Innovation
Introducing Glass Made From Mussels

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. 

Could Diamonds and Durian Fruit Hold the Key to Sustainable Batteries?
The Ultimate Quarantine Project
Dive into Underwater Research

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. 

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Fly Away Without The Lines
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A Remedy for Achy Joints

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.

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Llamas could be the Source of an Effective Covid-19 Treatment
Australia’s Underwater Museum to Open Soon
This Fragrance is out of this World

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. 

It's Electric: Lyft Announces Sustainability Goals
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Bees… and bubbles?

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.

Take a Look at the Future of Commuting
Scientists Eye Squids For Clues to Human Genetics
Cacti Could Be The Perfect Biofuel

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. 

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Stackable Homes are Here
Cashless Villages Are Popping Up In India

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. 

Pass The Pasta, and The Clean Fuel
Next Level Energy Efficient Office Design
Introducing the World's Most Sustainable Shoe

Chocolate Just Got Even Better

A Swiss research team has found a way to create iridescent chocolate with shimmering rainbow hues. 

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Ventilators Made From... Car Parts?
Trailblazing Rovers on Mars
Go Incognito with this Jacket

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. 

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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. 

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The Role of 3D Printing In the Coronavirus Crisis