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16 May

Working in partnership with Le Coq Sportif, automaker Citroën recently introduced a pair of show vehicles intended to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the company's signature Type H van -- but with the addition of bold colors inspired by the Le Coq brand.

One of the vehicles pays homage to the classic Type H design, while the other, known as the Citroën Jumpy, sports sleeker and more modern lines. Both vehicles are intended to serve as mobile bike workshops and are scheduled to be on display at various Le Coq Sportif events throughout the coming year.

The Type H and the Jumpy can also be turned into workshops for flocking jerseys, should that need arise, illustrating the capacity of both vehicles to serve as functional yet pleasing to the eye. And both vehicles sport Le Coq's signature colors as well as the company logo.

14 May

Each year, more than 200 million people die from malaria, which hits Africa hardest. But a new vaccine could reduce malaria-related deaths by 90 percent by the year 2030.

Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi have been chosen as the first three countries to test the vaccine on hundreds of thousands of children. Children are most likely to die from the disease, since their immune systems aren’t as developed as adults. The vaccine won’t replace existing measures to prevent the disease, World Health Organization (WHO) officials have said. Acting as a supplement to those measures, though, WHO anticipates the injectable could save tens of thousands of people.

12 May

A large part of sustaining life on Mars is finding a way to give humans the life-sustaining nutrients they receive on Earth. NASA researchers are hard at work doing just that, in the form of a greenhouse system that will allow Mars dwellers to grow plants.

The space agency has already had success in growing plants on the International Space Station, but the same structure faces more challenges on the Red Planet. A team of scientists and engineers have created a prototype at the Kennedy Space Center which uses a closed-loop system to recycle nutrients in a way that imitates the lifecycle on Earth. Astronauts would set up the inflatable greenhouse on the planet, at which point they would be able to produce the plants and crops that are essential to breathing, drinking, and eating.

10 May

Tokyo seems to love everything associated with manufacturing, robotics, engineering, and science.  And that deep devotion to all things tech-related has had an effect on how people relate to machines of all kinds -- especially anything having to do with automation.

As a report from Evolo notes, "The proliferation of vending machines in Tokyo is impossible to ignore. They are on nearly every block in Tokyo down alleyways, in front of convenience stores and almost in every neighborhood."

The proliferation of vending machines has resulted in the elimination of sales clerks. So, could a giant vending machine potentially do away with the need to deal with home sales staff?

That's one of the ideas behind the Pod Vending Machine, which would dispense housing units on demand and continue to grow skyward as the city's housing demands increase.

08 May

How can the food needs of nearly 24 million people be met without needing to run an expansive farm, taking up valuable space, particularly in heavily populated areas?

By building a massive, vertical urban farm among the skyscrapers -- an idea that's gaining traction in various parts of the world where open, arable land is hard to come by.

Plans for the latest such farming laboratory call for a 100-hectare facility in the Chinese city of Shanghai, where high real estate prices make building vertically more economical. Besides, it's nice to see something alive and growing amid all the steel, concrete, and glass structures reaching skyward.

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