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NASA’s Inflatable Greenhouse for Farming on Mars

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DesignBoom has a look at NASA’s prototype greenhouse, developed at the University of Arizona, which may travel to Mars in the near future and help astronauts farm their produce on the Red Planet. The structure is a cylinder in shape and can deploy quickly once at it’s destination. It uses both LED and natural light to grow, and has a sophisticated support system:

The 18 X 7 ft deployable greenhouse can also be used for air revitalization, water recycling or waste recycling. The idea is for carbon dioxide exhaled by the astronauts to be introduced into the martian/ lunar greenhouse, which is then used by the plants to photosynthesize and generate oxygen. the whole process is called a bioregenerative life support system.

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Growing lettuce aboard the ISS

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Adidas Futurecraft 4D Printed Shoes

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4D is the new 3D, it seems. Using a new process called Digital Light Synthesis, Adidas has partnered with Carbon to create a shoe sole that is not so much printed as it is “born” out of a liquid bath. Carbon is revolutionizing the 3D printing world with their technology, which promises to be 10-100x faster than traditional 3D printing, and allows for shapes that have never been seen before.  Adidas sees this as an opportunity to explore hyper-customized products that are specially tuned to a customer’s height, weight and size. Pretty awesome stuff. Via DesignMilk:

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Quin – Candy is Magic

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Never known to shy away from my sweet tooth, I usually have a little bowl of candy out at my house. Some friends have even taken to calling me ‘Grandma’ for my old-school habit. Life is too short to freak out about a little sugar. Everything in moderation, yeah? Well, Quin gets it, they’re on my side. A modern candy brand from my hometown of Portland, Oregon, Quin has been making beautiful sweets for the last few years, with real ingredients, and sexy packaging to make it even sweeter. Their lollipops come in flavors like blackberry (with seeds!), chai tea, and pinot noir, using hyper-local ingredients and no artificial colors. Their tagline? Candy is magic. I agree.

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Popcorn caramels, both salty and sweet

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Local blackberry lollipops with seeds

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Old fashioned hard candy, root beer, cinnamon, butterscotch

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John Edmark’s Math-Based Sculptures

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Science Friday has a great video featuring mathematician and reluctant sculptor John Edmark. His fascination with spirals, and math-based sculptures, has made him somewhat of a legend. Utilizing the Golden Angle and the Golden Ratio, Edmark creates amazing pieces that seem to defy physics with the way they move, open, and spiral infinitely. But the designs are based on math, and nature has been building like this for millions of years. His work is available for purchase through 3D printing company Shapeways.  Definitely worth a watch.

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Modpools Shipping Container Pools

In-ground pools are amazing. They’re also incredibly expensive to build out, and once they’re in, removing them is an enormous task. Meet the Modpool, the next best thing to an in-ground pool. Utilizing a shipping container, Modpools transforms the container into a sleek, solid, transportable pool that installs quickly. The pool offers a large side window, and can be temperature controlled with a smartphone. Even better, a divider can turn half of the pool into a hot tub, with a powerful heater able to turn the water temperature up in just an hour. Built-in LEDs add light to the experience. Not cheap at $26,000, but compare that to a full in-ground project, and it’ll start looking quite the bargain. Made in Canada, via Uncrate:

Inside Out Packaging Proves Jeans’ Toughness

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Packaging can make or break a brand. Do it right, and it’s memorable. Mustang Jeans takes this very seriously, with their daring campaign to ship their jeans to customers using the jeans themselves as the package wrap. Turning the whole idea of packaging inside out, the box holds the receipt, with the denim outside, proving how durable and long-lasting they are. Let’s hope the mailman doesn’t drop the package in a puddle! Via The Dieline: 

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Bridgestone’s Air Free Bicycle Tire

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If you’ve ever ridden over nails or glass, or taken a particularly harsh curb with your bike, you know what a hassle it is to have a flat tire. Either get yourself covered in bike grease replacing it, or lug your bike to the nearest repair shop. Bridgestone, better known for car tires, has a new option that may skip the need for inflation, and avoid punctures altogether. Their Air Free Bicycle Tire concept utilizes a system of inner flexible spokes that doesn’t inflate at all. They claim the tire uses much less rubber to make, as well.  The tire looks pretty cool, too. Added bonus. Via Uncrate:

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Interactive and Immersive Dinner Table

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Projection mapping, the art and science of precise projected artwork, is coming into it’s own. Take the newly opened Sagaya restaurant in the Ginza neighborhood of Tokyo. It’s diners are greeted to a table that reacts to the plates set on it, so each course is a new and beautiful experience. Butterflies flit and fly around a plate of delicate vegetables. Leave your hand still on the tabletop, and a digital bird may land on it, just to take flight when you move it.  Created by art collective Teamlab, the restaurant looks delicious and an experience not to miss. Via DesignBoom:

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Niche Tea’s Contemporary Packaging

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Niche Tea was started in 2015, and is making a name for themselves selling medicinal and herbal teas in exceptional packaging.  Bold colors and abstract patterns create a visual enticement. Selected and designed to improve hair, skin, sleep, energy and digestion, Niche Tea is based out of London. Via The Dieline:

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Munich’s Sleek Subway

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Are we surprised that Munich has a sleek, sexy subway system, complete with designer light fixtures? No. But are we wishing more cities embraced good design and a sense of pride with their subway? (ahem, NYC).  Note the lack of overt advertising, the cleanliness, the way the lights bring cohesion to the space? Photographer Skander Lhlif captures the space really well, see more on his Behance page.

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