Guy Rickard

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A brief history of American Apparel

American Apparel was not necessarily destined for greatness when its founder – then just a high-schooler – had an idea: he would sell t-shirts. With few funds and virtually no practical experience, he started a tiny business, importing classic American t-shirts to Montreal in an operation largely …

Things To Do In London: Thursday 28 August 2014

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Map: 84 Planes That’ve Vanished

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is the 84th plane to go mysteriously missing since 1948. A new visualization maps out this history of lost flights.<p>The disappearance of Malaysia Flight 370 hasn’t gotten much less baffling since the news broke on March 8th. The investigators from 26 countries racing to …

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Top 5 Ducati SportClassics

For a motorcycle that only sold in small numbers and was produced for just five years, the Ducati SportClassic generates a remarkable amount of press. It’s virtually impossible to find a good condition example on the secondhand market, and if you do find one, you’ll have to pay handsomely for the …

Motorcycles

Controlling Wood Movement: The Drying Process

<i>This is the sixth post of an ongoing series about wood. Understanding its nature, the way it moves and changes, and the implications for designers.</i> …

Dealing with Wood Movement: Design and Understanding

<i>This is the sixth post of an ongoing series about wood. Understanding its nature, the way it moves and changes, and the implications for designers.</i> …

How Logs Are Turned Into Boards, Part 3: Riftsawn

<i>This is the third post of an ongoing series about wood. Understanding its nature, the way it moves and changes, and the implications for designers.</i> …

The Story of How Ron Paulk Discovered He Had Inadvertently Created a Product Design Hit

As industrial designers, a lot of us dream of having product design hits, where we design something so popular that those royalty checks start piling …

Furniture Building Tips: How to Remove Dents and Holes in Wood Using Steam

Furniture builders who distress wood have their own sets of tricks. We've seen bike chains, bottlecaps, and even beloved, uniquely-shaped rocks all …

Woodworking

MK1 Transforming Coffee Table Wood from Duffy London

We love this table, <b>MK1 Transforming Coffee Table Wood</b> is a multifunctional furniture for small space apartment. This furniture can be converted from …

How to Turn Your Garage Into a Blacksmithing & Woodworking Shop | The Art of Manliness

“An object should be judged by whether it has a form consistent with its use.” – Architect Bruno Munari<p>In her book <i>The Not So Big House</i>, architect …

Asteroid Mining To Become A Two-Horse Race

Deep Space Industries is due to reveal its plans to mine asteroids. The announcement will occur later today in Santa Monica’s Museum of Flying. Within just two years Deep Space Industries says it will send drones called FireFly to examine asteroids reachable in near-Earth space. Once is has proven …

Today Humans Began A Journey To The Stars

According to a press release from the American Geophysical Union, the Voyager 1 space probe has passed beyond the heliosphere of our solar system. The discovery is being published as a scientific paper, but curiously NASA seems reluctant to agree with its conclusions.<p>The heliosphere is the bubble …

A Rare, Stunning Glimpse Inside The World’s Space Programs [Slideshow]

Vincent Fournier’s crisp, detached pictures of space facilities straddle the divide between documentary and fantasy.<p>Vincent Fournier has the dream job of anyone who ever fantasized about being an astronaut (but shrinked away from the zero-G simulator): For the past decade he has traveled to space …

Milk And Koblin Reunite For Animation Platform “This Exquisite Forest”

The makers of Wilderness Downtown create a new collaborative animation platform, This Exquisite Forest.<p>Director Chris Milk and Google’s resident data artist Aaron Koblin, the team responsible for the groundbreaking <i>Wilderness Downtown</i> and <i>The Johnny Cash Project</i> have partnered again, with Google, on</i> …

Solar Power Beamed From Space Inches Toward Reality

High above the atmosphere, virtually limitless power is raining down on the Earth. Dreams of launching a satellite to collect this sunlight and beam it back to Earth as clean power remain science fiction–for now.<p>A recent experiment called <i>Suaineadh</i> (or “twisting” in Scots Gaelic) has brought “space …

Branson On The Impact Of Space Travel

Branson thinks that by being in space, people become more passionate about the planet. And he’s planning on helping out cash-strapped NASA with its research, too.<p>Earlier this week, Virgin Galactic–the space travel arm of the Virgin Group–debuted the first-ever spaceport in New Mexico. Dubbed …

