Allison DeSpain

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Student Develops An Ingenious Building Material That Shapeshifts In Response To Rain

Chao Chen, a product design student at RCA, created a water-reacting laminate that can open when it’s sunny and close when it rains.<p>When Chao Chen had to conduct a materials study during his second term at the Royal College of Art, he found inspiration while walking through London’s Hyde Park on a …

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Sleek Modern Light Bulb Doubles as a Bluetooth Speaker

Isn't it nice when technology can perform double duties? Sony introduced a product that simultaneously plays music and lights a room, all while being gorgeously designed. They've combined a warm-colored LED bulb with an integrated Bluetooth speaker. This innovative mixture has a clean and modern …

Home Automation

How your eyes betray your thoughts

A series of recent studies suggest that eye movements may both reflect and influence the workings of the brain<p>According to the old saying, the eyes are windows into the soul, revealing deep emotions that we might otherwise want to hide. Although modern science precludes the existence of the soul, …

Watching a Grown Man Unlearn How to Ride a Bicycle is Surprisingly Compelling

A prank played by a welder rewrites part of this man's brain<p>I had avoided watching this video because I assumed it was clickbait, but I was wrong. …

LG Display shows off press-on 'wallpaper' TV under 1mm thick

Before you get too excited, it's only a proof-of-concept display. The unveiling is part of a broader announcement to showcase the company's plans for the future, which center on OLED tech.<p>LG Display, the screen-making subsidiary of LG, is dedicated to OLED panels, and it has unveiled an impossibly …

Stunning Seascape Photos Capture the Fluid Grace of Waves on an Australian Beach

Photographer Karl Lundholm may have been born and raised on the west coast of Sweden, but he dreamed of traveling to somewhere he could hear the sound of crashing waves and feel the warmth of sunshine on his skin. Living overseas in Australia became his “little dream” until he actually made the …

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Elon Musk launches Tesla batteries for the home in bid to cut fossil fuel usage

Tesla founder Elon Musk has launched two batteries designed to power homes and businesses in an attempt to reduce the world's reliance on fossil …

Tesla’s $3,000 Powerwall Will Let Households Run Entirely On Solar Energy

You almost certainly associate Tesla with cars — very cool cars — but the company has an even grander vision beyond that. Today, CEO and founder Elon Musk unveiled ‘Tesla Energy’ — a new business arm that is focused on ending our dependence on grid power and switching instead to solar energy.<p>The …

Luther the Anger Translator from Key & Peele Joined Obama at the White House Correspondents' Dinner

Spoiler: Obama doesn't need an anger translator.<p>Nobody does Obama better than <i>Key & Peele</i>, and one of the Comedy Central show's best presidential sketches features Keegan Michael Key as Luther the Anger Translator, a ring-wearing badass who acts out the frustrated subtext behind Obama's diplomatic …

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MIT’s Self-Assembling Table Could Change The Way You Build Ikea Furniture

Imagine never having to waste a day interpreting confusing instructions again.<p>We’ve seen the remarkable programmable materials coming out of MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab for years–things like magnetic chairs that could snap together in a fish tank, or textiles that could flex themselves into various …

3D Laser Cut Wood Maps Show Hidden Underwater World

Robbie and Kara Johnson are the husband and wife team behind Below the Boat, a company that creates gorgeous wood maps that show the hidden world underneath the water. Using the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (or NOAA) charts, they study the bathymetry (which is the underwater …

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Carol Morley: ‘Mass hysteria is a powerful group activity’

Fainting, twitching, nausea… What is really going on when a group – and it’s almost always teenage girls – exhibit real symptoms without organic cause? Carol Morley explains how her fascination with mass psychogenic illness led to her film The Falling, the story of a fainting epidemic at a girls’ …

FINALLY: Purses, Handbags, and Clutches That Charge Your Cell Phone!

Yup, that's right, now you don't need to carry around a bulky extra battery pack—and you won't need to hunt for a Starbucks outlet midday. Each full Everpurse charge (the purse itself needs charging) will, in turn charge your phone from 0 percent to 100 percent TWICE. All you have to do is dock it …

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Ultimate Nachos with Beer-Braised Carnitas

Home > Recipes by Category > Appetizers & Snacks > Ultimate Nachos with Beer-Braised Carnitas<p>September 17, 2013 // 40 <i>Comments »</i><p>As far as I’m …

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Spectacular Crystal Opal Looks Like a Handheld Aquarium

Crystals and gems are revered and collected for their physical beauty and monetary value and this Opal Butte crystal with contra luz color is no exception. The stunning gemstone, like many opals, features a varied spectrum of colors, but what separates it from the others is its spectacular visual …

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Typewriter Series #527 by Tyler Knott Gregson

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I thought of you there, out beyond the treeline and quiet in the shadow of the peak. I thought of you and wondered if you thought of me, too. Mountains & Bird Outside of Seeley

I thought of you there, out beyond the treeline and quiet in the shadow of the peak. I thought of you and wondered if you thought of me, …