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Eerie Photos Show The Strange Emptiness Of Dubai

You can build a shiny modern metropolis out of nothing, but how do you create the bustle of a city? Recently released timelapses (...)

2013-06-16
#Unplug: Baratunde Thurston Left The Internet For 25 Days, And You Should Too

My official biography, such as it is, reads as follows: “Baratunde Thurston is the author of the New York Times best seller (...)

2013-06-16
Police are now using driver’s license photos in the US to identify suspects in criminal cases

The expose and subsequent reaction to PRISM, a program setup by the National Security Agency (NSA) to access and leverage data from (...)

2013-06-16
The Rise of EdTech

The one-size-fits-all approach to education has never been more outdated or irrelevant. Now thanks to the transformative effects of (...)

2013-06-15
What Happens When Robots Eliminate All Our Jobs?

In his weekly column for the New York Times, Paul Krugman talks about a problem that is likely (or at least should be) on the minds (...)

2013-06-13
Microsoft joins Facebook in partial FISA disclosure: 6-7,000 requests implicated 31-32,000 accounts

Today Microsoft joined Facebook in releasing partially obfuscated data that helped paint a picture of the company’s requests from (...)

2013-06-14
Design Icon: Revisiting The Sticky Lamp, A Light That Sticks To Anything

Designer Chris Kabel’s Sticky Lamp can be stuck to any wall, ceiling, or just about any other convenient surface. Sometimes (...)

2013-06-13
Nuclear Power Is So 20th Century

Nuclear power seems cheap, but if you count the embedded costs of dealing with the fuel, does it make sense as an option for a (...)

2013-06-13
Facebook to release FISA request orders in transparency report, says up to 19k accounts looked at

Facebook announced today that it will be releasing all national security orders it receives from the US government, including those (...)

2013-06-14
Woz talks iOS 7 and PRISM in an off the cuff airport interview

Steve Wozniak, a technology icon for his work at Apple, is an elder statesman in the industry; he’s a person whose opinion carries (...)

2013-06-14
BlackBerry updates BBM Channels beta with search, channel content reposting, animated GIFs, and more

BlackBerry rolled out a new beta version of BBM Channels, its upcoming social platform aimed at high-profile brands and celebrities, (...)

2013-06-13
Can Airbnb, Taskrabbit, And All The Other Sharing Economy Companies Save The Day In A Disaster?

San Francisco (where else?) has launched a new plan to deal with disasters using collaborative consumption. Will they actually (...)

2013-06-13
Calculate The Pathetic Amount Your Personal Data Is Worth

The NSA might be able to tap into your electronic data just like every other company, but it turns out that your personal information (...)

2013-06-13
80,000 Bees “3-D Print” A Dewar’s Bottle Out of Honeycomb

Dewar’s experiment in "3-B printing" We’ve seen some fascinating experiments in bio-design--like this MIT project (...)

2013-06-13
See How a Few Artfully Placed Rubber Bands Can Turn You Into A Monster

The artist who brought us last year’s scotch tape facial makeovers is back with a similar project involving rubber bands. (...)

2013-06-13
55-Million-Year-Old Fossils Shed New Light On How Humans Came To Be

Meet the mysterious ounce-sized primate whose bones are 8 million years older than any bones previously found in such good condition. (...)

2013-06-13
Inventor Of Oculus Rift: The Future Of Virtual Reality Is Social Networking

The inexpensive virtual reality headset Oculus Rift is poised to change video games forever. Co.Labs spoke with inventor Palmer (...)

2013-06-13
Ethical Consumers Fight The Mafia In Italy

To end a protection racket in Sicily, a group of businesses banded together to tell customers that they didn’t pay organized (...)

2013-06-13
Renzo Piano’s Latest: An Off-The-Grid, One-Person Mobile Home

For over 50 years, the architect dreamed of building a one-room structure for minimal living. Now it exists, on Vitra’s campus (...)

2013-06-13
Spoiler Alert: Find Out If the Film You’re About to Watch Has Any Caninicides

A new website has compiled data from over 600 pet-threatening movies, reporting on whether or not there are any casualties in them. (...)

2013-06-13
Would You Save A Child’s Life Today, If You Could?

Philosopher Peter Singer wants you to confront the fact that you can, and don’t. Imagine you’re on your way to work, (...)

2013-06-13
When You’re Not The Star: What You Can Learn From The Backup Singers

A new documentary, 20 Feet From Stardom, tracks the singers who, despite huge talent, didn’t take center stage but filled (...)

2013-06-13
Is Costco Secretly A Social Enterprise?

In the labor-pinching world of retail, it just might be. “I just think people need to make a living wage with health benefits,” (...)

2013-06-13
The Best Part Of Lomo’s Latest Camera: Building It Yourself

Why do you have to build the Lomo Konstruktor? Why do you add an egg to Betty Crocker cake mix? If you’re an engineer, (...)

