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NYC's Lowline to Turn Forgotten Trolley Tunnel into World's First Underground Park

How do we add green space to our ever-growing cities? That's one of the questions that the New York City Lowline is trying to answer, as the world's first underground park. Using solar technology, they want to transform a historic trolley terminal – untouched since 1948 – into a beautiful public …

13 of Your Questions Answered with Flowcharts

Flowcharts were originally designed to illustrate algorithms, or the process by which something happens. As flowcharts moved from engineering to …

A World Without Work

For centuries, experts have predicted that machines would make workers obsolete. That moment may finally be arriving. Could that be a good thing?<p><b>1. Youngstown, U.S.A.</b><p>The end of work is still just a futuristic concept for most of the United States, but it is something like a moment in history for …

California’s Drought is Everyone’s Drought

California’s drought may end up having a bigger impact on your grocery cart than you realize, and it’s not just about almonds and avocados. As …

Water

Overlooked Records 2015

Once again we're taking this space over the holiday weekend to highlight some very good records you might have missed. None of these releases received a Best New Music designation and not all were rated above an 8.0 but all are records worth revisiting. Read, listen, and we'll be back with album …

Synthpop

The Gardiner: No matter how much lipstick, it’s still an eyesore

The Gardiner Expressway had to come down. A decade ago in Toronto, that was the consensus. Urban designers, the new Waterfront Toronto agency and Mayor Mel Lastman all agreed: It was a necessary step to rebuild the city's decrepit port lands, and worth its price tag of more than $1-billion.<p>Two and …

Google’s Minor UI Update Is Solving The Biggest Problem On Smartphones Right Now

By predicting what you want to do next in any app, Now on Tap is a small update that could become a very big deal.<p>With its upcoming Android M operating system, Google revealed a major UI breakthrough for smartphones. It’s called Now on Tap. An extension of Google Now, you simply tap and hold the …

Apps

Using a Steel Ball, Motorized Magnets and Sand to Draw CNC Zen Gardens

Bruce Shapiro's ingenious Sisyphus machine<p>Combing your Zen garden with a rake is so 15th Century. So inventor Bruce Shapiro's Sisyphus machine …

Cloud 9 Pizzeria Floats on Fiji's Breathtaking Turquoise Water

If you're a devout foodie, there is one pizza place that should definitely be on your bucket list! Cloud 9 is a floating pizzeria located in the picturesque waters of Fiji. Not only does this unique establishment have delicious wood-fired pizza and places to lounge by the turquoise water, they also …

The Dark Origins of 11 Classic Nursery Rhymes

In the canon of great horror writing, Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Bram Stoker, and Mary Shelley tend to dominate the craft. But …

4 Ways Elevators Will Get Totally Insane In 2016

The company behind 1 WTC’s super-fast elevators tells us about the Star Trek elevators that will be coming as soon as next year.<p>On May 29, the One World Trade Center Observatory in New York will open up to the public. To get passengers to the 102nd floor as quickly as possible, 71 elevators …

Star Trek

11 Fierce Facts About the Honey Badger

You’ve probably heard all kinds of things about the honey badger and wondered, “Are these claims substantiated?” (First and foremost: Is it true that …

Apple says HomeKit will launch in June

Apple announced HomeKit during last year’s Worldwide Developer Conference. The platform is a common network protocol for home automation, allowing …

HomeKit

Sun Kil Moon Shares "Garden of Lavender"

<i>Photo by Tonje Thilesen</i><p>Sun Kil Moon has shared another track from the forthcoming album <i>Universal Themes</i>, a new song called "Garden of Lavender". Hear it above via Spin.<p>Previously, Mark Kozelek has shared "Ali/Spinks 2" (which was named after a 1978 heavyweight title bout between Leon Spinks and …

Music Festivals

Physics be damned, we can’t stop obsessing over NASA’s ‘impossible engine'

Imagine an engine with nothing powering it. There are no moving parts, nothing appears to be coming out the back, and when you look inside, there’s nothing there either. This is the unbelievable premise behind the "EM drive" — a hypothetical space drive that we’ve been promised might one day take …

The Road to Self-Driving Cars Will Be a Long Strange Trip

In the spirit of Lewis and Clark, the Wright brothers and Charles Lindbergh, April 2, 2015 marked a significant milestone in history: A self-driving …

7 Tips for Nailing that Industrial Design Job Interview

How Best to Prepare Yourself and Your Work for Presentation<p>If you're granted an interview at the most prestigious design firm in the country, how …

Employment

10 Classic Porn Movies Get A Tasteful Redesign

Adult videos often get the short end of the stick in the graphic design department. Consequently, the covers of even classic porn movies are often as lurid as they are crude: at best, a garish phantasmagoria of boobs, snatch, and dongs that does nothing to illustrate what makes that film …

Lips

New Loki Microbe is Closest Relative to All Complex Life

Loki’s Castle lies midway between Greenland and Norway, around 2,300 metres below the ocean surface. It’s a field of hydrothermal vents—black, rocky chimneys that belch out volcanically superheated water. And yet, despite the hellish landscape, life abounds here.<p>Now, fifteen kilometres away from …

Biology

Freightliner Inspiration self-driving truck OK'd to drive on Nevada highways

A self-driving tractor-trailer now has approval to drive on some public highways in the U.S.<p>The driver can hand over full control of the self-driving …

North America

How to Fix a Slow ‘Spinning Beach Ball’ in Finder on Mac OS X

Is Finder on your Mac ever slow as molasses with the dreaded spinning ‘beachball’ of death? It always seemed to be the case on my 2012 MacBook Air …

Google acquires time scheduling app Timeful, promises to integrate its tech into Google Apps

Google is acquiring time management startup Timeful, the company announced today on its Gmail blog.<p>Timeful’s team, including several data scientists …

Additional Canadian national parks and historic sites arrive on Google Street View

It’s now possible to virtually tour some of Canada’s most majestic parks with Google Street View.<p>Google and Parks Canada have been working together …

National Parks

Tilt-Lock Hand Saw Features Compact Design and Double-Edged Blade

Tilt-Lock Hand Saw design was born out of the idea of creating compact hand saw with double-edged blade. You can read the designer’s explanation …

10 Comics to Get on Free Comic Book Day

Saturday, May 2nd is <b>Free Comic Book Day</b>, the biggest day of the year for comics retailers. Comic book stores all over North America will be giving …

Comic Books

Cool Hunting Editions Starfleet Machine - Cool Hunting

For years now, we've followed the work of Max Büsser, the mastermind behind horological design house MB&F. His distinct timepieces represent mind-bending innovation and eccentric inspiration, all hand-crafted, in an industry that more often than not sticks to its roots. When Büsser announced a …

Fonkraft Modular Smartphone by Fonkraft Technologies

While we are waiting for Project Ara come to fruition, Fonkraft Technologies, an Australian start-up, steals the moment with <b>Fonkraft Modular</b> …

Master Lock combinations can be cracked in minutes, hacker says

A hacker, known for unleashing a worm on the once-popular MySpace social network, said he has devised a technique to crack under two minutes any …

Security

Porn data: visualising fetish space

Photograph: Martin Robbins/Martin Robbins<p>An attempt to visualise ‘fetish space’, generated from connections between fetishes that commonly appear in the same Clips4Sale studios. Links connect fetishes that frequently appear together in the same studios, and larger circles represent categories with …