Genetic Sequencing Human DNA from 5,700-Year-Old Chewing Gum

From a one inch wad of birch pitch, chewed and spat out by a hunter-gatherer referred to as Lola around the year 3,700 BC, scientists were able to piece together an entire genetic snapshot—which goes so far as to include the meal she ate that day. The findings were published in the journal Nature Communications and represent the first time researchers “have been able to …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

International art news, Africa-centric emojis, architecture, cassette tape clothing and more

Shanghai’s Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum Project Opens This Week Inside Shanghai’s David Chipperfield–designed West Bund Museum, acclaimed Paris contemporary art museum Centre Pompidou will curate exhibitions and provide work from its own collection (for at least the next five years). According to the Pompidou, it’s an act of “museum diplomacy,” the “largest ever cultural exchange” between France and China thus far. Part of …

Danish Design Brand Vipp’s 80th Anniversary Products

Celebrating the legacy with their first-ever chair, French artist Vahram Muratyan's commemorative bin and new furniture

What began as a provincial metalworker’s vision for a functional, respectable trash can has expanded into a most important global design brand. Vipp founder Holger Nielse personally crafted his now-iconic pedal bin in 1939. It has since found a place in homes around the world, as well as in MoMA‘s permanent collection. From Nielsen’s first concept to the development of other kitchenware in 2012, a …