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Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World
Illustrator and writer Rachel Ignotofsky's first-ever book "Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World" profiles 50 women who have made a difference in the industry—from psychologist and civil rights activist Mamie Phipps Clark; to...
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1. Watch the Shadow of Mercury Cross the Sun in Real Time The Transit of Mercury—an astrological event that takes place just 13 times per century—happened earlier this week. The event occurs when our solar system’s smallest planet, Mercury, appears...
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1. How Empowerment Became a Purchasable Product Originally used by social workers to encourage marginalized communities to rise up from poverty and oppression, the term “empowerment” has taken on completely different definitions in recent years...
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Milan Design Week 2016: Lexus Design Award
Continuing their mission to support young designers, Lexus held their fourth Design Award (whose theme was "anticipation") at this year’s Milan Design Week. The Grand Prix award was presented to AMAM Design Collective, a Tokyo-based group started by...
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Milan Design Week 2016: Ideal Standard
Presenting for the very first time at Milan Design Week, Belgium-based Ideal Standard arrives with Connect Air, a new bathroom fixtures collection, along with “When Lightness Designs Space,” a pop-up installation at MUDEC in the Zona Tortona that...
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eero: No More Internet Dead Zones
Nearly all homes have a WiFi dead zone: you never get messages in the kitchen, you can't watch Netflix in the bedroom, you can't FaceTime in the backyard. This is simply because most of us have one WiFi router for our entire home, and that just...
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1. Harper Lee, Author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ Has Died Few works of fiction have carried as much of a resounding impact as Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. Beyond its commercial success, the book introduced an array of beloved characters...
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1. Earth is Actually Two Planets Fused Together A new study conducted by UCLA researchers has uncovered an astonishing twist to the formation of Earth: it’s actually two planets fused together. Existing research had shown that a rogue planet...
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Casper Wants You to Sleep Better
While the concept of "one size fits all" is one that many people are skeptical of, Casper's success surely supports that it's actually spot on when it comes to mattresses. The brand—which launched in 2014—stands by its "one perfect mattress" mantra...
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1. Vale, Alan Rickman Alan Rickman, the British actor best known for his roles as Hans Gruber and Severus Snape, has died at the age of 69 after battling cancer. Rickman began his career on stage, portraying the manipulative Vicomte de Valmont...
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1. Design Legend Richard Sapper Dies at 83 Legendary industrial designer Richard Sapper has died at the age of 83. Throughout his nearly 60 year long career, the German-born, Italy-based designer worked to create products that not only looked...
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The Inaugural CH25 Draws to a Close
Back in May this year, we joined forces with Cadillac and embarked on a search for emerging talent—individuals who are shaping and informing the future. From designers of super-smart wearable tech to founders whose businesses empower people in developing...
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CH25: Final Call for Nominations
Time is running out to play your part in shaping the future of innovation, as Sunday, 31 May marks the final day for CH25 nominations, our search for emerging talent in partnership with Cadillac. If you or somebody you know is changing the face of...
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CH25: Our Panel of Experts
Our search for emerging talent in partnership with Cadillac is off to a flying start, with nominations now open (and flooding in) for individuals to score a place on the inaugural CH25 list. Today, we are thrilled to announce our panel of experts...
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The Inaugural CH25: Celebrating the Next Generation of Innovators
As enthusiasts of creativity and innovation in all their forms, Cool Hunting has long been supporters (and fans) of individuals who are inventing the future. Today, we are very proud to announce the inaugural Cool Hunting 25 (CH25), presented in partnership...
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United Shapes Snowboards
Designing for the next Golden Age of snowboarding, United Shapes is a the latest creative venture from Steven Kimura and Peter Sieper, the duo behind NYC-based Owner Operator outerwear. Taking a similar approach in terms of inspiration and attitude...
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Nike Reintroduces Marc Newson's Zvezdochka Shoe
Initially launching in 2004, the innovative and pleasantly bizarre Zvezdochka shoe from Nike was ahead of its time. Upon introduction, many questions were asked—including how in the world you pronounce the name. Designed by Australian industrial...
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Smith Overtake Road Cycling Helmet
Though best known for making goggles and other sport-specific eyewear, Smith Optics has long explored other product segments for outdoor enthusiasts. Most notably: helmets. The new Overtake helmet is their first foray into competitive road cycling...
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Alpinestars' Wearable Airbag for Motorcyclists
Motorsports outfitter Alpinestars has reached another milestone in its illustrious 50-year history. After giving professional motorcycle racers and track riders the Tech-Air Race electronic airbag suit—which in essence inflates at the very moment...
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A World First in Safety: AstaZero
Sweden is home to a rich design history where the principle that form follows function is felt in everything from fashion to public transportation. A key focus of the Swedish auto industry—spearheaded by Volvo—and indeed the country as a whole, is...
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