Innovation
Paging Doctor...Smartphone?

As the coronavirus outbreak unfolds throughout the world, people are staying in and looking to their phones for medical diagnoses.  

Tech | Engineering

The Role of 3D Printing In the Coronavirus Crisis

Two Italian engineers—founders of a company that makes items such as earthquake sensors and silicone bandages—take their country's ventilator valve shortage into their own hands. 

Tech | Engineering
Living in a Digital (Post-Coronavirus) World
Culture | Science
Space Food For A New Era
Culture | Food
Ice Cream On Demand, Delivered By Drones

Inside the World's First Regenerative Highway

Since ancient times, humans have been altering the environment to create throughways for the transport of food and goods, not to mention travel and military defense. But over the course of thousands of years, little has changed regarding the way roads are built. It’s still a necessity to clear trees and disrupt layers of earth to make way for smoother, more durable foundations, but at what cost?  

Culture | Urban Planning
A Bird's Eye View of Urban Renewal
Culture | Urban Planning
Cows Test Their Sea Legs
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Culture | Music
Want To Mix Music Like A Pro?

A new app, called Bounce, aims to help artists collaborate, even if you don't have a record deal yet.

Culture | Healthcare

Cat Allergies Could Become a Thing of the Past

Scientists in Switzerland are working on a vaccine for cats that could bring relief to pet owners with an ill-fated allergy to them. The research group, HypoPet AG, claims their vaccine already shows some success in neutralizing a known allergen in our feline friends.

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Design | Materials
Fashion Makes Way for Innovative Eco Collections
Culture | Science
What’s Really in Your CBD?
Culture | Retail
Companies Are Betting on Sound for Brand Loyalty
Culture | Food

Nestlé and Unilever Push U.S. Government for A Price on Carbon

It looks like Nestlé and Unilever have swallowed the climate change Kool-Aid. On top of their commitment to develop reusable packing with TerraCycle, they are now a part of the Sustainable Food Policy Alliance. Through this Alliance they are pressuring the U.S. government to double down on Paris Climate Accord-like plans such as a carbon tax and clean energy development. Jokes on them, though—this administration doesn't believe in climate change! They do, however, believe in acquiescing to Big Business so there could be hope! 

Culture | Architecture
Would You Live in A 19th-Century Shopping Mall?
Culture | Space
SETI's New Mixtape For E.T. Promises To Be Cosmically Cool
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Culture | Sustainability
New Research Suggests Massive Reforestation Efforts Could Erase 10 Years of Carbon Emissions

The Lorax isn't the only one speaking for the trees. Dr. Thomas Crowther, an ecologist from ETH Zurich, also speaks for the trees—all three trillion of them. Using ground surveys, satellites, machine learning, and AI, Crowther and his team arrived at not only a larger number of trees than previously estimated, but also an ambitious assertion about their potential to mitigate climate change. If an additional 1.2 trillion trees are planted in non-urban and non-agricultural lands, it could effectively cancel out 10 years of anthropogenic carbon emissions, Crowther says.

Culture | Robotics

50 Business Pushing Us Forward Into The Future

It's a brave new world out there and that's thanks to the private sector, for the most part. Everything from retail to banking to pharmaceuticals to farming has been touched by the digital revolution and the companies that spearhead its forward progress. In 2019, Fast Company has identified a new crop of 50 startups and big corporations taking innovation to the next level. 

Culture | Engineering
Teen Designs Prosthetic Arms Using Legos, Dubs Himself "Hand Solo"
Culture | Products
Retail in 2019: More Subscriptions, More Sustainability, and More Startups
Culture | Products
Giant Corporations Take First Step Towards Real Climate Accountability With Reusable Packaging
Culture | Products

Put Your Greenest Foot Forward

Going green isn’t just a trend anymore. Companies across industries have picked up on the general public's existential panic about the state of the planet and are actively working to make sustainability practices standard. One such corporation is Kickstarter, the funding platform that popularized both the Pebble smartwatch and the return of Reading Rainbow, which recently launched its own Environmental Resources Center to help aspiring inventors and entrepreneurs seamlessly integrate sustainability into their projects.

