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This beach is isolated by a wall of mirrors and it looks like a floating desert island

Your antidote to the Taylor Swift swan float is here. Behold the pink coffin pool toy— a summery, macabre float created by Canadian designer Andrew Greenbaum. SEE ALSO: Pool floats for your dog are a thing now and we will not enter summer without them “Had the idea to start this project almost three years ago, with my guy @ian__felton,” he wrote in a post about the float on Instagram. “I found someone who could make me a sample recently and pulled the trigger. Super hilarious project.” It looks like…

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Apple, Samsung Declare Peace in Biggest Modern Tech Patent Fight

The biggest patent battle of the modern technology world has finally come to an end after seven years. Samsung Electronics Co. told a judge Wednesday they’d resolved the first filed but last remaining of the legal disputes that once spanned four continents. The string of lawsuits jihadist.” The ensuing litigation cost each company hundreds of millions of dollars in legal fees, and tested their reputations as innovators. ‘Sumo Wrestlers’ “The sumo wrestlers have tired of the wrestling match,” said Paul Berghoff, a patent lawyer with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff…

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This Gadget Communicates Human Emotions Through Touch

Ask engineers what the future of communication looks like and they’ll show you a fiber-optic cable. Ask artists and they’ll conjure something like the Sleeve. For the past year, engineers at Nokia Bell Labs, the famed New Jersey research facility that birthed the transistor, have been developing this wearable armband with input from artistic collaborators. “We’re reductionist in our thinking; artists are divergent,” research lead Domhnaill Hernon says. The labmates are part of a ­program called Experiments in Art and Technology, founded in the ’60s and newly resurrected in partnership…

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The Inside Story of Reddit’s Redesign

On a rainy day in San Francisco, a dozen or so designers sat crammed around a conference table inside Reddit's headquarters, in a space they had nicknamed The War Room. A few soggy rain jackets dripped onto the floor, and someone mumbled a maxim normally reserved for weddings about rain bringing good luck. It was neither the first nor the last time this group would gather here to share the details of the project they'd been working on for over a year. But today was special. The designers had prepared…

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SpaceXs New Beast of a Rocket Is Go for Launch

It’s to be expected that Elon Musk and his colleagues will want to toast the first launch of viewing party featuring a champagne toast and a commemorative glass. The as soon as Feb. 6. Musk’s message on Twitter over the weekend specifying a launch date anticipated a public turnout in Cape Canaveral, Florida: “Easy viewing from the public causeway,” he wrote. The spectacle has even tempted a Falcon Heavy equivalent to roughly 18 747 airplanes. It's twice as large from a capacity perspective as its closest competitor, United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV Heavy. My raw video…

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If You Care About Cities, Apple’s New Campus Sucks

The new headquarters Apple is building in Cupertino has the absolute best door handles. The greatest! They are, as my colleague Steven Levy writes, precision-milled aluminum rails that attach to glass doors—sliding and swinging alike—with no visible bolts. Everything in this building is the best. The toroid glass of the roof curves scientifically to shed rainwater. And if it never rains again (this being California), well, an arborist selected thousands of drought-tolerant new trees for the 175-acre site. Not every Apple employee will get to work in the new building—ouch!—but…

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The Sustainable City: Is off-grid living the way forward for Dubai?

(CNN)The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will not run out of oil any time soon. According to the most recent data set available, the Emirates has proven reserves equivalent to 98 billion barrels — enough for the nation to rank seventh globally. In January, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai and UAE vice president, announced a new energy strategy and $163 billion of investment in alternative energy over the next three decades. Can the ‘City of Wonders’ become sustainable? “We have never claimed that we invented anything…

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