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As useful a material as leather is, growing it on the backs of cows isn’t the most environmentally friendly way to get it. Now, engineers at Tufts University have created a new leather-like material out of silk, which can be 3D printed into shape and easily recycled into new products as needed.Continue ReadingCategory: Materials, ScienceTags: Materials, new material, Silk, Tufts University, 3D Pr
Researchers at Indiana University have linked a protein secreted by the stomach to obesity. In tests in mice, the team switched off the protein and found that it reduced the animals’ body fat levels, even when fed a high-fat diet.Continue ReadingCategory: Medical, ScienceTags: Cancer, Protein, Indiana University, Gut Bacteria, Microbes, Microbiome, Health
interior and product designer chiaki yoshihara presents 'seam of skin', a furniture collection made using a unique process. The post polystyrene foam furniture with wood grain texture, designed by chiaki yoshihara appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
Perhaps rather depressingly, Brits will spend the equivalent of 22 years, one month and four days of their lives online. A study of 2,000 adults found the typical week will […] The post 22 years of our lives are spent online, claims study appeared first on ShinyShiny.
Have you ever wondered how many bubbles there are in your Friday knockoff beer? No? Well scientists apparently have, and in a new study they’ve finally answered the question nobody’s been asking, with a vague “a lot, we guess.”Continue ReadingCategory: ScienceTags: Beer, Drink, Drinking, Carbon Dioxide, Carbon, Bubble
the process allows the compostable plastics to self-destruct by embedding it with a polymer wrapping that once exposed to heat and water it eats itself. The post scientists unveil process that makes biodegradable plastics truly compostable appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
Scientists at Purdue University and the Scripps Research Institute have identified a natural compound from a common shrub that could help fight cancer. The compound is the first found to inhibit a cancer protein that was previously considered “undruggable.”Continue ReadingCategory: Medical, ScienceTags: Cancer, Drug, Drugs, Purdue University, Scripps Research Institute
If you've ever wondered why the rabbits in your garden aren't as big as horses, wonder no more. According to a team of scientists led by Kyoto University's Primate Research Institute, competition with larger, hoofed herbivores puts a cap on the top bunny size.Continue ReadingCategory: Biology, ScienceTags: Kyoto University, Animals, Evolution
More and more, insect protein is being suggested as a more sustainable alternative to meat. Humans aren't the only omnivores, though, which is why a new insect-based cat food should soon be hitting the market – and it won't be the only one.Continue ReadingCategory: Environment, ScienceTags: Insect, Cats, Sustainable, Food, Pets, Greenhouse Gas Emissions
For many years now, scientists have learned about the past by analyzing core samples taken from ice caps or soil. They have now applied that same technique to a millennia-old pile of bat poop, with interesting results.Continue ReadingCategory: Biology, ScienceTags: Bats, History


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