science
Dutch Police Are DNA Testing 21,500 Men to Solve a 20-Year-Old Murder

In 1986, a technique called “DNA fingerprinting” was used for the first time in a criminal investigation, when a geneticist named Alec Jeffreys realised that when DNA was extracted from cells and attached to photographic film, it developed as a sequence of bars that could uniquely identify someone. His accidental discovery helped nail the suspect in the murder of 15-year-old Dawn Ashworth. Since then, for better and for worse, DNA has become gold-standard evidence that has led to thousands of convictions. Read More >>

design
How This Simple Landscaping Project Quiets an Airport’s Roar

Two years ago in the Netherlands, artist Paul de Kort designed an 81-acre park near Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. His assignment? To use nothing but landscaping to dampen the noise of airplanes. Such a project had never been attempted and the science behind his design was discovered almost by accident. Read More >>

bicycles
This Bike Park is More Advanced Than Most Car Garages

Cyclists are used to feeling envy at Dutch bike infrastructure. I mean, just look at this bridge. Sigh. Now, Delft is showing off its bike parking lot—and it’s as technologically advanced as you’d expect. Read More >>

architecture
Commuters Can Park and Climb at This Unlikely Parking Garage

The next time you find yourself in need of a parking spot in Utrecht (been there!), steer yourself towards this new garage. Not only will you be able to park your car, you'll also be able to get in a little belaying practice—thanks to its two climbing walls, which run along the edge of the building's slabs. Read More >>

architecture
Inside Rotterdam’s Super-Efficient New Train Terminal

This Autumn, Rotterdam's new Centraal Station is open for business again, nearly ten years after the project got underway. Thanks to its massive solar roof and its super-compact layout, it's one of the more efficient train stations in Europe—a building designed for the next century of transit. Read More >>

design
5 Grisly Decades of Workplace Safety Posters

Worker compensation is a fairly new thing, starting in the early 1900s. Before that, injuries on the job were usually treated with either indifference or cheap payoff—after all, the average factory worker was making mere pennies a day, so half a year's pay was chump change for large companies. Read More >>

google
The Dutch Have the Weirdest Google Maps Censorship

The Netherlands have given the world so much: pizza, sex tourism, The Hague, Rembrandt, Vermeer — and let's not Aelbert Cuyp. In the tradition of the last three, the Dutch now serve up the most artistically bizarre Google blurring ever. Read More >>