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Pyramid-shaped glazed roof lets home owners enjoy 360 degree views

The Pyramid House has been designed to make the most of the stunning views

It may not hold a candle to its forbears in Egypt, but the Pyramid House, by VOID Architecture, does boast some additions that even the most powerful pharaoh couldn’t dream of. The home is topped by a glazed conservatory that offers excellent views of the landscape, while internet-connected systems provide remote control of heating and lighting.

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Invasive clams tracked by their DNA

Eric Larson displays a handful of Corbicula

The sooner that you know an invasive species is present in your local environment, the better the chances that you can control it before it becomes unmanageable. It was with this in mind that researchers from the University of Illinois recently detected the presence of a species of invasive freshwater clam, by looking for its cast-off DNA in lake water.

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design employment • Re: Explaining Reasons for Staying So Long $$$

I did a few things to prove the transferable value of my experience:

1) I showed I could do the work. I did 3 conceptual smartphone projects with user personas, use cases, storyboards, design language, ID/UI concepts and accessories. I then sent them to a bunch of blogs. Gizmodo published one, core77 published the other… I then presented these in my interview along with the press coverage. Their response was “this is basically what we do”… not surprisingly I worked on 4 smart phone projects in 2 years there.

2) I didn’t over present. I asked to get into the room 30 minutes early. I brought a duffle bag full of shoes, watches and other products I had worked on. Arrayed them on the table nicely and instead of presenting, I asked them what product they wanted to hear a story about. This got them engaged right away and showed how I could guide a conversation. I had 4 or 5 bullet points predetermined that I wanted to work into the conversation no matter what they picked.

3) I defended my value. One of the interviewers came in with a scowl on his face and said “oh, a shoe guy…”. I quickly nipped it in the bud by saying “nope, not a shoe guy, a designer who has been working for almost 10 years on one of the most recognized global brands, creating industry leading products and experience designed for very targeted alpha users that spread down to mass. If frog design is not interested in a design leader with that kind of experience, let me know and we can end this meeting without wasting anymore of each other’s time”… it was a ballsy response, but calculated. He was so set that being a “shoe guy” was not relevant that I had to shake him out of that opinion as quickly as possible. That got him in the seat with full attention. I then spent the next 45 minutes proving my statement… bu I gave him the conclusion in the opening minute of the interview.

It gos without saying, all three of those things are hard and anxiety producing. #1 requires a lot of extra work and it is always risky walking in the door and saying “I can do what you do”. #2 is scary because you give up a lot of control of the presentation to make it a conversation. #3 is just scary, but no more scary than not doing it and leaving with nothing.

I should also say that I applied for that job 6 months prior and got a pretty mean rejection letter. Later that year a recruiter approached me about another job, I noticed the frog position was still open and I told the recruiter that is the job I want. He got me the interview. At the end of the process after I had negotiated the salary and signed the offer letter I let them know they had rejected me 6 months prior, and had they hired me based on that I would not have been able to negotiate as well nor would they have had to pay the recruiter.

Also note, all of these tactics (part of the strategy of proving I could do the job) were tailored to what works for me and my personality. That is not dissimilar to how I operate on a daily basis. However you prove your value, ithas to be authentic to you.

transportation • Re: Vehicles spotted in your neighborhood

I love how elegant the lines are of this vintage van. Notice how beautifully shapes that driver’s side window is. There is a lot of control there. I especially like how the B pillar leans back and the radius at the base of it is larger than at the top. Also the subtle crease line that runs around the entire perimeter above the wheels is like the crease on a pair of dress pants, or the water line on a ship’s hull. The wheel well itself is a beautiful@series of arcs and radii. Some very subtle work going on for what was essentially a utility work van at the time.

Husqvarna gets back on the road with Vitpilen 701 and Svartpilen 701 concept

The Vitpilen will be released in March 2018 with an expected price tag of US$13,000 -$15,000

Husqvarna hasn’t manufactured a purely road-focused machine ever since it culled its stunning Nuda in 2013. Back in November 2015, though, Husqvarna wowed audiences at EICMA with the Vitpilen 701 concept, which clearly showed that it still knew how to make a kick-ass road bike. At EICMA 2017, fans rejoiced when Husqvarna unveiled a production-ready Vitpilen 701 as well as a flat-tracker style Svartpilen 701 concept that we’d like to see make the same leap to production.

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footwear & softgoods • Re: Velcro vs. Laces

Worth a try when ever you’ll be due for a pair.

Look at climbing shoes and discussions about the preference between velcro and laceups. Keep in mind climbing shoes are purposely extremely tight and somewhat uncomfortable so velcros are nice for gyms where you can take them off quickly. I find I have a bit more control over the pressure distribution with laces when I take the time to lace them up properly (aka never). But I also find velcros distribute the pressure more evenly and also tend to keep the shoe from buckling around the eyelets.


This reversible fabric is like personal heat and A/C

A reversible fabric keeps skin a comfortable temperature whatever the weather—and could save energy by keeping us away from the thermostat.

As reported in Science Advances, the double-sided fabric is based on the same material as everyday kitchen wrap and can offer warmth or cooling depending on which side faces out.

