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Architect Wants To Reclaim Public Space, One Dumpster At A Time

How to grow a generation of proactive urbanites much like one would grow mushrooms: in a dumpster.<p>Decades of rampant privatization have left New York’s public spaces endangered. The backlash frothed and bubbled with the OWS protests of two years ago, but has since quieted. There were many lessons …

Starbucks Reinvents The Coffee Cup

The coffee brand abandons its ubiquitous paper cup for a new, highly styled version aimed at tea drinkers.<p>Last week on the Upper East Side of New York, Starbucks unveiled its newest outpost, Teavana. Unlike the company’s other 13,000+ stores, Teavana will only carry tea and it will be served in a …

A Greenhouse To Go

Determined to keep the greenhouse alive, a Danish architect creates plant-loving pods that cultivate urban growth.<p>When it was introduced in the 1800s, the modern greenhouse was at the forefront of architectural design. While architects of the time were busying themselves with gargantuan pastiche, …

Why Not? The World’s Furriest Travel Book

Available for the first time in the U.S., For You the Traveller is a limited-edition, rabbit fur-covered “directory of kind people” in five continents.<p>“I was just sitting with my dog in the sun daydreaming and the book came along, the rabbit fur cover, the feeling of the thing, its weight,” …

This Brilliant Visualization Could Build A Better Reddit

Reddit is “the front page of the internet,” but this handy tool can take you straight to page 52.<p>There are places on reddit that you might never discover. Though we’re all familiar with the main pages, there are countless subreddits–niche interests hiding a sub-URL away from plain sight. So while …

Better Than A Van Gogh: NASA Visualizes All The World’s Ocean Currents

Our oceans are every bit as turbulent as “Starry Night.”<p>We imagine the ocean as having high tides and low tides, water that comes in and out in waves. Beyond that, how does water actually move around the world? What’s that flow look like?<p>NASA Scientific Visualization Studio assembled this …

Giving Us Space: What You Can Learn From NASA About Content and Social Media

How NASA has created a steady stream of fascinating, accessible content to bring science and space closer to home.<p>With its impeccable production values, suspenseful music, and impassioned scientists, NASA’s YouTube video “Challenges of Getting to Mars: Curiosity’s Seven Minutes of Terror” almost …

Space As A Creative Muse

Space Art? No. This is art about earth, as told through space.<p>In space, every gram of weight, every liter of oxygen, and every movement of the body has massive consequences. Which makes it no place for art, you’d think. But as <i>Free Enterprise: The Art of Citizen Space Exploration</i>, a new show at …

This Tech-Enabled Thermometer Tracks More Than Just A Fever

Kinsa wants to change how we glean information about our health, starting with the world’s most common medical device.<p>From 2008 to 2011, Inder Singh was the executive vice president of the Clinton Health Access Initiative’s program to fight Malaria and HIV in Africa and South Asia. The campaign …

Which US and European companies always raise their dividends?

We unearth the American and European companies that have managed to increase their payouts to shareholders every year for decades<p>If you rely on a portfolio of shares for some or all of your income, it's important to find companies that can be trusted not to cut their dividends. Better still, …

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How CPR Became So Popular

'Medical creep' happens when doctors perform procedures or prescribe treatments for patients in the absence of clear evidence that patients will benefit. The slow changes can gradually transform the structure of our healthcare system—sometimes for the better.<p>Medical creep happens when doctors …

This recycling bin is following you

<b>Update (Aug. 12):</b> City of London halts recycling bins tracking phones of passers-by<p>Recycling bins in the City of London are monitoring the phones of passers-by, so advertisers can target messages at people whom the bins recognize.<p>Renew, the startup behind the scheme, installed 100 recycling bins …

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The Hyperloop: L.A. to S.F. in 30 minutes?

Imagine paying $20 and sitting down inside a Space Age capsule in Los Angeles. About half an hour later, you're in sight of the Golden Gate Bridge.<p>Los Angeles billionaire<p>Elon Musk, the man who made electric vehicles sexy, revolutionized the online payment business and transformed spaceflight …

Affordable Solar-Powered Floating Village Planned for Edinburgh

While floating homes have been the norm in the Netherlands for many years, they’re just starting to gain in popularity in the UK. Houseboats are …

The $6 Fix That's Helping Low-Income Kids Go to College

A decade and a half ago, the ACT started giving test-takers four free score reports instead of three--a small change that's increased the number of poor students at selective schools.<p>Fewer than 30 percent of students from low-income families enroll in college. There are plenty of theories about …

Teach Kids to Daydream

Mental downtime makes people more creative and less anxious.<p>Today’s children are exhausted, and not just because one in three kids is not getting sufficient sleep. Sleep deprivation in kids (who require at least nine hours a night, depending on age) has been found to significantly decrease academic …

Infographic: Explore The World Of Literary London With This Exquisite Book Map

Literature takes over the city of London in this new map by Dorothy.<p>Mashing up the places, characters and events of various works into one shared universe isn’t exactly a new idea. Philip José Farmer’s Wold Newton universe imagines that most of the great fictionalized characters of the last few …

What We Should Talk About When We Talk About Wearable Tech

When we talk about wearable tech we tend to get all Jetsonian about it. Watches that cool our whole bodies! Self-inflating wearable airbags! Dresses made of body armor! But possibly the largest seller of wearable technology is in your local mall: Uniqlo. That place where you get your socks and …

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How Do We Program Ourselves To Save Fuel?

Monitoring and controlling drivers' behavior could save billions of dollars in gas.<p>Last year, American car buyers named fuel economy the most important consideration when shopping for a car, outranking even quality and safety. The change coincides nicely with the flood of hybrid and high-efficiency …

Oral Bacteria Define Ethnicities

Each person is endowed with a unique set of characteristics that define him or her, with fingerprints and eye scans being the most commonly used …

Historic Space Images From The Arecibo Observatory

Happy 50th birthday to the telescope that brought us the first map of Venus, revealed ice on Mercury, and more.<p>When Cornell University built the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico—near the equator, so it could observe the planets without needing to move its 1,000-foot-wide reflector—people hadn't …

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