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每日英語跟讀 Ep.K078: About Europe - Lego is spending £310m to transform its bricks 樂高耗巨資改變它的積木與虛擬寶寶

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每日英語跟讀 Ep.K078: About Europe - Lego is spending £310m to transform its bricks

The Danish toymaker is investing £310m in efforts to create its colourful bricks using sustainable materials, but its quest to find an alternative to oil-based plastic has been quite difficult so far.

這家丹麥玩具製造商正投資3.1億歐元,努力創造使用永續材質的多彩積木,但它尋找能取代油基塑膠的替代方案之路,到目前為止還很艱難。

For five years, a team of more than 150 engineers and scientists have been testing many different plant-based and recycled materials - but making sure the bricks can stick together while coming apart easily has been a challenge.

5年來,一支超過150名工程師與科學家參與的團隊,已經測試過許多不同基於植物與可回收的材質,但要確保積木既能夠黏在一起,又能輕鬆分開,仍然是個挑戰。

Lego executive Tim Brooks said the company has been testing how to use bio-polyethylene, a type of plastic made from ethanol that’s produced using sugarcane, for its hard bricks.

樂高執行長提姆.布魯克斯說,該公司已經著手測試如何使用生物聚乙烯,這是一種由甘蔗生產的乙醇製成的塑膠,製造它的堅固積木。

Lego has also announced that it’s going to ditch plastic bags in its boxed sets, which are currently used to hold loose bricks.

樂高也宣布,它將拋棄盒裝組合內,目前用於盛裝散裝積木的塑膠袋。

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Couples design their own "virtual babies" at Dutch art exhibit 荷蘭藝術展 伴侶可自創「虛擬嬰兒」

Couples who want children of their own got a brief taste of parenthood by creating their own "digital babies" during a virtual reality art exhibit in the Netherlands.

荷蘭舉行的一場虛擬實境藝術展中,想要有自己小孩的伴侶,可以藉由創造「數位嬰兒」,短暫體會當父母的滋味。

Visitors selected the baby’s character traits, physical appearance and other features by answering questions on a computer tablet.

訪客透過平板電腦回答問題,選擇嬰兒的人格特質、外貌和其他特徵。

They sat in sofas in a futuristic room with soft lighting and flowing drapes, which was all part of an installation called "IVFX: posthuman parenting in hybrid reality," created by Dutch visual artist Victorine van Alphen.

荷蘭視覺藝術家艾爾芬推出的這項「IVFX:後人類混合現實為人父母體驗」裝置藝術展,場地是個充滿未來感的房間,有柔和的燈光和飄逸的布幕,讓參觀民眾坐在沙發上。

Their choices were then used to form a computer generated infant - a pulsating pink creature in an incubator, which squealed and had a red glowing heartbeat.

接著電腦會依據他們的選擇,在培養器裡生成一個嬰兒,這個粉紅色的蠕動生物 ,會發出尖叫,心跳會發出紅光。

Source article: https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1401327 ; https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1399606

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