Sarah Emily Tong

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The Value of a Compassionate Lie

A poignant reminder that a life of nuance in a black-and-white culture is the greatest art of all.<p><i>“Anybody who travels knows,”</i> Pico Iyer observed in his altogether marvelous <i>On Being</i> conversation with Krista Tippett, <i>“that you’re not really doing so in order to move around — you’re traveling in order</i> …

Equations

Hallucination, or Divine Revelation?

"Madness" used to be considered an affliction of the spirit—demonic possessions, or Godly visions. Now it's treated as a medical issue. What does this mean for contemporary believers?<p>What is the difference between a homeless man who claims to speak to God and a saint who says the same? When I posed …

Paul Goodman on the Nine Kinds of Silence

<i>“I must learn to keep silent,”</i> young André Gide resolved in his journal. But what kind of silence did he mean, exactly? In the 1972 masterwork <b>Speaking and Language</b> (<i>public library</i>), which became his last published work, the great twentieth-century novelist, poet, playwright, and psychotherapist <b>Paul</b> …

Literature

No More Air Conditioners: This “Skin” For Buildings Keeps The Inside Cool With Zero Energy

The facade works with no power at all–not even solar panels–and keeps the temperature comfortable and light bright inside.<p>For most of human history, buildings were essentially net zero energy systems. Thick walls kept out cold and simple windows let in fresh air and daylight. Then came complex, …

Clean Energy

These Walls Cool Themselves, No A/C Needed

As the thermometer outside rises, your air will be at least 10 degrees cooler.<p>As climate change makes summer heat more unbearable and incomes rise in developing nations, the world will be using a lot more air conditioning–30 times as much by the end of the century, according to one prediction. …

The Co.Design Guide To Black Friday 2014

Two-sided colanders, digital notebooks, inexpensive standing desks: our favorite multifunctional goodies from 2014.<p>Products with just one function are so passe. In 2014, phones are also cameras and bracelets are also sleep trackers. Multifunctional products can save users space and money–why have …

Home Automation

Jewelry with Real Flowers by Ruby Robin

Handmade Jewelry by Ruby Robin that contains real flowers.<p>Khrystyna is the founder of Ruby Robin Boutique and the creative designer of these unique …

amphibianArc embeds vertical water + greenery into dongfeng shopping mall

<b>amphibianArc embeds vertical water + greenery into dongfeng shopping mall</b><br>all images courtesy of amphibianArc<p><b>located in the uppermost residential</b> …

The Top 10 Exercises to Tone Your Legs

You already know you don’t need a gym membership or fancy classes to get your workout in, but it sure would be nice to have a personal trainer! Good news: I am one. So when the Brit + Co team asked for the ultimate leg exercises, I knew exactly which to share to get everyone rocking their holiday …

The Elusive Art of Inner Wholeness and How to Stop Hiding Our Souls

<i>“Do not despise your inner world,”</i> philosopher Martha Nussbaum admonished in her reflection on what it takes to live a full life. <i>“Real self-esteem is an integration of an inner value with things in the world around you,”</i> Anna Deavere Smith wrote in her spectacular letters of advice to young …

C.S. Lewis on True Friendship

<i>“What is so delicious as a just and firm encounter of two, in a thought, in a feeling?”</i> Emerson marveled in his exquisite meditation on friendship. But what, exactly, is at the heart of this “just and firm encounter”?<p>In his insightful 1960 book <b>The Four Loves</b> (<i>public library</i>), <b>C.S. Lewis</b> picks up …

3 Bio-solution semifinalists for Buckminster Fuller Challenge 2014.

Every community, regardless of social class, presents environmental problems which normally cost a fortune to repair. Water filtration for example, …

Sustainability

Snøhetta entices bees into Oslo with honey-coloured Vulkan Beehives

Norwegian architecture studio Snøhetta has designed a series of wooden hives for the roof of an Oslo food court to encourage bees to take up …

How We Think: John Dewey on the Art of Reflection and Fruitful Curiosity in an Age of Instant Opinions and Information Overload

Decades before Carl Sagan published his now-legendary Baloney Detection Kit for critical thinking, the great philosopher, psychologist, and education reformer <b>John Dewey</b> (October 20, 1859–June 1, 1952) penned the definitive treatise on the subject — a subject all the more urgently relevant today, in …

Thoughts on Design: Paul Rand on Beauty, Simplicity, the Power of Symbols, and Why Idealism Is Essential in Creative Work

