A creative solution could ease concrete’s strain on the environment.
Concrete in some Roman piers is not only still viable today but stronger than it ever was. We’re now beginning to understand why.
Sculpture or noise box?
An innovative type of concrete has the potential to save lives and millions off of taxpayers’ money.
Concrete practically surrounds us, but how many of us really know what it is?
When there’s rain, let alone a storm, city streets form puddles and in some extreme cases get flooded. That’s because concrete mostly keeps water out, and only a tiny volume gets absorbed. A company from the UK, however, has come up with such an innovative solution that it almost seems like magic were it not pure science at work. Namely, they came up with a new kind of concrete that allows more water to percolate through its gaps, so much that 1,056 gallons were gobbled up in under 60 seconds during a test. It all seems unreal – but it’s as concrete as it gets.
Tomorrow’s bridges, tunnels and other engineering structures might be built with a different type of “smart” concrete: Belgian researchers at the University of Ghent have created a self-repairing type of concrete.
Houses of the future might be built with bacteria – at least partially. It may sound like science fiction, but a Spanish company located in Madrid is working to make that a concrete reality. It all starts with a common type of soil bacterium being. Put it in some soil, provide it with nutrients, and keep the temperature steady at about 30
More and more people are becoming aware of the harmful effect that human activity is having on the environment, and are attempting to reduce the impact by making alterations to their lifestyle and homes. The concept of energy saving ‘eco garages’ is also becoming increasingly popular, not only do they conserve energy but also save money. You can build large
In a quest to make concrete not only more durable but also more sustainable, a group of geologists and engineers have found inspiration in the ancient Romans – whose imposing buildings have passed the test of time, surviving two millennia. Geology and the Romans Using classic microscopy, as well as the Advanced Light Source at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley