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The World Changing Ideas Of 2015

14 of the most important trends, theories, and inventions that are going to re-shape business, society, and the planet in the year to come.<p><b>All ideas change the world</b> in some small way, but not all ideas are “world changing.” At <i>Co.Exist</i>, we like to consider the ideas that are tackling the big …

Art

Futuristic eyeglasses darken when you lose concentration

Focus is turning out to be a casualty of the connected era. These glasses might just help you reclaim a little.<p>Though computers and other devices have improved our ability to stay connected and informed, they've most certainly harmed our ability to focus. With text messages, email alerts and news …

Brainwaves

Europe's Cheapest Cities This Year

(Photo: Vilnius, Lithuania/Shutterstock)<p>You've heard it a lot in the last few months: Europe is cheaper than it's been in a long time. The time to go is now. But Europe is a big place. So where should you go to make the most of the strong dollar?<p>Every year, PriceOfTravel.com updates its Europe …

European Travel

Faye Toogood designs gender-neutral retail spaces for London's Selfridges

London department store Selfridges has opened concept retail spaces free from gender directives, created by designer Faye Toogood (+ …

Gender-Neutral

Hilary Mantel on grief

How does grief work? Your former life still seems to exist, but you can’t get back to it. You feel panic, guilt, bewilderment. Hilary Mantel reflects on a universal process, examined in many books, among them a classic by CS Lewis<p>“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.” With his first …

Renaissance-Inspired Portraits with a Fast Food Twist

Inspired by the beauty of Renaissance paintings, German photographer Rebecca Rütten puts a spotlight on contemporary fast food culture in her series <i>Contemporary Pieces</i>, rendering greasy burgers and takeout containers in the dramatic lighting and classical style of the Old Masters. Elegant …

Art

Office space: What does the ideal workplace look like?

<b>Cubicles are isolating and soul-sucking. Open offices are noisy and distracting. Alex Bozikovic reports on a trend that both extroverts and introverts can get behind</b><p>(Jasper Sanidad)<p>Robert Probst never meant to invent the cubicle. It was the 1960s and a growing class of North Americans were being …

OpenOffice

This Giant Tree Protects Urban Wildlife By Keeping It Floating Away From Dangerous People

City waterways could provide more space for new habitats in which urban nature can flourish.<p>As cities sprawl and get more crowded, most don’t have much space left for urban wildlife–at least not on land. A Dutch architect plans to begin using city waterways to build floating habitats for …

Travel-Sized "Minipresso" Brews Your Espresso on the Go

<i>Minipresso</i> is a travel-sized espresso maker for people on the go. Created by the Hong Kong company Wacaco, it's a cylindrical, all-in-one system that includes everything you'd need to brew a fresh cup. The sleek, modern design looks like a capsule, and inside it has a scoop for measuring and …

Coffee

Pond Surface Beautifully Frozen to Resemble a Japanese Rock Garden

Winter temperatures can cause ice to do some unexpected things, and Reddit user odstane can definitely attest to this. He recently shared a series of photos from his frozen backyard pond, and the now-block of ice created some unusually beautiful effects. Concentric circle patterns cover the …

Rock Gardens
Asia

9 Things Drivers Need to Stop Saying in the Bikes vs. Cars Debate

There are certain things guaranteed to set off an internet firestorm. Talk about climate change, mention Monsanto, or bring up the treatment of women …

Gorgeous Kinetic Rain Installation in Singapore

If you're ever walking through Changi Airport in Singapore, make sure to take in this breathtaking art installation by ART+COM. Called <i>Kinetic Rain</i>, it's composed of two parts, each with 608 rain droplets made of lightweight aluminum covered with copper. Suspended from thin steel ropes, each droplet …

Art

Concentrate! How to tame a wandering mind

Procrastinate often? Caroline Williams does, so decided to find out if brain training could tackle her wandering mind. What she discovered could help everyone.<p>I am about to be zapped in the head with an electromagnet, once a second, for eight minutes. I fidget, trying to get comfortable in a huge …

Artist Creates Mind-Blowing Illusion of a Levitating Building in London

This surreal architectural sculpture, entitled <i>Take My Lightning But Don't Steal My Thunder</i>, is a mind-blowing piece in which a section of a building appears to be levitating in mid-air. Created by British artist and designer Alex Chinneck, the large-scale optical illusion sits directly in Covent …

Art

Malcolm Gladwell Says Entrepreneurs Like Steve Jobs And IKEA Founder Ingvar Kamprad Share These 3 Personality Traits

As he said on stage at on Tuesday at the World Business Forum in New York, they are <b>open to experience</b>, <b>conscientious</b>, and <b>disagreeable</b>.<p>Let's go over each:<p><b>• Openness to experience</b> describes the way you relate to new information. If you get really excited about novelty, then you're highly open — which …

Self-improvement

Eric Schmidt: The Next Google Is Out There In A Garage Somewhere

“The next Google won’t do what Google does, just as Google didn’t do what AOL did.”<p>On Monday, Google chairman Eric Schmidt stopped to give a talk in front of a bunch of hardware engineers at Native Instruments in Berlin, a company that specializes in software and hardware for computer-based audio …

Apps

Google experiments with breaking the glass ceiling

Google is trying to disrupt the oldest system of all — the methodology we use to decide who we hire and reward professionally.<p>Today, Google announced a new workshop that takes on the unconscious bias in the work place, appropriately titled Unconscious Bias at Work.<p>“We fill in the blanks because our …

Banksy's Street Art is Recreated Using Food

Throughout the years we've seen some great Banksy tributes including LEGO artwork, animated GIFS and even a Halloween costume. Over the course of a year, as a side hobby, NYC-based Harley Langberg experimented with various food related ingredients, including fresh produce, to create fun …

Banksy

How Your Rising Sign Shapes Your Wardrobe

Our resident astrologist on the cosmic influence on personal taste.<p>Your Sun sign is the essence of who you are, but your ascendant, also known as your rising sign, is how you portray yourself to the world.<p>The sign of the zodiac that was coming up over the Eastern horizon when you were born is your …

The Social Laboratory

Singapore is testing whether mass surveillance and big data can not only protect national security, but actually engineer a more harmonious …

<b>Judging by the Cover</b><p>Associate Art Director at Alfred A. Knopf books, Peter Mendelsund, has released two new volumes this month both linked to the …

Books