The Surprisingly Low-Tech Way NASA Decides When to Blow Up a Rocket

When the Antares rocket exploded seconds after launch on Tuesday night, NASA was able to account for all its employees very quickly after the failure thanks to a clearly very well-practiced protocol. The launch gave us a peek into the processes that dictate every rocket launch, and one of them was particularly… » 10/30/14 5:15pm Yesterday 5:15pm

Why Everyone Wants to Kill the Mouse and Keyboard

In the past few decades, everything about our computers have changed. The screens. The guts. The size, weight, and materials. The software itself, of course. But one thing has stayed exactly the same, frozen in time from the early days: The tools we use to tell them what to do. So it's odd that we're so desperate to… » 10/30/14 4:06pm Yesterday 4:06pm

Why MIT Media Lab Scrapped Its Old Logo After Just Three Years

Back in 2011, Gizmodo reported on MIT Media Lab's cool new logo: A self-generating algorithm that gave each and every team and employee within the organization their own unique logo. This month, the lab revealed a new identity, doing away with the old version after an extraordinarily short run. And they had a very… » 10/29/14 12:37pm Wednesday 12:37pm

The Way We Deal With Photos Is Broken. This Company Wants to Fix It

Think back to the last wedding you went to. Or the last birthday party. Even the last nice dinner. Odds are you took multiple photos, dozens even. Maybe you even uploaded one to Instagram. But have you looked at any of them since? Or sent them to anyone? Probably not. And if you did, it wasn't particularly easy. » 10/28/14 11:00am Tuesday 11:00am

Inside Muji's Beautiful, Affordable Prefab Houses

The Japanese retailer Muji has built a cult following by offering nearly any object you could want in your home for not much money and proportionately great design. Now, the company is offering one more item to its line of 7,500 housewares: Actual houses. And there's a very good economic reason for the ambitious new… » 10/28/14 9:20am Tuesday 9:20am

The Replicator Is Still Sci-Fi, But Here's A Start

The dream of the Replicator—a machine that can create or copy any object—has mesmerized us ever since Star Trek used one to conjure a glass of water out of thin air. Yet, like so much other sci-fi tech invented by show business, it's always been just out of reach. The 3D printer company XYZ Printing wants to change… » 10/28/14 12:00am Tuesday 12:00am

Who Designed the Blanket That Practically Every Newborn Gets Wrapped In?

You've seen this blanket, you might just not realize it. It's in nearly every baby photo taken for decades, yet very few of us ever even notice it—who would bother, confronted with the first image of their new nephew, grandkid, or daughter? It's an invisible piece of design, but as Qz points out, it's also a great one. » 10/27/14 3:00pm Monday 3:00pm

What It Takes To Transport 112 Tons of Arctic Ice Over 2,000 Miles

You've seen the pictures. The time lapses of glaciers shrinking into patchworks of white, the videos of ice crumbling into the ocean. But the Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson wants you to really see how quickly the ice is melting—and to do so, he and a Greenlandic geologist fished 112 tons of ice out of a Greenland… » 10/25/14 12:00pm Saturday 12:00pm

Nest Adds an Army of New Products to Its Smart Home Ecosystem

Fitness trackers. Cars. Washing machines. Lightbulbs. Cameras. Nest might only really make two products, but it's spent the past year building up a sprawling ecosystem of devices and companies that can function in tandem with its products. Today it announced five more—as well as its acquisition of the connected home… » 10/24/14 3:00pm 10/24/14 3:00pm

New NYC Tourism Ads Target Locals Too Lazy to Leave the Neighborhood

New York sometimes feels like an archipelago of multiple cities—cities which, unless you have a damn good reason like work or your friend's band, you rarely visit. So for its latest ad campaign, NYC isn't going after out-of-staters. It's going after the lazy ass locals who never visit any neighborhoods but their own. » 10/23/14 4:09pm 10/23/14 4:09pm

Why Sweden Commissioned Its Own Typeface

The idea of branding a place is a fairly new one, and the notion of place-based typefaces is even newer, with national and local governments from Qatar to Chattanooga commissioning their own fonts. The latest country to set its on typeface is Sweden—but it's also questioning whether a national font is a bit too… » 10/23/14 12:35pm 10/23/14 12:35pm

How 15 Anonymous Architects Envision the World's Next Great Museum

The Guggenheim in New York is as famous for its distinctive Frank Lloyd Wright eggshell as it is for its art. Design is a selling point for museums—which may explain why the Guggenheim opened up its search for an architect to design its new Helsinki outpost to the public. The competition ended up being the most… » 10/23/14 9:20am 10/23/14 9:20am