Fruit trees grow on the roofs of this rammed earth home in Hanoi

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Vo Trong Nghia Architects puts a fresh spin on the ancient art of rammed earth construction in the Dong Anh house, a modern dwelling with fruit trees growing on the roofs. Taking advantage of the property’s secure and isolated location in Hanoi, the architects applied an “open garden design” that embraces nature in, around, and even on top of the home. The thick earth walls have the advantage of high thermal mass and keep the home cool by storing heat during the day and then dissipating that… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that chomps plastic for lunch

At a trash dump in 2016, Japanese researchers discovered the first known bacterium that had evolved to consume plastic. An international team of researchers, building on that finding, revealed the structure of the enzyme the microorganism produces — and then engineered it to be even better.

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