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BlingCrete

Oct 15, 2017
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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 is reflected back toward

VarVac

Oct 08, 2017
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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 and, when formed correctly,

Propolis Vessels

Oct 01, 2017
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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 a black propolis from

Self-Flexing Membrane

Sep 24, 2017
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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 acetone and other organic

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