"Ice" to Meet You: The Mini-Submarines that Could Re-Freeze the Arctic

The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany outlined an ambitious plan to use miniature submarines to spray trillions of tons of artificially-created snow over western Antarctica, in an effort to halt the ice sheet’s collapse and save coastal cities across the world from sea level rise.

Cat Allergies Could Become a Thing of the Past

Scientists in Switzerland are working on a vaccine for cats that could bring relief to pet owners with an ill-fated allergy to them. The research group, HypoPet AG, claims their vaccine already shows some success in neutralizing a known allergen in our feline friends.

Fashion Makes Way for Innovative Eco Collections
The Future Points to BYOB Vending Machines
What’s Really in Your CBD?

Designers Take Back Time With The Help Of Manufacturers

The advent of the Internet has done more to revolutionize the way design is realized today than any other technological advancement. Certainly, the proliferation of personal computers enhanced the way designers work, but the Internet’s immeasurable value lies in its capacity to create new marketplaces, facilitate an exchange of ideas and images at breakneck speed, and induce far-flung but fruitful collaborations. That demand for excellence makes today a very challenging time to be a designer. There is, however, a growing trend in the industry that lessens a substantial load on designers. It’s been called “the rise of dealer designers” and while these individuals are not new to the industry, their ability to drastically relieve the pressure of client demands on designers is coming to the light.

Facebook Wants to Read your Mind
Will Your Next Smart Device be a Succulent?
The Electric Scooter Wars Are Fully Charged

Lyft has joined the likes of services such as Uber and Bird who have been integrating their vehicles into cities like Washington D.C. Coming later to the game has the advantage of working out the kinks from the other services to create a better model.

Corona Tackles Plastic Pollution with Stackable 6-Packs

In an innovative bid to remove all plastic from their packaging, Corona parent company Group Modelo is working on an open-source, stackable solution to bringing your own beer. 

Colgate Jumps on the Eco Train with Reimagined Toothpaste Packaging
Meet the Water Bottle That Cleans Itself
Another Beloved Brand Goes Green

CRISPR Therapy Tackles Some of Humanity's Worse Genetic Ailments

CRISPR may only be six years old but it's already made some impressive, and infamous, waves in the scientific community. Currently scientists around the world are using the gene-editing technology in several clinical trials and research efforts to correct some of humanity's most debilitating genetic ailments. Some of these conditions included Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, inherited childhood blindness (specifically Leber’s congenital amaurosis type 10), and sickle cell disease. 

Nestlé and Unilever Push U.S. Government for A Price on Carbon
Tezuka Architects Designs Super-Cute, Bubbly Nursery School
Would You Live in A 19th-Century Shopping Mall?

What happens to the shopping malls abandoned for online retail convenience? In most cases, they become derelict edifices of pre-internet capitalism. But America's oldest shopping mall, the Arcade Providence, is getting a new lease on life thanks to Northeast Collaborative Architects. The firm transformed the building into a mixed-use, multi-unit housing project with 48 charming and affordable micro-apartments that start at just $550 a month in rent. 

These Designers Are Shaping the Future of Water

Can design help solve the global water crisis? If so, how? That was the prompt given to designers by A/D/O by Mini and Jane Wither Studio for the Water Futures Design Challenge. Over 2,000 designs from over 30 countries were submitted, and on April 4th the winning projects were debuted. Read on to learn more about the winners and cast a vote for your favorite project. 

Rural America Is Experiencing A Solar Revolution
Burger King Will Give You A Free Whopper In Exchange For Virtual Arson
Denver Ad Agency Uses Artful Billboards To Drive Home Water Conservation Message

In The Future, People Will Move Through Cities In Multi-Directional Elevators

It may sound fantastical, even Wonka-esque, but future urban citizens will navigate their cities not by foot, but by a multi-directional elevator system called MULTI. First proposed in 2014, MULTI could use magnetic levitation technology to move multiple cabins of people up, down, and sideways in "hanging cities" of the future. These hanging cities, says squareone's Design Director Kostas Poulopoulos, will create "a three-dimensional mega-grid that combines towers and multi-story horizontal sectors into a 24-hour urban hub for live, work, and play."

