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 Hidden Sea and ReSea Project’s Clean Ocean Mission

Based on South Australia’s Limestone Coast, this wine company has a global vision

From cleared old-growth forests to gaping caverns caused by strip-mining, the scars of humans’ exploitative relationship with Earth are on full display across the planet—yet one insidious issue has been building for decades deep underwater. Since single-use plastics made their way into mainstream circulation in the mid-20th century, more than 100 million tons have ended up in the ocean, killing countless animals and forcing vulnerable …

Global Music Vault’s Mission to Preserve Music for 10,000 Years

This archival project stores data on Microsoft's new, silica glass platters

The 21st century is characterized by rapid musical innovation, from streaming thousands of songs online with a click of a button to storing albums on the cloud. Within all this progress, though, one element hasn’t advanced like the others: longevity. In comparison to hieroglyphs, which have endured nearly 5,00 years, music storage is ephemeral, beginning to deteriorate as early as five years on a hard …