Erik James

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Tour The Modern Architecture Of Marfa, West Texas’s Artist Oasis

Donald Judd may have brought modern art to Marfa, but modernist architecture has longer roots there.<p>If Austin is a “cool liberal oasis” nestled in the arid Texas landscape–as it was once described to me–then Marfa, Texas, is its artier asylum to the west. The town, population 1,900, was solidified …

Art

Le Corbusier’s Color Theories, Explained

The Swiss architect was a stickler for color, as a rare wallpaper book now up for auction shows.<p>Henry Ford was famous for saying a customer could have any color of car she or he wanted, so long as it’s black–a nod to how the industrialist viewed color, all function no fun. Black paint dried the …

Design

'Snooper's charter' bill becomes law, extending UK state surveillance

Home secretary hails ‘world-leading’ laws, which include forcing web and phone companies to collect browsing histories<p>The “snooper’s charter” bill extending the reach of state surveillance in Britain was given royal assent and became law on Tuesday as signatures on a petition calling for it to be …

5 Best Dumbbell Exercises To Get Strong (And Gather a Crowd)

This article isn’t going to focus on the standard dumbbell movements we’ve all seen and done. <b>Chances are you’ve got some great dumbbells and you use</b> …

Rock Music

These 15-minute recipes from Thug Kitchen will help you cook “fast as f*ck”

The Thug Kitchen ethos is definitely not one of subtlety. (This is, after all, the vegan recipe site that proclaims “This is the only website …

Infographic – Drones: Reporting for Work

Why drones have an economic potential that is too large to ignore

Get That Pizza Fix Minus the Carbs With This Chicken Pepperoni Casserole

Is it possible to overload on pizza? Our hearts say no but our bellies say yes. Sometimes we just need to walk away from the dough (so definitely don’t look at these 16 frozen dough recipes). Let’s make that walk a little easier with this pepperoni chicken casserole made with creamy homemade pizza …

How the Sinaloa cartel reportedly laundered drug money with clothing and footwear

Mexico's Sinaloa cartel is one of, and perhaps the, major player in the US drug trade, which is believed to bring in billions of dollars annually.<p>But the cartel needs to disguise the illicit origins of those profits, and a report from Colombian news outlet Portafolio, first sighted by Insight …

Donald Trump is staring down decades of Republican Party orthodoxy on a signature issue

Donald Trump has launched an all-out assault on America's free-trade agreements, hitting a peak in his antitrade message that has swept him through the primary season and into the general election.<p>And in doing so, he is breaking with decades of Republican orthodoxy, staring down party leaders and …

28 incredible roads to drive in your lifetime

From a mountain pass in Abu Dhabi to routes that wind through the Swiss Alps, these roads make for a drive you won't soon forget.<p><i>Sarah Schmalbruch contributed to an earlier version of this post.</i>

Muhammad Ali In His Own Words: Six of His Best Quotes to Live By

In an age where sports fans want their heroes to be more than just athletes, nobody has a legacy like Muhammad Ali.<p>Any press conference or statement he released was must watch, must listen. His gift for gab left reporters salivating and admirers invigorated with the same energy with which he …

Boxing

Reflow turns plastic waste into 3D print filament to lift waste pickers out of poverty

May 4, 2016 | By Alec<p>Remember the Dutch social enterprise Reflow? In early 2016, this startup revealed an interesting and economic solution for …

What’s SLA Printing and Is It Worth Your Time?

