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This is Hatsune Miku, as envisioned by Tetsuya Nomura

Square Enix's Tetsuya Nomura, the man behind Kingdom Hearts, has been on something of a character redesign tear lately. He's re-imagined DC's Batman and Catwoman, and recently lent his creative direction to Japanese virtual pop idol Hatsune Miku.<p>The collaboration video above gives us a clear look …

7 Steps To A More Productive And Inspiring Workspace

Sometimes your office doesn’t need a complete redesign, but just a sprucing up. Here are a few ideas.<p>Space design has been consuming me for more than six years since I had the idea to create coworking spaces in Austin, Texas.<p>Before designing and operating out of these spaces, I managed my business …

3 Tips to Take Better Landscape Photos Regardless of the Weather

Photographers are a special type of people that usually pay a lot of attention to detail. They’re also known to be patient and perseverant. However, …

Photography

12 Herb Garden Planters That Will Let You Cling to Summer a Little Longer

All you need is a little thyme.<p>Nothing livens up a dish like fresh herbs, which is why you should always have some on hand. These 12 herb garden planters will look killer in your kitchen (or wherever you choose to display them) and keep your meals tasting fresh to death all year …

Herbs

Deep-Sea Dwellers Make A Natural Antibiotic

Humans aren't the only species that try to get rid of bacteria<p>On hot vents deep underneath the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, there lives something unusual: a gene that fights bacteria. The gene belongs to a microscopic organism, scientifically named <i>Aciduliprofundum boonei</i>, that lives in the extreme …

iPad Sales Drop Twelve Percent As Android Tablets Soar

There have been a number of signs that the consumers’ rush to buy into the iPad ecosystem was slowing, but data from IDC today puts the slowing retail success of Apple’s tablet into an interesting position.<p>The analyst’s numbers suggest that total iPad sales in 2014 will be down by an eighth (12.7%) …

Time Well Spent: An Exclusive Interview with Interior Designer Jamie Drake

A few weeks back, I spent an afternoon at the fabulous Manhattan residence of Jamie Drake, the distinguished interior designer. Every aspect of his life is strongly connected to design and aesthetics, whether it be his home (built by famed modern architect Annabelle Selldorf), the spaces he turns …

A New Chip Could Double Your Phone's Data Rate

A University of Texas team invents a circulator using conventional electronic parts.<p><i>(Photo Credit: University of Texas)</i><p>A simple circuit could double data rates on most cell phones, opening up wider possibilities for sending and receiving information.<p>Known as the "circulator," the device invented at …

Google Launches Tool To Help You Stay “A Step Ahead” Of Hackers

This week Google released a new security tool it hopes will help users “stay a step ahead of any bad guys,” Eran Feigenbaum, director of security for Google Work, wrote in a blog post.<p>The tool, called the Devices & Activity dashboard, shows a list of devices currently logged into your Google …

Sony Xperia Z4 specs leak, suggest modest improvements

After recently testing out a Sony Xperia Z3v smartphone and walking away impressed, I wondered what the company would do with its next flagship.<p>It …

6 Major Mistakes You Make Ironing

Here's how to not destroy your favorite clothes—or your appliance.<p><b>1. Ironing fabrics that are too dry.</b>Wrinkles are easier to remove from fabrics that are slightly damp. If it's not convenient to iron garments as you take them from the dryer, use the spray feature of your iron to mist and soften …

Tap Water

The 50 Most Essential Kitchen Secrets

Helpful tips and tricks.<p>These helpful tips and tricks, adapted from Rebecca DiLiberto's Penny Saving Household Helper, will save you time and money. This article originally appeared on countryliving.com.

Juicing

The Xbox One controller went through 200 prototypes

Microsoft's 35-strong hardware design team built over 200 Xbox One controller prototypes before reaching the final iteration.<p>In an interview with MCV today, design lead Carl Ledbetter talked about the work that went into perfecting the final hardware box and controller, over a three-year period. …

Halo: Nightfall - "Lifeboat Rules" Review

Going full analog.<p><b>Warning: full episode spoilers follow.</b><p>At this point it's probably safe to say Nightfall isn't the live-action Halo project we …

Dragon Age: Inquisition - What's the Story With Dragon Age's Story? - IGN Video

IGN's reviewer Vince Ingenito wasn't in love with the story in Dragon Age: Inquisition, but Justin and Naomi didn't feel quite the same.

How To Make Extra-Efficient Solar Panels Using Old Blu-Ray Discs

Blu-ray discs' pretty color actually makes them great at capturing light.<p>You probably don't think of them that way, but Blu-ray discs have a gorgeous color. In fact, the same physics that gives butterfly wings and housefly eyes their iridescent shine are also at work on Blu-ray. All are examples of …

How Did Manatees Inspire Mermaid Legends?

Weird & Wild<p>Sailors across cultures thought the aquatic mammals were young women of the sea.<p>It's that time of year when manatees, the slow-moving aquatic mammals of the southeast coast of North America, start to migrate south into warmer waters—and often run into trouble.<p>In Florida, many of the …

Type 1 diabetes could be diagnosed with simple breath test, says Oxford University

High levels of sweet smelling acetone on the breath could indicate Type 1 diabetes, say scientists<p>A breath test which will tell parents instantly if their child has Type 1 diabetes has been developed by Oxford University.<p>The test picks up levels of acetone in the breath and prevents the need for an …