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A Quick Primer On America's Spaceports

Everything you need to know about U.S. portals to space<p>Going to space is getting easier all the time. For anyone willing to trade giant piles of ephemeral cash for a few short minutes outside the atmosphere, here is a handy map of all American spaceports, released in February by the Federal …

The Week In Numbers: A 3-D Printed Invisibility Cloak, Skyscrapers That Attack, And More

<b>£946</b>: the money the developers of a curved glass building in London paid to Martin Lindsay after reflected light from the skyscraper melted his Jaguar XJ<p><b>18 to 27 degrees Fahrenheit</b>: the average increase in surface temperature when moving from a rural area to a city<p><b>244 meters</b>: the height of the …

Should We Really Be Encouraging People To Buy Books?

Amazon's MatchBook service makes getting a printed book/Kindle copy bundle cheaper. But that takes us backward, environmentally speaking.<p>Yesterday, Amazon announced the new MatchBook service, which offers a deeply discounted Kindle version of a book when you buy a new copy of the physical version. …

Crowdfund A $65 Robot That Runs Like A Maniac Cockroach

This insect-inspired robot, made of cardboard and plastic, can sprint off a table and just keep on runnin'.<p>The Dash, created by Dash Robotics, is an insect-inspired simple robot kit that runs like the fastest, most rectangular cockroach ever. There's a crowdfunding campaign and beta test, with 27 …

These Spiky Shoes Literally Put A Spring In Your Step

The Adidas Springblade uses springs to give athletes better verticality<p>Cushioned sneakers can help athletes jump higher—a compressed sole returns energy vertically. Adidas has now developed a shoe that could also help runners go faster. Sixteen slanted plastic springs on the sole of the Springblade …

Tech and Science

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Mars One: The psychology of isolation, confinement and 24-hour Big Brother

Those sent to live and die on the red planet face untold risk of mental illness<p>Since April, thousands of people have applied to take a one-way trip to Mars. Following further stages of selection and training, the plan is for the first four astronauts to lift off in 2022. After a seven-month journey …

Hummingbird moth

A hummingbird moth feeding on an agastache in the late evening.<p>The hummingbird moth gets its name because its long proboscis and hovering behavior, …

Global Warming Update: Record Heat Is 4 Times More Likely Now Than In Pre-Industrial Times

Ugh, global warming.<p>Here's your latest global warming update: It's still happening. Intense heat is now four times more likely to strike in the U.S. than it was in pre-industrial times, according to a new study from Stanford University researchers.<p>July 2012 was the hottest month on record in the …

A Reflective Six-Legged Wolf Covered in Mirror Shards by Tomoko Konoike | Colossal

<p>As part of her current exhibition titled <i>Earthshine</i> at Gallery Wendi Norris (which is also her American solo debut), Japanese multidisciplinary …

Daily Inspiration #1546

This post is part of our daily series of posts showing the most inspiring images selected by some of the Abduzeedo's writers and users. If you want …

Graphic Design

The Fox Is Black Print Picks - The Fox Is Black

1. Russell Leng Print 1 by Russell Leng – $35<br>2. Aventurine Mix (No. 1) by Future Desert – $20<br>3. Whiskey Sour by Jack Hughes – £35<br>4. No Man’s Land by …

San Francisco
Architecture

Articles about cinematic family retreat brazil on Dwell.com - Dwell

Balancing public and private spaces and facilitating the merge of indoors and outdoors, a series of white cedar-clad volumes...<p>Designed to harness the sun, architect Birgitte Hovmøller's vacation house features a roof full of solar panels and plenty of...<p>San Francisco–based designer Maca Huneeus …

Architecture

Graphics and Illustrations by Cruschiform

Vector Illustrations.<p>A couple of commissioned illustrations and personal artworks created by Cruschiform, a Paris-based creative studio founded in …

Enormous Wet Clay Animal Sculptures by Shay Church

Ceramic artist Shay Church, who's also assistant professor of art and head of the ceramic area at Virginia Commonwealth University, has created a gripping set of enormous wet clay animal sculptures that he refers to as <i>Migrations Interrupted</i>. “This puts a forceful, crude human twist on an elegant …

Sculpture

8 Spa-Like Bathrooms Designed to Instantly Soothe

Let these airy oases across the globe spur some ideas for creating your own refuge.

Best of the Week: Yahoo!, Illustrations, Web Design and more

It's time for our best news of this week. We have a lot of graphic and web design, a bit of architecture, ads, tech news, awesome reads and other …

Graphic Design

Zaha Hadid: queen of the curve

Ten years ago she was the architect who couldn't get anything built. Now, from the Olympic Aquatics Centre to a new Serpentine gallery, from Beijing to Baku, Zaha Hadid's buildings are everywhere. But she divides opinion: she's a genius, say some, but to critics she has lost touch with her original …

Towering Metallic Men Illuminate Taiwain's Seascapes

<i>Oystermen</i> is a public environmental artwork by Finland-based designer Marco Casagrande consisting of four sand-blasted stainless steel figures of men located on a tidal shore by Kinmen Island, Taiwan. The sculptural installation features the silhouettes of four nondescript men, seemingly standing …

Sea Level
Architecture

Hook & Eye Corporate Identity Dittel | Architekten

Hook & Eye – Corporate Design.<p>Dittel | Architekten designed the corporate identity for Hook & Eye, a factory that offers long-standing furniture and …

Daily Inspiration #1547

This post is part of our daily series of posts showing the most inspiring images selected by some of the Abduzeedo's writers and users. If you want …

Graphic Design

Artist Erik Söderberg Plays With Geometric Shapes and Organic Chaos - The Fox Is Black

“Why do humans tend to prefer strict geometric design when nature seems to flow in a chaotic and organic way?”<p>That’s the question Swedish cross-media …

What the Nissan Skyline Used to Look Like in Old Japanese Commercials

Back in 1989 there were really only two supercars worth talking about: The Ferrari F40 and the Porsche 959. So it caused quite a stir when a car most …

Nissan Skyline

grain editAurelien Debat

Beautiful illustration work from Aurelien Debat, a graduate of the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg.<p>——————–<p>Also worth viewing… <br>Alain Gree …

Hong Kong Photography by Michael Wolf

Hong Kong – Mega City Photography.<p>Michael Wolf is a German photographer who lives in Hong Kong. He captures the life in mega cities. Most of his …