🚰 Mussel shells are clogging London’s water pipes, but one designer found a surprising solution

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Typical glass, the kind that makes up your phone screen, is made of 70% pure silica sand, which can be difficult to source and cause significant disruptions when mined in rivers. But Lulu Harrison, a student at London’s Central Saint Martins, has developed a new kind of bioactive glass made of ground-up mussel shells that were clogging London’s water pipes. Her recipe still calls for about 60% sand, but it uses regular sand from around the Thames, plus locally sourced wood ash. This results in something she calls “geo-specific glass,” which could help cut down on transportation costs by leveraging local resources. Find out more in my story here.
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co.design
Mussel shells are clogging London’s water pipes, but one designer found a surprising solution

Together with architectural studio Bureau de Change, a student at London’s Central Saint Martins has developed bio-glass tiles made of ground-up quagga mussel shells.

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workplace evolution
We’re calling this ‘the worst return to office strategy.’ Why this hybrid approach won’t work

Like most compromises, the 3-2 model leaves almost everyone feeling dissatisfied.

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Valve’s Steam Deck makes a brilliant case against walled gardens

Rather than boxing you into its own store, Valve’s portable gaming system lets you install software from anywhere, and it’s glorious.

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Pro Tip: Put yourself in their shoes. If you’re reading hundreds of résumés, the ones that concisely convey the right information and are easily readable will grab attention.

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Ahead of the Supreme Court’s Roe decision, social media is rife with anti-abortion misinformation

Major tech companies continue to allow posts full of misleading—and often dangerous—claims to propagate on their platforms.

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crypto
Inside Remilia Corporation, the anti-woke DAO behind the doomed Milady Maker NFT

The collective amassed quite the following in the crypto community—but then revelations emerged that its creator was linked to an online cult.

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creator economy
‘We’re all gonna die’: As crypto crashes, NFTs are veering into a world of dark performance art

What are NFTs without the hype? Some projects have begun to use performance art to tell their story. And it’s darker than ever.

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office design
Five detailed ways to design an office for neurodiversity

Inclusive design also means understanding and providing for cognitive differences. It’s not that hard to rethink office norms that will benefit everyone.

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reinventing education
Supreme Court quietly hacks away at the separation of church and state in latest decision

Maine can no longer deny tuition aid to religious schools. Here’s what that means for institutions around the country.

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The real key to a strong password? Math

Math and language can combine to map the globe and create strong passwords, using the power of three random words.

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NEWS
Kellogg calls it splits: What you need to know
Kellogg Company, the breakfast cereal juggernaut, has announced that it will split itself into three separate companies after the Kellogg board of directors approved the plan.
Announcing the news, Kellogg CEO Steve Cahillane said, “These businesses all have significant standalone potential, and an enhanced focus will enable them to better direct their resources toward their distinct strategic priorities.
All three companies will be publicly traded. One will focus on Kellogg’s snack brands, another on cereal brands, and another will focus on plant-based brands such as MorningStar Farms.
Kellogg shares rose more than 3% on the news Tuesday. They’re up more than 8% year to date, despite inflation and supply-chain-related issues that multinational food companies are facing.
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