Coolhunting

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University of Amsterdam’s Corentin Coulais and University of Chicago’s Vincenzo Vitelli, along with their collaborators, invented a wheel that seemingly defies physics. Dubbed “Odd Matter,” the wheel—comprised of six small motors tethered together with plastic arms and rubber bands—wiggles and gyrates to travel uphill. This writhing enables the wheel to adjust to difficult terrain despite not having any cognizance of the environment. It’s a phenomenon founded on “odd elasticity,” a property that describes how a material, once stretched or squashed in one direction, does not engender a reciprocal reaction in the other. As such, when the material undoes a deformation, it contains excess energy, allowing it to travel uphill. Scientists coupled this property with robotics, outfitting a chain of modules with a motor, sensor and microcontroller, so that each module would not respond reciprocally. This thought process combines physics and robotics to generate collective behavior in robots that are crafted from simple parts obeying simple laws. Odd Matter is just one of the latest innovations from this “Robophysics” space. Learn more at Wired.

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The Guardian

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The spectres of oppression and its victims in his country and beyond are conjured by the South African artist William Kentridge in an epic show spanning 40 years

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‘Hallyu! The Korean Wave’ at V&A South Kensington celebrates South Korea’s cultural soft power through K-art, K-pop, K-drama, K-film, K-fashion and K-beauty

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Physicists have solved a key problem of robotic locomotion by revising the usual rules of interaction between simple component parts.

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Design Boom

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design duo holloway li unveils an experience-led showroom and co-working space in clerkenwell, london, for bathroom brand coalbrook.

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Many of us have a collection of Lego gathering dust in a cupboard somewhere, begging to be transformed into something amazing. Using Brickit, you can now fulfill its wish.

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“I see beauty in data,” says Giorgia Lupi, whose unique approach to information design is making…

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Inhabitat

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It may be small, but it delivers big on ambiance, Danish design and recycled materials. Check out the KAJ Hotel, a tiny home and houseboat all in one.

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This month we’re looking at sites which nail their mobile version, or which are mobile only!

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Smashing Magazine

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With a little CSS, we can adapt our web designs to be more accommodating for people with dyslexia. In this article, we’ll explore those techniques by adding a dyslexia-friendly mode to an existing design.

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Architecture and design office Out of the Valley has completed a wooden holiday cabin on a farm in Devon, England, featuring a mono-pitched roof and sliding doors that open onto a sheltered veranda.

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BBC

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For decades Antarctica hosted only the simplest huts as human shelters – but architecture in the coldest, driest, windiest continent is getting snazzier.

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HTML, JavaScript, and CSS are three wonderful languages. Thanks to the advancement of the frameworks around these languages especially Electron, we are now able to develop a full-fledge desktop application more efficiently that could run on several different operating systems and platforms whether it’s on Windows, macOS, Linux, or mobile applications.

In this round of the series, we are going to look into some of these frameworks along with some great examples of apps as well as other cool resources for the month.

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Google

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In 2010, when scientists were preparing to smash the first particles together within the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), sections of the media fantasized that the EU-wide experiment might create a black hole that could swallow and destroy our planet. How on Earth, columnists fumed, could scientists justify such a dangerous indulgence in the pursuit of abstract, theoretical knowledge?

But particle accelerators are much more than enormous toys for scientists to play with. They have practical uses too, though their sheer size has, so far, prevented their widespread use. Now, as part of large-scale European collaboration, my team has published a report that explains in detail how a far smaller particle accelerator could be built – closer to the size of a large room, rather than a large city.

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Design Boom

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the colosseum floor rebuild will include the trapdoors and hidden lifts that had once allowed caged animals to leap out and attack gladiators.

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Stereoscopic photography is a wonderful thing. Whether you’re able to use it in serious client work or not, it’s incredibly fun. It’s something I’ve been doing occasionally for years, and even recently with digital – thanks to the Weeview SID. But there’s no experience like shooting it on film. Until you’ve developed it, there’s no real way to know if you’ve got the shot or how it’s going to look. It’s an almost magical experience.

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