Opus 12 is one startup on a mission to convert CO2 into useful products

October 16, 2019 by  
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It may sound a bit like alchemy to create building blocks out of thin air, but plants and algae have been doing essentially the same thing for hundreds of millions of years.

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Where’s your Zero Czar?

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What if net zero were the default setting for everything we use and make?

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NASA Harnessing the Power of Microbes to Create Building Bricks on Mars

October 5, 2012 by  
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Mars image from Shutterstock Engineers at NASA’s Synthetic Biology Initiative are creating the building blocks of life – or rather, using life to create building blocks. Instead of shipping construction materials for a theoretical base on Mars, scientists are developing microbes capable of creating the ingredients for bricks and mortar. Feeding on astronaut waste and the materials available to them on the red planet, these space bugs could be the first to colonize Mars. Read the rest of NASA Harnessing the Power of Microbes to Create Building Bricks on Mars Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Ames Research Center , anabaena , andre burnier , bricks , cambridge , cyanobacteria , lynn rothschild , mars , Moffett Field , mortar , mrc labratory of molecular biology , nasa , new scientist , paul dear , Sporosarcina pasteurii , synthetic biology initiative

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Robert Augustine’s Phoenix House is an Off-Grid Eco Outpost

October 5, 2012 by  
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The Phoenix House is a solar home designed to be an outpost for living off the grid. Designed by architect  Robert Augustine , the  Phoenix House is set in the intensely hot, dry climate of the desert near Phoenix, Arizona. It celebrates the potential of emerging photovoltaic and wind technologies and couples them with passive energy design strategies to create a “machine for living.” It is responsive to the external environment and adjusts the internal climate and conditions for optimum comfort, convenience and lifestyle. The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! A giant solar roof umbrella supported by a steel frame and vertical steel trusses sits over the living space. A photovoltaic array and water circulating solar panels are integrated in this umbrella. The house is wrapped in a granular coated, recycled aluminum skin with high emissive qualities that reflects and releases the sun’s heat and keeps the skin surface and structure cool. A two-story greenhouse cavity wall, facing south, insulates and protects the living space from extreme temperature fluctuations. The greenhouse can also help humidify the air in this intensely dry climate. The solar pool, linked to collectors, serves as a heat pump. Brightly colored awnings adjust to shade the roof garden/ deck. A solar electric pumping station charges vehicles directly from an attached photovoltaic. The house is a prototypical design, which can be manufactured as a kit of parts that can be shipped and assembled on-site. + The Phoenix House

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