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BlingCrete

Oct 15, 2017No Comments

Retroreflective concrete BlingCrete is a textile-reinforced concrete designed to reflect light back toward its origin. The precast panels are fabricated with an outer layer of glass microspheres that enable retroreflectivity, an optical phenomenon in which light

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VarVac

Oct 08, 2017No Comments

Variable vacuum-formed plastic Although vacuum-forming molds are typically costly, the parts they produce are relatively inexpensive due to the economy of mass production. Vacuum-formed thermoplastics display several other positive attributes. For example, the plastics are light

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Propolis Vessels

Oct 01, 2017No Comments

Bio-resin coated receptacles Propolis is a biodegradable resin collected by honeybees for patching beehive openings. Its color varies with its particular botanical origins, although brown is the most typical hue. French designer Marlène Huissoud works with

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Self-Flexing Membrane

Sep 24, 2017No Comments

Vapor-responsive artificial skin Self-Flexing Membrane is a synthetic skin developed by researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces. The membrane is extremely sensitive to solvent vapors and quickly curls in the presence of

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Landscapes Within

Sep 17, 2017No Comments

Hybrid plastic and wood furniture Landscapes Within is a collection of furniture that contains visible inclusions of natural materials, combining the traditional craft of basketry with modern materials and processes. Created by furniture designer Wiktoria Szawiel,

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Self-Healing Asphalt

Sep 10, 2017No Comments

Crack-repairing bitumen The asphalt binder in a roadbed is continually degraded by environmental forces such as solar ultraviolet rays. In time, the material loses its adhesive ability to keep the surface particles intact. The roadbed eventually

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Wood Foam

Sep 03, 2017No Comments

Wood-based insulation Researchers at the Brunswick, Germany–based Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research have developed a new wood-based insulation material that consists of foamed wood particles. Aiming to create a more environmentally effective substitute for conventional petroleum-derived

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3D Weaver

Aug 27, 2017No Comments

Three-dimensional woven textiles The 3D Weaver is a loom that produces three-dimensional textiles. Developed by designer Oluwaseyi Sosanya, the loom creates resilient textile structures in various patterns using a range of renewable feedstocks, such as paper,

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Biological Concrete

Aug 20, 2017No Comments

Bio receptive concrete panels The Structural Technology Group at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) has developed a new type of concrete that supports the growth of small mosses, fungi, lichens, and microalgae. The multilayered material

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Plag

Aug 13, 2017No Comments

Recycled HDPE vessels Plag represents designer Waël Seaiby’s noble effort to upcycle the disposable plastic bag. Approximately one million such bags are used each minute across the globe, and over 90 percent wind up in landfills.