WASP’s giant 3D printer can build houses from mud in some of the most remote places on Earth

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This 3D printer has been developed to build cheap, sustainable houses using a clay-like paste.

WASP, an Italian 3D printer company, demonstrated a giant, three-armed printer they created at Maker Faire Rome. WASP’s 3D printer is unique as it can be assembled on site within two hours, and then filled with mud and fiber to build extremely cheap houses in some of the most remote places on Earth. (Video)

 

 

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This fabric pen can magically mend torn clothing

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Fabric Pen

The average American throws out around 70 pounds of clothing and other textiles like shoes and sheets every year. The problem is that clothes are so cheap that it’s easier to replace something than repair it if a piece happens to tear. Many of us no longer even know how to sew. One survey in the U.K. found that 7 in 10 young adults couldn’t even sew on a button, let alone make a more complicated repair.

 

 

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Noise-canceling technology could boost internet speeds 400 times faster than Google fiber

Noise-canceling headphones could boost both the speed and reliability of Internet connections.

According to researchers, the basic mechanism behind noise-canceling headphones could boost both the speed and reliability of Internet connections. Their findings were published via Nature Photonics.

 

 

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Nylgold – Special Fabric Woven with 24 Carat Gold Nanoparticles that Slow Skin Aging

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Nylgold

Nylstar, specialist in polyamide 6.6 fibers and yarns for more than 80 years, has lately introduced a new luxury fiber called Nylgold, which they say is going to represent a new era in textiles – the era of dermawear. The Nylgold luxury fiber features 24-carat gold nanostructures, and offers permanent and effective care of the skin. It was launched at the Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics held in October at Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Shanghai, China. Raul Gonzalez, head of marketing and international strategic development at Nylstar, said… (Video)

 

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Black Rice is the New Cancer-Fighting Superfood

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Black rice is low in sugar but packed with healthy fiber and plant compounds that combat heart disease and cancer.

Black rice – revered in ancient China but overlooked in the West – could be the greatest ‘superfoods’, scientists revealed today.  The cereal is low in sugar but packed with healthy fibre and plant compounds that combat heart disease and cancer, say experts.

 

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Scientists Incorporate Spider’s Silk-Spinning Genes Into Goats

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Goats that produce spider silk protein in their milk could enable researchers to collect large quantities of the silk.

Researchers from the University of Wyoming have developed a way to incorporate spiders’ silk-spinning genes into goats, allowing the researchers to harvest the silk protein from the goats’ milk for a variety of applications. For instance, due to its strength and elasticity, spider silk fiber could have several medical uses, such as for making artificial ligaments and tendons, for eye sutures, and for jaw repair. The silk could also have applications in bulletproof vests and improved car airbags.

 

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Pokeberries Could Be the Key to Spreading Affordable Solar Power Around the World

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Pokeberries hold the secret to affordable solar power.

The weeds that children smash to stain their cheeks purple-red and that Civil War soldiers used to write letters home – could be the key to spreading solar power across the globe, according to researchers at Wake Forest University’s Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials.

 

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Underwear Made From Bananas Launched In Australia

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Australian underwear company AussieBum has been monkeying around and the result is a range of men’s underwear made with bananas.

AussieBum’s Lloyd Jones said on Friday that the new eco-friendly banana range of undies incorporated 27 percent banana fibre, 64 percent cotton and nine percent lycra.

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Cigarette Butt Clothing

Cigarette Butt Clothing 

You see them littered, in the grass, in your flowerpots, on the streets, in the sand at the playground, in the sand at the beach…. everywhere. They are an eyesore, toxic to the environment (start forest fires, small animals ingest them and die, chemicals leach into our water supply) and a daily reminder of how wasteful we can be with even the smallest of objects. What are they? Littered cigarette butts. What’s being done about the litter? Alexandra Guerrero is recycling them into clothing.

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