The Building That Grows as You Recycle

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The Building That Grows as You Recycle
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The architecture giants at Agence Chartier Corbasson have imagined a design feat worthy of a green future.

Their new, London-based conceptual project, "Organic Skyscraper," proposes a high-rise building built from the recycled materials of its residents. The building would essentially "grow" vertically as inhabitants discarded waste like plastic bottles and paper, their garbage turning into insulated panels for floors to come.


Science of the Day: This Newly Made Material is So Dark You Can't See It

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Science of the Day: This Newly Made Material is So Dark You Can't See It
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A British company has produced a "strange, alien" material so black that it absorbs all but 0.035 per cent of visual light, setting a new world record. To stare at the "super black" coating made of carbon nanotubes – each 10,000 times thinner than a human hair – is an odd experience. It is so dark that the human eye cannot understand what it is seeing. Shapes and contours are lost, leaving nothing but an apparent abyss.

Weird Science of the Day: Smelling Farts Might Prevent Cancer

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Weird Science of the Day: Smelling Farts Might Prevent Cancer
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Scientists out of the University of Exeter are implying that smelling farts could actually prevent cancer, among other diseases.

"Although hydrogen sulfide gas"—produced when bacteria breaks down food—"is well known as a pungent, foul-smelling gas in rotten eggs and flatulence, it is naturally produced in the body and could in fact be a healthcare hero with significant implications for future therapies for a variety of diseases," Dr. Mark Wood said in a university release.

Although the stinky gas can be noxious in large doses, scientists believe that a whiff here and there has the power to reduce risks of cancer, strokes, heart attacks, arthritis, and dementia by preserving mitochondria.