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A New Genre Of Super-Strong Origami Is Being Invented By These Engineers

A new generation of meta-materials are emerging from a 17th century source.

Seeing Japanese Handmade Paper Get Made Is Completely Soothing

Video: I don’t know exactly what’s going on, but you see trees get chopped down and stripped and cooked and boiled and drained and dried and flattened and then transformed into pieces of paper that were all delicately made by hand. It’s a lovely process to watch, especially since it’s so damn soothing.

There's A Toy Fire Truck, Excavator And Blimp Hiding In This Giant Book

The words “some assembly required” often strike fear into parents when they have bought their kid a new toy, but that’s half the fun with Phil Conigliaro’s new book called Colossal Paper Machines. The 128 pages of the massive tome are filled with pre-cut, punch-out paper parts that can be folded, glued and assembled into 10 different toy models.

And Now IKEA Is Making Sofas Out Of Paper

This is about as IKEA as it gets. The Swedish flatpack furniture giant is in the late stages of developing a line of furniture that’s made out of paper. That’s right: paper. Not cardboard. This durable stuff is a fascinating composite of repurposed pulp that can be moulded into any shape. The craziest thing? It looks great.

This Bridge Is Made From Nothing But 22,000 Sheets Of Paper

No glue. No cables. No steel reinforcements. The only thing keeping this bridge intact is, well, physics.

Printing Out The Internet Would Take About 136 Billion Pages Of Paper

Why is the sky blue? Why is water wet? How much paper would it take to print the internet?

Video: Inside The Studio Of Amazing Papercraft Illustrators

Lobulo Design is a team that specialises in making awesome designs and illustrations with paper. This video gives you a glimpse of what they do on a daily basis and it basically looks like an awesome arts and craft class for professional artists. Imagine never having to grow up and just playing with scissors all day. This is the next level of that.

Hands On: Remote Control A Paper Plane With PowerUp 3.0

The original PowerUp kit added a mini powered motor to your favourite paper plane. Now you can remotely control your latest creation using a smartphone to create your very own paper drone.

Making A Book Completely By Hand Is Way More Impressive Than I Thought

It’s completely unnecessary and like two steps away from being a joke, but making a book by hand is a pretty impressive feat. There are so many unseen things you have to do! Like cutting the pages right, sewing them together, silkscreening for colour, glueing everything perfectly and so on.

Pencil Lines Can Turn A Piece Of Paper Into A Simple Sensor

The graphite that slips from the point of your pencil onto a page may be of more use than simply writing and drawing. A team of researchers has shown that simple pencil lines can be used as an accurate sensor to measure the deformation of objects.

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