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Researchers Connect Common Household Chemical PFOA to Heart Disease

Researchers Connect Common Household Chemical PFOA to Heart Disease

Teflon Frying Pan photo from Shutterstock Researchers from the West Virginia University School of Public Health in Morgantown have found a strong correlation between human exposure to a common

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Super-Durable Material Made from Wood Waste is Stronger, Cheaper, and Lighter Than Kevlar

Super-Durable Material Made from Wood Waste is Stronger, Cheaper, and Lighter Than Kevlar

Ever wondered why paper beats rock in a game of roshambo?  It turns out that cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) derived from wood pulp extract can be used to create one of the strongest materials known to

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Furniture Designer Rupert Blanchard Transforms Discarded Drawers into Stunning Storage Units

Furniture Designer Rupert Blanchard Transforms Discarded Drawers into Stunning Storage Units

Blanchard's supply of orphaned drawers, collected from the street or dumpsters, lines a wall of his workshop, waiting to be incorporated into upcycled dressers, sideboards and cabinets. Using reclaimed

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Renzo Piano’s MUSE Museum is a Sustainable Building that Will Help Revitalize Trento’s Riverfront

Renzo Piano’s MUSE Museum is a Sustainable Building that Will Help Revitalize Trento’s Riverfront

The museum is part of a larger redevelopment effort in this part of Trento which will include housing, leisure, retail and office space, all to be designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The former

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Droog Design’s Slow Glow Table Lamp Changes Brightness by Melting Vegetable Fat

Droog Design’s Slow Glow Table Lamp Changes Brightness by Melting Vegetable Fat

Instead of using an evacuated bulb or a bulb filled with halogen, the Slow Glow lamp is filled with a familiar organic material: vegetable fat. Created by NEXT Architects and designer Aura Luz Melis for

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NASA: New Ultra-Thin, Flexible Aerogels Could be Used to Make Super-Insulated Clothing

NASA: New Ultra-Thin, Flexible Aerogels Could be Used to Make Super-Insulated Clothing

Aerogel is a space-age material famed for having the lowest bulk density of any known porous solid - it is has been described as "solid smoke" due to its lightness and has been used to create everything

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Solar-Powered ‘Stone Spray’ 3D Printer Robot Creates Entire Buildings From Sand!

Solar-Powered ‘Stone Spray’ 3D Printer Robot Creates Entire Buildings From Sand!

3D printers are one of the most exciting emerging technologies in the field of design - so far we've showcased printers that can create everything from furniture to food and even robotic exoskeletons. Now

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Kenyon Yeh’s Cork Pushpin Stools Are Sharp As A Tack

Kenyon Yeh’s Cork Pushpin Stools Are Sharp As A Tack

It's not every day that we would advocate sitting on a thumb tack, but in the case of Kenyon Yeh's adorable pushpin-style cork stools, we'll make an exception. These delightful seating solutions combine

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$11 Billion Worth of Recyclable Packaging is Buried in American Landfills

$11 Billion Worth of Recyclable Packaging is Buried in American Landfills

Photo via Shutterstock Americans may produce more municipal waste per capita than any other country in the world, but improving our recycling rate is one major way we can turn the tide and become a

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Ida-Marie Corell’s Creates an IKEA Sack Gown for the Gewerbemuseum Winterthur In Berlin

Ida-Marie Corell’s Creates an IKEA Sack Gown for the Gewerbemuseum Winterthur In Berlin

Ida-Marie Corell’s ID(E)A, part of Oh Plastiksack! a co-curated show at The Gewerbemuseum Winterthur in Switzerland, features the artist playing a keyboard in an expansive blue gown…constructed from

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Pacific Ocean Trash Cleans Up Nice As Method’s New Soap Bottle

Pacific Ocean Trash Cleans Up Nice As Method’s New Soap Bottle

For years environmentalists have wondered why someone doesn't do something about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Now, it appears Method, a sustainable cleaning products company, has jumped into the

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Jenga-Like Bamboo PixelTable Can be Pushed or Pulled to Create Storage Space

Jenga-Like Bamboo PixelTable Can be Pushed or Pulled to Create Storage Space

Need more shelf space? A cupboard? A table? The Jenga-like PixelTable from Studio Intussen can be transformed into a variety of furnishings to suit your needs. The 45 x 45 x 45 cm cube is

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Atelier-f Transforms Old Swill Military Bunker into a Vibrant Green-Roofed Cultural Center

Atelier-f Transforms Old Swill Military Bunker into a Vibrant Green-Roofed Cultural Center

Located within the gorgeous Swiss mountains near the Rhine Valley, Angebauter Tarnrucksack was empty and unused for years. Its solid concrete structure has been transformed and now features a modern

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Studio Eggpicnic’s Curvaceous Seat Amalia is Handmade Entirely From Mimbre

Studio Eggpicnic’s Curvaceous Seat Amalia is Handmade Entirely From Mimbre

Located 90 miles away from Santiago, Chile, the city of Chimbarongo has managed economic growth since the beginning of the century thanks to its mimbre tradition. However, this craft is steadily

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German Scientists Develop Aerographite – The World’s Lightest Material

German Scientists Develop Aerographite – The World’s Lightest Material

Last year, researchers at the University of California Irvine developed a material that was as strong as metal yet 100 times lighter than Styrofoam — but now a team of German scientists claim to have

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Finnish Artist Jaakko Pernu Uses Tree Branches To Make Huge Public Sculptures

