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Adaptable wooden buildings of the future

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The Urban Adaptation competition, hosted by Finnish wood manufacturer MetsäWood, Aalto University and the Finnish Ministry of the Environment, challenged architects and students from around the world to design an innovative modular wood design for ...

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A 3D knitted sneaker made of dog hair and mycelium

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German designer Emilie Burfeind developed a 3D knitted sock sneaker made of waste dog hair, bioplastic and mycelium. The sustainability of shoes is often questioned lately. The materials and their variety (like rubber, plastics and ...

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On the road to clean up face masks

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Researchers at RMIT University in Australia showed how disposable face masks could be recycled to make roads. During the ongoing pandemic, disposable face masks have suddenly become one of the most littered items. But even ...

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Optically transparent wood to replace glazing

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Researchers at the University of Maryland (USA) developed a way to transform wood into a transparent material with less chemicals and the power of the sun. Transparent wood is a relatively new phenomenon. We first ...

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Attached to mushrooms

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Researchers from the Dutch Wageningen University developed a material that sticks better than Velcro and leaves no trace, inspired by mushrooms. Velcro and Velcro-like substances work by two surfaces interlocking in order to stick together. ...

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3D printing fully functional robots

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Researchers at MIT developed a new system to print functional, custom-made devices and robots without human intervention. Previously, 3D printers were able to create all kinds of objects, but lacked the ability to fabricate more ...

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