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  • Furniture of the future
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    Furniture of the future

    Had enough of furniture assembly instructions written in gibberish? Belgian designer Carl de Smet de Noumenon may just have THE answer with the hi-tech "smart" furniture foam he is developing that can...

  • The bendy tablet is coming
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    The bendy tablet is coming

    A paper-thin tablet that will bend without breaking has been developed by researchers at Canada’s Queen's University in collaboration with Plastic Logic and Intel Labs. The "PaperTab" - a new spin ...

  • Plastic packaging: leaner and meaner
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    Plastic packaging: leaner and meaner

    Reducing packaging obviously entails using less packaging, but it can also mean designing lighter and thinner packaging that uses fewer materials. This reduction at source aims to achieve the minimum ...

  • Transparent solar panels?
    At a glance 2 min

    Transparent solar panels?

    Researchers at Michigan State University have developed the first transparent and rigid solar concentrators. This invention could, in time, enable our windows to create energy. Up until now, experime...

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