Grace Isabella Humphries

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Big City, Big Surprise: New York City's Newest Species Is a Frog

The amphibian stayed hidden in plain sight for decades, only to be discovered on Staten Island.<p>Even in one of the most densely populated places on Earth, nature is still capable of some big surprises. Biologists have described a new species of leopard frog discovered in New York City.<p>Only the …

An Origami-Like Bowl That Expands When You Add Water

Two designers and a team of scientists have reinvented the takeout container for our sustainable century.<p>Some late-night hunger pains can only be appeased by one thing: instant ramen. But as all ramen aficionados know, it’s not only the noodles and mysterious spice packets that count–the packaging …

Product Design

Architects Dream Up A “Hairy” Skyscraper That Produces Its Own Energy

Belatchew Arkitektur plans to turn a Stockholm landmark into a full-fledged urban wind farm.<p>We write about architecture as being “dynamic,” “interactive,” or even “animated,” but it’s not really true. All buildings are static, incapable of propelling themselves to spontaneous movement. Architects …

Wonderful Conceptual Photo-manipulations by 14-Year-Old Photographer “Fiddle Oak” | Colossal

<p>Today I discovered a photographer who has a camera named Betsy who tells me he’s been taking photographs for nearly six years. Y’know, since he was …

Views Of The Hong Kong Sky, Framed By A Canopy Of Skyscrapers

Romain Jacquet-Lagreze’s photographs are a reminder of the dazzling views to be found simply by looking up.<p>For as long as he can remember, when Romain Jacquet-Lagreze has found himself walking in the forest, he’s always had the inclination to look up, searching for patches of sky poking through the …

Hong Kong

Etymology of “Wanderlust”

“Wanderlust arises as an emotional epidemic,” writes Daniel Garrison Brinton in his 1902 book <i>The Basis of Social Relation.</i> According to the Oxford …

What Is It About Bees And Hexagons?

Solved! A bee-buzzing, honey-licking 2,000-year-old mystery that begins here, with this beehive. Look at the honeycomb in the photo and ask yourself: (I know you've been wondering this all your life, but have been too shy to ask out loud ... ) Why is every cell in this honeycomb a hexagon?<p>Bees, …

How the New York Times can fight BuzzFeed & reinvent its future

Getty Images<p>If I ever run into New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson (unlikely as it might be) I will sure as hell let her know that she is …

The Girl Who Turned to Bone

Unexpected discoveries in the quest to cure an extraordinary skeletal condition show how medically relevant rare diseases can be.<p>When Jeannie Peeper was born in 1958, there was only one thing amiss: her big toes were short and crooked. Doctors fitted her with toe braces and sent her home. Two …