Photo series asks teens to edit photos until they’re ‘social media ready’ – INSIDER
Renown photographer Rankin took a series of portrait of teens and gave them 5 minutes to make them "social media ready". The results are striking: noses were thinned, freckles removed. Yet while most said they preferred their original portrait, none would share it.
Bet everything on electric: Inside Volkswagen’s radical strategy shift – Reuters
The emissions scandal hit VW hard. It's facing lawsuits and intense scrutiny from regulators. Maybe the best way out of an emissions scandal is to remove emissions completely. This could either be the greatest move by a car company in history, or the next step in a terminal decline.
PROSPER UNDER THE SUN by United Nations Development Programme – Exposure
Renewable energy can allow micro grids to flourish that feed local communities. In the Andes, two communities have used their new found power to create the next generation of sustainable businesses.
Tesla bought Maxwell Technologies for $218 million, but not for its ultracapacitors – Quartz
The eponymous electric vehicle company has been working hard to bring the business into profit. Its recent purchase is clearly a boost to the technology available in its arsenal, and Maxwell is working on some cool alternatives to traditional batteries. But could simple finance be the reason for the purchase: it costs less to make Maxwell's ultracapacitors.
How Japan’s ancient trees could tell the future – BBC
Astonishing work by Takeishi Nakatsuka has shown a possible link between weather and Japan's prosperity. Every 400 years or so the country experiences wild swings in its rain falls, leading to multi-year periods of drought or intense rain. In turn, that can affect society. The full story is a fascinating mix of science and multi-disciplinary collaboration.
Skylight House Modern Home in Chicago, Illinois by dSPACE Studio – Dwell
Although a masterpiece of architectural design, could this layout be a template for others to follow. A light well bringing natural light down the middle of the house offers huge potential for a more enjoyable and perhaps lower energy living space.
Kidney Transplants Could be Grown with Stem Cells Inside Other Animals – Digital Trends
There are international shortages of healthy organs for those who need a transplant. While the idea of growing new ones has been explored for at least three decades, new research suggests we could be closer - thanks to Stem Cells.
Swine fever spreads in Japan, 15,000 pigs to be culled – Reuters
A new strain of Swine Flu has hit Japan. Sadly it means thousands of pigs will need to be culled to contain the outbreak.