Tourists of the 19th century had Ferris wheels to freak themselves out. The 20th century had bungee jumping and skydiving. Today, “skywalks” are scaring people shitless, the longest of which being a 300-metre-long monster just opened in Hunan province, China. Read more >>
A new generation of meta-materials are emerging from a 17th century source. That’s the gist of a new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, where a trio of engineers describe an entirely new form of origami that they say turns a simple piece of paper into a structure more than two orders of magnitude stronger than itself. Read more >>
The tower, called BD Bacatá, is a symbol of a new model for funding big building projects like skyscrapers—with smaller donations from thousands of individual investors, rather than a handful of majors.