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Glowing trees

Published 12 years ago by materia | no responses

Street lights are an important part of our urban infrastructure — they light our way home and make the roads safe at night. But what if we could create natural street lights that don’t need ...

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Sea shells for better building materials

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Seashells have done an exemplary job of protecting their inhabitants for around a hundred million years, so perhaps it isn’t surprising that scientists and chemists have now replicated their unique structure in a manmade material. ...

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Living Bridges

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In the depths of northeastern India, in one of the wettest places on earth, bridges aren’t built—they’re grown. Planned 10-15 years in advance, literally growing them out of living tree roots. The southern Khasi and ...

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Handmade textured surfaces

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Twin brothers Richard and Ian Abell of studio Based Upon create surfaces like a work of art using metals, resins and lacquers. Applied as a liquid, the handmade textured skins achieve a luxurious, painterly aesthetic. ...

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Memory chair

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‘Memory’ is a chair of unlimited forms. Its design is completed through the alteration of its silhouette. For the project, designer Tokujin Yoshioka developed a special fabric made with recycled aluminum,which he has used to ...

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Biofuel

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Engineers from the University of Cincinnati devise a foam that captures energy and removes excess carbon dioxide from the air — thanks to semi-tropical frogs. The researchers are finding ways to take energy from the ...

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