It's Nice That

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When photographer Kentaro Takahashi lost his maternal grandfather, he decided to start documenting his paternal grandparents who he had never kept in regular contact with. Delving into his family’s history and, in turn, that of Japan throughout the 20th Century, the resulting work is a shining example of the value of family photography.

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As a further development of its BoKlok modular housing project, SilviaBo is a collaboration with the Queen of Sweden and construction firm Skanska to make affordable and accessible homes for the older generations.

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Mashable Magazine

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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg announced that she will travel across the Atlantic Ocean on a technologically-advanced sailboat, the Malizia II.

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The Next Web

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Elephants have long captivated our attention, partly because of their sheer size and majesty. But we’re also struck by their complex behavior. In some ways, we’re fascinated because this behavior echoes our most humane feelings. For instance, elephants have repeatedly been observed using tools and grieving their dead. Their evolutionary history is interesting, too. It …

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Eureka Magazine

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Waitrose & Partners is to introduce an ‘invisible door’ that has the potential to save British retailers a combined £1.5bn per year by reducing their energy bills.

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Bill Bowerman, Nike co-founder and former University of Oregon and US Olympics track and field coach, was obsessed with finding the perfect running shoe for his athletes. He adopted the role of a mad shoe scientist in the mid 1960s, when co-founder and…

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The Norwich-based writer and designer talks us through his new historical study of a particularly cheerful moment in graphic design history.

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The hotel giant, which faces stiff competition from Hilton and Airbnb, uses the lab to get insights into the smallest details–from the shape of wall sconces to the location of electrical outlets.

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Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom says technology often has unintended consequences, and that we may have to choose between totalitarianism and annihilation.

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Researchers at MIT and in the Maldives have come up with a solution to help coastal communities threatened by climate change: submersible objects carefully placed to promote the growth of beaches and islands.

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You might not be able to stomach soybeans for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but the animals you eat do. Cultivation of the staple crop takes up an area five times the size of the UK, and 85% of that area is used for animal feed. Thanks to projected rapid growth in both world population and …

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Take a look at this May edition of Things for all the photography publications and illustration zines you could ask for.

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