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This Home-Grown Fungi Will Eat Your Plastic Trash (And Then You Can Eat The Fungi)

Mushroom roots eat through your recycling and turn it into a (possibly?) safe snack. Here's one way to get rid of plastic waste: Eat it. A new tabletop farm is designed to use mushrooms to break down plastic and turn it into a safe and even tasty snack. Read Full Story

Sequins, Style, And More Sequins: A Look At Dolly Parton's Singular Style

Richard Christiansen, founder of Chandelier Creative, put together a one-night-only exhibit to benefit the star's Imagination Library. Richard Christiansen was starstruck the first time he saw Dolly Parton in concert. "I grew up on a...Show More Summary

Stacked Casa del Fascio?

I can't be the only person who thinks the recently completed "Aufstockung und Generalsanierung Wohnhochhaus als Nullenergiehaus" designed by Freivogel-Architekten...[Photo: Dietmar Strauß, via German-Architects]looks like Giuseppe Terragni's...Show More Summary

"Papers, Please," One Of The Best Games Of Last Year, Is Now On iPad

Despite Apple's best efforts, the game will be available with full, pixelated nudity. Papers, Please, a grim PC game developed by Lucas Pope, wherein players take on the role of a Soviet-style border guard, may not have been one of the most "fun" games of last year, but it was certainly one of the most interesting. Show More Summary

Is A More Jiggly Animation A More Realistic Animation?

These researchers are ready for that jelly. "Part of being human is we jiggle when we move," says one researcher in a video from Germany's Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, where a team has created software that tweaks the standard motion capture procedure used for 3-D animation. Read Full Story

InterContinental Acquires Design-Minded Kimpton Hotels For $430 Million

InterContinental is buying the boutique hotels chain known for its lively bar scene and unique design aesthetic. The U.K.-based InterContinental Hotels Group PLC, owners of the Holiday Inn brand, announced today it will acquire Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants Group LLC, the largest independent boutique-hotel operator in the U.S., for $430 million. Show More Summary

Stunning Observation Deck Floats Above An Active Volcano

13,000 feet above sea level, the Quilotoa Crater Overlook in Ecuador offers stunning views of a turquoise water-filled volcanic crater. Eight-hundred years ago, a catastrophic volcanic eruption in the westernmost Ecuadorian Andes formed...Show More Summary

Haunting Pictures Of America's Disappearing Rivers

Photographer Ansley West depicts seven major rivers in the United States in her latest series. In 2011, photographer Ansley West spent 25 days traveling down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. At the end of the trip, she ended up spending two nights at Lake Mead, the reservoir formed by the Hoover Dam just south of Las Vegas. Show More Summary

Answer This Smartphone By Holding The Receiver To Your Ear

It's one of many natural controls being added to Lumia smartphones. But will they actually work? Remember how easy it used to be to answer the phone? Okay, some of you don't, so here's a refresher: The phone rang. You picked it up. You spoke into it. Oh magic of yesteryear! Read Full Story

A Frog Designer's Guide To Giving Presents

Think of giving the perfect gift like a design problem. It's gift-giving season, which for many of us means weeks of indecision, procrastination, and late-night Amazon purchases expedited for Christmas Eve delivery. Giving someone the perfect gift is hard. Show More Summary

Complex Questions About Life And Death, Explained In A Simple Animated Video

What is life? Is matter dead or alive? Kurzgesagt is a Munich-based studio of designers, artists, musicians and scientists who create videos explaining complicated topics through simple animations. Founded in 2012 by Philipp DettmerShow More Summary

The Secret History Of The Noguchi Table

How the man behind one of the most famous tables of the 20th century survived internment and design theft to create a classic. First released by Herman Miller in 1948, the famed Noguchi Table may look like it was pulled through a wormhole from a showroom on an alien world, but it was actually designed by a man: Isamu Noguchi. Show More Summary

2014's Best Housewares For Money-Conscious Design Snobs

Here, 8 beautiful housewares, from Brutalist architecture-inspired textiles to easily assembled tables and shelves, for under $200. Furniture and housewares that are easy on the eyes aren't always easy on the wallet. But there are exceptions. Show More Summary

"Mad Men" Meets "Battlestar Galactica" In SyFy's Ambitious New "Ascension"

It's about a lot more than just outer space. As SyFy's executives have watched shows like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and Arrow—shows that should be natural fits for a network built around genre programming—grow into ratings juggernauts on other channels, they've been working to refine their core mission and focus in on shows that embody it. Show More Summary

Everything You Need To Know About The Shakeup At Gucci

Creative director Frida Giannini and CEO Patrizio di Marco are leaving Gucci after declining sales. How did the brand lose its edge? Gucci Group announced on Friday that its top two executives—creative director Frida Giannini and Chief Executive Patrizio di Marco—will be leaving the company early next year. Show More Summary

Why Magazines In Doctor's Office Waiting Rooms Are So Old

Natural selection. A new study finds that people steal the newer ones. Why are the magazines at your local dentist's office so inconceivably ancient? The British Medical Journal calls attention to a new study conducted by Professor Bruce Arroll at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and the answer is practically Darwinian. Read Full Story

Cyclops Stools That Look Like Adorable Aliens From Another World

It's like having a one-eyed alien standing guard under your butt. Crouched like one of the otherworldly bathhouse denizens from Miyazaki's Spirited Away, there's so much to love these weird yet adorable stools. Designed as the debutShow More Summary

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Here are some photos of Tobias Rehberger. Home and Away and Outside at the Shirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (21 February – 11 May 2014), photographed by Frank Dinger (be sure to click the panoramas to see them larger at Flickr).To contribute...Show More Summary

Architect Sues Google For Allegedly Stealing Eco-Friendly Building Technology

Architect Eli Attia claims his technology was used to form the Google X startup Flux, and he was pushed out of the process. An architect is suing Google for allegedly stealing his idea for a building technology that makes the design and construction of tall buildings cheaper and more efficient. Read Full Story

Black Metal Band Deafheaven Selling The Iconic Font From Their Album Cover

The "Sunbather" font references those moments when bright light washes out your vision. San Francisco black metal group Deafheaven released one of the most critically lauded albums of last year with their most recent album, Sunbather. Show More Summary

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