How polar bears can lower our heating bills

Courtesy of Materia

Courtesy of Materia

It makes sense: Want to design the ultimate insulation? Look to the polar bear. That’s what a student at the Royal Academy of Art did to create Plyskin, according to this Materia article. The three-layered material mimics the makeup of a bear’s skin and, most importantly, is being developed biobased and recyclable materials.

Contributed by Janine Benyus

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