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A Hidden Tesla Coil Wirelessly Powers This Lamp's Interchangeable Bulbs

Based on a fun demo used at science centers across the country, the Arc Light features a pair of glowing LED tubes that aren’t actually connected to the lamp in any way. Instead, tucked out of sight is a compact Tesla coil that wirelessly powers the bulbs whenever they’re close enough. » 7/30/15 12:10pm Thursday 12:10pm

The World’s Biggest Free Form 3D Printer Is Being Used to Build Houses

The dream of 3D printing buildings is not a new one and, typically, it’s not a pretty one either. However, the visionaries at Branch Technology, a startup founded by architects in Chattanooga, Tennessee, want to change that—and they’ve built the world’s largest free form 3D printer to do it. » 7/30/15 11:32am Thursday 11:32am

London's Crazy Olympic Park Tower Is Being Turned Into a Giant Slide

Anish Kapoor’s Orbit Tower, built to somehow celebrate the Olympics and give people a reason to visit East London once the event finished, is getting a reworking. It’s being turned into an enormous helter skelter, in possibly one of the greatest public planning decisions in millennia. » 7/29/15 6:58am Wednesday 6:58am

Color-Changing Map Shows the Best Attractions Based on the Weather

You can plan ahead all you want, but a vacation is often at the mercy of the weather wherever you’re traveling to. And that inspired designer Camilla Hempleman to create a special map, printed with thermochromatic ink, that changes color to reveal the best places to visit based on the local weather. » 7/28/15 12:30pm Tuesday 12:30pm

New Zealander's Self-Built 'Skysphere' Is The Retreat Of Your Dreams

Being able to escape to your own personal haven, complete with beautiful views and peaceful seclusion, is one of many dreams many of us have. Enterprising Kiwi Jono Williams decided to make his perfect retreat a reality and three years and $NZ75,000 later, he’s ended up with the above creation, dubbed the “Skysphere”. » 7/26/15 3:00pm 7/26/15 3:00pm

The Life and Untimely Death of Technology's Weirdest Logo

In 1988 Timothy Wilkinson, a British designer at frog design in Silicon Valley, was tasked with creating a logo for the biggest peripheral maker in the world: Logitech. The company kept Wilkinson’s logo around for almost 30 years. And while it long seemed weird to me, it’s also completely brilliant. » 7/24/15 8:00pm 7/24/15 8:00pm

Seats From Tokyo's Demolished Olympic Stadium Sold As Minimalist Chairs

As you may have heard, Tokyo scrapped plans last week for its pricy $2 billion stadium for the 2020 Summer Olympics. It’s a big mess, not least because the city’s existing, historic stadium from the 1964 Olympic Games had been destroyed to make room for this ugly new one. But now? Seats from that 60s venue have been… » 7/24/15 9:25am 7/24/15 9:25am

How Volunteers Built a Memorial To One of the Worst Mass Shootings Ever

Today marks four years since a gunman killed 77 people in Norway, 69 of them on the small island of Utøya. In time for the anniversary, the island has unveiled the finished memorial to the victims. But it’s not the memorial officials had originally planned, and the reason why illustrates how difficult memorializing… » 7/22/15 5:02pm 7/22/15 5:02pm

Yes, There Is an Airport Being Designed Just For Animals

Air travelers have long complained that they’re treated like cattle; and now cattle will actually be treated better than most economy passengers. An entire airport terminal is being built for animals, including a dog spa with “pawdicures” and a bone-shaped doggie wading pool. Yes, it’s all very real, and it will be… » 7/21/15 3:30pm 7/21/15 3:30pm

The Plan To Reuse Earthquake Rubble For Emergency Homes In Nepal

The earthquake that killed thousands of people in Nepal and destroyed priceless heritage sites also flattened hundreds of thousands of normal homes and buildings. Now, the rubble from those structures is being put to use by an architect who is designing permanent shelters for those who lost their homes. » 7/21/15 1:50pm 7/21/15 1:50pm

Shipping Container Offices Are Right at Home On an Industrial Seafront

We usually don’t think of shipping containers as fun or interesting places to hang out. Let’s face it, most of us don’t usually think of them at all. But this clever, low-budget office complex made from bright red shipping containers highlights the hidden infrastructure potential they hold. » 7/18/15 6:00pm 7/18/15 6:00pm