Avocado Time Machine takes top prize at the NIWA BOP Science Fair

Avocado Time Machine takes top prize at the NIWA BOP Science Fair

Frustration with buying fruit and vegetables that are never ready to eat prompted a 13-year-old Tauranga girl to a design a machine to help.Bay of Plenty Science Fair 2019 winner Anamaya Taylor.

Snap Bets Its Future on a Stylish New Pair of Spectacles

Snap Bets Its Future on a Stylish New Pair of Spectacles

Snap Bets Its Future on a Stylish New Pair of Spectacles.For Snap, the maker of the ephemeral messaging app Snapchat, it's preparing by making a new pair of sunglasses: Spectacles 3.This isn’t Snap’s first rodeo.

How 'Microcracks' Undermined San Francisco's New Bus Terminal

How 'Microcracks' Undermined San Francisco's New Bus Terminal

Engineers clambered up to the girders and slowly excised the cracked chunks with a diamond-oxide-studded cable saw, “so we could cut through it without heating it up and disturbing any of the evidence,” says Karl Frank, a civil engineer and steel-failure specialist working with Herrick, another company involved in building the terminal.

Ugly or Beautiful? The Housing Blocks Communism Left Behind

Ugly or Beautiful? The Housing Blocks Communism Left Behind

Their new book Eastern Blocks features 100 images of modernist housing estates and other unusual Soviet-era structures.The duo began photographing modernist and brutalist architecture in central and eastern Europe after founding Zupagrafika as a design studio and publishing house in 2012.

Strap on Your Exoskeleton and Dance, Dance, Dance

Strap on Your Exoskeleton and Dance, Dance, Dance

And of course, there were the dancing robots, which anyone attending the Gray Area Festival could sign up to physically merge with. "When humans first started making art, with the earliest examples we have in the caves of Chauvet and Lascaux—those were completely immersive and site-specific art experiences," says Threw.

Gadget Lab Podcast: Twitter’s Major Design Overhaul

Gadget Lab Podcast: Twitter’s Major Design Overhaul

Today on the Gadget Lab podcast, Arielle, Mike, and Lauren discuss the changes Twitter has made, and how the company continues to grapple with its ongoing existential crisis.

The Incredible Tech Behind This Year's Tour de France Bikes

The Incredible Tech Behind This Year's Tour de France Bikes

Pro riders will use the aero bike in races such as the Tour de France for longer, flatter stages as results show that an aero bike can be up to four minutes faster over a flat 40-km course (if riding conditions are favorable) as well as in sprint stages where the aerodynamic shape and uncompromising stiffness is an asset in getting you over the line in first place.

Good News! It Just Got Easier for You to Suggest New Emoji

Good News! It Just Got Easier for You to Suggest New Emoji

Lee's group has been instrumental in helping people get emoji representation by guiding them through the daunting process of preparing a proposal for the Unicode Consortium. The new is meant to make the basic requirements more clear, and hopefully encourage more people to get involved in the emoji proposal process.

The Best of Amazon Prime Day, Twitter's Redesign, and More News

The Best of Amazon Prime Day, Twitter's Redesign, and More News

The Best of Amazon Prime Day, Twitter's Redesign, and More News. Amazon has a ton of deals for Prime Day, Twitter redesigned its website, and scientists have an idea to make Mars habitable.

The Inside Story of Twitter's New Redesign

The Inside Story of Twitter's New Redesign

The search bar features more prominently on the right.“People use Twitter a lot on desktop to look for information, and it tends to be around their interests,” says Jesar Shah, the web redesign's product lead.

Cheaper Lidar, a Self-Driving Deal, and Other Car News This Week

Cheaper Lidar, a Self-Driving Deal, and Other Car News This Week

Or that after breaking up with self-driving developer Aurora earlier this year, Volkswagen on Friday invested $2.6 billion in Argo AI , with plans to use its tech to launch an autonomous service (likely meaning robo-taxis or trucking, somewhere, sometime).

A Rocket-Launching Plane, Nintendo Switch Lite, and More News

A Rocket-Launching Plane, Nintendo Switch Lite, and More News

A Rocket-Launching Plane, Nintendo's New Switch, and More News. Virgin Orbit is dropping rockets out of a Boeing 747, Nintendo is switching up the Switch, and a new design could make the middle plane seat tolerable.

Jony Ive's Leaving Apple, Twitter's Policing Politicians, and More News

Jony Ive's Leaving Apple, Twitter's Policing Politicians, and More News

Jony Ive's Leaving Apple, Twitter's Policing Politicians, and More News. Jony Ive—designer of the iPhone—is leaving Apple; Twitter is finally cracking down on politicians; and WIRED has a list of the best biking cities in the world.

Jony Ive Is Leaving Apple

Jony Ive Is Leaving Apple

Jony Ive announced in an interview with the Financial Times Thursday that he was departing the company after more than two decades to start LoveFrom, a creative agency that will count Apple as its first client.

