Dissolving “Regenera” Skyscraper Heals Burnt Ecosystems

A temporary shelter concept for birds and small animals in ecosystems damaged by wildfires, architect Alberto Roncelli’s “Regenera” tower dissolves with wind and rain to scatter seeds and other nutrients in the process. Roncelli’s vision incorporates a ground-level “lab,” which scientists can utilize to run initial studies on the healing progress—but it is ultimately abandoned to let erosion take over. Further, each level is composed …

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Tech, gender, science and nature news from the first week of 2020

Italian Vogue’s Sustainable January 2020 Issue After Vogue editors across many international editions declared that the magazine would do its best to “preserve our planet for future generations,” Italian Vogue cut photo shoots—and photos—for its January 2020 issue. In a letter to readers, editor Emanuele Farneti details the embarrassingly long list of people, supplies, and trips needed to complete an issue: “One hundred and fifty …

Researcher Invents New Field to Study Life Found in Smoke

As flames still burn from another year of disastrous fires, Leda Kobziar (of the University of Idaho) works to grow a new field of study, Pyroaerobiology, that surveys life found in the puffs of smoke emitted from forest fires. Not only bacteria, fungi, and archaea flourish here, but allergens and viruses, too. When the ashen clouds rise and permeate faraway places, so do the things …