The last thing the spider saw before everything went black.
If a huge huntsman spider is sucked into a vacuum cleaner, can it crawl out later? Lucy, age eight, really, really needs to know.
It's not all about the gym and your diet. The places where we live and work shape our health, too.
The mall's inventor, Victor Gruen, envisioned thriving hubs of civic activity, rather than bland, asphalt-enclosed shopping centers. Is his original vision now being realized – or further corrupted?
Lighting, layout and music can determine whether you’ll be grabbing a quick bite or staying a while.
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The color scheme, the music, even the weight of the servers – all can play a role in getting customers to spend money.
We need to imagine new types of borders in this era of fervent fence building.
Members of the grounds crew spray the field before the Opening Day game between the Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins.
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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.
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.
Eyeglasses: Put the market in perspective.
Why are eyeglasses so expensive? You can thank two massive industry comglomerates, Luxottica and Essilor.
Poul Henningsen’s Artichoke Lamp, viewed from below at London’s Park Plaza Hotel.
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We asked five design experts – what's your favorite product of all time, and why?
Can’t beat a classic.
Rumours have emerged that Nokia will relaunch a version of one of the best-selling phones of all time.
Hot-desking tends to affect different employees differently – it tends to produce winners and losers.
Footpaths in Japan are built with bumpy guide-strips so vision impaired pedestrians can get around with ease.
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.
But they haven't been without controversy.
Whatever guise they take, nightclubs offer places to experiment with new music, technology and architectural innovation.
The old Toblerone chocolate design (top) and new, gappier design (below).
In striving to reduce costs and boost profits, firms must be wary of stripping intangible assets – such as iconic design.
When will computers and humans interact fully?
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A long historical progression has brought technology to the masses – and will expand our capabilities as far as we can imagine.
Let’s see how this works.
Cockrell School of Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
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.
How much did Samsung’s phone sales depend on it looking like an iPhone?
Design patents cover how products look – but how much does appearance contribute to profits?
Embodiment of defiance… or foolhardy design?
Are terrorist attacks also an implicit design critique of our urban landscape? An architect and urban designer suggests we can fight terrorism by not building obvious targets.
The 1972 Panasonic Toot-a-Loop portable radio was inspired by rotary phones and designed to be worn around the wrist.
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.