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CARAPACE

Carapace is the component of the exoskeleton of many crustacean and insects that protects the cephalothorax. Its morphology varies with the species, …

World's first glow-in-the-dark plant genetically engineered

<b>News:</b> American biotechnology company Bioglow has applied synthetic biology processes to create plants that glow, which its founder claims are "truly …

Tower To Rise At MoMA PS1, With Self-Assembling Bricks

MoMA PS1 has selected the winner of its annual Young Architects Program, a temporary outdoor installation that will open in late June. Hy-Fi, the winning project from David Benjamin of The Living, features self-assembling bricks made of organic material, and will be nearly carbon neutral in its …

Owl Wings Hold the Secrets for Noise-Canceling Tech

An owl's wing is perfectly constructed for a stealth attack. Now scientists are borrowing its design to build quieter wind turbines and airplanes.<p><b>Mechanical engineer Justin Jaworski was inspired</b>—and scared—when a great gray owl suddenly flew at his face during a visit to a bird sanctuary. The …

MX3D-Metal 3D Printer Creates Complex Metal Objects in Thin Air

Amsterdam-based Joris Laarman Lab teamed up with the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) to design a 3D printer that can produce …

Scientists Train Genetically Modified E. coli Bacteria to Mass Produce Super Strong Spider's Silk

Spider’s silk is such an amazing and versatile substance, it’s hard not to get the feeling that Mother Nature intended it for much more than a sticky …

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MIT Unveils The Shapeshifting Furniture Of The Future

The Transform, from MIT’s Tangible Media Group, changes shape depending upon how users interact with it. Imagine a chair that could transform from an upright rocker to a sumptuous lounge, just by detecting your mood.<p>More Co.Design coverage of Milan Design Week: <br>36 Ways To Reconsider The Weather <br>See …

This House’s “Bioconcrete” Turns Every Drop Of Rain Into Drinking Water

If your entire house is a water filter, clean water is never hard to find.<p>Every time it rains, this concrete house turns into an oversized water filter.<p>Rainwater runs from the roof through a custom-designed system and ends up in a cistern, clean enough to drink. A demonstration building was on …

Self-healing plastic bleeds when cut, and that's a good thing

Wouldn't it be great if everything was as good at healing itself as our own skin? That's the concept behind a new self-healing plastic that's been developed over at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Unlike ordinary plastics, this one contains a thin network of tubes, aping the human …

Superhydrophobia: Breakthroughs in Next-Level Waterproofing

Water might be good for our bodies, but it's terrible for our <i>stuff.</i> Our smartphones, the walls in our home, the precious documents we're …

Stronger than steel: Scientists spin ultra-strong cellulose fibers

A Swedish-German research team has successfully tested a new method for the production of ultra-strong cellulose fibres at DESY's research light …

Arup Develops 3D Printing Technique for Structural Steel

A team lead by Arup has developed a method of designing and 3D Printing steel joints which will significantly reduce the time and cost needed to make …

Bamboo: A Viable Alternative to Steel Reinforcement?

Developing countries have the highest demand for steel-reinforced concrete, but often do not have the means to produce the steel to meet that demand. …

Vases Constructed from Hundreds of Pencils by Studio Markunpoika | Colossal

<p>Amalgamated is a new series of vessels by studio markunpoika constructed from assembled pencils. Taking advantage of the pencil’s unique hexagon …

When You Move Your Hand, This Room Changes Shape

We’re used to using gestures like swiping and tapping to control smartphone apps. But could we use the same movements to change the physical world around us? In a project called Breathing Wall, University of Southern California student Behnaz Farahi experiments with what it might look like if walls …

WASProject Aims to 3D Print Homes in 3rd World Countries Using Native Soil for Material

3D Printing has done a tremendous amount of good over the past several years. We’ve seen the technology evolve to a point where innovators strive to …

The "first man-made biological leaf" could enable humans to colonise space

<b>Dezeen and MINI Frontiers:</b> RCA graduate Julian Melchiorri says the synthetic biological leaf he developed, which absorbs water and carbon dioxide to …

What We Don't Know About What's Going on With Bugs Should Worry Us

A big drop-off in invertebrate populations could spell trouble for cities, where the important roles that insects play are still poorly understood.<p>Amy Savage recently conducted an experiment in Manhattan. Savage is a postdoctoral scholar at North Carolina State University; she was investigating the …

Patient Artist Creates Detailed Star Wars Art with Thousands of Staples

A New York artist has been combining his love for staples and Star Wars to create stunningly intricate works of art. 40-year-old James Haggerty makes …

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Remarkable Illustrations by Grzegorz Rutkowski

Everyone that follows my posts knows that I'm a big sucker for fantasy illustrations. I always keep on eye on DeviantART to find more great artists …

In Tokyo, at the Intersection of Japanese Gangster Culture and Lamborghinis

The GIF you see above isn't CGI, it's a Lamborghini wrapped in holographic vinyl film. Not many of us can relate to the problem of our Gallardo not …

Retired Man Sculpts Giant Hedge Into a 100-Foot-Long Dragon

Gardener John Brooker has spent the past ten years meticulously shaping a 100-foot-long, 10-foot-tall hedge into the shape of a giant dragon. The enormous beast has slowly emerged over time and has since become quite a notable landmark on the grounds of Frizzleton Farm near King's Lynn.<p>With extreme …

Why Do Students Get Summers Off?

It’s commonly believed that school kids started taking summers off in the 19th century so they’d have time to work on the farm. Nice as that story …

From the New World: A Sprawling Digital Collage of a Dystopian Future by Yang Yongliang | Colossal

<p>In his largest artwork to date, Chinese artist Yang Yongliang (previously here and here) just unveiled From the New World, a sprawling digital …

Long exposure photos reveal beautiful world of fireflies

Mother of Pearl Shell Skull Carvings by Gregory Halili | Colossal

<p>Born and raised in the Philippines, New Jersey-based artist Gregory Halili is deeply influenced by the vegetation and wildlife he experienced as a …

Artist Ryousuke Ohtake Carves Incredibly Realistic Lobster from Boxwood | Colossal

<p>Within the vast arena of Japanese sculpture there’s a small niche category known as <i>jizai okimono.</i> The craft involves carving realistic animals whose …

Supernumerary Robotic Limbs (SRL) : Extra Arms to Enhance Human Capability in Doing Difficult/Multi Tasks

Remember Dr. Octopus from Spiderman? Well, having extra limbs seem like tempting idea, they could help us hold objects, support our body, share …

This Artist Reproduced van Gogh’s Ear…and It’s Alive!

A museum in Germany has opened a rather eerie exhibit…a living re-creation of the famous artist’s missing appendage using his DNA. Visitors can even …

Tolkien Reveals True Meaning Of Lord Of The Rings In Unearthed Recordings

(Video Link)<p>A recently unearthed audio recording from the "Hobbit Dinner", which took place in Rotterdam in 1958, finds Tolkien reading excerpts from</i> …