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Grow Your Own Air-Breathing Plants Underwater
Grow Your Own Air-Breathing Plants Underwater

Nemo's Garden creates miniature biospheres in a standard aquarium, pointing to a future full of sea-based farming

Ocean Reef Group is working on a sea-based alternative to dry-land agriculture through their Nemo’s Garden project which creates self-contained biospheres below the ocean’s surface. They have recently opened a Kickstarter campaign for a miniaturized version people can keep in their homes. It’s their hope this campaign will raise awareness of what they’re trying to do, and the environmental issues that are making it necessary.

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5 Stories You Need to Know Today
5 Stories You Need to Know Today

In today's links, drones transport blood, Google measures air pollution, and IBM Watson manages diabetes

PSFK editors aggregate top stories from around the web each day.

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Fumi Brings Home-Integrated Fun to Modern Mailboxes
Fumi Brings Home-Integrated Fun to Modern Mailboxes

S&O design reinvent the mail slot with playful designs that come from iconic elements of the Japanese home

Hisakazu Shimizu, Tokyo-based designer of S&O design has released a series of mailboxes called Fumi to add fun and creativity to an unlikely location. They represent and match iconic Japanese home design elements, and give homeowners a way to make an individual statement about their place of residence.

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Hail a Mumbai Masterpiece on Wheels
Hail a Mumbai Masterpiece on Wheels

Taxi Fabric wants to upholster taxi interiors in Mumbai with the works of young graphic designers

Taxi Fabric wants to give young graphic designers in Mumbai a new outlet to showcase their work: the fabric seat covers of taxi cabs. In the process, it hopes to inspire conversation, and show older generations what design is all about.

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It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s an Amazon Drone Superhighway!
It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s an Amazon Drone Superhighway!

In a recent quarrel with the law, Amazon Prime is seeking reforms so as to roll out its newest retail operation

Having planned to carry out a drone delivery service since 2013, Amazon Prime is only now seeing its vision for the future of distribution slowly coming into fruition. Following restrictions by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to test its drones, a change this March in the organization’s policies has permitted Prime to take the drones for a spin outdoors, under conditions that the drones never leave the pilot’s sight and only operate during daytime.

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Gold Jewelry or Scrap Paper?
Gold Jewelry or Scrap Paper?

Skræp is a jewelry line inspired by crumpled paper

LuxMea has devised a way to capture the complexity of a crumpled piece of paper and turn it into wearable statement jewelry. Available either as a cuff or as a pendant, the Skræp jewelry collection finds beauty in the folds and contours of a crumpled piece of paper.

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How Busy is the Bar? A Door Frame Sensor Will Tell You
How Busy is the Bar? A Door Frame Sensor Will Tell You

Density is a sensor and app that measures establishment population data and shares it in real-time via the cloud

The densification of cities, or lack there of, is a hot topic right now. As our population grows, the demographic makeup of our cities will change, and the way we live will be affected. But there has been less talk about the crowding nature of the spaces within the places we live. That’s all starting to change thanks to Density, a small sensor that measures the real-time population of places like cafés, bars, gyms, and retail centers.

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Swipe Right If It’s Food Love at First Sight
Swipe Right If It’s Food Love at First Sight

Tender is Tinder for food lovers—swipe left and right for food you fancy or not

For the foodies out there, this application may just be a game-changer. No more scouring the Web for the best food recipes you can get your hands on. Now, all you need is Tender and you’ve got the best recipes in the palm of your hands. Tender is Tinder for food, which means that using the app is as simple as swiping left and right until you find your night’s perfect match.

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Show Off Your City’s Pollution Data in Style
Show Off Your City’s Pollution Data in Style

Stefanie Posavec and Miriam Quick's wearable data objects, based on open data from air quality sensors, visualize the burden pollution places on us

Data artists Stefanie Posavec and Miriam Quick created a collection of necklaces and glasses that communicate the physical burden air pollution places on people’s bodies. Air Transformed are wearable data objects that look decorative but are entirely based on open data from air quality sensors in Sheffield.

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The Sharing Economy Goes Outdoors
The Sharing Economy Goes Outdoors

Hipcamp's land sharing model creates more camping opportunities across a nation dominated by privately-owned land

Camping discovery and booking service Hipcamp has launched a new initiative enabling private landowners to transform their space into campgrounds. The company is helping people interested in the program with everything from the creation of an online listing, to photography, insurance, bathrooms, maps and more. Its model works similar to Airbnb, with payments made weekly to landowners via direct deposit.

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A Coffee Roastery Serves Up Jobs for the Homeless
A Coffee Roastery Serves Up Jobs for the Homeless

Old Spike Roastery in London was founded to offer high-quality coffee while helping the local homeless with high-quality jobs

Lucy, a barista at Old Spike Roastery in London, isn’t your typical coffee shop employee. She’s very friendly, but she has only just started to learn English. She can make a mean flat white, yet she learned how to do so only five months ago, when the shop’s owners hired her right off the street.

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The Only Thing Standing Between You and Your Unlocked Phone is Your Face
The Only Thing Standing Between You and Your Unlocked Phone is Your Face

Apple hopes to make our connection with our information-sensitive devices more personal with facial recognition tech

The selfie loving star may soon be able to unlock her Apple mobile products with facial recognition software, according to reports. But the proposed security feature is not just for reality TV stars or fans of a sultry face grab. Steamrolling over the Eyeprint ID by ZTE, Apple’s latest patent shows that all iDevice users might soon be able to unlock their device using a new facial scan technology.

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