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What makes you happy?

What makes you happy?

When are humans most happy? To gather data on this question, Matt Killingsworth built an app, Track Your Happiness, that let people report their feelings in real time. Among the surprising results: We're often happiest when we're lost in the moment. And the flip side: The more our mind wanders, the less happy we can be.

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The Missing Sense

The Missing Sense

Why our technology addiction makes us crave smells.

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20 Good News Stories You Didn’t Hear About

20 Good News Stories You Didn’t Hear About

There so much more to the world than what we're seeing online right now and we're so grateful to have discovered this post. So let's shake off the angst and take a moment to celebrate beautiful, inspiring, and extraordinary things and march forward fearlessly together towards progress!

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Mine Kafon - Saving Lives

Mine Kafon - Saving Lives

'Mine Kafon' is a "low-cost wind-powered mine detonator with the appearance of a giant, spiky-armed tumbleweed."

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VR merges gaming & exercise

VR merges gaming & exercise

ICAROS is a fitness machine that simulates flying and pairs with a VR headset to merge gaming and exercise.

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Storytelling through VR

Storytelling through VR

Imagine leaving a stressful day behind and slipping into a magical forest of calming lights and sounds.

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Sensploration

Sensploration

People are hungry for experiences that stimulate their senses simultaneously. “The reality is, you cannot consider vision without also considering hearing; tasting without also thinking about smelling.”

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Flash Of Light

Flash Of Light

Mindy Yang and Michel Roudnitska on their olfactory art Installation for London's FutureFest.

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This company is building houses from old plastic

This company is building houses from old plastic

New Zealand-based inventor and engineer Peter Lewis wanted to give used plastic a permanent purpose.

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After watching this, your brain will not be the same

After watching this, your brain will not be the same

Dr. Lara Boyd describes how neuroplasticity gives you the power to shape the brain you want. 

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On Building New Worlds

On Building New Worlds

As the production designer on such seminal films as The Crow, Fight Club, and Minority Report, Alex McDowell created what he calls “future realities”—gathering real information from laboratories, corporations, architects, and urban planning to envision worlds that don’t yet exist but one day very well might. 

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This machine folds your laundry

This machine folds your laundry

FoldiMate makes the worst part about laundry a breeze. It fits right next to your washer and dryer and folds your clothes for you.

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In a World of Mixed Reality

In a World of Mixed Reality

Windows Holographic enables a world of mixed reality – where devices work together – regardless of whether they are developed for virtual reality, augmented reality, or anything in-between.

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Covered in Hanging Gardens

Covered in Hanging Gardens

MIA Design Studio 's PURE SPA is a 15 room treatment center as part of Naman Retreat, located in Da Nang City, Vietnam.

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The 116 images NASA wants aliens to see

The 116 images NASA wants aliens to see

Here are all the photos flying through interstellar space on Voyager's Golden Record

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Solar Roads: Can Streets Become Giant Solar Panels?

Solar Roads: Can Streets Become Giant Solar Panels?

The sun's rays can hit some roads for up to 90 percent of the daylight hours, so companies in Europe and the U.S. are experimenting with building solar panels along or above roads. But are such projects worth the cost? In France one company is hoping to distinguish itself—and reduce costs—with solar panels that are laid directly on the pavement.

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Sou Fujimoto's Forest of Light

Sou Fujimoto's Forest of Light

In their fifth year exhibiting at Milan Design Week, Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto to create an immersive installation, named ‘Forest of Light’.

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Capturing the Smellscape of Cities

Capturing the Smellscape of Cities

You Probably didn't realize it, but your nose is a big data machine. Smelly Maps analyzes social media data to map the entire smellscape of cities, not only the bad odors, but also the positive ones. 

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Holoportation: virtual 3D teleportation in real-time

Holoportation: virtual 3D teleportation in real-time

Holoportation is a new type of 3D capture technology that allows high quality 3D models of people to be reconstructed, compressed, and transmitted anywhere in the world in real-time. When combined with mixed reality displays such as HoloLens, this technology allows users to see and interact with remote participants in 3D as if they are actually present in their physical space. Communicating and interacting with remote users becomes as natural as face to face communication.

