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Today’s Solutions: July 18, 2024

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Waste architecture takes center stage at this quirky campsite

Just 10 minutes outside the Dutch city of Rotterdam, a new campsite has sprung up unlike any you have ever seen before. You won’t find tents there, but what you will find are futuristic shelters made from recycled and repurposed items. The Culture Campsite, as it’s being called, is putting a Read More...

Easy design ideas to make the

Easy design ideas to make the most of a small home

Spending more time at home can be tough especially if you live in a small space. If you don’t have the luxury of a home office or playroom for your kids, here are design tips to make the most of your home and refresh your living space.  Get a storable desk. Working at the kitchen table or Read More...

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This sleek foldable bike helmet hardens itself in case of collision

Wearing a helmet while biking can significantly help you avoid severe injuries and even death in the case of an accident. But people often refuse to wear these gadgets because they find them too bulky, heavy, or just plain uncomfortable. These are all things that the Danish-made Newton-Rider helmet 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...

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Missing being touched? This phone turns speech into physical sensations

One thing a phone or video call can’t make up for is the physical feeling of touch that comes with being close to someone. In an experimental attempt to bring physical sensations into phone calls, two students at the Royal College of Art in London have designed a pair of devices that translate Read More...

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Scientists created a rubber material that can be recycled over and over

Big news from the building industry. Scientists in Australia have created a new kind of rubber material that can be recycled in an almost endless loop, which could lead to a whole array of new sustainable building materials. The rubber polymer is made of sulfur and canola oil, and it has a unique Read More...

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Artists use drones to create beating heart in tribute to healthcare workers

Every year on May 5th, the Netherlands celebrates the country’s liberation from the Nazis. The national holiday is usually filled with parades and country-wide celebrations, which this year — the holiday’s 75th anniversary — have all been canceled due to the pandemic. But while the Read More...

Japanese scientists use nanoca

Japanese scientists use nanocarbons to cleanse water of toxic metals

The presence of toxic metals in water stemming from industrial sources makes treatment a tall order, with these polluted liquids capable of contaminating groundwater supplies for years or even decades thereafter. Scientists at Japan's Nagoya University have come up with a new technology that may Read More...

These living garments capture

These living garments capture carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere

As the textile industry faces increasing pressure to rethink its production practices amid the climate crisis, eco-innovators are coming up with ingenious ideas to help achieve that. From mushroom leather to algae T-shirts, the search is on for alternative materials with smaller carbon Read More...

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This firm is designing earthquake-proof homes in Indonesia using bamboo

In 2018, a series of earthquakes struck the Indonesian island of Lombok, killing 560 people. The area was reduced to rubble and hundreds of thousands were displaced. Near the epicenter, most buildings were destroyed, in part because of poor concrete construction. A new project in the area aims to Read More...