Melissa Sterry

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Bartlett students use robots to build 3D-printed filigree chairs

A team of students at the Bartlett architecture school have developed a technique for 3D printing complex curved structures, and used it to build a …

'Nothing lasts forever' Entering #IFS2016 4 1st time #Netherlands #JetMontes literally dissolves design! #Utopia2016

First Contracting Human Muscle Grown in Laboratory

Researchers at Duke University report the first lab-grown, contracting human muscle, which could revolutionize drug discovery and personalized

Artist Makes Rugs That Look Like Nature | Insta of the Week

At a glance, this post by Alexandra Kehayoglou looks like a charming moment in a fairytale forest. A second look reveals the edges of a workshop or studio. "Clearly this is Photoshopped," the mind reflexively assumes. The Argentinan artist's bio reveals the truth: this is a wool rug. Kehayoglou …


Madrid Is Covering Itself In Plants To Help Fight Rising Temperatures

Vacant lots, city squares, a former highway, and even regular city streets are going to be filled up with trees and plants—everywhere you look.

In Madrid, pretty much every unused space will soon be covered in plants.

The city is spending millions to expand existing parks, and as many roofs and walls …

Urban Ecology

Italy is creating a 'nature network' against urbanisation and climate change

Some people view rapid urbanisation – the increasing sprawl of cities taking over natural landscapes around them – as progress, making the world a …

Climate Change

3D-printed braille and picture books help blind children to read

A team from the University of Colorado Boulder have used 3D printing to create tactile versions of famous books for visually impaired children (+ …


Spread of bee disease 'largely manmade'

The global trade in bees is driving a pandemic that threatens hives and wild bees, UK scientists say.

A deadly bee disease has spread worldwide through imports of infected honeybees, according to genetic evidence.

Stricter controls are needed to protect bees from other emerging diseases, researchers …

Nature notes: Trackers reveal that honeybees forecast the weather to plan their work day

Trackers were placed on 300 honeybees to monitor the impact that weather had on the insects' foraging

Honeybees may be able to predict the weather to help plan their productive work day.

The results were discovered by Xu-Jiang He and a team from Jiangxi Agricultural University in Nanchang, China, …


Birce Ozkan's feathered Augmented Jacket doubles as a navigational aid

Feathers on the shoulders of this jacket by fashion designer Birce Ozkan ruffle up when the wearer faces north (+ movie).Ozkan created the Augmented …


Saving Mes Aynak

Can Afghan archaeologists take on the Chinese and the Taliban to save a 5,000-year-old archaeological site?

A 5,000-year-old archaeological site in Afghanistan is under threat of demolition as a Chinese mining company, eager to access the world's largest untapped copper deposits, closes in.

China …


The hidden environmental factors behind the spread of Zika and other devastating diseases

The alarming spread of the Zika virus — caused in major part by the infamous Aedes aegypti mosquito, which can also carry dengue, yellow fever and chikungunya virus — is looking more and more like a public health catastrophe. But it’s also, say experts, something else: The latest example of how …


Dutch Police Training Eagles to Take Down Drones

No matter how many regulations are put in place, drones are cheap enough now that frequent misuse is becoming the norm. There’s no good way of …

The Hive

Photo: Mark Hadden

The Hive was designed by Wolfgang Buttress and was inspired by scientific research into the health of bees.

The installation is made …


Will the Next Alexander McQueen Be a Biologist? | Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator

Amy Congdon Image: Biological Atelier : AW 2082 ‘Bio Nouveau’ Collection

Sponsor Pratt Institute | BF+DA
February 9, 2016
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Tell Global Retailer Canada Goose to Stop Using Inhumane Fur and Down in Its Jackets!

What if you saw this before buying a Canada Goose jacket?[via Robert Banks]

Cruelty can be found in every stitch of Canada Goose jackets and other …

Advertising must stop making women over 35 feel invisible

In February, Dolce & Gabbana will debut two commercials for their latest fragrance launch. The ads feature a beautiful young model, but also …


Pregnant beavers shot by landowners in Tayside

Beavers that were heavily pregnant or had recently given birth are among those shot by landowners in Tayside.

The news has led to demands for restrictions on shooting during the breeding season and renewed calls for Scotland's beavers to receive legal protection.

The country has two beaver …





We are very proud sponsors of The Enormous Elephant Run at London and Manchester this year

Launching the Running For Their …


Researchers generate energy with nothing but cardboard, tape, and a pencil

Researchers from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) made an interesting energy discovery recently. They found it's possible to make a …


Add your name: Tell palm oil companies to halt the destruction of the Leuser Ecosystem

Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem is on the front lines of extinction. Stretching over 6.5 million acres, it is the last place on Earth that can support, …

Into the heart of a glacier — with a drone

With their near-vertical walls and deep fractures, glacier crevasses are dangerously narrow ice caves that present a huge risk to search and rescue …


Whoooo are you looking at?

Brunswick the snowy owl. Credit: David Tibbetts

Meet Brunswick, the snowy owl! This handsome fellow was caught by a group of researchers at the …

Only 2 months left to save the National Wildlife Crime Unit

We urgently need your help for wildlife

Please email your MP and urge them to save the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU). We need them to demand …


Scientists make eco-friendly batteries out of leaves

When we gaze up at a tree full of lush, green leaves we are actually looking at hundreds of tiny batteries. These tiny appendages save energy for the …


Fashion industry must urgently reduce its impact on nature

The fashion industry is contributing to the degradation of the world’s biodiversity and undermining nature’s ability to provide ecosystem services to


Bats Are Dying, And Wind Turbines Are A Major Culprit

Our nocturnal friends are facing a series of threats that we should probably do something about.

Bats are dying en masse, and nobody has really done enough to stop this disturbing trend. Now, researchers have published the results of a new worldwide review that looks closely at the reasons why. It …

Wind Power

How Simple Clay Pots Can Provide Clean Water Where There Is None

Ten million Ugandans don't have clean water. There are lots of complex technical solutions—and one simple one.

In Uganda, preventable water-borne diseases like diarrhea are the leading cause of death for children under the age of five. Ten million Ugandans—nearly a third of the entire …


Here is one more beautiful time-lapse crystallization video; this time it is of tartaric acid. Soon in MEL Chemistry

How can we reconnect our bodies with nature?

Taking cues from their natural surroundings, this photography trio are examining the female form and how we interconnect with the earth, moon, and stars

It can be argued that we’re more disconnected from our surroundings than ever. Despite the undoubtable positive impact of the internet in terms of …

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