A Simple Wine Bottle Made Drip-Free With a Brilliantly Conceived Two Millimeter Groove

At Brandeis University, biophysicist Dan Perlman has invented a wine bottle that won’t drip.”Using a diamond-studded tool, Perlman, assisted by engineer Greg Widberg, created a circular groove around the neck of the bottle just beneath the top. A droplet of wine that would otherwise run down the side of the bottle encounters the groove, but can’t traverse it. Instead, it immediately falls off the bottle into the glass along with the rest of the wine. Remember that when you pour a full or nearly-full bottle of wine, you hold it at a slightly upward angle in relation to the glass. For a drop of wine to make it across Perlman’s groove, it would have to travel up inside the groove against the force of gravity or have enough momentum to jump from one side of the groove to the other. After many tests, Perlman found the perfect width, roughly 2 millimeters, and depth, roughly 1 millimeter, for the groove so that the wine stream can’t get passed it.” [ link ]..(Read…)

Do we outsource our memory too much?

Order a copy today of ​Never Too Busy to Cure Clutter​ by Unclutterer’s Editor-in-Chief Erin Rooney Doland.

Recently I started a new course that’s rather stressful and time-consuming. To prepare for it, at work, I wrote down everything I have to do between now and my August holidays. For Unclutterer, I didn’t do anything because Jacki has a lovely Google Calendar with all our publishing dates. And I informed my husband of when I would need to work on my course so that he wouldn’t feel ignored.

All good things, right? Communication, written task lists, and using sharing technology to its fullest. The height of personal organization.

But then, at work in doing one of my monthly tasks, I left half of it undone. Plus I didn’t go look at Jacki’s calendar and almost missed a publishing date (thanks for reminding me, Jacki). The only thing that didn’t go wrong was my relationship.

I asked myself why that happened.

I began by looking at my task list at work. When I’d written down the monthly task, I wrote down only the information for the first part of the task and nothing about the second. When I relied solely on my memory, I always went through a mental checklist to make sure I wasn’t missing anything. Having written it down, I didn’t feel the need to go through that list and didn’t even remember the second part existed and it’s something I’ve been doing monthly for over 3 years!

Then I thought about the calendar and why I didn’t consult it. Lack of habit and assuming that I already knew it. I have to admit that last one is a biggie for me. I get convinced of something so much that I don’t bother checking to make sure that it is true.

This led me to wonder about using lists, relying on memory, or employing technology. Which works best and why?

With smartphones and prior to that day-planners, we have external memory devices around us all the time. No need to actually remember anything, right? But is that lazy of us? Over on Life Hacker, Thorin Klosowski did a personal experiment back in 2012 where he stopped relying on anything other than his brain to remember what he had to do and where he had to go.

To make sure he did everything he needed to, he would walk himself through the day each morning, similar to what I did for my monthly work tasks before making the mistake of half-writing them down. He found the experiment extremely helpful and although he didn’t stick to a brain-only memory prompt, he did decide to rely less on paper and technology.

Fascinated by Klosowski’s experiment, I thought I’d go see what else was out there and found an article in Wired from 2014 that looked at an experiment that tested people’s ability to remember things with or without the ability to write it down first. The results did not support note-taking as a memory tool. Those who relied solely on memory performed better.

“Okay, okay, maybe these are two isolated incidents,” I said to myself. “Let’s see what else is out there.”

Moving up to 2016, Motherboard published an article about how using technology to remember tasks makes it easier to forget them.

The author, Rachel Pick, was in a situation really close to mine — lots of commitments with different dates and requirements and no simple way to merge them all into a single list. She tried a physical planner, but just like me, she forgot to take it with her. She then tried apps, which were either too complex or too restrictive.

She finally tried Google Keep (which I use to remember restaurants in other cities, birthday gift ideas for my husband, and things that we have to take to the cottage). And she liked it, so much so that if something wasn’t written down in the app, it was like it never existed.

Being a curious person, Pick spoke with a neuroscientist to find out why this was happening. What he told her was basically what Klosowski discovered on his own — Pick was outsourcing her memory to Google Keep and was changing the way neurons were firing in her brain.

What was the neuroscientists advice? Rely more on memory and less on tools.

With so many things going on in my life, I can’t rely on just my memory, but what I have to do is start asking myself, “Are you sure that’s all? Are you missing anything?” and go through my mental checklists with paper and technology acting as prompts and light support only.

