side-by-side images of two large blue bags with shoulder straps: one from Balenciaga, and one from Ikea.
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Frakta-ing the Market for Blue Bags

Does it rustle? Can you wash it with a hose? Did you pay $2,150 for it? Wait… one of these things is not like the others. As a part of their Spring/Summer men’s runway show, French fashion house Balenciaga presented a large blue “shopper bag” that’s distinctly reminiscent of an entirely …

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a crowd of Chicagoans carrying science-related signs for the March for Science. The Chicago skyline is in the background.
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Art Inquisition: Did You March for Science?

This past Saturday, scientists and science-enthusiasts took to the streets of over 600 cities around the globe to proclaim their love for SCIENCE. Yes, in all-caps! Here at the Lab, we do love us some science… capital letters or no. And we’ve got opinions on the March as varied as …

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World Water Day illustration of a woman drinking from a bottle in front of a stream that turns from brown to blue.
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Why Waste Water?

It’s World Water Day! Celebrated every year since 1993, World Water Day is about “taking action to tackle the water crisis.” What crisis? Well, 1.8 billion people are currently at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio because their source of drinking water is contaminated with…poop. Well, poop. What does …

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closeup of two "I voted" stickers in NYC; they are stuck to the thumbs of two people over the sidewalk
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Art Inquisition: Could You Be Our Next Winner?

  The NYC Campaign Finance Board, of all places, may have me rethinking my general rule against design contests. For the most part, I’m opposed to working for free (like most of us are). Spec work “for exposure” or “to see if I like it” isn’t an arrangement that would ever fly at the …

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Seven Earth-sized planets have been observed by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope around a tiny, nearby, ultra-cool dwarf star called TRAPPIST-1. Three of these planets are firmly in the habitable zone.
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Visit the Glorious Trappist-1 System

Did you tune in for NASA’s big press conference today? Get excited, it’s a habitable-zone planet! Three of them, to be more precise. Goldilocks has sisters! After much speculation following the announcement of the announcement (it wasn’t ever going to be aliens, folks), NASA gleefully announced that the Spitzer Space …

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Amreica is Grate!

Ah, the art of writing! From elegant multi-volume novels to a well-distilled Tweet, the written (and spoken) word is lauded with grand awards while somehow simultaneously dismissed as something that can be done by anyone. But while just about anyone can use language to communicate, it can be glaringly obvious when there’s something… missing.

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Hearts for Art at the Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, MI
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Hearts for Art

If you love art (and I know you do), get thee to a museum and show your love this Valentine’s Day! Institutions across the U.S. are putting their hearts on their sleeves (and floors and walls), inviting visitors to send love to their favorite works of art. For example, the Denver …

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Part of the Women's March in Chicago, as seen from the bridge in Grant Park over the Metra tracks near Michigan and Van Buren
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WIP Weekend: Forward, March!

Hello, yes, it is Tuesday and not the weekend! But it’s taken me this long to marvel at all the incredible creations assembled for the Women’s March on Saturday, to say nothing of all the other protests, marches, actions, and other events that have been happening of late. And of course, your …

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