How Horses Can Inform Autonomous Driving: An Interview With Daimler’s Futurists

Alexander Mankowsky, Sabine Engelhardt and their three ponies use equine instinct to communicate interactions between cars and people

The Resiliency of the Smiley Face

Originally designed by Harvey Ball in 1963, the Smiley Face has become an immediately recognizable symbol the world over. In the early ’70s two Hallmark reps copyrighted the design and later a French journalist claimed it through the Smiley Company—that same company made $420 million in 2017 by licensing the logo, claiming it’s more than an icon, it’s “a spirit and a philosophy.” In recent …

Recycled Polartec Fleece

$306

Crafted by mysterious independent Italian brand GR10K, this fleece jacket, in “Dolphin Grey,” references military styles—a point emphasized by the fact that they source recycled Polartec from that sector. With streetwear nods and an eco-friendly conscience, it distances itself from the style popularized by outdoor industry veterans like The North Face.

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Pompeii’s Unearthed Stash of Ancient Charms and Amulets

When Pompeii met its sudden end more than 2,000 years ago, the city was buried with many treasures intact. With every archaeological dig there, remarkable insight into Roman life is revealed. A recent dig inside the House of the Garden unearthed the remains of 10 people and a collection of gems, beads, shells and amulets—once housed in a wooden box. There are phallic charms oftentimes …

Spend the Night in an Edward Hopper Painting

Coinciding with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’s Edward Hopper and the American Hotel exhibition, the institution will allows guests to walk through—and even spend the night—in a three-dimensional recreation of the artist’s painting, “Western Motel.” An exemplary study on isolation (a persistent theme in Hoppers work), the “Western Motel” experience will happen on the museum grounds. The exhibition will also feature more than 60 …

Inside Virgin Galactic’s Spaceport Terminal

Founded in 2004 by Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Galactic is an airline that offers trips to the outer rim of our atmosphere—taking off from a strip of dusty land in New Mexico. Tickets start at $200,000 and will afford passengers the opportunity to enter space—a claim typically reserved for NASA-trained astronauts. The trip lasts 90 minutes, courtesy of a supersonic plane, but hours more could …

Astronomers Detect an Unprecedented Glow from the Center of Our Galaxy

At the center of our galaxy is the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A*. Though it has a history of flickering, it has never glowed like it did in April and May, new research tells us. Twice, both times over the course of four nights, the light around its core glowed at “unprecedented” levels—so much that some astronomers believed they’d discovered a star. Minutes later, the …

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From animated hip-hop to a song in support of sex workers, a few of our favorite tracks from the week

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The latest additions to our shoppable directory

Legalize Humanity T-shirt

$39

Cannabis brand Old Pal’s “Legalize Humanity” T-shirt represents far more than a stoner mantra. With 100% of the proceeds going to the Border Network for Human Rights, the shirt asks that our moral compass override legal boundaries. The message is printed on medium weight cotton and the shirt is available in black or white.

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Stainless Steel Ice Pack

$14

Made from stainless steel rather than plastic, this ice pack not only saves water but it saves users from having to store it in plastic, too. It stays cold for four to six hours and reaches its lowest temperature after two hours in the freezer. It’s non-toxic and filled with distilled water—so there’s no chance of it leaking any unwanted substances.

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Repeat Utensil Set

$13

Packable and easy to carry, To-Go Ware’s Repeat Utensil Kit features a pair of chopsticks, a fork, knife and spoon. Each utensil is made from recycled bamboo and the carrying case is made from RPET (recycled PET plastic). Plus, they’re heat- and stain-resistant and won’t absorb unsavory flavors.

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Nike Adventure Club

$20

Kids grow at a rate that often outpaces their parents’ ability to shop. Nike is looking to make it easier to find sneakers that fit growing kids. Using a subscription-based model (which starts at $20 a month), the Nike Adventure Club affords parents the opportunity to opt into a membership that sends new kicks four, six or 12 times a year. Each time you’re due, …

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Tuxedo: The Tuxedo Way

Accompanied by a video directed by choreographer Ian Eastwood, Tuxedo’s “The Tuxedo Way” (from the new album Tuxedo III) is an anthem and a sonic mantra. The duo—comprised of Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One—is dead-set on resurrecting funk, complete with plenty of R&B, boom-bap and disco influences. While the tune is nostalgic (with just the right amount of self-aware kitsch), it’s also contemporary—and undeniably infectious.

