Category Archives: Design

The Mysterious Genius Who Patented the UFO

Alexander Weygers, a Renaissance man in the mold of the tech industry’s stated ideal, inspired an art dealer to become an acolyte. In this Hello World short, Ashlee Vance visits the dealer whose curiosity about Weygers has evolved into an … Continue reading

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Tokyo’s Kadokawa Culture Museum Houses an Arresting Kengo Kuma-Designed Bookshelf Theater

Although it boasts more than 50,000 books, the massive library at the heart of the Kadokawa Culture Museum (previously) isn’t just for bibliophiles or curious readers hoping to stumble upon a new title. Designed by renowned architect Kengo Kuma (previously), the towering … Continue reading

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A DIY dad built a backyard bobsled track for his kids

A DIY dad built a backyard bobsled track for his kids. The homemade track is 558 feet long, the sleds can go up to 19 mph and each ride lasts about a minute

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Debunked: “Socialism Has Never Worked”

Our long form deep dive debunking the false notion that “socialism has never worked.”

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50 Genius Solutions To Everyday Problems That You Probably Didn’t Know Existed (New Pics)

These clever solutions basically show us that life doesn’t have to be lived the hard way. How The Ruins Are Displayed In Serbia   Sometimes the world feels like it’s against us. Like, when you accidentally rip off the precious … Continue reading

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Planned Obsolescence Sucks. Here’s Why It Still Exists.

Why (and how) Planned Obsolescence and Capitalism make terrible products. Help me make more videos like this by supporting me on Patreon: http://bit.ly/2iz4lIV In this Our Changing Climate climate change video essay, I look at why planned obsolescence happens and … Continue reading

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China’s Toughest Exam

America’s Toughest Exam: https://youtu.be/u03ST3ho9OU India’s most competitive exam: https://youtu.be/upOlpeJKVKA The Beijing physics paper (not translated): http://www.gaokao.com/e/20201124/5fbc… The Qinghai math paper (not translated): http://www.gaokao.com/e/20200709/5f06… 2020 gaokao exams (not an official site but a collection of exams from different regions): http://www.gaokao.com/e/20200712/5f0a… Gaokao … Continue reading

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Kyoto University develops world’s first wooden satellite | Dezeen

Researchers from Kyoto University are developing a wooden satellite that would burn up completely at the end of its life in bid to reduce space waste. Jennifer Hahn   Researchers from Kyoto University are developing a satellite made from wood that … Continue reading

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Free As In Frequent Flyer Miles | Kottke

Buried deep within Jamie Lauren Keiles’ NY Times article about frequent flyer miles and The Points Guy is this economic observation: A major reason points-and-miles trips exist is because airlines turn a more stable profit by minting their own currencies … Continue reading

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12 Mind Blowing Number Systems From Other Languages

Today is a big day for lovers of the number 12, and no one loves 12s more than the members of the Dozenal Society. The Dozenal Society advocates for ditching the base-10 system we use for counting in favor of … Continue reading

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