Finnish Artist Jaakko Pernu Uses Tree Branches To Make Huge Public Sculptures

Jaakko Pernu's environmental sculptures are inspired by the artist's experiences growing up in Finland, where he was always helping his father build boats, manipulating wood into organic shapes. That

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A Bath Shoppe’s LEGO-Shaped Natural Soaps Are Perfect Party Favors

A Bath Shoppe’s LEGO-Shaped Natural Soaps Are Perfect Party Favors

Throwing a kid's birthday party this summer? Instead of sending your guests packing with a bag full of sugary candy or plastic toys, why not hand out these fun soap treats as party favors? Both kids and

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The NOACH Cradle by VanJoost Hangs from Ceilings or Trees

The NOACH Cradle by VanJoost Hangs from Ceilings or Trees

There's very little information about the Noach Cradle, but that hasn't stopped them from becoming the talk of the design town. Numerous European publications have gushed about them and van Veldhuizen was

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Mischer’traxler’s Ornate Gradient Mashrabiya Table Employs Traditional Lebanese Woodworking Techniques

Mischer’traxler’s Ornate Gradient Mashrabiya Table Employs Traditional Lebanese Woodworking Techniques

Mischer'traxler recently collaborated with a team of expert woodworkers in Lebanon to create a beautifully intricate wooden table. Dubbed 'Gradient Mashrabiya', this multi-purpose table uses the

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Mategon: Faceted Mate Drinking Vessel is a New Take on Argentine Tradition

Mategon: Faceted Mate Drinking Vessel is a New Take on Argentine Tradition

Felix Groll and Felix Hardmood Beck's Mategon reinterprets the shape and material of traditional Argentine Mate vessels, which are traditionally made from dried calabash gourds. The modern faceted cup is

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Justyna Poplawska Creates Sugar-Like Crystalline Lamps from Recycled Materials

Justyna Poplawska Creates Sugar-Like Crystalline Lamps from Recycled Materials

Polish designer Justyna Poplawska has been experimenting with light and glass for several years now. Her latest creation is a cool pendant lamp called 'Luna', and it looks good enough to eat! While the

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Sweden’s Krakmora Holmar House is a Tranquil Island Home by the Baltic Sea

Sweden’s Krakmora Holmar House is a Tranquil Island Home by the Baltic Sea

The Kråkmora Holmar House is only 138 square feet -- the limit for guest houses allowed by building authorities. A closed wooden façade facing uphill ensures privacy for both the main house and the

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Dutch Artist Bert Simon Creates Hyper-Realistic Human Sculptures Using Paper

Dutch Artist Bert Simon Creates Hyper-Realistic Human Sculptures Using Paper

Combining his own creativity and digital techniques, the Design Academy of Eindhoven grad (from the 'man and Living' department) Bert Simon turns plain paper into life-like biodegradable

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Shelter ByGG is a Red Cloud-Shaped Cocoon Made from Renewable Cork

Shelter ByGG is a Red Cloud-Shaped Cocoon Made from Renewable Cork

'Shelter ByGG' may look like a giant red cloud sitting on the street, but it's really a cozy cocoon-like shelter made of renewable cork ! Gabriela Gomes sent us news about her design, which she describes

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Parameria’s Handcrafted Furniture is Made from Sustainable Khreau Suut Vines

Parameria’s Handcrafted Furniture is Made from Sustainable Khreau Suut Vines

Parameria's handcrafted furniture offers a beautiful and simple way to bring sustainable design into your home. Made from natural and organic materials, each piece is woven from a local Southeast Asian

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Marius Temming’s Chic Eco Sunglasses are Made from Hemp, Kenaf and Flax

Marius Temming’s Chic Eco Sunglasses are Made from Hemp, Kenaf and Flax

Marius Temming has designed a fantastic collection of eco sunglasses that are made from natural materials like ash wood, oak veneer, hemp, kenaf and flax. Unveiled at Berlin's DMY design festival,

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Taiwanese Birdhouses at DMY Berlin Are Inspired by Rice Farmers’ Relationship To Sparrows

Taiwanese Birdhouses at DMY Berlin Are Inspired by Rice Farmers’ Relationship To Sparrows

The interdependent relationship between sparrows and rice has always been important within Taiwan's Jenju village. The birds eat insects that otherwise would destroy the rice plantations, leaving huge

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Seung-Yong Song’s Striking Dami Collection Takes Inspiration from Traditional Design

Seung-Yong Song’s Striking Dami Collection Takes Inspiration from Traditional Design

Inspired by traditional basket-woven forms, the Dami Collection, designed by Korea's Seung-Yong Song, uses a CNC processing technique to create its striking shapes. The 'Dami' takes its name after the

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Ozon Cyclery Builds Bamboo Bikes for Berlin’s Carbon-Conscious Commuters

Ozon Cyclery Builds Bamboo Bikes for Berlin’s Carbon-Conscious Commuters

Berlin's Ozon Cyclery is a fantastic project that is set on changing the German city's bike-scape by introducing unique custom-made bikes made from bamboo. A team of bike-enthusiasts started the venture

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Fernando Laposee’s Beautiful Lufa Collection Goes Far Beyond Your Bathroom Sponge

Fernando Laposee’s Beautiful Lufa Collection Goes Far Beyond Your Bathroom Sponge

Lufa (or Loofah) is a tropical vine that contains a network of xylem fibers commonly used to create natural bath products like sponges. The vine belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family, (like squashes, melons

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