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 …

Nor’easter Sweater

$298

Crafted using materials from New York (and manufactured there too) Best Made Company’s Nor’easter Sweater is made from burly, dye-free wool. This one in particular, in a unique shade, is made from a yarn that combines brown Corriedale and dark brown Romney sheep’s wool. By partnering with Battenkill Fibers and New York Textile Lab, Best Made ensures that the product is delicately crafted and cared for in …

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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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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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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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Daste: Sober

Fusing lo-fi funk with wavy alternative, Daste’s “Sober” is an ode to giving someone your undivided attention. The Australian trio (signed to Mammal Sounds) may not be referencing drugs or alcohol, but rather the millions of other distractions that invade intimate situations. “I know you’re feeling like I’m in my head all the time / Cause when you tell me about your day-to-day I don’t …

Loyle Carner feat. Rebel Kleff + Kiko Bun: You Don’t Know

Loyle Carner (aka Benjamin Coyle-Larner) moonlights as an observant server, bartender, security guard and cab driver in the video for “You Don’t Know.” Watching over his mother (played by his real-life mom) as she goes on a few dates—some good and some not so. Throughout, Carner raps about his own dating fears—particularly losing trust and love as time goes on. It’s a clever and sweet …

Parachute’s First-Ever Mattress

The bedding company creates an option without foam or latex

Venice Beach, CA-based Parachute got its start in 2014 with a desire to make bedding better. They did so by manufacturing percale, sateen and linen sheets in Portugal, all Oeko-Tex certified (meaning they test free of harmful substances and chemicals), at a direct-to-consumer price. Since sheets, Parachute has followed a natural trajectory, expanding into the bathroom, kitchen, living, and brick-and-mortar stores—and today, they launch their largest …

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, …

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 …

Fotolog

I started a Fotolog called digital selenium. Fotolog is a pretty cool community site that makes it super easy to post images simply for sharing purposes. And best of all, it’s free.

Robots, Persons, and the Future

The Syllabus for Mills College Professor Ellen Spertus’ class “Robots, Persons, and the Future” has many interesting “futurism” links and readings.

Everyone Loves a Spy Cam

The AVMC211 from I-O Data appears to be the smallest hand held video camera to date. It looks pretty cool, but I wonder about the image quality.