This Brainless Blob Can Solve Puzzles, Sleep and More

Officially on display at the Paris Zoo from 19 October, this unicellular organism will be the first-ever “brainless blob” to be showcased in a zoo. Despite not having a brain, the mass can complete a bevy of tasks from improvising music to maneuvering through a maze, remembering which food it likes best, and crossing a bridge covered in a hazardous chemical. While it’s new for …

Interview: Amah Ayivi, Marché Noir Lomé-Paris

The designer and clothing dealer tells us why style will always triumph over fashion

Born in the Togolese Republic, Amah Ayivi emigrated to France at 12 years old to discover an entirely different world of aesthetics roaming the Parisian streets. Fascinated by fashion from a young age, Ayivi developed his interest in vintage clothing—drawn to its patina and singularity—into a thriving business, searching for second-hand clothing in West Africa and shipping it back to Paris. He opened the first …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

More inclusive language, flying water taxis, London Design Festival highlights and more in our look around the web

Non-Binary Version of “They” Added to the Dictionary In a significant step toward inclusivity, and another reminder of how powerful words are, Merriam-Webster has added the non-binary “them” to their dictionary. While accepting that the singular “they” has actually been in use for centuries (since the late 1300s, in fact), by adding it as a non-binary pronoun Merriam-Webster reinforces a more recent and remarkably important …