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Tire makers race to turn dandelions into rubber

MUENSTER Germany (Reuters) - Dutch biologist Ingrid van der Meer often meets with disbelief when she talks about her work on dandelions and how it could secure the future of road transport.<p>The reaction is understandable, given most people regard the yellow flowers as pesky intruders in their …

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Bills and Mailboxes

There is a love-hate relationship between bills and mailboxes. Looks like some universal law of attraction first gets someone (the mailman) to stuff …

James Dyson wants to build a giant floating vacuum to clean rivers

Thanks to his vacuum cleaners, famed designer James Dyson is already helping to keep homes clean all over the world — now he wants to do the same for the Earth's water. Dyson has detailed a concept he's tinkering with called the M.V. Recyclone barge, which uses a similar suction system as his …

Some nanoparticles commonly added to consumer products can significantly damage DNA

housands of consumer products—including cosmetics, sunscreens, and clothing—contain nanoparticles added by manufacturers to improve texture, kill …

Kids With Rare Disease May Hold Secret to Stopping Viruses

Health news<p>A brother and sister with an extremely rare genetic condition have a stunning ability to fight off viruses — an ability that could lead to a new family of antiviral drugs.<p>Their bodies stop viruses from building a protective shell, which leaves viruses "naked" and vulnerable, researchers …

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Gravitational waves discovery: 'We have a first tantalising glimpse of the cosmic birth pangs'

The sighting came from a small telescope on the roof of a laboratory sat on the ice sheet three quarters of a mile from the geographic South Pole. First came the rumours. But then researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics went public. Their telescope had spotted indirect …

Audi Traffic Light Recognition Could Save Time And Fuel

The new system tells drivers when a light is about to change.<p>Soon, cars may pay more attention to their surroundings than drivers. No one likes to get stuck behind an oblivious person that doesn't notice when a light changes, so Audi came up with a technological solution.<p>The Audi Online traffic …

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SLAM POW BANG: On Tour in England with the Bonn Physics Show

Seeing physics live in action is a huge thrill. For over 12 years the Bonn university physics students have been putting on shows of mainly classical physics for kids of all ages. Huge electric discharges, the death pendulum and liquid nitrogen experiments are crowd favourites. Besides a wide range …

The internet is beautiful: hidden dimensions of the web mapped in striking artworks

A lecturer from Newcastle University has developed a method for mapping websites and turning their hidden data into intricate artworks. The …

100 Incredibly Useful YouTube Channels for Teachers

October 20th, 2010 by Staff Writers<p>YouTube has earned a reputation for featuring brain cell-slaughtering fare such as the truly abysmal Fred and …

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In New Haven, Connecticut, where I live with my husband and two sons, we are lucky to have nearby the Eli Whitney Museum. This place is the opposite …

Why We Should Collaborate with Kids to Design Solutions for Our Future

I became pregnant this year. Five months into it, I learned that my little girl Mya had Triploidy Syndrome—a rare and lethal chromosomal disease. I …

Package Design by Lacy Kuhn for Heartland Breakfast Cereals

Lovely Packaging – Student Work.<p>Lacy Kuhn has designed this lovely packaging for the Heartland line of breakfast cereals by the National Cereal …

Gingerbread Art Museums by Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves | Colossal

<p>Recently completed for display at Dylan’s Candy Bar during Art Basel Miami, these towering architectural creations of the world’s most famous art …

Wesley Souza's Syringe-Based Hydraulic Excavator Model

If only there were, for every kid glued to an XBox, another kid like Wesley Souza. After observing how an <i>escavadeira</i> (excavator) works, the Brazilian …

What is the future of sustainable design? - open thread

Designers have shaped every aspect of the world we live in today. From the chair you're sitting in, to the window you may be peering out of, conscious thought was put into each fine detail of the product's functionality, appearance and performance. So imagine the power of placing sustainability at …

This Might Be the Most Beautiful Castle in the World

I'm never one to turn down a castle visit. From England's Windsor Castle to Namhansanseong in South Korea, if a travel destination has a royal residence -- currently inhabited or long abandoned -- I'll add it to my to-tour list.<p>But after spending time in Scotland earlier this fall, I think I've …

Free Design Resources: Icons, UI Kits and Mockups

One of the best things about designers these days is that they are really open minded about sharing their knowledge and are very giving. Some of them …

'Roadless': Ackeem Ngwenya's Amazing All-Terrain Shape-Shifting Wheel Design

The phrase goes that one oughtn't reinvent the wheel, yet we've seen countless examples of people trying, from square to hubless to powered. The …

How crystal 'eyes' won the Nobel prize – 100 years ago

In a week in which the Nobel prize for physics has been awarded to Peter Higgs and François Englert for predicting the existence of a mass-giving particle that cannot be seen and so needed to be detected indirectly, it is nice to be able to announce the release of a short film that celebrates the …

100 years of x-ray crystallography – video animation

X-ray crystallography is one of the greatest innovations of the 20th century. This animated journey through its 100 year history begins with the pioneering work of William and Lawrence Bragg in 1913 and ends on the surface of Mars. To date 28 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to projects related to …

The most beautiful places on Earth – in pictures

As Lonely Planet turns 40 this year, the publisher has picked the most magnificent sights across the globe to be included in a new book entitled Beautiful World, which contains more than 200 images and aims to inspire readers to see the world as they have never seen it before

25 Movies From The ’80s That Every Kid Should See

Many of your favorite movies from childhood aren't quite the same when you try to share them with the wired kids of 2013. These classics are the timeless exceptions that hold up nicely.

Fractal Experience – Graphic Artworks by Erik Söderberg

Fractal Experience.<p>Fractal Experience is a personal graphic project by Erik Söderberg. The Swedish cross-media artist created numerous graphic …

10 grammar rules you can forget: how to stop worrying and write proper

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Mind-Boggling Flame Dances Atop a Water Fountain

<i>Water Flame</i> is a mind-boggling installation by artist Jeppe Hein that features two opposing elements coexisting–water and fire. The artist, who is based in both Berlin and Copenhagen, leaves viewers guessing at how the anomaly is possible as they look on in awe. Hein says that his work is meant to …

Motion Design by Metin Akcakoca

Metin Akcakoca is an 3D Artist and Generalist based in Turkey with a background in graphic design and always interested in everything about CG. We …

Watch This Weird, Gelatinous Material Heal Itself

A Jell-O-ey new solution to a major problem in materials science<p>This is a neat trick. After slicing a tube of gelatinous material in half with a razor, researchers stick the two pieces back together again. After they've sat together for two hours at room temperature, the pieces are impossible to …