Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Controlling lightning with lasers, transforming dumps into parks, mapping subterranean passageways and more

The First 3D-Printed Two-Story Home in the US New York design firm Hannah, Germany-based company Peri 3D Construction, and Texas engineering and construction firm Cive have partnered to create the first 3D-printed two-story home in the US—currently being built in Houston. The 4,000-square-foot, three-bedroom property will serve as a case study on how to best streamline 3D-printed construction, test the capabilities of the machine and …

The World’s First 3D-Printed Lab-Grown Wood

According to a 2021 survey from Nature, about 54% of the Earth’s tree population is gone and will continue to decline so long as a vast amount of daily products (like furniture, paper and medicine) require cutting down trees for wood. However, a new innovation from researchers at MIT could crucially resolve this. Using cells from the flowering plant known as Zinnia elegans, and treating them with …

NASA Taps ICON to Develop Habitats in Space

A $57.2 million contract moves the needle toward living on the moon and Mars

The dream of settling on the moon is beginning to look more feasible. At the forefront of this development is NASA who has recently awarded a $52.7 million contract to the Austin, Texas-based startup ICON to create a lunar construction system for longterm human presence on the moon and Mars. The contract is a continuation of ICON’s Project Olympus, a program (also partly funded by …