Flowers Are Eavesdropping

According to a new study, plants can “hear” when a bee passes and they subsequently create more sweet nectar to attract them. A recent study by scientists at three Tel-Aviv University schools has found that a plant picks up sounds (signaled by the vibration of its petals) and responds (signaled by the excretion of additional nectar). With proof that the flowers responded to all of the …

Form Study in Blue Sheet Set

$568

Available for all sized beds (from twin to California king) these hand-dripped sheets are part of Flaneur’s Color Study Series. Made from 100% Supima cotton, the sheets are crafted from the finest materials and incredibly close attention is paid from the set’s rawest form to its final weaving, construction and beyond. Dyed one piece at a time, each product in the set is carefully colored and the …

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This Photo of Shanghai is Made of 195,000 Megapixels

Shot from 750+ feet above the city, this 360-degree panorama by BigPixel is made from 195,000 megapixels—for reference, the new Google Pixel shoots at 12.3 megapixels. Since it is one of the most detailed photos ever taken, viewers can zoom from the perch it was taken from all the way down to street-level where faces and license plates can be seen clearly. Though the photo …

Ezra Klein Interviews Anil Dash on Tech and Ethics

On his podcast for Vox this week, Ezra Klein (journalist, political commentator and editor-at-large) discusses tech with CEO of Glitch, Anil Dash. From the ways algorithms veil our real-life choices to the concept of “neutral” products, the two talk about the issues surrounding tech and how important it is that we create and “maintain our ethical standards as new technologies expand into uncharted territories.” One of …

AI Diagnoses Genetic Disorders Using Facial Photos

While doctors can identify genetic disorders with an accuracy between 70% and 75%, DeepGestalt—an AI project by FDNA—can do so with accuracy of 90% and over. By analyzing the face piece-by-piece, the system finds a corresponding disorder for that crop, moves on to the next and then pools the results to find the most proper diagnosis for the patient. For the 8% of the population that’s …

Why We Fixate on the Time Artists Spend on Their Work

Collectors, viewers and members of the press have long been fascinated with how long artists spend on each piece they create. Whether related to our obsession with the myth of the artist’s struggle, how we put a monetary value on a piece, or beyond, “it’s easier to value intensive physical labor over conceptual rigor when an artist’s thought process can feel so intangible and impossible to …

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Smokeless Smudge

$35

For those looking to rid a room of toxic energy or to indulge in the relaxing scent of white sage and Palo Santo, this is a liquified and bottled version of the smudge. Ideal for use in hotel rooms, in the car or anywhere else that needs to remain smoke-free, this fluid iteration is a modern take on the ancient ritual for those on the go. …

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MoMA Edition Crewneck Sweatshirt

$70

An instant classic, MoMA and Champion’s collaboration sweatshirt debuted for the museum’s Is Fashion Modern? exhibition and remains a playful take on the classic, collegiate style crewneck. With MoMA’s logo appliquéd on the front, the sweatshirt is made from a cotton blend and available in size small through XL. Art fans, represent.

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Ceramic Incense Chamber

$285

A variation on traditional Japanese incense chambers, this vessel from Wacko Maria is crafted from glossy white ceramic and shaped like the Virgin Mary. Replacing her eyes and (in the shape of a cross) along her chest and back, are holes from which the aroma can diffuse. The base is a separate piece, making clean-up easy.

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After Party

$46

From kitsch to classy, François Prost‘s After Party is a 300-page exploration of French nightclub façades. The collection of photographs was shot during the daytime, offering a strangely alien element to the images—with their neon unlit, doors closed, and void of humans. In contrast, the cover boasts a holographic foil which will stand out on bookshelves or coffee tables. With a poster included, this book is available in an …

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Agoria feat. Blasé: You’re Not Alone

Accompanied by a stunning video treatment directed by Latin Grammy Award-winner Hernan Corera, Agoria (aka Sebastien Devaud) releases a new single titled “You’re Not Alone,” featuring French singer Blasé. It’s an entrancing tune about promises between two people—and the distances they’ll go for one another. In the otherworldly video, the song acts as an appropriate soundtrack for a cross-desert ride, intimate moments between lovers and crowded, …

The Drums: Body Chemistry

“I know some good luck and a good fuck, a nice glass of wine and some quality time is gonna make you mine,” Jonny Pierce of The Drums sings in “Body Chemistry,” a song that addresses loss, depression and ultimately the chase for connection. It’s a hefty thematic struggle from a band known for sunny, beachside celebration—and it works beautifully. The Drums have a new …

Ulysse Nardin’s Erotic, Oceanic “Classico Manara” Collection

Italian cartoonist Milo Manara partners with the luxury watch brand for a 10-piece line

There’s a torrid history of erotica in watch design. From graphic automatons on dials to hidden (or obvious) hyper-sexual imagery, the time-telling industry has toyed with sexual iconography for centuries. Last year, at Richemont‘s Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie Genève (SIHH), acclaimed watchmaker Ulysse Nardin unveiled an orgiastic Jaquemart repeater—or a timepiece featuring a mechanical animation that chimes. It was NSFW to say the least. This year, at SIHH, …

Panda Bear: Token

The last few years have seen the 10th anniversary celebrations of two milestone Panda Bear (aka Noah Lennox) albums—first, his acclaimed solo work Person Pitch (2007) and then the Animal Collective commercial darling Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009). Now Lennox is gearing up for a new solo release, Buoys, and both the debut single and the latest release “Token” continue to stoke excitement. Directed by, and featuring …

Amaal: Not What I Thought

Setting a break-up ballad against the bleak, beautiful landscapes of Iceland always seems to yield success. Toronto-based Amaal does so in “Not What I Thought,” to striking result. Director Sean Brown casts intimate close-ups against shots of sheer alienation. A mood is built through the visuals that complements Amaal’s vocal grace. The track is the recording artist’s first from a forthcoming EP.

Hands-On With Schumacher Fabrics

Why everything we thought we knew about reupholstering was wrong

What happens when you combine hand-me-down furniture and traditional fabrics with one of NYC’s best-loved designers? The answer is two reinvented chairs that stay true to their roots. The pleasantly surprising path to these old-meets-new results started with a practical and common enough scenario: furniture that badly needed reupholstering. Like many who undertake their own home decor projects, I was short on time but long on …

Upcoming Arthouse Films

Thanks to Dazed, there’s a new list of the 11 most exciting arthouse films coming out this year. All of them are “criminally overlooked arthouse oddities” that deserve as many viewers as blockbusters. From Jia Zhangke’s Ash is The Purest White, to Simon Amstell’s semi-autobiographical Benjamin, to coming of age stories, horror-comedies, tales about sex workers, neo-fables and more, the list is delightfully diverse—in terms …