Alex Cameron: Far From Born Again

Alex Cameron’s releases continue to delight and surprise. In the video for “Far From Born Again,” his newest single from Miami Memory (out 13 September), Cameron struts into a strip club, backed by a smooth instrumental, and sings about sex work. “The song was a moment for me to clearly express my stance on the job and the people that do it,” he says. “I support …

Chefs Luke Burgess and Michael Ryan Collaborate for “Only in Tokyo”

A culinary adventure that's much more than a simple travel guide

Luke Burgess and Michael Ryan‘s Only in Tokyo—part city guide, part storybook—is a celebration of food, travel, culture and photography. The Australian chefs (and Japanophiles) take readers on a wild ride through some of the city’s best restaurants, bars and cafes, and offer insight into the individuals that make these locales so special. From the best sandwich in Tokyo by former sushi chef Hayato Naruse, …

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Algorithm-assisted art, a serendipitous travel guide, barrel-aged beer and more from the web this week

BÖEN Employs Technology to Translate Their Wine

By using near field communication, consumers can unlock a wealth of information on every bottle

Without proper knowledge, wine shopping can be a daunting task. There’s little degree of separation between a bad wine and an excellent one for an unknowing palate. And impressing and expanding your knowledge can be hard without a surplus of expendable income. But for the newly-founded Napa Valley-based wine producer BÖEN, the privilege of drinking great wine begins with finding it. That’s why, on their …

Cautious Clay: Swim Home

Written with John Mayer, “Swim Home” is Cautious Clay (aka Joshua Karpeh) at his most delicate and spacious. “Swim home / Without a phone / Then say you love me / Kamikaze,” he pleads alongside a sparse instrumental. The track appears on Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why but does well, and warrants repeat listens, on its own. Clay will be on his Context Tour from September …

Brockhampton: Boy Bye

Set to appear on the group’s forthcoming LP Ginger, due out 23 August, Brockhampton’s “Boy Bye” is their most worldly release yet—from the underlying Samba tone to the upbeat rhythm. Although each member—there are more than 10—contributes something unique here, the track feels cohesive and as concentrated as ever. Accompanied by a Spencer Ford-directed video, the track may not tell a discernible story but it’s …

Pure 10 Dissolvable THC Powder

$28

With 10 individual packets including 10mg of THC each, Ripple’s dissolvable powder is flavorless, and calorie-, sugar- and GMO-free. Thanks to technology developed by Stillwater Brands, the dose is fast-acting and free from unpleasant odors or tastes. It is a welcome addition to virgin bases—seltzers, smoothies, coffee, etc—and provides just enough of a high to afford relief. For availability refer to the brand’s product locator …

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Yerka V3 Everyday Bike

$699

Specifically designed for commuting, Yerka’s V3 features fenders on both wheels, the option of a single- or three-speed gear, and a frame that doubles as a lock. When locking up the bike, simply unhook the lower portion of the frame (where the notch is), detach the seat and then the seat becomes the keystone of the locking system. The bike is then almost impractical to …

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Studio Visit: Artist Refik Anadol

Where technology, data, light and space develop an interactive evolution of cinema

More Sneakers

Another super cool site dedicated to super cool sneakers (or trainers as my uk friends say)… Fatlace Of course, I have to re-mention my fav… Crooked Tongues

Royal Society for the Protection of Designers

The Royal Society for the Protection of Designers, hosted at pink928.com is a great ventilation of corporate angst!

Design to Inform

Next week in New York the AIGA presents a lecture Design to Inform: How can design make information accessible, usable and perhaps even sublime? Visual presentations and a panel discussion of designers and a design critic will address the role design plays when trying to foster civics, give vital information clarity or make large databases public. A panel discussion with Antenna, creators of the MTA …