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— Science

Biodegradable fibers as strong as steel made from wood cellulose

By - June 9, 2014 2 Pictures
A team of researchers working at Stockholm's KTH Royal Institute of Technology claim to have developed a way to make cellulose fibers stronger than steel on a strength-to-weight basis. In what is touted as a world first, the team from the institute's Wallenberg Wood Science Center claim that the new fiber could be used as a biodegradable replacement for many filament materials made today from imperishable substances such as fiberglass, plastic, and metal. And all this from a substance that requires only water, wood cellulose, and common table salt to create it. Read More
— Music

Fender releases limited edition reclaimed wood guitars

By - May 19, 2014 9 Pictures
No matter how good the tone of modern materials such as Flaxwood and Arium are claimed to be, some players will simply not entertain owning a guitar unless it's made from vintage wood. Fender has soft-launched a Special Edition series of guitars aimed at players looking for the distinct tone of old growth timber, while enjoying the benefits of modern features and hardware. The company has secured a limited amount of reclaimed wood from obscure locations in the US for an interesting take on its iconic Stratocaster and Telecaster guitars. The redwood model is made using wood from the 1930s, and the pine models timber dates back to 1868 ... and you don't get much more vintage than that. Read More
— Around The Home

Modos modular furniture offers flexibility when fitting out your home

By - May 18, 2014 16 Pictures
Flatpack furniture may have played its part in saving removalists from a world of back pain, but there is only so many times that those cheap panels can be pulled apart and put back together. The team behind Modos is looking to offer more durable furnishings while taking this convenience a little further, with a modular furniture system that uses simple connectors and wooden boards to form everything from stools to media centers. Read More
— Space

Artist uses 282,000 matchsticks to build scale model of the ISS

During the construction of the International Space Station (ISS), material selection was critical given the extreme environment of space. Chances are that one of those materials up for consideration was not matchsticks. But for Pat Acton of Iowa, the idea of designing and building a complete scale model of the ISS out of matchsticks seemed like a perfectly reasonable idea. Read More
— Architecture

Quiet Treehouse offers visitors the chance to get away from it all

By - March 17, 2014 20 Pictures
Luxury treehouse manufacturer Blue Forest has teamed up with noise abatement specialist Quiet Mark and UK retailer John Lewis to produce the Quiet Treehouse. Constructed for this year's Ideal Home Show, the cosy retreat packed with noise-reduction technology and low-noise home appliances. Once the show is over, it will be installed in the Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice, West Sussex. Read More
— Environment

Wood foam may be a new form of green home insulation

By - March 7, 2014 1 Picture
Insulating your home may help the environment by lowering your energy usage, but unfortunately the petroleum-based foam that's typically used as insulation isn't all that eco-friendly itself. Researchers at Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, however, have developed a reportedly greener alternative that they claim works just as well – it's foam made from wood. Read More
— Mobile Technology Review

Revisiting the Moto X: Only the good die young

By - January 31, 2014 10 Pictures
This week Google shocked the tech world by announcing that it was selling Motorola Mobility to Lenovo. While that raises lots of questions about future Motorola phones, it doesn't take anything away from the company's current flagship, made entirely under Google ownership. Read on, as we use our first hands-on with the wood-backed version as an excuse to revisit the terrific Moto X. Read More
— Around The Home

ModCubes: The LEGO bricks of modular furniture

By - January 15, 2014 7 Pictures
Modular furniture – that is, furniture than can be adapted to suit changing needs – is becoming an increasingly common concept. One company has gone right back to basics, and designed building blocks for an extensive range of modular furniture. These building blocks are called ModCubes, and when combined together they form pieces of furniture known as ModRoomz. The word LEGO is nowhere to be seen, but the Danish toy company deserves at least a small nod of appreciation. Read More
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