Thomas Stephen

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Hammock Bathtub: Suspend Your Disbelief and Take a Bath

What could be more relaxing than hanging from a hammock in the shade? Perhaps filling it with water, and luxuriating in a bath within that same …

Wine Cellar by Beckwith Interiors

Sun Studio Tour - Memphis, Tennessee

I was only in Memphis for a few nights to speak at the PRSA Travel and Tourism conference so I didn’t have a lot of free time to see all the city’s …

What is a Dyson sphere?

Are some advanced civilizations in our galaxy now collecting all of the energy emitted by their stars? If so, we would call their energy-collecting …

Forest Whitaker As Martin Luther King? Oscar Winner In Talks For Paul Greengrass' 'Memphis'

Paul Greengrass' long gestating Martin Luther King film "Memphis" may have found its Martin Luther King. According to TheWrap, Oscar winner Forest Whitaker is in talks to play King in the new film, which focuses on the last days of the civil rights leader's life.<p>If the title "Memphis" sounds …

Snapshots From The Memphis in May World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest

GallerySnapshots From The Memphis in May World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest<p>On the competitive barbecue circuit, few events top the <b>Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest</b>. Started in 1978, the event is now the largest pork barbecue contest in the world, with over 250 teams …

NASA is funding a 3D food printer, and it'll start with pizza

NASA is funding research into 3D-printed food. As <i>Quartz</i> reveals, mechanical engineer Anjan Contractor received a $125,000 grant from the agency to build a prototype 3D printer with the aim of automating food creation. It's hoped the system could provide astronauts food during long-distance space …

Best Trips 2013

Got wanderlust? We’ve got your ticket. The National Geographic Traveler editors present the new year's 20 must-see places.

Travel Photography

Sky Garden #House / Guz Architects, Sentosa Island, #Singapore (o) The plots are not large and neighbouring #buildings are built close to the sides of each #house. Thus our strategy was to build a solid wall to each side neighbor to provide privacy where possible, while creating a central light and stair well which would funnel the sea breeze through the centre of the building. The front and rear of the building meanwhile, terrace back allowing each story to have visual or actual access to greenery. The intention was to try to allow each roof garden provided a base for the story above allowing the layered effect to make each story feel like it was a single storey dwelling sitting in a garden.as much as we could do in the close confines of Sentosa island and with such a large building!!

How The CIA Tried To Turn A Cat Into A Cyborg Spy

Misadventure though it was, the agency's Operation Acoustic Kitty was a visionary idea 50 years ahead of its time.<p>In the 1960s, the Central Intelligence Agency recruited an unusual field agent: a cat. In an hour-long procedure, a veterinary surgeon transformed the furry feline into an elite spy, …

Life on Venus? Scientists rethink the idea of 'habitable' planets

For years, astronomers have been hunting for other planets capable of supporting life. Those efforts have relied on ground-based telescopes and spacecraft, in an attempt to identify clues about the conditions of worlds thousands of light years away. But the entire search depends on one fundamental, …

DARPA's Dexterous New ARM-H Robotic Hand

DARPA released this new video of its new dexterous robotic hand. The ARM-H robotic hand was developed for DARPA's Autonomous Robotic Manipulation …

Virgin Galactic plane breaks sound barrier during first rocket-powered flight

SpaceShipTwo, which is designed to take tourists to the edge of space, flew its first rocket-powered test flight on Monday, breaking the sound barrier at high altitude.<p>It ignited its engine after being released by WhiteKnightTwo, a plane that carried it to 47,000 feet (8.9 miles) above California's …

Space Travel

Xbox 720 will do without IllumiRoom at launch, Microsoft confirms

Microsoft’s IllumiRoom technology, which turns your living room into an augmented reality gaming arena by expanding graphics from the confines of …

Augmented Reality

LG’s first flexible OLED phone due before the year is out

LG plans to launch a flexible OLED smartphone before the end of the year, the company’s VP of mobile has confirmed, though it’s unclear to what …

Mobile

Next-Generation User Interface for Intuitive Touch-Based Operations by Fujitsu

Could this be our next generation touch screen interface? Fujitsu Laboratories Limited has announced its latest development that would allow you to …

Living Roof Design: A Real Rooftop Oasis

Traci Cavender thinks that practical design doesn’t have to mean sacrificing personal style. This pool house created by her is an infinity pool of …

Tangible Alarm

Like a lot of people, I use my phone as my morning alarm clock. And like a lot of people, I love to snooze! But after going through the motions to …

iPicture With iLens

As far as Apple is concerned there are many ‘what ifs’ that we all would like them to answer. Example, what if Apple made a watch, what if Apple made …

Stunning Achromatic Studio

This modern studio is all about openness and transparency from one section to the next- so much so that anyone with privacy issues might find …

Bray's Island home, South Carolina by SBCH Architects on design-dautore.com

Nerdvana: Wrapping Oak Bookshelves are Home Centerpiece

A North London home needed a bit of love and a lot more space for the residents’ huge book collection, so Platform 5 Architects stepped up to create …

Library, Paris, France (o

treehouses by takashi kobayashi / the treehouse people built from reclaimed wood with stained glass windows, this cozy treehouse home in japan looks borrowed from a storybook, inside and out. more photos: http://www.designboom.com/architecture/treehouses-by-takashi-kobayashi-japan/

Bear House by Onion

Bear House is a minimal home located in Cha-Am Beach, Thailand, designed by Onion. The architecture firm knowingly named their practice after a …