Oslo Commits To Green Living With Wireless Taxi Charging
SETI's New Mixtape For E.T. Promises To Be Cosmically Cool
New Algorithm Turns Doodles Into Hyper-Real Imagery In Seconds
Get Busy Living Sustainably Or Get Busy Dying Sustainably

It may be taboo to discuss death, but the fact of the matter is that we modern day humans continue to mess up the planet long after we've stopped driving our cars or picking up our trash. Coffin production wastes natural timber resources, embalming leaches toxic chemicals into our water, and cremation emits chemicals into the air. That's why New York-based designer Shaina Garfield invented Leaves, a sustainable coffin that decomposes the body naturally with the aid of a fungi-laced rope and a pine wood surface.

Biodegradable Planters May Be Key to Reforestation

There's no question that reforestation is a critical component to combating climate change, but the manual labor and cost are frequently-cited deterrents to getting it done. Two Brazilian brothers may have found a solution to the problem. Their biodegradable planter protects seeds and saplings from ants and helps keep them adequately watered, enabling the baby plants to grow into the giants that people think of when they hear "rainforest".

Crustaceans a New Contender in the Fight to Find Alternatives to Single-Use Plastics
New 3-D Printer Uses Light to Create Bespoke Objects In Just 2 Minutes
Toronto's Quayside Neighborhood Is Going To Be Incredibly Cool and Green

Snøhetta Debuts New Chair Made of Recycled Fish Nets and Steel

According to Circular Ocean, some 705,000 tons of fishing gear are lost or discarded in the ocean every year. That's a lot of virgin nylon, a strong and durable material, floating uselessly in the ocean and even worse, strangling thousands of whales, sea lions, and other marine animals. Once the problem became apparent, a whole industry popped up around gathering these discarded fish nets and transforming them into viable new products. Internationally-renowned design firm Snøhetta joined the competition at the 2019 Stockholm Design Week with their S-1500 chair, which is made of recycled fishing gear and repurposed steel. Because it uses locally sourced recyclable materials, the S-1500 has one of the lowest carbon footprints on the market. 

New Research Suggests Massive Reforestation Efforts Could Erase 10 Years of Carbon Emissions
50 Business Pushing Us Forward Into The Future
New Solar Blind Harvests More Power Than Window Coatings
Office Warfare Is Over Thanks To This Temperature-Regulating Fabric

Almost no one can agree on what the perfect temperature is, and when you're in an office, it becomes very apparent. Good thing a team at the University of Maryland may have introduced the perfect solution. They developed a new fabric that both allows heat to leave the garment and locks it in, depending on the body's temperature. It could be the perfect solution for not only athletes and bickering coworkers, but also the elderly and babies who require constant comfort.

Teen Designs Prosthetic Arms Using Legos, Dubs Himself "Hand Solo"

David Aguilar had an elegant solution to a rare genetic condition. The bioengineering student built his first mechanical arm out of Lego bricks at age 9, and since then has built three more. But he's not stopping there: he has more in the works for those in need.

Docservis's Innovation Conference Tackles Today's Brave New World
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Ica & Kostika Launch Nature-Inspired, 3D-Printed Killer Heels

Retail in 2019: More Subscriptions, More Sustainability, and More Startups

There's no doubt that online retail has changed the "how" of shopping, but this unbelievably expansive marketplace has opened up new possibilities for the "what" of shopping, as well. 2018 saw a proliferation of subscription services and new approaches to familiar markets. 2019 continues that trend, but with greater emphasis put on sustainable materials,  social inclusivity, and crowd-sourced design. 

Those Voices in Your Head Are Real and They're Coming from a Laser
Inside the Mind of Neri Oxman
Mycelium Wows Again In New Nir Meiri Lamps