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.
Inside the World's First Regenerative Highway
Since ancient times, humans have been altering the environment to create throughways for the transport of food and goods, not to mention travel and military defense. But over the course of thousands of years, little has changed regarding the way roads are built. It’s still a necessity to clear trees and disrupt layers of earth to make way for smoother, more durable foundations, but at what cost?
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
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.
Introducing the World's Most Sustainable Shoe
Adidas and Allbirds, the sneaker startup, are joining forces to design a performance shoe with the lowest carbon footprint ever.
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.
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.
Design professors share tips and tricks for creating your own face mask at home.
The Role of 3D Printing In the Coronavirus Crisis
Two Italian engineers—founders of a company that makes items such as earthquake sensors and silicone bandages—take their country's ventilator valve shortage into their own hands.
How Will Driverless Cars Change City Streets?
There's no shortage of speculative plans that reimagine the future screetscape. But is it a road to nowhere?
LEGO invited artist Camille Walala to create a whimsical public art installation in London, which incorporates the brand's new 2D tiles: LEGO DOTs.
These Tech Innovations Help Reduce Carbon Impact
As architects and designers prioritize sustainable design initiatives, the demand is growing for tools to calculate and better understand ways to reduce carbon emissions. Take a look at these three innovations, which make sustainable design more accessible.
These Sleeping Pods Come With A Steep Price
Would you pay $1,000 to call a 50-square-foot 'sleeping pod' home? One developer is betting that the answer is yes, given his proposal for a housing project in San Francisco that features 88 dormitory-style pods in the lower level of two apartment buildings.