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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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Largest communal living property ever proposed in Chicago

Coliving spaces tend to be small private bedrooms in student-style spaces with shared bathrooms and kitchens. “A Chicago developer plans to bring 505 co-living residents to a 41-story Loop office tower, the largest communal living property ever proposed in the […]

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What if your Alderman were Goth?

Thanks to the Chicago Genius Herald for this gem. “Well, we don’t know why, but we figured out what all of Chicago’s Aldermen would look like if they were Goth.” | 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