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A Visual History Of Urbanization, From The World's First City In 3700 BC To The Present

From Sumer to Sacremento, this map shows the full history of urbanization around the world. Watch as world's cities are born one-by-one, beginning with [arguably] the world's first city in 3700 BC and continuing up to the present.<p>The history of urbanization, 3700 BC - 2000 AD (interactive</i> …

Bird Flight Patterns Get Captured in Stunning Still Images

For the past five years, Xavi Bou has been hard at work on his 'Ornitographies' photography series.<p>For five years Xavi Bou has traveled in order to document the flight patterns of several different species of bird. Inspired by the birds he used to see on long walks with his grandfather, Bou decided …

The surgeon giving his patients VR instead of sedatives

In Mexico’s most violent state, a surgeon is using virtual reality to relieve the pain and stress of operations when sedatives are not possible. Jo Marchant watched him as he works.<p>Ana Maria has never been to Machu Picchu. The 61-year-oldalways wanted to visit the mountain ruins but she suffers …

Virtual Reality

Robots Will Be In Retail Stores Sooner Than You Think

One of the biggest problems in retail today is what to do with the brick-and-mortar store. Retailers have in some ways painted themselves into a corner: the one thing stores have that really could make them stand out from online is employees – except that most retailers have taken too many …

eCommerce

Rise of the Robolawyers

How legal representation could come to resemble TurboTax<p>Near the end of Shakespeare’s <i>Henry VI, Part 2</i>, Dick the Butcher offers a simple plan to create chaos and help his band of outsiders ascend to the throne: “Let’s kill all the lawyers.” Though far from the Bard’s most beautiful turn of phrase, …

The factories of the future could float in space

Orbital manufacturing is already paving the way for better solar panels, faster internet, cleaner computer chips, and lab-grown human hearts<p>This past summer, a plane went into a stomach-churning ascent and plunge 30,000 feet over the Gulf of Mexico. The goal was not thrill-seeking, but something …

Space Exploration

Retiring with robots? How your folks will get high-tech help

Researchers are working on robots that can monitor and care for the elderly. But it's not about pawning off your grandfather to an android.<p><i>This is part of CNET's "Tech Enabled" series about the role technology plays in helping the disability community.</i><p>When you think about growing old together with …

Robotics

Rise of the robots: What advances mean for workers

<b>It's about the size and shape of a photocopier.</b><p>Emitting a gentle whirring noise, it travels across the warehouse floor while two arms raise or lower themselves on scissor lifts, ready for the next task.<p>Each arm has a camera on its knuckle. The left one eases a cardboard box forward on the shelf, …

Artificial Intelligence

MIT’s Not-So-Crazy Plan To Get Rid Of Stoplights

The intersection of the future has no stoplight—just a very, very intelligent algorithm.<p>The first stoplight was a complete disaster.<p>Installed in London in 1868, the gas-powered traffic signal exploded, killing the policeman who was responsible for operating it. In the 150 years since, the stoplight …

The Soft, Screenless Future Of Toys, According To Fisher-Price

A new concept video teases the near future of parenting, and interactivity is everywhere.<p>By 2025, we’ll have a new wave of parents: millennials and the Snapchat addicts of Generation Z. It’s a group of new caretakers who have always been online, and yet, are known to prioritize experiences over …

Why we don't always need An App for That

<i>Author and designer Golden Krishna believes that we’re quickly becoming a society that’s obsessed with our screens, and that the companies making and marketing apps aren’t doing us any favors. “Our love for the digital interface is out of control,” he said at SXSW two years ago; it’s a notion that</i> …

Dieter Rams says the future of design is taking care of the world

Renowned Braun industrial designer Dieter Rams says that the future of design is creating products that are more sustainable and less problematic for the environment. "We have to move away from the throwaway habit," Rams says, according to <i>FastCo Design</i>. "Things can, and must, last longer. They must …

Product Design

Don't Relax: Uncomfortability Is The New Convenience

To stop humanity from turning into useless, pleasure-seeking blobs, some designers are abandoning the quest to make everything easy, and introducing a little extra difficulty into our lives.<p>When you step into the “Intervator“–a hacked elevator in Essen, Germany–and push a button for the fifth …

