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For years, you have been squinting, licking your fingers, or doing whatever you can do get a really tiny end of a thread into an even tinier hole, and thinking, [infomercial host voice] “THERE’S GOT TO BE A BETTER WAY!” Well, kids, there is, and you’re about to feel both relieved and dumb.

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Police Are Training Eagles To Snatch Drones From The Sky

“A low-tech solution for a high-tech problem”

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Just when you think technology has taken over irrevocably, nature has a way of striking back and asserting her dominance. Such is the case with Guard From Above, a raptor-training program currently operating out of the Netherlands. The Netherlands’ national police have teamed up with the program to snatch unauthorized drones out of the sky with the expert precision of bald eagles, Design Boom reports.

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Driving down a desert highway on a sweltering day, you’ll likely see a pool of water in the distance slinking across a stretch of hot asphalt. Logically, you know it isn’t water, but a product of bending light waves and dense air. Still, you look for it as you speed closer, bracing yourself for the a splash that never comes.

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Kids Design Their Own Prosthetics in ‘Superhero Cyborgs’ Workshop

“They can design for their own needs, which creates a beautiful closed-loop cycle where designer equals tester and end user.”

KIDMob co-founder Kate Ganim with Kieren, 13, who called his project the “Nubinator.”

With wearable devices, as with much of the world’s products, it’s one size fits all. Not necessarily in terms of the device’s physical dimensions, but in the way customization is sacrificed at the altar of the assembly line. The Bay Area-based organization KIDmob, a “mobile, kid-integrated design firm,” rejects this norm, holding workshops where kids build customized solutions to meet local needs. One of their more recent endeavors is Superhero Cyborgs, a workshop where kids—both with and without disabilities—design and build wearable devices that can serve as what KIDmob calls “a potential alternative to their upper limb prosthetics.”

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Here’s What Happens When the Maker Movement Hacks Itself

If the Maker movement is so open-minded, where are the minorities and women?

Here at GOOD, we believe that design can be used to create positive social, environmental, and economic change. So we're joining forces with our friends at Impact Design Hub to share compelling stories about design that's moving the world forward. The article below is an excerpt of “What the Maker Movement Needs to Learn.” Get the full story here.

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A Floating Garden Blooms On NYC’s Most Toxic Waterway

A new design project on the Gowanus Canal promises to clean water and pave the way for NYC’s floating future.

The Gowanus Canal is one of the country’s most infamous superfund sites, a label designated to hazardous areas requiring long-term and extensive clean-up. Balmori Associates, an NYC-based design firm, is one of the precious few to see potential in the notoriously polluted waterway. Recently they designed, fabricated and launched a floating landscape called GrowOnUs, meant to produce food and filter pollution.

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