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Cheap Drinking Water From The Sun, Aided By A Pop Of Pencil Shavings

Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel did it to survive on the Pacific Ocean. Robert Redford used the trick in All Is Lost.<p>When you're trapped on a boat, you can easily make fresh water, right? Simply let the sun heat up and evaporate salt water. Then trap the steam, condense it on a plastic surface and …

How Students Are Using The World's Largest Indoor Smog Chamber To Save The Planet

Simulating the atmosphere does more than just help students learn about the world.<p>It’s not easy to make a cloud indoors, but students at the University of California, Riverside are certainly trying. They’re using the Atmospheric Processes Laboratory—the world’s largest indoor smog chamber—to learn …

14 Things You Didn't Know About How the Sun Will Die

At some 4.6 billion years old, the Sun is about halfway through its life. In another 5 billion years it will be a normal "adult" star no more. Here's the skinny on the upcoming demise of the star that you owe everything to: light, warmth, energy, and life.<p>1. Stars like the Sun will shine for 10 to …

Universe

Big Bang's "Smoking Gun" Confirms Early Universe's Exponential Growth

Observations confirm "inflation" of early universe to cosmological sizes in early instant.<p>Surprisingly strong gravitational waves rippled through the fiery aftermath of the Big Bang, astronomers announced Monday, a finding that confirms the cosmos grew to a stunningly vast size in its very first …

Your Body Can Kill Cancer. It Just Needs Better Instructions.

Researchers have been programming peoples' immune systems to recognize and destory cancer.<p>Part of what makes cancers so insidious is that they’re not invaders: They’re our own cells turned against us. That means the body usually doesn’t see them as a threat. But over the last few years, teams at …

Austria's Beautiful Mountainside Thermal Retreat

Located in Oberlngenfeld, Austria, the <i>Aqua Dome</i> is an impressive contemporary spa and retreat found at the foothills of the area's scenic mountains. Using the rocky backdrop for inspiration, many of the structures featured at the lodge reflect the shapes and forms found within the surrounding …

Austria

X-Ray Specs, for real: these glasses see through skin

An augmented-reality eyepiece designed to help hospitals work faster and safer<p>About 1 billion times a year in the United States, nurses and doctors puncture a patient's skin with a needle in search of a vein. Right now this technique relies on feel; that means more than half of all those children …

12 Of The Best Ideas From CES 2014

The Consumer Electronics Show is a boring affair, but if you look closely enough, it offers a taste of tomorrow. Behold, the future!<p>I’ve been to the Consumer Electronics Show more times than I’d like to admit. And while it’s considered a showcase of technology to come in the next year, it’s a …

Televisions

Living Lamps: More Like Desktop Pets Than a Light Source (and Who Doesn't Want One of Those?)

Junior isn't just a task light. Like Bob de Graaf's "Species of Illumination," Junior is a whimsical living lamp that depends on your breath to keep …

Laguna Beach Residence by Horst Architects and Aria Design

The Rockledge Residence.<p>Horst Architects teamed up with interior design studio Aria Design for the creation of the Rockledge Residence in Laguna …

Double The Fun

I always get bummed about trying to hook my USB stick the wrong way; such a simple thing and yet so frustrating! Amends are being made to the design …

Best of Watch Concepts in 2013

It was the year of the iWatch and then some! Three innovative approaches to the fabled watch from the house of Apple; with similar yet distinct …

Why We Have Pain, & How We Kill It

Singapore's Communal Learning Towers Inspired by Beehives

While technology within education has delivered many benefits, some feel it has led to a decrease in socialization among both students and faculty members. With this in mind, architect Thomas Heatherwick has designed the new <i>Learning Hub</i> for Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTUC). The …

Architecture

Nexus 5 goes through teardown, scores 8 out of 10 in repairability

A rite of passage for any hot new device, iFixit’s teardowns give us insight into the hardware that makes the mobile magic happen: all the nitty-gritty components that we often talk about, but we rarely get to see.<p>The newest device to visit iFixit’s teardown bench is the Nexus 5, the already …

Google Nexus

Round House Design Offers a Unique Architectural Experience

This beautiful <i>Round House</i> is a unique home design concept where soft curves replace the dusty corners of a typical four-sided home. Developed by L.A.-based architecture firm Johnston Marklee, the completely open interior space is enclosed by floor to ceiling windows, allowing light to radiate …

Architecture

Elegant Interior With Industrial Elements: Y House in Singapore by ONG&ONG

Discovered on Trendir, <b>Y House</b>, designed by the New York-based firm ONG&ONG, is the new home of a family from Singapore. Incorporating industrial …

bath house in carinthia by peter jungmann nestled in verdant landscape on an austrian lake, a cloister of pristine wooden homes with separate bath house mixes vintage & contemporary design. see more: http://www.designboom.com/architecture/bath-house-in-carinthia-by-peter-jungmann/

The World’s Largest Rubber Duck Arrives in Hong Kong | Colossal

<p>This week conceptual artist Florentijin Hofman brought his gargantuan <i>Rubber Duck</i> artwork to Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong. The huge inflatable duck …

Articles about 10 inspirations beating heat on Dwell.com - Dwell

What’s the best way to warm a small studio? Ekaterina Voronova opted for a compact wood-burning stove to keep her space cozy.<p>Christian Musselman has fun.<p>Writer Lisa Katayama sees innovation triumphing over tragedy in Japan in the wake of the Sendai earthquake.<p>Brooklyn's current wave of modern …

Murals

Mobile Home De Markies: Timeless Modular Travel Camper

It says something about a design (particularly for a fast-paced mobile house) when someone can look at it three decades later and still marvel at the …

Avant-garde

volkswagen transporter doubleback luxury campervan on design-dautore.com

Pluck Yolk Extractor by Mark Fusco

Separating yolk from the whites is easy as squeezing the silicone chamber of <b>Pluck Yolk Extractor</b>. It’s a smart little tool designed by Mark Fusco …

Wooden Knives: Fusion by Ponti Design Studio

Fusion is a minimalist design created by Italy-born designer Andrea Ponti. Andrea Ponti is an Italian designer specializing in everyday electronics, …

Combine: An Eco-Chic Picnic Set from Bold_a design company

Bold_a design company launched a portable picnic set called Combine, which joins sustainable materials with a new concept for replacing the standard …

Furniture

MUJI Splash-Proof Smartphone Speaker

Japanese design powerhouse MUJI has released a new water-resistant speaker for your smartphone. Though this is an entirely new design, MUJI is far from a newcomer to the world of practical audio equipment. Back in 2000, Naoto Fukasawa designed the iconic wall mounted CD player, which is still a …

Living Rooms

New W Hotel in Koh Samui (o

Float Series : Bathtub and Sink Design by Tirdad Kiamanesh

A nice design inspired by sea and yacht to bring new functionalities which had been forgotten. It makes life so easier and at the same time, it …