Were humans to one day make it to Mars, one of the problems we’d need to have solved long in advance is how to produce necessities like fuel and drugs without having to take them there ourselves. One way we could do this is by collecting carbon dioxide from the Martian atmosphere and converting it into versatile building blocks for organic compounds. Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley have developed a reactor that can do just that, using a mix of bacteria and a forest of nanowires to make these conversions with what they claim is record efficiency.Continue ReadingCategory: ScienceTags: University of California Berkeley, Mars, Carbon Dioxide

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