The coldest village on Earth ‘boasts’ temperatures as low as -67C

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Monday 29 December 2014

Whatever the weather is where you are, it could always be worse. Oymyakon worse. This is the coldest village on Earth, with the lowest temperature of -67.7C recorded in 1933. But fear not-the average is a little warmer during January, at -50C. New Zealand-based photographer Amos Chapple took a two-day journey from the coldest city on Earth, Yakutsk, to Oymyakon in Russia, to see just what everyday life was like.

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Cool things that multi-task better than you and I: This umbrella doesn’t just keep you dry, it also helps you make friends

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 4 November 2014

When it’s pouring outside, the last thing you want to do is stand in the rain after leaving that umbrella at the office. And if you do happen to have an umbrella, the last thing you want to see is a stranger standing next to you on the street, drenched from head to toe from forgetting their umbrella. That’s where the Umbrella Here comes into play.

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This is how you stay cool during the summer

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Thursday 23 January 2014

Just last year when America was going through a summer heatwave, Buzzfeed came up with 27 ingenious ways to stay cool. And since Australia’s going through the very same thing right now, it’s a good idea to use some of these ideas to keep the heat at bay. Of course, there’s nothing like spending all […]

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Anime characters as weathermen

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Saturday 7 December 2013

Oh, Japan. You never fail to be so interesting. Did you know? Japanese weathermen use anime characters in helping deliver the news, and generally make the weather more interesting. NHK, Japan’s biggest network, has characters like Haru-chan, Spring-chan, Rainy Season-chan, Summer Shougun, Fall-chan, and Winter Shougan. What a brilliant idea, right? I would infinitely like […]

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Petition to name hurricanes after policy makers in denial about climate change

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Wednesday 9 October 2013

Since 1954, the World Meterological Organization have been naming cyclones after nice people, so there are those among us who are unfortunate enough to share the same name as some very destructive forces of nature. It can’t be easy for all the Katrinas of the world. Which leads us to a recent Climate Name Change […]

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Watch ten years of weather in just three minutes

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By Annie Churdar in Video on Thursday 29 August 2013

After several years of service, the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-12) is being taken out of commission. It will no longer capture important weather information from above. So as tribute to its career, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) put together this fast motion video compilation of all the footage it ever took. That’s a full ten years […]

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Poncho: a personalized weather service

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By Kuan Huang in Cool Websites on Wednesday 21 August 2013

Poncho is a personalized weather service that is tailored to your daily routine. Everyday, Poncho crafts an email or text message to help you plan your day: The message includes weather, commute, alternate side parking, allergy forecast information based your choice. The sign up process is very clean and beautifully done. Poncho is only available […]

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Blue: A beautiful minimal weather app

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By Jay Byrnes in New Products on Saturday 4 May 2013

Blue is a 36-hour weather forecasting phone app. It displays the weather with beautiful color gradients. Minimal, clean, and only $.99. Very nice.

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Real time weather web browser in Auckland

Darwin Cosico Contributor

By Darwin Cosico in Tech on Wednesday 24 April 2013

Due to its changeable weather conditions, Auckland is well known for experiencing four seasons in one day. MetService, a weather website in New Zealand, has built this unique outdoor web browser that shows the weather accurately. The idea promotes that the MetService website reports the weather as fast as it changes – rain, hail or […]

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Storming outdoors? Watch out for a storm in this teacup too

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Friday 12 April 2013

Mark McKeague basically teamed up with Neil Usher for Storm in a Teacup, a device that represents current weather conditions in an actual teacup. Its features include wind speed and direction (a fan on the teaspoon spins as quickly or as slowly), sun intensity and cloud cover (the brightness of lights in the teacup adjust […]

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The Nebula Project: Recreating outdoor weather indoors

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Friday 29 March 2013

Micasa Lab in Zurich has created the Nebula 12 weather station, which takes meterological data from UK weather forecast service MetOff and presenst weather predictions for the next 48 hours in an indoors space. Which means a threatening low-pressure area is represented by a red cloud made by combining liquid nitrogen with hot water, while […]

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Bad weather? This weather app swears on your behalf

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Thursday 28 February 2013

How many weather apps does the world need? At least one more, it seems, from Stockholm-based interaction designer Tobias van Schneider. His Authentic Weather app comes with appropriately moody forecasts to help people cope with the weather. Especially when it’s bad weather. Obviously a bit of swearing is involved.

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This device displays tomorrow’s sky

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Friday 14 December 2012

Designed by French designer Mathieu Lehanneur for the Palliative Care Unit of the Diaconesses / Croix-Saint-Simon Hospital Group, the Tomorrow Is Another Day device takes weather forecasts from the Internet and presents a picture of what tomorrow’s sky might look like. Poetic stuff.

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eCloud: an electronic cloud driven by weather data

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 21 July 2012

The 108ft-long eCloud is a cumulous-like sculpture made out of polycarbonate tiles and 100 custom designed circuit boards that control the liquid crystal pixels. Fading in and out of opacity, the eCloud’s ever-shifting pattern takes its cue from real time weather data from around the world. It is designed by Dan Goods, Nik Hafermaas and Aaron Koblin who responded to a 2007 public art call, and is installed between gates 22 and 23 at the San Jose International Airport.

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