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Netflix Wants To Pay You $2,000 A Week To Travel The World And Hang Out On Its Sets

Forget everything you’ve ever heard about a career in streaming Netflix all day not being a viable job. The streaming company is making dreams a reality by offering some very lucky viewers (with access to Instagram) the opportunity to get paid to watch their favorite TV shows and movies being made. …

Streaming

This Website Shows You Which Scenes in Movies Based on a True Story Are Actually True

Films that are “based on a true story” obviously take some liberties with the truth. They have to be interesting! But have you ever wondered which …

Threading

Ingenious New Non-Lethal Bullet Burns Propellant Inside the Round

The projectile can speed up or slow down to hit the target at the proper velocity.<p>A new compact, lightweight weapon will stop a target in their tracks from a hundred meters away without harming them. Nicknamed the Pogojet, it's a radical less-than-lethal design from Jeffrey Widder, senior research …

Self Defense

Film Explores What It Would Be Like If Europeans Were Refugees In The Middle East

"Tunisia 2045" turns the tables on the current crisis.<p>What if the refugee crisis reversed itself, and war-weary Europeans were the ones seeking safe haven in the Middle East? "Tunisia 2045," a short film by Ted Hardy-Carnac, explores that hypothetical.<p>A long line of refugees from Europe waits …

Sanambinnam House / Archimontage Design Fields Sophisticated

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> The landowner inherits a piece of land in a small alley in the suburb of Bangkok. On one side of the …

Edible Agroforestry: Designing Your Own Food Forest

Backyard Abundance, an environmental education non-profit organization, has released an open-source document on how to create your own “food forest” …

HitFix

'Death Of Love' Tops This Week's Best Comics<p>Luke Skywalker Was A Freeloader<p>'Star Trek: Discovery' Concludes One Mission And Begins Another As Season …

Movies

Matias Duarte: we need to stop basing design on archaic concepts

The Verge<p>Everyone keeps talking about how far technology has gotten the past decade or so, but that is not exactly what the bigger brains in the industry believe. After some talks with a couple Foxconn engineers, I realized technology has gone through more of an evolution, as opposed to a …

Visual Design

Comcast just had a major breakthrough that could mean superfast internet

That probably sounds like a mumbo-jumbo to you, so let's put it in simple terms. This means Comcast has figured out how to use its existing cable lines to deliver superfast gigabit-internet speeds without having to do major work on its current infrastructure.<p>Gigabit internet is broadband that …

Net Neutrality

HUB: All Your Kitchen Appliances in One Device

With the amount of waste produced in the US, the goal of this project was to design a product platform that demonstrates product longevity by …

Reengineered Brick Can Keep Buildings Cool

This clay brick from a pair of Colombian architects shows that material innovation doesn’t always have to be high-tech.<p>When Colombian architects Miguel Niño and Johanna Navarro set out to re-engineer the brick, they did so through the lens of sustainability. They wanted to create a mass producible, …

Netflix's new video approach looks better, uses less data

The last time we noted Netflix extensively discussing how it stores video for the best streaming performance, its HD quality maxed out at 720p, surround sound was still a pipe dream and tablets weren't a thing yet. A <i>Variety</i> report explains that after extensive testing it's going through and …

Revolutionary Laser Razor Burns Hair Off Instead of Cutting It

The Skarp Razor wants to change how you've been shaving for the last 5,000 years with lasers. Although that prospect might sound frightening, creators Morgan Gustavsson and Paul Binun have produced a futuristic device that’s actually better for your skin than traditional shaving methods—it reduces …

Cool Stuff

Three Architecturally Unusual Ways to Make an Entrance, and One Amazing Stereo Cabinet

The cure for boring doors<p>Torggler's Evolution Safety Feature<p>Remember Klemens Torggler's crazy Stahltür and Evolution doors? We'd joked about them …

What George Lucas really thought of the new 'Star Wars' isn't so nice

However, that word came from Kathleen Kennedy, the current head of Lucasfilm who has, to be honest, a personal interest in the film getting the best press possible. Now Lucas has spoken publicly about the film himself.<p>What's the word from the horse's mouth? Well, he didn't really say whether he …

Science Fiction

How To Shape Users’ Behavior, In 4 Steps

These techniques can help designers build products that subtly alter behavior–and make it stick.<p>Changing behavior is hard. We see it everyday — New Year’s resolutions fall through, gym memberships remain unused, and well-intentioned plans to eat less, or save more, never come to fruition.<p>There are …

Traditional Homepages Are Obsolete, Says Quartz. Here’s What They Built Instead.

