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From Waze for crowds to Uber for street food – MIT innovations at Kumbh Mela

Photograph: Sebastian D'Souza/AFP/Getty Images<p>Nashik 2003: Hindu devotees carry brass pots to make an offering in the River Godavari on the first day of the month-long Kumbh …

Maharashtra

Revealed: The secret to how parrots talk

Key structural differences in the brains of parrots explain the birds' ability to imitate sounds and human speech<p>Scientists have discovered how parrots talk, as they believe it's down to the wiring in their brains.<p>And the same brain region controls movement which may explain why some parrots …

What Designing an Indian City from Scratch Can Teach Us About Urban Planning Everywhere

It's ironic that the green, sustainable future of urban India is currently under construction and clustered around a Formula 1 racetrack. But then again, there's nothing standard about <b>Jaypee Greens Sports City</b>, 5,000 acres of flat, mostly featureless rice paddies and shepherd's fields 31 miles …

American Cities

Blueprint for a Better Human Body

People who wear and design prosthetics are rethinking the form of our species.<p>When Elizabeth Wright smacks her right leg on a table, she says “ow.” That’s only interesting if you know one more thing: that her right leg is made out of carbon fiber and metal. It’s also part of her. “It is my right …

Prosthetics

Dirt Road Cloud Cruising

A portrait scenic view while driving and traveling down this dirt road in the magic hour, it was like the clouds met the road at sunset. This really …

How to properly simplify your web design

Decisions are the first step of user interactions. Before users click on a link or image, they first need to decide that such an action is worthwhile.<p>…

Explore 'Battleship Island,' the isolated city that's sat untouched off the coast of Japan since 1974

Because of its distance from shore, the island became a permanent home for the mine's workers and their families. Hashima became a self-contained town, with homes, stores, and streets. Much of the architecture above ground was dedicated to large concrete apartment buildings to house the island's …

Mining

These plates serve up picture-perfect foodporn every time

Just repeat after me: There's nothing wrong with taking pictures of your food. There's nothing wrong with taking pictures of your food. There's nothing wrong wi— what the hell, did a restaurant literally <i>make</i> new plates that let people take better pictures of their food? With little built-in stands …

Photography Tips

Urban farming is booming, but what does it really yield?

<i>This post originally appeared at Ensia, and was produced in collaboration with the Food & Environment Reporting Network, a non-profit investigative news organization.</i><p>Midway through spring, the nearly bare planting beds of Carolyn Leadley’s Rising Pheasant Farms, in the Poletown neighborhood of …

Urban Agriculture

Is India's 100 smart cities project a recipe for social apartheid?

In architectural renderings, Gujarat International Financial Tec-City resembles a thicket of glassy blue skyscrapers soaring above the Sabarmati River in Gandhinagar, capital of the western Indian state of Gujarat. Its “signature towers” include the Diamond, a 410-metre spire resembling an icy …

Why India’s e-commerce boom will look nothing like China’s

China’s e-commerce growth trajectory is often compared to India’s, based on one single factor: Internet penetration.<p>As things stand, the current level of internet penetration in India is the same as China’s in 2007. And, in the next five years, the number of Indians with internet access is …

A five-step guide to not being stupid

Even the smartest people can be fools. David Robson explains how to avoid the most common traps of sloppy thinking.<p>If you ever doubt the idea that the very clever can also be very silly, just remember the time the smartest man in America tried to electrocute a turkey. Benjamin Franklin had been …

Open-Mindedness

Mysterious 'supervoid' in space is largest object ever discovered, scientists claim

A supervoid has been discovered in the universe which is too big to fit into current models<p>Astronomers have discovered a <b>curious empty section of space</b> which is missing around 10,000 galaxies.<p>The ‘supervoid’, which is 1.8 billion light-years across, is the largest known structure ever discovered in …

Imperial College London

Geologists identify trigger for apocalyptic 'super eruptions'

They rank among the most catastrophic natural disasters on Earth, second only in destructive power to an asteroid impact that could ensure humanity meets the same fate as the dinosaurs.<p>Super eruptions make those from normal volcanoes look like sputters of dust. They blast enough material into the …

5 Ways to Create Detail Photos - Digital Photography School

THIS is How You Change a Lens Like a Pro: Sony Ad Shows Mid-Skydive Lens Change

A couple of weeks ago, we shared a video that showed a guy dropping his brand new $2,300 24-70mm f/2.8L lens as he demonstrates how to quickly swap …

Essential Tips for Long Exposure Photography

Long exposures are a whole different world of photography, and in the winter months when the sun is gone more often than not, they expand your …

The Ten Most Incredible Lightning Photographs

Lightning Engulfs The Chaitén Volcano Of Chile<p>This extraordinary image shows the sheer force of nature as the kinetic energy and friction of …

Duke of Lancaster graffiti art ship – in pictures

The ship has been docked in Flintshire, north Wales since 1979. Now local art collective DuDug want to transform it into a floating gallery

Magical photo by Scott Walter of the African plains.

Interior design ideas: Go with the flow - in pictures

On Australia's west coast, a short hop from the sea, stands a house in perfect harmony with its setting

More Incredible Screw Art Portraits by Andrew Myers

California-based artist Andrew Myers, best known for his screw art pieces, continues to astound us with his body of work. Each meticulously crafted creation is a testament to the artist's time-consuming efforts. Somewhere between a portrait and a sculpture, many of Myers' works rely on his keen eye …

Do Ho Suh’s New Swirling Chandelier of 42,000 Figures

As far as light sculptures go, this one is truly one of a kind. Visit the newest Louis Vuitton store in the Shinjuku area and you won't be able to miss this incredible chandelier by Korean contemporary artist Do Ho Suh. The stunning artwork called <i>Cause and Effect</i>, first seen on our website here, …

Art

CH House by GLR Arquitectos

GLR Arquitectos demolished an old home where the brand new CH House sits. Playing up the city views of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, the residence …

Articles about young novice architect completes solo studio renovation on Dwell.com - Dwell

Why Thorsten Deckler, co-founder of 26’10 South Architects, says sharpening your creative skills starts with looking outside the...<p>Renovation in Shizuoka is a minimal renovation located in Shizuoka, Japan, designed by Shuhei Goto Architects.<p>Of note this week in New York was the announcement of the …

Architecture

“Time Capsule” Apartment in Paris Found Untouched for 70 Years

Some people might take a vacation and leave their residence unmanned for a few weeks or even months, but one apartment in Paris was left isolated for about 70 years. The beautifully preserved space, which belonged to the granddaughter of the late Parisian socialite and actress Marthe de Florian, …

Time Capsules

Fresno House in Cariló, Argentina by Felix Raspall and Federico Papandrea

Modern Architecture.<p>The Architects Felix Raspall and Federico Papandrea created the beautiful Fresno House located in Cariló, Argentina. The modern …

Architecture

Rainbow Spectrums Mirrored Throughout Palacio de Cristal

Imagine the bright spectrum of colors you would bask in while walking through a cathedral full of rainbows. <i>To Breathe – A Mirror Woman</i> is Kimsooja's 2006 site-specific installation for the Palacio de Cristal in Madrid, Spain. To expand and unite the architectural structure of the space, Kimsooja …

Art

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Design