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magazine no. 33 - uncube

uncube's editors are Sophie Lovell (Editor-in-Chief), Florian Heilmeyer (fh), Rob Wilson (rgw) and Fiona Shipwright (fs); editorial assistance: Sara …

Duck Lanes Are Installed on Towpaths Along Waterways in England for Safety Awareness Campaign

Towpaths in London, Birmingham, and Manchester recently got a new paint job with the addition of duck lanes. The Canal & River Trust—a charity group …


Nucleo experiments with resin to create furniture

New York 2015: referencing geology and the passage of time, Italian design group Nucleo's resin furniture for the Ammann Gallery was shown at New …


Transforming NASA Imagery Into an Otherworldly Wallpaper Line

Previously associated with your grandmother's living room or that one scene from Garden State, wallpaper has been making a decorating resurgence these …


The meaning of #biophilicdesign. @Oliver_Heath #CDW2015

The octopus can see with its skin

Octopuses are well known for changing the colour, patterning, and texture of their skin to blend into their surroundings and send signals to each other, an ability that makes them both the envy of, and inspiration for, army engineers trying to develop cloaking devices. As if that wasn’t already …


Pretty critters beat science to biophotonic crystals

For years, optical engineers have been struggling to create precisely organized biophotonic crystals that could be used to improve solar cells, …

Life Sciences

The 'living concrete' that can heal itself

It's the world's most popular building material, and ever since the Romans built the pantheon from it some 2,000 years ago, we've been trying to find ways to make concrete more durable.

No matter how carefully it is mixed or reinforced, all concrete eventually cracks, and under some conditions, …


To Save Birds And Bats, Create Wildlife Refuges In The Sky

You have entered bat airspace, turn back now

There are wildlife refuges in all 50 states and territories protecting animals both on the land and in the water. But what about up in the sky?

Plenty of birds, bats, and other flying creatures die every year either by slamming into buildings or getting …


Beautiful Maple Leaf Bowl Sculptures by Kay Sekimachi

Japanese artist Kay Sekimachi has created a beautiful set of leaf bowl sculptures using skeletons of actual maple leaves. The artist added Kozo paper, watercolor and Krylon coating to the leaves to create these ethereal works of art. Sekimachi studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts in …


Let's make Greater London a National Park City

What if we made London a National Park City?

I am a Londoner, geographer and explorer. A year ago I asked myself a simple question - What if we made …


A Lifelike 'Biomorphic Wall' Grows In Brooklyn

BioMorphic Wall by Chico MacMurtrie / ARW. Pioneer Works, Center for Art and Innovation, 2015. All images courtesy of Pioneer Works

A wall of breathing robotic architecture by Chico MacMurtrie and his team at Amorphic Robotic Works (ARW) hangs from the exposed wood of Pioneer Works’ gallery ceiling. …

New York

The world's best animal architecture - in pictures


The roots of artistry

Artists eager to capture earth’s beauty know that Mother Nature often hides her wonders from easy view. But a clever new exhibit at the Radcliffe …


Portuguese Street Artist Creates Amazing Owl Sculptures Using Junk

Artur Bordalo, also known as Bordalo II, is well known for his incredible street art. Not only is his artwork impressive but also it incorporates …

Using Microbial Communities to Assess Environmental Contamination | Berkeley Lab

The Bear Creek watershed in Oak Ridge, TN, was a crucial site for the early development of nuclear weapons under the Manhattan Project and harbors …


Experimental Architect Explores Biology’s Role in Urban Design

Centuries have passed since Venice assumed its form as a tangled archipelago city linked by boats and bridges. Update the clothes, draw in a few …

Urban Design

Ants' movements hide mathematical patterns

When ants go exploring in search of food they end up choosing collective routes that fit statistical distributions of probability. This has been …


3D-printed structural components will lead to "new building shapes"


MET museum rooftop hosts an animal + mineral landscape by pierre huyghe

MET museum rooftop hosts an animal + mineral landscape by pierre huyghe

MET museum rooftop hosts an animal + mineral landscape by pierre huyghe
all …


Ethereal Bird Murals on the Streets of Riccione by 'Eron'

Italian artist Eron recently completed a stunning pair of murals depicting a seagull and heron taking flight under a viaduct in Riccione, Italy. Each …


Nanoscale Semiconductors Offer a New Approach to Artificial Photosynthesis

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, say that by combining nanoscale materials with bacteria, they have opened the door to a new …


Take a look at @DurisolUK ecologically viable building material Made from 80% recycled wood #circulareconomy #reuse

How Germs Might Shape the Future of Architecture

Design-minded scientists are harnessing the power of bacteria to move toward healthier buildings.

We know that buildings can make us sick. Take, for example, cases of lead poisoning, mold exposure, or the aptly namedSick Building Syndrome. But can they also make us healthier? Scientists are trying …


Add Graphene To Spider Silk To Create The Strongest Fiber Yet

Web slingers get a high-tech upgrade

Your move, limpets. Earlier this year, the long-reigning champion of the Strongest Biological Material Competition, spider silk, was usurped by the upstart limpet teeth. But we all knew that the arachnids would not go quietly into the night.

In an unorthodox move, …

Spider Silk

Growduce uses bacteria to form cellulose-based products

A biologist and a designer are developing a bacteria and yeast "micro-factory" that could one day enable consumers to grow their own products at home …


Right-minded Paris mayor plans more pedestrianisation along the Seine

The mayor of Paris has fired another salvo in the war against motorists and choking pollution with a plan to turn the right bank of the River Seine into a pedestrian zone.

A busy highway flanking the river bank of the French capital would be replaced by waterside gardens, children’s play areas and …


Quasicrystals Are Nature’s Impossible Matter

What do a frying pan, an LED light, and the most cutting edge camouflage in the world have in common? Well, that largely depends on who you ask. Most people would struggle to find the link, but for University of Michigan chemical engineers Sharon Glotzer and Michael Engel, there is a substantial …

Theoretical Physics

Quacking ringtone used by firefighters to rescue baby ducks

The Louisiana fire department spent over 90 minutes coaxing the frightened babies out of a storm drain

A Louisiana fire department has managed to …