Wearable devices that monitor shifts in body temperature may better indicate infections, including COVID-19, than random fever checks, early data suggests.
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.
Designers Turn to Resilient Design to Reshape the Built Environment
As the pandemic continues to place new demands on the built environment, designers are tasked with creating spaces that protect the physical, as well as mental and emotional, health and wellbeing of those within them. But adaptability also is key. When considering return-to-workplace plans, designers must do more than keep people safe—they must also foster new and evolving human behaviors. The question that remains top of mind is: How, exactly?
Startup company Virgin Hyperloop One is developing a fast and sustainable transportation system that could be available to the public by 2030. Imagine being able to travel at the speed of airplanes in driverless levitating pods?
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.
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.
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.
Cargo Industry Goes Full Steam Ahead to Curb Carbon
Container ships transporting goods from one corner of the world to another emit large amounts of carbon and greenhouse gases as they glide through the sea, but now the industry is working to change that with cleaner fuel.
Step Aside, Sniffer Dogs
We're entering the era of explosive-sensing grasshoppers. Researchers at Washington University in Missouri have tapped into the olfactory senses of the American grasshopper, which naturally detects chemical odors in the air, to create small and discreet biological bomb sniffers.
Now it's possible to harness the mythical powers of Spider-Man without his iconic suit. Researchers in China created a novel vacuum suction unit that allows humans or robots to scale walls, even those with rough, uneven surfaces.
Bacteria That Builds Bricks Is Here
A team of researchers is using photosynthetic microbes to create a living concrete, which can reproduce while absorbing carbon dioxide. Did we mention it changes color, too? The new construction material morphs from shades of green into more muted tones as it dries.
May The Force Be With You
Who doesn't love the idea of a Star Wars design collaboration with Porsche? The luxury car manufacturer recently teamed up with Lucasfilm designers to create a new starfighter model, which will be unveiled at the "Rise of Skywalker" premiere in L.A.
Holograms Come of Age
Researchers from the University of Sussex have found a way to create holograms that you can not only see but also hear and even feel using ultrasound waves.
The Future of Food
Take a look at these companies shaping the way we eat with sustainable solutions and innovative technologies.