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Generating as much oxygen per day as 400,000 square feet of natural woodland, the Urban Algae Canopy combines architecture, biology and digital technology to create a structure that generates energy, responds to and enhances its environment.
Created by EcoLogics Studio and demonstrated in Milan, Italy, this “world’s first bio-digital canopy integrates micro-algal cultures and real time digital cultivation protocols on a unique architectural system,” with flows of water and energy regulated by weather patterns and visitor usage. Sun increases photosynthesis, for example, causing the structure to generate organic shade in realtime. In addition to CO2 reduction, the canopy as a whole can produce over 300 pounds of biomass daily, all through a relatively passive system that requires far less space and upkeep than conventional civic greenery.
originally posted by: Elementalist
a reply to: Kapusta
We just need science to stop sending satellites and rock surveying robots ... and use our top scientists and billions of tax payers dollars, to get on the right track.
When we fix earth, then let's study Mars rocks
In other words, we would all burn twice as bright for half as long.
One potential detrimental effect would be on lifespans: more oxygen would mean more oxidative stress caused by oxygen radicals in metabolism (Protein oxidative damage is associated with life expectancy of houseflies). The damage ranges from DNA and cellular damage all the way to central nervous system modifications (Hyperoxia, reactive oxygen species, and hyperventilation: oxygen sensitivity of brain stem neurons). Oxygen really is a double-edged sword: for all its positives, its also a toxic element; all cells have defences against it, but the degree to which they're geared to higher atmospheric levels is a question mark, although adaptation is very likely, as shown by this study which successfully selected for flies to live in 90% oxygen.
originally posted by: swanne
a reply to: Kapusta
Cool! S&F for the find!
Just by curiosity, It says that it makes as much oxygen than "a forest". So... how many kg of oxygen does this thing produces per volume?
originally posted by: SuperFrog
a reply to: RedParrotHead
I don't think that your question is dumb or something we should all laugh about...
originally posted by: OccamsRazor04
Great now we can destroy more forests.