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-Bloomberg looks at a spate of gender-neutral clothing lines for kids that are aiming to reframe society’s gender expectations.

-The FT explores the rise of comics as a form of artistic freedom in the MENA region.

-“Stop capitalizing the word ‘internet,’” declares New Republic, in a reflection on what capitalization says about a word’s place in culture.

-Wired takes a deep dive into the DNA editing technique CRISPR and how it could change human life as we know it.

-Despite an improved job market, US millennials are still choosing to live at home with family, reports Pew Research.

Continue reading “Weekly Roundup: DNA scissors, older renters, and the end of ‘pink and blue’” »


New insight from financial services firm Cowen predicts Amazon will be the top US clothing retailer within two years. The firm sees Amazon’s market share jumping from 5% to 14% by 2020, “comfortably passing Macy’s” in 2017.

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-Business of Fashion explores nutricosmetics—digestible beauty products that are expected to become a $7.4 billion industry by 2020.

-In a special report dubbed “Food and the new east,” The Calvert Journal explores the changing palate of Eastern Europe.

-As YouTube celebrity proliferates, The Kernel asks, “Can Hollywood turn YouTubers into movie stars?”

-A writer for Fusion looks at Silicon Valley’s solutions to heartbreak.

-BBC exposes the rise of a liberal, modern, independent Egyptian woman who is shattering social taboos and living on her own before getting hitched.

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“Humans are tech’s next big thing,” declared Wired in a June 2015 headline. After years of algorithms filtering our digital lives, tech’s big players are taking cues from traditional newsrooms, hiring specialized editors and curators to create online experiences with a human touch.

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-“Is velfie the new selfie?” asks StepFeed, spotlighting the video craze sweeping the Middle East.

-Maxim looks at developments in the burgeoning field of VR travel.

-Artificial intelligence has made huge strides in recent years, but researchers have yet to imbue machines with a sense of humor, reports MIT Technology Review.

-The FT looks at the “beer battle” that’s brewing in Southeast Asia as western brands look to expand into lucrative new territory.

-With hashtags like #effyourbeautystandards and #RocktheCropTop, Instagram has become a global community for body positivity, says The Washington Post.

Continue reading “Weekly Roundup: Asian beer wars, #RocktheCropTop and why robots aren’t funny” »


“An American born today has a projected average lifespan 20 full years longer than one born in 1925, and we are, as a society, growing old,” declared Time in its February 2015 cover story. Now, a new analysis of census data by the Pew Research Center looks at how this plays out geographically, finding that 97% of US counties experienced a rise in their 65+ populations in the last four years.

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July 13, 2015

Cannes diary

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This year marked the 62nd Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. In many ways the event has started to sprawl into SXSW Interactive territory in terms of big name celebrities, bulging fragmented schedules, and uber-networking. This year was marked by celebrity speakers including Monica Lewinsky, Pharrell Williams, Jamie Oliver, Marilyn Manson and Viola Davis. As with every thought leadership conference now seemingly, much emphasis was placed on big data, the Internet of Things, AI (with Japanese android TV star Matsuko-Roid making an appearance), and questions surrounding these new frontiers. Here the theme was: What does all this mean for creativity? Much of the event has been written about in granular, instantaneous detail. Here is a roundup of some key take-outs and analysis from the event.

Download the free 27-page report here or read it on SlideShare here.

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Although known as a visual platform, Instagram is cementing its status as an essential outlet for music fans and artists. The social media giant recently launched a new channel dedicated to connecting listeners with established and emerging musicians—@music. It features beautiful visuals from musicians who “are using Instagram as a companion to the art that they’re making,” as Jonathan Hull, Instagram’s head of music partnerships, put it to BuzzFeed.

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-Business of Fashion charts the “Asian-ification” of beauty as Asian brands become key global players and influencers.

-In the midst of California’s drought, consumers are adapting cooking to use less water, reports The New York Times.

-BuzzFeed looks at the rocky path of today’s cereal brands and how the industry plans to revive itself.

-BBC spotlights the bright future of Africa’s gaming industry, highlighting the market’s peculiarities and challenges.

-Business of Fashion interviews Iris Van Herpen, a pioneer in “science fashion.”

Continue reading “Weekly Roundup: Conservation cooking, science fashion and the cereal slump” »

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A new form of luxury travel is emerging that not only entertains, but also informs and inspires. In 2014, Discovery Communications founder John Hendricks launched a program called Curiosity Retreats—a series of thought leadership lectures and events hosted at his luxe mountain resort in Colorado. The event featured seminars led by luminaries in fields including nanotechnology and the science of happiness, along with sunrise yoga, guided hikes and other resort perks.

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