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Space gas samples, the dishwasher reimagined, architecture ethics and more in our look around the web

Japan Space Agency JAXA Confirms the Contents of Asteroid Mission “Treasure Box” In 2018 and 2019, Japanese space agency JAXA’s space probe Hayabusa2 spent 16 months following the asteroid Ryugu—and touching down on its surface twice. Hayabusa2 landed in Australia this month and JAXA confirms that its “tamatebako” (or “treasure box”) contained not only dark debris and small rocks but also a gas sample—the first-ever …

Nendo Designs a Smartphone that Folds Down to the Size of a Credit Card

With the Slide-Phone concept, Japanese design studio Nendo proposes a smart device that can fold down “like an inch-worn” to the size of a credit card (or 54 by 86 millimeters). Users slide the device’s OLED screen upward to reveal more functionality below—ultimately revealing the complete, seven-inch touchscreen. From its camera to its gaming capabilities, no modern convenience is lost. Though, the design inspiration certainly turns …

Nendo’s Trippy New Hourglasses

Brilliant Japanese studio Nendo has just unveiled their trippy and unconventional new hourglass designs, created to “change the perception of the flow of time.” The four amorphic hourglasses look somewhat like an alien digestive system, with different-shaped crevasses and tubes altering the speed and angles of flowing colored sands. The beautiful and mesmerizing pieces will be on display at the forthcoming Milan Design Week. See …