How Lava Lamps Are Helping in the Fight Against Hackers

One timestamped relic is now helping a web security firm fend off the most skilled hackers: lava lamps. Believe it or not, the shapeshifting novelty invented in 1963 is experiencing another renaissance. Cloudflare is filming a lava lamp—along with a pendulum in London and a Geiger counter in Singapore—and then using the shots to randomly generate pixels for a “super-powered cryptographic key.” The reason for …

The Simpsons House in Different Architectural Styles

Strangely enough, after browsing the various iterations of The Simpsons’ house in different architectural styles—from the classic log cabin to Victorian, Art Deco and more—it’s difficult to remember what the original looks like. Created by Neomam Studios for Home Advisor, this project is a delightful look at popular culture, design and architectural history all at once. In the show, 742 Evergreen Terrace happens to be …

Apple Music’s “808” Documentary

Available to watch now on Apple Music (or 16 December on iTunes), the “808” documentary—directed by Alex Noyer—is an ode to the Roland TR-808 drum machine. Featuring conversations with Rick Rubin, Arthur Baker, Pharrell Williams, Questlove, the Beastie Boys, Phil Collins and more, the film explores what made (and makes) the piece of equipment so significant. Not just a little musical gadget, the TR-808 was …

P.E Nation’s Retro-Inspired Activewear

Workout gear that's made to be worn inside and outside the gym

In a saturated market of activewear—or athleisure—Australia’s P.E Nation (officially launching today in the US) had a mean feat ahead of them: to actually stand out. With their bright colors, retro vibes and some non-traditional fabrics and cuts, the super-comfy apparel doesn’t blend into the existing sea of tights and tanks. Founded by fashion industry veterans Pip Edwards (formerly sass & bide) and Claire Tregoning …

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New songs by Braids and High Water, powerful nostalgia from Garbage and more in this week's music

Braids: Joni Montreal-based three-piece Braids is making some of the most intricate electronic pop we’ve heard: take “Joni” where Raphaelle Standell-Preston’s voice snaps and stretches, yelps and exhales—setting the pace for the ricochets of synth and drum hits. Braids releases a slower-paced music video to match, where Standell-Preston figures things out with a fictional partner while telling herself: “We don’t know where we are going …