Issue 225 | 2 September 2014

What Next?

How do you tackle the world food crisis?

As part of the City Science Initiative at the MIT Media Lab, scientists are growing food using aeroponics, a system that produces plants without soil. We could go into more detail about the project, but we think you should watch this video instead!


Paris through Pentax

French advertising agency Maison Carnot has captured the streets and sights of Paris with a distinct perspective: through the viewfinder of a Pentax 67 camera. The film is beautiful, nostalgic and will make you want to jump on a plane headed for Charles de Gaulle Airport.

TV Ratings

Which station continues to dominate the ratings?

National – Free to Air Station Audience 
The Block Glasshouse – Sun Ch 9 1,548,000
The Block Glasshouse – Mon Ch 9 1,352,000
Nine News – Sun Ch 9 1,315,000
Nine News – Mon Ch 9 1,219,000
Seven News – Sun Ch 7 1,202,000
60 Minutes – Sun Ch 9 1,184,000
The Block Glasshouse – Tue Ch 9 1,179,000
The X Factor Live Results – Mon Ch 7 1,167,000
Nine News 6:30 – Mon Ch 9 1,164,000
Seven News – Sat Ch 7 1,138,000
Source: OzTam 26/08/14 – 01/09/14

How much water do you consume?

According to the Partnership for a Healthier America, not enough. With the mission of getting more people to drink more water more often, the organisation has created a water fountain that talks to drinkers mid-sip. Dubbed ‘Drink Up’, the chatty water fountain spits out quips like, “refreshing, isn’t it,” and “you’re feeding one trillion thirsty cells right now.” The innovation has even received the tick of approval from First Lady Michelle Obama. Check it out:

App of the week

You’ll love the sound of this app

Love falling asleep to the sound of rain? Well now, thanks to Noisli, there’s an app for that. With a built-in timer, the app includes a number of high quality sounds to help you focus, relax or fall asleep. Warning: the continuous sound of rain while you sleep may cause bed wetting.

If only all bus stops were this generous

Three London bus stops have been transformed into Twitter vending machines, shooting out free bags of Walkers crisps (‘chips’ for us Aussies) in exchange for a tweet. Lucky recipients will have the opportunity to taste test some of the user-generated flavours from Walkers’ recent ‘Do Yourself a Flavour’ competition. The vending machines are stocked with one of the six finalist flavours and will dispense 260 packets of crisps daily.

Website of the week

Hello world. Fancy a drink?

UX Designer/ Frontend Developer Zenoid has developed a new interactive microsite titled Wine, Beer or Spirits? Using a map of the world and data obtained through the World Health Organisation, the site shows the volume of alcohol that is drunk in the world on an average week. We’ll buy you a beer if you can guess Australia’s favourite drink…

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