The World’s First Sand Battery Debuts in Finland

As fossil-fuel-derived energy systems facilitate the degradation of the planet, researchers have been innovating alternative and sustainable solutions—including the world’s first sand battery from Finnish startup Polar Night Energy. Currently operating in Finland’s Kankaanpää district, the battery relies on a large steel tank full of regular, dry sand with a heat exchanger buried in the middle. When the sand is heated, the tank can store …

Finland’s Nonbinary Iron Age Warrior

Discovered at Finland’s Suontaka Vesitorninmäki in 1968, an Iron Age grave held the mysterious remains of a celebrated warrior whose gender puzzled scientists for decades, as the deceased was accompanied by weapons associated with men of the era and jewelry associated with women from this time period. Now, new information released by geneticist Elina Salmela of the University of Helsinki reveals that the figure was likely …

Marimekko’s 70th Anniversary Virtual Event

The free, open-to-the-public Marimekko Summer Market will commence Friday 21 May on the interactive website marimekko.party. Designed to mimic the spirit of a Finnish summer market, the virtual event—which celebrates the fashion and design brand’s 70th anniversary—will include music, activities and the opportunity to “virtually try on looks from Marimekko’s spring-summer collection,” according to WWD. Read more about the inclusive festivities there. Image courtesy of …