Post written by Alex Fayle

Poetic Flying Houses Photomontage by Laurent Chehere

Dans cette série de clichés, le photographe français Laurent Chehere, dévoile de charmants tableaux aériens d’un Paris lyrique et fantastique dans lequel misère, mélancolie et poésie s’entremêlent. En isolant l’architecture populaire et parfois insalubre de certains quartiers périphériques de la capitale, l’auteur parvient à contraster une réalité sociale dure, faisant notamment écho à la crise des migrants encore brulante d’actualité, avec un fond coloré et pastel se rapportant davantage au monde de l’onirisme, du bonheur et de l’espoir. Des montages réalisés sur l’ordinateur empreints de belles valeurs humaines à découvrir.
















#LaMemePassion : Beautiful Painting for European Days of Art Professions by Stéphane Kuss

Société Générale lance l’exposition #LaMêmePassion, concept inédit et innovant mettant le made in France en exergue. Cette exposition est en effet la première réalisée à partir de tweets, en partenariat avec les Meilleurs Ouvriers de France.

La rencontre entre un Meilleur Ouvrier de France et une jeune apprentie

Meilleur Ouvrier de France en 2004 en tant que peintre et décorateur d’intérieur, Stéphane Kuss a partagé son savoir-faire avec l’apprentie Mélinda Terlaud. Initié au métier par son père Raymond Kuss, également MOF en 2004, il dirige avec lui l’entreprise familiale basée en Bas-Rhin.

Avec Mélinda, 23 ans, élève en première année de BP peintre et applicateur de revêtements, ils ont donné vie à l’oeuvre « Le reflet de la passion ». Le tweet a donc été peint sur un panneau de 2,50 x 1,50 mètres, surplombé par un miroir convexe de 2m de haut.

Illisible au sol, la phrase prend forme dans le miroir grâce à un effet d’anamorphose réalisée à la peinture laque satinée.

Toutes les oeuvres issues de cette belle initiative, seront présentées dans un lieu hautement symbolique, incarnation de l’excellence de l’artisanat français, le Bastille Design Center, ancienne manufacture du 19ème siècle.

Pour concrétiser ce projet Société Générale a collaboré avec FRED & FARID Paris et a choisi comme parrain de l’exposition le Maître chocolatier Meilleur Ouvrier de France, Georges Larnicol, dont les produits à la qualité incomparable bénéficient aujourd’hui d’un réseau de 23 boutiques en France, dont 4 à Paris.

Infos pratiques :
Exposition gratuite #LaMêmePassion – pour participer, cliquez ici.
Horaires d’ouverture : Vendredi 31 Mars de 9h à 20h, Samedi 1er Avril de 10h à 19h, Dimanche 2 Avril de 11h à 18h
Bastille Design Center, 74 boulevard Richard Lenoir 75011 Paris




Heatherwick's Pier 55 park for New York now unlikely to go ahead

Plans to construct a Thomas Heatherwick-designed park and events venue jutting out over New York‘s Hudson River have hit a major bump after a federal court vacated the project’s permit.

The United States District Court has modified the permit issued for the construction of Pier 55, making it near impossible for the project to go ahead.

The City Club of New York advocacy group opposed the pier, which is backed by fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg and husband Barry Diller.

Pier 55 by Thomas Heatherwick

The $200 million plans by British designer Thomas Heatherwick comprises an undulating landscape over the water, supported by mushroom-shaped columns. It would be accessed via two decked walkways, connected to the esplanade along the Chelsea shoreline close to 13th Street.

On 23 March 2017, the court ruled that the structure would obstruct views across the river and affect marine life.

The non-profit Hudson River Park Trust organisation – in charge of managing the park – argued that the venue would provide a much-needed recreation and cultural space, but the judge decided that these activities could easily take place elsewhere.

Pier 55 by Thomas Heatherwick

“We’re very happy,” City Club president Michael Gruen told The Architect’s Newspaper. “It looks like this ruling may be very beneficial for the public in terms of finally being done with a project that would obscure the view of the water and could very well go somewhere else.”

First revealed in November 2014, the 10,000-square-metre park was designed to replace the dilapidated Pier 54.

However, the project has been dogged with controversy and subject of an ongoing legal battle since its inception.

Pier 55 by Thomas Heatherwick

Construction was due to begin this summer, after the pier received approval from the US Army Corps of Engineers and the court case was deemed settled.

It is possible for the Hudson River Park Trust to re-apply for a permit with the Army Corp, but the ruling makes its approval unlikely.

“We have won four challenges in four courts on this project,” said a statement from the trust. “Not one of those decisions determined the proposed project would harm the environment – and neither does this one.”

Pier 55 by Thomas Heatherwick

“But even if largely procedural, we are deeply disappointed by this ruling, and are reviewing it carefully to determine our next steps,” it added.

