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In a breakthrough for bio-based materials, scientists have made leather from the fibers of discarded pineapple leaves that's comparable to the real thing and also outperforms other existing plant products. The strong and sustainable material, which comprehensively outperformed mushroom-based leather, has great potential to be produced at much larger scale for everything from clothing to bags and
Nature is known for developing lightweight yet tough materials using limited, modest materials arranged into ingenious architecture. Take nacre, for example. More commonly known as mother of pearl, the shiny inner lining of some mollusks' shells is an organic-inorganic composite comprised of a 3D brick-and-mortar pattern made of sheets of hexagonal tablets of aragonite, a hard mineral, glued toge
Built to explore near-impenetrable earthly spaces and complete otherwise-impossible missions, the trail-breaking Praetorian from Czech builder Torsus is one of the world's most capable large off-roaders. A search-and-rescue homing machine, a personnel transporter for beyond-backcountry job sites, the world's most extreme school bus, and an epic overland motorhome, the Praetorian has served as a l
Scientists have discovered the organism with the largest known genome, containing 160 billion base pairs. That makes it more than 50 times bigger than the human genome, and the organism it’s describing is a tiny fork fern you wouldn’t even notice if you tripped over it in the forest.Continue ReadingCategory: Biology, ScienceTags: Plants, Genome, DNA, World's Largest, Genetics
on day trips, M/Y seawolf X can cruise in full electric mode while can go on electric for 90 percent of the time on multi-day trips. The post rossinavi’s first hybrid-electric AI catamaran ‘M/Y seawolf X’ resembles a sports car on water appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
Photo: Richard ButlerPanasonic has announced forthcoming firmware for its S5II and S5II X that will add a series of features, including pre-shot buffering, proxy recording and direct upload to Adobe's Frame.io collaboration platform.Recent VideosFirmware v3.0 for the Lumix DC-S5II and firmware v2.0 for the Lumix DC S5II X will bring improvements to subject recognition and IS performance, the comp
That's right, the freakin' HOG ZILLA. It's a pickup camper like no other pickup camper we've seen before, a straightforward flatbed canopy on the road, a blown-out-the-back, multi-room indoor/outdoor living complex when parked on a flattish patch of wilderness floor. Developed by South Africa's Modular Adventures, this exploratory strongbox will fend off rhinos, thicket, wetlands, lions and other
X has caused confusion by reinstating free blue ticks for some users – a year after it began charging for the service. For years, Twitter blue ticks effectively served as […] The post X reinstates some free blue ticks, Disney+ cracks down on password sharing appeared first on ShinyShiny.
Taking certain common contraceptive hormones for a year or more is associated with an increased risk of developing a brain tumor that requires surgical removal, according to a new study. The findings highlight the need for women to review their contraceptive medications regularly.Continue ReadingCategory: Medical, ScienceTags: Hormone, Contraception, Brain, Tumor
Working-age US adults are dying at far higher rates than their peers from high-income countries, even surpassing death rates in Central and Eastern European countries, and midlife mortality rates in the UK are not great either. A new study has examined what's caused this rise in the death rates of these two cultural superpowers.Continue ReadingCategory: Health & Wellbeing, LifestyleTags: Deat


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