Tag: biology

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BIODIVERSITY LOSS

In his search to reconnect with his Native American heritage, Oklahoma farmer Carl Barnes pursued old, native varieties of corn. In doing so he discovered a brilliant variety of corn now known as Glass Gem Corn that appears gem-like. This…

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PARIS BIO-SKYSCAPER

The architectural office ‘Maison Edouard François’ have designed an incredible Parisian sustainable tower better known as the M6B2 Tower of Biodiversity! The entire structure has been designed to spread seeds over the city. In their design, Maison Edouard François took…

Sun Seeker

A self-driving garden may seem far-fetched but now, the University College London’s (UCL) Interactive Architecture Lab has created a nomadic, self-cultivating garden that moves around all by itself! The sphere has been designed by UCL students William Victor Camilleri and…

SHAPESHIFTER

Chao Chen is a Royal College of Art in London. Whilst undertaking his MA in Design, he was inspired by an ordinary ‘pinecone’ he saw in Hyde Park. It prompted him to layer together a veneer, some fabric, and a…

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The Cultivator (solar meat printer)

The Cultivator uses solar energy and a 3D bio-printer to make functional (and tasty) meat. It does not incur the typical costs associated with meat production i.e. land space, transportation, refrigeration etc. It supports in the creation of small amounts…

SYNTHETIC GASOLINE (from plants)

‘E-benzin’ is a new clean-burning and petroleum-free fuel! It’s been created by Global Bioenergies, Audi’s project partner in France. They have started a ‘pilot-program’ to produce gaseous isobutane from renewable biomass. It can act as raw material for the petrochemical…

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Electricity Direct from Plants

Plant-e has managed to design products that can generate energy from living plants. They explain that it is now possible to utilize the space on your roof, not simply for growing plants, but, for harnessing electricity from those exact same plants!…

When Glowing Trees Become Street Lights

Daan Roosegaarde is a Dutch designer who has been exploring the bio-luminescent qualities of both jellyfish and mushrooms. His ultimate intention is to create glowing trees to replace street-lighting. The systems he finds most intriguing are the way fireflies and…

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Seaweed Furniture Doubling as Fertilizer

 For a while now, Denmark has been using seaweed for insulation purposes. Its durability is outstanding (up to 150 years). Students at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts have put this material to the test be expanding on this…

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Natural Filters

In Cambodia, the floating village of Prek Toal is using wetland plants to naturally filter and absorb contaminants from their waste. For years, on  the Tonle Sap lake, the floating villages have directly flushed human waste into lake water. Microbes…