Find of the Day: 14 July 2016

Many furniture companies claim their products are “green,” a designation usually referring to material sourcing. Maybe their sofa frames are made out of dumpster-sourced scrap metal or their cushions are filled with used ticker tape. Responsible material sourcing is important, but it does not necessarily make something sustainable; that is, able to exist in perpetuity from an environmental and resource consumption standpoint.

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A digital detox–that is, stopping your use of some or all of your technology–holds real appeal as people become overwhelmed with modern life. Understanding the potential effects of the digital detox process might help you determine whether it’s a good choice for you.


With the list of things that make us unhappy growing ever longer – social media, smart phones, Donald Trump – some news about what makes us cheerful is more than welcome.

This week the University of Warwick revealed the huge psychological benefits you get from increasing your daily uptake of fruit and vegetables. Researchers found that more than 12,000 monitored subject’s moods were vastly improved when upping their intake to 8 fruit and vegetables a day.

If that sounds like a large commitment, fear not – we’ve found some achievable habits science says will make you happy, some of which you may already do. No need to wait for snowfall, a bank holiday or morning sex, because happiness is around the corner.

Ever since cartoonist Rube Goldberg started drawing those insanely elaborate machines that have come to bear his name, pop culture has been fixated on making breakfast, answering doors, and doing other incredibly simple tasks in the most roundabout ways. But there’s more to them than just being comedic contraptions in movies likes of The Goonies, Back to the Future, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, or Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.

Kinetic artist Joseph Herscher has taken our love of these impractical machines and turned it into an art form and a business, creating branded content as well as his own web series Jiwi’s Machines. We visited Herscher in home/workshop in Brooklyn to understand the creativity that goes into Rube Goldberg machines and what we can learn about productivity from them.


Some robots might look like humans, but there’s one thing that still alludes our future overlords – gait. Sometimes awkward, often slow, many robots have failed to accurately replicate human locomotion.

Now, a team from the AMBER Lab, based at Georgia Tech in the US, in collaboration with SRI International, have created DURUS, a robot that is able to walk two kilometres on just one battery charge. Not only that, but DURUS’s gait more closely resembles that of a human than many other robots. And it even wears some pretty cool human shoes.




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