Giri Karnal

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Self-assembling foam chair expands right before your eyes

Imagine a world where all of the furniture you buy isn't just flat-packed, it can be condensed to five percent of its original size ready for you to take home. It's a future that Noumenon designer Carl de Smet wants to make a reality, by working with polyurethane shape-memory polymers (SMPs) to …

The Mars Rover Landing Celebrated In The Medium Of Oreo

After recreating the last 100 years of cultural touchstones in Oreo-form back in March, and then coming out in support of gay rights in June, the company has deemed the August 5th landing on Mars worthy of addition into the cookie pantheon.<p>Hours after the Curiosity rover successfully touched down …

Experimental headsets let you see the invisible, hear the inaudible

Students at the Royal College of Arts in London have designed headsets capable of augmenting the sights and sounds around us to enhance our sensory experiences. The project — called Eidos Vision — utilizes two pieces of wearable technology that pick out the most important audio and visual …

Water Trapped For 1.5 Billion Years Could Hold Ancient Life

Scientists have discovered water that has been trapped in rock for more than a billion years. The water might contain microbes that evolved independently from the surface world, and it's a finding that gives new hope to the search for life on other planets.<p>The water samples came from holes drilled …

These Two Robots Are Very Much In Love

Call it love in the time of automation: a new project makes two very un-human participants deal with the most human of emotions. It doesn’t always go well.<p>Vincent and Emily are the kind of couple everybody knows at least one of: all they seem to do is fight. But there’s one major difference between …

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Punk Rock Branding: How Bruce Pavitt Built Sub Pop In An Anti-Corporate Nirvana

The man who helped introduce the world to Nirvana shares stories from the band’s first European tour–a pivotal eight days for Kurt Cobain, Sub Pop records, and rock ‘n’ roll as we know it.<p>It’s 1990. Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman are in New York City visiting Sony Records, the biggest label in …

What if You Were Born in Space?