Mario Porras Benavides

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No More Bubble Wrap: A Clever Reusable Packing System Eliminates Waste

Imagine Amazon shipping in packaging that didn’t have to be tossed away.<p>Packing fragile items is usually all about excess–piles of packing peanuts or air-filled plastic packs, bubble wrap, and weird expandable foam cushions. Depending on local recycling rules, it might all end up in the trash when …

It's Time To Rethink The American City

A panel at the American Institute of Architects convention discussed some of the greatest challenges facing today’s cities and suburbs.<p>It’s day two of the American Institute of Architects convention in Chicago, where more than 20,000 attendees have gathered to talk about architecture and design. …

These Advertising Billboards Could Literally Be A Roof Over Someone's Head

We’ve seen brands turn their ads into useful items–like IBM’s award-winning ads that doubled as street furniture. But what if a company’s advertising could literally put a roof over somebody’s head? Slovakia-based design agency, Design Develop, wants to execute such a plan by housing the homeless …

This Tree-Shaped Farm-On-A-Skyscraper Could Bring Acres Of Crops Into The City

Designed like a giant tree, the Urban Skyfarm is covered in leaf-like decks that provide space for real trees to grow.<p>So far, most existing vertical farms look like big greenhouses or plant factories–all of the action happens on the inside. Warehouses in Chicago, Kyoto, Singapore, and a handful of …

The “internet of things” may not always need an internet connection

The “internet of things” is one of those odd phrases that can mean many things and nothing at the same time. On one hand, it describes a future that is rapidly becoming the present, with all sorts of objects—from televisions and watches to cups and streetlights—able to connect to the internet. On …

Every Time You Shower, This Gadget Makes Energy From The Extra Heat

An engineer’s eureka moment while in the shower is aimed at improving the shower itself.<p>A few years ago, an engineer was taking a shower and started looking at the water going down the drain and wondering how much energy was going with it. The answer, it turned out, was pretty large: after heating …

How 3D-printing 10 buildings in a day could help China clean up mountains of waste

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>Perhaps one of the reasons many think 3D printing is overhyped is that much of the attention has focused on printing things like human organs and guns. Meanwhile, the real innovation that will make manufacturing many orders of magnitude cheaper is a tad less sexy.<p>But a …

Engineering

6 of the Most Interesting International Borders on Earth

<i>Credit: Wikimedia User Jerome</i><p>Unless you've ever lived on, bought books from, or had trouble crossing one, you probably haven't given much thought to borders. But truth be told, how they're drawn and what's used to delineate them can be fascinating. For example: What do a triangular picnic table, …

How to Get Single-Digit Body Fat

If you want to get leaner than lean, every bite counts<p>At a fitness conference last Spring, I joined some friends for breakfast. It was a normal breakfast up until the moment Spencer Nadolsky, D.O., pulled a scale out of his gym bag to weigh a banana.<p>I knew Dr. Nadolsky was preparing for a …

Fitness

Building a Startup is About Solving Problems, Not Chasing Ideas

<i>Rahul Varshneya is the co-founder of Arkenea, a company committed to helping entrepreneurs and businesses build, market and monetize their mobile apps.</i><p>Building a mobile app startup is the “I want to build an Internet startup” of the late 1990s. The only difference is, this time, there is no bubble …

Why 2014 Could Be An Explosive Year For Japanese Stocks

In this column, I will examine and explain – using both technical and fundamental analysis – why conditions may be ripe for a bull market in Japanese stocks in 2014.<p>On November 14th, I published a column in which I showed that Japan’s Nikkei stock index broke out of an important chart pattern …

Investment Manager Explains Why 99.5% Of Americans Can Never Win

<i>Beyond the charts and warnings from economists and investors, perhaps the most disturbing commentary on income inequality in America was written by an investment manager in 2011.</i><p><i>"In my view, the American dream of striking it rich is merely a well-marketed fantasy that keeps the bottom 99.5% hoping</i> …

No-Weights, No-Problem Workout

Stay on-plan for your fitness goals—even when your gym's far away<p>Sometimes, life doesn't allow you to have access to a gym or even a good set of weights—when you're on vacation, perhaps, or serving 20 in solitary. But you can use nature's best barbell—your own body. In fact, many athletes use their …

Workouts

75% of AT&T customers now own smartphones and they’re buying a lot more data

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: AT&T<p>You would think AT&T(s t) is getting close to smartphone saturation. As of the end of the third quarter, three out …

It's time we stopped drinking the thinktank kool-aid

The ABC TV Lateline interview with Kurt Campbell, former US assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, was cordial, even reverential. It was conducted in the middle of March this year, more than a month after Campbell had left the state department.<p>Interviewer Emma Alberici …