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Amphibious Architecture

Amphibious structures are not static; they respond to floods like ships to a rising tide, floating on the water’s surface.

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Smell thy self: dog self-awareness and a changing scientific paradigm

Since the 1970s, the ability of animals to recognize themselves in mirrors has been used as a baseline test of whether they possess a self-awareness not unlike our own. By that measure, just a handful of species do — but the test has its critics. Not every species relies on sight like we do. To wit: dogs, who consistently fail the mirror test, but when given a scent-based test seem quite self-aware.

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Mushroom farms hold a secret to sustainable biofuels

A bacteria in old mushroom-growing substrates can convert cellulose to biobutanol, a gasoline substitute. The discovery could lead to a simple, low-cost method to produce butanol from non-food plants and waste biomass.

  | Anthropocene
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