First-Ever Biodesign Sprint Winners Announced

Biodesign Challenge and Google Hardware Design Studio partnered for the first-ever Biodesign Sprint—a competition where individuals or teams (of up to six people) reimagine how biotechnology can work within the consumer category in more eco-friendly, sustainable ways. Those taking part aren’t just professionals, applications are open to everybody from hobbyists to industry experts. Some 40 teams (20 student, 20 professional) and 170 individuals from 15 …

Hybrit Makes “Green Steel” Without Coal

While traditional ore-based steel manufacturing uses coking coal and creates approximately 8% of the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions, Swedish venture Hybrit replaces coal with “renewable electricity and hydrogen” to make their “green steel.” Hybrit is owned by Nordic and US-based steelmaker SSAB (which currently accounts for “10% of Sweden’s and 7% of Finland’s carbon dioxide emissions”), as well as state-owned utility Vattenfall and miner LKAB. …

Venice Architecture Biennale 2021: Nature as the Ultimate Architect

Many of this year's participants looked to the natural world for their innovations

The 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale was destined to be a memorable event for a multitude of reasons. Perhaps the most obvious: it’s one of the first international events open to the public since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. After so many months of lockdowns, forced closures and virtual viewing rooms, an occasion like this—meeting with new and old peers—was undoubtedly a strange and exhilarating …