BetR-Block: building homes with recycled paper

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Paper is a valuable resource that is not optimally used. Large mounts of it are not recycled and end up on landfills. Yet it is a great building material. Earlier this week we talked about ...

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Bombix Bricks: Building with liquid silk

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We at Materia have seen our fair share of unusual construction materials over the years, but silk is a new one. Architect Ilaria La Manna has great plans to use liquid silk, which she calls ...

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PaperBricks: bricks and furniture made from old newspapers

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Paper is one of the most produced and discarded materials in the world. But while it can easily be recycled, it cannot be reused indefinitely. The paper fibres become shorter over time and degrade. This ...

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Metamaterial mechanisms made from a single piece of plastic

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We at Materia tend to judge materials on what they are made of; are they plastic, stone, glass, etc.? With metamaterials, however, it is not that simple. These materials are defined by their engineered internal ...

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Bio-foam made from algal bloom

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Algae are one of the few species that actually thrive because of global warming, forming a problem of their own. Algae grow fast, but only live for a short time before starting to decay, a ...

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Bioplastic made from CO2 and agricultural waste

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Plastic consumption is a major problem, mostly because only a small part is recycled and a large part ends up in our oceans. However, we keep using it because it is so convenient and you ...

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