Grow Your Own…

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

As unsettling as it is interesting, “Grow Your Own…” is celebrating the ultra-designed life of the future. The exhibition—on display until 19 January 2014 at Trinity College, Dublin—explores the art and science behind “synthetic biology,” an emerging approach to genetic engineering. To give you a sense of the new field, one project investigates life-saving organs that combine human, leech, eel and snake tissue, and another …

Tokyo Designers Week Highlights

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

As usual, the projects at this year’s celebration in Aoyama upstaged all preconceived definitions of art and design. From giant cosmic babies to fantastic metallic origami cases, expertly refurbished shipping containers, haunting sculptors and ghostly projections, The Verge has dozens of great photos that offer a peek into what the TDW experience was like this year. The Japan-based designers mastered all matter of ultra-practical, pristinely …

Best Microscope Photos of the Year

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

No matter how many microscopic images of everyday things we see, they are always incredible. The 39th annual Nikon Small World contest is no exception. Selected from over 2,000 images from 80 countries, the finalist images are truly spectacular; resembling scenes from science fiction movies that have to be seen to be believed.