The futbol crazed Catalans have onventing something called green concrete, where the 'green' in green concrete is literal, as fungus and algae grow inside it.
Concrete is the most popular building material on the planet, probably because it's very strong, easy to work with and cheap, being made mostly of rocks. There are some durability issues with concrete, though, and to make it stronger, Dutch scientists have added self-healing capsules to help buildings heal cracks on their own.
Forget about the Four Seasons Hotel. Next time you're in Tepoztlán, Mexico, go book a stay at T3arc Architecture's Tubo Hotel. Instead of some posh hotel room with cable, how about trying to sleep in a recycled concrete pipe? Come on, you'll be the envy of all of Japan's capsule hotel residents.
There are plenty of museums with collections of old classic tech, but let's face it, those cheap plastic parts aren't going to be around in 1000 years. If you want people way in the future to see what late 20th century tech looked like, you had better save some of it in fossilized form.
Lego is one of the greatest toys ever invented, but the shiny colorful plastic blocks mean that your Lego buildings don't exactly look very realistic. Now someone has done the obvious, by making Lego style blocks built from real concrete.
Ultra high efficiency horn speakers are prized by some audiophiles for their ability to make a ten watt tube amplifier sound like 100 watts, but most tend to use conventional woofers, because a horn loaded woofer needs to be ridiculously...
One of those boring facts about speakers known only to audio wonks is that many, if not most, have enclosures made of medium-density fiberboard (MDF). The reasons are many: It's a rigid substance that doesn't warp, and it makes the...