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The way you draw a circle depends on where you’re from
This study analysed 100 000 circles to determine what their creators have in common.
Students create furniture for people living with Alzheimer’s
The collection, Design for the Mind, was created with help from medical and social experts.
Indie band, The XX, take you behind the scenes with new limited-edition photo book
Shot by photographer Alasdair McLellan, the photo book will only have one print run of 1000 copies.
This web-series tackles social justice through the eyes of a 9-year old girl
Little Apple takes on racism, sexism and gentrification in this sci-fi drama.
LocoL provides community support through food
Roy Choi’s revolutionary fast food joint is changing what it means to be a great restaurant.
Native Nation captures Mexico’s forgotten cultures
Uncover the indigenous communities of Mexico with photographer Diego Huerta.
This footwear startup is using 3D imaging technology to give you the perfect fit
True Gault deliberately avoids traditional sizing to ensure a truly comfortable shoe.
Scientists have found a way to give you more pasta for less money
With programmable pasta, scientists have found an easier way to reduce shipping costs by manipulating its size
Student 3D prints his own set of retainers to straighten his teeth
Dudley Amos’ Orthoprint could make the production of clear braces less expensive.
This artist's Play-Doh portraits are making fine art photography more accessible
Eleanor Macnair’s vibrant and unconventional images are made entirely from the children’s play material.
Detroit studio Thing Thing disrupts traditional methods of production
Thing Thing consider their work to fall somewhere between architecture and a party.
Check out Dress Code’s Coke Habit
This animated short film provides a unique take on the complexities of childhood addiction.
This breathable workout suit helps you cool down after a sweaty gym session
Researchers at MIT use living cells to give this unique garment a cool advantage.
Watch filmmaker Hayley Morris’ surreal stop-motion music video for Explosions in the Sky
The band’s first official music video imagines the ‘wilderness of the mind’.
Reducing carbon footprint of the built world with Solidia Technologies
Eco-friendliness can be achieved even in the granules with which we construct buildings.
Three creatives on the power of storytelling in any medium
In these interviews, we speak to creatives across the spectrum of storytelling to prove that the worldwide pastime is no longer bound by the medium.
A simpler way to purify water
Scientists have devised a simple way to separate microscopic pollutants from water.
Children’s literature goes digital
Innovative children’s library provides a fun learning alternative.
3 Ways to hack discrimination in the US
Hacking Discrimination aimed to find technology-based solutions to address discrimination.
Skateboards made from hemp
These unique skateboard decks are made of hemp natural fibres. Designed for cruising, these boards were built for the future.
African Photography comes back to New York
In a second co-curated exhibition, our media partner Nataal brings a selection of African photographers to New York.
What's wrong with period tracking apps?
Smartphone apps used to track menstrual cycles often disappoint users with a lack of accuracy, assumptions about sexual identity or partners, and pink designs.
Flexible, organic and biodegradable: A new wave of electronics
A new semiconductor developed by Stanford researchers is as flexible as skin and easily degradable.
Giorgia Lupi and Kaki King on the value of beauty in design
Beauty or functionality? We ask the designers who helped us feel data and see music.
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