Designer, maker and writer Hillary Predko’s “Kipple Field Notes” is five short essays on the nature of stuff in the 21st century, its relationship to justice, the environment, cities, intergenerational strife, housing, and geopolitics.
It’s my kind of thing, acknowledging the pleasures and desirability of physical things without excusing the environmental and humanRead More
China has reached a supercomputing milestone. The country now has more machines on a list of the world’s 500 fastest supercomputers than the U.S. China has 202 systems on the Top500’s supercomputer list, with the U.S. comparatively having only 143. The U.S. ranking is its lowest since the Top500 rankings began 25 years ago, thoughRead More
That new KJU line of body soaps and mist fragrances from Unilever isn’t named after Kim Jong-un, Unilever would like you to know. It’s just that after the name was created and even trademarked, that the company realised what it had done. “It was only after we trademarked it that I realized that it alsoRead More
A sex doll rental service in China has shut its doors, at least for the time being, after the novel offering proved controversial. People who want to have sex with a lifeless rubbery replica of a schoolgirl, Wonder Woman, maid, nurse or athlete will have to buy their own.
“We prepared tenRead More
The recent trumpist trumpeting about the plans of Chinese manufacturer Foxconn to open a manufacturing facility in Wisconsin omitted a few key details — like the fact that Foxconn is being given a sweetheart tax-break that’s topped up with 15 years’ worth of guarantees of up to $200m/year in cash subsidies at taxpayer expenseRead More
For the better part of the next year, these students will have a taste of the rigours of being onboard a space station. On Sunday, four students from the Beijing’s University of Aeronautics and Astronautics embarked on a 200-day stay in a space station simulator. The students will live in the locked bunker named theRead More
The city of Hangzhou, China has more than 86,000 public bicycles. Unfortunately, when many people are done using them, they don’t put them in the designated docking center but just drop them wherever. According to Wired, “police have rounded up 23,000 bikes so far this year and hauled them to 16 corrals around theRead More