The Icelandic Language “digital extinction” ?

From Quartz. In a world dominated by English-language products and technology, Iceland and its people are fighting to keep their Icelandic language learning relevant. Most digital devices only work in a handful of languages, for Icelandic to remain relevant online — Big tech needs to be on board and Iceland needs a vocabulary that evolves…

The future of factory-made bread can be tasty

From Quartz. Nicolas Bernadi’s bread factory runs 24 hours a day, churning out organic bread, croissants, quiches—many destined for bakeries across San Francisco or the shelves at Costco. His goal is simple: scaling high-quality baked goods without ingredients that read like a long chemistry list. Healthy bread making at a large scale production. — Quartz…

China’s ‘soft power’ in Kenya

From Quartz. In Kenya, China is everywhere. And with Mandarin schools and massive infrastructure projects, China’s trying to grow its “soft power” throughout Africa. But can China convince Africans to love it? — Quartz is a digital news outlet dedicated to telling stories at the intersection of the important and the interesting. Visit us at…

Shrimp made from algae that looks and tastes like the real thing

From Quartz. Shrimp, the United States’ most popular seafood, is notorious for being farmed using practices that destroy the environment. New Wave Foods, a startup based in San Francisco, has set out to create a sustainable replacement. The key ingredient in its “shrimp”, which is actually 100% vegetarian, is algae, a plant that is already found in…

Made in America? Look closely at cars and you may be surprised.

From Quartz. What actually makes something American? In 2018, that question is at the heart of America’s economic policy—buy American, hire American. But the answer, it turns out, is pretty complicated, especially when it comes to one of the most iconic of American products: Cars. Quartz reporter Preeti Varathan traveled to rural Kentucky to understand…

Can play save the world?

From Quartz. This class in Dhaka, Bangladesh is part of a global experiment to bring play to kids. At more than 513 “play labs” in Uganda, Tanzania and Bangladesh, kids participate a child-centered curriculum built by a team of global play scholars delivered in a space designed by architects, right down to the corners for…

How feminists in South Korea paved the way for #MeToo

From Quartz. The #MeToo campaign has been a driving force in global feminism for almost a year now. But in South Korea, women’s rights activists were fighting for equality long before #MeToo arrived. Quartz reporter Isabella Steger traveled to Seoul to understand not just how local feminist movements paved the way for #MeToo, but how…

More than a playground, this is an urban thinkscape

From Quartz. Urban Thinkscape is more than just a playground. It was designed by a team of psychologists and architects to encourage families to play while waiting for the bus. The researchers behind the project argue that play is crucial for early childhood development and that there needs to be more of it built into…

The high-tech future of fashion

From Quartz. Almost every piece of clothing you own was made, in some part, by a person. Clothing manufacturing still lags years behind industries like cars and electronics in automation of labor, but new technologies like lasers and 3D knitting could radically transform how garment factories operate around the world, finally bringing the fashion industry…

Why cryptocurrency is loved by oppressive rulers

From Quartz. Freedom. Democracy. Equality. That’s the promise of cryptocurrency. Blockchain technology was built to decentralize governments and the power of financial institutions, so why is it so appealing to authoritarian rulers? Quartz reporter Preeti Varathan looks at how President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro is creating its own crypto (the Petro) to maintain Venezuela’s grip…

Why widescreen feels epic

From Quartz. Widescreen feels cinematic. When black bars come down and a show goes into widescreen, it feels more like a movie. More intense. More epic. The shape of a screen changes how we feel about it, and wide just feels different. But that feeling is an invention. We had to be taught it. And…

The Future of Aging

From Quartz. The world has never been so old, and it’s about to get a whole lot older. By 2050, the number of people aging over 65 worldwide will nearly double, to 1.6 billion. And in places like the United States, the baby boomers are becoming poorer as retirement savings dwindle and the costs of…

This FedEx employee drops packages for a living

From Quartz. This guy has dropped packages at FedEx’s packaging laboratory for more than 20 years. He even has a degree in packaging science. Packaging technicians custom design packages and test their durability to understand the best ways to ship packages and ensure quality deliveries. — Quartz is a digital news outlet dedicated to telling…