The 20 Most Bike-Friendly Cities on the Planet, Ranked

The 20 Most Bike-Friendly Cities on the Planet, Ranked

The Lowdown: Bremen slides into the number 11 spot this year, boasting the highest bicycle modal share in Germany (25 percent), an expanding network of physically separated cycle tracks, and an innovative “bicycle district concept.” And we’re not alone in recognizing Bremen, as a recent national survey found the North German city to rank at the top of its class among cities of its size.

To Really 'Disrupt,' Tech Needs to Listen to Actual Researchers

To Really 'Disrupt,' Tech Needs to Listen to Actual Researchers

In fact, college students can learn about these issues in a wide range of existing fields: Science & Technology Studies (STS), communication, sociology, anthropology, political science, cognitive science, and digital humanities, to name a few.

New Space Telescopes Could Look Like Giant Beach Balls

New Space Telescopes Could Look Like Giant Beach Balls

He is also working on two NASA proposals to send the large balloon reflector to the stratosphere and the Terahertz Space Telescope to orbit.

Electric Buses, Quiet Tires, and More Car News This Week

Electric Buses, Quiet Tires, and More Car News This Week

Electric Buses, Quiet Tires, and More Car News This Week. So it’s appropriate that we were all about electric stuff this week. Meet the Bridgestone tire built to make electric vehicles as quiet as they can be—and the engineers who worked to eliminate all nine (!?)

Apple's New Mac Pro Is Powerful, Pretty, and Expensive

Apple's New Mac Pro Is Powerful, Pretty, and Expensive

Even the most powerful video-editing workstation is nothing without a display that can best represent the machine's output, and for that Apple has delivered something that might be more impressive than the Mac Pro. The Pro Display XDR is a 32-inch Retina 6K monitor.

This Dating App Exposes the Monstrous Bias of Algorithms

This Dating App Exposes the Monstrous Bias of Algorithms

And a study from Cornell found that dating apps that let users filter matches by race, like OKCupid and The League, reinforce racial inequalities in the real world. While Monster Match is just a game, Berman has a few ideas of how to improve the online and app-based dating experience.

Apple's MacBook Pro Keyboard Fix Comes Down to Tiny Tweaks

Apple's MacBook Pro Keyboard Fix Comes Down to Tiny Tweaks

According to iFixit, the company that publishes online repair guides, sells parts, and shares information on consumer products after it has torn them apart, the new MacBook Pro keyboard does appear to have some different materials in it. Wiens says he's skeptical these material changes will fix all of the issues with the newer keyboards.

Cannondale's New Fitness Bike Can Track All Your Rides

Cannondale's New Fitness Bike Can Track All Your Rides

The new bike, announced today, comes with a sensor on the front wheel that tracks your rides and displays live ride data on your phone. If you want to study your ride data, you just download Cannondale's app, pair your phone to your bike, then spin the wheel to activate the sensor.

The Open World of 'Rage 2' Is More Barren Than It Should Be

The Open World of 'Rage 2' Is More Barren Than It Should Be

It's also easy, seeing the structures of an open world in place, to assume that following the story missions will grant more power and variety as the game goes on, and to rush through the entire narrative in a matter of hours.

Emirates Team New Zealand seek NIWA’s technical edge

Emirates Team New Zealand seek NIWA’s technical edge

“Weather is such a vital element of a successful America’s Cup campaign,” said Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton.

The Galaxy Fold's Breaking Display Won't Be Easy to Fix

The Galaxy Fold's Breaking Display Won't Be Easy to Fix

Samsung said Monday that initial tests of the review units revealed issues with the hinge that allows the Fold to open and close, and one instance where “substances found inside the device affected the display performance.” On Wednesday, repair company iFixit shed more light on what might be causing those problems.iFixit got its hands on a Fold—it’s not clear how, since they aren’t available anywhere for sale—and opened it up to find out how it works.

Want to bring transit-oriented development to your city? There’s a toolkit for that!

Want to bring transit-oriented development to your city? There’s a toolkit for that!

Let’s say you are a transport specialist or an urban planner who wants to implement a transit-oriented development plan, because you know that TOD, as a planning and design strategy, can help transform your city.

Helvetica, the World's Most Popular Font, Gets a Facelift

Helvetica, the World's Most Popular Font, Gets a Facelift

Designers have gotten used to all sorts of magic tricks to make Helvetica look more legible, like changing the size of punctuation marks to balance the letters.

Ikea and Sonos Made a Speaker That’s Also a Lamp

Ikea and Sonos Made a Speaker That’s Also a Lamp

The new Symfonisk range of products from Ikea and Sonos includes a traditional speaker and a hybrid speaker-lamp combo.

The Matrix Code Came From Sushi Recipes—but Which?

The Matrix Code Came From Sushi Recipes—but Which?

Whiteley says his wife still has the recipe book that inspired the digital rain, even if it is beginning to fall apart. Whiteley also says Japanese speakers won't be able to lift the recipe straight from the movie because the digital rain is written in code.

Ferrari Built the Track-Slaying P80/C for a Single Customer

Ferrari Built the Track-Slaying P80/C for a Single Customer

The company said in a statement that it considers the P80/C to be a “new kind of product that simply did not exist in the current Ferrari range.” You know, a track-only prototype inspired by current design aesthetics, but drawing on iconic cars of the past.

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