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The field of lunar agriculture has taken a big step forward, with scientists reporting the first ever plants grown in soil from the Moon. While the process resulted in something far from an edible meal, the team's success marks a significant milestone in the effort to sustain a lunar base and carry out missions into deep space, and offers useful insights into the makeup and viability of the forei
New York office SO-IL and Parisian studio FREAKS have completed the renovation and extension of an 18th-century glass factory in France, adding a sweeping concrete plaza that unites a series of cultural spaces. Read more
The omnipresent nature of plastic waste threatens the environment in all sorts of ways, particularly as it is broken down into tiny fragments known as microplastics. This includes contaminating soil through sources such as wastewater irrigation and sewage, and scientists in Germany are exploring an interesting solution to this problem, demonstrating how birch trees might be used to soak up the sm
If you're designing a plastic for applications such as food packaging, you want it to stay clean but you don't want it to stick around for centuries once discarded. A new lotus-leaf-inspired material may fit that bill.Continue ReadingCategory: Materials, ScienceTags: Plastics, Biodegradable, Water resistant, Self-cleaning, RMIT University
Architect Marc Thorpe has unveiled renderings of a set of houses in Uganda that will be constructed almost entirely from bio-bricks made from local soil and feature solar-panelled roofs. Read more
Vin Varavarn Architects has used local materials and construction techniques incorporating bamboo and soil to design an agriculture learning centre in Thailand's Pak Chong District. Read more
Uber Eats deliveries to Mars are going to be expensive, so the first colonists of the Red Planet will need to figure out how to grow their own food locally. A new study has shown that dosing plants with symbiotic bacteria can drastically improve their growth in barren Mars-like soil.Continue ReadingCategory: Space, ScienceTags: Mars, Crops, Plants, Agriculture, Agricultural, Colorado State Univer
If there are two things that are essential to human life, they're water and oxygen – neither of which are easily available on the moon. Thanks to a new technique, though, astronauts may someday be able to harvest those elements from lunar soil.Continue ReadingCategory: ScienceTags: Moon, ESA, Oxygen, Water, Minerals, Astronauts
By casting one eye to a past where ancient buildings were held together with animal blood, and one eye to a future where humans use Martian soil for on-site construction, scientists have cooked up a new recipe for cost effective "cosmic concrete." Groups of astronauts in space could produce hundreds of kilograms of the material each year, according to the scientists, continually expanding a poten
As work continues to clean up the mess left by the meltdown of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in 2011, scientists are enlisting some local help in their efforts to survey the damage. A study has shown how snakes living in the Exclusion Zone can be serve as living, breathing monitors of radiation levels in the area, with the help of GPS and VHF tags.Continue ReadingCategory: Environment, Sc


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