Bricks are incredible. Bricks are incredible for the simple fact that anything that could possibly be built is built with bricks. Problem is making bricks emits a lot of CO2, especially in kilns found throughout the developing world. To curb this noxious emitter of CO2, a professor from the American University in Abu Dhabi has devised a bacterial brick making process. Puzzled?
Don’t be. Ginger Krieg Dosier, an architecture professor, thinks that using non-pathogenic bacteria to induce sand to precipitate calcite is the perfect formula for clean bricks. And it is.
It’s a wonderful invention no doubt and should not only highlight the importance of bricks in modern construction, but the importance of bacteria as well.
Bacteria are the most exciting creatures in our planet. Unfortunately most of us have been conditioned by advertising and pseudo-science that the only way to deal with bacteria is by ‘cleaning’ them through eradication using products such as soap, alcohol, and whatever chemical claims to take our surroundings bacteria free.
But the awful truth is bacteria are mighty useful and a significant percentage of bacteria are quite harmless. The only thing stopping from living in a better world is finding a way to tap into the potential of bacteria.