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Chicago indoor e-cigarette smoking ban takes effect today

Starting today, Chicagoans will have to do their vaping outside as a ban on electronic cigarettes in indoor public places takes effect.<p>The new rule, which the City Council passed in January at Mayor Rahm Emanuel's urging, prohibits people from using e-cigarettes in restaurants, bars and most other …

Google: Self-driving cars are mastering city streets

Long a veteran of the highways of rural California, Google's self-driving car is working on becoming safer in the city.<p>Over the past year or so, Google has been fine-tuning how the software running its fleet of automated vehicles handles the complexities of stop-and-go driving in heavily populated …

Articles about soundsystem built look cubist minaret on Dwell.com - Dwell

A pair of architects working in the United Arab Emirates put a modern spin on minarets.<p>For Paul and Shoko Shozi, a pair of retiring Angelenos, the goal was to shut out the neighborhood but bring in the sunny skies.<p>In Oakland, California, two designers transformed a 100-year-old barn into a (very) …

United Arab Emirates

Diamonds: A Slice off the Old Rough

Diamond inclusions can tell a unique story about a particular stone, but they invariably lower its value. There is one exception, however. Diamond …

Applits: Mobile Software for the People, By the People

This app-making community made it to the championship round of Inc.'s Coolest College Startups competition. See how it got there.<p><i>Editor's Note: This article is part of Inc.'s 2014 Coolest College Startups package. Read on for more on the hottest startups to watch right now. Also, be sure to</i> …

Bitcoin will be part of the global banking order, says Circle CEO

The future of bitcoin will be determined by central banks, standards bodies and corporate contributors. That’s the view of entrepreneur Jeremy …

The Fifth Protocol

“Wait a minute… Make up your mind. This Snow Crash thing—is it a virus, a drug, or a religion?”Juanita shrugs. “What’s the difference?”– Snow …

A Table That Charges Your iPhone

Designer Marjan van Aubel’s Current project, based on photosynthesis, uses a solar-powered table to charge electronics.<p>Think of the new project from London-based designer Marjan van Aubel as a multiplication table. Utilizing a dye-sensitised solar cell, which absorbs light in a fashion similar to …

Clean Energy

Hand Lettering Tutorial – Learn Lettering

In 5 Years, Searches for “Hand Lettering” Increased Over 1000%!<p>Hey, Friend! Sean McCabe here.<p>Hand lettering has experienced a massive resurgence.<p>In …

STICK System

Consisting of wooden sticks, powder-coated steel joints and plates, the versatile <i>Stick</i> system enables multiple options that fit different spaces. The …

126 Photos Make Up Single Image of Giant 3200-Year-Old Tree

For the December 2012 issue of National Geographic, photographer Michael “Nick” Nichols journeyed to the Sequoia National Park in California in order to capture this image of <i>the President</i>, a giant sequoia that is the third largest tree in the world, if measured by volume of the trunk above …

National Parks

Small Wooden Figures Playfully Fit Into Their Surroundings

New Jersey-based street artist Joe Iurato proves that bigger isn't always better with his fantastic series of small wooden figures that are cut out and painted to resemble little people. The miniature sculptures are carefully placed in public places such as busy intersections, street lamps, and the …

Art

Detailed Bird Illustrations on Feathers Promote Wildlife Conservation

London-based artist Rebecca Jewell creates beautiful pieces that combine her interests in anthropology, natural history, and art. Her extensive work in Papua New Guinea and then as an artist-in-residence at the British Museum have provided great influences for her many unique works, including …

British Museum

Wooden Skate Decks Beautifully Designed by Laser Engraving

Customized skate decks are nothing new, but you've probably never seen them look like this before. Brooklyn-based design studio Magnetic Kitchen used their talents and laser cutter to permanently transfer artwork onto premium maple wood boards. The process creates a unique embossed effect by …

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

Monumental Interactive Net Sculpture Floats in the Sky

From March 15 to March 22, a spectacular sight greeted residents of downtown Vancouver: a monumental net sculpture floating in the sky, spanning 745 feet between buildings. Created for the TED Conference's 30th anniversary, the installation called <i>Unnumbered Sparks</i> is the result of a collaboration …

Art

What Project Ara and modular phones could mean for the future of mobile customer service

When we first heard about modular phone projects like PhoneBloks, initially mobile tech publications like <i>Android Authority</i>, industry experts and even tech enthusiasts were skeptical about whether such a concept could ever be anything more than just a pipe-dream.<p>Although a smartphone that can have …

Mobile

Liquid Nicotine In E-Cigarettes Could Be Deadly

Vials of poison are lurking in nearly every corner bodega. And according to reports, they're hidden beneath the flashy exteriors of e-cigarettes, the popular alternative to traditional smokes.<p>The New York Times exposed the latest dangers of liquid nicotine -- the juice used to refill e-cigarettes …

Artificial Intelligence startup Vicarious grabs $40M from Zuckerberg, Musk, Kutcher, & others

Vicarious, a company that produces artificial-intelligence technology, has closed a fresh $40 million round of funding today that includes a handful of notable investors like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Tesla founder Elon Musk, and actor/investor Ashton Kutcher.<p>Vicarious’ tech focuses on …

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As MLB Returns To Sydney, Aussies Rollout $40 Hot Dog At Concession Stand

At this point, isn’t it safe to say that Food Wars have reached into the depths of sports? While the country considers Kale and the threat of GMOs, at sporting events it’s often “all you can eat” and “extra, extra large” in the extreme.<p>You have to wonder if you’ll soon hear, “I’ll take a side of …

Photo highlights of the day

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world

FD Shooting with the legends: the Leica M6TTL

<i>Advance disclaimer: I’m not a full-blown Leica M nut, so most of my opinions are just that: opinions. But I’ve used a few of these things in my time,</i> …

Mt. Gox finds 200,000 missing bitcoins in unused wallet

Mt. Gox has discovered 200,000 missing bitcoins in a wallet no longer in use, the troubled Bitcoin exchange announced Thursday, reducing the number of missing bitcoins from 850,000 to 650,000.<p>"We believed there were no bitcoins left in old wallets, but found 199,999.99 bitcoins on March 7," Mt. Gox …