Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Brain-influencing biomes, electric vehicle advancements, the future of video game graphics and more from around the internet

Stomach “Psychobiome” Capable of Influencing Thoughts Cambridge, Massachusetts-based research company Holobiome surveys human stool for microbiomes capable of influencing a person’s weight, actions, thoughts and overall feeling (bloated, energetic, fatigued, etc) through their gut. Through innovative processes, the team there has been able to collect, in culture, 70% of the known human stomach biomes, rendering the company uniquely fit to formulate future “psychobiotics.” The potential …

Interview: Chief Design Officer Gorden Wagener on Smart EQ’s Refreshed Future

In Valencia, the 100% electric vehicle declares the brand's future-forward intentions

Easy to drive, spritely, agile and ideal for city use, the refreshed line of smart EQ vehicles—the 2020 two-seat fortwo coupe and fortwo cabrio and the four-seat forfour—are now only offered as electric (and are no longer being sold in the US, sadly). This mid-cycle refresh touches most of the exterior (the new LED tail-lights are a highlight) and interior, but not the batteries or …

Interview: Polestar’s Design Director on The Stunning Precept Concept

Max Missoni on the philosophy behind the bold decisions that define the vehicle

The Precept, from Polestar (Volvo’s electric vehicle testbed and sister brand), represents not just an embrace of technology, but also a reshuffling and reimagining of the concept of luxury itself. Austere and future-forward, the car (which was poised to be unveiled at this year’s Geneva International Motor Show) follows in CEO Thomas Ingenlath’s mission statement that EV design should move away from what he calls …