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Products Made From Mushrooms

Ecovative Design: COO Ed Browka, Chief Scientist Gavin McIntyre, and CEO Eben Bayer

Eben Bayer invented biodegradable packaging material and building insulation made from mushrooms and other agricultural byproducts.

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Protecting Our Roadways

Structural engineer Ted Zoli makes bridges from novel materials that are both lightweight and disaster-proof.

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Where’s the Turkey?

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Doctors and nutrition scientists have long warned us about the potential dangers of meat. The over-consumption of animal fats – especially red meat – has been linked to such problems as obesity, heart disease, and cancer; and the harvesting of livestock puts a serious strain on the environment. So beyond limiting one’s meat intake (and following food journalist Michael Pollan’s advice to “eat food, not too much, mostly plants”), what’s a burger-loving person to do?

As it turns out, the future of your Thanksgiving feast might just lie in a test tube.

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Wrecking Ball Meets Blast-Proof Wallpaper

The new X-Flex Blast Protection wallpaper, created Berry Plastics and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, promises to help walls keep their shape and guard against flying debris in the face of explosions. Watch as a heavy wrecking ball fails to tear down a brick wall lined with a single sheet of this amazing stuff. [PopSci]

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Connect A Million Minds

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Use your zipcode to search for engineering and science camps and activities in your area at www.connectamillionminds.com. Simply go to “The Connectory” and type in your zipcode.

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