“Why do you need to cool and heat the whole building? Why don’t you cool and heat individual people?”

“Why do you need to cool and heat the whole building? Why don’t you cool and heat individual people?” says Yi Cui, professor of materials science and engineering at Stanford University, who thought if people could be more comfortable in a range of temperatures, they could save energy on air conditioning and central heating.

Thirteen percent of all of the energy consumed in the United States is due to indoor temperature control. But for every 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) that a thermostat is turned down, a building can save a whopping 10 percent of its heating energy—and the reverse is true for cooling. So adjusting temperature controls by just a few degrees could have major effects on energy consumption.

Our bodies have all sorts of ways to control our temperature. When it’s cold, the hairs in our skin stand out to trap warm air. Eventually, we may start shivering to produce more radiant heat in our muscles.

When it’s hot, we release heat as infrared radiation from our skin, and if we’re still warm we start to sweat. Water evaporating away from our bodies carries a large amount of heat with it.

But those mechanisms only help within a few degrees. Get outside the temperature range to which our bodies can adapt, and we reach for the dial on the heating or air conditioning.

In 2016, Cui’s team came up with a first step toward a solution: fabric that allowed the body’s heat to pass through, cooling the skin. Although the inspiration came from transparent, water-impermeable kitchen wrap, the new material was opaque, breathable, and retained its ability to shuttle infrared radiation away from the body.

“Right around when we figured out cooling, then came the question: Can you do heating?”

Compared to a cotton sample, the fabric kept artificial skin 2 C cooler in a laboratory test—possibly enough to stop a person from ever reaching for a fan or the building thermostat. The team’s first textile could save a building full of workers 20 to 30 percent of their total energy budget.

“Right around when we figured out cooling, then came the question: Can you do heating?” says postdoctoral fellow Po-Chun Hsu, who is the new paper’s first author. It was a particularly chilly winter, and he was headed to a conference in Minneapolis with a carry-on bag full of coats. Could he create an article of clothing that would serve him in a crowded warm conference room as well as on the frosty street?

Hsu realized that controlling radiation could work both ways. He stacked two layers of material with different abilities to release heat energy, and then sandwiched them between layers of the cooling polyethylene.

double-sided fabric
A new textile made from a reversible fabric could warm or cool wearers and keep them comfortable. Two layers of material with different abilities to release heat energy are stacked together and sandwiched between layers of polyethylene. (Credit: Yi Cui Group)

On one side, a copper coating traps heat between a polyethylene layer and the skin; on the other, a carbon coating releases heat under another layer of polyethylene. Worn with the copper layer facing out, the material traps heat and warms the skin on cool days. With the carbon layer facing out, it releases heat, keeping the wearer cool.

‘Smart fabric’ could store passcodes or I.D. in clothes

Combined, the sandwiched material can increase a person’s range of comfortable temperatures over 10 F—and the potential range could be much larger—closer to 25 F. With people wearing that kind of textile, buildings in some climates might never need air conditioning or central heating at all.

But the white-colored fabric isn’t quite wearable yet.

Other possible applications include clothing with medical devices—and even entertainment—printed right into the fabric.

“Ideally, when we get to the stuff you want to wear on skin, we’ll need to make it into a fiber woven structure,” Cui says. Woven textiles are stronger, more elastic, more comfortable, and look much more like typical clothing. But good news: They’ve already started testing to make sure the fabric will be machine washable.

“From my perspective, this work really highlights the significant opportunities in combining thermal engineering concepts with nanophotonic structures for creating novel functionalities,” says Shanhui Fan, a professor of electrical engineering.

The team’s ambitions don’t stop there. Other possible applications include clothing with medical devices—and even entertainment—printed right into the fabric.

“I think we are only seeing the beginning of many creative ideas that can come out of such combinations,” Fan says.

The Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy, US Department of Energy funded the work.

Source: Vicky Stein for Stanford University

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In photos: All the new motorcycles from EICMA 2017

EICMA 2017 opened its gates on November 7 and will be the center of the motorcycle ...

Every year in early November, Milan becomes the epicenter of the motorcycle industry, the place where manufacturers gather to showcase their latest products. New Atlas was on the ground at EICMA 2107, catching all of the production model debuts – the ones that we will be dreaming of, talking about and hopefully buying next year.

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general design discussion • Re: Setting up a royalty deal based on personal project

Just be aware that certain brands have been known to steal designs from inventors like this. I had a friend who worked at a large housewares company who would routinely steal ideas from people who would come to them with new ideas, and it was actually the main reason why he ended up leaving the company. I think it might be a good idea to stick with companies who you know have done this for other designers. If you do decide to go that route, I think the poster above me had some good feedback.

Just out of curiosity, what’s keeping you from creating a kickstarter and selling the project on your own? Kickstarter campaigns do take a tremendous amount of work, but at least you’ll have total control over the design intent.

To recover from an argument, seek out blue light

A new study indicates that blue light allows people to relax more quickly after argument-induced stress

We’ve already heard that blue light keeps us awake, kills bacteria, and helps to control psoriasis. Now, researchers from Spain’s University of Granada and the School for Special Education San Rafael are reporting that it also allows people to relax more quickly after experiencing acute psychosocial stress.

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