The first 3D printer. Stereolithography, also known as SLA, was the first commercial 3D printing process. Developed in 1983 by engineering physicist …

Why U.S. Manufacturing Workers Are On Food Stamps And Medicaid

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley shows that over one-third of manufacturing workers in the U.S. are on some form of public assistance. The percentage shoots up to 50% when temporary manufacturers are factored in.<p>The results of the study follow similar …

Make Your Own Miniature Creations With This Desktop Vacuum Former

A cheap and effective way to bring manufacturing to the tabletop for all makers

Comment on These Five Exponential Trends Are Accelerating Robotics by Robotics: Top Articles and News | Giant Leap

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Beijing is setting the stage for war in the South China Sea

All any nation needs to go to war is a good provocation, and China is no exception. With its sweeping territorial claims, island-building, militarization, patriotic fervor, and prickly rhetoric, Beijing is setting itself up to be repeatedly provoked in the South China Sea. It might even be counting …

China

How Fairphone–The World’s Most Ethical Cell Phone–Stays Good

The smartphone company is challenging the status quo by building phones differently.<p>On the fifth floor of a nondescript Amsterdam building lies Fairphone. It is the world’s first socially responsible and sustainable company to design, manufacture and sell mobile phones. Like most companies, …

Mozilla demands details on the FBI's malware hack

The team behind Firefox is wading into a contentious battle involving the FBI, the dark web and some location-tracking malware. While Mozilla's chief legal officer Denelle Dixon-Thayer is careful to say the company is not taking sides in a case between the FBI and a defendant allegedly caught with …

6 Things Holding You Back From True Happiness

True happiness, at the core, is a by-product of your mindset. It is the result of an internal force rather than external factors. Dissatisfaction is …

After reading thousands of romance books, Google’s AI is writing eerie post-modern poetry

Google had a problem. Their AI engine spoke with grammatical precision and factual accuracy, but its diction remained terse and limp. They wanted it to be more conversational, so they made it read 2,865 romance novels. Now Google has a poet.<p>In an unpublished paper entitled “Generating Sentences …

Artificial Intelligence

Do You Want to Be Happy? Stop Chasing Happiness

Alan Watts taught that the desire for security and the feeling of insecurity are one in the same -- that "to hold your breath is to lose your breath." Traditional Zen Buddhism would agree: to desire fulfillment is to not have fulfillment, happiness is not something you seek, but that which you …

Father and His Tiny Astronaut Son Explore Earth Together in Adorable Photo Project

We tell kids that the sky’s the limit when it comes to exploring the world’s possibilities, but we tend to forget to embrace that wisdom in our own lives, as we get bogged down in the day-to-day responsibilities of adulthood. Photographer Aaron Sheldon has revived a starry-eyed, childlike curiosity …

Researchers Pilot a Drone Using an Apple Watch

Far from science fiction, the ability to seemingly control things with your hands is no longer the fantasy that stories like Star Wars once imagined, thanks to a research team in Taiwan that has created technology akin to using The Force.<p>The Taiwanese technology researchers at PVD+ have written an …

Drones

Modern Desks, Make Room: Wonderful Rotating Workspace

Simple modern office furniture can become static, stale and uncomfortable over time, while fully transforming furniture objects can be a bit too …

Lighting Portraits with a Prism Gobo, DIY Barn Doors, and Window Blinds

Photographer Nick Fancher often does high-quality shoots with simple locations and do-it-yourself gear — he published a book on the subject earlier …

Photography

How to Schedule and Post to Instagram From a Computer

Social networks are a good way to advertise a photographer's work. Sometimes, with all the different platforms available, it becomes difficult to …

This Israeli start-up is breeding grasshoppers to fight famine

In the spring of 2013, terrifying swarms of almost a million locusts descended upon Israel and Egypt, turning the sky black, attacking the green crops and devouring everything in their paths.<p>One small grasshopper flew further north than most and landed on the doorstep of Israeli entrepreneur Dror …

Agriculture

Tesla hits the gas on self-driving car tech

Elon Musk says electric car company is ramping up its Autopilot system for advanced autonomous driving<p>Tesla is accelerating with its self-driving car efforts, taking on Google, Uber, Apple and traditional vehicle manufacturers.<p>After launching a software update for its Model S electric cars that …

Tesla

Urban Farming Revolution: Impact Farm Allows You to Grow Fresh Produce in the Middle of the City

Urban farming is most certainly the way of the future. However, some of the largest barriers to this style of food production is a lack of space in densely populated cities, and also climate fluctuation. Copenhagen-based urban design lab Human Habitat seeks to address these issues with their …