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An innovative orange juicer, how science fiction inspires science, a stadium-sized nature installation and more from the web this week

Orange Juicer Turns Peels Into Cups Italian design firm Carlo Ratti Associati’s “Feel the Peel” machine takes the beloved orange juicer and turns it into a model for sustainability. The oranges are still freshly squeezed, but their peels are turned into biodegradable, bioplastic cups. The massive machine stands over nine feet tall and can accommodate 1,500 oranges. Each is peeled and its rind is dried, …

Swiss Curator Klaus Littmann Plants Roughly 300 Trees Inside a Football Stadium

Inspired by Austrian artist Max Peintner’s decades-old dystopian drawing, Swiss curator Klaus Littmann has transformed the Wörthersee football stadium into a central European forest. Some 300 trees (drawn from several species) unite for the large-scale public art installation, known as “or forest – the unending attraction of nature.” After the exhibition concludes on 27 October 2019, the trees will find a new home nearby. Read …

It Seems Trees Actually Can “Talk”

“Hub trees”—a name for the oldest and tallest trees with the vastest root systems—have better access to sunlight than other trees and this leads them to create excess sugar. That sugar is distributed through their roots, underground, to fungi. These fungi, that need sugar to survive, spread their threads (known as Mycelium) through the root system of trees to absorb excess sugar. In return, the …