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China is no longer a nation of tech copycats

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Steam Summer Sale Has Deep Video Game Discounts… And Pricing Shenanigans That Confuse Consumers

For 125 million gamers who prefer to play on their computers, Steam is the online retailer of choice, especially when it runs one of its huge …

Why Has America Stopped Winning Wars?

Since 1945, the United States has experienced little except military stalemate and loss—precisely because it’s a superpower in a more peaceful world.<p>At 9:44 p.m. on July 27, 1953, Harold Smith had just 16 more minutes of the Korean War to survive before a ceasefire came into effect at 10:00 p.m. …

War

Miito Deconstructs The Kettle To Save Energy

Europeans love little better than a nice cup of tea. Which means an awful lot of water is being boiled daily — only a portion of which is actually necessary, given most people aren’t fastidious enough to boil only the quantity of liquid they actually need to fill their cup or teapot.<p>Part of this …

Tea

Code Kingdoms Teaches Kids JavaScript with a Puzzle Adventure Game

Web/iOS: A growing number of apps now are geared toward teaching kids to code because it’s a valuable skill to learn. Code Kingdoms is another such …

This DIY Monitor Stand and Built-In USB Hub Is Cheap and Easy to Build

One trip to IKEA (and maybe an Amazon order for the USB hub) and this monitor stand can live on your desk, charging your devices, offering easy to …

Computer Hardware

Surreal Editorial Illustrations by Simon Prades | Colossal

<p>Illustrator and graphic designer Simon Prades (previously) delights in the surreal and dreamlike, where silhouettes of faces open portals to other …

Graphic Design

How friendship became a tool of the powerful

Corporations and governments have co-opted the idea of the ‘social’ for their own ends. Is there anything we can do about it?<p>Imagine walking into a coffee shop, ordering a cappuccino, and then, to your surprise, being informed that it has already been paid for. Where did this unexpected gift come …

Psychology

How to Fit Volunteering into Your Packed Schedule

Volunteering is a great way to give back, but can be difficult to do if you’re focused on your own stuff. Here are a few ways you can volunteer …

Employment

While you were sleeping, your brain was working overtime

Sleep has profound importance in our lives, such that we spend a considerable proportion of our time engaging in it. Sleep enables the body—including the brain—to recover metabolically, but contemporary research has been moving to focus on the active rather than recuperative role that sleep has on …

Sleep

Articles about atypical modern home southern california on Dwell.com - Dwell

If good fences make good neighbors, then Shino and Ken Mori are the best neighbors ever.<p>A metal-and-cedar home rises on farmland in East Tennessee.<p>Southern California often conjures up visions of sun, sand, and surf—but for the modernist, it also brings to mind midcentury...<p>Our latest stop in the …

Southern California

How to Hike the Appalachian Trail

This time last year, I quit everything to attempt a six-month backpacking trip along the Appalachian Trail. I’d learned of the AT only a few years …

Hiking

Not That Kind Of Python: How An Indie Rock Star Became A Coder

Katy Goodman of indie band La Sera talks about how she got serious about her longtime interest in coding while pursuing a music career.<p>La Sera frontwoman Katy Goodman is an indie rock star equally at home among musicians as she is, shall we say, among a geekier crowd. For proof, look no further …

Southerners Are Failing at Building Snowmen

A major winter storm tests the lower states' snow-sculpting mettle.<p>Roll three different-sized snowballs, stack them, apply carrot and eye/mouth material of your choice—<i>bam</i>, you got yourself a snowman.<p>The process sounds so simple, yet in the South, where places are getting socked with up to 10 …

Articles about green urban housing philadelphia on Dwell.com - Dwell

By keeping the budget strict, the insulation tight, and its values clear, Philadelphia’s Postgreen Homes shows a little brotherly...<p>Back in December, when news first emerged about the appointment of Shaun Donovan to the Obama administration as Secretary for...<p>Alejandro Aravena's vision for tackling …

Obama Administration

Don’t Stop Daydreaming: Why a Wandering Mind Is Good for You

If you can’t get through this article without checking your Facebook, walking to the fridge, scrolling through your phone, and choosing something on …

Feds spend 14 times more on green energy per year than embassy security

Here’s a surprising figure, the federal government has spent more per year on solar power and other green energy programs in the last five years than it did on securing U.S. embassies.<p>“American taxpayers spent an average of $39 billion a year over the past 5 years financing grants, subsidizing tax …

This is the first video game I'll let my daughter play

Metamorphabet might just be the perfect introduction to touchscreens<p>"Daddy, can I tickle the blue foot?"<p>For the past week or so, Charlotte, my two-year-old daughter, has woken up making strange requests. One morning she wanted to feed an egg to an elephant, the next she asked to use a tongue to …

Kids

Font of the day: Fela

Here at Creative Bloq, we're big fans of typography and we're constantly on the hunt for new and exciting typefaces – especially free fonts. So, if …

14 Terrific Crab Cakes Around D.C.

The best crab cakes around D.C. really emphasize the choice seafood itself — typically putting the fresh, jumbo lump meat proudly on display. Debates may rage about the type of crab, use of filler(s), and sauce or seasonings. But one thing's certain: a crab cake always satisfies.<p>This latest update …

Whatever happened to the future?

<b>Whatever happened to interplanetary travel, hover cars, and hypersonic jets?</b><p>Once it seemed as if there were no limits to how far or fast we could travel, such were the leaps in technological development in the 19th and 20th Centuries.<p>Inventors dreamed up all sorts wonderful vehicles, from …

Aviation
Web Design

How NASA Stays Beautiful

Peek inside NASA’s style guide (and don’t hate the agency for allowing Comic Sans).<p>NASA has a better grasp of design than any other government agency. The U.S. space agency has several teams devoted solely to data visualization and graphics, and its materials have a consistent design language …

Graphic Design

A Typeface Created Out Of Sound

Håkon Stensholt, a Norwegian designer, recently earned his master’s degree from Stockholm arts university Konstfack with a thesis exploring connections between sound and type design. With his collaborator Paulo Barcelos, Stensholt created Sound meets Type to allow users to run type through various …

Elasticity

Artist Designs DIY Paper Templates for Adorable 3D Geometric Animals

Germany-based artist Wolfram Kampffmeyer, aka Paperwolf, builds beautiful geometric animal designs that are constructed completely out of paper. The artist studied computer animation in school and eventually realized that, although he enjoys creating virtual 3D models, he much prefers building them …

Cute

Architizer

You Need More Sleep And Here’s Why

Sleep is incredibly important. It’s what gives us the power to get through the day, and it’s a huge part of what keeps us healthy.<p>Turns out, most …

The New Flipboard Gets Personal with Over 30,000 Topics to Follow

We’re on a quest to create the world’s best personal magazine, and today’s update—the third generation of Flipboard—builds on our core tenets. The …