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Crack-resistant concrete inspired by shells

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Researchers at the University of Princeton in the US developed a new cement composite that is 17 times more crack-resistant, which was inspired by shells. Under the influence of weather and temperature, common concrete is ...

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Bags made from discarded airbags

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Bag company Freitag designed a line of shopper bags made from discarded, unused airbags. Freitag is known for their use of discarded truck tarps to make one of a kind bags. They now turned their ...

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Fungal integrated garments

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Designer Helena Elston explores the upcycling of textile waste combined with mycelial growth. Called FIG (Fungal Integrated Garments), the four-year project consists of a series of handmade, wearable clothing made from local London waste products, ...

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3D printed furniture made of coffee grounds

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Lowpoly, a Spanish 3D printing company, 3D printed furniture made with coffee grounds for a coffee shop in Barcelona. The coffee shop of D-Origen is located in the historic Casa Calvet, designed by Antoni Gaudí. ...

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The world’s first tall building made of engineered bamboo

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At Zhejiang University in China, a 6-storey building is constructed, consisting of mostly engineered bamboo, the first multi-storey building of this material. The building has a total hight of 20.3 metres and a floor area ...

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A transparent metamaterial for energy-efficient light and temperature regulation

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Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) developed a metamaterial that allows sunlight to enter, maintains a more comfortable indoor climate without additional energy, and cleans itself. The maximising of natural light in a ...

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