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The secret global network of private super jewelers

September 26th, 2018 at 10:23 am » Comments Off

An elite group of artists are growing in influence and reach. Here’s the key to cracking their codes. Pictured above: Hemmerle emerald, agate, and sapphire necklace; diamond and bronze bangle, and earrings, all with ancient Egyptian faiance amulets. I call them the Super Jewelers. They create only a limited number of one-of-a-kind pieces. They sell […]



Tattooed eyebrows? Microblading makes its mark

August 25th, 2018 at 10:40 am » Comments Off

More and more women are binning their eyebrow pencils and going under the scalpel. But is it worth the sting? “You have tensed up!” the therapist says, snapping on her latex gloves. I look down at my balled-up fists and laugh nervously, trying not to think about the small scalpel that she is holding near […]



The first graphene jacket is here, and it’s magical

August 17th, 2018 at 10:06 am » Comments Off

At 595 euros ($695) a pop, Vollebak’s new graphene jacket isn’t for everyone. But if even half of what its creators promise is true, it could be worth every cent. According to the company, it shares many of the magical properties of graphene–absorbing heat and then warming you up over time, conducting electricity, repelling bacteria, […]



The rise of the computer-generated celebrity

July 31st, 2018 at 8:14 am » Comments Off

A new generation of celebrities is selling out concerts, starring in commercials, and amassing huge Instagram followings. But none of them exist—corporeally, anyway. In recent years, and starting in Japan, technology and social media have spawned a digital demimonde of computer-generated stars, ranging from fake musicians and models to company mascots who appear as holograms […]



A 20 second laser procedure that turns brown eyes blue

December 12th, 2017 at 10:22 am » Comments Off

Considering that blue eyes feature quite significantly in pop culture, it is surprising that only 17% of the world’s population actually have them.



‘A new extreme’ for the sharing economy: Shoe rentals

October 12th, 2017 at 12:45 am » Comments Off

You may soon be able to rent a pair of designer heels at a nearby shoe store.



The retail apocalypse has officially descended on America

April 6th, 2017 at 12:00 pm » Comments Off

Getty Images Thousands of mall-based stores are shutting down in what’s fast becoming one of the biggest waves of retail closures in decades. More than 3,500 stores are expected to close in the next couple of months. Department stores like JCPenney, Macy’s, Sears, and Kmart are among the companies shutting down stores, along with middle-of-the-mall […]



Modern-Day Witchcraft: This Hair Dye Changes Color

March 13th, 2017 at 12:19 pm » Comments Off

Last year, Lauren Bowker was halfway through a nostalgic re-watching of the cult ’90s teen film The Craft when the idea struck. More specifically, it was during the “glamor spells” scene, when Robin Tunney’s character goes from brunette to platinum blond just by combing her fingers through her hair. “It was in that moment that the penny kind […]



The future of wearables: Silkworms fed graphene produce ‘super silk’

October 17th, 2016 at 7:15 am » Comments Off

Graphene just keeps getting better and better. The so-called super material – a one-atom-thick layer of carbon that has proven to be incredibly strong, flexible, light and conductive – has now been fed to larval silkworms which then created “mechanically enhanced silk”.



Virtual Reality ‘Sunglasses’ Launching This Year

August 25th, 2016 at 8:41 am » Comments Off

Mark Zuckerberg’s vision for virtual reality headsets the size of “normal-looking glasses” may well be realized 10 years ahead of schedule after a Chinese firm announced plans to release lightweight goggles later this year. VR startup Dlodlo said its V1 headset would “redefine” virtual reality glasses when it is released in October, leaving behind the […]



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