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Since their invention by the auto industry in the late 1930s, concept cars have afforded engineers and designers an opportunity to let their imaginations run free. more>

via Design News | Slideshow: The Wild World of Concept Cars | News links.

The Postal Service Wants to Deliver Your Groceries Each Morning | GovExec.com


In the operational testing phase in San Francisco, USPS averaged 160 totes per day at the 38 eligible ZIP codes.

USPS asked its regulators for special permission to allow revenues to exceed $10 million annually,

but said it has “taken steps to ensure” revenues do not surpass $50 million.

via The Postal Service Wants to Deliver Your Groceries Each Morning – Management – GovExec.com.

Future of energy storage | MIT News Office

Unlike conventional rechargeable batteries, redox flow batteries store energy in solutions of electroactive compounds, which are housed in external tanks and pumped to an electricity generating reactor.

This system offers advantages in scalability, manufacturing, service life, and safety.

The chemicals can be stored in a tank as big as a water heater for home use, or as massive as a supercenter for powering an entire community.

via Future of energy storage | MIT News Office.

ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY? | More Intelligent Life

The history of architect-designed chairs goes back as far as architecture itself—it wouldn’t have occurred to early practitioners to confine themselves to buildings. But it was in the 20th century, with the advent of Modernism, that the practice flourished. Until then, chairs were essentially carpenter’s pieces: hand-crafted, decorative, elaborate.

Design as a separate discipline didn’t yet exist, so the Modernist architects knew that if they wanted suitable furniture for their great works, they would have to create it; chairs became mini-manifestos of their ideas.

The house was a machine for chairs to live in.

via ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY? | More Intelligent Life.

Watson, the IBM Supercomputer, Might Replace the Loudmouth in Your Meetings | GovExec.com

If Watson can eliminate even a portion of the time people spend prepping for meetings,

awkwardly searching a laptop for the right file or figure, and cut down on the number of PowerPoint hours endured,

it’d be a vast improvement on the status quo,

and a compelling reason to explore the idea of extending meeting invitations to non-human participants.

via Watson, the IBM Supercomputer, Might Replace the Loudmouth in Your Meetings – Promising Practices – Management – GovExec.com.

Design News | Work Out While You Work

Unlike the elliptical machines typically found at fitness centers, Cubii is quiet, so it won’t distract others working around you. It also has been designed with comfortable foot angles, so people can use it without too much effort and without hitting their knees on the desk. To ensure they’re getting a workout, users can change the resistance, as they can on any typical elliptical machine.

via Design News – Blog – Work Out While You Work.

The Next Big Thing In Urban Planning? Backyard Cottages | Co.Design

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.. based on a conventional infill strategy of buildings with five or more units located around transit hubs, had the potential to add roughly 7,900 housing units to the area.

They estimate that, given the recent pace of area development, building that much housing would take anywhere from 18 to 43 years.

via The Next Big Thing In Urban Planning? Backyard Cottages | Co.Design | business + design.