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Would You Try 3D-Printed Meat?

Free-range? Grass-fed? How about 3D-printed next to the Nespresso on your kitchen island? That could be the beef of the future, friends. And two German design students have ginned up the latest plans for a slick-looking machine that could make it.


Are There Any Sites Or Apps You Refuse To Use On Principle?

Many people avoid using the ride-sharing service Uber because of the company’s questionable policies, which can lead to events like multiple lawsuits, violent protests and attacks on cars carrying Courtney Love. What service do you stay away from on moral grounds?


What Was The Greatest Piece Of Tech That Failed In The Market?

The history of technology is littered with the bodies of brilliantly innovative devices that failed in the marketplace. Maybe they were ahead of their time; maybe they were crushed by unworthy competitors; maybe we were all just too stupid to buy them. What was the very best machine that deserved to succeed and didn’t?


Men Are Pressuring Themselves To Become 'Spornosexuals'

Nose jobs. Tummy tucks. Botox. Breast implants. Fad diets. Historically, most of the pressure to look a particular way to be considered beautiful and sexy has been put on women. But according to an article by Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore at Aeon, men are starting to feel the heat, as well.


What's In Your Dream Smartphone?

Massive camera? Giant battery? Enormous screen? Small keyboard? What does your dream phone look like?


What's The Worst Subscription That You Pay For?

Our Chatroom on cutting the cable cord got me thinking about our subscription culture. In recent years there has been an explosion of products delivered monthly in boxes, alongside a variety of streaming media paywalls. Some of us keep shelling out even when we don’t find the product to be that useful. What do you firmly need to press “cancel” on?


What Is The Most Obnoxious Behaviour You've Seen On Public Transit?

Manspreading — the phenomenon where males require extra room on trains for their oversized scrotums — has been in the news lately with several reports of men being arrested on the New York City subway for occupying more than one seat. Surely this isn’t the worst offence committed on our public transportation systems?


Lefties: Does Technology Discriminate Against You?

So, I’m left handed. Among other things, this means I smear my words horrendously as I take notes, strangers go out of their way to tell me I’m probably a “creative type” and learning a new sport involves a surprising amount of personal discovery.


Does The Layout Of Your Office Interfere With Your Workflow?

“Nothing says three-day-weekend has ended like HEARING SOMEONE CLIPPING THEIR DAMN NAILS FROM THE NEXT CUBE OVER,” my friend wrote in a status update this morning. I don’t think he knows how lucky he is to have a cubicle.


What Kinds Of Apps Will The Kids Of Tomorrow Use After Snapchat Dies?

Today we learned that the only person in the office excited about Microsoft’s Outlook updates was one of the youngest amongst us. Who can predict what the kids today will be into? More importantly for our purposes, what will the youth of tomorrow be using social tech for?