Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Award-winning iPhone photos, an uncuttable material, the future of video calls and more from around the web

An Uncuttable Material Inspired by Abalone Shells A new material called Proteus made from “ceramic spheres embedded in a cellular structure made of metallic foam” that’s believed to be uncuttable could revolutionize security. Inspired by abalone shells—which are composed of an essentially weak material that’s arranged in a manner that makes the shells super-strong—Proteus may be used in various ways, from bank vault doors to …

“Hope in Spring: Draw Like Hockney” Calls for Submissions

The beloved and brilliant British artist's recent series of works has inspired a contest

Born from David Hockney‘s recently released iPad artworks (created during his isolation in Normandy), the Hope in Spring: Draw Like Hockney competition calls for submissions from anyone interested—there are no age limits or prerequisites. Formed from a partnership between Théâtre du Châtelet, the Center Pompidou, and France Inter, the competition brief is “to produce a work like David Hockney, around spring and the message of hope …

Winning Imagery from the iPhone Photography Awards 2018

Recognizing especially talented photographers using the pocket-sized devices

Photographers across the world use filters, frames and high-tech tools to make their work look great. But sometimes the simplest option does the job best. The iPhone Photography Awards—which have recognized photographers for their iPhone skills since 2008—recently announced their latest collection of winners. This year’s winning images span various categories, from nature to architecture, travel, portrait, the abstract and more. Two winners in particular …