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A dress by designer Iris van Herpen, who, with her runway designs, challenges common fashion norms and beliefs. Zach Balbino/flickr

Can technology help fashion clean up its act?

Fast fashion is the second most wasteful industry on Earth. But with the creation of dresses that charge cellphones and clothes made from recycled bottles, we could be on the verge of a green fashion revolution.
In response to the surge of crime in the mid-1990s, suburban dwellers in South Africa began to fortress their houses. Shutterstock

Beyond the unthinkable? City dwellings without security walls

In response to high levels of crime, South Africans have turned their homes into fortresses, seeking security behind high walls. But doing so might be counter-productive.
One balloting machine for all voters: universal design is accessible for everyone, with or without disabilities. University of Florida

How universal design can help every voter cast a ballot

In 2012, nearly one-third of voters with a disability had trouble voting. A 2002 law was supposed to fix this problem. New technology may have the answer at last.
The basic art for the new Australian five dollar note, to be released in September, is creating controversy. Reserve Bank of Australia/AAP

Our punk, jarring five dollar note: so bad it’s good or just bad?

The Reserve Bank of Australia has announced a new five dollar note, to great general derision. The Australian Mint has a proud history of excellent design, so why is this new note so wrong?

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