The world’s smallest chameleon, robotic monolithic bees and solar plasma tornadoes all features in this week’s roundup from NOTCOT.org.

FEATUREDThe world’s smallest chameleon, robotic monolithic bees and solar plasma tornadoes all features in this week’s roundup from NOTCOT.org.

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University of Michigan graduate architecture students give a vacant Detroit storefront a metallic facelift.

University of Michigan graduate architecture students give a vacant Detroit storefront a metallic facelift.

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Red and Blue water pods... Brazilian Aguas Ouro Fino has adorable packaging for their bottled water! See the design details as well as the customizable options.

FEATUREDRed and Blue water pods... Brazilian Aguas Ouro Fino has adorable packaging for their bottled water! See the design details as well as the customizable options.

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Teas from the forests of American Indians and containers evoke the purity of wood and forest. Concept designed by Marie-Andrée Pelletier Cyr.

Teas from the forests of American Indians and containers evoke the purity of wood and forest. Concept designed by Marie-Andrée Pelletier Cyr.

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Oxford Nanopore introduces DNA 'strand sequencing' on the high-throughput GridION platform and presents MinION, a sequencer the size of a USB memory stick.

Oxford Nanopore introduces DNA 'strand sequencing' on the high-throughput GridION platform and presents MinION, a sequencer the size of a USB memory stick.

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Tokyo based architects Kengo Kuma decided to switch up the vibe of coffee shops when Starbucks wanted to set up shop on the street that leads straight to the Dazaifu Tenmagu, a holy shrine dedicated to a Japanese deity.

Tokyo based architects Kengo Kuma decided to switch up the vibe of coffee shops when Starbucks wanted to set up shop on the street that leads straight to the Dazaifu Tenmagu, a holy shrine dedicated to a Japanese deity.

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Rio's Carnaval Samba Parades at the Sambodrome are amazing ~ here's a peek at our helicopter flyover as well as views from inside these all nighter parades! (Also you have to see the huge balloon shake its booty in video!)

FEATUREDRio's Carnaval Samba Parades at the Sambodrome are amazing ~ here's a peek at our helicopter flyover as well as views from inside these all nighter parades! (Also you have to see the huge balloon shake its booty in video!)

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On The Rocks | Raw Color. Straddling various disciplines, the Dutch studio presents a photo shooting of a dress collection inspired by the mountaineering outfit.

On The Rocks | Raw Color. Straddling various disciplines, the Dutch studio presents a photo shooting of a dress collection inspired by the mountaineering outfit.

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 A short film about Laser Cut Studio and its owner Adam Rowe. The newly opened studio in Helsinki is changing the way designers and creatives work with manufacturers within Finland.

VIDEO A short film about Laser Cut Studio and its owner Adam Rowe. The newly opened studio in Helsinki is changing the way designers and creatives work with manufacturers within Finland.

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Maserati reveals their new Granturismo Sport ahead of Geneva Motor Show.

Maserati reveals their new Granturismo Sport ahead of Geneva Motor Show.

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Ipanema from the sky... from the Hotel Fasano Rooftop pool/bar... from down on the beach as a Rio Carnaval Blocos is about to start...

FEATUREDIpanema from the sky... from the Hotel Fasano Rooftop pool/bar... from down on the beach as a Rio Carnaval Blocos is about to start...

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A peek inside my room at the Hotel Santa Teresa in Rio De Janeiro for Carnaval... gorgeous pool, hammock on the patio, and more!

FEATUREDA peek inside my room at the Hotel Santa Teresa in Rio De Janeiro for Carnaval... gorgeous pool, hammock on the patio, and more!

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Marius Watz brings some color to the Rockheim Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame in Trondheim, Norway.

Marius Watz brings some color to the Rockheim Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame in Trondheim, Norway.

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Photographer James Appleton captures two of nature’s most spectacular sights - the northern lights and an erupting volcano in Iceland - in a single shot.

Photographer James Appleton captures two of nature’s most spectacular sights - the northern lights and an erupting volcano in Iceland - in a single shot.

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Architect John Locke repurposes Manhattan's largely obsolete phone booths into miniature public libraries.

Architect John Locke repurposes Manhattan's largely obsolete phone booths into miniature public libraries.

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Diller Scofidio + Renfro's cool and clever inflatable bubble design to enclose the sculpture garden of the Hirshhorn Museum as a temporary event space for fall and spring seasons.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro's cool and clever inflatable bubble design to enclose the sculpture garden of the Hirshhorn Museum as a temporary event space for fall and spring seasons.

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Fun illustrations by Aad Goudappel.

Fun illustrations by Aad Goudappel.

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Watch Max Shepherd's prosthetic robotic arm made from LEGO in action.

VIDEOWatch Max Shepherd's prosthetic robotic arm made from LEGO in action.

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Canberra's The Burbury Hotel by Katon Redgen Mathieson.

Canberra's The Burbury Hotel by Katon Redgen Mathieson.

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Alex Westgate's conceptual package design for Grown Up Soda.

Alex Westgate's conceptual package design for Grown Up Soda.

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Sojourn in an old castle without giving up any of today’s modern comforts thanks to eco-friendly and 'underground' project by De Matos Ryan Architects: The Round Tower.

Sojourn in an old castle without giving up any of today’s modern comforts thanks to eco-friendly and 'underground' project by De Matos Ryan Architects: The Round Tower.

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Mika Barr for Talents Design: Geo. A new collection of decor pillows and poufs. Geometric shapes reminiscent of  hard, angular materials – are the surprising result of promoting fabric to behave in a new manner.

Mika Barr for Talents Design: Geo. A new collection of decor pillows and poufs. Geometric shapes reminiscent of hard, angular materials – are the surprising result of promoting fabric to behave in a new manner.

