Mark Levinson, a filmmaker with a PhD in physics talks about finding the human story behind science’s biggest breakthrough, and the documentary as science experiment.
"In aggregate, the photographs appear quite banal. In some ways that’s the terror-our own police department thought it necessary to map entire communities of people for no other reason than who they are or where they worship."
There are hip workplaces, high-tech workplaces, and old-school buttoned down workplaces. Then there’s funnyordie new headquarters, which can only be described as funhouse chic.
“Facebook is not targeting or attacking the businesses they spent so many years cultivating—it’s just the natural evolution in marketing.”
Sociologist Dalton Conley gave his kids unusual names after seeing a study suggesting that could help improve impulse control. Here he talks about his new book Parentology, part startling memoir, part primer on how to use scientific method to help raise your kids.
An Earth Day-inspired daily cartoon by Mick Stevens: http://nyr.kr/1iFKAuT
GIFs have, for most of their history, been considered a fairly lowbrow form of media. There’s nothing funnier than watching a TV graphic come out of a football player’s butt on loop. Or a model tripping again and again…and again.
But we’ve seen a growing number of institutions acknowledge their artistic merit. That list now includes The Saatchi Gallery and Google+, which not only proclaimed the medium its own genre—“motion photography”—but launched a six-category competition to recognize artists pushing the genre forward.
Robonaut, installed on the International Space Station to perform chores for astronauts, just got its first pair of real legs.
NASA says that the new seven-jointed legs are designed for climbing in zero gravity and offer a considerable nine-foot leg span. Instead of feet, the legs feature “end effectors” designed to grapple onto handrails and sockets located both inside the space station and, eventually, on the ISS’s exterior. Robonaut’s end effectors have a built-in vision system—almost like a pair of eyes—that are designed to eventually automate each limb’s approaching and grasping.
From a net-zero energy historic courthouse in Colorado to a homeless center in Oregon filled with green space, these days, the best sustainable architecture goes far beyond a few rooftop solar panels.
Sterling Cooper and Partners is an agency whose reputation is built on a progressive approach to advertising. So it has made sense, throughout the last few seasons, to see Herman Miller’s mid-century aesthetic seep into the offices designed by Mad Men’s set decorator Claudette Didul-Mann. An Eames Time-Life chair shows up in Roger’s office; Don gets an Aluminum Group chair. And for good reason. Herman Miller helps to visually represent the cultural evolution at the heart of Mad Men.
Relax: It’s only by a buck or two.
There’s little need to be wary of a nighttime stroll though a park in Cambridge, England. During the day, particles in the surface of the path absorb UV light. In the evening, they release that energy again. The result is a beautiful effect that its creators call “Starpath.”
In an attempt to set the tone for a new, restructured, and a hopefully one day resurrected Fab, CEO Jason Goldberg has sent around a memo that is less rally-the-troops and more “you’re lucky to be here.” Titled “It’s a fucking startup. Why are you here?" the note, also posted on his personal website, continues to remind his employees that they could, very realistically, lose their jobs.