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Don't Gift A Hoverboard This Christmas

You'll thank us later. Maybe you want a hoverboard for Christmas. Maybe your child does. Here's a word of advice: Resist temptation. Crush dreams. Gift anything other than this year's hottest gift: A Costco tub of candy corn, or a collection of 58 knives and swords bought off late night television, are both fine alternatives. Show More Summary

Calculate How Fast You're Traveling Through Space Right Now

Ma'am, do you know how fast you were just going? You might think you're not moving right now, but you couldn't be more wrong. This big blue orb known as Earth is always spinning around the sun, and even when you're sitting perfectly still, you're still hurtling through space at a faster speed than most of us could fathom. Read Full Story

This 3-D Printed Haiku Is Invisible Until You Put It In Water

Inspired by the shadows created by water striders, Drzach & Suchy have figured out a way to "paint" words in water shadows. Water striders are a family of insects that are able to transfer their body weight so they can run on top of the water's surface. Show More Summary

4 Things You Must Check Out At Muji's New Flagship Store

Muji has a fancy new shop, and with it, new ways of experiencing Muji products. The latest Muji store just opened around the corner from NYC's Times Square, and carries the distinction of being the flagship for the entire U.S. The two-story...Show More Summary

The Case For Staying Away From Your Boss

Spatial distance plays a critical role in office ethics. Time to redesign that open office? Unethical behavior is bad for business, whether you're talking about massive scandals a la Enron and Fannie Mae, or just a boss treating employees unfairly. Show More Summary

9 Things You Didn't Know About Frank Gehry

The quintessential starchitect's biography is surprisingly sensitive. Architect Frank Gehry has designed some of the most iconic buildings of the past two decades, from the Guggenheim Bilbao to Facebook's new mothership in Silicon Valley. Show More Summary

Electronic Plantlife

[Image: A rose-circuit, courtesy Linköping University]. In a newly published paper called "Electronic plants," researchers from Linköping University in Sweden describe the process by which they were able to "manufacture" what they call "analog and digital organic electronic circuits and devices" inside living plants. Show More Summary

A Tea Set For The Internet Age

These surrealist ceramics only look normal when streamed over Skype. Sit down to a breakfast served with Louisa Zahareas' Screen Mutation tableware, and you'll think you've landed in a Salvador Dali painting. The tea cup slants diagonally...Show More Summary

Nendo Designs A Very Stylish Survival Pack

No, good design sensibility does not count as a survival instinct. But the sleek MINIM+AID still might be on to something. I was once in a meeting at a previous publishing job, discussing a book on failing power grids, when my boss asked if anyone kept a survival pack at their desk. Show More Summary

Watch This "Van Gogh" Filter Turn A Time-Lapse Into An Impressionist Dream

A new experimental video filter turns photography into art. Last September, we shared an experimental project that mashes up the work of famous artists—like Van Gogh and Picasso—with standard photo and video files shot by anyone. The results made it look like Instagram had instituted a Van Gogh filter. Show More Summary

A Model Descent

[Image: Model by SITU Fabrication; Instagram by BLDGBLOG]. The Homestake Mine in Lead, South Dakota, was once "the largest, deepest and most productive gold mine in North America," featuring nearly 370 miles' worth of tunnels. Although...Show More Summary

Today's archidose #868

Here are some of my photos of the Elephant House at the Zurich Zoo by Markus Schietsch. To contribute your Flickr images for consideration, just::: Join and add photos to the archidose poolTo contribute your Instagram images for consideration, just::: Tag your photos #archidose

Glue Marbles: The Dippin' Dots Of Advanced Adhesives

What if glue wasn't sticky until you wanted it to be? We've all managed to somehow stick ourselves to a tube of superglue. Sometimes it costs us a little pride, other times, a little skin, but it always calls attention to how inherently difficult it is to handle a substance that's designed to stick. Read Full Story

Take a Spiraling Journey Down The Rabbit Hole Of Human Consciousness

It'll be fun... At the Ross School in East Hampton, students learn all of the typical subjects—math, science, history, literature—through an experimental curriculum designed to teach how human consciousness has evolved throughout history. Show More Summary

A Convertible Tote To Offset Terrible Storage On Shared Bikes

Tote's amazing. The virtues of bike sharing are great—hop on when you need one, cruise to your destination, park it when you're done, and forget about it. One of the challenges, however, is using one when you have bags in tow. The spartan racks on most bike shares are barely enough to hold something in place. Show More Summary

The Morbid History Of Victorian Surgery, Beautifully Illustrated

Richard Barnett's Crucial Interventions covers a critical century in medical history through a smorgasbord of gruesome lithographs. If you're the type of person who gets dizzy at the sight of a little blood, you might want to stay away from Crucial Interventions. Show More Summary

Pro-Grade Camera Lenses Attach Effortlessly To Your Phone

The Iris Lens will definitely up your iPhone camera game, but the best part might be the clever mounting system that slides over your case. A popular saying among photographers is "the best camera is the one you have with you." For most people, that will almost always be a smartphone camera. Show More Summary

Dead Ringer

[Image: Mars's moon, Phobos; courtesy NASA /JPL/University of Arizona]. Oh, to live another 40 million years... "One day," Nature reports, "Mars may have rings like Saturn does": The martian moon Phobos, which is spiralling inexorably...Show More Summary

Inside Ikea's Innovation Lab For The Future Of Home Design

The open-source lab in Copenhagen will help Ikea come up with the catalog of 2026, not 2016. expandable Ikea usually keeps a close lid on what it is working on next. But with Space10, an innovation lab recently opened in Copenhagen's hip meatpacking district, Ikea is looking to change all that. Show More Summary

Silly DIY Tools For Urban MacGyvers

Why buy a hammer when you can tape a rock to a spoon, right? Form Us With Love might be our favorite Swedish design house: talented enough to get away with selling $29,000 Nightlights, yet approachable enough to design the perfect all-purpose chair for Ikea. Show More Summary

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