First Look: “Annie”
TAKING IT UNDERGROUND
While entrepreneurs in London are planning to build the world’s longest subterranean farm in tunnels below the city, Paris is planning to turn its abandoned metro stations into restaurants, auditoriums and even underground swimming pools! Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet — a promising candidate for the upcoming mayoral elections — is working with local architects Manal Rachdi and Nicolas Laisné on a range of proposals for transforming the city’s ghost metro stations.
Read more: Paris’ Ghost Metro Stations Could Become Subterranean Swimming Pools and Restaurants | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building
800,000+ units in 4 days. One outlet (iTunes). Go, Bey. Change the game.
Still working to Get to Zero.
World AIDS Day, 2013
It may be brick outside where you are (or not…), but there’s still cause to celebrate this staple of summer fun, the Super Soaker. Did you know this perennially popular toy was invented by an African-American astro-physicist? Dr. Lonnie Johnson worked on NASA’s Mars Observer project and on the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn.
Dr. Johnson once experimented with a heat pump that used water instead of Freon, a toxic gas important to astrophysics. He hooked up the invention to the bathroom sink and saw a powerful stream of water squirt across the room. He called his invention the Power Drencher, but later changed it to the Super Soaker.
Johnson holds approximately 80 patents, including rechargeable batteries, a dart gun, a spacecraft cooling system, and a hair curler.
from National Geographic
HIP HOP HEALTHCARE
I wish this was really Obama. I’m waiting for him to do something like this and then drop the mic, like at the next inauguration for the next incoming president. What can they do to him then? Drop it like it’s hot, Barack. I’m waiting.
WHY, YOU’RE JUST RADIANT!
…and here it is, the Color of 2014, as chosen by that pigment powerhouse Pantone: Radiant Orchid. In the company’s annual announcement, Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, described the hue as “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones” that “inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health.”
Uh-huh. We just like it.
The color has already graced the collections of several Spring ‘14 fashion houses, and we can look forward to its appearance in brand packaging and logos, home decor and accessories, and perhaps even on the boldest of beauties walking awards-season red carpets. (Or will they be Radiant Orchid rugs?)
Don’t worry if you’re not feeling it yet. You have a whole year to warm up to the berry blush!
Read more about the new hue here.