Innovation
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?

What happens to the shopping malls abandoned for online retail convenience? In most cases, they become derelict edifices of pre-internet capitalism. But America's oldest shopping mall, the Arcade Providence, is getting a new lease on life thanks to Northeast Collaborative Architects. The firm transformed the building into a mixed-use, multi-unit housing project with 48 charming and affordable micro-apartments that start at just $550 a month in rent. 

Culture | Space
SETI's New Mixtape For E.T. Promises To Be Cosmically Cool
Culture | Sustainability
New Research Suggests Massive Reforestation Efforts Could Erase 10 Years of Carbon Emissions
Culture | Robotics
50 Business Pushing Us Forward Into The Future

How Kari Pei Transposes Abstract Expression from Canvas to Carpet

Interface Lead Product Designer Kari Pei's latest collection, Simple Abstraction, translates Gerhardt Richter’s painterly language into a carpet collection that highlights just how thin the border between art and design really is.

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
Advertisement
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

Casper may think they have the modern sleep market cornered, but an old-school contender is about to disturb the waters. The inventor of the original waterbed has something new up his sleeve that's designed to please both die-hard fans and new converts. The new waterbed, called Afloat, promises more precise body conturing than a regular mattress, no microscopic bugs, and the ability to control the temperature of the water.

Advertisement
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
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
Advertisement
Culture | Art
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.

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
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

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. 

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
Culture | Virtual Reality

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. 

Culture | Retail
Mattress Innovator Casper to Start Selling Sleep (Yes, That’s Right)
Culture | Art
In 2022, You Can Finally Step Inside a Studio Ghibli Movie
Culture | Science
Neuroscientist Creates Gilded Pieces of Brain Art
Culture | Food
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.

Culture | Science

Need Blacker Than Black Paint? You Got It

Anish Kapoor may have Vantablack all to himself, but he hasn’t cornered the market on all super-black pigments. NASA and NanoLab, a Massachusetts-based nano materials company, together produced a new blacker-than-black paint last year, and this time it’s available to the general public. Singularity Black takes its name from an astronomical theory about the gravitational power at the center of black holes, and is primarily used by NASA to coat observation equipment, absorbing errant light that can otherwise interfere with the instruments’ delicate sensors. 

Culture | Transportation
Konnichiwa, Hello Kitty Shinkansen!
Culture | Art
FreelandBuck Creates Visual Puzzles by Cloning Historical Ceilings
Culture | Art
Designer Spends 10 Years Building Paper Model of a Boeing 777
Culture | Art

Google Street View Helps an Agoraphobic Woman Travel the World

Jacqui Kenny, housebound due to a debilitating diagnosis of agoraphobia (a fear of crowded or remote places), is a master of the screen-grab. The former business-owner discovered the nearly limitless “travel” possibilities of Google Street View. Using the panoramic power of Google Street View, Kenny can travel to any number of countries across the globe. To date, she has taken over 27,000 screenshots, and assembled a portfolio of 200 neatly framed and edited photos of everyday life across our planet.

Culture | Fashion
The Arrivals Designs Clothes That Pay Tribute to Architecture
Culture | Architecture
Emojis Double as Gargoyles
Culture | Art
L.A. Selfie Museum Amuses and Educates on the New Millennium’s Favorite Pastime