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Canada

7 Super-Useful Apps for Last-Minute Trips

You’ve spent all week looking at #vanlife pictures at work and now you simply have to get out of town. The beach would be great, but you’ll take the mountains. Or the city. Really, anywhere but here. It’s time to let that tiny computer in your pocket do the work for you. In recent years, …

The 50 Unicorns Hiring The Fastest And The 50 Losing The Most Employees

Every day, we’re starting to hear about startups laying off employees – sizable percentages of them, too. Last week, it was Mixpanel, Maker Media and SOLS.<p>A recruiter who asked not to be named separately tells us that the grocery delivery company Instacart has parted ways with numerous recruiters …

How the War on Drugs Came Between the U.S. and Mexico

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Striking Equinox Ad Puts Public Breastfeeding In The Spotlight

The ad is part of a campaign called "Commit to Something."<p>A striking new ad from Equinox Fitness features an image of a mother breastfeeding twins while dining at a restaurant.<p>The Equinox ad is part of a campaign called "Commit to Something," a collection of seven bold images by iconic fashion …

The Miami Tech Scene Is Heating Up

Juan López Salaberry Contributor<p>Juan Lopez Salaberry is an entrepreneur-turned VC. After a stint at 500 Startups, he is now back in the field and blogs from mindthegap.co.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Silicon Valley, It’s Not You It’s Mexico<p>Miami is a city of many traits. Historically recognized …

Florida

15 Gadgets to Make Your Home Smarter in 2016

Redecorating your home might just be the most fun New Year’s resolution one can make. At Brit + Co, that means more than just a fresh coat of paint. We’re talking Jetsons-level tech gadgets to make your home smarter for 2016. This roundup of smart home gadgets and goodies has it all, from a smart …

8 Fascinating Things We Learned About The Mind In 2015

Memory erasing is just the beginning.<p>As the New Horizons spacecraft made its historic flight to Pluto and some scientists explored the far reaches of our solar system, others were making some incredible advances in their exploration of the inner workings of the mind.<p>Studies published this year shed …

The Brain

The Making of ‘The Revenant’: Meet Emmanuel Lubezki, the Man Who Makes Movies Beautiful

The two-time Oscar-winning cinematographer on the making of that infamous bear scene—and his sudden Instagram fame.<p>Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki can’t …

Insta of the Week: Hot Tea Freezing in -40° Air

Flash frozen water is beautiful, but kind of frightening when you think about it.<p>Canada is one of those places that seems like it should have 87 different words for "cold." Pictures and videos from Canada usually make me want to jump directly into a furnace. Case in point, Michael H. Davies' latest …

Century-Old Photographs of Adorable Cats and Dogs

Harry Whittier Frees, an American photographer who lived from 1879 to 1953, may have created the original LOLcat images! His funny photographs show adorable animals dressed up in clothes and posed in human situations. Often accompanied by humorous captions, the photographs depict the furry little …

Pets

20 Places That Look Like They're On Another Planet

We can't help but fantasize about traveling to far and distant worlds. Luckily, our planet is full of surreal and otherworldly places that are just a plane ride away, from lunar valleys to underwater caves. This gallery was originally published in 2015. It has been updated with new …

A Former SpaceX Exec and a Team of Scientists are Building a Four-Inch Heel That's Actually Comfortable

Inside the high-tech effort to re-engineer the high heel.<p>On some days, Dolly Singh could easily walk three miles across the hard, white floors of the sleek 550,000-square-foot headquarters of SpaceX, the place founded by billionaire genius Elon Musk that plans to colonize Mars. As lead recruiter …

What Happened When A Design Agency Made A Twitter Bot Its Creative Director

Hugo is a 10-inch robot who reads tweets out loud. For a glorious 24 hours, he was boss.<p>It’s not uncommon for design agencies to have a creative director barking orders at the design bullpen all day. Edmonton’s Paper Leaf has one too, but theirs is unique. Meet Hugo, a 10-inch-tall, soft foam robot …

APIs

MIT’s experimental 3D-printed sneaker shape-shifts to fit your foot

At the moment, 3D printing is still mostly about experimentation. While it hasn’t quite taken off to revolutionize the way consumer products are made just yet, it does offer a lot of exciting, innovative ideas, especially in the realm of sneakers.<p>MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab, a group focused on research …

3D Printing

Big Mean Moon

Watch a Magical Unicorn Poop Rainbow Ice Cream for a Prince to Eat

Get To Know Your Poop Bacteria With This New iPhone App

A company called uBiome wants to bring microbiome testing and research to the masses. But there are limits to what you'll learn, and unlike in traditional research, you pay to participate.<p>The bacteria in your gut, long overlooked and considered unglamorous, is now one of the hottest subjects in …

3D Printed Mini USB Vacuum Cleaner

There are times that you unintentionally drop crumbs into your laptop while working and eating. These crumbs may sit deep into the corners of your …

Cleaning

McDonald's Japan designed straws that mimic breastfeeding

McDonald's Japan allegedly designed special straws for milkshakes, to mimic the pace and experience of breastfeeding, according to …

McDonald's

How Airports Are Trying to Become Breastfeeding-Friendly

Lactation pods can make travel less daunting for nursing moms.<p>Babies wail, throw up, and poop anywhere—they don’t care if you’re on a crowded bus, or an airplane experiencing lurching turbulence, or an express subway car hurtling past dozens of blocks. And when they’re hungry, they’re hungry. Right …

Airports

LightBlue Bean+ Is An Arduino Board With Bluetooth Built-In

If you’re anything like me you understand the power of Arduino but are stymied by limitations of education, imagination, or wireless connectivity to implement it into your own life. Thanks to the LightBlue Bean+, however, one of those roadblocks has been torn down.<p>The Bean+ is basically an Arduino …

Prototyping

CalArts Student Experiments with 3D Printing Light

Not all 3D printing is meant to last. When CalArts student Aaron Bothman decided to print something for his short film <i>The Red Witch,</i> his thesis …

Stop Motion

The Promise Of 5G

The evolution of personal communication has fundamentally altered the everyday lives of most people on our planet. Armed with a smartphone connected to a seemingly infinite ocean of information, entertainment and applications, many of us cannot remember a time when we weren’t dependent on our …

Internet of Things

The Next Great Startup Will Be A ‘Unicornio’

“The minute a major Silicon Valley VC sets up a branch in Mexico, you will be out of business,” a Mexican founder told me over dinner at last year’s Mexico VC Day in San Francisco. I did not respond, because I actually think our risk of going out of business is higher if they don’t come. And we …

Plastic roads may put asphalt to shame

The days of putting up with crumbling asphalt streets might just come to an end. Construction company VolkerWessels has revealed plans for recycled plastic roads that are both more sustainable <i>and</i> more practical than old-fashioned blacktop. Besides reusing material, they'd last about three times …

IDEO & Studio 360 Redesigns Series Brings Back the Fun in Design

Here’s an unexpected partnership between radio and design, a union formed under the goal of (re)discovering joy in the most lifeless and mundane …

Anti-Stress Coloring Book Offers Fun Creative Therapy for Adults

Coloring books geared towards adults are a fun way for people to unwind from the stresses of everyday life. Grown ups can step away from their computer screens and simply focus on coloring inside the lines, which is often seen as a meditative and relaxing experience. The newly-released <i>Creative</i> …