Can I rent a room?
Wooden’t you try this building material?
That’s surprisingly convenient.
Now let’s make more!
Wood, one of the cheapest and most widely used construction materials humanity has ever employed, has just had its range of uses expanded; Researchers at Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology have developed a method of turning wood transparent that’s suitable for mass production.
The humble termite only has its body, saliva and some soil to work with, and the only blueprints it has are instinctual, based on variations in wind speeds and fluctuations in temperature as the sun rises and sets. Working with such limited resources, they still erect monumental mounds that, a new study reveals, rely on a surprisingly well-tuned mechanism for efficient ventilation, something architects today still struggle with.
This isn’t news, as it happened two years ago, but it’s just mind blowing. This almost finished 13 story high building in Shanghai collapsed like a domino piece, and if others were built closer to it, the domino effect would be complete. This gives kind of a whole new meaning to the whole ‘made in China’ thing, doesn’t it ?