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The grubby truth – insects hold the key to our future.

By Joe La Delfa. 9 billion people by 2050. A significant statistic such as this raises some questions, a fundamental one being, “what will we eat?”  The answer is food, right? Well as you have probably heard before, factors such…

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Homelessfonts – type with street cred

By Lorrin Windahl. According to Homelessness Australia, the second highest cause of homelessness is financial difficulties. So, it is great to hear of an organisation working with the homeless to help them generate an income. And even better for this blog,…

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Does empathy lead to a better design?

By Brett Capron. Design Thinking is a process used by product designers to develop innovative products that are engaging to use, feasible to manufacture, profitable to sell and, perhaps most importantly, beneficial for broader community stakeholders. A crucial stage in…

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F1 racing leads the charge for greener cars

By Nat Hunt. Motorsport in general is seen by most as a gratuitous waste of petrol, rubber, and more money than anyone would care to think about. Therefore, it’s a fair question as to why it’s featuring on a blog…

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Tesla: Open sourcing sustainability

The ‘Patent Wall’ at Tesla headquarters, June 11th and 12th. (Images courtesy of Tesla) By Nat Hunt. On June 12th 2014 Tesla Motors released all of their patents claiming that they would not sue anyone for using their technology in…

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Warming the littlest hearts

By Lorrin Windahl I love hearing about stories like this. Something that started with an idea in a classroom but developed into a realised product that is helping the most vulnerable be less vulnerable. That’s the story behind the Embrace Warmer developed…

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Heartfelt for felt

By Lorrin Windahl. Let me introduce you to a little material that has been around for years, is made from renewable resources, is soft to touch and can provide shelter from the rain. Is there really such a wonder material? Indeed there…

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Organoid: freeform moulding of natural fibres

By Lorrin Windahl. The guys at Organoid Technologies have developed an interesting material process. They have worked out how to turn wood chips into freeform mouldings. And the wood chips that they source are residue from logging so they are…

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