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IKEA Goes Big(ger) and Audio Sleep Aids

On this podcast, Nora Young talks about a few different stories about IKEA's expansion plans and new lines, including partnerships on surprising products like fragrance, expansion plans for Indian cities, and modular pieces that can be re-assembled into different kinds of furniture for small spaces.

Cathi Bond points us to this Gizmodo article about the late painter, Bob Ross, whose PBS instructional show was a surprising hit. Now, his soothing voice is being used as a sleep aid. Apparently, Calm.com has added the audio from one of his episodes to their 'sleep tracks' series.

 

Article Links

IKEA partnerships: http://fortune.com/2018/06/12/ikea-partner-lego-adidas-sonos/

IKEA expands in India: https://www.fastcompany.com/40584160/ikea-is-swapping-swedish-meatballs-for-samosas-in-its-india-stores

Rumtid line borrows from design for outer space: https://www.psfk.com/2018/06/ikea-rumtid-urban-space.html

Bob Ross sleep aid: https://gizmodo.com/this-bob-ross-sleep-mediation-is-the-mental-escape-i-ne-1826796037


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Research into Ketamine and Automated Restaurants

On this podcast, Cathi Bond talks about this New Atlas article on the history of the drug, Ketamine, and new research into its potential as a treatment for depression, along with questions about how to avoid negative side effects.

Nora Young chats about this article in The Outline on Spyce, a new restaurant in Boston, which is almost entirely automated. Is this a novelty, or a sign of the future? 

Links: 

The Outline: https://theoutline.com/post/4657/please-welcome-the-humanity-free-grain-bowl-lunch?zd=1&zi=gwqnvsso

New Atlas: https://newatlas.com/psychedelic-medicine-ketamine/54970/


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Writing and Body Hacks: Benefits of Ritual and Fasting

We're back after a little break! This time, Nora Young talks about this New York Times profile of author, Philip Pullman. In particular, she looks at his very specific rituals around writing. Nora and Cathi talk about journaling and their own rituals for writing. Nora's preferred method: pomodoro! Cathi Bond looks at a study on the benefits of fasting, in particular, 5 days of 'regular' eating a week, and 2 days of extremely limited calorie intake (via New Atlas). Do you have rituals to get in the mood to work? Have you tried fasting, and if so, have you seen any benefits? Let us know! [iframe style="border:none" src="//html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/5962988/height/100/width/480/thumbnail/no/render-playlist/no/theme/standard/tdest_id/237069" height="100" width="480" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen] Download MP3

The Power of Journals and Yikes! Bed Bugs

This time, Nora Young and Cathi Bond commit to keeping journals after reading this article about the benefits of doing so. Writing out your thoughts reminds Nora of this Spark interview with philosopher Andy Clark, about the idea of "extended minds". 

Cathi Bond offers you this summertime travel help: how to spot and deal with bed bugs (via Lifehacker)!


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Virtual Reality Pain Relief and Perfume as Social History

This time, Cathi Bond talks about a study testing the effectiveness of different virtual reality scenarios in managing pain. Perhaps unsurprisingly, a virtual reality scene at a calming beach was much more effective in pain relief, than one that was simply a distracting urban scene (via Medgadget)

Nora Young talks about an exhibit in London UK called Perfume: A Sensory Journey through Contemporary Scent, and how perfume can be a barometre of social conditions (via PSFK).

 


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Blocking Memories and Modular Tents

Nora Young talks about research into blocking specific memories in snails (via Motherboard

Just in time for summer, Cathi Bond talks about the RhinoWolf tent system. You can sleep anywhere from one to 100 people by attaching more and more modular tents (via New Atlas


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Robocop and Bricks and Mortar Amazon

On this podcast, Cathi Bond talks about the growing trend in robot policing (via New Atlas)

Nora Young talks about this Guardian article, which takes a walk through Amazon's latest bricks-and-mortar store in New York. In the wake of their purchase of Whole Foods, what's Amazon's end game?

 


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New Ways to Pay: Do You Tap? And Using Your Ring to Pay

Cathi is a fan of "tap and pay" credit cards. But now she's wondering if they're really secure. She also mentions this security report about malware on phones installed somewhere along the supply chain. 

Nora looks at Kerv, a cool-looking ring that gives you the ability for contactless payment without a card, or a phone, at all (via Tech Radar). 


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Cool, Sustainable Buildings and Uncanny Valley Update

In this podcast, Cathi Bond talks about architect Vincent Callebaut's cool, sustainable, luxury condo project. Will this be the way of the future for condos that aren't on the luxury end too? See more of Callebaut's projects here.

Nora Young talks about new research suggesting just how good - and fast - humans are at visually distinguishing reality from unreal images. What does this mean for virtual reality design, as well as the design of robots?


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How to Brainstorm and Mind-Bending Internet Art

In this podcast, Cathi Bond talks about Continuum Infinitum, a supercool continuous video loop (via Gizmodo). Watch the video here. She also mentions Snarg. Cathi and Nora talk internet art. What do you think defines it? Nora mentions Grocery Trip, and the work of Darius Kazemi.

Meanwhile, Nora Young talks about this Fast Company article by Veronique Lafargue on how the folks at Google brainstorm. Some of it is familiar (eg, don't shoot down ideas), but some is really new: in particular, don't follow up brainstorming with more meetings. Instead, go straight to prototype!

 


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