The world’s first "Biological House" opens in Denmark

November 29, 2017 by  
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Danish firm Een til Een just unveiled the world’s first “Biological House.” The designers developed a process that converts agricultural waste (including grass, straw and seaweed) into raw building materials – and the resulting home leaves virtually zero impact upon the environment. Supported by the Danish Ministry of the Environment Fund for Ecological Construction, the architects built the eco-friendly home in secret for the new BIOTOPE ecopark in Middelfart, Denmark. The project – which was designed by advanced digital production technology – was first and foremost guided by sustainability at every stage. The architects sourced various agricultural “leftovers” for the project’s building materials. Mounds of recovered grass, straw and seaweed – all of which would, under normal circumstances, be burned for energy – were processed into raw materials to be used in the home’s construction. Not only were the products upcycled, but the environmental impact of burning them was avoided. Related: Man builds ultra-efficient green home as a love letter to the environment The home’s sophisticated cladding was also chosen for its strong eco-friendly profile. Kebony modifies sustainably-sourced softwoods by heating the wood with a bio-based liquid, basically polymerising the wood’s cell wall. This innovative process, which was developed in Norway, coverts softwood pieces into durable hardwood panels, perfect for building. In the case of the Biological House, the silver-grey cladding will develop a patina over time, giving the home a beautiful rustic character. The home’s construction process was also environmentally-forward. The architects tested and developed many innovative technologies during the construction process that would reduce the project’s impact. Instead of building on a typical concrete foundation, for example, the home was built on screw piles. This allows the home to be easily removed at any point, without causing damage to the terrain. + Een til Een Via World Architecture News Images via Kebony Technology

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Virginia Tech Biological Pest Control in India Saves Farmers $309 Million

February 18, 2014 by  
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The papaya mealybug is a particularly nasty pest that rips through papaya, eggplant, and tomato crops in southern India, but it’s hard to control since it is resistant to conventional pesticides . Without intervention from the same Virginia Tech team that helped Africa farmers combat the leaf miner moth , the mealybug would have caused $309 million worth of damage in the first year of its invasion, and more than $1 billion over the next five years. Rangaswamy “Muni” Muniappan developed a natural pest control program that wiped out the papaya mealybug’s onslaught in India – all for the modest cost of $200,000. Read the rest of Virginia Tech Biological Pest Control in India Saves Farmers $309 Million Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture in India , biological controls for invasive species , biological pest control , Integrated Pest Management Innovation Lab , leaf miner parasitic wasp , mealybug parasitic wasp , natural pest control , papaya mealybug invades India , Rangaswamy “Muni” Muniappan , species resistant to pesticides , Tamil Nadu Agricultural University , unconventional pest control , virginia tech        

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DNA Pioneer Craig Venter Announces Work on a 3D Printer for Vaccines

October 24, 2012 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Geneticist J. Craig Venter told attendees at the recent Wired Health Conference in New York City that his scientific team is working on what he calls “a 3D printer for DNA, a 3D printer for life.” Such a device—which Venter refers to as a “biological teleporter”—could be used to instantly produce vaccines, medications or biological materials anywhere in the world simply through the transfer of a digital file. Read the rest of DNA Pioneer Craig Venter Announces Work on a 3D Printer for Vaccines Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D , 3D printing , biological , craig venter , DIY , DNA , genetic , genomics , injection , maker , Medicine , printer , Printing , vaccine

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Cantilevering ProtoHouse is a Fibrous 3D-Printed Home Waterproofed on the Inside!

October 24, 2012 by  
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It was only a matter of time before 3D-printed houses started popping up, but Softkill Design’s fibrous ProtoHouse wasn’t exactly what we all had in mind. Eschewing the conventional solid house, the London-based firm printed a 1:33 model of a fibrous cave-like dwelling which uses a bone-growth formula that only puts material where it is structurally necessary. And because water can easily enter the home, waterproofing was added on the inside! Read the rest of Cantilevering ProtoHouse is a Fibrous 3D-Printed Home Waterproofed on the Inside! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printer , cost efficient housing , eco design , fibrous house , green design , London , prefabricated design , printed house , ProtoHouse , sustainable design , UK

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Charming Timber Matchbox House in Michigan is on Track for LEED Platinum

October 24, 2012 by  
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Portugal’s Off Grid Garducho Biological Center Promotes Habitat Protection

January 5, 2012 by  
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Clever Condoms Say Safe Sex Can Save a Species

February 11, 2010 by  
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As Valentine’s Day approaches, the clearly lighthearted folks at the Center for Biological Diversity are giving away condoms with packaging that features endangered animals to remind the amorous of the threats posed to species by

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Cook Inlet Beluga Whales: 3,000 Square Miles of Critical Habitat Proposed

December 1, 2009 by  
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The National Marine Fisheries Service has proposed to designate over 3,000 square miles of critical habitat for endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales. Good news for critically endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales: The Center for Biological Diversity announced today that over 3,000 square miles of critical habitat has been proposed by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Read more of this story »

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