Melissa Sterry

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A Miniature Redwood Forest Grows in Brooklyn

A new installation recreates a section of Humboldt County, California, at a 1:100 scale.<p>MetroTech Commons in the middle of downtown Brooklyn is an unlikely site for a redwood forest. Gray buildings rise tall above the busy pedestrian square; on the nearby streets, buses wheeze and car horns sound. …

New York City

In the Wild, Goldfish Turn From Pet to Pest

Two decades ago, someone dropped a handful of unwanted pet goldfish into a creek in southwestern Australia. Those goldfish grew, swam downstream, mucked up waters wherever they went and spawned like mad. Before long, they took over the whole river.<p>Researchers from Murdoch University believe this …

Goldfish

H.G. Wells on Utopia

Our point of departure for our talk, <i>Biotopia: towards a biological ideal,</i> yesterday... H. G. Wells making a poignant link given the Utopia theme of …

Bats are adapting their hunting strategies to the noise of our cities

Bats are adapting to human noise by changing their hunting strategies, according to a new study. That’s good news for bats, since the number of city-dwellers in the world is expected to increase to 6.5 billion in 2050, from nearly 4 billion today.<p>In noisy environments, instead of relying only on …

Cities

Self Portraits: the microbiotic paintings

Traditionally, what we consider to be “self” is usually restricted to the collection of 40 trillion or so eukaryote cells that derive directly from …

Art

Wildlife Trade Experts Oppose Use of Synthetic Rhino Horn as Anti-Poaching Measure

via AnnamiticusA coalition of 10 wildlife NGOs warns against a biotech company’s plan to sell lab-grown rhino horns. Photo by Demetrius John Kessy …

Wildlife

Solana Open Aviary | Monetengro Pavillion Venice Biennale 2016

MIT And Google Give The Cubicle A Radical, Shape-Shifting Redesign

The work pods are a glimpse of the self-assembling architecture of the future.<p>Once heralded as an ingenious design strategy for saving money and fostering collaboration, the open-plan office has fallen from grace. It's increasingly viewed by employees as a stressful, noisy nuisance, but with real …

Google

Natural Stone and Resin Table Brings the Beauty of a Starry Night on the Beach Indoors

For Saint Martin-based designer Alexandre Chapelin of LA Table, the Caribbean is a constant source of inspiration. His <i>Lagoon</i> series of tables combine natural stone and resin elements to mimic the pooling seas surrounding him. Now, after one and a half years of research and technical tests, Chapelin …

Beaches

Metamaterials create mechanisms from a single piece of plastic

A door latch and a pair of pliers are among the mechanisms created without screws, bolts or other fixings by researchers working with a new …

Furniture made from recycled newspaper has brick-like strength, marble finish

An upgrade from cardboard certainly<p>Sometimes designers make furniture out of paper and leave nothing to the imagination—just look at these lumpy …

Furniture

Coral Reef Fish Can See Colors Not Visible to the Human Eye

• Nature<p>Researchers have discovered that triggerfish, a species of fish that lives in coral reefs, are capable of seeing colors that humans can’t …

Life Sciences

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Words by Lula Criado (Twitter @lula_clotmag)<p>Hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, heat waves, droughts, tornadoes and eruptions are commonly known as …

How science is helping to bring buildings to life

Most of us think of modern buildings as inert structures – the shell for all the activity that goes on inside. Advances in science and technology, …

Biology

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Insights from the swarm: understanding collective problem-solving using ants and slime mould

Complex systems are those systems that are comprised of a large number of interacting units, such as neurons in a brain, and individual animals in …

Australian Universities

This Designer Quit Architecture To Make Incredibly Cool Pastry

Dinara Kasko uses 3D printing and 3DSMax. But she's making cake, not buildings.<p>Dinara Kasko spent her entire adult life studying to be an architect. But when it came time for her to actually start designing buildings, something about it left her cold. So she improvised. Now, the 27-year-old …

3D Printing

Patternity installs monochrome climbing wall inside London's Ace Hotel

<b>London Design Festival 2016:</b> Patternity has added a graphic climbing wall adorned with monochrome contours to the basement gym inside east London's …

Age of the Microzoo

Written by Scott Chimileski and Julie Wolf<p>Figure 1. An entrance to the Artis Zoo in Amsterdam. Photo credit: Scott Chimileski<p>In 3500 BCE, Egyptian …

Chambered Nautilus, 'Living Fossil' Depleted by International Shell Trade, Moves Toward Endangered Species Act Protection

For Immediate Release, August 25, 2016<p>Contact:<p>Chambered Nautilus, 'Living Fossil' Depleted by International Shell Trade, Moves Toward Endangered …

Conservation

The grey parrot and the race against Africa’s wildlife extinction

Perry, a five-year-old African grey parrot, is for sale on a well-known pet trade website for £750. She looks in good condition with her large black bill, red tail and white mask and her owner says she can whistle the tune of Flower of Scotland, does a passable imitation of R2D2 and is “very clever …

Africa

Elephant history rewritten by ancient genomes

DNA from extinct species forces rethink of elephants’ family tree.<p>The genome of a mysterious ancient fossil has shaken up the elephant family …

Tables made of algae? Biofuel by-product transformed into cheap, sustainable material

Exhibition<p>‘Tough but temporary’ is the mantra behind Materialize.X. Unlike a lot of materials used in our buildings, this bio-composite is built to …

Tuning the instrument: Spider webs as vibration transmission structures

Now, a new collaboration between Oxford and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid has confirmed that spider webs are superbly tuned instruments for …

Science

As Our Cities Grow Hotter, How Will We Adapt?

Katy Schneider, the former deputy mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, lives near Eastern Parkway, which forms one strand of her city’s necklace of green. Spending time on the leafy boulevard can make Louisville seem deceptively lush and shady, even when midsummer heat bakes the downtown. But about five …

Cities

Wildflowers on the verge of disappearing

Orchid-spotters have long-known that the best site in the UK to take in a display of pyramidal orchids is a roadside verge in Warwickshire, yet the role verges play in conservation isn’t widely appreciated. There are almost 251,000 acres of rural road verges across the country that are home to 703 …

Wildflowers

Birds in love produce more babies, study shows

Birds who freely choose their own mates produce 37 percent more offspring than those which were paired up by researchers in an avian “arranged marriage”, according to research published today in the peer-reviewed journal, <i>PLoS Biology</i>. Additionally, cross-fostering experiments revealed that embryo …

Arranged Marriage