A hybrid particleboard composite may address the problem of rising supply demand in the developing world – and help lower prices of indigenous raw materials, say researchers at Universiti Teknologi MARA in Selangor, Malaysia.
Maverick designer Hal Watts began his career as a mechanical engineer, but now works across a range of disciplines on projects that examine environmental issues. Michael Bennett discovers why wood is Watts’ favourite material.
When it comes to survival, a shrinking gene pool can put a whole species at risk. Such a problem could be facing the teak tree, which, despite increased planting efforts, is suffering from dwindling natural forests.