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Do you want to wake up every morning in a mold? Instead of a regular apartment made out of wood, concrete, glass, and metal, every aspect of the room consisted of a living room, a white horse, which is constantly regenerating itself.
In a thought-provoking paper by a group of European academics and what they have to say, it is the first examination of the life of fungus’ potential as a raw material for the eco-friendly and futuristic-looking “monolithic structures” that could be a revolution in the world of the built environment, and the economy.
“We’re set up for the development of a structural surface with the use of the live fungal mycelium,” says the paper’s abstract. “Fungal infection in the buildings themselves, to grow, to build and to repair itself.”
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A new paper argues for the possibilities of life in the structures of molds.
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The paper is in part a response to the climate change that has pushed scientists to consider biological materials that are, in theory, should not have to rely on fossil fuels.
“Fungal infection, the materials may have a wide range of mechanical properties available, ranging from foam, wood-like to polymer-like to elastomeric-like,” Han Wösten, a microbiologist at the Netherlands’ University of Utrecht, who is the co-author of the yet-to-be-peer-reviewed paper, he told the Futurist. “The fact that we were able to make it out of wood-like materials means that we will be able to use it for the construction industry.”
Researchers have been investigating the possibility of living materials, such as concrete, that will be able to save up for a certain period of time. NASA has been looking into the question of the future houses on Mars would be able to be made from the mold. Many of these ideas, a new study from the mold, it is still in the speculative stage.
“The selling point of our material is that it is biodegradable, and thus contribute to the creation of a ‘circular economy’,” Wösten, told the Futurist. At the same time, it should not be degraded when it is actually being used as a construction material. We can work around this apparent paradox in that the coating of the material. In fact, we are low of wood with paint and oil in order to protect it from deterioration.”
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