Culture | Products
A 60's Classic Makes a Splash in Today's Market
Culture | Healthcare
Hustle Porn is Unrealistic and Sexist
Culture | Software
France Develops App to End Cultural Snobbery
Culture | Healthcare
The Marijuana-As-Healthcare Revolution Passes Major Milestone

This past decade has seen some major political and culture shifts in attitude towards marijuana—with nine states approving its recreational use and another 21 states approving medicinal use, the U.S. is slowly coming around to this hotly contested plant's powers of persuasion. Another major shift in opinion happened last week, when the FDA approved the first cannabis-based drug for prescription across all 50 states. This drug specifically targets and reduces episodes of seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, a form of epilepsy, and Dravet syndrome, a brain dysfunction, by 25%. 

Culture | Art

Cyborg Artist Choreographs Earthquakes Via Feet Implants

Moon Ribas is a dancer and choreographer with an unusual source of inspiration: earthquakes. Implants embedded in her feet are linked to online seismographs, which send vibrations through her body any time they detect seismic activity. Ribas then transforms those vibrations into dance moves. 

Culture | Art
Space Artist Imagines Way Cooler Night Sky
Culture | Space
The Truth Is Out There In Technosignatures
Culture | Art
Star-Studded Design Team Reimagines Claude Debussy’s Only Opera, Pelléas et Mélisande
Culture | Food

Coca-Cola Bets On A New Drug

What do these three things have in common: cocaine, caffeine, and cannabis? For starters, they all start with "c" and they're all considered drugs by the United States government. They also share a relationship with the Coca-Cola company, who infused their beverages with trace amounts of cocaine until 1929 and continues to caffeinate many of their products today. The soda company purportedly is in talks with Canadian marijuana producer Aurora Cannabis to create a CBD-infused soft drink. 

Culture | Interior Design
HQ by WeWork Ditches Kombucha, Keeps Short Term Leases
Culture | Food
Food Gets The Futurist Treatment
Culture | Transportation
LEGO Builds A Life-Size Bugatti Chiron
Culture | Art
Instagram Is Re-Shaping The Museum Experience

If the modern art museum is starting to lean a little too heavy on the installation side of things for you, blame Instagram and the profusion of pop-up museums the photo and video-sharing social media giant has spurred. Places like the Museum of Ice Cream or the wndr museum cater to the type of visitor who needs to document and share everything on "the 'gram," creating beautiful if slightly over-hyped exhibits in which to take the perfect selfie. The question remains: is this a bastardization of artistic traditions, a new chapter in the historiography of art, or just a fad?

Culture | Food

It's Time for Humanity to Remember Its "Alternative" Roots

Wheat, maize, rice, and soybeans dominate modern-day agriculture, providing two-thirds of the world’s food supply while simultaneously contributing nearly a third of global greenhouse gases and eroding biodiversity across the planet. But a group called Crops for the Future hopes to reverse these trends by posing equally delicious and nutritious alternatives7,000 of them, in fact. As climate change ramps up, rediscovering the benefits of these "alternative crops" could mean life or death for the future of humanity. 

Culture | Transportation
Numtots Are Exactly the Type of Meme-Making Millennials That City Dwellers Need
Culture | Architecture
WeLive Aims to Disrupt Sad, Anonymous City Living Next
The Secret to Blow-Out Fireworks Shows
Culture | Food

The Surprisingly Scientific Way Ben & Jerry’s Brings New Flavors to Your Freezer

Ice cream may be easy to make, but predicting what flavors people will want to gobble up two years from now is a bit harder. Ben & Jerry’s tries to get the upper hand on this prescient quest through some serious multi-step, expert-heavy R&D. The journey starts with “Flavor Gurus”—individuals with the research skills and culinary knowledge to know where to start looking.

Culture | Virtual Reality
520 Computers, 470 Projectors, 50 Installations, 1 Amazing Museum
Culture | Software
House-Flipping Has Come to the Virtual World
Culture | Art
Mariko Mori Investigates String Theory in New Sculpture Series