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Under your feet is an information superhighway made of fungi

May 3rd, 2016 at 5:11 pm » Comments Off

Mushroom bodies are made of a mass of thin thread called mycelium. Mycelium acts as an information superhighway that speeds up interaction, of a diverse population and plants. But just as our networks are not always safe, these fungi networks too have a dark side of plants using the networks to their advantage.



Skyfarms, Wind-powered, vertical structures, are the future of agriculture

April 15th, 2016 at 11:34 am » Comments Off

The future of farming is coming to the big city. Skyfarm, a hyperboloid tower that combines different farming techniques, from aquaponics to traditional soil based methods, in a bamboo structure that generates wind energy, won an award at the 2014 World Architecture Festival’s Future Projects Experimental category. The design was praised by the jury as a “thorough, […]



Organic Burial Pods Turn Your Loved Ones Into Trees

March 8th, 2016 at 10:24 am » Comments Off

The very thought of death puzzles, touches and disturbs us all. One thing we do know for sure is that not one of us will escape death, and so you might as well know how you want to be buried.



Scientists create cyborg rose

November 23rd, 2015 at 7:38 am » Comments Off

Swedish scientists are taking the futuristic idea of plant cyborgs and making the leap from science fiction to real-world science. They have been working on ways to regulate plant growth, using electronic wires grown inside the plants own nutrient channels to host sensors and drug-delivery systems. The aim is to provide just the right amount of plant hormones at just […]



This ‘artificial leaf’ could produce the cleanest energy on Earth

August 28th, 2015 at 6:49 pm » Comments Off

Plants are the original solar power generators, turning the sun’s rays into energy through the process we all learned about in biology class: photosynthesis. So, when we think of solar power, we should be thinking about plants instead of solar panels.



Trees improve your health, and researchers develop tool to show exactly where cities should plant them

August 12th, 2015 at 6:46 pm » Comments Off

Pollution levels decrease and the health of people improves when cities plant trees. Studies show that America’s trees save thousands of lives a year, mainly by preventing breathing-related problems (they also make you feel like you have more money, if you’re into that sort of thing).



Grow your ashes into a tree with the Bios Urn

January 27th, 2015 at 12:13 pm » Comments Off

How would you, your loved ones, or even your pet like to grow into a tree after death?  It is now possible with the Bios Urn.



Dutch company using living plants to power streetlights

January 15th, 2015 at 2:32 pm » Comments Off

Dutch company harnessing electricity from living plants. The Dutch company Plant-e, is using living plants to power more than 300 streetlights, WiFi hotspots, and cell phone chargers.  The “Starry Sky” project started in November 2014 by Plant-e near Amsterdam in an old ammunition site called HAMburg.  



Algae used to extract metals from mine tailings

December 30th, 2014 at 11:39 am » Comments Off

England’s Cornish Tin Mine Jamie Doward – A pioneering research project to clean up a flooded Cornish tin mine is using algae to harvest the precious heavy metals in its toxic water, while simultaneously producing biofuel. If the project, which is at a very early stage, is proven to work, it could have huge environmental […]



Latest thinking about terraforming Mars, introducing cyanobacteria

December 27th, 2014 at 8:39 am » Comments Off

Terraforming Mars While scientists believe that at one time, long ago, Mars had an atmosphere similar to Earth’s and was covered with flowing water, the reality today is quite different. In fact, the surface of Mars is so hostile that a vacation in Antarctica would seem pleasant by comparison. In addition to the extreme cold, […]



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