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New ‘Thinking Soil’ Fixes Concrete Foundations Using Engineered Bacteria

How stable are the buildings where we live and work? Our homes rest on concrete foundations about a foot thick and twelve feet deep. The foundations of skyscrapers can be up to 20 feet thick and 280 feet deep. That’s a lot of concrete. And a new genetically-engineered soil is about to double its strength and durability. Concrete foundations exist partly to protect against land subsidence, which occurs when groundwater is withdrawn through drainage, underground mining, thawing permafrost, or other causes…. read more

The Synthetic Biology Era Is Here—How We Can Make the Most of It

We are entering an era of directed design in which we will expand the limited notion that biology is only the ‘study of life and living things’ and see biology as the ultimate distributed, manufacturing platform (as Stanford bioengineer, Drew Endy, often says). This new mode of manufacturing will offer us unrivaled personalization and functionality.  New foods. New fuels. New materials. New drugs. We’re already taking our first steps in this direction. Joule Unlimited has engineered bacteria… read more