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Future buildings could grow their own foundations

6 Dec , 2016  

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Reuters have produce a short video featuring out Computational Colloids project: Researchers at the universities of Newcastle and Northumbria want to render traditional building foundations obsolete. They’re working on engineering individual cells that react to changes in the environment and strengthen the soil around them, potentially making concrete-filled trenches unnecessary. Jim Drury reports. Full video […]

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Daily Mail article published on Computational Colloids and Construction on Mars

10 Nov , 2016  

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Forget bricks, researchers say ‘smart soil’ injected with GM bacteria could be used to grow the first homes on Mars Genetically engineered bacteria injected into Martian soil could one day be used to grow the foundation for buildings on the red planet. Scientists and architects have teamed up to create a new material known as […]

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Genetically Engineered Bacteria Will Get Construction Jobs on Mars

7 Nov , 2016  

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Coverage in Inverse Magazine focuses on the alien world applications of the Computational Colloids project: Every building starts with a strong foundation — pouring concrete into a hole, constructing on top of it. But according to Martyn Dade-Robertson, the buildings on Mars won’t follow that formula, instead relying on colonies of genetically-engineered bacteria to be […]

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“Bacteria in soil may stop homes collapsing” Coverage of Computational Colloids in The Times

1 Nov , 2016  

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The times have published an article on the Computational Colloids Project: Houses could be prevented from collapsing by bacteria genetically engineered to stabilise the soil beneath their foundations. When they sensed physical pressure such as subsidence or earthquake, the bacteria would make “bio-cement” to harden the ground underneath the building. Researchers led by Martyn Dade-Robertson, […]

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International Press Coverage for Computational Colloids

1 Nov , 2016  

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There have been a number of articles written in response to our Thinking Soils paper including: tiscali news:  http://notizie.tiscali.it/scienza/articoli/arriva-cemento-vivente/ l’humanite: http://www.humanite.fr/la-societe-en-bref-613694 Next Big Future: http://www.nextbigfuture.com/2016/10/genetically-modified-bacteria-could.html

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“‘Thinking soil’ made of bacteria could keep buildings from collapsing”

28 Oct , 2016  

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An article on our Computational Colloids project has been published in Science: It can be quite costly, even catastrophic, when the land under a building subsides. But genetically engineered microbes may one day keep that from happening if researchers in the United Kingdom are successful. Inspired by undergraduates who made a concrete-repairing bacterium—dubbed BacillaFilla—for a […]

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Feature Article in Living North Magazine

23 Oct , 2016  

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Our projects on genetically engineering a new generation of building materials have been featured in the November issue of Living North Magazine. The article features and interview with Martyn Dade-Robertson on the future of building materials in the age of biotechnologies focused on our work on Bacteria based materials.