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Origami-inspired metamaterial to soften rocket landings

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Researchers at the University of Washington in the US developed a prototype of a metamaterial inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding to soften the blow on a rocket’s legs during landing. Landing is ...

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Transparent aerogel for more efficient solar collectors

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Researchers at MIT developed a new type of aerogel so transparent you can barely see it, for the use of in solar collector. When thinking about solar energy, most people will think about solar panels. ...

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Furniture made from leaf leather

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Brazilian design studio Furf designed furniture made with a leather-like material made from leaves, developed by organic tannery Nova Kaeru. Vegan, plastic free leather alternatives are a booming industry at the moment. One of the ...

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An emergency shelter made of recycled plastic bottles

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Architectural and design start-up Six Miles Across London Limited (Small) and Shard engineer WSP designed a low cost pyramid-shaped emergency shelter, made of bamboo and plastic bottles. The pyramid (technically a tetrahedron) consists of bamboo ...

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How to clean up the ocean

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Dutch start-up The Ocean Cleanup deployed their updated system last month while US non-profit organisation Ocean Voyages Institute announced that it has successfully removed more than 36 tonnes (40 US tons) of fishing nets and ...

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Waterproof hemp shoes

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The start-up DopeKicks introduces the first waterproof hemp shoes, featuring cannabis hemp fabric, cork, and recycled rubber. Hemp is well known for its incredibly strong fibres, and it consumes 3 times less water than cotton, ...

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