Bacteria-grown bricks eliminate the need for firing

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Concrete is one of the most widely-used substances on the planet. It is also one of the most polluting. Cement, the key ingredient in concrete, accounts for around eight percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. Now, North Carolina-based bioMason has hit on a way to reduce the carbon emissions from traditional clay bricks. They use bacteria to grow bricks eliminating the firing process, and saving a tremendous amount of energy. Ginger Dosier, the founder of bioMason, hit on the process while studying the formation of coral reefs. Dosier realised that, like concrete, coral reefs are composed largely of calcium carbonate.…

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