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Biomimicry: looking to nature to solve human problems

Science alone won't solve global challenges, we need to attune human behaviour with the wider world, writes Giles Hutchins<p>Humans have been gaining inspiration from nature for many thousands of years, yet as a formal concept "biomimicry" – which explores how we can learn from nature to solve human …

Biomimicry

A Visual History Of Poison

A new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History explores poisons throughout history and around the world. Watch out for the live Gila monster.<p>“And now, my beauties,” crowed the Wicked Witch of the West in <i>The Wizard of Oz,</i> “something with poison in it, I think … with poison in it, but …

Skip the Sipping and Inhale Your Tea at the 'Breathable Tea Room'

It's not like tea-drinkers choose tea for its immediacy or anything, but to push the "right here, right now" agenda even further, there's now a tea …

Ships That Sail Through the Clouds: Meet Luigi Prina, the 83-Year-Old Builder of Flying Model Ships | Colossal

<p>When he was just 16 years old Luigi Prina entered and won a national aircraft modeling competition. When he went to collect the prize money the …

New, Massive Solar Power Plant Goes Online in Japan

Japan was once colloquially known as the Land of the Rising Sun, and it can't be only environmentalists hoping that a country with such a moniker …

Custom-Printed Books You Design From an iPad App

If you’ve never heard of the iPad app called Paper you should check it out. It’s an app by FiftyThree that lets you capture all of your ideas as …

What Life Is Like In One Of The World’s Fastest Growing Cities

Through the photographs of Shaun Fynn, Shanghai’s architecture becomes a symbol for future modern cities.<p>All over Shanghai–and the rest of China–cranes erect high-rise apartment towers in record time. Shopping districts are quickly planned and just as quickly realized, while new transit stations …

An Infinite Staircase by David McCracken | Colossal

<p>Currently on view at this year’s annual Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi, Australia is this fun piece titled <i>Diminish and Ascend</i> by artist David …

Rounded Forest Design Plans Revealed for NYC's the High Line

The High Line in New York City has rapidly developed over the years, becoming quite the spot for tourists and locals alike. Just recently, developers announced the final phase of construction for the 1-mile elevated park, which is built on a historic piece of New York railroad. The plans consist of …

New York City

Singapore's Communal Learning Towers Inspired by Beehives

While technology within education has delivered many benefits, some feel it has led to a decrease in socialization among both students and faculty members. With this in mind, architect Thomas Heatherwick has designed the new <i>Learning Hub</i> for Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTUC). The …

Architecture

10 Psychological Studies That Will Change What You Think You Know About Yourself

Why do we do the things we do? Despite our best attempts to "know thyself," the truth is that we often know astonishingly little about our own minds, and even less about the way others think. As Charles Dickens once put it, “A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted …

The Psychology of Getting Unstuck: How to Overcome the “OK Plateau” of Performance & Personal Growth

<i>“Any sequence of mental action which has been frequently repeated tends to perpetuate itself,”</i> William James wrote in his influential meditation on habit, <i>”so that we find ourselves automatically prompted to think, feel, or do what we have been before accustomed to think, feel, or do, under like</i> …

Forget devices; the future of technology is seeded in biology

A lot of you, dear readers, may remember a time when mobile phones didn't exist, let alone smartphones with touchscreens, apps and pro-grade cameras. Some may even recall a childhood completely devoid of TV, when the phrase "playing in a sandbox" meant literally that. Not content with books that …