An invasive mussel species—Zebra Mussels—has caused environmental disturbances in the Great Lakes for decades. A group of resourceful design students decided to use the pesky creatures to make stunning blue glass.
New Technology Could Generate Sweet Dreams
Scientists invented a wearable device that sends prompts to users to guide what they dream about for a sweeter shut eye experience.
Manufacturers Take Recycling Efforts into Own Hands with Innovative Programs
While wellness remains top of mind given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some flooring manufacturers also are combatting another health concern—the mounting consequences of our warming planet. Action to reduce carpet waste, four billion pounds of which end up in landfills each year, is imperative as product demand rises, especially on the heels of the Carpet & Rug Institute’s recent announcement to suspend a $4 million voluntary product stewardship program.
A new hydrogel developed by scientists could provide an effective substitute for cartilage. The material is the strongest hydrogel to date, and it could be more cost-effective than standard knee surgery.
Ocean Waves Power this Hybrid Boat in the Phillipines
In partnership with Aklan State University, a Filipino shipyard company is developing a hybrid ship that relies on wave energy, in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from water travel. The design is based off of the bangka, a traditional Filipino boat.
Carbon Awareness 2.0
Take a look at how educators, architects, and designers throughout the industry are making strides to reduce their carbon footprints in the rise of "come-to-carbon" moments.
Dr. Eijiro Miyako has developed a method for pollination using soap bubbles. Miyako’s soapy concoction successfully fertilized a pear orchard in Japan. This could provide an alternative to bee pollination, which has declined along with the bee population.
The Newest COVID-19 Testing Shield
Architectural firm CannonDesign has developed a new product that can protect healthcare workers while testing people for COVID-19. Known as the COVID Shield and resembling a telephone booth, the apparatus is a three-sided box with nitrate glove extensions that healthcare workers can step into and test patients, without being exposed to droplets.
Bacteria Navigate a Difficult Maze
An experiment by Trung Phan, a student at Princeton University, found that bacteria are able to work together to eat their way out of a broth-filled maze. What does this mean? It could tell us more about how the single-celled organisms communicate, offering clues into human health.
What does it take to create a digital village? One bank in India set out to do just that, introducing cashless banking and widespread WiFi access to several rural villages in the country to help improve economic output.
Farewelll Cement, Hello Binding Agents Made from Seaweed and Shells
The Harvard University Graduate School of Design awarded Daniel Fernández Pascual the prestigious 2020 Wheelwright Prize to further his research proposal Being Shellfish: The Architecture of Intertidal Cohabitation. With the $100,000 travel grant, Fernández Pascual plans to examine the use of seaweed and discarded marine shells as sustainable binding agents for buildings.
Chocolate Just Got Even Better
A Swiss research team has found a way to create iridescent chocolate with shimmering rainbow hues.
Researchers at the University of California San Diego are developing a “thermal camouflage” material that enables wearers to hide from heat-detecting sensors, including infrared cameras and night-vision goggles. Can your jacket do that?
A Second Life for Wind Turbines
Though wind turbines are challenging to recycle, one Danish startup has found a way to transform old blades into an ultra-resistant mix of fiberglass and industrial glue, creating noise-reducing barriers for highways and factories.
Inventive Upcycling: Rubber Band Garments
Japanese designer Rie Sakamoto saw potential in an often overlooked household staple: rubber bands. The designer knit them together to create her Rubber Band collection as part of her thesis project for Tama Art University in Tokyo, Japan.