedal, mirrors -- all gone.<p>Google has finally built its own car from scratch. And it looks like a gondola with wheels.<p>The two-seater prototype vehicle is Google’s reimagination of what the modern automobile should look and feel like if you took the human out of …

Watch, as People React to an ‘iPhone 6’ Mockup (VIDEO)

- May 27, 2014<p>It’s almost a foregone conclusion in rumor land that the “iPhone 6” will sport a larger display, and possibly a redesigned body style. …

Porsche 918 Spyder Meets 959 on Ignition

Two Porsche legends meet up at the track on the most recent episode of <i>Ignition</i>. The legendary Porsche 959 and the hot-new 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder get driven back-to-back by host Carlos Lago and Randy Pobst on this can’t-miss episode, as the 918 Spyder goes on to break records at our test track and …

“Fast & Furious” Insurance Claim May Be Largest in Movie History

The “Fast and the Furious” franchise is already one of the most successful in movie history, but it may earn yet another place in the record books. According to <i>The Hollywood Reporter</i>, Universal expects to file a record-breaking insurance claim of around $50 million to offset the cost of finishing …

Cake, I Love You

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Jamaica's rare wildlife – in pictures

The Portland Bight protected area is home to the iconic Jamaican iguana and 20 other endangered species. Its fragile coastal ecosystem and wildlife faces the risk of being lost for ever as Jamaica approves a Chinese company to build a port. Photographs by Robin Moore

New Google tablet said to have advanced 3D imaging

Google has a new tablet in the works that incorporates advanced vision capabilities that can capture more precise three-dimensional images of objects, the Wall Street Journal reported late Thursday.<p>Sporting a 7-inch display, the tablet will come equipped with two rear-facing cameras, infrared depth …