United States of #Turnt

Elon Musk's new Tesla, the Nobel Prize-winning blue diode, skateboarding sculptor Stefan Janoski and more in our weekly look at the web

The popularity of slang words changes with a unique irregularity and spontaneity that is not only unpredictable, it’s tough for even the most culturally in-tune to keep up. Data-loving Urban Dictionary-readers at Mic combed through the Google Trend numbers to offer their own slanged-out State of the Union. According the to report, “swag” and “ratchet” are on their way out, while we’re at peak “Bye …

Hackflix

Elon Musk's new Tesla, the Nobel Prize-winning blue diode, skateboarding sculptor Stefan Janoski and more in our weekly look at the web

To encourage innovation within the company, Netflix hosts an annual “Hack Day” during which its own developers explore how the video streaming service could be modified—from pairing Netflix with Philips’ Hue smart lightbulbs to flood your home with corresponding color to syncing with Oculus Rift (dubbed Oculix) to a text-based version that caters to Linux and purist users and more. There are plenty of interesting …

From Skater to Sculptor: This is Janoski

Elon Musk's new Tesla, the Nobel Prize-winning blue diode, skateboarding sculptor Stefan Janoski and more in our weekly look at the web

Professional skateboarder Stefan Janoski wouldn’t compromise when it came to designing his signature shoe with Nike. After several iterations the sportswear giant caved and let him have his way. The result? One of the best-selling skate shoes in history and a silhouette beloved by collectors and skaters alike. This intimate look at Janoski’s career from French magazine Desillusion, gives an artistic portrayal of Janoski’s transition …