Melissa Sterry

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The World’s Largest Artificial Sun Could Help Generate Clean Fuel

Can a wall of light provide the key to cheap and plentiful liquid hydrogen?<p>Don’t lean against the light switch at the Synlight building in Jülich, …

Green Energy

First fluorescent frog found

A rare find in land animals reveals a new way to glow.<p>Under normal light, the South American polka dot tree frog (<i>Hypsiboas punctatus</i>) sports a muted …

Biology

A charged view. #bioart #sciart #view #crystals #salt #altered #bacteria #beauty #elainewhittaker #scicomm https://t.co/QEjPk1xSD6

Has the fashion world finally accepted plus-size women?

The average British woman is a size 16, and it looks as if the fashion industry has stopped ignoring them at long last<p>The fashion industry has long …

Fashion

Buy: "Resist Persist Insist" T-Shirt

With all proceeds from the sale of this T-shirt going to organizations supported by Design for Progress (Planned Parenthood, Everytown for Gun Safety, the ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Human Rights Campaign, EarthJustice, and the National Immigration Law Center), you can feel good about …

Picasso’s lost muse

…and other literary discoveries, including a girl raised by books<p><b>Dora Maar</b> was Picasso’s lover and muse for nearly nine years in the 1930s and early …

Literature

Emma Watson's Favourite Conscious Fashion Brands

The Beauty and the Beast actress loves these brands fighting for a cause<p>Since her Met Gala appearance last May in a Louis Vuitton gown made entirely …

Goodyear's spherical tyres shape-shift to suit different terrains

Goodyear has updated its spherical tyres for self-driving cars, adding a "bionic skin" of sensors that reads the road and adapts to suit different …

Transportation

Artist can live life of solitude in micro apartment that emulates a religious retreat

Spheron Architects used mirrors, wooden cabinets and white net curtains to furnish this 26-square-metre room in London, creating a space for an …

Nendo bases super-thin silicone vase on jellyfish

During this year's Milan design week, Nendo will submerge 30 of its new vases in an aquarium so that they gently move around like jellyfish.<p>The …

Furniture

Inflatable pine cones top guesthouses and spa envisioned by 3Gatti Architecture Studio

3Gatti Architecture Studio has unveiled a vision for an eco-resort in a Latvian forest, featuring pavilions topped with inflatable roofs that look …

Design

Stacked boxes form Bengo Studio's towering Tree House hotel in rural China

Timber-clad rooms are stacked vertically and rotated around a spiral staircase to form this hotel in China's Anhui province, treating guests to …

Architecture

Iftach Gazit's Sous La Vie bags cook meals in the washing machine

Tel Aviv student Iftach Gazit has designed food bags that can be added to the laundry cycle to cook dinner at the same time.<p>The Sous La Vie bags, …

Washing Machines

Plagued by predators in the sea, these fish are moving onto land

Some blenny fish spend nearly their entire lives out of the water<p>On the remote Pacific island of Rarotonga, some fish are fleeing to land.<p>Scientists have long suspected that blenny fish leapt out of water to escape the many sea creatures that seek to eat them, but the blennies' true motivations …

Nature

Bat Bot flies through the air on whisper-thin wings

A flappy little drone<p>Bats are strange creatures. They dart through the sky on wings made of skin, their tiny bodies swooping and swerving as they hunt insects for hours on end. They boast a compact, efficient, lightweight form, which makes them an ideal inspiration for a flapping robot. Bat Bot, …

Drones

Stella McCartney and Adidas unveil Parley Ultra Boost X trainers made from ocean plastic

Adidas and fashion designer Stella McCartney have revealed a new version of the Ultra Boost trainer that features an upper made from plastic …

Plastic

Artificial Mangroves Could Bring Back Vanishing Habitats In Florida

A couple researchers created fake mangroves in Sarasota County to bring back marine life that was lost from development. Along Florida’s coasts are …

Nimb ring doubles as a panic alarm that calls for help with one press

This ring hides a panic button that sends an alert to friends and emergency services if the wearer is in trouble.<p>The button is concealed in the …

Wearable Tech

"I love looking like a lady" - @ChristinaRicci @NETAPORTER #Chalayan #SS17 #Judodress #THEEDIT https://t.co/5hT7UQrpPb

This bird has flown: Unravelling the mysteries of bird migration

THE Arctic tern, a black-crowned seabird weighing no more than a bar of soap, flies from the top of the world to the bottom and back again every …

Nature

Stefan Diez's Soba bamboo furniture naturally changes colour over time

This flat-pack bamboo bench and trestle by German designer Stefan Diez is held together with string and doesn't require any tools or fixings to …

Furniture

These Parrots Can Make Other Parrots 'Laugh'—a First

The kea of New Zealand is the first non-mammal species to demonstrate infectious laughter, a new study says.<p>Forget the laughing kookaburra—kea are the birds that really tickle each other's funny bones.<p>The highly intelligent parrot has a specific call, that—like human laughter—puts other parrots …

Nature

Structure Redefines What A Homeless Shelter Means

Eva's Phoenix’s architectural design reinforces the organisation’s mission of helping youth stay off the streets<p>Located in a warehouse in Toronto’s …

Architecture

At 1.6 Billion Years Old, These Fossils Could Be the Oldest Complex Life

Earlier this week, researchers from the Swedish Museum of Natural History made a spectacular claim, announcing that they may have found …

Biology

Super-Fast Computer Made from DNA ‘Grows as it Computes’

Researchers from The University of Manchester have shown it is possible to build a new super-fast form of computer that “grows as it …

Flower power: Rebecca Louise Law lends her green-fingered talents to Now Gallery

Copper wire, flora and a boundless imagination are the tools of London-based Rebecca Louise Law’s artistic practice. With them, she cultivates extraordinary installations, verdant portraits and even sculptures that explore the dynamic between man and nature. ‘I want to share and preserve the beauty …

Art

Golden touch: Fay Andrada’s pieces 
echo her unorthodox route into jewellery design

The hand-hammered finishes, off-kilter geometry and faintly primordial feel of Fay Andrada’s jewellery contradict her early career as a graphic designer. There’s no linear perfection nor strict adherence to scale in her huge disc earrings, tubular gold studs or domed silver cuffs. Rather, the …

Design

Fashion Can No Longer Hide Its Dirty Secrets

From the abuse of models to sweatshop labour, the radical transparency of digital media makes it harder for fashion to hide its dark secrets.<p><i>Hello BoF Professionals, your exclusive weekly briefing is ready.</i><p>This week, the fashion industry was jolted by a single Instagram post.<p>On Monday, casting …

Fashion

Activism Appears on the Catwalk, Modest Fashion Gains Momentum

This week, designers use fashion shows to make political statement, while more mainstream brands are tapping the growing modest fashion market.<p>“<b>Why Does Fashion Suddenly Care About Activism?</b>” <i>(Highsnobiety)</i><br>“A combination of activist slogans, clever casting choices and open declarations of individual …

Fashion

Lose yourself amongst Linder Sterling’s seminal work

The groundbreaking feminist artist whose work examines the female body as a commodity opens a solo exhibition in Stockholm<p>Using flowers to draw attention to institutionalised misogyny through her subversion of porn and household appliances, radical feminist artist and well-known figure of the …

Art