Design

Zaha Hadid's Latest Museum Is a Concrete Spaceship Lodged in a Mountain

In Italy's Austrian-inflected South Tyrol, with its craggy peaks and verdant valleys, famed Zaha Hadid's has unveiled her latest project, the Messner Mountain Museum Corones. Named after Reinhold Messner, the first mountaineer to scale all fourteen "eight-thousanders" (the 14 independent peaks above 8,000 meters), and the first to summit Everest without additional oxygen, the museum is the final of six mountaintop museums Messner had built. Nestled into the the peak of Mount Kronplatz, the museum displays objects related to Messner's life of climbing. While the structure itself references the geology of the area, concrete forms are meant to evoke the see more
Music

Forget Tidal and Spotify: Cymbal Is a Social Playlist Curated by Your Friends

As a battle for your earbuds rages on between music services like Tidal, Apple, and Spotify, three college students have created a fuss-free new app that takes your favorite elements of Instagram and integrates them into your listening experience. Released this summer by Tuft students Amadou Crookes, Gabe Jacobs and Mario Gomez-Hall, Cymbal populates your newsfeed with the songs your friends are listening to, allowing users to make playlists based off their friend's favorite tunes. Just like Instagram, you rack up followers, comment, search by hashtag, and like posts, curating a sort of social radio station where all your friends see more
Tech

A Friendly Robot Got Mugged Trying to Hitchhike Across the America, Because Of Course

This is why we can't have nice things, people. A friendly little robot named HitchBOT had one goal, and that was to see the splendor of the United States of America—a noble yet realistic goal. The little android is the invention of Dr. David Smith and Dr. Frauke Zeller and has been working on its mission of seeing as much of the world as friendly passersby would allow him to. Helpful citizens of the world helped the little guy cover 10K kilometers in his native Canada, taking him from Halifax, Nova Scotia, all the way to Victoria, British Columbia, see more
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An All-Gay Fighter Game That Mixes It up With LGBT Stereotypes

When you begin to play the newest—and only—mobile game from Handsome Woman Productions, you're greeted with a somewhat ominous warning: THE ONLY COLORS IN THIS RAINBOW ARE BLACK AND BLUE. It could easily serve as the introduction to a different game, a much more serious one, one that echoes the frighteningly real point of view and extreme violence that have become the hallmark of so many titles flooding the gaming market today. But this game is not one of those games. This game is Gay Fighter Supreme. If you have any question of just how firmly the tongue of see more
Tech

Flickr Pro Just Returned and It Has A Lot to Offer

If you're a big Flickr fan, you probably remember Flickr Pro. It was, in the most basic sense, just an ad-free version of Flickr for about $50 a year. But in 2013, Yahoo stepped in and overhauled everything, preventing any new Flickr Pro subscriptions while old members continued using the service. Well, Flickr Pro is now back in business, and it's a lot more than just an ad-free Flickr, reports WIRED. Anyone with a Flickr account gets 1TB of space, which, unless you're an extreme photo junkie and hoarder, is basically unlimited. Out of Flickr's 113 million users, fewer see more
Tech

This Neurosignaling Device Could Replace Your Morning Coffee

The first sign it's working is that my foot is tapping out a breakneck rhythm—whapwhapwhapwhapwhap—and my normal Monday-morning sluggishness, usually treatable only with a few cups of coffee, has vanished. I've been responding to emails uninterrupted for the last 20 minutes (about five hours in Internet time), and my coffee cup is still sitting in the kitchen, unused since last week. see more
Tech

These Wildly Popular YouTube Videos Will Bore You to Sleep—on Purpose

An offbeat genre of video is blowing up YouTube—not with a bang but with a whisper. Fans of autonomous sensory meridian response (yeah, it's a mouthful) get a thrill watching gentle, repetitive actions like eating, ironing, and shaving. Sound weird? It is. It's also pretty addictive. see more
Tech

This May Be the Coolest Flying-Car Concept Yet

First there was news of a working hoverboard. Then came speculation that Apple is building a car. But we didn't really get a glimpse at the future of personal transportation until we saw this credible concept video for a car that can fly. Terrafugia, a Massachusetts-based carmaker, released a video for what it's calling the TF-X this week. In it, you see a futuristic car pulling out of a standard suburban garage and converting into a flying machine by way of two helicopter-style propellers. The video touts a 300-hp engine, a 200-mph flying speed, and lots of safety features. see more
Tech

Microsoft's Send App Wants to Make E-mail as Easy as Texting

There's no way of getting around the reality that e-mail sucks. But the people at Microsoft are trying to make sending messages to your coworkers a little more enjoyable with their new Send app. The app, which Microsoft made available for the iPhone today, is designed to send short messages to coworkers who use Outlook. It has a friendly, colorful interface, and you can send messages straight to your cubemates whether or not they have Send. Messages you write to a non-Send user land in their inboxes as normal emails. We here at Details used the office today to, among see more
Tech

The McLaren 650S Spider Is the Luxe Car of Your Wildest Dreams

Sometimes you put an item on your personal wish list that's nothing more than a pipe dream. That would be the case with the McLaren 650S Spider, a luxury car that's as performance-driven as it is stylish. Clocking in at $280K, this high-end model from the famed boutique British brand knows how to hug the curves of the road like few others. Check it out in motion, above, to see exactly why we put it on our bucket list despite the fact that we may never really get our hands on one. see more
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