Link About It: This Week’s Picks

From greener carparks to public art, scientific breakthroughs and custom cars, news from around the web

Turning Big-Box Store Parking Lots into Urban Farms French design firm Studio NAB has proposed the Car Parks 2.0 concept, which strips away asphalt in the acres and acres dedicated to big-box store parking lots, in order to expose the soil trapped beneath and utilize a portion for urban farming. The concept envisions two other sections: one where the community can grow and another where …

China-Based BGI Aims to Extend Life to a Minimum of 99 Years

For China-based BGI, the secret to living longer and healthier lies in interpreting our genetic sequences (a notion that’s often met with privacy concerns). Along with regular exercise and a healthy diet, tapping into our DNA to determine which diseases or ailments we’re susceptible to may prolong life 20+ years above the international average, which hovers around 71. The genetics giant (along with plenty of …

Raymond Loewy Google Doodle

Genetically engineered plants, computer-generated children and artistic prosthetics in this week's look at the web

If there really is a father of industrial design, it’s Raymond Loewy. And Google Doodle celebrated his would-be 120th birthday this past week. Inventor and streamliner of objects ranging from locomotives and buses to vending machines and refrigerators, Loewy hit all facets of everyday life—even for President Kennedy as the interior designer of his Air Force One. Though his work in the industry is ubiquitous, …