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Teeter-totter on US/Mexico border named 2020 Beazley Design of the Year

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Following the unveiling of a shortlist last October, London’s Design Museum has revealed the winner of the prestigious 2020 Beazley Design of the Year Award, the Teeter-Totter Wall. The judges lauded the project for briefly bringing together communities on either side of one of the world’s busiest and most politicized borders.

The teeter-totter (or see-saw, to non-US readers) installation was created by architects Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, with Colectivo Chopeke, and consisted of three bright pink teeter totters which were slotted into gaps in the steel boundary wall that divides El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Mexico, by designers from both sides of the border.

Teeter-Totter Wall was only installed for 20 minutes, which was just enough time for some Mexican and American kids to play together
Teeter-Totter Wall was only installed for 20 minutes, which was just enough time for some Mexican and American kids to play together

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The considerable bureaucratic headache of getting permission to set up an art installation on the heavily guarded border area meant that the project took a decade to realize. Once finally put in place on July 28, 2019, it only remained for 20 minutes, which was just enough time for a few children from either side of the border to play on it. The event was filmed and broadcast around the world.

“It is great to see a project that is seriously playful and playfully serious is the winner of our Beazley Designs of the Year Award for 2020,” says Tim Marlow, Chief Executive and Director of the Design Museum. “The Teeter-Totter Wall was originally installed for only 20 minutes in 2019 across the US/Mexico border, but it encouraged new ways of human connection and struck a chord that continues to resonate far beyond El Paso in the USA and Juarez in Mexico. It remains an inventive and poignant reminder of how human beings can transcend the forces that seek to divide us.”

Tetter-Totter Wall was installed on the El Paso/Juarez border between the US and Mexico
Tetter-Totter Wall was installed on the El Paso/Juarez border between the US and Mexico

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The project is certainly topical but isn’t the first time that the Design Museum has used its annual award to highlight marginalized groups such as refugees and migrants, with Ikea’s Better Shelter winning back in 2016. Additionally, as well as the overall award, winners were also declared in six different categories, plus a People’s Choice award, each of which can be seen in the gallery.

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Bürstner makes Ford van a flexible mini-camper multitool

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The Copa comes in several color options

More and more camper brands have realized that many customers don’t want a big, ugly RV rotting away in their driveways for 3/4 of the year. They’d much rather have a small multipurpose vehicle to use every day of the year, including as a camper. Not long after similar product debuts like the Crosscamp Lite and VanTourer Urban, German motorhome manufacturer Bürstner launches its own take on the multipurpose mini-camper van. Its Ford Transit Custom rolls onto the road as a six-seat business van, two-person adventure gear-hauler, four-person camper van and open cargo van. It’s a highly compelling rig for those who want a compact van that’s much more than a camper.

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Category: Automotive, Transport

Tags: Campervan, mini-campervan, Camping, Outdoors, Motorhome, Motorhomes, CMT-2021

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A starfish-shaped body could help underwater robots stay put

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A starfish's body shape causes water flowing in from the side to be diverted upward, pushing the animal down

Things can get very chaotic on the ocean floor, making it difficult for underwater robots to keep from being swept away. New research, however, suggests that by copying the structure of the starfish, they could actually be pressed into place.

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Category: Robotics, Technology

Tags: University of Southern California, Underwater, Soft Robotics, Biomimicry

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Iridium levels of submerged crater support dinosaur extinction theory

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Artist's impression of dinosaurs in the wake of the cataclysmic impact that occured 66 million years ago

A new study has analyzed asteroid dust recently discovered in the Chicxulub asteroid crater. The findings further support the theory that the dramatic impact was the cause of the mass extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs.

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Tags: Extinction, Dinosaurs, Asteroid, Comets, University of Texas

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Special silkworm diet results in stronger silk

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Although silkworms usually eat mulberry leaves, a select group in Japan were fed cellulose nanofibers

Along with its use in clothing, silk also shows promise for use in products ranging from surgical sutures to seed coverings. Scientists have recently devised a method of making the material stronger, by altering the diet of silkworms.

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