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People are increasingly aware of the harm plastic waste causes to wildlife, and many would avoid buying single-use plastics if they could help it. But are the alternatives to plastic much better?

Let’s look at one example – fizzy drinks. You might assume that plastic bottles are the least green option, but is that always the case?

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In 2010, when scientists were preparing to smash the first particles together within the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), sections of the media fantasized that the EU-wide experiment might create a black hole that could swallow and destroy our planet. How on Earth, columnists fumed, could scientists justify such a dangerous indulgence in the pursuit of abstract, theoretical knowledge?

But particle accelerators are much more than enormous toys for scientists to play with. They have practical uses too, though their sheer size has, so far, prevented their widespread use. Now, as part of large-scale European collaboration, my team has published a report that explains in detail how a far smaller particle accelerator could be built – closer to the size of a large room, rather than a large city.

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A new study has shown a way to make wood transparent without using huge amounts of energy in the process.

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One day a “magic carpet” based on this light-induced flow technology could carry climate sensors high in the atmosphere—wind permitting.

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Pokémon, peaches and process: Yuxin demonstrates the future of a young, multidisciplinary design practice through her refreshing combination of academia and gaiety.

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Technique allows for real-time listening in on a room hundreds of feet away.

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While traditional wood and velvet-lined caskets can take more than a decade to decompose in the earth, a new design by Bob Hendrikx is an environmentally friendly alternative that replenishes the soil. Breaking down in just two to three years, “The Living Cocoon” is composed entirely of mycelium, th

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How did the big consumer apps get their first 1,000 users? Considering every startup confronts this question at some point, I was surprised by how little has been written about it. Particularly anything actionable. So I decided to do my own digging. I spent the past month personally reaching out to founders, scouring interviews, and tapping the Twitterverse.

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With a creative process rooted in moving image, Studio Airport's output is derived from a different kind of storytelling.

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Did you know we have an online conference about product design coming up? SPRINT will cover how designers and product owners can stay ahead of the curve in these unprecedented times.

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Contact lens cases, electrical wires and pill packets are among a number of common home goods that have been reimagined in glass by students from Lund University, in a bid to explore the material's potential within a more circular economic system.

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Image compression has been one of the constantly evolving challenges in computer science. Programers and researchers are always trying to improve current standards or create new ones to get better image quality at a lower size.

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The conceptual artist has installed banners, billboards and stickers across Los Angeles for the city’s Frieze art fair

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Locked down with your family? Want to impress the kids with a technique Canaletto used in 18th-century Venice? Our writer goes through the pinhole

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American conceptual artist who cremated all his paintings in 1970 and later effaced the images of public figures with stick-on dots

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