Hans Gerhard Meier

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Why U.S. lawmakers failed to act on climate change decades ago

<b>HARI SREENIVASAN:</b><p>This coming week, The New York Times, in partnership with the Pulitzer Center, will publish “Losing Earth.” a single-themed issue of …

Lyndon Johnson

Earth's resources consumed in ever greater destructive volumes

Humanity is devouring our planet’s resources in increasingly destructive volumes, according to a new study that reveals we have consumed a year’s worth of carbon, food, water, fibre, land and timber in a record 212 days.<p>As a result, the Earth Overshoot Day – which marks the point at which …

Climate Change

Humans Have Changed Earth's Seasons For The First Time, Study Shows

"This is the kind of stuff you don't want to be right about."<p>Poring over four decades of satellite data, climate scientists have concluded for the …

Climate Change

Getting Every Last Drop of Product Out of a Bottle, Part 2: The Zero Waste Cap

It's a little absurd that it's the 21st century, and we're still filling nearly-empty shampoo bottles with water and shaking them.<p>We looked at some …

Zero Waste

Arevo Develops Carbon Fiber Manufacturing Breakthrough, Demonstrates It With a 3D-Printed Bicycle

Their process is way cheaper, way faster and can go way bigger<p>When I hear "3D-printed bike from Silicon Valley" I start to roll my eyes, but this …

How Long Do the Appliances and Objects in Our Homes Last For?

Here's the data, according to professional home inspectors<p>For those of you that design appliances and/or household fixtures, how long do they last …

Home Improvement

Envisioning a future where all the trees in Europe disappear

Using climate models to take a deeper look at the regional effects of global warming<p>Vegetation plays an important role in shaping local climate: just …

Watch this stop-motion "dance" sequence made of 4,000 stills

YouTuber nigahiga took a fan request and made this impressive clip of dancing without moving over the course of a week.<p>Check out his other stuff to …

Animated short 'Tend' explores fatherhood and priorities

Just in time for Father's Day, here's a sweet animated film Tend, about a father who becomes too focused on tending a fire, at the expense of his …

The Passport Index: a beautiful guide to the passports of the world

The Passport Index features beautiful high-resolution images of the covers of all the world's passports, with interactive features ranking passports …

Enjoy this delightful live mini-concert from Superorganism

Hipster quirkcore band Superorganism recorded this delightful live performance replete with sounds made by toy cars, apples, and soda cans.<p>Via NPR's …

Getting Every Last Drop of Product Out of a Bottle, and Other PVC Hacks

My value of what I'd later learn was called "industrial design" was formed early on. At 14 I started working in a restaurant owned by a hands-on …

My daughter is right: our generation is wrecking the world for hers | Paul Daley

I inherited a better world than my parents did. Our kids can’t say the same in an era of Trump, terrorism and climate deniers<p>The car is where I’ve discovered most about my parenting.<p>There was that time when I, a very young father, oh-so-briefly and absentmindedly left Number One Daughter in her …

Climate

Worst-case climate change scenario is even worse than we thought

The phrase “worse than we thought” is a cliché when it comes to climate change. There are lots of studies suggesting we’re in for more warming and …

Study Predicts Unexpected Climate Change Effects To Come

We tend to think the main threats of climate change are warmer oceans and changing wind patterns, but a recent study published in Nature Climate …

Making LED-Powered, 3D Printed Flowers

In Becky Stern’s latest Instructables project and accompanying <i>YouTube</i> video, she shows how to 3D design and print sweet LED-illuminated flowers. Becky is one of the true masters of clear and clever presentation of instructional materials. And she just keeps getting better.<p>I love the design for …

This "Easy Way to Thread a Needle" Hack Looks Great, But I Can't Get It to Work With Machine Needles

Is it me, or is the trick fugazi?<p>If you regularly use a sewing machine and have declining eyesight, you know that threading that damn needle is the …

Sewing

Retro Birdhouse Camper Kit Makes the Perfect Backyard Outpost | Colossal

<p>In a charming sendup of the current camper van resurgence, Marcus Williams and Sj Stone of the Nashville-based design studio One Man, One Garage …

Campers

Apple Lost Lawsuit Against Independent iPhone Repair Shop in Norway Over Unauthorized Parts

Apple last year sued an aftermarket repair shop in Norway, accusing the owner, Henrik Huseby of infringing on Apple's trademarks by using non-genuine aftermarket repair parts.<p>Details on the lawsuit were shared today by <i>Motherboard</i>, a site that has been covering "Right to Repair" efforts in the …

Repairs

24 reuses for contact lens cases

This is such a fun idea! The peeps over at 1 800 Contacts compiled a list of 24 reuses for contact lens cases. I wear contacts and I also have reused …

Humankind’s Most Important Material

Glass has changed the world like no other substance, but people usually overlook it. An Object Lesson.<p>To reach you, these words were encoded into signals of light moving about 125,000 miles per second through fiber-optic cables. These lines, splayed out across mountains and oceans, are made of …

Mobile Devices

Hello, Goodbye.

We've launched the SongwritersFonts project, a series of typefaces created from famous songwriters' handwritings, as a design project. The unique …

The Death of Environmentalism

<i>These excerpts are from “The Death of Environmentalism: Global-Warming Politics in a Post-Environmental World,” a controversial report circulated</i> …

Lakeith Smith Gets 65 Years for Death of 16-Year-Old Killed by Police

Much has been made of the fact that a black teenager laughed openly in court before being sentenced to 65 years in prison.<p>But the brutal truth of it …

Finally! Dieter Rams Documentary by Gary Hustwit is On the Way

"If I had to do it over again, I would not want to be a designer."<p>Dieter Rams appears sparingly in Gary Hustwit's "Objectified" documentary on …

Have You Ever Really Seen the Moon?

On a whim, Wylie Overstreet set up his telescope outside his apartment. He wanted to look at the moon. He had no idea he would, in a matter of hours, inspire awe in hundreds of strangers on the streets of Los Angeles. “It's incredible how many people have never looked through a telescope,” Alex …

Less laundry less often: how to lighten the washday load on the environment

From clothes that won’t shed microplastics to natural detergents, responsible laundry is a thing – and it’s crucial<p>The clothes we wash and wear each week might seem unconnected to the growing plastic pollution crisis in our oceans but a sobering truth is emerging.<p>With each wash, synthetic fabrics …

Learn How to Fold a World-Record-Setting Paper Airplane

Growing up with six brothers, John Collins got really good at folding paper planes.<p>"Anything you can beat your siblings at is good," he says.<p>But he …

Siblings

Psychologist teaches you what procrastination is and how to stop

We all suffer from procrastination every now and then. For some of us, though, it causes real harm. This psychologist believes that if you understand …

How to Easily Reverse Engineer Threads

Here's a great piece of physical problem-solving: Let's say you've got the absolutely perfect threaded female part, but the corresponding male part …