Laura Xue

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Into the fold: origami-inspired interiors

How the Japanese art form is reshaping home accessories<p>In a bright east London studio, designer Kyla McCallum is folding paper. Sheet by sheet, she makes 11 folds in each of 70 pieces of Italian parchment. She talks as she works, barely watching what she’s doing, her hands moving automatically. An …

Crafting

History with a Side of Mystery: the Rotunda Benches

<i>The benches currently in the Capitol Rotunda were used in the chapel at Saint Elizabeths Hospital for many years. The photo above shows the benches</i> …

Photo by @jimrichardsonng: A #llama overlooks the Pre-Columbian Inca ruins of #MachuPicchu.

Translucent Glass Sculptures That Beautifully Fragment Color and Light

Inspired by his fascination with cell division, artist Jiyong Lee has created incredible glass sculptures that represent this scientific process. As onlookers move around Lee's creations, the light plays off of the glass, transforming the works of art into astonishing new forms. On the surface, the …

Art

Google unveils Project Soli, a radar-based wearable to control anything

Leading into Google I/O, one session caught everyone’s attention. Google ATAP — the company’s skunkworks division tasked with creating cool new things we’ll all actually use — teased their session with talk of a new wearable that would “literally” blow our socks off.<p>Project Soli is that wearable, …

One scientific insight for curriculum design

I’ve made the case before that our curriculum and assessment isn’t designed with memory in mind. Here’s what I spoke about at ResearchEd York: what …

Public photos mined to create beautiful time-lapses

In many ways, the internet is simply an extremely badly coordinated attempt to document our planet. Hundreds of millions of photos are uploaded online every day, depicting ourselves, our cities, our landscape, and our food. However, they're also isolated and disparate: it's difficult to sieve …

University of Washington

The Beginning Of The End For Terrible Wi-Fi On Planes

Internet on the plane doesn't feel magical anymore, just slow and expensive. That could soon change.<p>Ever wonder why, in 2015, Wi-Fi on U.S. airplanes is still terrible, or expensive, or both? Or completely nonexistent, as is the case on one in five domestic flights? Does it have to be like this? …

Telecoms

The History of Flower Crowns and the Women Who Wore Them: From Frida Kahlo to Kate Moss

Few accessories have aroused such commentary, for and against, than the flower crown, so trendy of late among the neo-hippie festival crowd. Despite detractors, these decorative headpieces, whose history in mythology and art can be traced back to ancient civilizations, show no signs of fading from …

Lana Del Rey

Why Tel Aviv Is One of Street Art's Most Important Hubs Right Now - PAPER

It's no secret that some of the best art comes out of social turmoil and, in recent years, nothing is a better reflection of this than the burgeoning street art scene in Tel Aviv. Appreciation for art and architecture runs deep in the city's history; at Tel Aviv's center, you'll find the UNESCO …

Tel Aviv

Watch this timelapse of a 57-story skyscraper getting built in 19 days

The Chinese firm used a modular method to build three floors at a time<p>China's Broad Sustainable Building Co. claims it's capable of constructing buildings faster than any other company in the world. The firm is behind the recently erected Mini Sky City in Hunan Province — a 57-story skyscraper …

Skyscrapers

Revisiting the Priority+ Pattern

In his article Obvious Always Wins, Luke Wroblewski warns of the dangers of sweeping links and actions under the rug. It’s challenging to find the …

Visual Design

Here's What Donuts Look Like All Around The World

Photo Credit: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez via Getty Images<p>Let's be honest: Is there anything better than biting into a warm, airy, fresh donut?<p>Though it's tough to get most countries to agree on anything, the need for fried dough seems to be universal -- but <i>how</i> it's prepared is another story. …

Brazil activists to walk 600 miles for 'free markets, lower taxes and privatisation'

With Margaret Thatcher and Rand Paul as inspiration, the Free Brazil Movement is among the leading groups taking a stand against president Dilma Rousseff<p>Penetrating deep into the country’s vast interior on epic raids for people to enslave and mineral wealth to plunder, Brazil’s <i>bandeirantes</i> …

Brazil

The Worst Place to Sit on a Plane

<b>More from MensHealth.com:</b> The Safest Seat On a Plane<p>“When you sit still for long periods of time, gravity causes your blood to pool in your legs, making it easier for clots to form. When you walk around, each step causes contractions in your calf returning blood to the heart,” says Susan Kahn, …

