The Most Isolated Town on Earth Wants a Radical Redesign 

Smack dab in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean, 1,000 miles from human civilization, lies one of the most isolated towns in the world. It’s on an island called Tristan da Cunha, and for the first time, it’s looking to the outside world to plan its future.
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A Simple Design Tweak May Keep Drunk People From Falling On Train Tracks

The number of deaths linked to drunk passengers who wander off the platform and onto the tracks has steadily increased over the years. But a new study of these falls shows that many of them occur in the same way—and that there might be a few simple ways to prevent some of them. » 3/30/15 11:05am Yesterday 11:05am

Why Millions of Grownups Are Buying These Coloring Books For Adults

Amazon's Top 100 book list changes hourly, but there are a few mainstays right now: All the Light We Cannot See, of course, and the unreleased Go Set a Watchman. Oh, and two coloring books for grownups. » 3/27/15 1:00pm Friday 1:00pm

Russian Oligarch: Let's Build a Superhighway From Russia to the US

Route 66. The Autobahn. The Trans-Eurasian Belt Development? The head of Russia's railway system has proposed a superhighway through Siberia across the Bering Strait that would link Europe with the United States through Russia. » 3/27/15 9:20am Friday 9:20am

This Speaker Blows Out Fires Instantly With Bass 

The UN Just Ordered 10,000 of Ikea's Brilliant Flatpack Refugee Shelters

A few years ago, Ikea announced it had designed a better refugee shelter, using its flatpack furniture as a basis for engineering. As great an idea as it was, it wasn't clear how the concept would ever find its way to reality. Now, these Ikea refugee shelters will be deployed—by the thousands. » 3/26/15 10:00am Thursday 10:00am

No One Wants the Olympics, Part No. 546

Remember a few months back, when Boston proudly threw its tri-cornered hat into the ring to bid for the 2024 Olympics? Well, there are plenty of Bostonians among those who would really rather not with the Olympics. And now, they're going to get a say. Democracy! » 3/25/15 4:00pm 3/25/15 4:00pm

The First Brand Manager Was a 1st Century Roman Glassblower

Ennion made me. Those were the words molded on glass vases and jars that survived centuries of dust, change, and trauma all over the classical world. But who was Ennion? And how, in the early years of the world, did his glassware become so famous? » 3/25/15 3:30pm 3/25/15 3:30pm

4 Instant Cities That Are Still Empty

Cities are like organisms. They're the product of unthinkably complex forces, and they wax and wane based on more than just us humans. But that hasn't stopped humanity from trying to force them into being artificially—to sometimes disastrous ends. » 3/24/15 2:30pm 3/24/15 2:30pm

Amazon Fire Stick's New Wi-Fi Powers Let You Stream Almost Anywhere 

Dig through Amazon's new software update for Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, and you'll find an intriguing detail—one that shows us where streaming TV is heading. Mainly to your hotel room. » 3/24/15 12:38pm 3/24/15 12:38pm

The Fukushima Cleanup Wasted Half a Billion Dollars on Bad Technology

The cleanup of Fukushima's leaking nuclear plant has been long, expensive, and plagued with problems. Now, the AP reports a government audit has found that more than a third of the budget for cleanup was wasted—totaling hundreds of millions of dollars. » 3/24/15 11:30am 3/24/15 11:30am

Instant Skyscrapers Are About to Change the Way We Live in Cities

The pop-up city is an idea that dug its way into our collective brain a century ago as the first steel buildings rose—a dream that's as common in cartoons as it is in urban planning. And for the first time in history, it's technically possible. » 3/20/15 3:30pm 3/20/15 3:30pm

The Crazy, Broken Food Superhighway That Supplies America's Produce

You might know that a lot of produce moves from Mexico to the U.S. But the infrastructure and economics of that system are incredibly screwed up—like throwing tons of ripe tomatoes into a landfill screwed up. » 3/20/15 12:30pm 3/20/15 12:30pm

5 Unsettling Works of Encryption Art

Encryption is the process of encoding a message, and today we have incredibly sophisticated software and algorithms that make our encrypted messages almost impossible to decode. But how does it work? These art projects answer that question by exploring how encryption has become part of daily lives. » 3/19/15 3:15pm 3/19/15 3:15pm

These Mega-Cruise Ships Look Like Small Cities From the Air 

The stacks and stacks of cabin windows make today's ocean liners look gargantuan enough from the shore. But the view from directly above gigantic cruise ships is even more startling. » 3/18/15 8:00pm 3/18/15 8:00pm

5 Theories About the Greatest Unsolved Art Heist Ever

On March 18, 1990, two police officers—or so they seemed—walked into a Boston museum and left with $500 million worth of paintings. They have never been found. » 3/18/15 1:53pm 3/18/15 1:53pm

Watch For the Aurora Tonight, Even If You're In the South

If you're like me, you've spent years heeding forecasters telling you that the northern lights will DEFINITELY be visible tonight—and then seeing nothing but boring old night sky. Tonight, summon your faith and give it one last shot: There's a severe geomagnetic storm going on. » 3/17/15 8:00pm 3/17/15 8:00pm

This Designer Uses the Silver Inside All the Gadgets We Throw Away

How long have you had the computer or phone you're reading this on? How about the others that proceeded it? Inside all of these electronics are precious metals that are usually trashed—even though they are still usable, as this Cape Town jeweler proves. » 3/17/15 1:00pm 3/17/15 1:00pm

Egypt Wants To Build a Second Cairo... In Just Seven Years

1,100,000 units of housing. 6,200 miles of boulevards. 2,000 schools. $45 billion dollars. Egypt is planning a sparkling new capital outside of Cairo, and it wants to do it fast. » 3/16/15 6:45pm 3/16/15 6:45pm