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This machine injects plastic into your skin to fight waste

This machine injects plastic into your skin to fight waste

advertisementadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementPeople are increasingly made of plastic. The material from our discarded water bottles gets ground up into microparticles, which end up everywhere in the environment. Our of plastic in them. We then of these pieces of plastic a year, which have been discovered in our livers, kidneys, and lungs. It’s sickening to consider, and we still don’t understand the long-term health ramifications.advertisementadvertisementBut what if our body could actually recycle plastic, breaking it down to keep this waste out of our landfills and...

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Apr 21
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Google Maps will start showing you slower routes. Here’s why

Google Maps will start showing you slower routes. Here’s why

advertisementadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementIf we want to save the planet, we have to give up some parts of our fast-paced lifestyle. Much like slowed down cars during World War II in order to consume less gas, designers today are asking, “ if you knew it was better for the environment?”advertisementadvertisementAnd that’s the question Google is putting forth in its latest iteration of Google Maps.In the near future, Google will the logic of Google Maps. Instead of showing you the fastest route from point A to point B by default, it will show you the greenest route by...

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Mar 31
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See the tiny new Apple stores inside Target

See the tiny new Apple stores inside Target

advertisementadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementWhen it comes to design, there are probably no two brands as beloved by America as Apple and Target. And now, the two companies are teaming up for a new initiative: Tiny Apple stores inside Targets.advertisementThe two companies spent months designing the new, dedicated Apple area, which is currently installed in 17 Target stores nationwide, with more set to launch over the course of 2021 “and beyond,” according to the press release. The space is comprised of a wooden, under-lit table topped with Apple products (somewhat like...

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Feb 26
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How the chaos of 2020 will shape the next decade, according to 8 design experts

How the chaos of 2020 will shape the next decade, according to 8 design experts

advertisementadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementadvertisement2019 marked the end of a decade. And with it came all sorts of predictions for what . The future seemed so clear. But then 2020 happened, and you know how the story goes. COVID-19 struck. And the world fast-forwarded five years in five months.advertisementadvertisementSuddenly, children went to school through Chromebooks, people ditched dining rooms for drive-throughs, workers in lieu of offices, and delivery became the status quo on just about everything. Burgeoning trends became commonplace overnight. And at the very same...

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Dec 21
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Inclusive design pioneer August de los Reyes dies of COVID-19 complications

Inclusive design pioneer August de los Reyes dies of COVID-19 complications

advertisementadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementAugust de los Reyes, a prominent designer who helped develop the modern Xbox interface and became a, has died. He had only left the house three times since March of last year—for a doctor’s appointment, for a license renewal, and to vote, according to his husband. He died on December 21. He was 50 years old.advertisementadvertisementThe news, first shared by his sister , through the , as de los Reyes was among the most influential designers of his generation. Through his work at tech companies and startups such as Microsoft,...

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One of the strongest ways to fight misinformation will soon be right in your phone

One of the strongest ways to fight misinformation will soon be right in your phone

advertisementadvertisementMaybe you don’t know the name Qualcomm, but you should. The company makes many of the critical chips found in smartphones from almost every major manufacturer other than Apple. And as a result, when the company releases a faster processor or wireless technology, that’s what actually ends up inside your next smartphone.advertisementadvertisementToday, Qualcomm has demonstrated a technology that’s not just about having clearer calls, better battery life, or faster downloads. In a partnership with a company called Truepic, Qualcomm has developed a way to guarantee...

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Oct 15
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A 5-cent sensor could detect the coronavirus in 10 minutes at home

A 5-cent sensor could detect the coronavirus in 10 minutes at home

advertisementadvertisementOne of the hardest parts of controlling COVID-19 is that it’s very difficult to know if you or someone you know is carrying it asymptomatically. So you might let your guard down, spend time in close proximity to someone else, and help it spread. Testing is useful to curb this issue, but the wait on a test result . So it’s difficult to say for sure, at any given moment, if you actually have COVID-19 or not.advertisementadvertisementA new device being developed at Caltech, dubbed , could put this uncertainty to an end. It’s a SARS-CoV-2 sensor that’s being designed...

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Car design is about to change forever. This video encapsulates how

Car design is about to change forever. This video encapsulates how

advertisementadvertisementElectric vehicles are incredible. Beyond eliminating fossil fuels, they are whisper quiet, accelerate faster than gasoline cars, and according to , operate with less expensive maintenance over time. But one of the biggest benefits of EVs that they are the way cars are built.advertisementadvertisementHow? As this new video from Israeli startup Ree demonstrates, the EV of tomorrow is basically just a giant skateboard. With tiny motors placed inside the wheels, the car can assume any form imaginable; any sort of seating or storage arrangement can be built right on top...

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Walmart’s new store design proves browsing is dead

Walmart’s new store design proves browsing is dead

advertisementadvertisementCOVID-19 has changed the way we shop. Even with much of the U.S. back open for business, online sales were still up in August versus the year prior. And Americans have spent online than they had last year by this point.advertisementadvertisementThe days of lazily strolling through store aisles are over, at least for a while. And nowhere is this trend more clear than in Walmart’s new store design, which the company is unveiling for the first time today. The design will come to 200 stores around the U.S. by the end of 2020, and 800 more by the end of 2021.At a...

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Sep 30
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There’s a new weapon against COVID-19. And it’s dogs

There’s a new weapon against COVID-19. And it’s dogs

advertisementadvertisementNo one is going to feel safe traveling during this pandemic—especially as the cramped quarters of airplanes and cruise ships . But since we can’t redesign travel, many airports have taken a different tack: limiting who is allowed to. At airports , temperature screenings attempt to catch sick travelers before they pass through security.advertisementadvertisementBut now, the Helsinki Airport is doing one better: It’s a team of dogs, trained to sniff out COVID-19, to screen passengers.Dogs have already proven their ability to sniff out diseases ranging from to . While...

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Sep 23
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