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The Power Plants Of The United States, Mapped

Gas. Coal. Nuclear. Hydroelectric. Wind. Oil. There's a decommissioned nuclear power plant with 1,100 tons of nuclear waste sitting on the shores of Lake Michigan, the largest supply of drinking water in North America. Read Full Sto...

The Classic Cantilever Chair Receives An Elegant, Ultra-Thin Redesign

Designer Josef Lang's hand-crafted CR45 ditches the traditional steel tubing for a frame made of seamless cold-rolled steel. The original designer of the cantilever chair is up for debate—Mart Stam, Marcel Breuer, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe all contributed to its popularity. Show More Summary

The World's Best Whisky Goes To Outer Space

You're not still drinking Earth-aged whisky, are you? The potential for whisky snobbery just increased astronomically. Japanese distillery Suntory recently announced that it will be sending its world-renowned whiskies to outer space to study the effect that zero gravity has on aging. Read Full Story

A Gnarly Cardboard Skateboard Justifies Its Own Existence

In this irresistible bit of advertising, Tony Hawk tears it up on an amazing, cardboard skateboard. My mind knows that this is just a promotional video—the sort of sure-to-go-viral branded content that happens when a somewhat boringShow More Summary

The U.K.'s Tallest Sculpture Will Let You Ride A Slide All The Way Down

Because let's face it: every tower and skyscraper should have a slide. The anticipation of what you'll see at the top of a tower can be exciting. Going down, though? Comparatively, that's a drag. Why go down the stairs or the elevator like a sucker when you can slide on down? Read Full Story

Bid On The Props Of Mad Men, Starting At $50

Want to give your home or office a Mad Men makeover? How better than with the show's actual props? Mad Men may have ended, but the props live on. All this week, you can bid on an astounding 1,384 different items from the show in an online auction that will ends August 6. Show More Summary

How Windows 10 Makes It Harder For You To Use Non-Microsoft Apps

Web browsing. Email. Calendar. Microsoft's Windows 10 defaults to Microsoft's own choices, and makes it harder for non-Microsoft apps to compete. Most Windows users don't use Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser (or "Edge," in Windows...Show More Summary

From Guns, Bridges

[Image: An otherwise unrelated shot of rebar used in road construction; via Wikipedia]. A quick news item from last month seems worth mentioning: "approximately 3,400 confiscated firearms" are being melted down and turned into rebarShow More Summary


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Joyful Rendezvous Upon Pure Ice and Snow

[Image: Snow-making equipment via Wikipedia]. The 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing are something of a moonshot moment for artificial snow-making technology: the winter games will be held "in a place with no snow." That's right: "the 2022...Show More Summary

Landscapes of Inevitable Catastrophe

[Image: Illustration by David McConochie, courtesy of The Art Market, via The Guardian]. Last month, The Economist reported on the widespread presence of radioactive tailings piles—waste rock left over from Soviet mining operations—in southern Kyrgyzstan. Show More Summary

Horse Skull Disco

[Image: Horse skull via Wikimedia]. If you're looking to install a new sound system in your house, consider burying a horse skull in the floor. According to the Irish Archaeological Consultancy, the widespread discovery of "buried horse...Show More Summary

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Full-Spectrum Mandala

[Image: Via the Pacific Cold War Patrol Museum ]. Somewhat randomly—though I suppose I have a thing for antennas—I came across a blog post looking at the layout of Circularly Disposed Antenna Arrays. A Circularly Disposed Antenna Array,...Show More Summary

10 Charming 8-Bit GIFs Depicting Every Day Life In Japan

Toyoi Yuuta's subtly immersive animations perfectly capture the dichotomy of Japanese culture. Part of the beauty of Japanese culture is the integration of the modern with the traditional. Bullet trains, robotics, and some of the most cutting-edge technology being developed in the world exist alongside feudal architecture and age-old customs. Show More Summary

A Space-Saving Bed That Lowers From The Ceiling

The Murphy bed gets an upgrade. In apartments where the square footage is measly but the ceilings are tall, maximizing vertical space is key. Streamlined shelves, attic storage and hanging bike hooks all save space by employing the same basic concept: when living space seems limited, look up. Read Full Story

Evolutionary Robotic Prototype

Supported through the technological advances and the relative fields of expertise, robotics, computation and engineering; architecture is considered to be at a transition stage engaged with time and mobility. Kinetic architecture aims at the development of timely dynamically adaptable systems... Read More

BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 7/31/15

Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 7/31/15 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators: Second quarter 2015 GDP rose 2.3 percent in advance estimate Initial...Show More Summary

Pinterest Hires Mac Design Legend Susan Kare

The creator of the Macintosh's early typefaces and icons will join Pinterest as product design lead. Susan Kare, the legendary designer behind the original Mac's icons and fonts (and, more recently, a killer set of pixel art tits for Cards Against Humanity), is hoisting her pirate flag at a new Silicon Valley company: Pinterest Read Full Story

A Slimey Typeface Modeled After Insects And Undersea Creatures

NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE Somewhere, a mad scientist is growing a menagerie of slimy alien creatures by splicing together the genes of squids and insects. But it's not in some lab below Area 51—it's on the Mac Pro of Ari Weinkle,...Show More Summary

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