A new app, called Bounce, aims to help artists collaborate, even if you don't have a record deal yet.
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.
Revolutionary Science Makes Its Way into Flooring Design
Haptics—the science of touch—along with all the other sensory inputs can be influential tools, offering designers exciting possibilities when deciding which materials to use in a space. As workplace design shifts to prioritize more human-centric spaces, our approach to these environments morphs, too, says Mindy O’Gara, director of product and learning experience at Interface. Now more than ever, we’re understanding through neuroscience that we have the opportunity to forge memorable connections to materials creating more meaningful experiences with the built environment. “One of the first sensory connections we have is to material,” says O’Gara. “Our emotional interpretation of the materials that surround us inform how we feel about a space and whether or not we’ll use it. Is it appealing? How does it engage or behave? Can it shape to specific needs? All of these qualities are very important when we think about the value and depth of materials.” One solution is to seek out adaptive products with timeless design elements.
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.
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.
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.
Imagine being an 18 year old with a smartphone, a lot of free time after school and on weekends, and an almost $600 stipend from the federal government. About 10,000 French teenagers found themselves in just such a situation when the French government's Culture Pass app went live in September. Designed like a "Tinder for the arts", users can swipe left or right on cultural activities happening in their immediate surroundings, which the government hopes will result in more fluid and accepting definition of culture for the French. The Culture Pass project will cost France's government approximately $490 million a year and is heavily subsidized by contributions from Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon.
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%.
Star-Studded Design Team Reimagines Claude Debussy’s Only Opera, Pelléas et Mélisande
A new incarnation of Pelléas et Mélisande, the only opera ever completed by Claude Debussy, in 1902, is a feast for the eyes—literally. Current-day directors and choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet envisioned the Opera Vlaanderen and Royal Ballet Flanders production as a window into the human soul. “The libretto is so much about vision that we thought to make the story unfold inside an eyeball,” Jalet explains.
The life-sized LEGO Bugatti Chiron might not drive as fast as the original, but it still looks great. Over 13,000 hours of work and a million LEGO Technics went into recreating the world's fourth-fastest car, which sports motors from the LEGO Power Function platform. The car tops out at just 12 mph, making it 21-times slower than the real Bugatti Chiron.
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?
The Secret to Blow-Out Fireworks Shows
Pyro Spectaculars is a family-run business well-versed in the intricate art of expertly choreographed explosions. The company handles everything from the creation of the firecrackers to post-show cleanup. In this way, they have complete control to create a near-cinematic experience.
Internationally renowned artist Mariko Mori’s new series, Invisible Dimension, continues her fixation on otherworldly subjects. Inspired by her recent investigations into particle physics, string theory, and the multiverse, Mori's sculptures are sinuous and bulbous in form. They took over three floors of Sean Kelly Gallery near Hudson Yards this spring, and two of the works, Cycloid V and Ekpyrotic String VI incorporated existing columns.
Can VR Save the Movie Theater?
With streaming services becoming larger players in the studio system, and phones that allow movie watching without the need for a computer or television, the movie theater has struggled to stay relevant. A Los Angeles startup called Dreamscape Immersive is offering one solution: a “VR Multiplex” in Century City that will offer untethered VR headsets and an open space allowing customers to interact with both virtual and real objects.
How Architects Infuse Pastries With Precision
According to a report from the New York Times, many of the today’s top pastry chefs have backgrounds in architecture, either as students or practitioners. Their mission: to return dynamism and precision back to the world of desserts, which, thanks to Instagram, has become a maximalist’s fantasy of outrageous color, overabundant toppings, and chaotic form. It’s the age-old story of high and low art competing for cultural dominance; it just happens that this art is edible.