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How The Tea Bag Was Invented

Legend says that brewing tea dates back to around 2737 BC, when tea leaves fell into water being boiled for Emperor Shennong of China. There does not appear to be any hard evidence of tea being discovered this way, but evidence we do have suggests that brewing tea did indeed likely start in China, first as part of a medicinal elixir. The first documented reference to this is found during the Shang Dynasty (1600 BC to 1046 BC). By the Qin Dynasty in the third century BC, it had become a relatively popular drink using just the tea (camellia sinensis), rather than mixed with other things as seems to have been common when used medicinally. From the beginning until the early 20th century, very little innovation came about in terms of the common method of brewing tea. This all changed in 1901.


These Stunning Geometric Patterns Were Created From Google Earth Images

Satellite images of our world are incredible on their own. But artist Federico Winer has taken aerial photography to a new level by portraying planet Earth as a mesmerising kaleidoscope of geometric patterns and colours.


Artist's Trash Exhibitions Depict A Planet Colonised By Plastic

Landfills, e-waste piles and ocean garbage patches are a part of our world we’d rather not see, but these eyesores aren’t going away. Rather than simply accept that our planet is being swallowed by garbage, one artist has started turning this discarded junk into something beautiful.


All The Ridiculous Adjectives Jony Ive Used To Describe The Apple Watch

The Apple Watch reviews are beginning to pour in. All those ratings, specs and comparisons are way too much noise to pay attention to. A more serene, peaceful way of absorbing the essence of Apple Watch is by listening to every adjective the illustrious Jony Ive has used to describe the device.


These Vases Are Actually Made From The Liquified Byproducts Of Batteries

It’s not something anyone likes to think about, but your smartphone — or your laptop, or the battery in your hybrid car — created a huge amount of toxic and radioactive waste. And now we know what happens to that waste in the long term. It returns to the earth, mingles with sludge, and finds its way into clay pots.


Why Is It Called A 'Medicine Ball' Anyway?

Medicine balls, for those of you who haven’t been to a gym or never accidentally kicked one thinking it was like a soccer ball (true story), are heavy weighted balls coming in a variety of sizes and weights (with the biggest we could find ringing in at a whopping 68kg) with a diverse range of fitness applications. But why exactly are they called medicine balls when, at its core, a medicine ball is just a big heavy ball?


An Alphabet Poster That Teaches You The Fundamentals Of Font Design

If you can’t figure out why all your friends were snickering at your home-made wedding invites you carefully designed using Papyrus, Pop Chart Lab’s new Alphabet of Typography print will give you a much-needed crash course in font design, spacing, and terminology.


Are You Ready For Google's Mobilegeddon Phonepocalypse Tomorrow? 

Google is making a rare change to its search algorithm tomorrow — one that has the power to dramatically alter a site’s ranking in Google’s all-important search results. SOUND THE ALARM.


Ring-Tab Beer Cans Now Count As Historic Artefacts

Today’s junk can be tomorrow’s history. Now, 50 years after it was first introduced, the ring-tab beer can can already considered an historic artefact.


Pantone's Newest (And Best) Colour: Minion Yellow

It’s been three years since Pantone, self-declared arbiters of visible light, has declared a new colour. But after 36 months of hard toil, the research team has emerged from the lab with the latest addition: Pantone Minion Yellow.


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