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Research on the shapes of letters, funds for New York artists, a building constructed from waste and more in our look around the internet

New Program Provides Guaranteed Income For NYC Artists in Need Open for applications until 25 March, Creatives Rebuild New York is a new initiative that will provide guaranteed income to NYC artists in need through two programs: one offering $1,000 a month for 18 months with no strings attached, and the other providing a two-year job with a community organization or municipality, paying $65,00 per …

The World’s Biggest Astronomy Museum to Open in China

Set to open 18 July, the 420,000-square-foot Shanghai Science and Technology Museum is set to be the largest museum in the world dedicated to astronomy. The building, designed by Ennead Architects, mimics the institution’s focus on space; its form is void of “straight lines or right angles, echoing the geometry of the universe and the dynamic energy of celestial movement.” Along with a massive sphere …

Turning Concrete Buildings Into Large Batteries

Though the technology needed to transform a concrete building into a rechargeable battery has existed since the early 20th century, new research from Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology affirms that it’s possible to implement right now within many of the world’s pre-existing concrete buildings. According to Luping Tang of Chalmers and Emma Zhang of engineering and technology company Delta of Sweden, embedding carbon fibers (among …