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At a media event to discuss the Solar System and the search for signs of alien life, NASA has some real confidence that we will discover signs of life within our lifetime.

 “I think we’re going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we’re going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years.”  – NASA Chief scientist Ellen Stofan

They also shared a really fascinating and detailed infographic. Click on the graphic to see it full size. Via NASA:


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Wow, this exhibit looks so incredible, and we’re just sad not to be able to experience it in person. Designed and created by TeamLab, this interactive show features gorgeous hanging flowers and airplants that move to accommodate and “cocoon” its visitor.

Automatically rising as people come into their space, the Floating Flower Garden looks like a beautiful way to leave your reality, if even for a few minutes. Click the images to get giant, immersive versions. Bravo, TeamLab, this is great work. Via The Cool Hunter:


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Most of us think of gas stations as pure utility. A shapeless and forgettable stop on your way to your next destination. Sure, some people may have their ‘brand’ that they go to, but the structures themselves rarely get any love. Luckily, design does matter to some people, and these standout stations are a great example of iconic landmarks from unexpected places. Via FastCo Design:
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As a car design geek, it’s always fun to see what automakers have up their sleeves for the future. Often a company will release a concept car that is stylistically cutting-edge, but basically just a shiny paperweight, it doesn’t operate or move the conversation very much. When Mercedes released their vision for the car of 2030 earlier this year, they had some true vision, and some actual moving parts. The F 015 is a strangely named, and even stranger looking car. A shiny jellybean of a thing, the windows are made to blend with the rest of the body, giving it a uniformly sleek and ‘what’s inside there?’ appearance. The car is fully autonomous, so aware of its surroundings that it will stop for a pedestrian, project a crosswalk, and audibly tell someone it’s safe to walk. The Verge recently took a spin in the car and has an interesting report on it. Who knows if Mercedes’ will follow through on this vision of the future, but it’s cool to see an automaker do some deep thinking.



Passengers sit facing one another, allowing for a level of interaction not achievable in today’s cars. The controls are able to be taken over manually, though this seems like a future-pod that most passengers would prefer being passive within.






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These remarkable images of alien worlds and the cosmos aren’t quite what they seem. At all, actually. Indeed, these visions of outer space are the creation of Navid Baraty, and they are amazingly made with household items like cinnamon, baking powder, glassware, food coloring and water. Placed on a scanner, his worlds are remarkably real looking. Pretty amazing work! Via Colossal:

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Black hole – bottom of a glass of coffee, salt, sugar, corn starch, cinnamon

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Planet – bottom of a glass containing half and half, water, food coloring. Stars – salt, cinnamon, baking powder

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Planet – bottom of a glass containing half and half, water, food coloring. Moons – bottom of a glass containing coconut milk, water, food coloring. Stars – salt, cinnamon, baking powder, tums

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Spiral galaxy – baking soda, curry powder, chalk, salt, sugar, cinnamon

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Nebula – makeup, olive oil, chalk, baby powder, salt, water

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Using a technological process that filters artificial light through an ‘atmosphere’ that resembles Earth’s own atmosphere, the CoeLux produces a light that is convincingly real. The uses for this type of light are nearly limitless, and you can imagine a basement space being bathed in light that feels like a sunny day. We’re excited by the prospect of places like hospitals using attractive lighting solutions like the CoeLux. Via Colossal:



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The Canadians have had colorful currency for a long time, but now that whimsy is also part of the new Passport design, including UV-reactive images that can only be seen under a blacklight. Via FeelDesain:

The UV images are completely normal looking under everyday light. But when you put a blacklight on them, the pages come alive with wildly bright and standout hues. Along with a biometric chip, this passport is going to be extremely hard to falsify. Party on!


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ICEHOTEL has been building an exquisite hotel from scratch every year for the last 25 years. This year’s hotel is a stunner, with 42 artists from 11 countries contributing to the creation of the amazing structure made solely of frozen water. Located in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, and we’ve been told by friends that it is totally worth the visit.  Via UrDesign:



The most important car show of the year kicked off in Detroit this week, and with it comes some pretty amazing new rides. Take the 2017 Ford GT, a supercar with superb lines. The teardrop shape and active aerodynamics make it supremely sexy and slippery, and the all carbon body combined with a 600+ horsepower engine means this thing is fast. Via DesignBoom:






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