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Can Design Teach Us Better Judgment? The "View" by DK Ahn

It's rare for such a young designer to communicate a profound behavioral observation about people and attempt to teach them an opposite behavior all at once in the same design. Does DK Ahn succeed?

Scientists Create First Synthetic Tree

Researchers have created a synthetic "tree" - a centimeter-sized hydrogel with nanopores that can pull water just like real trees pull moisture up their tall trunks.

Petlinks System Dream Curl Curvy Two-Surface Scratcher: Product Review

Everyone who is reading this knows how hard it is to please a cat for longer than a few minutes. The Petlinks System Dream Curl Curvy Two-Surface Scratcher (I think I got that all in) will likely please your cat for a longer period of time. How long, as always, depends on your cat and what else she has to scratch.

Mirror, Mirror, On The... Ball Light Stand

Tom Dixon's newest addition to his Mirror Ball lighting series is an awesome space-age collection of Mirror Balls ... On A Stand! You can drop kick it if you like. You never have to worry about seven years of bad luck.

Scientists Launch Largest Study of Near-Death Experiences

Death is not a specific moment, but a process, researchers explain. They're investigating the experiences of people during cardiac arrest who begin that process, and "come back."

Creator of World’s First Spaceship Honored on Moscow’s City Day

The first weekend in September is important in Moscow, for it marks the birth of the Russian capital with parades and entertainment. Read all about the famous Russian rocket scientist pioneer being honored at this special celebration.

Marketing With a Conscience - 7 Great Ads Promoting Social Change

Sometimes advertising isn't about selling a product, but promoting an idea. Here are seven remarkable ads promoting social and environmental awareness.

Eerie Underwater Sculptures

Jason de Caires Taylor is an artist that creates unique underwater sculptures that focus on natural ecological processes.

Electricity from Dirt: Is it Possible?

It turns out wind power, solar power and lunar power are not the only possible renewable energy sources for our future. Dirt power might be next. There are already plans for use of it in places of Africa that are off-grid.

Proving That Size Matters: A Mega USB 16 Port Hub

Although this gadget won't be winning a prize for best looking tech product of the year, its functionality definitely makes it a winner amongst its competitors.

USBs and Phones and Bears -Oh My!

Ever wish technology could cuddle? Not to worry, with these new gadgets, you can take care of business while enjoying cute, soft snuggles....or, if you prefer, bear torture.

Early Detection Of Alzheimer's Just A Blood Test Away?

Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center have discovered that a simple blood test might have major implications for the early detection and treatment of Alzheimer's Disease, before symptoms even occur.

Edgy Japanese Eraser Has 28 Corners

Students, businessmen, artists, basically anyone who uses a pencil will at some point need an eraser, and the best eraser to use is a new one with sharp corners - which quickly get rounded with use. Not so with the Kadokeshi Plastic Eraser from Japan, which has - count 'em - 28 corners!

Hydrogen Bacteria: One Solution To Rising Gas Costs?

A Russian-born scientist living in the United States believes he may have found a cheap way to produce hydrogen, which may serve as a buffer against the ever-rising costs of petrol… Read on and perhaps…fill er up!

Playful Storage Solutions For The Future At 100% Design

Though only two years old, Creosa was chosen by 100% Design to participate in its 100% Futures show, representing the best of what's to come. Creosa has created some very playful, downright fun, storage designs you've got to see!

 

Software Measures Light Pollution, Optimizes Lighting Design

In response to the growing concern of light pollution in urban areas, researchers have developed a system that automatically measures light pollution and optimizes lighting design. This quantitative data is the first published information that the researchers know of showing how much light escapes from outdoor lighting installations.

Moscow’s Fiberglass Pyramid: New Harmony, Ancient Secrets

Russia’s new age healing trend has its roots in the ancient worlds of Egypt and Mexico, and is centered in Moscow and a fiberglass pyramid that promises positive energy. Can it be so? Read on and learn more about the potentially magical powers of harmony.

There's Always Room For J-E-L-L-O Art

People over the years have found many uses for Jell-O, some more vulgar than others, but artist Liz Hickok has created an entire scene of San Francisco out of Jell-O.

Discarded Dreams Mattress Competition Is Here

Today I came across a mattress recycling competition post and I was delighted to see it. Finally someone is doing something to spark more interest in new ways to recycle used beds. Who? Architecture for Humanity and Rubicon National Social Innovations is inviting people to enter the Discarded Dreams Mattress Competition.

10 Hilarious International Pet Ads

Whether we have pets or not, most of us are familiar with their idiosyncracies, as well as those of their owners. Like great cartoonists, pet product advertisers exaggerate, or play on, the absurdity of those idiosyncracies... and that's what makes the ads so darn funny. Here are 10 ads you've got to see!