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We're Entering A Golden Age Of Space Tourism Propaganda

Whether they’re selling tickets to orbit or making sure the science funding keeps flowing, rocket companies and space agencies alike have a vested interest in getting the public jazzed about the cosmic beyond. So it’s no surprise that we’re now entering a golden age of space tourism propaganda — one that’s bringing back the beloved, classic design elements of long-past atomic age propaganda.


This Twisting Manhattan Tower Will Have A Park On Every Floor

When you think of supertalls you probably think of pricey real estate — not leafy parks in the sky. A new 300m tower going up in Manhattan provides a more interesting take: Hanging gardens that twirl down the exterior of the building like a giant green exclamation point marking the end of the High Line.


These Gorgeous Buildings Showcase The Surprisingly Innovative Future Of Wood

Wood is the future. That’s the feeling you get after looking through the 2016 award winners named by WoodWorks, the United States’ wood building council.


Designers Will Knit A Neon Rope Canopy Over MoMA's Concrete Courtyard This Summer

Each winter the Museum of Modern Art’s Queens outpost, PS1, chooses an up-and-coming designer to create a temporary installation in its courtyard. These have ranged from a fortress of used skateboards to towers of bricks grown from fungus. This year, it’s a colourful crocheted net.


You'll Have To Burn This Piggy Bank Candle To Access Your Savings

There’s a lot of good reasons to distrust banks these days, which means it’s boon time for companies who make piggy banks. But instead of smashing this bank on the floor when you want to make a withdrawal, you light its tail and watch it melt away — because it’s actually a wax candle.


Secret Trick Turns Your Facebook Photos Into Awesome Text Art

We’re not exactly sure why they’re doing it yet, but a self-described ‘Web standards fanatic’ named Mathias Bynens has discovered that Facebook and Instagram are automatically making ASCII art versions of every photo you upload. And accessing the lo-fi versions of your images is super easy.


Portable Bathtub Packs Flatter Than A Stolen Hotel Dressing Gown

You can read every last online review, but you really have no idea what a hotel room is going to be like until you arrive. And if you’re the type who likes to travel with their own sheets and towels, you’re probably also the type who would be interested in a portable pack-flat bath tub too.


How Supermarkets Are Cleverly Designed To Make You Spend More Money

Video: We’re all fools who get easily convinced by marketing and store design tricks because we can’t save ourselves from ourselves. Here is a short video from Wendover Productions detailing some clever layout design tricks that supermarkets use to get us to spend more money. They include putting the entrance to the right because we like to shop counter clockwise, having items we need spread all across the perimeter of the store to make us walk more, putting cheap items at the end of every aisle and making sure profitable products are at eye level.


According To IKEA, We've Hit 'Peak Home Furnishings'

IKEA’s head of sustainability reckons that Western consumers are at the limit in terms of stuff they can actually buy, a situation he’s referred to as “peak home furnishings”.


Here's Your Best Look At The World's Largest Dinosaur Skeleton

Video: Meet the titanosaur. It’s the newest exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History, and it’s a dinosaur cast so large it doesn’t even fit into a single room.


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