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15 Rare Images From NASA's First Decades Of Space Exploration

The idea of floating in orbit, protected from the void by mere inches of material, is one we’ve grown pretty blasé about over the years. But it’s a terrifying, marvellous, sublime thing — and a new exhibit of rare NASA photos attempts to remind us of that fact.


The Best-Designed Bathrooms In America

The public restroom is not a place worth celebrating, generally speaking. It is a place of absolute necessity, awkward small talk, and worst case scenarios come true. Cintas, a company that specialises in — what else? — bathroom supplies, is dead set on changing that perception. Which is why it sponsors a contest to find the best restrooms in America.


4 Enormous Projects That Could Save Coastal Cities In Our Flooded Future

The tides are rising. The only question that remains is how — and whether — we prepare our cities for it. As you might expect, the cities taking the most decisive action are the ones that have been hit the hardest most recently, like Sandy-battered New York, or partially-submerged Venice.


15 Old Gadgets That Live On In Our Hearts

All types of different gadgets enter and leave our lives. Some stay for years and are cherished well past their prime. Others we lose, whether sold off in our youthful ignorance or lost in some other equally tragic way.


The Dark, Glamorous World Of One Of New York City's Real-Life Mad Men

New York in the years after World War II was a city more prosperous and more modern than anything the world had seen — and it spawned a whole culture unto itself, distributed in newspapers, magazines, and advertisements. This was the era of Madison Avenue Men, and Mac Conner was their illustrator.


12 Sinister Movie Posters From The Golden Age Of Film Noir

“She was part-good before — SHE’S ALL BAD NOW!” “From the moment they met it was Murder!” “Blood-red kisses! White-hot thrills!” No other style of cinema mastered sensational taglines better than film noir, and posters from the genre’s mid-century heyday are a goddamn dark delight.


8 Of The World's Coolest Skyscrapers Rendered Like 1980s Futurist Art

An increasing number of skyscrapers that line our horizons these days resemble the future we were promised: twisting pillars of glass and steel that stretch up into the clouds. When you glaze those buildings with some 1980s-inspired French futurism, however, they look simply surreal


Every IKEA Catalogue Cover Since 1951

It’s that time of year: If you’re one of the hundreds of millions of people on IKEA’s mailing list, you probably recently received a thick square of super-thin paper filled with (mostly rendered) products. IKEA has been sending these babies out for more than six decades — and you can follow the evolution of popular design just by looking at them.


10 Incredibly Dangerous Banned Toys

They say that it’s all fun and games until somebody loses an eye. Technically, the same applies to skull fractures, poisoning and third-degree burns. Throughout history, toy makers have designed some truly brutal products (lawn darts, anyone?). But with modern-day lawsuits, you’d think we would have curbed that problem. Yet, in their fervour to create the next Slinky, Etch A Sketch or Tickle Me Elmo, toy manufacturers continue to put dangerous product designs on the market.


9 Failed Designs That Would Have Changed Times Square Forever

Times Square is one big, incredible machine that has the sweet caress of capitalism to thank for its success as much as it does careful city planning. However, when the area was famously filthy in 1984, New York City contemplated a major intervention that would have changed the landscape of Midtown profoundly.


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