A Phone Worth Keeping

Modular phones, petrified bird photography, the Empire State Building's green roof and more in our weekly look at the web

When your phone dies, generally only one component has stopped working. Phonebloks is proposing a forward-thinking system—a modular phone built of replaceable and customizable parts, that could be repaired in the same way we fix cars. The message is sweeping the globe right now via the viral amplification service Thunderclap, where a video explains not only the issue with electronic waste but that this problem can be remedied with enough support. Phonebloks is aiming for enough reach that—on 29 October 2013—a unified mass of 900,000 backers will send a social media message of support at the same time.