The Panic Button App

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While there’s been an increase in personal safety apps like Kitestring and bSafe, the Panic Button app—from Amnesty International—is the first safety tool that’s aimed specifically for activists and journalists on the brink of danger. Simply press the power button to send an alert with your location to pre-set contacts. Panic Button was a result of the Open IDEO challenge that saw over 300 designs …

Painting Mutant Bugs

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Cornelia Hesse-Honegger is a researcher who is attracted to bugs—especially the malformed and mutated kind. Looking at the insects through a microscope, she takes days or even months to paint their texture, color and measurements as precisely as possible. As many scientists are quick to judge art as subjective, her piece for Nautilus discusses the unique perspective she’s had as an artist in observing nature, …

Brands React to the World Cup Bite

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The world erupted when Uruguay’s Luis Suarez bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during their recent World Cup match. Fortunately, so did a lot of quick-witted brands, utilizing the social media moment for some clever commentary and self-promotion. Naturally, food companies chimed in offering up alternatives to the Italian’s shoulder—but even Listerine and JC Penny had something to say. They’re all rapid-fire testaments to the age of …