computers
Redesigned Thermal Paste Syringes Are Supposed To Look Less Like Drug Paraphernalia

We’ve all been there as a teenager. What starts as a nerdy afternoon building a fancy new gaming PC ends up with a stint in rehab after your parents assume those tiny syringes full of thermal paste mean you’re doing the drugs. Cooler Master is apparently tired of all the confusion, so it’s redesigned its thermal paste applicators to look less like drug paraphernalia. Read More >>

oneplus
CES 2020: OnePlus’s Boldest Move is Focusing More on Design Than the Tech

Over the last few years, phone makers have been putting two, three, or even five or more cameras on the backs of phones, to the point that it’s giving some people trypophobia. But with the Concept One, OnePlus is trying to ease that camera anxiety while also flexing some of its design chops. Read More >>

design
CES 2020: A Smart Wooden Stick Is Now a Thing That Exists

Just because you can make something smart – be it microwaves, shower heads, and even mattresses – doesn’t necessarily mean you should. A Japanese company named Mui Lab teamed up with Wacom to create what it’s calling the ‘Pillar Memory’ which appears to be the world’s first smart wooden stick. Read More >>

design
London’s 1924 Prototype K2 Phone Box Upgraded to Grade II*

One of the red phone boxes that started the whole red phone box thing we have has joined the lists of our most protected national monuments, as the box has been handed Grade II* listed status so will most definitely not be skipped and transformed into an InLink monolith by engineers overnight. Read More >>

cars
We Took a Deep Dive Inside Maserati’s Innovation Lab

It’s not that often a car manufacturer opens its factory floor to outsiders. Even less likely to happen is getting an opportunity to take a peek at where the real research and development goes on. Surprisingly, Maserati recently did just that by allowing journalists in to take a look around its Innovation Lab. And, to be honest, it was bigger than we were expecting with a total footprint of 33,744 square metres. With 1100 or so employees divvied up across a huge low-rise workspace in via Emilia Ovest, Modena it’s an impressive facility for sure. Read More >>

design
I Want That on a T-Shirt

Artists on Twitter say that their work is regularly stolen by armies of bots that generate t-shirts from popular designs – and they’ve got the receipts to prove it. Read More >>

design
Colour Experts Declare 2020 Blue

The mix artists at Pantone have decided that a really very nice indeed tone of blue is the hottest colour in the world right now, declaring 2020 the official year of Classic Blue – otherwise known as Pantone 19-4052. Read More >>

ads
Aldi Stunt Vegetable Recognised by Brand Authorities

A plush carrot made solely for advertising purposes has somehow been inducted into a museum of famous brands and now sits alongside Mickey Mouse and Paddington Bear; a bizarre move we can only conclude involved clandestine meetings and boxes of wonky vegetables changing hands late at night in car parks. Read More >>

science
It Took Five Years to Perfect the Recipe for This Transparent Eraser

To many, Japan seems like a technological wonderland that’s at least a couple of decades ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to innovation. That even applies to something as seemingly mundane as office supplies, as is evident by this new see-through eraser that enhances precision by providing an unobstructed view of what’s actually being erased. Read More >>

wtf
PopSockets Has Gone Too Far

After years of calling PopSockets ugly eyesores, I get the appeal now. Earlier this year I upgraded to an iPhone XS Max and my Big Phone was a smidge too large for my hands. I grumbled, but it was surprisingly useful. Then when I lost my wallet on a business trip, I even upgraded to a PopWallet+. Readers, it changed my life and I am a convert. A true fan. But even I have my limits. Today, the company has taken it a step too far with its latest product, a PopGrip AirPod Holder. Read More >>

design
Church of Sheeran Approved by Local Council

Nice little Ed Sheeran isn't jizzing his money away on Teslas and jetpacks and whatnot, and is instead building a lovely little non-denominational church-type thing on the grounds of his home in Suffolk, for all his global friends of various religions to come and have a rest in, and thank their favourite god for making them mates with Ed and bestowing upon them his profitable guest vocalist appearances. Read More >>

design
Why You’ll Be Sitting More Comfortably on Ford’s 3D Knitted Seats

You might think that many of today’s production cars are, well, a wee bit boring; just nondescript metal boxes with not much to set them apart. But, in the future, Ford thinks you might be able to personalise your motor to suit your taste, even if you don't actually have any. Thanks to increasingly innovative materials and improved manufacturing techniques the old school interior that we’ve been used to for the last few decades might be about to change. Cars might even become quirky again. Read More >>

art
A Psychedelic Art Installation Is Trying to Get People Talking About Climate Solutions

Roughly a third of the Netherlands lies below sea level. Even when water isn’t physically present, the spectre of it is. Read More >>

architecture
York Fish & Chip Shop’s Chinese Branch Opens for Business

Well they weren't joking about it and have actually gone and done it: there's a brand new branch of York chip shop Scotts open for business in Chengdu, China. Read More >>

science
The Potential of Green Urban Planning for Mental Health

There is no single solution to the world-wide epidemic of poor mental health; addressing its root causes – like poverty-triggered stress and social isolation – and choosing effective treatment for sufferers remains paramount. One way to potentially partly buffer against the effects of poor mental health is through contact with nature, including the green spaces within metropolises. Read More >>