Innovation
IKEA Opens First Second-Hand Store in Sweden for Trial Run

IKEA, the multinational furnishing brand, is spotlighting the importance of limiting furniture waste by opening its first second-hand store in Eskilstuna, Sweden, on Nov. 2. Located in ReTuna Återbruksgalleria—an innovative mall for recycled and upcycled goods—the 74-square-meter store will open for six months as part of a pilot run as IKEA aims to become "a fully circular and climate positive business by 2030."

Set Sail With A Mission

Meet Oceanbird, a cargo ship powered by giant wings meant to reduce carbon emissions typically released into the air by traditional engines. 

Introducing Glass Made From Mussels
New Technology Could Generate Sweet Dreams
Could Diamonds and Durian Fruit Hold the Key to Sustainable Batteries?

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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Internet Goes Airborne
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3D Print A Floating Home

In the Czech Republic, an artist 3D-printed a house in two days. It is expected to last 100 years and can be positioned on land or float on water.

Fly Away Without The Lines

As airport design shifts, replacing contact points with smart technology, experts predict this could be the beginning of the end of long security lines and maze-like gridlock. 

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A Remedy for Achy Joints
Ocean Waves Power this Hybrid Boat in the Phillipines
Llamas could be the Source of an Effective Covid-19 Treatment

Australia’s Underwater Museum to Open Soon

Sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor has created a collection of underwater sculptures installed in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The collection includes a sculpture rising out of the water that changes color according to the ocean’s temperature.

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It's Electric: Lyft Announces Sustainability Goals

Lyft recently announced its daring plan to use only electric vehicles by 2030. The company also committed to increasing equity in transportation for vulnerable communities. Other leading companies may be inspired to follow suit.

edg Reveals 3D Printed Cast Concrete Collection

When technology and design collide, there are often amazing outcomes. For the architecture and engineering firm edg, one such result of technology-driven design is the Synthesis 3D collection. This portfolio of cast-concrete furniture and wall paneling was developed with, and named after, edg’s own 3D printing software, which has vast ­­­­­­­­design and customization capabilities, as the new collection makes abundantly evident.

Bees… and bubbles?
The Newest COVID-19 Testing Shield
Take a Look at the Future of Commuting

Scientists Eye Squids For Clues to Human Genetics

Scientists discovered a way to enable human cells to go into an active camouflage state, morphing into transparent forms. How did they do it? They got the idea from a squid protein. This could be a new key to understanding genetics.

Cacti Could Be The Perfect Biofuel
Bacteria Navigate a Difficult Maze
Space Company Plans to Sling Rockets into Orbit
Group Selfies Survive Social Distancing

Apple is developing technology that will be able to generate group selfies, a lost pastime in the age of social distancing, by combining individual selfies into one photo.

Stackable Homes are Here

Startup company Module has developed affordable modular homes that can expand by stacking additional floors. What’s more? They’re energy efficient too.

Cashless Villages Are Popping Up In India
Farewelll Cement, Hello Binding Agents Made from Seaweed and Shells
Pass The Pasta, and The Clean Fuel

Next Level Energy Efficient Office Design

Design firm LPA created a California office space that consumes an estimated 70 percent less energy than one of comparable size, type, and location. How? A mix of smart lighting and space planning for starters. 

Introducing the World's Most Sustainable Shoe
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Ventilators Made From... Car Parts?

Afghanistan's all-girls robotics team, the Afghan Dreamers, found a way to build emergency ventilators out of car parts, arming healthcare workers with much needed equipment during the pandemic. 

Trailblazing Rovers on Mars

Even NASA's technology experiences glitches now and then. About a decade ago, its Spirit rover got stuck in a sand trap on Mars, unable to wriggle free. But engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology developed a series of motions that could help future rovers blaze ahead, even in challenging terrain. 

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A Second Life for Wind Turbines
The Dark Side of LED Lights

Can We Zap Away Coronavirus Pathogens?

Some scientists are turning to ultraviolent germicidal irradiation, similar to bringing the power of sunlight indoors, to zap pathogens out of the air in public spaces in hopes of curbing the spread of coronavirus infections. 

The Life of Lizards
Inventive Upcycling: Rubber Band Garments
Cargo Industry Goes Full Steam Ahead to Curb Carbon