A Moment of Wet Ridiculousness

Remembering Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall, the USPS' long-overdue rebrand, smartphones charged by sound and more in our weekly look at the web

Photographer Krista Long’s latest series of photographs for her project “I Love Sumer!” captures people that are simply out of control. In fact, she snaps at the exact moment that they are being shot out of a water slide. From every drop of water to bulging, warped and wild bodies, the images are as funny as they are endearing. The photos are a thoughtful execution …

[x] to Escape

Remembering Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall, the USPS' long-overdue rebrand, smartphones charged by sound and more in our weekly look at the web

While today it seems like second nature to click the [x] symbol to close a computer program or browser window, this wasn’t always the case. In fact, early operating systems lacked the simple symbol all together. Medium digs deeper into the mysterious origins of this now ubiquitous and all-essential part of Graphical User Interfaces (GUI) design, and the findings are pretty surprising (including an insightful …

Siri, Charge My Phone

Remembering Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall, the USPS' long-overdue rebrand, smartphones charged by sound and more in our weekly look at the web

A team of researchers at the Queen Mary University of London, with help from Nokia, has developed a prototype cellphone that charges using sound waves in the atmosphere. The secret is super-sensitive zinc oxide nanowires, which convert those sound vibrations into electrical currents. This means, hopefully in the nearer future, cellphones can be charged—sans cable—merely by the sound of your voice during a phone call, …