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

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 …

IKEA

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 …

Houses

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 …

IKEA

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 …

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. …

Machine Learning

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 …

3D Printing

Smart bandages which tell doctor how wound is healing to begin trials

Smart bandages which can detect how well a wound is healing and send a progress report to the doctor will be trialled within the next year, scientists have said.<p>The dressings are fitted with tiny sensors which can pick up blood clotting, or spot infections, and wirelessly send data back to a …

Medicine

How to Pull Water Out of Thin Air, Even in the Driest Parts of the Globe

Scientists have developed a device that can suck water out of desert skies, powered by sunlight alone. They hope that a version of the technology …

Water

Glowing bacteria offer hope for safe detection of 100m landmines

Team at Israel’s Hebrew University test system that uses lasers and modified bacteria to locate buried devices<p>A team of researchers at an Israeli university has successfully tested a technology using fluorescent bacteria and lasers that could become a safer system for detecting buried landmines.<p>An …

Biology

New 3-D printing method creates shape-shifting objects

A team of researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology and two other institutions has developed a new 3-D printing method to create objects that …

3D Printing

Is This Electric ‘Multicopter’ The Air Taxi Of The Future?

German startup E-Volo has just debuted their Volocopter X2, a fully-electric 18-rotor aircraft that could revolutionize the burgeoning "air taxi" industry.

Aerospace

This 'spray-on' memory will let you store data on any surface or object

The material consists of copper nanowires and a polymer matrix that is 'sprayed' using a printer system<p>A "spray-on" memory that allows for a tiny …

Human Rights

How scientists managed to store information in a single atom

In the quest to shrink data storage down into tinier and tinier forms, scientists have scored a very, very small triumph.<p>They did it by creating what’s essentially an incredibly diminutive magnet: It’s just one atom in size, and while it’s not going to be holding birthday cards up on your …

Quantum Mechanics

Ai Weiwei to build 100 fences for an exhibit on immigration

The dissident artist is staging his largest project yet in New York, commenting on the immigrant experience<p>At a time when the political sphere is targeting immigrants with the travel ban and doing little to address the worldwide refugee crisis, news has been shared that artist and activist Ai …

Art

Nike releases Air Max shoebox made from recycled cartons and coffee lids

Nike has partnered with Taiwanese architect and engineer Arthur Huang to design "sustainable and responsible" Air Max packaging made from recycled …

Shoes

Scientists turn spinach leaf into working human heart tissue

Researchers have turned a spinach leaf into working human heart tissue.<p>Scientists struggle to make large-scale human tissue – while they have had …

Biology

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

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 …

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 …

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, …

Plastic

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 …

Poverty

Magnetic hard drives go atomic

Physicists demonstrate the first single-atom magnetic storage.<p>Chop a magnet in two, and it becomes two smaller magnets. Slice again to make four. But …

This On-Demand Taxi Service Is Saving Expectant Mothers' Lives In Tanzania

An Uber-like platform connects high-risk pregnant women to private drivers, who will transport them to the hospital for free—a crucial service in an area underserviced by ambulances.<p>In northern Tanzania, where distances between villages are vast, and less than a dozen ambulances service about 2 …

The world's first plantable coffee cup replenishes local flora

In America alone, over 145 billion disposable coffee cups are discarded annually. People’s coffee habits have led to a startling amount of waste, …

Gardening

Scientists create ultra-light, super strong new material that could transform batteries

A new way of making lightweight and incredibly strong materials that have a similar structure to wood and bone has been developed by scientists in …

Hard drives of the future could be made of DNA

Our data-driven society is churning out more information than traditional storage technology can handle, so scientists are looking for a solution in Nature's hard drive: DNA. A pair of researchers at Columbia University and the New York Genome Center recently wrote a full computer operating system, …