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Fresh From The Dairy: Painterly Realism

This week’s The Design Milk Dairy picks marry abstraction with realism. Where drips and splashes and abstract shapes morph into real images of faces …

Design

Microapartments Designed by Italian Prisoners

We've included English descriptions with the diagrams<p>You know how jail cells feature a combination toilet/sink? Years ago I joked that if Milan had a …

Sofa

Volcano Wine in the Azores

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>Soon after arriving in the <b>Azores</b> in the 1430s and digging into the rich volcanic soil, Portuguese settlers planted Verdelho wine grapes.<p>Six centuries on, travelers are increasingly exploring the vineyards of the Azores, especially <b>Pico Island</b> (the archipelago’s second …

Giant Chunk of Russian Meteor Recovered

<b>Russian scientists appear to have pulled up a half-ton charred meteorite from the bottom of a murky Siberian lake—a piece of the giant space rock that exploded in the skies above the southern Urals in February.</b><p>Entering the atmosphere at speeds up to 31,000 miles per hour (50,000 kilometers per …

Sex Positions That Won't Break Your Artificial Hip, According To Science

A motion capture study explores the range of hip motion required for sexual activities.<p>These are questions you try not to think about when your graddad gets his hip replaced, but when you get an artificial joint, some hip-shaking activities become a little more risky. Like, uh, dancing. Or sex.<p>As a …

Why breaking up is getting even harder to do

<b>As Abba once sang so wistfully, breaking up is never easy.</b><p>But when Benny and the band reflected on the passing memories and the tears, they forgot to mention the practical dilemmas faced by separating couples: how to divide the money, and what to do about the children.<p>And in the last six months …

Credit union offers cheap online payday-style loans

<b>A credit union says that more than 6,000 customers have now successfully applied online for its payday-style loans.</b><p>London Mutual offers people the chance to borrow between £100 and £1,000 at an interest rate of 2% per month.<p>Borrowers do not have to save with the credit union to apply but they must …

By 2035, We’ll All Be Eating Grasshopper Tacos

“Unless somebody calls you crazy,” said inome CEO Naveen Jain, “you’re not dreaming big enough.”<p>Such was the spirit of Next: Tomorrow, Today, …

Being In Love Makes Water Taste Sweeter

Scientific proof that love is a sweet, sweet thing<p>A little lovin' may make your dessert more delicious, according to a recent series of experiments from the University of Singapore. Not only do we correlate the word love with sweetness, but thinking about romance might make us perceive the things …

Relationships

Nokia Working With UK Scientists to Charge Cell Phones With Lightning!

<i>Lightning photo from Shutterstock</i><p>A team of scientists at the University of Southampton has joined forces with Nokia to harvest the power of lightning …