Their porous and hollow surface provides ample space for harvesting bacteria.
Researchers at the University of Maryland and the University of Colorado Boulder discovered that the seed pods and fibers of the tropical tree can be hubs for harvesting key bacteria.
The wood-reinforced concrete modules welcome a more cohesive bond between structure and cladding.
These wood-reinforced concrete modules, fabricated by students at University College London's Bartlett School of Architecture, create a more cohesive bond between a building's structure and cladding.
The emerging technology could benefit from using eco-friendly bioplastics rather than fossil fuels.
These radical polymers may lead to inexpensive, transparent solar cells and flexible, lightweight batteries, but the technology could benefit from using eco-friendly bioplastics in its development.
A biologist compares the evolution of violin shapes with that of leaves.
A biologist at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, in St. Louis, studied the shape and functionality of more than 9,000 violins crafted over four centuries, finding their evolution similar to that of biological entities like leaves and with the potential to influence the design of the built environment.
A titanium-mesh solar panel allows air to enter the battery.
The hybrid device can store nearly all of the power it harnesses thanks to a direct connection between its mesh solar cell and lithium-ion battery.
The centuries-old Maya metropolis continues to surprise.
Columnist Blaine Brownell visits the great plaza in Tikal National Park, where ongoing archaeological research is evolving contemporary understanding of the Maya civilization.