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Inventing the Future

Smarter Than Your Average Wear

Canopy2
about 1 year ago

Technological advances have reformed the landscape of the fashion industry; it was only a decade ago that luxury brands refused to sell their products online.  Yet in the past ten years, the rapid rise of the internet caused a retail revolution, led by visionaries like Natalie Massenet at Net-a ...

21st Century Living

Mind Memes for May Day

Mayday
about 1 year ago

May 1, or May Day, or the Feast of St Joseph the Worker, the patron saint of workers, is a day that workers were traditionally given off following the planting of the fields that later became a bank holiday and is today an annual occasion for displays of social unrest throughout much of Europe ...

Extreme Biology

5 Bio Books and Blogs for Summer

Bio_books
about 1 year ago

Spring. It's one of the nature's greatest shows, and a prime time for observing natural science. This spring has been a chilly one, and scientists, farmers and all sorts of outdoors enthusiasts are wondering if nature is out of sync, especially in the midwestern United States. "Spring has gone ...

Extreme Biology

A New Way To Share How You Feel

Olfactory.paint.obl.lo
about 1 year ago

Abstract Expressionism is now over half a century old, and in all those years nobody has bothered to improve upon the antiquated techniques of Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. If you want to express your emotions, the expectation is that you spill or spread colorful pigments onto a swathe of canvas ...

Extreme Biology

Today's Big Idea: Medical Ecology

Big
about 1 year ago

The study of the human microbiome is a fast emerging field of scientific endeavor, driven by the idea that we need to rethink our relationship to the 100 trillion microbes that reside in the human body. While we have been blasting these bacteria with antibiotics for many years, closer investigation ...