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A tower to collect potable water from the air

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Non-profit Warka Water designed a vertical structure made of simple materials like polyester mesh and bamboo to collect and harvest potable water from the air. In developing countries like Ethiopia, the spread of diseases is ...

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New ‘plastic surgery’ process promises better recycling

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Researchers at IBM developed a catalytic chemical process that digests certain plastics, like PET, into a substance that can directly be reused in the manufacturing of new plastic. PET is one of the most commonly ...

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3D printed urban furniture doubles as a protective barrier

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Designed by Joe Doucet and manufactured by Urbastyle, Rely is row of 3D printed concrete benches, attached to each other to double as a discreet protective barrier against terrorism with vehicles. The configurable seating system ...

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Specially dyed threads change colour in reaction to harmful gases

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Researchers at Tufts University in the US developed a new fabrication method to create dyed threads that change colour when exposed to harmful gases like ammonia and hydrogen chloride. As a proof of concept, the ...

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Antifouling wrap inspired by sea urchins

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To prevent the growth of algae, barnacles and mussels on the hulls of boats, Dutch inventor Rik Breur designed Finsulate, an environmentally friendly antifouling wrap inspired by sea urchins. Biofouling, or the growth of organisms ...

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The aesthetics of disposable plastic

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Swedish designer Kajsa Willner collaborated with material scientist Dmytro Orlov of Lund University to create polarised images of disposable plastic, bringing out the beauty in the waste material. Polarized Portraits, as the project is called, ...

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