Difficult-to-Recycle Plastics Comprise this Concrete Block Alternative

The city of Boise, Idaho partnered up with ByFusion—an LA-based processor that uses steam and compression to squeeze plastic into blocks—to find a new way to reuse plastics that can’t be recycled. These blocks, dubbed ByBlocks, are the same dimensions as concrete blocks (eight by eight by 16 inches) as well as the same R-Value. Unlike concrete, however, ByBlocks are 10 pounds lighter, have Lego-like …

Eyes Can Express an Individual’s True Biological Age

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers analyzed over 130,000 retinal images from UK BioBank participants between the ages of 40 and 69. As retinas can offer unique insight into the body’s health, researchers set out to compare how one’s biological age—gleaned from eyes—may differ from one’s chronological age. They found a “retinal age gap,” which can work as a biomarker for health risks. If an individual’s biological …

DESI Constructs The Most Comprehensive Map of the Universe Yet

Despite being only 10% into its five-year mission, the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (known as DESI) has already mapped more than 7.5 million galaxies as it looks up to 10 billion light-years away. Ultimately, DESI intends to scan 40 million galaxies across a third of the sky. DESI “measures the precise distances of galaxies from Earth and their emitted light at a range of wavelengths, …