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SeArc Reintroduces Marine Life in Coastal Cities with ECOncrete

SeArc Reintroduces Marine Life in Coastal Cities with ECOncrete

Marine infrastructures create severe stress on natural ecosystems, namely through shoreline degradation and erosion near coastal population centers. The shifting and blocking of land masses at the

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IDEO and Lim Lab Want to Use 3-D Printers to Create Consumer Goods from Bacteria

IDEO and Lim Lab Want to Use 3-D Printers to Create Consumer Goods from Bacteria

3-D printers have been popping up a lot lately, printing food, furniture, and glass -- you can even buy your very own home-use printer from a market in Brooklyn! While nature has been generating 3-D

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13-Year-Old Makes Solar Power Breakthrough by Harnessing the Fibonacci Sequence

13-Year-Old Makes Solar Power Breakthrough by Harnessing the Fibonacci Sequence

// While most 13-year-olds spend their free time playing video games or cruising Facebook, one 7th grader was trekking through the woods uncovering a mystery of science. After studying how trees

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The Dragonfly: A Giant Winged Vertical Farm for New York City

The Dragonfly: A Giant Winged Vertical Farm for New York City

In this utopian superstructure offices, research labs, housing, and communal areas are interspersed between orchards, farms, and production rooms. Plant and animal farming is arranged throughout the

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Floating Islands Will Restore Life to Minnesota’s Spring Lake

Floating Islands Will Restore Life to Minnesota’s Spring Lake

What do you do with a “severely impaired” body of water and an unsightly shoreline park that is riddled with invasive species?  Launch a series of luscious floating islands!  In an effort to

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HEXigloo: Honeycomb Cardboard Pavilion Pops Up in Bucharest!

HEXigloo: Honeycomb Cardboard Pavilion Pops Up in Bucharest!

The HEXigloo cardboard pavilion features an organic repetitive pattern that mimics the cellular structure of honeycombs. The recyclable honeycomb cells are attached to each other using standard plastic

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Elegant Jellyfish Inspire Research in Propulsion and Energy Technology

Elegant Jellyfish Inspire Research in Propulsion and Energy Technology

Jellyfish have always been the highlight of aquarium visits - their easy grace moving through the water is something to be desired. Bioengineering professor John Dabiri is just as fascinated with the sea

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StARTT’s Poppy-Filled Exhibition at the MAXXI Museum Will Be Recycled in the Future

StARTT’s Poppy-Filled Exhibition at the MAXXI Museum Will Be Recycled in the Future

StARTT found the stark stone courtyard of the MAXXI museum to be somewhat unwelcoming, so their idea was to add the cool comfort of nature to an otherwise green-deprived area. They constructed the

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London Without Bees: Conceptual Towers Shoot Pollen Spores Into the Wind

London Without Bees: Conceptual Towers Shoot Pollen Spores Into the Wind

This design comes on the heels of a controversial news report that cell phones are killing bees. Whether or not that is true, there is no question that bee populations have declined precipitously. This

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PHOTOS: Beautiful Times Eureka Pavilion Mimics the Structure of a Leaf

PHOTOS: Beautiful Times Eureka Pavilion Mimics the Structure of a Leaf

Like the old ride at Disneyland Adventure Through Inner Space where you shrunk in scale to see the world of the very small the Times Eureka Pavilion takes us deep into the structure of a leaf. Working in

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Shape Shifting LED Light Chandelier on Permanent Display in Moscow Shopping Center

Shape Shifting LED Light Chandelier on Permanent Display in Moscow Shopping Center

The “chandelier” is actually made up of 49 two meter LED lights swaying together in formation. Hanging like a pendant in the center of the six storey atrium,  the kinetic lights are roughly arranged

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Urban Bee Keeper Michael Leung Creates a New Bee-Saving Buzz In Hong Kong

Urban Bee Keeper Michael Leung Creates a New Bee-Saving Buzz In Hong Kong

Projects focused on saving the threatened bee population are flourishing worldwide, but the problem still remains a source of concern for many. Product designer Michael Leung recently launched his own

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Terreform One Developing Buildings Made From Blocks of Mushrooms

Terreform One Developing Buildings Made From Blocks of Mushrooms

Houses made from mushrooms used to be for smurfs — but the creative folks at Terreform One and Planetary One intend to create real houses from the prodigious plant. They are developing a new breed

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Winnipeg Ice-Skating Shelters Mimic Buffalos Bracing Against The Wind

Winnipeg Ice-Skating Shelters Mimic Buffalos Bracing Against The Wind

Ice skaters may soon take refuge from Winnipeg's cold in these awesome plywood shelters designed by Patkau Architects. Siberia is the only city on earth more frigid than Winnipeg, but that is not enough

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Incredible Floating Fire Ants Help Develop Waterproof Materials and New Robotics

