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Rare 14th-Century Baby Bootie Uncovered in Switzerland

Archaeologists working in the Swiss town of Saint-Ursanne have discovered a remarkably well-preserved leather bootie dating back to the Middle Ages. Read More >>

year in review
The Most Futuristic Predictions That Came True in 2016

Another year has passed, which means we’re another step closer to the tomorrow of our dreams. Here are the most futuristic developments of 2016. Read More >>

design
3D-Printed Electric Water Kettle Inspired by Nautilus Shells

The nested chambers seen inside this prototype electric water kettle by designer Guillian Graves are 3D-printed, their geometry inspired by nautilus shells—giving the project its name, Nautile. Read More >>

architecture
This Old Fire Engine Might be Scotland’s Coolest B&B

While clicking around through a long binge of truck-camping photographs—feeling totally and absolutely desperate for the summer—I found a listing for this old Fire engine in the Cairngorms National Park of Scotland. Believe it or not, it's now a B&B. Read More >>

3d
See Your City Like a Hazy Point Cloud from Another Dimension

We saw last month that data sets hidden in Google Street View can be extracted to create immersive 3D point clouds that make every city look like a holograph. Inspired by that work—by designer Gonzalez Vivo—Callum Prentice has mocked up an interactive version, a Google Street View search that shows you any available address as if it's being beamed in from another dimension. Read More >>

3d printing
Flying 3D Printers Could Help Seal Off Nuclear Waste

A quadcopter outfitted with an on-board 3D printer could be used to seal off and transport nuclear waste, or even to build structures in the middle of nowhere, according to its inventor, Mirko Kovac of University College, London. "In effect, it's the world's first flying 3D printer," New Scientist writes. "One day such drones might work together to help remove waste from nuclear sites or help patch up damaged buildings." Read More >>

humour
Trick Your Boss Into Thinking Your Computer is Still Busy

We've seen prank screensavers and even fake viruses before, but this one, specifically aimed at image professionals, makes your boss think your computer is bogged down, plugging away at rendering... who knows what, but it must be huge. And it just might take all day. Read More >>

design
Shoot Electricity From Your Skull With These Great Silk Screen Prints

These gorgeous silk screen prints by London-based tattoo artist Deno depict bold hieroglyphic towers of electrical energy and human body parts, like black & white totem poles from a future skull cult, some New School universe of pyramids and castles where stairways coil up and over power lines and stars threaten to float away in the darkness. Read More >>

space
Using Plastic Surgery To Keep Astronauts Human On Long Space Missions

A brief exchange in the back of last week's issue of New Scientist asks: "I understand that the lines and sagging skin we acquire as we age are due to the sun and gravity. If I lived in a space station in zero or microgravity away from the sun, would I stay looking young?" A perfectly innocuous, if even somewhat boring, question—but the answer, supplied by a reader from London, touches on some fascinating terrain. Read More >>

environment
Sellafield’s Huge Nuclear Waste Dump Will Be Washed Away By Rising Sea Levels

Sellafield, the dumping ground for nuclear waste located near Cumbria on the Irish sea is "virtually certain" to be washed away by rising sea levels, a new report warns. The UK Environment Agency has admitted that constructing the Drigg Low-Level Waste Repository so near the coast was a mistake, and that one million cubic metres of nuclear waste will begin leaking into the ocean "a few hundred to a few thousand years from now." Read More >>

science
Deepsea Minerals are Coming Soon to a Mobile Phone Near You

Rocks mined from the seafloor have been confirmed as a viable source for rare earth metals, and thus a tiny piece of the ocean might soon find its way into a mobile phone or computer chipboard near you. The finding, published in the April 2014 issue of Applied Geochemistry, all but guarantees a new round of focus on overcoming the challenges—both industrial and environmental—of extracting mineral riches from the ocean depths. Read More >>

design
These Shiny Foil Screenprints of Space History are Fantastic

The designers at Astronomika have launched a limited edition screenprint series that they describe as their attempt to draw everything humans have sent into space. They call it "a growing compendium of beautifully crafted screenprints celebrating the past, present and future of spaceflight." Read More >>

locations
Lost in a Maze of Abandoned Stations Beneath the Streets of Barcelona

The always interesting urban exploration crew at Trackrunners have assembled all of their various trips down beneath the streets of Barcelona into one long super-post, an epic catalogue of all things lost and subterranean in that Spanish coastal city. Read More >>

energy
Electric Lights are Too Expensive—Why Not Brighten the Moon?

Think of all the power it takes to light up empty car parks at night. Think of how annoying it can be when the sun goes down, yet you didn't finish all your work for the day. Think of how great it would be if we could just extend daytime, reduce the cost of lighting up all those empty streets and garages, and keep our cities as excessively illuminated as they already are today. We should just brighten the moon. Read More >>

art
Space Invaders Should Have Been a Biblical Epic all Along

Artist Dan Hernandez has an absolutely awesome new show up in New York City at the Kim Foster Gallery. combining Renaissance theology with the iconography of early computer game art, or Space Invaders meets the Book of Genesis. Read More >>