3d printing
Scientists are 3D Printing Whole Cancer Tumours From Scratch

We've seen 3D-printed cells, organs, and even body parts over the last few years. But in Philadelphia, a team of scientists is printing cancerous tumours—modelling the very things that are threatening to kill patients in order to understand how to quell them. Read More >>

nuclear
Floating Nuclear Reactors Might Make More Sense Than You'd Think

At a symposium held by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers this week, a team of MIT engineers will present an idea that seems to tempt fate: A floating nuclear reactor, anchored out at sea, that would be immune to tsunamis and earthquakes. Is it really that crazy of a plan? Read More >>

design
This Intricate Creature Skitters Across Your Desk on 3D-Printed Legs

As a genre, "desk toys" are usually pretty corny, from Newton's Cradle sculptures to creepy meditation balls. But these tiny creatures—which are miniatures of the giant self-propelled sculptures designed by Dutch artist Theo Jansen—are anything but. Read More >>

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Eight Images of Hyper-Modern South Korea Compared With its Past

Korea has undergone rapid change over the last century, with Seoul metamorphosing from the first East Asian city to light its royal palace with electricity to arguably the most modern city in the world. Photographer Sungseok Ahn captured change by setting up a screen and projecting the old on top of the new. Read More >>

wtf
Gardener Claims He Hasn't Watered His Flourishing Biosphere Since 1972

If you can't raise a plant to save your life you know the appeal of terrariums, which can sustain themselves for months on end without being watered. But a retiree from Surrey says he sealed up his bottle garden in 1972—and hasn't watered it since. Read More >>

security
Police are Testing a "Live Google Earth" to Watch Crime as it Happens

Last year in Compton, Los Angeles, police began quietly testing a system that allowed them to do something incredible: watch every car and person in real time as they ebbed and flowed around the city. Every assault, every purse snatched, every car speeding away was on record—all thanks to an Ohio company that monitors cities from the air. Read More >>

design
Watch an Incredible Interactive Table Morph to a Person's Movements

Just five months ago, MIT's Tangible Media Group was showing off a physical interface that mimics you in real time. This week in Milan, the team unveiled the next iteration of the system that's much larger and even more sophisticated. You're going to want to click through for the videos. Read More >>

architecture
A Tour of the Tallest Residential Tower in Africa

Skyscrapers tend to become lightening rods for the neighbourhoods they're in—and nowhere is that more true than in Johannesburg's Ponte City, a hulking 54-story tower has gone from Apartheid enclave to drug dealer haven to symbol of urban renewal. Read More >>

architecture
Why Istanbul Wants to Build the World's Busiest Airport

Back in 2013, when Istanbul was still competing to host the 2020 Olympics, the city announced plans to build "the world's largest and busiest airport terminal." The Olympic bid ended up failing—but Istanbul still wants to build its mega-airport. Read More >>

architecture
The Roof of This Sloped Library Doubles as an Awesome Slide

Imagine how much easier it would be to get kids excited about going to the library if the library itself doubled as a playground. That's exactly what's happened in an earthquake-ravaged village in China's Yunnan Province. The town's new library doubles as a community centre with a slide on top. Read More >>

space
Buy These Seeds From Space and Make Yourself an Intergalactic Salad

Spring has just got here, and you're probably tentatively peering out the window of your dust-filled flat for your first glimmer of real sunshine in five months. Maybe you're even prepping your garden—in which case I invite you to consider investing in space basil. It's exactly what it sounds like. Read More >>

architecture
Watch Eight BASE Jumps From Eight Pieces of Famous Architecture

Do you like modern architecture? What about stomach-churningly scary videos of people hurling themselves off tall things? Well, you're in luck: After four people were arrested for BASE jumping off of One World Trade last month, we took a look at other jumps from famous buildings. Read More >>

architecture
These Bamboo Micro-Homes Would Turn Abandoned Buildings Into Villages

As China designs a roadmap to bring 100 million rural citizens into cities over the next five years, it and other booming east Asian countries will confront a problem that's been around since the 1980s: The massive housing shortage and the illegal dwellings that result. Two architects think they've found a temporary solution in bamboo. Read More >>

art
These Mysterious Desert Monoliths are Actually Richard Serra Sculptures

N25o 31.019'E050o51.948': You need a set of GPS coordinates to visit Richard Serra's newest work, which stretches more than a half-mile through the Qatari desert. Read More >>

locations
Why do Chinese Investors Want to Build a Dubai-Style City in Kenya?

A coalition of 100 investors announced plans to build a "Chinese-controlled economic zone" populated by skyscrapers and luxury residences. Their new city will be in Kenya, but the goal is to "match the glamour of Dubai." What would motivate investors to go to the trouble of building a massive new city in a country other than their own? It's pretty simple, actually. Read More >>

design
What if all the World's Subway Maps Were Designed By the Same Person?

Transit maps are as unique as the cities they represent. To know Tokyo's subway, you have to know the quirks of its subway map; to navigate NYC, you have to familiarise yourself with its mapping idiosyncrasies, too. But what if design was standardised across every city in the world? Read More >>

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