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Long-lasting bonds

Flexible building design is good for the environment. Traditional cement production is not as it's responsible for 8% of global CO2 emissions. A statistic that an American startup is striving to change. Inspired by marine ecosystems, the female founder experimented with bacteria that produce calcium carbonate. One of the company’s first products are stone tiles, manufactured in a patented process...

Rational reaction

There are ‘sweet solutions’ for rare earths. Bacteria, meanwhile, can be used to break down metals. Now, a research team at Northwestern University is investigating how the tiny organisms can help rationalise chemical processes in an environmentally-friendly way. The team reprogrammed an anaerobic bacteria so that it could convert CO2 into two widely-used chemicals. Acetone is mainly used in...

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