Google

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The idea of a “biodegradable” plastic suggests a material that would degrade to little or nothing over a period of time, posing less of a hazard to wildlife and the environment. This is the sort of claim often made by plastic manufacturers, yet recent research has revealed supposedly biodegradable plastic bags still intact after three …

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Wired

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A pilot project to test the DNA of migrant families raises concerns about the rise of a genetic surveillance state.

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Inhabitat

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Designed by London-based Cyclehoop, the Cycle Hub is an innovative bike storage made out of repurposed shipping containers.

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Design Curial

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Veronica Simpson looks at the new temporary accommodation the practice Reed Watts has created for the homeless.

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AML is a little-know feature that automatically activates the geo-locating capabilities of iOS and Android phones, but countries have been slow to adopt it.

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The Guardian

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In two years’ time, the Lower East Side will be home to the world’s first underground ‘green’ space – the Lowline

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Design Curial

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Lighting expert Jill Entwistle reports from the massive project that is Crossrail on the lighting challenges encountered on the 100km-long scheme

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Coolhunting

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Goldsmiths, University of London, has long been an iconic part of the UK art scene—it was the school that many of the YBAs, Young British Artists, came out of in the late '80s and early '90s. Since last year, the university also has its very own arts institution, the Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA).…

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Design Boom

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the telescopic, adaptabe structure opens to the public with the world premiere of five-night concert series, 'soundtrack of america.'

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Dezeen

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The number of new tall buildings planned for construction in London has gone up to 541 thanks to a surge in planning approvals, according to new research from New London Architecture.

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Ikea’s innovation lab debuts SolarVille, a blockchain-powered solar microgrid, which points toward the furniture giant’s sustainability ambitions.

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Design Boom

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last year we reported that MIT researchers were investigating how a fleet of autonomous boats could improve urban waterways in amsterdam. dubbed roboat, the research project saw the senseable city lab at MIT, directed by carlo ratti, collaborate with the amsterdam institute for advanced metropolitan solutions (AMS). together they envisioned a new kind of on-demand infrastructure comprising autonomous platforms that could combine together to form floating bridges and stages, collect waste, deliver goods, and transport people, all while collecting data about the city. 
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Creative Applications

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Created by Media & Interaction Design students at ECAL during a one week workshop led by Thibault Brevet, The Center for Counter-Productive Robotics is a collection of experiments where a robot was programmed to perform counter-productive tasks, with intention to develop a more human-centric approach to automation and robotics.
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