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Engineers Are Creating Origami Strong Enough to Make Buildings Out Of

The reign of the fold out chair may be short-lived, as soon there will apparently be fold out everything. Researchers from the University of Illinois, Georgia Institute of Technology, and University of Tokyo are working on a new type of origami that's strong enough to use in spacecrafts, buildings, and bridges, and can be folded down for easy shipping. The process relies on combining multiple "zippered tubes" into three-dimensional structures, and while we'd be lying if we claimed to understand exactly how it works, it's pretty mesmerizing.

· A New Genre of Super-Strong Origami Is Being Invented By These Engineers [Gizmodo, via design boom]