NASA Chief Scientist Is Sure We'll Find Alien Life Within 20 Years

The truth is out there<p>NASA is certain: We’re not alone in this universe.<p>Speaking at a public panel on Tuesday in Washington D.C., NASA scientists discussed the likelihood of finding organic life in our solar system. Given the surprising number of oceans residing throughout our celestial home, they …

Astronomy

Rat brains are basically wired up like miniature internets

Drawing on forty years of peer-reviewed research, a team of researchers from the University of Southern California have generated the world's first "wiring diagram" of a rat's central nervous system. And, as it turns out, their brain structures are uncannily similar to the internet's physical …

15 kostenlose Templates und Vektor-Kits für deine Infografik

Infografiken sind ein wichtiges Content-Marketing-Element. Doch die Visualisierung von Daten kann sehr aufwendig werden. Vektor-Kits und Templates …

This project in Google's secret research lab could change the future

It's not just about making sure our cell phones last a little longer, though that's a nice side-effect too. Really, what's going on is that the new wave of wearable devices, flying drones, electric cars, and what-have-you are going to have higher and more specific power needs than what you get with …

Clean Energy

Why Millennials Understand The Future Of Work Better Than Anyone Else

We can learn a lot about the future of work from how millennials are approaching and redefining their careers.<p>The 9-to-5 grind is over.<p>I call that traditional view, “Big Work,” and millennials intuitively understand that’s not where the future is. They are, in a sense, the first generation of …

4 Reasons Why Design Is Taking Over Silicon Valley

VC design partner John Maeda says that the most successful tech companies of the future will really be design companies. Here’s why.<p>Are the fortunes of design on the rise in Silicon Valley? A resounding yes, says John Maeda, design partner at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers. …

10 Web Design Trends You Can Expect to See in 2015

Every year, Web design grows and so many awesome things are being published daily. I can only imagine that the best is yet to come in 2015, including many of the trends we predicted for 2014.<p>While many of those ideas and trends will still be around in 2015 (and probably 2016), it’s time to see what …

A Plant-Covered, Car-Free Design For The Megacity Of The Future

Instead of a traditional street grid, the design employs a network of public squares surrounded by massive, interconnected skyscrapers.<p>In 1980, only 30,000 people lived in Shenzhen, China. Today the population is over 15 million, and Shenzhen is the most crowded city in the country, with more …

Delightful Illustrations of Quirky Characters on the Streets of Ann Arbor

Self-taught artist David Zinn uses chalk and charcoal to create works of street art that cleverly interact with found objects and the surrounding environment. Since 2001, his quirky illustrations have popped up primarily on the streets of Ann Arbor, which is home to the University of Michigan and a …

Ann Arbor

Beautiful Data Visualization & Information Design | Visually

Give your data a voice<p>Doing awesome research and discovering insightful data is just the first part of your job. The next step is to use data …

The YouTube Of Data Visualization Is Here

A new site called Dadaviz aims to make quality visualizations just as social and discoverable on the web as video or music.<p>When you want to watch web videos, you often go to YouTube. When you want to listen to music from indie artists, you might hit up Soundcloud. But where do you go on the web if …

Ex-Googler On 4 Ways Designers Can Help The Working World Master Big Data

Big data won’t mean a lick if designers don’t do a better job of organizing it.<p>Our lives are becoming more data-driven by the day. How do my step count, sleep efficiency and eating habits combine to show me my weight next month? Where am I spending most of my money across all of my bank accounts, …

The Book of Trees: 800 Years of Visualizing Science, Religion, and Knowledge in Symbolic Diagrams

How the humble tree became our most powerful visual metaphor for organizing information and distilling our understanding of the world.<p>Why is it that when we behold the oldest living trees in the world, primeval awe runs down our spine? We are entwined with trees in an elemental embrace, both …

Disney’s 12 Principles Of Animation, In A Cartoon

Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, the “old men” of Walt Disney, made laws of physics just for cartoons.<p>In the real world, the basic laws of physics were first described by Sir Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein. In the world of animation, however, we owe the laws of physics to Frank Thomas and Ollie …

Skoll | Social Entrepreneurs Driving Large Scale Change

What Will It Take to Stop the Genital Cutting of Three Million Women and Girls This Year?<p>A Decade of Stories of Change: How a Partnership With …