Quartz doesn’t think online publications should have homepages. Instead, they should have faces that show off their personality.<p>When Quartz first launched in September, 2012, the digital-only business publication made a bold gamble. With the future of traffic coming directly to articles from social …

Tiny wireless sensor never needs a battery

The internet of things is a nice idea, but there's one big catch: you have to power all those smart devices, which is no mean feat when some of them might not even have room for a battery. Dutch researchers think they have a solution, though. They've built an extra-small (2 square millimeters) …

How Controversial Gene Editing Could Lead To Groundbreaking Cures

This technology may change the way we think of some of the world's most challenging diseases.<p>Thanks to the controversial new technology known as CRISPR, scientists are beginning to make headway in understanding and potentially curing some of the world's most intractable diseases.<p>Sickle-cell anemia, …

How Craftspeople Built Height-Adjustable Shelves Before the Industrial Revolution

Old-school ingenuity<p>Even in the 19th Century, people had a need for adjustable shelving. A retailer might need to change shelf heights to display new …

Storage Ideas

How to explain an iPhone using only the 1,000 most common English words

If you’ve ever tried to talk about tech or science with a five-year-old, 85-year-old, or speaker of another language, you’re familiar with this problem: It’s really hard to explain everyday one-word concepts like “wifi,” “GPS,” “Bluetooth,” “atoms,” “orbit,” and “energy.” This kind of conversation …

Large Hadron Collider

The brain’s miracle superpowers of self-improvement

We used to believe our brains were hardwired at birth. Now we believe we can will them to change. Is that true? Will Storr analyses the truth and hokum about 'neuroplasticity'.<p>For years she had tried to be the perfect wife and mother but now, divorced, with two sons, having gone through another …

The Brain

Take a Spiraling Journey Down The Rabbit Hole Of Human Consciousness

It’ll be fun…<p>At the Ross School in East Hampton, students learn all of the typical subjects–math, science, history, literature–through an experimental curriculum designed to teach how human consciousness has evolved throughout history. It’s the type of school that teaches media studies in …

Square Launches NFC Reader to Bring Apple Pay to Smaller Businesses

Mobile payments company Square today announced the launch of its new NFC reader within 100 small businesses around the country, letting stores who previously were unable to accept Apple Pay -- due to the lack of a required contactless reader -- begin supporting the service (via <i>USA Today</i>). The small …

FinTech

Print Your Own Circuit Boards At Home

For all the promise of 3-D printing, most machines can only shape plastic, meaning that if you want to build even a simple electronic at home, you’re going to be plugging in the bulky, premade circuits of Arduino boards. And if you’re a real industrial designer with proper resources, you’re going …

Oak Labs' interactive fitting room feels like the future

Though shopping is a major part of digital life, buying clothes online is still a somewhat fraught experience. Trying clothes on at the store is still an integral part of the shopping experience, because there's no telling just how well one size will fit. Figuring that out happens in the fitting …

A Watched Pot Never Boils, But This One Stirs Itself

Here's a great example of re-thinking an everyday object and using a little science to improve the user experience:<p>The shape of your basic cooking …

Frog Reveals Its Secret To Working With Your Competition (And Succeeding)

In a 90-minute workshop, frog design made a case for why walling your company off from the rest of the industry can be detrimental.<p>“Most organizations are not very good at collaborating with others inside an ecosystem.”<p>These are the words of Scott King, frog design’s director of strategy, as he …

The UN agrees to create a global flight tracking system after MH370

Aircraft would send transmissions to satelites and space stations for the first time<p>The disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 with 239 people onboard last year spurred a worldwide effort to create a better system to track civilian flights. On Wednesday, some of that effort bore fruit. A …

Airplanes