Screw Nicorette. RISD ID grad Erik Askin has a better idea to help smokers kick the habit: Make cigarette packaging so irritating, you have no choice but to quit.
Whether through genetic lottery or the proliferation of Double Downs, a lot of arteries are under threat. Fortunately, there's a golden business opportunity for improving their outlook: Heart stents, which were only hard little metal tubes holding open arteries, are now being made of corn-based plastics that dissolve when they're no longer needed.
The CIA World Factbook is a data nerd's dream and a crowning achievement in data gathering, highlighting every single country in the world, and presenting myriad facts ranging from GDP to important local industries. It's also mind-numbingly boring and not terribly useful because there's simply no way to summarize all that data.
Cameron Sinclair is best known as the co-founder of Architecture for Humanity and the winner of the TED Prize in 2006, but what you don't know is that he literally never sleeps. Jet-setting from Sausalito to Uganda to Kosovo, we get the rare snapshot of one of his recent trips to Cambodia, right during the historic Khmer Rouge trial this week, and find out who he hung with there and why he forsakes sleep for the cause of sustainable, open-source architecture.
As a kid, it's easy to pretend a paper boat is a seaworthy ship, but childhood fantasies fade and paper boats turn to pulp. To help keep the dream alive, the designers at Artax Studio have created a grown-up variation: a 55-foot yacht in the shape of the paper toy.
On Twitter, with so many conversations flying through the ether, it's all too easy to forget that tweets issue from real people, in real places.
But Christian Marc Schmidt & Liangjie Xia have flipped Twitter on its head, by creating an interface that allows you to navigate tweets on a map.
The program works like a topological map; the higher the elevation in an area, the more tweets are being sent from there. The idea, according to the creators, is to create what amounts to a new type of space, that's halfway virtual and halfway real: