Have biomaterials reached a tipping point?

August 31, 2016 by  
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Biomaterials have come a long way. With companies such as Walmart and Dupont already embracing them, the technology may be about to hit the mainstream.

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How color choices impact the feel of your interior design

July 14, 2016 by  
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Colors are inextricably entwined with moods, due to both learned association and probably also evolutionary adaptation . Red — the color commonly associated with stop signs and fire trucks – causes human heart rate and breathing to increase. Red is a stimulate (in the literal sense), and linked with excitement and danger. Studies show that sports players wearing red win 60% of the time – perhaps because the red tends to intimidate their opponents. On the opposite side of the color wheel, blue is often considered a calming color conducive to creativity. Blue-colored lights have even been installed in public spaces around the world to prevent crime and reduce suicides . The dichotomy between red and blue can be expanded to include all colors separated into two categories: warm and cool. WARM VERSUS COOL While warm colors, like reds, oranges, and yellows, can evoke powerful feelings of excitement and even stimulate the appetite, they’re often better used as accent colors in the kitchen. Cooler and earthier colors help create a welcoming and soothing environment. We’re particularly fond of neutral tones for the large surface areas such as countertops. In the kitchen, a countertop is the surface you’ll be looking at the most, and you want it to blend into the background instead of screaming for attention – and let you focus on the task at hand. People generally choose neutral colors for countertops, and to help you examine how your color choices will impact a room , DuPont has recently published a Color Trend Report , looking at the most common colors typically picked in interior design: whites, greys, blues and earth tones like green and brown. (Download the Color Trend Report here > ) WHITE The color white is often associated with purity, cleanliness and hygiene, which is why it’s a popular choice for kitchen countertops, walls, and spaces where providing a sense of sanitation is important. White invokes newness, space and wholesomeness. Painting the walls white can also make a room seem more spacious and brighter because of the way it reflects light. Of course, there are many shades of white – some warmer and some more cool — but choosing a warmer white, like cream, will help a room seem more inviting and less sterile. White also makes a great blank canvas for texture, such as a tiled splashback, speckled countertop, or even wood accents and cabinetry. Katie Congress, color trend spotter at DuPont, says: “Lighter colors tend to be used more often in kitchen countertops, due to their timeless nature. A few of our most popular colors for Corian® are Sahara, Witch Hazel, Sandalwood, and Rain Cloud. In Zodiaq®, the colors that mimic natural stone have been very popular, such as Calacatta Natura and London Sky .” BLUES The color of both the sky and the sea, blue evokes depth, space, authority and serenity. Perhaps because blue connotes calm authority, it is the most popular color on the planet. When polled on favorite colors, 57% of men choose blue, 35% of women choose blue . Blue is the most popular color in corporate graphic design (logos, websites, business cards), and in the home it promotes a sense of serenity and strength. Painting a room in light shades of blue can also help trick the mind into feeling cooler, a helpful trick in a hot kitchen. DuPont’s Katie Congress also says: “Bathrooms tend to include spa-like hues of blue and green, offset with white, to suggest water. Colors that connote nature and water are often used in bathroom vanities. For showers, Corian® private collection colors are very popular, including Rosemary , Sagebrush and Sandalwood .” EARTH TONES: GREEN & BROWN Nature immediately springs to mind whenever green and brown are paired together. These earthy tones help create a feeling of calm and reassurance thanks to their associations with rich and fertile forests. The color brown is typically used as a neutral base evocative of stability, whereas green reminds us of renewal and growth. The harmonious blend of greens and browns are also great for making any room into an oasis of peace with a warm and inviting environment. GREYS Balance and elegance are the hallmarks of the color gray. While some may consider the color boring or conservative, gray is surprisingly versatile and can serve as a calming neutral base or as a standalone color that communicates timelessness and nuance. Gray has especially become a design staple in contemporary settings and creates a touch of class, sophistication, and even prestige. When paired with contrasting colors like red and white, gray provides balance and serves well to seamlessly connect lighter colors with darker colors. + DuPont Color Report About DuPont Corian The new Corian® and Zodiaq® colors are split into four collections: the refreshing and wholesome White Collection, the opulent and universally popular hues of the Blue Collection, the naturally divine greens and browns of the Earth Tone Collection, and the calming and refined Gray Collection. The colors were carefully chosen for their ability to coordinate with any style and developed with patented technologies like DeepColor ™, which creates a greater depth of color and pattern. Most importantly, these stain-resistant countertops can withstand the long-term wear and tear to match their timeless appearance. Both Corian® and Zodiaq® surfaces are NSF/ANSI Standard 51 Certified for food contact, certified Kosher, easy to maintain, and are 100% non-toxic and non-allergenic. Since the countertops are inspired by nature with either rich, earthy tones or neutral yet refined colors, they’re excellent for pairing with other natural materials like timber cabinetry or even a living green wall . The Corian® solid surfaces can be thermoformed to create sensuous curves evocative of organic shapes, while the GREENGUARD Certified® and low-emitting Zodiaq® quartz countertops create stunning light play with its sparkling crystals. + DuPont Corian® countertops + DuPont Zodiaq® countertops

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Nonstick chemical known to cause cancer in lab rats still unregulated by EPA

March 4, 2016 by  
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The majority of people in the United States have PFOA in their blood . That’s right – the nonstick chemical DuPont used until 2013 that even the EPA condemned. We were told that if used properly, a nonstick pan is safe , but scientists are puzzling over why we still have PFOA in our blood. In the meantime, DuPont is at it again. In 2009 they released a chemical to replace PFOA. Called GenX, it’s used to make Teflon, and already scientists and university professors are raising concerns about its safety. Read the rest of Nonstick chemical known to cause cancer in lab rats still unregulated by EPA

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How mimicking marine mollusks flooded this circular home with natural light

March 4, 2016 by  
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California’s GMO Food Proposition 37 Sparks Storm of Accusations over Misleading Ads

November 8, 2012 by  
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GMO photo from Shutterstock There’s something fishy going on in the Golden State, and we aren’t talking about the GMO genes being spliced into the tomatoes . On Tuesday, California voters ultimately failed to pass Proposition 37, a bill that would mandate labeling for GMO foods – the vote was close , with 47% in favor and 53% against. However back in October, the U.S Department of Justice received an official complaint from an attorney with the CA 37 Right to Know campaign stating that the opposition had made a number of outrageous and possibly illegal statements in their efforts to defeat the law. The advertisement featured the FDA logo below the quote, “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says a labeling policy like Prop 37 would be ‘inherently misleading’.” The FDA never made such a statement, and faking their endorsement could get the creators of the ad into serious hot water. Read the rest of California’s GMO Food Proposition 37 Sparks Storm of Accusations over Misleading Ads Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: academy of nutrition and dietetics , California , california nurses association , dupont , fbi , fda , food democracy now , GMO , jason jones , Monsanto , national academy of sciences , official voter guide , organic consumers union , Pepsi , proposition 37 , Right to Know , Sacramento , Sierra Club , syngenta , the center for food safety , ufw , us department of justice , World Health Organization

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Jay Watson Makes Pixelated Furniture from Recycled Corian Samples

October 29, 2012 by  
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Using recycled Corian samples from kitchen designers and sustainably sourced birch, Oxfordshire-based designer  Jay Watson  built this beautiful credenza. Corian is a popular material for kitchen countertops. Watson collected the Corian samples from kitchen designers and Corian® fabricators , proving that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. The colorful tiles create a pixelated pattern on the credenza, which features three drawers and a cupboard. The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Read the rest of Jay Watson Makes Pixelated Furniture from Recycled Corian Samples Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Corian samples , dupont , Jay Watson , Jay Watson Credenza , Pixel furniture , pixelated credenza , recycled Corian , recycled corian credenza , Recycled Materials , repurposed corian tiles

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The Natural Wood and Moss Keybaord Brings A Natural Touch to Your Computer

October 29, 2012 by  
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Feeling that the aesthetic of modern technological objects were “cold and lifeless,” Robbie Tilton decided to warm things up a little by constructing a keyboard made from wood and moss. Instead of using the visually clean but texturally boring traditional materials of plastic, glass or metal, he instead chose to build the Natural Keyboard out of organic materials, giving some much needed life to our electronics. Read the rest of The Natural Wood and Moss Keybaord Brings A Natural Touch to Your Computer Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apple , CAD , keyboard , laser cutter , MoSS , natural keyboard , new york city , robbie tilton , Wood

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Makaon Has an Uncanny Knack for Recycling Trash into American Pop Culture Icons

October 29, 2012 by  
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Scientists Develop Transparent Soil to Shed Light on the Mysterious World of Plant Roots

October 1, 2012 by  
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The “ rhizoshpere ” is the world of plant roots – a region of soil located just below the surface of the earth. It sounds like a fantastical realm, full of secrets and mystery – and to botanists and agronomists concerned with the issues of food security and climate change, plant roots are indeed a subject of great fascination. Yet, when studying dark, underground environments, how can you truly know what is going on under the surface? A team of scientists at the James Hutton Institute at the University of Abertay Dundee in the UK have developed transparent soil that allows researchers to stare deep into the hidden secrets of plants. Read the rest of Scientists Develop Transparent Soil to Shed Light on the Mysterious World of Plant Roots Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: dr andrew spiers , dr lionel dupuy , dr tracy valentine , dupont , helen downie , James Hutton Institute , nafion , prof wilfred otten , rhizosphere , transparent soil , UK , university of abertay dundee

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DecoBricks: Durable Building Bricks Made From Recycled PET Cups

October 1, 2012 by  
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DecoBricks are a system of modular building bricks made from recycled PET plastic. The decorative bricks repurpose plastic cups and bottles, and they can be used to create green walls, buildings, and pathways. Designed by Dr.Hakan Gürsu from Designnobis , DecoBricks have been honored with a Green Dot Award and an A’ Design Award . + Designnobis The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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