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Virtual debates about homelessness in Sim City hold up a mirror to real life

An Italian artist has written a 600-page, US$220, two-volume book on homelessness in the video game Sim City.<p>Matteo Bittani’s “How to get rid of homeless” collects dozens of forum threads debating and discussing the homelessness that occurs in the game, highlighting the uneasy similarities between …

SimCity

40 Of The Most Powerful Social Issue Ads That’ll Make You Stop And Think

Many people complain about advertisements as an obnoxious way for companies to invade our everyday lives and cram their products down our throats, …

Screenshot

When someone posts a screenshot of their phone, [[Image depicts a phone screenshot as part of a post on a website. In the screenshot, the battery …

It's all about perspective

The Trick That Makes Google's Self-Driving Cars Work

Google is engaging in unprecedented, massive, ongoing data collection to transform intractable problems into solvable chores.<p>Google's self-driving cars can tour you around the streets of Mountain View, California.<p>I know this. I rode in one this week. I saw the car's human operator take his hands …

Did An Ad Agency Just Create “The World’s Most Beautiful Sustainable Font?”

With Ryman Eco, a typeface that uses 33% less ink than standard fonts and 27% less ink than the leading sustainable font, Grey London says it has created an eco-friendy and beautifully designed font alternative.<p>When a story about a young boy who determined (erroneously, some say) that the …

Spring Break Is Not Just For Frat Boys Anymore. It’s For Gay Frat Boys

Boys, babes, sun, surf and drinks that come by the foot. Spring Break recaptures all the passion of our ancestors’ vernal rites, but with a whole lot …

UK Show Enlists Stripper To Find Out If All Men Want To Be Sex Objects

<i>Do all men want to be sex objects?</i><p>That’s the question the panel of the UK’s comedy show <i>Argumental</i> tackled with the help of the very distracting …

Coffee Shop Featuring Shirtless Male Baristas Opens

Hot Cup of Joe, a coffee shop featuring shirtless male baristas, opened this week in Spokane, Washington. While the guys seem more interested in …

Dallas Sports Anchor Dale Hansen Rips NFL Bigots a New One Regarding Michael Sam

Dale Hansen, the weeknight sports anchor on Dallas-Fort Worth's WFAA, had something to say to the anonymous NFL execs that were quoted in <i>Sports</i> …

There's An Artist Who Drinks Colored Milk And Throws It Up All Over Canvases

Her name's Millie and she was in a Lady Gaga video once. WARNING: If you're made nauseous by other people's nausea, this contains graphic content.

Here's the First Gay Rights PSA Released in China

Filmmaker Quentin Lee has created China's first LGBT PSA for mobile devices and it has just been released on the website QueerComrades.com. Lee …

KeyMe partners with Shapeways to offer personalized 3D printed key copies

KeyMe is the modern alternative to getting your keys copied at the hardware store. You can make a copy at a kiosk machine or upload photos to the …

Distinc.tt, Gay Social App For Ages 12 And Up, Approved By Apple

Throughout the course of 2013, we've seen the world of gay social networking evolve beyond the popularity of hook-up focused smartphone apps such as Grindr and Scruff.<p>Now, Apple has approved a new app that claims it is the "only gay social networking app for ages 12 and up," according to …

Gravity IKEA parody: If Alfonso Cuaron put Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in the furniture store. (VIDEO)

The layout of the standard IKEA, which ensures that customers must pass through every section of the store in order to exit it, is an insufferable …

Eastern and Western attitudes about life explained in 18 simple infographics

Yang Liu is an artist who was born in China but lived in Germany from the time she was 14. She designed this series of infographics to represent her …

Infographics

Meet Coin, a startup creating a universal credit card

As the contactless payments technologies from Google Wallet(s goo) to Isis flounder, critics point to what now seems rather obvious: Silicon Valley …

Bring photos of your pets to life with unsettling My Talking Pet app

Owning a cat is great. The internet has made that abundantly clear. But do you know what's greater than a cat? A talking cat. Thankfully WOBA Media …

Top 50 Startups in New York City you need to know about

<i>Courtney Boyd Myers and Erica Berger are the founders of 3460 Miles, a bi-weekly newsletter that connects the New York and London tech, design, and social good communities. Sign up for their newsletter and find them on Twitter and Facebook.</i><p>New York City is chock full of startups shaking up …

See 1.2 Billion Facebook Users' Photo on One Page

The fact that Facebook has more than 1 billion users is pretty insane, but things just got a whole lot crazier thanks to The Faces of Facebook, a project that visualizes over 1.2 billion Facebook users on one page.<p>The initial image that greets you is a fuzzy matrix of TV static-like dots. You click …

Blueprint Health’s newest class of digital health startups tackle genetics, hospital waste, social need

It’s been a big week for digital health startups: On Tuesday, San Francisco-based Rock Health held its demo day and, today, New York’s Blueprint …

The World’s First 3-D Scanner For iPad Is Blowing Up On Kickstarter

If you need more convincing than the extensive testimonials in the Structure’s Kickstarter video, consider its crowdfunding progress: Since launching …

Scanners

Bug-licious!

The Farm 432 project explores growing the other white meat: BUGS! Named 432 for the number of hours it takes 1 gram of black soldier fly eggs to turn …

Wacom's Bamboo Pad: a Magic Trackpad-esque peripheral with stylus input for $49 and $79

Touch pads are nice for navigating with gestures, but what about when you need to scribble a signature or mark up a draft by hand? Well, Wacom has an option with its new stylus-friendly Bamboo Pad. The peripheral enables multitouch gestures alongside a pressure-sensitive Wacom stylus. Compatible …

Play Facebook game, sequence genomes

<b>A Facebook game uses crowdsourcing to analyse genome data collected by scientists to save dying trees in the UK.</b><p>Ash trees in the UK are in trouble. …

DNA

Why Some Gay Men 'Compare and Despair' and What to Do About It

Psychotherapist Matthew Dempsey, whom you may remember from his video discussions of why gay men are so judgmental toward one another and the need …

Gay Men Break Personal Barriers for Another Contestant on Bear Grylls' 'Get Out Alive'

Kyle Krieger and Royce Wadsworth are competing on the NBC Bear Grylls survival show <i>Get Out Alive</i>. In this week's episode, Ryan, a heterosexual …

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Make It: A Polyhedron Garland

The polyhedra craze is still going strong and it seems nothing can slow down these complex faceted geometric shapes.<p>Whip up a few of your own and …

Decorations

Spain's Hot Summer

The Barcelona bar Bimbambum offers a taste of what a hot summer in the Catolonian city brings out to the city's beaches and may have you rescheduling …