2013-06-13
Watch: Molo Makes Ingenious Furniture From Pleated Paper

The Vancouver-based design firm turns the modest material into something super strong and durable, no hardware or tools required. (...)

2013-06-13
Poor Farmers Swap Fair-Trade Premiums For Ownership Of Their Own Global Companies

Fair trade might be good. But owning your own supply chain is even better. For small farmers with a patch of forest, new ventures (...)

2013-06-13
“Jony Ive Redesigns Things” Is The Best Tumblr This Week

Not sure how you feel about iOS 7’s unicorn color palette? Wait until you see it applied to stop signs and Star Wars. (...)

2013-06-13
Google to retire Chrome Frame for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, cease support and updates in January 2014

Google today announced it is retiring Chrome Frame for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, a plug-in that brings Chrome’s engine to (...)

2013-06-12
Live now: Watchtower’s founder answers questions via video. Get involved!

Got a question for Brennan? Use the chat feature above to get it answered live. Brennan White is the CEO and Founder of Watchtower, (...)

2013-06-12
Edtech startup Treehouse turns to gamification to help fuel growth as it passes 35K users

After hitting $3.6 million in revenues and raising $7 million earlier this year, tech education startup Treehouse announced (...)

2013-06-13
Funny Or Why? 5 Tips To Help Your Brand Culture-Jack The Right Way

Using social media to capitalize on current events is risky business. But if done correctly, the payoff can be huge and provide (...)

2013-06-12
Young Baseball Fan Throws First MLB Telerobotic PItch

Google Fiber enables a young baseball fan’s dreams. Last night, the first-ever telerobotic pitch was thrown at a major (...)

2013-06-12
Photog Captures The Charm Of Endangered Rest Stops

Ryann Ford shoots portraits of highway architecture: a disappearing relic of midcentury road-trip culture. Along with Willie (...)

2013-06-12
The U.S. May Be Rich, But It Leaves A Lot Of People Hungry

For such a wealthy country, we’re not doing so good on the feeding everyone front. For a rich country, the U.S. has a (...)

2013-06-12
Floome: A Personal Breathalyzer That Plugs Into Your Smartphone

This handy gadget packs the performance of a law-enforcement breathalyzer into a tidy little package. Everyone has their own (...)

2013-06-12
Bill McDonough’s Latest Initiative: Helping Companies Cut Down On Packaging Waste

The Cradle To Cradle guru is teaming up with Waste Management to consult with companies about using less and using smarter. (...)

2013-06-12
What Does It Look Like When You 3-D Print Music?

These sculptures were made by a printer as it screeched out classics with its motor. 3-D printing has been hailed as a technology (...)

2013-06-12
No One Can Patent Genes, The Supreme Court Rules

In a landmark decision, the court invalidated company’s attempts to control sections of our genetic code that they had discovered. (...)

2013-06-12
Look, A Table With No Legs!

Ingo Maurer took a quick break from lighting design to create this mind-boggling table for Established & Sons. Let’s (...)

2013-06-11
Facebook’s Secret To Building Friendships: Many Small Interactions

The design minds behind Facebook share the social network’s most important view--that friendships aren’t made in a (...)

2013-06-12
Beyond IQ: 5 Ways To Reframe Success And Smarts

Some of the most successful people were "ungifted" according to traditional measures of intelligence. Here, insight from Scott (...)

2013-06-12
Creating Meaning In Your Consumption, With The Stories Behind Stuff

You care most about your personal objects that have heartwarming backstories. The founders of online retailer Madesmith are betting (...)

2013-06-12
60 Ingenious Knot Designs From The “Man On Wire”

High-wire artist Philippe Petit’s rigging explained in Why Knot?, his new book on the art of knot tying. When Philippe (...)

2013-06-12
What It Feels Like To Be Hit With Turkish Tear Gas

Inside the Gezi Park protests, a reporter comes face to face with the crowd control methods of the Istanbul police. In Istanbul, (...)

2013-06-12
The Making Of “The East” And How a Good Collaboration Is Like Meditation

Zal Batmanglij, director and co-writer of The East and Sound of My Voice, explains how collaborating with actress and co-writer (...)

2013-06-12
Mapping Where Americans Eat The Most Fruits And Vegetables

An apple a day… but only in some states. Nutrition fads come and go, but fruits and vegetables are always trendy--they’re (...)

2013-06-12
Thanks To This Startup, You Can Now Text E.T.

A historic satellite complex built for Apollo 11 is now beaming messages to potential extraterrestrial life--and you can send any (...)

2013-06-12
Joy Of Specs: This Unauthorized Commercial For Tic Tac Will Make You Feel Funny

Warning: not safe. Period. Somebody decided to make a spec commercial for Tic Tac--and the brand can’t be too thrilled. (...)

2013-06-12

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