Derek Thompson from The Atlantic manages to present 2,000 years of economic history in 5 paragraphs plus a colorful little graph by Michael Cembalest, an analyst at JP Morgan. In Year 1, India and China were home to one-third and one-quarter of the world’s population, respectively. It’s hardly surprising, then, that they also commanded one-third and [...]
June 21, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
Give me your huddled masses yearning to go shopping and swimming
June 18, 2012 | By Matt Novak
The spaghetti-slinging robot drew crowds at Grazie’s Italian Restaurant in Tokyo
June 12, 2012 | By Matt Novak
Flying aboard aircraft? Just a passing fad
May 31, 2012 | By Matt Novak
College graduates take note: Your dream career as a robot psychologist or nasal technologist is just around the corner
May 15, 2012 | By Matt Novak
Are Angelenos destined to be perpetually surrounded by super-sized advertisements?
April 27, 2012 | By Matt Novak
Decades before the Internet, radio-delivered newspaper machines pioneered the business of electronic publishing.
April 17, 2012 | By Matt Novak
Nike's latest innovation promises to improve runners' comfort, help the environment, and revolutionize shoe manufacturing
April 06, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
In the 1940s and 50s, shoe stores were dangerous places. At the center of the shopping experience was the shoe-fitting fluoroscope—a pseudoscientific machine that became a token of mid-century marketing deception.
April 04, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
A modern Scottish elevator shoe designer runs a global business from his Bangkok outpost
March 23, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
How our need for convenience is redesigning our food supply
March 16, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
How a disappointing dessert becomes an object lesson on simplicity and pleasure
March 14, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
If flashy package design can lure people into eating factory-extruded chemical slurries, why shouldn’t it work to trick junk food addicts into eating a vegetable?
March 06, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
How citrus crate label design fueled a boom that caused the art form's own demise.
March 01, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
How plant geneticists are growing convenience food on trees
February 27, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
How a tiny, seedless fruit becomes the iPhone of the produce aisle.
February 23, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
In 1900, British newspaper magnate Alfred Harmsworth predicted a national newspaper for the United States. "Is it not obvious that the power of such a paper might become such as we have not yet seen in the history of the Press?"
January 03, 2012 | By Matt Novak
The Republican senator and 1964 presidential candidate predicted the growth of the Sun Belt and envisioned an open border with Mexico
December 07, 2011 | By Matt Novak
The famous inventor envisioned a future of inexpensive, prefabricated concrete homes.
October 21, 2011 | By Matt Novak
Advertisers in the 1940s promised American consumers that they would be rewarded for their wartime sacrifices on the homefront
October 12, 2011 | By Matt Novak