Innovation
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.

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

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.

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. 

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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
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Culture | Software
France Develops App to End Cultural Snobbery

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.

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
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

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
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

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.

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
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

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.

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
Culture | Transportation
Konnichiwa, Hello Kitty Shinkansen!
Culture | Art
FreelandBuck Creates Visual Puzzles by Cloning Historical Ceilings
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