It’s summer time, and the temptation to skip the office and head to the pool is intoxicating. If only each and every day could be spent lazing under an umbrella rather than toiling away in pursuit of the next paycheck. But according to NatCen Social Research, a British independent social resaerch center, it’s precisely the [...]
July 03, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
Layered, corseted summer garments kept women proper and fashionable, if not cool
July 03, 2012 | By Emily Spivack
The farmer of tomorrow wears a suit to work and sits at a desk that looks oddly familiar to those of us here in the year 2012.
July 02, 2012 | By Matt Novak
Just as people were experimenting with the potential uses of broadcast TV in the 1930s, so too were they envisioning ways to utilize closed-circuit TV in the 1950s
June 26, 2012 | By Matt Novak
Rare earth minerals are used to make smartphones, flat-screen televisions, drills, electric vehicles, compact florescent bulbs, wind turbines, and military equipment. But now China, the world’s nearly-sole provider of rare earth elements, is warning that modern lust for high-tech toys and tools has caused the supply of these materials to plummet. According the a recent official [...]
June 22, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
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