“<i>Paul’s a gem [who] works on perfecting the exterior of a curmudgeon,”</i> Steve Jobs reminisced about working with legendary art director and graphic designer <b>Paul Rand</b> (1914–1996), adding, <i>“He’s perfected it to new heights, actually.”</i> Indeed, Rand is remembered as much for being one of the most …

3 Clever Ideas To Re-Use San Francisco’s Aging Infrastructure

Why not turn Candlestick Park into an urban farm?<p>For the last time, fans will file into Candlestick Park on Thursday night for a Paul McCartney concert. Once home to both the city’s professional baseball and football teams, it will be the final public event for the San Francisco stadium before its …

San Francisco

Hemp fibres 'better than graphene'

<b>The waste fibres from hemp crops can be transformed into high-performance energy storage devices, scientists say.</b><p>They "cooked" cannabis bark into carbon nanosheets and built supercapacitors "on a par with or better than graphene" - the industry gold standard.<p>Electric cars and power tools could …

These Reinvented Urban Farms Grow Algae, Not Kale

If we’re serious about tackling the sustainability challenges that cities face, the urban bucolic vision is going to have to mean more than hipster vegetables.<p>Think of urban farming, and you might picture a rooftop vegetable garden. But designers from EcoLogicStudio in London think that cities …

Floating Around The House – How Suspended Furniture Can Add Space To Your Home

As far as this subject goes, <b>floating staircases</b> are probably the <b>most popular</b> and common feature that comes to mind but there are actually others even …

Nailing it: face to face with the world's top hand models

Federico Hewson<p>I had always been told I had nice hands. My uncle was a photographer, and when the recession hit, he got creative and said, "How about modelling those hands?"<p>Castings are weird. At least with acting auditions, you know whether you did a good job. When you don't get the job, you …

The Right Way to Lighten Your Hair with Lemon

Natural highlights are waiting in your pantry.<p>We can't be alone in our collective history of Sun-In horror stories. (Orange. So much orange.) But while lemon juice has long since been touted as the better, at-home, all-<i>natural</i> alternative, it too has a caveat of its own: Used in excess and high …

C.S. Lewis on Suffering and What It Means to Have Free Will in a Universe of Fixed Laws

If the universe operates by fixed physical laws, what does it mean for us to have free will? That’s what C.S. Lewis considers with an elegant sidewise gleam in an essay titled <b>“Divine Omnipotence”</b> from his altogether fascinating 1940 book <b>The Problem of Pain</b> (<i>public library</i>) — a scintillating …

A Smarter Bike Lock That You Don’t Have To Carry

Instead of toting around a bike lock, maybe it makes more sense to build locks into bike racks.<p>It’s not hard for thieves to get away with stealing a bike: Few victims end up reporting the crime and fewer bikes are ever recovered. Even when the police manage to catch a suspect, the original owner …

Your Future Healthy Home Will Have Plants Inside Its Walls

Normally plants are for people to see. But the Biowall, designed for increasingly sealed-off homes, has a very different purpose: using greenery to clean toxins from the air we breathe.<p>We all know that plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen. It’s one reason to keep greenery around the …

EPA

Solar road could change how we power the world

What if one single source of renewable energy could replace our reliance on coal-fired energy? That's the dream of electrical engineer Scott Brusaw, who, for the better part of a decade, has been working on just such a project. His idea? Cover all the roadways and parking lots in the US with …

Roads

Muriel Rukeyser on the Root of Our Resistance to Poetry, What It Shares with Science, and How It Expands our Lives

One sweltering New York afternoon some years ago, I was sitting across from a dear friend several decades my senior as I mentioned, with the matter-of-factly, arrogant naiveté of someone who does that sort of thing, that I didn’t care for poetry. Without missing a beat, she began reciting E.E. …

A Magical Garden In A Box On The Streets Of London

Sophie Walker’s garden isn’t like any garden you’ve seen before. First of all, it’s in a box. Second, it contains only the rarest of plants collected from faraway places. And third, it’s somewhat unreal: The lighting is artificial, and the air is always misty.<p>The effect is a “dreamy reality between …

Carson McCullers’s Little-Known 1964 Illustrated Children’s Book

As a lover of little-known children’s books by famous authors of literature for grown-ups — including these gems by Mark Twain, Aldous Huxley, Maya Angelou, James Joyce, William Faulkner, Virginia Woolf, Gertrude Stein, and J.R.R. Tolkien — I was thrilled to discover that in 1964, <b>Carson McCullers</b> …