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How To Inspire Everyday Cycling

How can bikes be designed to encourage everyday people to enjoy life on two wheels? INDUSTRY, a Portland-based design studio, investigates. We've partnered with Oregon Manifest's The Bike Design Challenge, a competition to create the ultimate urban utility bike. Show More Summary

Stick-On Circuit Could Put Your Phone On Your Finger For Pocket Change

Stand aside wristbands. The latest wave of stick-on circuits could make cheap, flexible electronics mainstream. About a year ago, University of Illinois researcher John Rogers revealed a pretty amazing creation: a circuit that, rather than living on an inflexible board, could stick to and move with someone's skin just like an ink stamp. Show More Summary

Italy's Most Glamorous Fashion, From 1945 To Today

A new exhibition celebrates seven decades of Italian glamour, from Armani to Valentino to Prada. Here's how Italy came to dominate the fashion world. Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Giorgio Armani, Fendi, Gianfranco Ferre, Gucci, Missoni,...Show More Summary

World-Famous Museums Turned Into Neon Line Drawings

A Madrid-based architect takes a black permanent marker to color photos of architectural icons, turning them into striking colored renderings. Sometimes, all you need to create some magic is some magic markers. In a new series called...Show More Summary

There's A 9-Hour Movie Of A Guy Walking Through Tokyo, And You'll Want To Watch The Whole Thing

The movie, part of a new reality TV genre called "Slow TV," debuted on French television late last month. Here's a (much abbreviated) clip. Foot by foot, 28-year-old Ludovic Zuilli walks slowly and deliberately through Tokyo, but as he walks, the city around him unwinds. Show More Summary

Big Leaps in Both U.S. and Canadian Jobs in March

It’s on occasions such as this that it’s good to be an economist. That’s because it’s more fun delivering positive rather than negative news.

A Sleek-Looking Water Filter And Seltzer Maker In One

Designed by New Deal Design, the Strauss Bubble Bar is a counter-worthy device for all your water needs. Lately, we've seen a spate of new products aimed at improving the way we drink water. There's Fuseproject's ultra-sleek product for SodaStream, called the Source, as well as Soma's, elegant water filter. Now you can add the Strauss Bubble Bar to that list. Read Full Story

Map: The Cheap Beers People Drink Across The U.S.

There's a tasteless pilsner for every region! In the age of Amazon, when much of the world is but a click away from having any product they can imagine shipped to their doorstep in just two days, beer is stubbornly anachronistic, a globalization...Show More Summary

Alternate Reality Game Will Turn You Into a Fitness Maniac

"Run an Empire" is like the board game Risk mashed up with Nike+. "Alternate reality game" is the term du jour for what used to be called "playing make-believe with your friends outside." The main difference is that ARGs are designed...Show More Summary

The Drug-Fueled Early Sketches Of Comic-Book Legend R. Crumb [NSFW]

Sketchbooks from 1964 to 1982 show the evolution of the cartoon world's most notorious dirty old man. Cartoonist R. Crumb started his career drawing novelty cards for the oppressively wholesome American Greetings--a job he found unbearable. Show More Summary

See A Classic "Painting" That's Actually A Spellbinding CGI Masterpiece

Hungarian digital artist Zsolt Ekho Farkas has recreated a 19th-century painting with CGI, and it's an 8-million-polygon, 3-D tour de force. While a digital gallery could never fully replicate the experience of walking through an art museum, some computer-generated art has the same capacity to provoke awe. Show More Summary

BIG To Create A Massive Labyrinth Inside The National Building Museum

Minotaur not included. From the Minotaur's labyrinth of ancient Greece to the fear-inducing warren of hedges in The Shining to Harry Potter's portkey-bearing Triwizard Tournament labyrinth, mazes have long served as powerful architectural symbols. Now the design firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group is putting a contemporary spin on the art of the maze. Read Full Story

Solar Lamps Double As Cute Robotic Pets

The Species of Illumination lamps (that's Darwin and Wallace to you) can autonomously provide light in a dark room. "As Plato said, 'You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.'" That's designer...Show More Summary

This Pop-Up Photo Studio Is A Godsend For Etsy Designers

Lightcase nixes the need for tripods, professional lights, and high-end cameras, and takes seconds to construct. You could be a genius at ceramics, or a jewelry-making savant, but without decent product photos, you're not likely to move a lot of product. Show More Summary

Are the Stock Markets Marching in Front of or Lagging Behind the News?

The major U.S. stock market indices have maintained a sweet and steady groove, with the S&P 500 setting a new all-time high on March 21 and the Dow Jones Industrials index sitting just below its record peak.

From Google, A Giant Psychedelic Sculpture Visitors Control With Chrome

Google Creative Lab wunderkind Aaron Koblin partners with installation artist Janet Echelman on an interactive floating sculpture. Last month, Vancouver updated its skyline. More ephemeral than a building or billboard, the new kid is a gargantuan pink-and-orange sculpture that resembles a trapeze net. Show More Summary

Deciphering The Hidden Messages In "Game Of Thrones" Costumes

Costume designer Michele Clapton reveals what you can learn about the devious, demented characters in season four of Game of Thrones, if only you'd look a little closer at their clothes. Game of Thrones features dragons, blood magic,...Show More Summary

J.Crew And Kate Spade To Foster The Next Big Fashion Tech Startups

A new accelerator, New York Fashion Tech Lab, offers mentorships with top retailers for companies working at the intersection of fashion, retail, and technology. "Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only," Coco Chanel once said. Show More Summary

Vintage Science Illustrations Come To Life In This Trippy Music Video

The music video to Fanfarlo's new track "Cell Song" is like a fever dream in science class. Growing up in the '80s, the surrealist illustrations of vintage science textbooks always fascinated to me, but this animated music video takes the cake. Show More Summary

Should This iPad Rattle Really Be A Baby Toy?

Bubl Tap is inventive and gorgeous, but you probably shouldn't actually hand the app to your baby. One moment, I'm flying through a sea of bubbles. The next, I'm pulling at an elastic membrane of cells. And yet another, I'm poking at an eye (it's OK, the cartoon seems to enjoy it--he smiles!). Read Full Story

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