Thomas Heatherwick ranked at number 23 in the inaugural Dezeen Hot List, a countdown of the year’s biggest names in architecture and design, according to Dezeen readers.

He is currently working on another controversial park project – his Garden Bridge for London’s River Thames has faced a similarly bumpy journey towards construction.

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Enter Dezeen's #milanogram2017 competition to win a £500 Dezeen Watch Store voucher

If you’re visiting Milan design week, tag your Instagram pictures with the #milanogram2017 hashtag for a chance to win £500 to spend at Dezeen Watch Store.

Dezeen is hosting a competition to find the best image taken at Milan’s annual furniture fair, the biggest event in the design calendar.

All visitors are invited to share images using the #milanogram2017 hashtag. A selection of the best images will be reposted on our own Instagram account, which has over a million followers, and will be included in a daily highlights roundup on Dezeen.

The winner will be chosen by Dezeen’s editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs, editor Amy Frearson and social media editor Trudie Carter, and will be awarded a £500 voucher to spend at Dezeen Watch Store.

A post shared by lijo (@lijojohnmathew) on Apr 15, 2016 at 5:38pm PDT

Lijo John Mathew won the competition last year with this photograph of a child exploring Lensvelt’s installation at Ventura Lambrate

In previous years the hashtag has been a guide to the must-see installations, exhibits and products at the fair as told by Dezeen journalists, contributors and readers. Yves Béhar , Benjamin Hubert and Lee Broom are among designers to have shared behind-the-scenes images of their work.

Last year over 14,000 photographs were entered, and Lijo John Mathew was named the winner for his photograph of a child exploring Lensvelt’s installation at Ventura Lambrate.

There are over 800 posts in this year’s tag already, by designers including Tom Dixon and Note Design Studio.

Tom Dixon’s studio has already posted several photos to #milanogram2017, including this one of the Pylon chair in royal blue

Milan design week runs from 4 – 9 April across numerous locations and venues in the city.

The winner will be notified via Instagram. Dezeen competitions are international and entries are accepted from readers in any country. By entering, you agree to Dezeen using your image. Competition closes 9 April 2017.

Line by Nomad at Dezeen Watch Store
The winner will receive a £500 voucher to spend at Dezeen Watch Store. Watches available include the new collection for Nomad by Samuel Wilkinson

A £500 Dezeen Watch Store gift voucher will be issued to the winner. No cash alternative. The voucher will be valid for 12 months from the date of issue. The gift voucher can be redeemed at www.dezeenwatchstore.com.

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Never Mind Headphones: Here Come Mouthphones

A startup company claims to be developing Hushme, a product that’s something like noise-canceling headphones for your mouth. If you need to take a call and there’s no privacy available, you whip this thing out…

…and wrap it around your yap:

The device can reportedly be operated in one of two ways. The first is that it uses noise cancellation to muffle your voice outside of the microphone, so that those around you cannot hear what you are saying. The second operation mode is rather bizarre: You can choose to have the device emit external noises to muffle your voice, choosing from the sound menu below.

Shockingly the device, or at least the development of the device, appears to be real. The developers appeared at CES this year and are preparing to launch a Kickstarter campaign for it this coming May.

ListenUp: NJOMZA: Hear Me

NJOMZA: Hear Me


From NJOMZA’s upcoming EP Sad For You, “Hear Me” (produced by Papi Beatz) is a down-tempo synth-pop tune that adds glitter to balladry. About her teenage relationship falling apart, the song includes several “lost love” themes, but NJOMZA’s tender……

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Gorgeous House in Morillos

Conçu par l’architecte chilien Cristián Izquierdo, la maison de Morillos est une structure rectangulaire dans une région désertique. Le souhait de l’architecte était de créer un lien entre l’aménagement intérieur de la résidence et l’environnement extérieur. L’autre particularité de la maison, est qu’elle dispose de 72 portes en bois permettant ainsi de protéger du vent ou au contraire de communier avec les paysages qui l’entourent.







Superb Green Architecture in Ho Chi Minh City

En collaboration avec le projet House for trees visant à augmenter les espaces verts dans les villes vietnamiennes, le cabinet Vo Trong Nghia Architects vient de réaliser Binh House. Cette résidence en béton accueille une famille de trois générations, le défi était donc de réaliser des espaces pouvant se connecter en dépit des différences des personnes qu’elle accueille. Les jardins de toit accueillent de grands arbres pour l’ombrage, ce qui réduit la température intérieure. Des légumes peuvent également être plantés pour répondre aux besoins quotidiens de ses résidents.