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Vascular Skin

Jul 15, 2018
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Responsive membrane window Hydrogels are polymeric materials capable of retaining large quantities of water within three-dimensional networks. Researchers at the MIT Media Lab sought to explore the hydrophilic-hydrophobic phase transition in hydrogels, which occurs slightly above room temperature, in a

Swing Time

Jul 08, 2018
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Interactive illuminated playscape Swing Time is an illuminated playscape consisting of twenty interactive swings. Designed to provide an ad hoc city park by activating unused urban spaces, Swing Time offers three different sizes of light-emitting, ring-shaped swings made from welded

Watershed Block

Jul 01, 2018
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Cement-free concrete masonry unit Watershed Block is an ecologically responsive and attractive replacement for the traditional concrete block (CMU), one of the most commonly used building materials. Watershed Materials, a technology start-up in Napa, California supported by the National Science

Photoluminescent Bioplastic

Jun 24, 2018
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Light-emitting biopolymer Bioplastics offer a broad range of characteristics suitable for design and architectural applications. Architect Peter Yeadon experiments with various configurations of bioplastics and dopes them with selected impurities to enhance their properties. Yeadon eschews conventional biodegradable polymers like

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