Kids encouraged to use videogame to visualize their dream park, with $8.9m allotted to winning design's execution
Parents may be looking for reasons to coax their square-eyed offspring away from the flicker of the computer screen but the South Australian government is taking a more entrepreneurial approach to young gamers.
In the Russian Space Gecko experiment, a loosely fastened collar turned into a toy as geckos would bat it around the ship until bored
They can walk on walls with ease and shed their tails when they find themselves in a tight spot, but the one thing geckos were thought to lack was a capacity for playfulness. Now, a space experiment has overturned the view that geckos are entirely serious creatures, showing that they are open to a spot of fun after all.
Chef Dan Barber is unflinchingly proving that food waste can be deliciously repurposed
Few things in life are more shaming than poking around in the crisp box of your fridge (though one might be using the prissy and somehow very 70s term “crisp box” in the first place). For isn’t there always a heart-sinking moment at some point in the month when you reach down and pull up a stinking bag of yellowing kale, a too-bendy carrot, a tomato whose youthful blush has turned unaccountably to grey?
The online streaming site’s list is soporific enough, but what if too much of certain artists just makes you angry instead?
Spotify has compiled a list of the tracks most likely to appear in playlists designed to help people get to sleep. The result – The Top 20 Most-Streamed Songs For Sleep, Globally – may constitute history’s most powerful sedative.
On Fashion Revolution Day, people will take to social media to ask brands #whomademyclothes, but critics say hashtag activism makes little difference
Now in its second year, Fashion Revolution Day (FRD) is a hashtag campaign designed to keep the most vulnerable in the fashion supply chain in the public eye. Held on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, participants are encouraged to take a selfie showing the label on their clothes and ask the designer or brand #whomademyclothes. It’s an important cause, but can a hashtag campaign really bring meaningful change to the fashion industry?
Mainstream mags may be shutting down, but specialist publishing has never been in healthier shape
While mainstream magazines are seeing sales fall, and long-standing titles such as Loaded are printing their final issues, the world of niche, independent mags is going from strength to strength. Instead of trying to cater for as many people as possible, they take the opposite approach, targeting the most specific audiences they can find. There are titles to cater for every conceivable interest, from Gratuitous Type for typography nerds to Cherry Bombe for women who love food, Kindling for modern dads, and Cat People for creatives who really love cats.
File-sharing firm’s Matt Mason says he wants to combat piracy: ‘Content has value, it should be legally licensed and distributed'
BitTorrent has attracted some famous names to its “bundles” initiative in the last two years, including Moby, Thom Yorke, De La Soul and Madonna. But its deal to distribute a box-set bundle for Doctor Who is its biggest coup yet.
Gap has launched a pair of low rise and wide legged shorts—exactly what dads wear on holiday. From boyfriend jeans to nephew jeans, which family member do you sport?
Assuming this season’s rather specific denim trends aren’t for you (quite possible if you hated the 1970s the first time round but, equally, find the prospect of wearing skinny or slimmy jeans again wholly dispiriting), there is good news: spring denim has broadened out into something more “family-orientated.” Gap has just launched its “dad shorts” – wide-legged denims – precisely the sort of thing your dad wears on holiday. “Fussy cuts are known to increase sales,” explains APC’s Jean Toutoiu after explaining why he launched his hybrid of stretch with raw denim which helped the label’s sales increase by 40% and which explains the rise and rise of the boyfriend jean (M&S, Topshop and Asos all have their own “boyfriend” jean section). Take Barack Obama, a defiant wearer of “dad” jeans: “The truth” he replied after much ridicule, “is I generally look very sharp in jeans.” Sure you do. So, with Easter in mind – a time of family and togetherness – here are five jean styles from the family tree.
Twitter’s new video app is brilliant technology in a lush package—what a shame our lives are all so boring, right?
In November 2009, Twitter made a small, seemingly cosmetic, change to its web interface. For two years, ever since the site was still called “twttr”, the box for composing a new tweet had posed the question “what are you doing?”
How the internet giant is helping to catalog thousands of pieces of street art before they disappear forever
What some call vandalism, others call street art. Where some see criminals, others see outlaw poets, heroes of free speech taking their work directly to the people, bypassing galleries and auction houses, and democratizing the relationship between art and the public. That outlaw freedom jumped time and space last week when the Google Street Art Project announced it was doubling its worldwide database by adding 5000 new images.