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By Melissa Sterry | Exploring the now, near and far future.

Removable walls offer endless configurations for community space by Aki Hamada

This community space in Kanagawa, Japan, has removable exterior walls and reconfigurable interior partitions, meaning it can easily be adapted to …

Architecture

Anti-energy drink Slow comes enclosed in meditative hourglass packaging

Polish studio Opus B has created a conceptual drink packaging designed to give consumers a chance to slow down.<p>The anti-energy drink comes in two …

Design

MIT researchers create flat-pack food that takes shape in water

Researchers at MIT's Tangible Media Group have brought the ethos of flat-packing to food, creating pasta shapes that go from two-dimensional to …

Waste-free living: from gadgets that list themselves on eBay to lidless bottles

Our throwaway habits are wreaking havoc on the planet. Here are six ideas from designers working to reduce waste in our everyday lives<p>Modern life is wasteful. From the plastic packaging that fills our kitchens – and ends up in our oceans – to the 40m tons of e-waste we generate per year, our …

Recycling

Launching our new open source digital storytelling tool

This presents us with an important opportunity to reach and engage communities with our investigations that we’ve never had before, helping to …

Digital Storytelling

A Teen Created the World's Lightest Satellite & NASA Is Going to Launch It

Tiny Space Cube<p>Not very many people can claim that they’ve sent something they made into space. One of those who will soon be sending his own …

NASA

Exploring a Huge, Glowing, Immersive Warehouse Experience at Frieze Week

The alternative art fair SPRING/BREAK descends upon Brooklyn.<p>Expanding outside of their normal Armory Week programming (which was fantastic in its own right), SPRING/BREAK created BKLYN IMMERSIVE, an entirely new iteration of its art show spectacular, for this year's New York Freeze Week. As the …

Ring of Fire

Robotic Construction Platform Creates Large Buildings on Demand

Construction seems like an industry that, were I still living in Silicon Valley, I would be tempted to call “ripe for disruption.” Researchers at the …

Robotics

Outside the box

We usually think of cardboard as cheap and disposable. But, as Josh Sims explains, designers are reconsidering its potential<p><b>Maarten Heijltjes, a</b> …

Frank Gehry

Lab-grown blood stem cells produced at last

Two research teams cook up recipe to make long-sought cells in mice and people.<p>After 20 years of trying, scientists have transformed mature cells …

Biology

Robot-made Voxel chair designed using new software by Bartlett researchers

A continuous line of plastic makes up this intricate robot-built chair, designed using a new 3D-printing software by a team from the Bartlett School …

PYLOS /// Large scale 3D Printing by IAAC

Prototype exoskeleton helps the elderly keep their balance

Why have a walker when you could have an exosuit?<p>Over the past six million years, humans have become extremely adept at walking on two feet. We’ve even developed numerous strategies to keep us from falling down. But most of these strategies involve quickly engaging multiple muscle groups, and as we …

Robotics

Bodo Sperlein's latest product for Loewe aims to "de-geezer the TV"

Aiming to make the television the focal point of a room, Bodo Sperlein devised a sculptural design based on art deco and Bauhaus styles.<p>The Bild 9 …

Furniture

Flat-pack Lumber table is made entirely from cardboard

Seoul-based studio PESI has designed a side table using planks of cardboard that have the appearance of wood.<p>PESI created the Lumber table to explore …

Furniture

MIT unveils new solar 3D printer that can build houses on other planets

Some people dismissed 3D-printing in its early days as a novelty, but these days the technology is coming into its own and researchers at MIT have …

3D Printing

MIT’s Gooey New 3D Printer Is a Game Changer

The Self-Assembly Lab teamed up with an Michigan-based furniture company to develop a gel-based machine that can print pretty much anything—in minutes.<p>MIT's new gel-based 3D printer can fabricate nearly any shape and still look straight out of a sci-fi flick while doing it. A nozzle spurts out …

3D Printing

fitzroy rum recycles coca-cola labels from the north sea into premium spirit packaging

fitzroy rum recycles coca-cola labels from the north sea into premium spirit packaging<p><b>fitzroy is giving the term ‘getting wasted’ a whole new meaning</b> …

Herzog & de Meuron

Scientists Made Water Move Using Only Light

Salt water or fresh, all it takes is a cool engineered surface.<p>Engineers from MIT and Saudi Arabia have worked together to develop a system that could control the way water moves over a surface, and all they use is light.<p>The impetus for the study came from the desire to separate oil from water, …

Engineering

Wikipedia cofounder Jimmy Wales is launching Wikitribune to fight fake news

<i>Wikitribune</i> is an online news publication that will use crowdfunding to hire journalists to write accurate, fact-based articles. <b>While professional journalists will be writing the articles, a community of volunteers can sub-edit and fact-check them. And journalists will be required to release full</b> …

Journalism

First cable-driven robot that prints large-sized components in 3-D

Together with the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), Tecnalia has developed the first cable-driven robot that allows large …

Chemistry

em>EVE Online</em> gamers will seek real exoplanets in virtual universe

If you enjoy navigating distant galaxies, leading intergalactic alliances and fighting space pirates, you might want to take on another challenge: …

Exoplanets

Swedish shopping center sells only refurbished second-hand items

<b>This brilliant update on the thrift store model includes DIY repair classes, organic food, and a drop-off zone for unwanted items.</b><p>Sweden has created …

322 sq. ft. transformer apartment has folding walls & underfloor closet

In the hopes of making a dent in the growing affordable housing crisis, micro-apartments now popping up in North American metropolises like New York …

IKEA aims to take 200,000 people out of poverty in massive social sustainability drive

IKEA is to open production centres in refugee camps in Jordan this summer as part of a long-term plan to create employment for 200,000 disadvantaged …

Nanopore Store

RNABund<p>Direct RNA Starter Pack<p>$1,000.00<p>A self-sufficient introduction to nanopore RNA sequencing with the MinION. Ideal for those who are familiar …

New Virtual Reality tour of the Museum with Oculus

In collaboration with Oculus, we’re launching a new Virtual Reality tour of the British Museum. Today we’re sharing this video and interactive demo …

Virtual Reality

This Startup Is Building A Fitness Tracker For The Planet

Using enormous amounts of satellite data, Descartes Labs wants to track everything that’s changing on Earth’s surface–from deforestation to transportation to agriculture.<p>It seems like everything is tracked and measured these days. Order a pizza, and you get a notification when it’s put in the oven. …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

Broke a Glass? Someday You Might 3-D-Print a New One

Glassmaking is one of the world’s oldest arts. Ancient Mesopotamians and Egyptians made glass glazes more than 5,000 years ago, and glassblowing was developed in the early days of the Roman Empire.<p>Since the mid-1900s, glass has been made in factories by melting sand, then floating sheets of it in …

Engineering