How Origami Is Innovating Technology

Origami dates back to the 17th century in Japan, but it wasn’t until the mid-20th century that people began to consider the practice an art form due, in large part, to origami master Akira Yoshizawa. Since then, origami has gone on to become a respected art and now a tool to revolutionize science and technology. For example, the patterns and folds in origami, when applied …

How Banff Sunshine Ski Resort Farms Snow

While many ski resorts rely on machines to create artificial snow to pad popular trails and keep areas open for business longer, Sunshine Village Ski Resort in Alberta, Canada (also known as Banff Sunshine) utilizes a clever, sustainable technique called snow farming. The resort sets up miles of fencing above the tree line to capture the vast amounts of snow that the wind blows in. …

The World’s First 3D-Printed Lab-Grown Wood

According to a 2021 survey from Nature, about 54% of the Earth’s tree population is gone and will continue to decline so long as a vast amount of daily products (like furniture, paper and medicine) require cutting down trees for wood. However, a new innovation from researchers at MIT could crucially resolve this. Using cells from the flowering plant known as Zinnia elegans, and treating them with …