Aeroponics: Grow Plants Without Soil

 Aeroponics: Grow Plants Without Soil

Using soil to grow plants is so last century. We live in the future, we don’t need to get our hands dirty with dirt. No, we’re all about aeroponics, where specially formulated nutrient mists replace soil. This Broto Domestic Greenhouse lets you use aeroponics to grow plants, constantly checking the pH, temperature, nutrients, and humidity to ensure that they grow as healthily as possible.

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I-Swarm Project: Robotic Ants May One Day Build On Mars

I-Swarm Project:  Robotic Ants May One Day Build On Mars

I-Swarm Project

Recent discoveries of water and Earth-like soil on Mars have set imaginations running wild that human beings may one day colonize the Red Planet. However, the first inhabitants might not be human in form at all, but rather swarms of tiny robots.   Video after the jump.

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Ecovative Design’s Greensulate Revolutionizes Insulation

Ecovative Design’s Greensulate Revolutionizes Insulation 

Ecovative Design’s Greensulate (building insulation) and Negative Volume (packaging) are manufactured -or rather, grown-from agricultural waste products like rice hulls, which are combined with water, recycled paper and living mushroom cells to create panels that can be used to insulate buildings or protect packages during shipment.

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Electricity from Dirt: Is it Possible?

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A New Job For Dirt?

It turns out wind power, solar power and lunar power are not the only possible renewable energy sources for our future. Dirt power might be next. There are already plans for use of it in places of Africa that are off-grid.

We first heard of dirt power back in May of 2008. Six Harvard University students (a.k.a known as Lebônê) won a $200,000 grant from World Bank at the Lighting Africa 2008 event in Accra, Ghana for inventing a way to turn soil into electricity using microbial fuel cells.

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Martian Soil May Contain Substance Less Friendly To Life

Martian Soil May Contain Substance Less Friendly To Life 
 Phoenix spacecraft’s inverted scoop preparing to take soil samples on Mars.

NASA’s Phoenix spacecraft has detected the presence of a chemically reactive salt in the Martian soil, a finding that if confirmed could make it less friendly to potential life than once believed.

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