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.
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.
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.
Lego has also announced that it’s going to ditch plastic bags in its boxed sets, which are currently used to hold loose bricks.
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.
Visitors selected the baby’s character traits, physical appearance and other features by answering questions on a computer tablet.
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.
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.
Source article: https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1401327 ; https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1399606
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