Melissa Sterry

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Backed by Stars, Unprecedented UN Campaign Seeks to Mobilize Millions to End Illegal Trade in Wildlife

Backed by Stars, Unprecedented UN Campaign Seeks to Mobilize Millions to End Illegal Trade in Wildlife Wed, May 25, 2016<p>Ban Ki-moon, Gisele Bündchen, …

Hannabi designs modular sofa system for "urban nomads"

Hungarian furniture brand Hannabi has designed a modular sofa aimed at consumers who move frequently or live in small flats (+ slideshow).<p>The piece …

Design

Furniture that Flattens Into Wall Art Is Perfect For Cramped Apartments

GIF<p>Just because you live in a cramped downtown apartment doesn’t mean you don’t want to entertain. So here’s a brilliant way to keep some extra …

Furniture

'Super macro' photos reveal the magical world of the tiniest creatures in the sea

To the untrained eye, the crystal waters surrounding the Maltese Islands in the Mediterranean look devoid of life. But zoom in a bit, and the barren …

Oceans

the soil superorganism reveals itself via its own activity. Soil bacteria interact with a fluorescent chromogen https://t.co/JrszGIoQBc

Mini Microbes With Musical Tastes

Out in some parts of the ocean, tiny microbes called Pyrocystis fusiformis congregate and illuminate the water as waves build and crash. When Satbir Multani and Mathura Govindarajan, two students at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, heard that these dinoflagellates did this in …

Music

Why Some Mushrooms Glow In The Dark

A team of scientists recently created some fake, glowing mushrooms and scattered them in a Brazilian forest in hopes of solving an ancient mystery: Why do some fungi emit light?<p>The question goes back all the way to Aristotle, who is the first person known to have wondered about this, according to …

Mushrooms

Robotics and nature entwine in the V&A’s beetle-inspired pavilion

Engineers are too often the unsung heroes of architecture and design, the silent collaborators charged with transforming artistic visions into reality. That is set to change as London's Victoria and Albert Museum kicks off its first ever Engineering Season, launching today with a specially …

Robots

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Sentinel satellite probes coral health from orbit

<b>Scientists are working on techniques that would allow them to routinely monitor the health of corals worldwide from orbit.</b><p>The EU's new Sentinel-2a satellite has the capability to look into the water column, to see whether reefs are undergoing change.<p>Current, anomalously high temperatures are …

More microorganism tracks- 100x magnification https://t.co/Gbnm88Mb7O

'3D printed' animals illustrate the irreplaceable nature of endangered species

'3D printed' animals illustrate the irreplaceable nature of endangered species<p><b>‘3D printed’ animals illustrate the irreplaceable nature of endangered</b> …

Nature

Graphene Patterned After Moth Eyes Could Give Us 'Smart Wallpaper'

Tweaking the structure of graphene so that it matches patterns found in the eyes of moths could one day give us “smart wallpaper,” among a host of …

Nanotech

This New Pillowcase Has Silver Coated Fibers That Make It Anti-Bacterial

Nick, a senior engineer and Alex, a product designer, wanted to create a pillowcase that would prevent the growth of unwanted bacteria and make it so …

Bacteria

How do trees go to sleep?

Most living organisms adapt their behavior to the rhythm of day and night. Plants are no exception: flowers open in the morning, some tree leaves …

Science

Housing: rethinking inside the box…

In 2014 the bed overtook the sofa as the most used item of furniture in British homes. This shift might be something to do with shrinking living space, but it mostly is the outcome of a behavioural change indicated by other well-I-never statistics – that Britons now spend more time looking at …

Architecture

BioChanges #5

On April 18th 2016 scientists, designers, and artists working across the biodesign disciplines gathered at the Darwin Building at the Royal College …

Science

Can tai chi help relieve knee joint pain?

(Reuters Health) - Tai chi may work as well as traditional physical therapy for easing pain in people with knee osteoarthritis, a small study suggests.<p>Knee osteoarthritis, a leading cause of pain and disability in older adults, occurs when flexible tissue at the ends of bones wears down. While it …

Health

Life forms 'went large' a billion years ago

<b>Life was already organising itself into large communities of cells more than a billion years ago, according to evidence from China.</b><p>The centimetre-scale life forms were preserved in mudstones from the Yanshan area in the country's north and are dated to 1.56 billion years ago.<p>Fossils big enough to …

Fossils

Scentimental Associations with Nature

<i>Learn more about</i> <i>our biophilic design work and services</i> <i>by emailing us at</i> <i>biophilia@terrapinbg.com</i> <i>and reading our reports,</i> 14 Patterns of Biophilic …

Nature

The V&A's insect-inspired pavilion is shaped by crowds

<i>This article was first published in the June 2016 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content by subscribing online.</i><p>They may look like spiders' webs, but the inspiration for architect Achim …

UK News

Bee-jewelled: crystals grown around dead bees

A scientist-turned-artist has taken dead bees and used them as a scaffold for deep blue copper sulphate crystals.<p>Simon Park, a senior lecturer in microbiology at the University of Surrey, told Wired.co.uk that he was inspired by JG Ballard's <i>The Crystal World</i>, in which a physician making his way to …

Crystals

The Post Couture Collective: Downloadable Clothes for a Sustainable Future

Meet <i>The Post Couture Collective</i>, the worlds first 100% open source fashion label, offering a revolutionary alternative to today’s fast fashion …

Sustainability

Grow Your Own Designs Like Jonas Edvard

The Danish designer truly creates organic furniture and lighting.<p><b>JONAS EDVARD</b><br>Location: Copenhagen, Denmark<br>Practicing since: 2012<br>Age: 33<br>Education: The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design, 2013<p>If furniture and lighting design is the work of wood, metal, plastic and glass, then Jonas …

Denmark

GeoBlogy: Are land-use decisions by African elephants influenced by environmental geochemistry?...by Michael Watts, Lisa Yon and Stephen Cunningham

Are land-use decisions by African elephants influenced by environmental geochemistry?...by Michael Watts, Lisa Yon and Stephen …

Lucy Jones: Why a London without foxes would be a poorer place

After a fox was spotted nonchalantly riding an escalator on the London Underground, Lucy Jones explains why we should love and not loathe the these …

London

In Greece, Designers Use Discarded Refugee Life Jackets To Make Mattresses

The concept gives refugees a more comfortable place to sleep while solving a trash problem.<p>What do you do with the hundreds of thousands of life jackets discarded by refugees that landed up on your shores? Earlier this year in Greece, volunteers on the island of Lesbos pondered the same problem and …

Greece

Bearded vulture spotted soaring above west country

A spectacular bearded vulture, believed to be the first recorded in the UK, has been spotted soaring over the Severn estuary and moorland in Devon.<p>If it is confirmed that the vulture, also known as the lammergeier or ossifrage, is a wild bird, it will be the first of its species to be found in …

Birds

White House Initiative Will Study The Nation's Smallest Inhabitants

NASA is on board for massive study of bacteria<p>The U.S. government is launching a vast new half-billion dollar effort to study the microbes that thrive in the human body and across ecosystems. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced today that the National Microbiome …

White House

Scientists create novel 'liquid wire' material inspired by spiders' capture silk

Why doesn't a spider's web sag in the wind or catapult flies back out like a trampoline? The answer, according to new research by an international …

Oxford