Incredible Floating Fire Ants Help Develop Waterproof Materials and New Robotics

The Solenopsis Invicta -- also known as the red fire ant -- has recently become an unlikely partner in the research of waterproof materials and robotics. The ants, which are incredibly resilient, have

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MILES HIGH ULTIMA TOWER: Vertical Eco City Works Like a Tree

MILES HIGH ULTIMA TOWER: Vertical Eco City Works Like a Tree

We've seen a whole slew of gigantic, volcano shaped, city-in-a-building towers, each promising to be the largest building in the world. First it was the wacky X-Seed design for Tokyo, and then even

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Urban Field: Piezoelectric Trees Harvest Rainwater and Generate Energy

Urban Field: Piezoelectric Trees Harvest Rainwater and Generate Energy

We recently showcased Mario Caceres and Christian Canonico’s TREEPODS concept, which sought to sow hundreds of air-cleaning artificial trees through the streets of Boston. Designer Anthony DiMari has

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Stretchable Solar Cells Power Ultra-Sensitive Electronic “Super Skin”

Stretchable Solar Cells Power Ultra-Sensitive Electronic “Super Skin”

Stanford researcher Zhenan Bao has developed a new stretchable, solar-powered “super skin” sensor that is so sensitive it can feel a fly touch down. The flexible electronic material harnesses

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Researchers Develop Plant Inspired Structures That Can Move and Adapt Their Shape

Researchers Develop Plant Inspired Structures That Can Move and Adapt Their Shape

Researchers at the University of Michigan are studying plants that move in an attempt to use their natural hydraulic motion to build new structures that can change and adapt their shape on their own. This

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Amazing Natural Packaging Design: Human Skin!

Amazing Natural Packaging Design: Human Skin!

Many of us don't give our skin much thought -- except when it seems to betray us. Teenage acne, painful sunburns, scratchy winter dryness and mosquito bites alert us whenever our body's largest organ is

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TREEPODS: Carbon-Scrubbing Artificial Trees for Boston City Streets

TREEPODS: Carbon-Scrubbing Artificial Trees for Boston City Streets

Trees naturally filter and clean our air, but in today’s heavily polluted world, it's just too huge of a task to expect Mother Nature to take care of herself. Taking this into account, designers Mario

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Housing Complex in Slovenia is a Series of Honeycomb Modular Apartments

Housing Complex in Slovenia is a Series of Honeycomb Modular Apartments

This stunning seaside structure bursts free from the all-too-frequently stale stock of public housing projects with its dynamic array of brightly shaded cells. Taking its cues from the modular honeycomb

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“Pollinator Frocks” Are Wearable Gardens That Attract Hungry Bees

“Pollinator Frocks” Are Wearable Gardens That Attract Hungry Bees

The dwindling population of bees is no secret, and this mysterious phenomenon holds a considerable threat to our global food system. In order to aid in the pollination of plants all over the world, artist

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Billabong Natural Swimming Pools Employ Mother Nature to Keep Water Clean

Billabong Natural Swimming Pools Employ Mother Nature to Keep Water Clean

Would you love an ever-so-stylish swimming pool in your backyard, but hesitate due to the water and energy requirements? Well you're in luck! Award winning Australian landscape designer Phillip Johnson,

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Organic Solar Cells Inspired by Wasp Exoskeletons

Organic Solar Cells Inspired by Wasp Exoskeletons

Ever wonder why wasps are more numerous and active during the summer? It's because their bodies absorb sunlight and convert it into energy. With this fact in mind, Israeli and UK scientists have begun

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Spider Silk Produced from Metabolically Engineered Bacteria

Spider Silk Produced from Metabolically Engineered Bacteria

Stronger than steel, yet thinner than a human hair, spider silk is an incredible material created by nature that has amazing potential in real-world application. Unfortunately, accumulating enough of this

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The Coconut Provides Inspiration for Green Packaging Alternatives

The Coconut Provides Inspiration for Green Packaging Alternatives

One of the most delicious designs nature has to offer, the coconut exemplifies how Mother Nature is one of the best designers around. The coconut shell is a natural packaging design solution that can

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Natural Packaging: The Coconut Husk Solves Shipping Problems!

Natural Packaging: The Coconut Husk Solves Shipping Problems!

Today we're thrilled to kick off a brand new series that explores a greener future for packaging design, brought to you by Eco Chick founder and green journalist Starre Vartan! Each year households

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“Morphotex” Fabric Mimics Butterfly Wing Shimmer Without Dyes

“Morphotex” Fabric Mimics Butterfly Wing Shimmer Without Dyes

It's the season for summery dresses, and here’s a beautiful design from Sydney based Donna Sgro that will add a lot a shimmer to your already sunny days! A trick of the light played on your unassuming

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