48 Of The Most Beautiful Lines Of Poetry

"I have measured out my life with coffee spoons."<p>2. From "One Art" by Elizabeth Bishop:<p>"It's evident<p>the art of losing's not too hard to master,<p>though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster."<p>Suggested by Nekesa M., via Facebook<p>3. From "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman:<p>"I bequeath myself to the …

Literature

A 3D Printer for the Classroom

If you find yourself wondering whether 3D printing has a place in the classroom, stop. It is the wrong question to ask. The better question, the one …

A special intensity: how Carey Mulligan quietly grabbed Hollywood's attention

Fans include the playwright David Hare and a studio boss but Mulligan is more interested in finding characters with real depth than leveraging her growing fame<p>Is Carey Mulligan about to become the face of 21st-century British feminism? It’s not too fanciful a notion: after something of a break from …

Golden Globes

18 Ways to Use Matzo for More Than Soup

Whether you’re using matzo out of necessity or not, it’s a delicious ingredient to use in all types of meals from breakfast to lunch to dessert. And with this many tasty recipes to choose from — 18 to be exact — you won’t want to reserve the bread’s consumption to just Passover alone. Matzo …

This week's #ThisIsMyBookstore feature is Alabaster Bookshop in NYC. Talk about cozy, book-filled nooks! We're in love with this photo by @cestchristine. P.S. Check out a roundup of our featured bookstores from March by clicking the link in our profile!

5 Reasons to Go to New Orleans Now

As the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, it’s a marvel to see how this formerly devastated city has emerged from the wreckage and …

New Orleans

The Four Books review – satire from a Mao-era labour camp

Intellectuals are collected in a re-education camp during the Great Leap Forward for a novel that leaves the reader with a profound sense of the power of ideology<p>The work of the Chinese author Yan Lianke reminds us that free expression is always in contention – to write is to risk the hand of …

Books

Nightwalking review – an enthralling study of London after dark

From Defoe to Dickens, the history of literary and criminal London intertwines at night<p><i>Nightwalking</i> is an enthralling study of city life and creativity based on the illuminating discovery that, for a thousand years, being on the street after dark was a crime. Matthew Beaumont’s subtitle, A …

Literature

How Google, Facebook And Others Pay Their H-1B Employees

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Kiran Dhillon is a senior editor for FindTheBest, where she tackles big datasets to produce interesting insights.</i><p>Legislative debate regarding expanding the H-1B visa program is heating up in the U.S. Senate. H-1B visas allow foreign workers — specifically those in technical roles—to …

Immigration

Little Black Classics carry Penguin to new heights

Released to mark Penguin Books’ 80th birthday, the pocket-sized, 80p-a-pop Little Black Classics have been a hit, selling 70,545 copies in the first week of publication.<p>The commercial success of the commute-length gobbets – 80 titles ranging from the Communist Manifesto to Sappho’s poems to …

Books

Reading American cities: books about New Orleans

To mark the Tennessee Williams New Orleans literary festival, Susan Larson walks us through the essential literature to understand the city – from classics to accounts of life after Katrina<p>Your favourite New Orleans books: check our readers’ list<p>Welcome to the land of dreamy dreams and harsh …

Books

Adorable Teddy Bear-like "Magic Rabbit" Spotted for the First Time in Two Decades

Meet the Ili pika (<i>Ochotona iliensis</i>), an extremely elusive, cuddly creature that is rarely seen by human eyes. Native to a remote region of China, the adorable mammal has been spotted only a handful of times in the Tianshan Mountains of the northwestern province of Xinjiang. Nicknamed the “magic …

Cute

Downton Abbey Is Reportedly Ending After Its Sixth Season

That gives Edith about nine episodes to find eternal happiness.<p>Several weeks after <i>Downton Abbey</i>’s <b>Maggie Smith</b> declared that the sixth season of the beloved period drama will be her last, we learn that the forthcoming season will be <i>everyone’s</i> last. How is that for upstairs-downstairs …

TV

600 Indian students expelled for cheating on school exams

PATNA, India (AP) — About 600 high school students in eastern India have been expelled for cheating on pressure-packed 10th grade examinations this …

Students