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Brooklyn RobotWorks: Transformers Made of Trash

Built in pieces on his small kitchen table, Peter Kokis of Brooklyn RobotWorks creates 64-77 kilogram (140-170 pound) exoskeletons, mechanical-looking suits of armor, that wow kids and adults all over New York City. T...

Mycelium packaging, a biodegradable alternative to styrofoam

Styrofoam makes up 25% of our landfills in the U.S. That is insane. We may only use it for a day or a week to ship a package, but it stays in our environment for thousands of years. I think I've come up with an altern...

How is duct tape made?

What is duct tape and why is it so strong? And is it duct tape or duck tape? From Insider, go inside a busy factory to see how layers of rubber for adhesive, a cotton cloth middle, and a backing made from polyethylene...

Bayuble: Water-soluble fruit stickers

What do you do with the little fruit sticker from your apple? Do you put it in the trash or collect them? They can't be used again and "they're a major problem in composting facilities," so what can we do about this b...

The Ocean Cleanup technology and challenges explained

The Great Pacific garbage patch in the northern Pacific ocean holds an estimated 1.8 trillion hard-to-see pieces of plastic that float around on or just below the water's surface. They're kept swirling in an area that...

A life-size drivable LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron with over 1,000,000 pieces

LEGO built a 1:1 version of the Bugatti Chiron made with LEGO Technic pieces, revealing it on August 30th, 2018 at the Grand Prix Formula 1 event in Monza, Italy. The life-size drivable LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron can...

The Future Forest: 3 tons of plastic waste transform a botanical garden in Mexico

Our planet is drowning in waste, especially that of consumer plastic, washing up on every shore and taking over our nature. The only reason this isn’t visible everywhere, are the people working hard everyday to collec...

How to Eliminate Single-Use Plastics on Vacation

In the end, I avoided 79 pieces of single-use plastic and only used two on this weeklong trip. This experience reminded me that you don't have to be perfect. Even if you mess up along the way, doing something makes a ...

Skyscraper, a giant found-plastic whale breaches in a Bruges canal

In collaboration with the Hawaii Wildlife Fund and the Surfrider Foundation, Jason Klimoski and Lesley Chang of the Brooklyn-based architecture and design firm STUDIOKCA created Skyscraper, a four-story-high breaching...

Plastics 101: What is plastic and how is it made?

Once a completely natural product, much of today's plastic is man-made and largely dependent upon fossil fuels. From polymers to nurdles, learn how plastic is created and what we can do to slow the lasting repercussio...

Fungus: The Plastic of the Future

In 2014, Ecovative Designs was working to combine mycelium with local crop waste to make a compostable biomaterial for packaging, and continue to expand their efforts. One example: A collaboration with Netherlands-bas...

Making aloe plants for the hyena diorama at The Field Museum

How are natural history museum dioramas—scenes showing animals within their native habitats—created to last for years and years of viewings? In this behind-the-scenes video from Chicago's Field Museum, Exhibitions Pre...

How to make a DIY Dice Shaker

With some cardboard, a skewer, a straw, popsicle sticks, a toilet paper tube, a plastic bottle, a glue gun, and an X-acto knife, YouTuber Yuri Ostr created a simple DIY Dice Shaker Toy. This step-by-step video shows u...

Speed up geologic time with a DIY squeeze box

Build. Observe. Play in the sand and dirt. Making your own easy-to-build squeeze box is fun for lots of different reasons, including educational ones. This Science Snacks video with Eric Muller from The Exploratorium ...

An innovative edible spoon, a smart alternative to plastic waste

Plastic cutlery has been around for years, widely considered the only choice for cheap, disposable cutlery. Knowing the threat plastic poses to our environment and health, Narayana Peesapaty created a tasty and nutrit...

Is Your Fleece Jacket Polluting The Oceans?

When you hear “plastic” pollution, you might picture six-pack rings wrapped around seagulls or beaches littered with plastic bottles. But now, researchers are discovering a new menace -- microfibers. They’re tiny stra...

The Big Sort: An Insider’s Tour of a Recycling Plant

Every day at the Sims Municipal Recycling facility in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, roughly 800 tons of recyclables meander through a tangle of machines, scanners, and conveyor belts. Mountains of discarded metals, glass, an...

Janet Echelman’s fiber sculptures billow among city buildings

Janet Echelman’s fiber sculptures billow, rise, and fall like iridescent bubbles hanging from a spider's web. Flexible and full of motion, the nets look soft, but they're also strong. Their structural cables are made ...

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