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Design & Functionality for Humanity

Design & Functionality for Humanity

The week is starting without sunshine here in New York City, so here's an infusion of inspiration to help light the way! Watch how our lovely friends at SolarPuff touch lives all over the world.

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Linimo

Linimo

Do you know about Japan's MAGNETIC LEVITATION Train?

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The best way to stop headphone tangles

The best way to stop headphone tangles

Dieter Bohn teaches you the best way to wrap any cable so it won’t ever tangle in your bag or in your pocket. Learn the scout wrap!

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3D sweets get world debut in Dubai store

3D sweets get world debut in Dubai store

A UK firm has launched the world’s first high-tech treats at the Candylicious store in Dubai Mall.

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Caress of the Gaze

Caress of the Gaze

What if our outfit could recognize and respond to the gaze of the other? This is an interactive 3D printed wearable which can detect other people’s gaze and respond accordingly with life-like behavior.

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Fungus: The Plastic of the Future, Part I

Fungus: The Plastic of the Future, Part I

Head into the R+D world surrounding the development of fungi as a viable replacement for plastic, and the people who hope it can lead to a better and more sustainable future.

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This Backyard Astronomer Has Discovered 300 Asteroids and Counting

This Backyard Astronomer Has Discovered 300 Asteroids and Counting

Gary Hug turned his fascination with asteroids into more than just a hobby. He built an observatory behind his house, and courtesy of his homemade reflector telescope, the "amateur" asteroid tracker has identified 300 flaming balls of ice and rock.

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Samsung Believes Virtual Reality Can Change Fine Dining

Samsung Believes Virtual Reality Can Change Fine Dining

Samsung shows us how head-worn VR can elevate the dining experience. Instead of just seeing Tuscany on your plate, imagine looking around and seeing flowers and vineyards as far as your eyes can go. Then, with a change of plates, you can be transported to the depths of the ocean as you gorge on the best seafood the world has to offer.

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Inside the Japanese Hotel Staffed by Robots

Inside the Japanese Hotel Staffed by Robots

If there’s one place on Earth you can already get a glimpse of our robot-assisted future, it’s Japan. Routinely at the forefront of robotics research, the country has brought us some of the weirdest automatons, most lifelike androids, and cutest helper-bots.

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The Life-Saving First Responder Robot

The Life-Saving First Responder Robot

This is Hermes, a robot developed by MIT scientists. It is heralded as the world's more coordinated robot, and it is meant to function as a life-saving first responder.

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First Look: ISSEY MIYAKE's 3D Steam Stretch

First Look: ISSEY MIYAKE's 3D Steam Stretch

The future is beautiful.

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Woman Transforms into 3D Printed Mesh in Chemical Brothers’ Incredible New Music Video

Woman Transforms into 3D Printed Mesh in Chemical Brothers’ Incredible New Music Video

The hallmark of good special effects is that they make you forget that what you’re seeing isn’t real. The Chemical Brothers’ new music video, “Wide Open” is a great example.

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A Panorama of the Skies

A Panorama of the Skies

A Panorama of the Skies is an audiovisual installation created in collaboration between Maja Petrić, an artist, and Hrvoje Benko, a human-computer interaction researcher at Microsoft Research.

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Morocco Switches on First Phase of the World's Largest Solar Plant

Morocco Switches on First Phase of the World's Largest Solar Plant

Yesterday, Morocco switched on the first section of its new Ouarzazate solar power plant. This may be the largest in the world.

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The World's Quietest Song

The World's Quietest Song

Andrew Huang uses the quietest things you can imagine: butterfly wings flapping, matches being lit, and more to make a brand new "quiet" song.

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3D Printing Rhino Horns Can Stop Poaching in Africa

3D Printing Rhino Horns Can Stop Poaching in Africa

With large-scale poaching causing the once-abundant rhino population to dip to extinction levels, one Seattle-based biotech startup has come up with a deceivingly simple idea to stave demand of the rhino’s coveted horns: fake it.

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Scientists May Have Just Figured Out Why Time Moves Forward, Not Backwards

Scientists May Have Just Figured Out Why Time Moves Forward, Not Backwards

Griffith University Associate Professor Joan Vaccaro has put forward a suggestion on why there’s a difference between the future and the past.

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