This DIY Fog Catcher Harvests Water from the Air

Fog-catching technologies have been used for centuries to gather moisture in deserts; we’ve even explored how they might mitigate the effects of drought. But the issue with introducing them into our cities is a matter of scale: Fog catchers need to be particularly large to catch a significant amount of water, and it’s… »7/28/15 4:45pm7/28/15 4:45pm

Los Angeles Is Redesigning the Voting Experience To Be Not Awful

The last time I voted in LA, I used a fat marker to place a black splotch on a Scantron-like form inserted between the pages of a plastic booklet. The form never lined up exactly, and the design of the booklet was so confusing, I’m pretty sure I voted for the wrong person. Now (thankfully) LA is overhauling its… »7/13/15 8:05pm7/13/15 8:05pm

8 Simple Products Designed To Make Aging a Little Easier

The world is aging. By 2030, nearly 20 percent of Americans will be over 65. By 2050, about a third of China will be over 60. The same goes for many other developed countries. Yet we don't spend nearly enough time thinking about how to make life easier for the elderly—despite the fact that all of us, if we're lucky,… »5/12/14 9:02am5/12/14 9:02am

IDEO Sets Up Ridiculously Large, Continent-Spanning Rube Goldberg Device

Sure, we've seen a number of fun Rube Goldberg devices in our day, but none with the scale and ambition of this one made by IDEO. I mean, how can you argue with a statement like this:
Even Jon Kaplan, the IDEO veteran behind the effort, had moments of doubt. But more than that, he had moments of disbelief: How could…
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