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A ‘knitted’ road made with stones and string

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Researchers at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) are investigating how roads could be reinforced without the use of bitumen to make them more easily recyclable. Their solution? Stones, string and ...

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3D printed concrete gradient furniture and ceramic vases

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A collaboration between Vienna-based designer Philipp Aduatz and Austrian manufacturer Incremental3d resulted in a series of 3D printed concrete gradient furniture and ceramic gradient vases. 3D printing concrete is an up-and-coming fabrication technology allowing to ...

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Turning plastic bags into self-cooling fabric

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Researchers at MIT developed self-cooling fabrics made from polyethylene, a material commonly used in plastic bags. A plastic bag for a shirt hardly sounds like a cool option (both literally and figuratively). Polyethylene (PE) is ...

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A ceramic planter made with biochar to trap carbon

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In a collaboration between US-based companies OurCarbon, Break, and Sum Studio created a ceramic planter made with biochar, which traps greenhouse gasses. Developed by the Bioforcetech Corporation, OurCarbon is a material made of organic waste. ...

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The world’s first 3D printed school

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Non-profit Thinking Huts aims to close the global opportunity gap with the power of 3D printing. The first 3D printed school, designed by Studio Mortazavi, is planned in Madagascar. 3D printed buildings use less concrete ...

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A high end bag made of fine mycelium

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MycoWorks, a company developing a mycelium-based alternative to animal leather, teamed up with French luxury fashion house Hermès to create a high-end handbag. The first Fine Mycelium material MycoWorks developed, called Reishi, is different than ...

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