From NASA’s Archives, 50 Amazing Photos Of The Apollo Moon Missions

We pay homage to the Apollo missions with the best of NASA’s deep archives.<p>In May of 1961, President John F. Kennedy made a promise to put a man on the Moon–and return him back safely–by the end of the decade. Somehow, it worked.<p>Over 50 years later, it’s easy to forget how ambitious Kennedy’s …

NASA’s New Space Suit Lets Astronauts Dress In Seconds

Even the toughest, smartest astronaut looks silly getting dressed for space. But a new suit design will make the process near-instantaneous.<p>If you stepped into the vacuum of space in whatever you’re wearing now, you actually might be okay. You won’t pass out. Your blood won’t boil, nor would it …

Behind A Pivot: Graphicly Closes Marketplace, Refocuses Business

Digital comics player Graphicly is shutting its mobile marketplace, shifting from being a distributor to a cross-platform, creator-focused publishing solution.<p>Graphicly, one of the early leaders in the burgeoning digital comics distribution market, today announced plans to shutter its marketplaces …

NASA Is Planning To Send A New Rover To Mars In 2020

NASA has announced plans to build a new rover to land on Mars in 2020. NASA’s current estimated cost for the new rover is $1.5 billion. It will be built based on the design developed for the Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars in August this year.<p>Curiosity has an on-board lab, but the plan is for …

Icon 1000 x Ural Solo sT

Custom motorcycles have always been part of Icon’s company culture—and they do all the work in-house. But this is the first Icon 1000 bike to be commissioned by a client. The commission came from Ural, and the machine is called the Quartermaster. Based on the Ural Solo sT, it’s a bike designed to …

Russian Military

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Eight-Speed Automatic Details Leaked in SAE Paper - Wide Open Throttle

By almost all accounts, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 is a fantastic car, and a big improvement over the C6 Corvette. If there were any criticisms, one commonly-heard gripe is that the six-speed automatic transmission carried over, as the “standard” transmission became a seven-speed manual. Even …

Found: Neutrinos From Beyond the Solar System

Neutrinos could help astrophysicists create a fuller picture of the universe and help determine the mysterious origins of cosmic rays.<p><b>Today in the journal Science, researchers at</b> the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, a scientific instrument buried in the Antarctic ice, report the discovery of 28 …

Physics

Everything You Wanted to Know About Iran and Nuclear Enrichment

What does the new interim deal to contain Iran's nuclear ambitions really mean? Nuclear safety expert and PopMech contributor Andy Karam explains.<p><b>Over the weekend international diplomats</b> reached a six-month agreement with Iran. In exchange for the lifting of some economic sanctions, Iran agreed to …

Nuclear Energy

APOD: Comet Lovejoy Before Galaxy M63 (2013 Dec 02) Image Credit & Copyright: Damian Peach http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131202.html Explanation: Comet Lovejoy was captured last week passing well in front of spiral galaxy M63. Discovered only three months ago and currently near its maximum brightness, Comet Lovejoy can be seen near the Big Dipper from dark northerly locations before dawn with the unaided eye. An unexpected rival to Comet ISON, C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy), pictured above, is currently sporting a large green coma and a beautifully textured ion tail. Comet Lovejoy is now headed back to the outer Solar System but should remain a good site in binoculars for another few weeks. Conversely, spiral galaxy M63, lies far in the distance and is expected to remain stationary on the sky and hold its relative brightness for at least the next few million years. http://www.damianpeach.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131202 #APOD

Bottle rockets: water could propel tiny satellites of the future into deep space

A new fundraising campaign looks to thrust CubeSats beyond Earth's orbit<p>Since the CubeSat specification was developed in 1999 by Stanford and California Polytechnic, low-cost satellites have become a reality for academic institutions and companies around the world. Their standardized dimensions and …

Life With Tesla Model S: Even After Update, Vampire Draw Remains

The Tesla Model S, for all its technical and design artistry, has a dirty little secret: the car has a substantial appetite for kilowatt-hours even when turned off and parked.<p>Since the Model S was introduced in 2012, this "vampire" power drain from the cars sold so far has consumed roughly 15 …