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By Melissa Sterry | Biomimetics, Biotechnology & Biology for the Built Environment
Instead of gold the streets are paved with plant compounds
The road of the future will probably be incredibly high-tech: able to inform drivers of hazardous conditions, charge buses, and even communicate with the cars driving on top of it. But will the road of the future be made of green …Roads
A virtual waterfall cascades over the iconic Grand Palais in Paris. On display until March 29, the awe-inspiring facade is the handiwork of teamLab, the Japanese artists behind Tokyo's interactive hanging gardens, LED Christmas trees, and a digital universe of water. TeamLab describes Universe of …Water
A swarm of remote-controlled butterflies could very well be the drone army of the future, if German industrial control and automation company, Festo, has anything to say about it. Revealed yesterday, eMotionButterflies are ultra-light robots that flutter on uncanny flapping wings and incorporate a …Insects
The Mental Health Foundation is carrying out a research project commissioned by Natural England’s Outdoors for All programme, which is asking people …Research
Cities are for Wildlife: An Interview with Camilla Fox, Founder and Executive Director of Project Coyote
Camilla H. Fox is the founder and executive director of Project Coyote- a national coalition of scientists, educator, predator friendly ranchers and …Animals
Tree species diversity is a critical element of ecology sustainability, the most urgent of which is to minimize the impact of pests and disease …Urban Ecology
With the help of 3D printing, Antoni Gaudí's Sagrada Família may finally get some closure. According to the BBC, the Church Technical Office tasked with completing the Barcelonan project switched from handcrafted prototypes to 3D-printed plaster models about 14 years ago. This allows them …Architecture
Florence-Scandicci Green Tramway by Ines Romitti « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine
The construction of tramways represents an innovative solution to transport problems in big cities. This is the first tramway of Florence, winding …Architecture
The Billion Oyster Pavilion
Every year, FIGMENT NY brings site-specific participatory art to Governors Island as part of a one week festival. As part …Governors Island
Dzia is a Belgian street artist from the Antwerp area that's known for his stunning murals of animals. His graphic style, with swirling strong lines, is instantly recognizable. Dzia paints in his hometown of Antwerp as well as in other cities across Europe, breathing life into walls in abandoned …Street Art
London-based artist Ghostpoet used microscopic images of own skin biopsy to create abstract art.
Most music contains some piece of the artist who created it, but perhaps none so much as that from Ghostpoet, whose new album Shedding Skin is covered in microscopic images of the artist's …Art
A slice of real nature in the heart of NYC, this lively green space will support wildlife and delight urbanites - then disappear.
Robert Moses can confirm that elevated highways in urban areas act as a virtual DMZ, dividing sections of a city and creating strong boundaries between neighborhoods — often along socio-economic lines. In the middle of the 20th century, car-friendly cities were seen as futuristic, economically …Underline
When artist and former bee keeper Sarah Hatton first created Bee Works -- an art project arranging hundreds of honey bees in mathematical patterns -- it was to recover from the loss of her own beehives, and to raise awareness about global bee colony decline.
"Bee Works [in 2013] was a conceptual …Art
Several types of flowers are known to open and close for reasons of defense or energy conservation. This evolutionary mechanism, called nyctinasty, …Flowers
The new Pearl Lam Galleries Soho in Hong Kong is currently showing the amazing beeswax sculptures of Ren Ri. As mentioned previously, Ri works with honeybees in creating intriguing wax sculptures that live in transparent geometric containers. His other body of work, called Yuansu I: The Origin of …Art
Oxygen is essential for many life forms. But we don’t often give it the attention it deserves because we assume that it is always there. While oxygen …Water
Reconstructing the past with primordial goo
How do you reconstruct a civilization's history when it has been literally trampled underfoot? Some of Rome's roads through the Balkans are largely forgotten, others still in use, and others we only know about because of documents from travelers explaining …Maps
The bridges have been installed to help bats safely cross new highways despite evidence that they do not work
Bat bridges erected across many major …United Kingdom
New technology is blurring the boundaries between life and art, allowing artists to conceive of dystopian futures and strange human-algae hybrids.Art
Researchers at Queen Mary University of London have for the first time successfully created electricity-generating solar cells with chemicals found in …Renewable Energy
BIRDS PROTECTED BY THE
MIGRATORY BIRD TREATY ACT
The Migratory Bird Treaty Act makes it illegal for anyone to take, possess, import, export, transport, …Animals
It can also change shapes when electricity is applied
A simple metal compound could make some big waves in robotics thanks to a strange property: it can move under its own volition, given the right environment. It's also in a liquid state, meaning it can change shape to negotiate bends and …Liquidmetal
There are major cities around the world where humans seem to have excluded nature by extruding concrete. Washington isn’t one of them.
With its low …Animals
Take a walk along Hanover Street in Boston's North End, and you can't help but notice the number of people strolling along the sidewalk, the cozy …Evolution
Solar and wind power have one thing in common besides being renewable: When the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing, they don’t generate electricity. But artificial photosynthesis may someday help change that.
Battery storage is being developed as a way to feed renewable power onto the power …Environment