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 Today 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 Yesterday 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 Thursday 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 Thursday 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 Thursday 9:20am

What's the Worst Airport Terminal In America?

Air travel, once the pinnacle of style in America, has evolved into a fluorescent-lit, crumb-strewn hellscape of stinky carpets, underpaid and overworked employees, and fights between drunk racists and tall people. It's easy to claim your local terminal is the worst, but which of America's many airport terminals is… » 10/22/14 12:36pm Wednesday 12:36pm

These Knobs and Sliders Turn an iPad Into a Custom Tactile Interface

There's a good reason why so many of us still prefer mechanical keyboards and real control boards despite the availability of touchscreen interfaces: In many cases, they give us more control over our digital worlds. Fans of tactile interfaces will love this project by Florian Born—who created a system that meshes your… » 10/22/14 9:54am Wednesday 9:54am

How Automakers Use a WWI-Era Camo Technique to Disguise Prototype Cars

In the early days of modern warfare, ships protected themselves from German U-boats with wild, eye-catching painted patterns called dazzle. The military moved on to new forms of camo decades ago, but for carmakers, dazzle is still the best way to protect prototype cars from being photographed. » 10/17/14 11:45am 10/17/14 11:45am

Saving This Sinking City Will Cost $40 Billion

Venice? Sure, it's sinking. So is Mexico City, Bangkok, and Ho Chi Minh City. But none of them are being submerged as fast as Jakarta, which is sinking as much as a few inches a year—for comparison's sake, Venice is sinking by .08 inches every year. Now, Jakarta is undertaking a three-decade-long plan to save its… » 10/15/14 3:36pm 10/15/14 3:36pm

The 1,300-Person Quest To Build the Perfect Mechanical Keyboard

The keyboard is functionally invisible. It's the single piece of hardware you touch the most. But despite being your primary interface with the digital world, it's remained almost unchanged for decades, ignored, except for the small community of enthusiasts who design, program, and build their own—like the Infinity… » 10/15/14 11:00am 10/15/14 11:00am

This Inductive Charger Makes Powering Up Your iPhone Beautiful

There are plenty of ways to do the two things that Spira does: Charge your phone and tell you the time. But there's nothing quite like the device that interaction design student Alice Robbiani has built to combine them—her inductive charger turns your iPhone into an interactive wall clock while it charges. » 10/14/14 5:30pm 10/14/14 5:30pm

Your Phone Could Become Part of the World's Largest Telescope

If you could enlist your smartphone to become part of an earth-sized telescope searching for the source of cosmic rays, would you? Researchers at University of California are hoping you'd say yes—they've developed an app that will leverage the power of one million smartphone cameras to answer one of the great… » 10/14/14 11:52am 10/14/14 11:52am