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In Switzerland, researchers and architects have teamed up on a project dubbed NEST (Next Evolution in Sustainable Building Technologies) to develop innovative building technologies, including ultra-lightweight and thin components. Their flagship project is HiLo, a prototype residence and office building that will be constructed with [...]

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Smart electricity systems for big savings

by dMASS Staff on December 9, 2013

As heavy users of electricity, commercial customers such as hotels are hit hard when power utilities increase their rates in response to high demands. To protect against these expenses, the director of engineering for a hotel in San Francisco is using an intelligent energy storage and usage [...]

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Tiny holes for a smoother, more efficient flight

by dMASS Staff on November 27, 2013

A chair with holes in it can be lightweight, functional, and still comfortable. But do you want to fly in an airplane with holes in it? Remember that shape is the primary determinant of function, from a molecular level to trains and airplanes, and can [...]

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Unraveling the mysteries of wine

by dMASS Staff on November 27, 2013

Oenologists from the University of California have identified variations in microbes present in the wine must from grapes grown in different regions, providing a more objective, scientific basis for the largely subjective characteristics—or terroir—attributed to wines because of where they’re produced. This research has potential to enable [...]

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Resource Fix: A device to tune out unwanted sounds

by dMASS Staff on November 11, 2013

How do you block unwanted sound from entering a building? Thicker walls, thicker windows, or soundproofing insulation might do the trick, but require a lot of mass. Higher-tech noise-absorbing windows might work, but would require replacing the entire window in an existing building. Sono is [...]

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Part of dMASS thinking entails getting resources where they need to be to do what they need to do, as precisely as possible. A tiny new sensor being developed by Cornell University researchers will help farmers determine precisely how much water crops need, ultimately reducing [...]

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