Dutch designer creates device that turns smog into beautiful jewelry

Wear it on your fingers, not in your lungs.

Adidas to award first 50 pairs of recycled ocean trash sneakers

The company has chosen to award the shoes via a raffle system on Instagram

First solar-powered boat to cross the Atlantic embarks on historical journey

A little ship braving the ocean on its own.

Origami battery that runs on a few drops of water could revolutionize biosensors

This disposable battery runs on bacteria and folds like an origami ninja star. Sold!

Can China’s straddling bus be a solution for crowded roads?

This extraordinary bus concept has been all over the internet, promising to revolutionize public transportation, making it more efficient and greener in the process. But could it actually work?

Dogs hate hugs, and other amazing canine facts [infographic]

Dog, man’s best friend. Well, no one doubts dogs are very loyal and the best friends a taker can ever hope for. But what about you? Since you’re supposedly friends with dogs, you should know a thing or two about them. How many of these can you check off?

This pot harnesses photosynthesis and a USB port to charge your phone

A team of engineers piggy-backed photosynthesis using a nifty pot called the Bioo Lite. Just place almost any plant inside, add water and plenty of sunlight and you’ll be able to charge your phone via the provided USB port up to three times a day. Or so they claim.

Underwater maintenance robot-snakes look scary but are actually quite cool

Eelume company developed a snake-like robot for underwater maintenance tasks. The deceptively simple robots could drastically reduce operating costs for deep sea rigs.

India’s Bakey edible spoon does two of my favorite things: limits dishes and plastic waste

India-based company Bakeys has started producing edible spoons to try and fight world-wide plastic waste from disposable cutlery. Not only eco-friendly, but also delicious!

New plasma printing technique can deposit nanomaterials on flexible, 3D substrates

A new nanomaterial printing method could make it both easier and cheaper to create devices such as wearable chemical and biological sensors, data storage and integrated circuits — even on flexible surfaces such as paper or cloth. The secret? Plamsa.

Islamic art inspires metamaterial that grows when stretched

A new type of metamaterial that can grow when stretched, with possible applications for medical equipment and satellites, was inspired by an unlikely source — ancient Islamic art.

Not all computer keys are made equal, and that’s a good thing

Hands up anyone who, like me, has ever wondered what the deal is with those little bumps on your F and J keys.

Detachable airplane cabin parachutes passengers to safety: is this a smart design?

Tatarenko Vladimir Nikolaevich, a Russian inventor, has designed an audacious new safety mechanism for airplanes: a detachable passenger and cargo cabin that springs away from the aircraft in case of emergency. Once unhooked, the cabin deploys parachutes that safely touch down the cabin on land or water.

MIT polymer paves the way for solar-heated clothes

MIT scientists have developed a material that can absorb solar energy, stores and release it on demand to produce heat. Made from a film of polymer, the material could be used to used to tailor cold climate garments that charge up during the day and keep you pleasantly warm in the evening.

Self assembling nano material brings us tangibly close to water-powered cars

Indiana University scientists have built a highly efficient bio-material that can serve as a catalyst for hydrogen production. This material takes us halfway towards the long sought-after “holy grail” of splitting water to make hydrogen and oxygen for fueling cheap and efficient cars that run on water.

Dutch collective plans to “plant” a forest on Rotterdam’s waters.

Where do we find the space for trees in our cities with all the buildings already vying for the limited space available? Dutch collective Mothership’s answer is waterways. The group plans to install the “Dobberend Bos” (Bobbing Forest) in Rotterdam’s Rijnhaven harbor next spring.

The 240-year-old beautiful ancestor of the modern computer

You may find it hard to believe, but what you’re seeing in the picture above is actually a self-operating, programmable machine, capable of writing letters and words with a quill pen, that’s still functioning after a quarter of a millennium. The lovely automatons An automaton (plural: automata or automatons) is a self-operating machine or robot. What you’re seeing above is

Water-breathing scuba mask design still has a way to go

South Korean designer Jeabyun Yeon has just unveiled his new concept of a scuba mask that would allow anyone to breathe underwater without requiring air tanks. His design, named the Triton, includes two arms linked to a mouth piece. The branching arms are designed to extract free oxygen atoms from the water and supply breathable air directly to the user. But I’m not sold on it just yet.

The tiny Egloo keeps your room warm for about 20 cents a day

Winter’s here with all its holiday cheer and if you’re like me, way too much food. Also something that winter’s very good at is making the great outdoors cold and the small indoors even colder. But worry not because Marco Zagaria, a student at Rome’s Academy of Fine Arts, promises he can make your home warm and comfortable for a measly 10 cents a room each day, without using any electricity.

The weirdest book in the world: Codex Seraphinianus

In 1981 Italian artist, architect and industrial designer Luigi Serafini published what has since remained in popular view as the weirdest book in history: Codex Seraphinianus.