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Der Rettungsring, designed as an experimental feature, is Plastique Fantastique's first attempt to built a floating structure – to bring together the elements of air and water in a creative form.

Der Rettungsring, designed as an experimental feature, is Plastique Fantastique's first attempt to built a floating structure – to bring together the elements of air and water in a creative form.

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Skyfarm, a hanging balcony garden concept, by Manuel Dreesmann.

Skyfarm, a hanging balcony garden concept, by Manuel Dreesmann.

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Photographer Theron Humphrey travels across the US with his coonhound Maddie, capturing her (and the country) as she poses on top of things.

Photographer Theron Humphrey travels across the US with his coonhound Maddie, capturing her (and the country) as she poses on top of things.

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The Harvard Monolithic Bee (Mobee), a tiny millimeter-scale flapping wing robotic insect produced using Printed Circuit MEMS (PC-MEMS) techniques and featuring pop-up book inspired assembly.

VIDEOThe Harvard Monolithic Bee (Mobee), a tiny millimeter-scale flapping wing robotic insect produced using Printed Circuit MEMS (PC-MEMS) techniques and featuring pop-up book inspired assembly.

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Werner Reiterer's street chandelier.

Werner Reiterer's street chandelier.

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Mark Reigelman's new work, Manifest Destiny!, shows a cabin attached to one of the remaining spaces not being used in cities – over and between other buildings.

Mark Reigelman's new work, Manifest Destiny!, shows a cabin attached to one of the remaining spaces not being used in cities – over and between other buildings.

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Last week in Stockholm HAF by Hafsteinn Juliusson presented their installation Ready to Ship. For the occasion they displayed their existing collection that includes Growing Jewelry, Wheel of nutrition and Slim Chips.

Last week in Stockholm HAF by Hafsteinn Juliusson presented their installation Ready to Ship. For the occasion they displayed their existing collection that includes Growing Jewelry, Wheel of nutrition and Slim Chips.

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Kurt Perschke's playful street art installation RedBall project.

Kurt Perschke's playful street art installation RedBall project.

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Photographer Ryan Pfluger  captures portraits of competitors at Westminster Dog Show.

Photographer Ryan Pfluger captures portraits of competitors at Westminster Dog Show.

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Emilio Gomariz has created some visually interesting OS hacks. Whether it's the Finder window or Illustrator, he plays with functions as aesthetics.

Emilio Gomariz has created some visually interesting OS hacks. Whether it's the Finder window or Illustrator, he plays with functions as aesthetics.

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Pop-its are personal puppets because they are made out of your own clothing. Get your own unique Pop-it from Ridder & Clown!

Pop-its are personal puppets because they are made out of your own clothing. Get your own unique Pop-it from Ridder & Clown!

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Starfield is an installation from lab212 where a swing is used to create a large interactive starry sky. Created with openFrameworks and utilizing a Kinect.

VIDEOStarfield is an installation from lab212 where a swing is used to create a large interactive starry sky. Created with openFrameworks and utilizing a Kinect.

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Onoff, a candle holder for Oxygene by elevenfeet.

Onoff, a candle holder for Oxygene by elevenfeet.

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The World's largest rope swing in Moab, Utah. Amazing.

VIDEOThe World's largest rope swing in Moab, Utah. Amazing.

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Directly inspired by Adonde an icosahedron with its twenty sides, ICO by comes in several colors to put on your desk, shelf or table. Just empty your pockets into it.

Directly inspired by Adonde an icosahedron with its twenty sides, ICO by comes in several colors to put on your desk, shelf or table. Just empty your pockets into it.

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Science Nation Army. Using real footage and sounds from a working science lab, the Inside Knowledge blog team from Imperial's Blast Lab reconstructed the White Stripes song Seven Nation Army from scratch.

VIDEOScience Nation Army. Using real footage and sounds from a working science lab, the Inside Knowledge blog team from Imperial's Blast Lab reconstructed the White Stripes song Seven Nation Army from scratch.

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This spacious, inviting home is actually a modern prefab cabin built by Resolution: 4 Architecture.

This spacious, inviting home is actually a modern prefab cabin built by Resolution: 4 Architecture.

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Foldy lamp family by Ia Kutateladze.

Foldy lamp family by Ia Kutateladze.

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Sweden's Ice Hotel enlists French artist and designer Antoine Weygand and architect Roland Toupet to design and build room 339, also known as 'Diamond Genesis'.

Sweden's Ice Hotel enlists French artist and designer Antoine Weygand and architect Roland Toupet to design and build room 339, also known as 'Diamond Genesis'.

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Kopia  modular tableware family made in porcelain and cork, inspired by an ancient Hungarian ritual of 18th century by István Böjte.

Kopia modular tableware family made in porcelain and cork, inspired by an ancient Hungarian ritual of 18th century by István Böjte.

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The French designer Philippe Starck unveiled, in partnership with Peugeot, a bike that will be manufactured for the city of Bordeaux, by the end of the year.

The French designer Philippe Starck unveiled, in partnership with Peugeot, a bike that will be manufactured for the city of Bordeaux, by the end of the year.

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Arjen Born, a Dutch photographer, offers up his take on assisted living in the future.

Arjen Born, a Dutch photographer, offers up his take on assisted living in the future.

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MOA is defined by its position on the side of a small hill, close to the entrance of a university. Conceived as a basic rectangular box, sliced diagonally by the incline of the hill. By Rem Koolhaas.

MOA is defined by its position on the side of a small hill, close to the entrance of a university. Conceived as a basic rectangular box, sliced diagonally by the incline of the hill. By Rem Koolhaas.

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