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EDITOR’S ESSAY • The era of ‘just-in-time’ may be over, as economies unpick fragile global supply chains and embrace local
SET THE MOOD WITH A PERSONAL SOUNDTRACK • In search of a specific vibe? Plug into a playlist that’s designed to respond to your physiology—just don’t expect a catchy tune…
FOLD AND GO: AN ORIGAMIINSPIRED RIDE • Curve-folding sheets of steel means this sustainable e-scooter can be made locally while using the bare minimum of material, and you don’t even need a full-sized factory—just the robot arms
ATTACKING INSTAGRAM’S ATHEIST INFLUENCERS • The social media dream is that it helps people to find their voice and the support of a like-minded community. But that visibility can also put them in danger if they draw too much attention by challenging traditional, deeply entrenched societal or religious norms in places like Iraq
ELECTRIC SKIN: THE ULTIMATE WEARABLE TECH • By developing flexible, stretchy circuitry, Zhenan Bao hopes to bring new sensations to all sorts of devices, from prosthetics to interfaces and slip-on sensors
MEMORIAL MAPPING TO CREATE A DIGITAL CEMETERY • The problem with most cemeteries is there’s no one to ask for directions if you’re looking for a particular plot, or want information on its occupant. So surveyor Tim Viney is digitizing 18,000 municipal UK burial grounds to create a searchable ‘Google Street View’ for graveyards
CRYSTAL VISIONS FROM CAPTURED VOICES • Now your conversation really can sparkle—just transform the sounds into unique gemstones
BLENDING THE BLOCKCHAIN WITH TWITTER • Decentralizing could make the social media platform ready for the era of crypto-community
On digital strings: puppets pop up in virtual theaters
ERROR: NORTH KOREA NOT FOUND • Appalled by the Hermit Kingdom’s cyberattacks on security researchers—and the lack of a US government response—one hacker took matters into his own hands
EXPLORING EVERY PART OF THE CITY AS A DIGITAL KITTY • Forget trying to herd cats—for a team of animators, the real challenge was finding ways to study them for a new video game that captures the foibles of felines
FAB IT YOURSELF • As a senior in high school, Sam Zeloof designed and built his first handmade chip in his parents’ garage. He’s been outpacing Moore’s law ever since, and shows no signs yet of slowing down
THE TRUE STORY OF THE VIRAL FALSE TEETH THAT FOOLED THE WORLD • Paul Bishop drunkenly vomited his dentures into a Spanish rubbish bin 11 years ago. Then a DNA analysis seemingly returned them to his home in the UK. But the truth, it turns out, is even weirder…
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CLASSICS NOUVEAUX • Climate change is impacting the venerable art of champagne production. But the house of Bollinger has found a way to harness its meticulous record-keeping and ensure many future vintages to come
IN-CAR ENTERTAINMENT: PUMP IT UP VS.BACK TO BASICS
CAN REFILLABLES MAKE THEIR MARK ON LUXURY BEAUTY?
SOUND & VISION
Newly Minted • The Royal Mint is preparing for life after coins—so it’s putting its expertise in precious metals to a new, and still somewhat ‘circular’ use: extracting and recycling the gold from old gadgets
A new dimension is style: fashion's metaverse makeover
THE MULTIFARIOUS MULTIPLEXITY OF TAIKA...