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Refabricator, a plastic recycling system in space (in orbit)
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Refabricator, a plastic recycling system in space (in orbit)

With its name that seems plucked straight out of Star Wars, the Refabricator is a 3D printer designed by NASA that is able to recycle astronauts’ plastic waste several times and convert it into medica...
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  • Converting organic waste into energy with HomeBiogas
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    Converting organic waste into energy with HomeBiogas

    An Israeli start-up has developed HomeBiogas, a system for converting leftovers into household gas for the home and liquid natural fertiliser for the garden. At first glance, one may wonder what po...

  • Rotterdam: a floating park made from plastic waste
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    Rotterdam: a floating park made from plastic waste

    Entirely made from plastic waste recovered in the city’s port, Rotterdam’s floating park, called “Recycled Park” is a pioneer in urban planning and the circular economy. Launched by the WHIM archit...

  • The Smart Window, a connected PVC window!
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    The Smart Window, a connected PVC window!

    Home automation systems are becoming increasingly popular. Buildings are becoming smart and windows are no strangers to this new development and modernisation. Proof of this is the Smart Window, which...

  • Halfway between rollerblading and skiing: the snowfeet offer a new way to ski!
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    Halfway between rollerblading and skiing: the snowfeet offer a new way to ski!

    A combination of rollerblading and skiing, this new piece of equipment is sure to be popular on the snowy slopes this winter! After skiing, sledding, and surfing, here come the snowfeet, the accessory...

  • The world’s largest 3D-printed bridge
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    The world’s largest 3D-printed bridge

    The world’s largest 3D-printed footbridge is 15.25 metres long, 3.8 metres wide and 1.2 metres tall. It was created in China. It took Chinese construction company SMCC and filament manufacturer 3D ...

  • An infinite variety of PVC floors
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    An infinite variety of PVC floors

    Lino, old-fashioned? Not anymore! Originally, linoleum referred to a material made up of a polyester or jute canvas covered with a mix of resin, cork, linseed oil and wood powder. It was invented i...

  • A reflective polymer coating for staying cool
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    A reflective polymer coating for staying cool

    Although they are a sight to behold, it is not only aesthetics which led the houses of the Cyclades, Andalusia and North Africa to be painted white: it was done to keep them cool! In many developing c...

  • Sea Bubble, the electric taxi boat that flies over water
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    Sea Bubble, the electric taxi boat that flies over water

    No waves, no emissions, no noise is how sailor Alain Thébault sums up his invention, the Sea Bubble, a small electric taxi boat that promises to revolutionise urban transport by using  rivers in citie...

  • Giant kitesurf kites for towing boats
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    Giant kitesurf kites for towing boats

    Yves Parlier came up with the idea of a Kitesurf kite towing after being dismasted during his 3rd participation in the Vendée Globe in 2000. An experienced navigator, he owed his survival to his ingen...

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