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IKEA Prepares to Ship 10,000 “Flat-Pack” Emergency Shelters Around the World

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The IKEA Foundation has announced plans to manufacture and distribute 10,000 of its innovative new “flat-pack” houses. Like many of IKEA’s home products, the emergency shelters are designed to be easy to assemble. The roof and wall panels snap directly onto the shelter’s metal frame, and are held in place using plastic fasteners. All the tools needed to build the shelter come along with the kit, which also includes a set of language-independent visual instructions. Estimated assembly time is anywhere from 4-8 hours. The innovative

Architects Have Designed A “Shadowless” Skyscraper for the London Skyline

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The concrete jungles of the world are growing faster and faster every day. The year 2014 saw 97 skyscrapers built worldwide – the most ever in a single year, beating out the previous record of 81 set back in 2011. For most metropolitan areas, more skyscrapers means less sun. The massive buildings cast proportionately massive shadows, leaving downtown streets in almost constant shade. So when the global architecture firm NBBJ got a contract to design a pair of buildings in London, they

Chinese Developer Builds 57-Story Skyscraper In Just 19 Days (Time-Lapse Video)

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When imagining the timeline for constructing a skyscraper, most people probably think in terms of months or even years. But for the Chinese construction firm Broad Sustainable Building, that’s simply too long. BSB’s newest building, a 57-story tower in Changsha, China, was erected in a mind-blowingly fast 19 days – a rate of three stories per day! BSB Architect Xian Min Zhang released a promotional time-lapse video showing the construction of the J57 tower – check it out below! (The time-lapse itself begins

Chinese Firm Unveils “World’s Tallest 3D-Printed Building” (Video)

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The Shanghai-based construction firm WinSun Decoration Design Engineering recently unveiled the latest example of their impressive 3D printing capabilities: a five-story apartment building believed to be the tallest 3D-printed building in the world. The printer’s “ink” is a mixture of recycled construction waste and cement, which reduces construction costs significantly. Last spring, WinSun showed off its printing capabilities by printing 10 one-room houses in just 24 hours. According to the firm, construction costs were only $4,800 per house. But the apartment building wasn’t the only

Toyota Releases All of Its Fuel Cell Patents to Help Encourage “New Age of Hydrogen”

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It’s not often that a major international corporation decides to give away two decades worth of trade secrets for free. But that’s exactly what Toyota did on Monday, announcing the release of nearly 6,000 patents related to the company’s hyrdogen fuel cell technologies. The announcement was made at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Monday, shortly after a presentation by physicist Michio Kaku showing off Toyota’s new hydrogen-powered Mirai. “Historians say that we are ‘present at the creation.’ And that’s where we

It Took 7.5 Hours to Solve the World’s Largest Rubik’s Cube (Time-Lapse Video)

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In 1974, Ernő Rubik – a professor of architecture at the Budapest College of Applied Arts in Hungary – completed the first prototype of the Rubik’s Cube. Since then, the Rubik’s Cube has become one of the best-selling toys of all time, selling over 350 million units. Dutch puzzle designer Oskar van Deventer has taken the Rubik’s Cube to the next level, creating hundreds of imaginative puzzles based off Ernő Rubik’s concept. Oskar, who was born in 1965, began designing puzzles at the age of

Hankook’s Latest Concept Tires Morph to Tackle Different Types of Terrain

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Every two years, the Hankook Tire company teams up with a chosen university to take part in their Design Innovation Project. The goal of this “daydream challenge” is to come up with the craziest, most futuristic tire ideas possible. This year, Hankook linked up with the University of Design, Engineering and Business in Pforzheim, Germany. The results did not disappoint. The project produced three extremely innovative tire concepts that morph and transform to handle all different types of terrain, from asphalt and pavement to

This Mobile Solar Generator Can Provide Power, Clean Water and Wi-Fi to Disaster Areas

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When disaster strikes, securing access to power, clean drinking water and the communications network are all integral parts of the initial response. That’s why the Ecos PowerCube is such an intriguing invention. The PowerCube’s designers – a company called Ecosphere Technologies – wanted to build a device that could provide significant amounts of off-the-grid power during disasters. The power is generated using solar panels equipped with high-power photovoltaic cells (the Cube is also equipped with a wind turbine for extra power generation). The largest

This Graphic Designer Turns Dirty Car Windows Into Masterpieces In His Spare Time (Pictures)

Scott Wade is a graphic user interface designer from Texas. He is also one of the world’s premier dirty car artists. Yes, dirty car art is a real thing, and it actually has a pretty big following. Scott’s exceptional talent for the craft of dirty car art has taken him all over the world, turning dusty car windows into amazing masterpieces for all sorts of different clients. Wade got his inspiration from his time living on a long dirt road in central

These Guys Want to Build A Fleet of Giant Fighting Paintball Robots (Video)

Most new technologies aim to solve a common problem, facilitate a difficult task, or just generally make our lives easier and better. But sometimes it’s okay for new technologies to be designed solely for entertainment purposes – the MegaBots Project would certainly fall into that category. The MegaBots design team, which includes engineers, scientists, artists and manufacturers, came together to create giant, paintball cannon-equipped robots. Their current MegaBot design stands about 15 feet tall and weighs around 15,000 pounds, with a cockpit that

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