We wonder how many people went marching around in the Scarpe-Escaut forest in northern France recently only to stop, suddenly, and scream like a banshee. For good reason: The place looked like the set of The Blair Witch Project. (Fortunately, without the quivering snot.)
The seven finalists in the 2010 Designing for Education challenge -- a competition for student designers to dream up solutions to problems facing children in the developing world -- are pretty damn clever. They address everything from hygiene (an abacus made of soap) to education for the blind (a Braille-imprinted mat) to girls' health (a maxi pad made of papyrus).
Just when you thought you wouldn't be hearing from Dyson for a while, given all their recent new toys, they've come around again with a batch of stuff we didn't expect. This time: A tiny wall hanging vacuum, and a super clever attachment for grooming your dog.
Even if you've got a passion for modern design, it can be hard to see anything new in the works of Charles and Ray Eames. Endlessly imitated, knocked off, resold, and referenced, their genius hides in plain sight, thanks to its ubiquity. It takes a pretty mammoth amount of work to bring a fresh perspective to something so familiar.
We admit Baroque art bores us stiff. How many different ways can you fresco Jesus before he starts to look like wallpaper?
Usually, big, airy questions about society are difficult to answer with hard data. For example, if you're wondering how our culture views men and women differently, the answers are more likely to come from cultural critics and novelists than empirical science. But Google is changing that.