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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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Catching Poachers on Rhino-Cam
Catching Poachers on Rhino-Cam

Protect RAPID implants hidden cameras and GPS on rhinos to catch and deter poachers

In 2007, poachers in South Africa killed 13 endangered rhinos. Despite a dedicated anti-poaching police force, that number skyrocketed over the years. Last year, poachers killed 1,215 rhinos, mostly for their horns, which are often harvested while the animal is still living. To combat poachers, conservation group Protect has begun field trials of the Real-time Anti Poaching Intelligence Device (RAPID), a GPS tracking collar combined with a heart-rate monitor and video camera.

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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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Give Your Unborn Baby the Gift of Surround Sound
Give Your Unborn Baby the Gift of Surround Sound

Designed to fit over any mother-to-be's tummy, the Ritmo Pregnancy Audio Belt will have 20-week-olds growing with the womb

Fact: a 20-week-old unborn baby can already hear sounds outside the womb. Another: when a fetus hears a sound, it reacts to that particular sound by moving. It is safe to say that sounds help support the brain growth of an unborn child. This concept is what drove Nuvo Group to create Ritmo, the pregnancy audio belt that will allow every mom to give her baby the gift of sounds and music.

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Harnessing Pixar’s Cute Factor, Robot’s Goal is to Light Up Your Day
Harnessing Pixar’s Cute Factor, Robot’s Goal is to Light Up Your Day

Pixar character animator Alonso Martinez created a spherical robot whose goal is to form strong emotional connections with humans

Pixar may have designed one very cute robot in the form of WALL-E, but its technical director, Alonso Martinez, has made an adorable real-life creation that rivals the character in cuteness: Mira.

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An Improved Invisibility Cloak Could See Itself Implemented in Interior Design
An Improved Invisibility Cloak Could See Itself Implemented in Interior Design

University of California, San Diego designs a thin invisibility cloak to hide objects on flat surfaces

Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak was one of his go-to survival tools and it saved his life on several occasions. Though recently associated with magic, the University of California, San Diego and its electrical engineers have made quite the scientific breakthrough, designing a cloak that can hide any object.

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

In today's links, sarcasm in the office, selfies on the campaign trail, and families in the kitchen

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

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Let’s See if Hackers Can Spare the 6.4 Quadrillion Years Needed to Hack You Now
Let’s See if Hackers Can Spare the 6.4 Quadrillion Years Needed to Hack You Now

German startup JAR is developing hack-proof hardware to replace passwords

JAR is a coin-sized device that can hold all your log-in credentials. All you need to do is plug it into the 3.5mm input of your smartphone, tablet or laptop, and you’ll be able to securely access your online accounts.

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Shifting the Conversation on Olympian Athleticism
Shifting the Conversation on Olympian Athleticism

Nike-sponsored Olympian Blake Leeper discusses how brand partnerships can help redefine "disability" in American culture

Taking a break from the archetypal slow-mo-flashing-lights-and-glory-in-strength commercials that have come define sportsmanship, Nike has selected a more inspirational tone of voice for its Inner Strength campaign. The documentary-style series has highlighted athletes from the culturally renown to lesser known yet noteworthy competitors. Nike takes a deeper look into what it takes—physical strength aside—to train and compete among the world’s greatest.

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Changing the Way We Walk the Earth for a Cleaner Future
Changing the Way We Walk the Earth for a Cleaner Future

The average sneaker takes 65 years to decompose; designer Ammo Liao uses advanced processes to create more sustainable footwear

The textile market has become an increasingly progressive arena for innovation. In line with industry objectives and technological advancements, one designer aims to redefine the way in which textiles are produced, consumed and recycled. Designer Ammo Liao has developed the Bio-Knit—a single material that takes on multiple physical properties—in hopes to reshape the current sneaker industry.

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