Downtown L.A.'s Skyline from the Air: 1940s vs. 2014

Is L.A. flat? With mountains ringing the Southland on three sides—and even bisecting the city of Los Angeles along the Hollywood Hills—"flat" has never been an entirely fair description. But for decades the city's architecture betrayed a commitment to horizontality. While Manhattan and Chicago strained toward the… » 4/20/14 7:36pm 18 minutes ago

General Mills Comes to its Senses, Reverses Legal Policy on "Likes"

General Mills has come to its senses, reversing its very recent and instantly unpopular attempt to punish customers who have liked it on Facebook or downloaded and used digital coupons. The original idea had been to force customers who have benefited from the cereal giant's online generosity to give up their legal… » 4/20/14 7:32pm 23 minutes ago

This Twisting Mirror Bridge Reflects Every Detail of a Shanghai Street

UNStudio has created a beautifully constructed archway that brightens up the retail sphere of Xintiandi Mall in China. Because it's lined with mirrors, you can track your movements from beginning to end and watch your surroundings skip playfully across the different planes of the mall's entrance. It's like walking down … » 4/20/14 6:00pm Today 6:00pm

A Brief History of Easter Eggs in Tech

The Easter egg—as in a hidden surprise or in-joke, not the chocolate treat—can be dated back to the last Russian imperial family who gifted people with jewel-encrusted Fabergé eggs containing additional surprises tucked away inside. » 4/20/14 5:00pm Today 5:00pm

Hashing It Out: The Art and Science of Pushing Pot To Its THC Limits

The intoxicating effects of cannabis have skyrocketed in the last 50 years as the plant's rapidly widening acceptance has spurred a race among growers to produce ever more potent strains. But even the stickiest of the ickiest buds top out at 25 percent THC per unit weight and, for a new generation of connoisseurs, that … » 4/20/14 4:20pm Today 4:20pm

Celebration, Florida: The Utopian Town That America Just Couldn't Trust

It's been exactly two decades since Celebration, Florida, broke ground in 1994, a major anniversary for a community that enjoyed a massive amount of media attention when it emerged. Yet we don't hear much about Disney's foray into real estate lately, apart from the odd fire. » 4/20/14 3:00pm Today 3:00pm

This Faucet Sprayer's Flat Blade of Water Scrapes Dishes Clean

If you're lucky enough to have a retractable sprayer attached to your kitchen faucet, you've probably noticed that its circular blast often isn't powerful enough to really scrape dishes clean. To fix that, Kohler is introducing what it calls Sweep spray technology that blasts stuck-on food with a wide blade of water… » 4/20/14 11:00am Today 11:00am

The Biggest Thing At The New York Auto Show Was Not A Car

The easiest way to determine "hype," whatever that is, for a product is to measure the size of its media scrum. New Mustang? Meh. How about a Mercedes? Borrrrring. But Honda just enthralled everybody with a 14-year old robot. » 4/19/14 8:33pm Yesterday 8:33pm

Electronic Monocle Uses Biofeedback to Track Your Favorite Websites

The internet is a fire hydrant of content. Keeping track of the pages you enjoy is a pain. A team of UK design students has a conceptual solution: Amoeba, an electronic monocle that files away the pages you find most interesting, as measured by your biofeedback response. It's the emotion-tracking Google Glass you… » 4/19/14 7:00pm Yesterday 7:00pm

LED Lights Are Ruining Laundry Detergent's White-Brightening Trick

LED lighting is great. The right bulb gives the same warm incandescent glow you love from a fraction of the energy. But there's a downside: while LEDs make cities look awesome, the most common type of LED lighting dims the ultraviolet trick laundry detergents use to make white clothes look whiter. The future is bright, … » 4/19/14 6:00pm Yesterday 6:00pm

Name Your Own Price On This Top Learn To Code Bundle

Whether you want to become a pro developer, or create your own kick-ass portfolio, it can be pretty hard to get started with coding. So to help get you up to speed, we've put together a bundle of courses, covering HTML5, CSS, Java, PHP, MySQL, Objective C, Xcode, Python and more. The best part? it's name your own price » 3/03/14 4:25pm 3/03/14 4:25pm