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It’s Alive! Scientists Create Living Concrete...Seriously

January 30th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

Cement is literally a fundamental building block of the construction industry serving as one of the most widely used building materials due to its low cost, durability and longevity.

Changing regulations and building codes has led to research into alternative production methods and substitute materials.

Enter the University of Colorado-Boulder, where “researchers have combined sand, a hydrogel and bacteria into a living material that has similar strength to cement-based mortar, as well as the ability to carry out biological functions, according to Advance Science News.

According to the authors of the study, “Microorganisms can be leveraged for multiple purposes in the design of [living building materials], including increasing the rate of manufacturing, imparting mechanical benefit, and sustaining biological function.”

You can read more here.

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