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Chile’s central grid has quadrupled its solar capacity since 2013, and now the nation is generating so much solar energy that it’s giving it away for free. Meanwhile, the world’s newest sovereign nation is taking shape between Croatia and Serbia, and it could be powered entirely by algae. In other energy news, China added half of all new wind power installed in 2015, and the world’s largest commercial rooftop solar array was installed atop a shopping mall in the Philippines.

3D printing technology started small, but now it’s being used to print entire houses. This week Chicago-based architecture firm WATG unveiled plans for the world’s first freeform 3D-printed house. In the Netherlands, a team of designers has developed a sturdy modular home made from 24 layers of cardboard that can be assembled in a single day. And we explored why round houses are able to withstand hurricanes that destroy traditional homes. Finally, in wearable tech news, MIT researchers developed a way to 3D print programmable “fur” that could be used in textured surfaces, and London’s Science Museum hosted a space-inspired fashion show.

Chile’s central grid has quadrupled its solar capacity since 2013, and now the nation is generating so much solar energy that it’s giving it away for free. Meanwhile, the world’s newest sovereign nation is taking shape between Croatia and Serbia, and it could be powered entirely by algae. In other energy news, China added half of all new wind power installed in 2015, and the world’s largest commercial rooftop solar array was installed atop a shopping mall in the Philippines.

3D printing technology started small, but now it’s being used to print entire houses. This week Chicago-based architecture firm WATG unveiled plans for the world’s first freeform 3D-printed house. In the Netherlands, a team of designers has developed a sturdy modular home made from 24 layers of cardboard that can be assembled in a single day. And we explored why round houses are able to withstand hurricanes that destroy traditional homes. Finally, in wearable tech news, MIT researchers developed a way to 3D print programmable “fur” that could be used in textured surfaces, and London’s Science Museum hosted a space-inspired fashion show.

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