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The woven air-conditioner

Two things to note here. First, industrial designer Maxime Louis-Courcier created a no-power A/C that naturally absorbs heat to reduce the temperature of a room during the summer using Phase Change Materials (PCM). Second, he documented the process of creating […]

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Where did the phrase “kicking the tires” originate?

The Chicago Tribune was asked this question in 1997. They received answers from “Goodyear’s high-paid engineers who design and develop tires and high-paid marketing professionals who devise ways to sell those tires.” | learn more

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20,000 startup ideas

The data comes from “the O*NET database, containing hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors on almost 1,000 occupations covering the entire U.S. economy.” | learn more

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How much is a prayer worth?

Two researchers decided to find out. “As you might expect, religious people were willing to pay to be prayed for (more if it’s a priest, not a stranger). Rather more surprising, was the fact that the non-religious were willing to […]

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World population by country

This 2019 data helped slightly open my eyes to how the world is changing. The U.S. is #3 with 329mm people, a 0.60% growth rate and a median age of 38. The country ranked #7 has a population of 200mm, […]

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An oral history of the AIM away message

The author found the original AIM creator and a handful of designers and developers to learn their stories. “It might have started out as something purely functional—a live out-of-office, if you will—but the away message was much more than that.” […]

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A $9 Billion scam involving Nigeria

“A dying Irishman went for one last big score in Nigeria. The project failed, but a London tribunal says his company’s owed $9 billion and counting.” | learn more