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by Hannah Furlong HM_GCA_Circular-business-models_transp_635.png Two design challenges are back and accepting new entries for products designed to help enable a sustainable future. The non-profit H&M Foundation is accepting applications for the second edition of its Global Change Award through October 31st, 2016. The competition is seeking early stage ideas that present new circular approaches for the fashion industry – whether by changing the way garments are designed, produced, shipped, bought, used, or recycled – by adding disruptive technology or using a new business model.

Cradle to cradle The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute is accepting entries from September 1st to December 1st, 2016 for the next Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge. The challenge series is presented in partnership with Autodesk, with support from Alcoa Foundation. This is the fourth in a series of six global design challenges slated to run through 2017.

Chris Wiltz A team led by researchers at Harvard University has produced the first untethered, autonomous, "soft" robot. Dubbed "Octobot," because of its octopus-inspired design, the robot was created using a combination of 3D printing, molding, and soft lithography and has no rigid parts like a circuit board or battery. The researchers, who published their work in the journal, Nature, this month, hope their proof of concept will lay the foundation for a new generation of soft robots with the flexibility and dexterity to move and operate in tight spaces.

by  The dazzling, haunting ‘combines’ at the heart of Tate Modern’s forthcoming retrospective were part of a private game between Rauschenberg and his peers and sometime lovers, Cy Twombly and Jasper Johns Robert Rauschenberg Generous, big-hearted and political … Rauschenberg in front of his picture of President Kennedy. Photograph: Burton Berinsky/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image   Robert Rauschenberg’s 1954 work Untitled is an upright wooden box supported by a white, colonial-era table leg over an open stage-like enclosure in which a stuffed Dominique hen struts next to a nostalgic photograph of a tall man in a white suit. Walk around this oddly compelling array – every surface of which is covered in old pictures, newsprint and smeared paint – and you find a pair of shoes, painted white. Do they belong to the man in the portrait? Who was he? Why does this constellation of stuff trigger such an undeniable, unforgettable sense of mystery?

Written by Maarten Labberton The move towards a true resource efficient and circular economy is an invitation to think differently about the way we produce, consume and use, argues Maarten Labberton. Lattine alluminio More than seven out of 10 aluminium drinks cans are recycled across Europe The move to a circular economy is also an opportunity to re-invent our business models, adapt and optimise our industrial value chains and turn our waste into resources. But within this context, it is essential to distinguish between two kinds of recycling: one where the material gradually degrades, and another that permanently keeps the material in the loop.