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Sailing the galaxy with a graphene solar sail

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The European Space Agency (ESA) developed a tiny sail made of graphene that has passed initial tests to one day function as solar sails for spacecrafts. Graphene is the thinnest known material, measuring only one ...

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A kinetic structure made of wood

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Designed by UK-based design practice NEON, Shiver house is a wooden kinetic installation inspired by the common Finnish hut (mökki) that moves and adapts in response to natural forces. The house was initially installed in ...

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Microlattice material outperforms EPS in helmets

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Corporate R&D laboratory HRL Laboratories developed an architected elastomeric microlattice material that has 27% more energy absorption than the current best-performing expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam. Most helmets combine a hard shell with closed-cell foam padding, ...

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A semi-transparent brick façade made with augmented bricklaying

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Researchers at ETH Zürich and local masons in Greece built a 225 m2 large wavy façade to demonstrate how augmented bricklaying combines the advantages of computational design with the dexterity of humans, supporting an entirely ...

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An inflatable e-bike

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In order to create a portable e-bike, researchers of the University of Tokyo developed “soft mobility”, a new type of personal mobility made of soft, lightweight and inflatable materials, and their prototype Poimo (POrtable and ...

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3D clay printed ‘Delft Blue’ tiles

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New Delft Blue, a project by Dutch architectural design company Studio RAP, reinterprets the world famous design of Delft Blue porcelain, fusing 3D clay printing, computational design and artisanal glazing. The project takes its inspiration ...

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