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Redesigning Darkness: How Humans Shaped Light

Once the greatest threat to humans, shadows have been banished by electricity. But have we gone too far, forgetting the serene power of moon glow?

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Noted: What It Means to Unconsume

In an an economy where a company’s mere name can add value, author Rob Walker invites everyone to contribute to the first brand that has no products.

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Noted: How We Remember the Dead

Death may be final, but the way we remember the dearly departed is forever evolving, from hair necklaces to digital cemeteries.

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Dutch Design Week

Innovation is radiating from Eindhoven, the design capital of the Netherlands, where world-changing creations are inspiring one and all.

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Unboxing Desire: The Psychology Behind Packaging

Like shiny jewel boxes containing precious treasures, the PVC prisons of our consumer goods trigger our innermost emotions.

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Noted: How Board Games Encouraged Greed

A look back at yesterday’s board games reveals a visual history for understanding America’s moral compass and attitude toward Wall Street.

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Noted: The Geometry of Snacks

A trip down the junk food aisle at the grocery store is an onslaught of salty parallelograms and cheese-powdered hyperbolic paraboloids.

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Noted: The World’s Most Famous Turtleneck

Following the death of tech-icon Steve Jobs, sales of his iconic garment went through the roof. Are retailers celebrating a memory or just cashing in?

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Blue-Blooded Beauties

During the Romantic era of the 19th century, the near-death look was the height of fashion. So powder your face white and bring on the melancholy!

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The Pottery Renaissance of Mexico

Within the quiet, Chihuahuan village of Mata Ortiz, an entire community has reemerged though reclaiming an ancient, local art form.

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Noted: Finland’s Baby Boxes

For expecting mothers in this European nation, a gift from the government seeks to give all children an equal start to life.

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Noted: A Cultural History of Shoplifting

A new book sheds light on the surprising history of the five-finger discount, from the fictional Moll Flanders to the “Free Winona” campaign.

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Noted: The People Who Visualize Our Planets

Dr. Robert Hurt and artist Tim Pyle show how artistic renderings of the universe may be a science, but one that’s not exact.

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Noted: The Future of Folk Art

As one New York City museum fights for its survival, is an entire culture of homegrown design in danger?

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The Sewing Pattern: Fashion for All

Far more than tissue paper and obtuse directions, patterns democratized fashion by enabling all classes to buy into trends.

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The Obsession With Obento

With radish pigs and spaghetti octopi, the traditional Japanese lunch box may have found Internet fame, but has lost its meaning along the way.

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Noted: Mannequin Madness

Retailers are giving their plastic humanoids a life-like makeover that they hope will attract shoppers. Just try to avoid the cold, creepy glare.

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Noted: Revolutionizing the Football Helmet

From hand-stitched leather to plastic to electronic sensors — America’s iconic sport adapts in the face of danger.

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The Value of Home Economics

A curriculum once criticized for gender stereotypes and societal irrelevance is gaining traction again as the youth grapple with new domestic dangers.

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Featured Object: No. 2 Pencil

The September breeze ushers in that rich smell of wood and graphite, along with its yellow-tinted nostalgia that lingers even longer.

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Noted: The Business of Hybrid Fruit

With pluots, pluerries and apriums, the fruit industry has adopted Frankenstein-like methods.

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