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The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Great articles on the Titanic wreck site, Barrett Brown, impossible spacecraft engines, true crime and more stuff. See more »

How Crumple Zones Work

If you've ever been in a bad accident in a newer car, you probably have crumple zones to thank for your life. Much more interesting than you think, these zones are designed to break apart and absorb impact, so you don't have to. See more »

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Some top notch articles on weird stuff like KFC becoming the traditional Christmas meal in Japan. See more »

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

You will like these articles, we can assure you. See more »

How Tupperware Works

Tupperware won immediate design acclaim when it was released in 1947, but it took a pioneering female executive to make a line of plastic food storage into an icon of the American postwar boom. Learn about the surprisingly intriguing history of Tupperware. See more »

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week, Josh and Chuck read tons of great articles, some of them really good. Here are the best of the bunch for your enjoyment. See more »

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week, Josh and Chuck read tons of great articles, some of them really good. Here are the best of the bunch for your enjoyment. See more »

How Feng Shui Works

Feng Shui is an Asian concept that strives to unlock your chi by how your home or office is arranged. Or at least that's the simplified "Western" version. It's a little more complicated than that in reality. We'll unlock your chi by explaining how feng shui works in today's episode. See more »

If you've ever wanted to step out on the balcony of your ¥3300-a-month high-rise apartment in downtown Shanghai and inhale deeply the smell of bird poop right next to your face and maybe get a wasp caught in your hair, then, mister, are you going to be happy with this post. As a web log posting on Design Addict tells it, the people at Swedish firm Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture have designed a green high rise that tackles the issue of balancing urban density and nature in the same spot. See more »

Sometimes what will surely be dull turns out to be entralling, (which, as we've learned, is a word derived from the Old Norse word thrall, or slave), as was the case when we recorded a podcast on urban planning. We were surprised to learn the topic was of great interest. It also landed SYSK a copy of Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City, which proves the converse of what the urban planning podcast did and may end up being one of those rare subjects where the movie is better than the book. See more »