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

Utopia or Dystopia: What the 22nd Century has in store - Factor Winter 2017

Things have changed radically even in the last couple of decades, but what will the world look like in 100, 150 years? What is in store for our …

Determine

Super Local uses waste glass to produce sustainable terrazzo homeware collection

Discarded glass is transformed into terrazzo to create this range of furniture and objects, which Dutch studio Super Local designed in collaboration …

Furniture

Form Us With Love uses recycled wood and plastic to create sustainable IKEA chair

Reclaimed wood chips and recycled plastic were both used to create this IKEA chair, designed by Swedish studio Form Us With Love.<p>Called Odger, the …

Furniture

Lotte Douwes uses waste materials to create translucent porcelain tableware

Designer Lotte Douwes used shards of porcelain that would otherwise have gone to waste to create this range of translucent tableware, which she is …

Design

Nendo designs transportable toilet for natural disaster victims

Nendo has designed a temporary toilet for those affected by natural disasters, which can be assembled using found materials and completely dismantled …

Furniture

NUDES’ undulated barefoot pavilion utilizes 2304 reusable hollow boxes

the pavilion is a sculptural intervention, which serves as a flexible workshop space, performance space, and a cultural hub.The post NUDES’ undulated …

Design

New concrete roof includes thin-film PV cells to generate power

Digital design and fabrication techniques allowed researchers in Switzerland to create a curvy, super thin concrete roof that will one day help a …

Clean Energy

Lotte de Raadt's terracotta carafes are designed to encourage people to drink tap water

To encourage people to consume more tap water, Dutch designer Lotte de Raadt presents a range of terracotta carafes that naturally keep liquids cool …

Water

Scientists have discovered this drug fixes cavities and regrows teeth

Goodbye, Fillings<p>Dental fillings may soon be left in the ash heap of history, thanks to a recent discovery about a drug called Tideglusib. Developed …

Breakthroughs

Futurists grade Blade Runner 2049's vision of the future

"It's a fable," says <b>Melissa Sterry</b>. "This is what our world could be." The London-based futurist is talking about <i>Blade Runner</i>, and its upcoming …

Blade Runner

Decoy sea turtle eggs help track down poachers

In Central America, sea turtle nests are in constant peril. It's estimated that 90 percent of nests are destroyed by poachers that go on to sell the …

Gear & Gadgets

Baitasi House of the Future features moving walls controlled by a smart TV

Chinese studio Dot Architects has completed a futuristic home in a traditional Beijing hutong, featuring moveable furniture modules and an extension …

Automation

13 Ways with Water exhibition explores "the world's most abundant material"

A group of 13 designers has come together to present a diverse selection of projects all themed around water during this year's London Design …

Raw Edges creates concrete armchairs for Greenwich Peninsula

London design studio Raw Edges has created a range of concrete street furniture for Greenwich Peninsula, which is designed to look like "scaled-up" …

Dote uses recycled materials to create range of minimal accessories for cats

This range of accessories for style-conscious cat lovers and their pets includes a blanket that can be sculpted into different shapes, and minimal …

Furniture

Residents of Sydney high-rise estate use lights to protest against gentrification

Night after night, the windows of the tower blocks that make up the Waterloo Estate in Sydney have been gradually lit up in different colours as part …

Cities

How to Give Fake Hands Real Feeling - MIT Technology Review

The human hand has 17,000 touch sensors that help us pick things up and connect us to the physical world. A prosthetic hand or foot has no feeling at …

Dinara Kasko's sculptural cakes are carved from sheets of chocolate

The multilayered, three-dimensional works of artist José Margulis have been transformed into tasty treats by architect-turned-patisserie chef Dinara …

Karton creates ultra-durable cardboard furniture for every room in your home

Cardboard furniture doesn’t have to be boring. A startup from Melbourne, Karton Group has just opened a new Brooklyn showroom featuring a wide range …

Pentatonic turns smartphones, cans and cigarette butts into flat-pack furniture

Start-up company Pentatonic is aiming to "radically transform consumption culture" with a range of furniture and products created from food, …

LGA transforms warehouse into community for homeless youths in Toronto

Canadian firm LGA Architectural Partners has created a neighbourhood within an old Toronto industrial building, to provide accommodation for homeless …

This Is The Most Complex Architectural Structure In History

It would “probably take thousands of years” to draw, and its architects needed a supercomputer to visualize just a fraction of it.<p>Technology has always shaped architecture. The Romans built an empire on the back of the arch, while paving their roads in concrete. But the computer, which has already …

The SHED Project offers micro-homes inside vacant London properties

Self-contained micro homes are being installed inside vacant buildings across London as part of an initiative called The SHED Project, which features …

Housing

A Lab Accident Leads to Bioactive "Tissue Paper"

A spill of bioactive ink made from ovarian cells led to the creation of paper made from organs and tissues, with various potential medical …

Biotechnology

Artificial intelligence identifies plant species for science

Deep-learning methods successfully classify thousands of herbarium samples.<p>Computer algorithms trained on the images of thousands of preserved plants …

Machine Learning

Link About It: Electronics Sculpted from Biodegradable Materials

For his thesis project at Holon Institute of Technology, Shay Castel constructed a series of speakers, clocks and lamps from biodegradable materials. Each piece calls into question the amount of time consumers use products—here, allowing them to comfortably dispose of components when their time is …

Disposable cardboard BBQ is eco-friendly and eliminates trash

Add / Remove From disposable fingertips for eating greasy food to disposable bed linen for students – we are living in a disposable society, but …

New microscope technique reveals internal structure of live embryos

University of Illinois researchers have developed a way to produce 3-D images of live embryos in cattle that could help determine embryo viability …

Biology

Invisibility cloak takes one step closer to revealing itself

<b>Microscopic structures that can bend light are helping researchers lay the foundations of an invisibility cloak.</b>

Engineering