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Members of the grounds crew spray the field before the Opening Day game between the Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Baseball season begins: Five essential reads

The national pastime is more than just a sport. In this roundup, we feature stories about baseball's relationship to race, politics, the media and health.
In the mid-1990s, body modification enthusiasts – a long-ostracized subculture – created an online community that incorporated blogs, dating and wikis. philippe leroyer/flickr

How Facebook – the Wal-Mart of the internet – dismantled online subcultures

Even though Facebook claims to be a global community, its rise has come at the expense of online subcultures for marginalized people, from body modification enthusiasts to drag queens.
Poul Henningsen’s Artichoke Lamp, viewed from below at London’s Park Plaza Hotel. Doc Searls/Wikimedia Commons

From the mundane to the divine, some of the best-designed products of all time

We asked five design experts – what's your favorite product of all time, and why?
Footpaths in Japan are built with bumpy guide-strips so vision impaired pedestrians can get around with ease.

The archaeology of polite society

From high chairs in public bathrooms to handbag baskets in cafes, Japan is a considerate place. Australia can learn from a society where material culture acts as a reminder to be aware of the needs of others.
The old Toblerone chocolate design (top) and new, gappier design (below). Darren Staples/Reuters

Mind the gap: Toblerone and other redesign disasters

In striving to reduce costs and boost profits, firms must be wary of stripping intangible assets – such as iconic design.
Let’s see how this works. Cockrell School of Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

How to involve more women and girls in engineering

Most people have a very limited understanding of what engineers do – and we engineers don't do a good job of expanding that view. But if we did, the benefits could be impressive.
The 1972 Panasonic Toot-a-Loop portable radio was inspired by rotary phones and designed to be worn around the wrist.

Briefcase phones, bracelet radios and other obsolete design gems

Here's to the Kodak camera, the transistor TV, the portable typewriter and other casualties of a throwaway age. They may be old hat but they are objects of beauty, as a new exhibition shows.
Iris van Herpen’s exhibition featuring 3D-printing technology, computer modeling, and engraving constructed in collaboration with architects, engineers and digital design specialists. EPA/ERIK S. LESSER

Why STEM subjects and fashion design go hand in hand

The fashion industry attracts creative young minds. But to succeed as a designer in a time of rapid technological change, knowledge of maths and science is invaluable.
Better office design is not just about shaping space around tasks we do. www.shutterstock.com

Business Briefing: a better way to design an office

Business Briefing: a better to design an office. The Conversation13.9 MB (download)
Research shows that many building codes don't designate the maximum number of people that should fit in an office, but that's not the only problem with standard office design.

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