This infographic by accounting firm Grant Thorton purports to show how efficient 30 different countries are at innovation. How? Simply by showing the ratio between patents granted in a country, and the total R&D expenditures there.
Thus, the bigger the box in each country, the more innovation (as measured by patents) it gets for every R&D dollar:
Ford is about to put out the world's strangest car. Developed by researchers at Virginia Tech, it's based on a hybrid Escape with a unique, non-visual interface, which will allow for something we never thought possible: Blind people driving.
Boxel is a summer pavilion that combines architecture students? two favorite pastimes: pretentious archi-speak and beer.
Who else could make Tokyo look more like a stained glass window? Of course it's a gorgeous new open-source mapping tool created by the San Francisco-based firm Stamen. In June, you'll remember that Stamen won a $400,000 grant from the Knight Foundation, for another, not-yet-released project named City Tracking.
If we have one complaint about the iPhone 4, it's how quickly the glass on the back becomes a scratched up mess. Frankly, we don't think cases are much of a solution: Why would you want to hide that beautiful design, especially when so much of what makes it wonderful is how it feels in your hand?
A better solution is a faux-leather skin guard that you simply stick on to the back of the phone:
Just when you thought End Timers couldn't get any loonier, they've gone and started building themselves a maze of underground hotels. Not just any hotels. Chichi hotels. Hotels that'll let you sleep soundly, veg out in front of a flat-screen TV, and get your pearly whites fixed all while the world explodes--and all in decor that they liken to a "luxury yacht" (and which we liken to a Best Western). The cost: $50,000 for the "extended stay package."