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This Week in Tech: The Dystopian Winner of the 2019 Evolo Skyscraper Competition

Plus, the final winners of NASA’s 3D Printed Habitat Challenge, AIA’s Upjohn Research Grant recipients, and more design-tech news from this week. By Katharine Keane Evolo magazine selected three winners from 478 submissions to its annual Skyscraper Competition,...
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MIT's Self-Assembly Lab is experimenting with growing islands and coastlines in the Maldives

MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab proposes new way of growing islands and coastlines

Researchers at MIT and in the Maldives have come up with a solution to help coastal communities threatened by climate change: submersible objects carefully placed to promote the growth of beaches and islands. Rima Sabina Aouf Researchers at MIT and in the Maldives have come up...
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Gravity Sketch's Surface Tool feature allows users to switch between 2D and 3D designing

Gravity Sketch VR software now lets designers switch between 2D and 3D

Designers can move easily between drawing in a virtual-reality environment and on their tablet using the latest update to Gravity Sketch. Rima Sabina Aouf Designers can move easily between drawing in a virtual-reality environment and on their tablet using the latest update to...
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Snow TENG could be used to generate electricity and for fitness tracking. Image courtesy of UCLA

Snow nanogenerator would allow solar panels to generate energy on wintry days

US researchers have invented a nanogenerator that could one day be added to solar panels to keep them producing energy when covered in snow. Rima Sabina Aouf US researchers have invented a nanogenerator that could one day be added to solar panels to keep them producing energy...
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This Week in Tech: Manhattan’s Glass Towers Could Become a Thing of the Past

Plus, a proposal to repurpose debris from Notre Dame for 3D printing, a new extension for mobile from PlanGrid, and more design-tech news from this week. By Katharine Keane Mayor Bill de Blasio ✔ @NYCMayor Global warming will sink our city and poison our kids if we don’t...
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An orbital billboard array advertising the fictional

Pepsi denies plans to advertise in space

Is Pepsi going to be the first soda in space? PepsiCo denied that it would be launching an orbital billboard for Adrenaline Rush, a drink targeted to gamers By Jonathan Hilburg Soft drink giant PepsiCo has shot down reports that it plans to advertise in low Earth orbit (LEO),...
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MIT researchers discover way to move 25 ton stones with only their hands

kieron marchese cambridge-based firm matter design has unveiled research on seemingly ‘weightless’ concrete forms that can be easily moved. realised in collaboration with construction-research company CEMEX global R&D, the pair have discovered a way of rotating mammoth stones...
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Concr3de has already printed a replacement gargoyle to demonstrate the process

Concr3de proposes using 3D printing to rebuild Notre-Dame

Dutch company Concr3de has proposed rebuilding parts of Notre-Dame Cathedral from the ashes of the fire using 3D printing, and has already printed a replacement gargoyle. India Block Dutch company Concr3de has proposed rebuilding parts of Notre-Dame Cathedral from the ashes of...
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UpCodes AI, a program that checks building plans against building codes, is on of the subjects of a lawsuit by the International Codes Council, the nonprofit that writes model building codes used in the U.S. The ICC claims they have copyright over the codes and require a license fee for their use. All images courtesy UpCodes

A startup’s ‘spellcheck for buildings’ program is innovative. But does it violate copyright?

UpCodes, which is trying to disrupt the business of building codes, believes fair use means free access By Patrick Sisson A court case involving building codes—both how we create them, and where technology can help make them easier to understand—suggests the simple concept of...
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lockheed martin unveils lunar lander concept to fly humans to the moon

kieron marchese NASA‘s longtime space contractor lockheed martin has debuted a moon lander concept that could put humans on the moon’s surface by 2024. four years earlier than first planned, the colorado-based company has a plan that would tap key projects already in the works by...
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