Microscopic success

I guess even small victories have to be celebrated. My bio-concrete experiment is moving extremely slowly, but it is moving. On a microscopic scale, to be precise. Sometimes I have a hard time understanding things that are so small I cannot see or touch them, but luckily we have instruments that go a long...

Science by smell

One of the unexpected paths I went down over the course of the last two weeks was to judge the success of a current experiment by smell. A bit over a week ago, I started my bio-cementation experiment using a bacterium that can synthesise urea and calcium ions into calcites – a natural cementation...

A/D/O Water Futures

You can still see the A/D/O Water Futures closing exhibition in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, until April 25th. Very happy for my friends Shneel Malik, Brenda Parker, and Laura Stoffels who won first prize in the category “Future Systems and Infrastructure”. Vote on your personal favourite from all category winners here....

Experimentations with bio-cement

I am excited about having started a long awaited endeavour: to try and create biological cement. The cement and concrete industries contribute a whopping 7% to all carbon dioxide emissions and are therefore serious polluters. Cement and concrete are incredibly prolific and undeniably useful materials, luckily new methods exist to produce them – for...