Today’s Solutions: July 02, 2022

Design

James Dyson Award

The James Dyson Award: a call to young inventors

The Optimist Daily has written about many winners of the James Dyson Award. This is an international design award that celebrates, encourages, and inspires the next generation of design engineers. It is open to current and recent design engineering students and is run by the James Dyson Foundation, Read More...

Lego Rebellion re-creating protest against Shell's Cambo oilfield plans

These Lego Rebels are taking a stance against the climate crisis

We’ve previously written about Lego’s efforts to lead the toy-making industry towards sustainability. But the toy company is not only making play-time for kids — and adults — more eco-friendly with plant-based building blocks. It turns out its toy bricks are also helping raise awareness Read More...

Shovel on charcoal (biochar) texture background for fertilizer. biochar powder

How biochar can mitigate carbon from farmlands to urban centers

Biochar has long been hailed in the environmental community as a potent solution for mitigating certain aspects of climate change, from fixing soil erosion to upping water absorption and pulling carbon out of the atmosphere. Now, there is a growing list of industries that might improve their Read More...

Burkina Institute of Technology.

Architecture’s top award has its first Black winner

At The Optimist Daily we like to highlight milestones in the movement for equality, like when Maya Angelou became the first Black woman to be featured on a US coin or when St.Louis elected Tishaura Jones their first black female mayor. The latest triumph comes from the world of architecture, Read More...

Listening fabric

This fabric can “hear” for you

Hearing loss is something many of us have to accept, with the fine and sensitive tools in our ears inevitably wearing down with age. What if you could remedy this by putting on a shirt that could hear for you? Engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and designers from the Rhode Read More...

Beautiful sansevieria in wooden box near window.

The air in your home is dirtier than you think. Clean it up with these 4 plants

While it’s tempting to think that the air inside your house or office is clean, the truth is quite the opposite. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside the average home is up to five times more polluted than the air outside. That’s an alarming fact, especially Read More...

Luthier holding violin made from vegan materials

Using berries and pears to create the world’s first ‘vegan violin’

An Irish master violin luthier has unveiled a set of violins that are made from 100 percent plant-based products. The animal-free violins are the first in the world to be registered with The Vegan Society’s Vegan Trademark. What makes traditional violins non-vegan? Currently, most violins Read More...

What architects can do to ease

What architects can do to ease the PTSD of veterans

For veterans with PTSD, the realities of war are no longer at their doorstep, but the lasting impact of war’s trauma impacts life on a daily basis. So researchers are looking for ways to make architecture more accommodating for veterans with PTSD.  Especially these days, we’re all spending Read More...

Designers repurpose architectu

Designers repurpose architectural mockups into useful community structures

Large-scale development projects usually require architectural mockups typically constructed from high-end, resilient materials, designed to simulate various parts of a planned building. Unfortunately, instead of being repurposed or put to good use after review, those architectural mockups are Read More...

How redesigning playgrounds le

How redesigning playgrounds leads to healthier kids

Playgrounds are a go-to resource for parents and teachers to keep kids entertained and blow off some extra steam, but while swing sets and monkey bars are classics, research shows that rethinking our playgrounds with more innovative designs can actually help kids get more exercise.  The World Read More...