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NASA Explore Technology To Build Future Homes Made of Fungi For Moon, Mars

Upon arrival, by unfolding that basic structure and simply adding water, the fungi will be able to grow around that framework into a fully functional human habitat

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Keeping that in mind, the myco-architecture project out of NASA Ames Research Center in California is prototyping technologies that could "grow" habitats on the Moon, Mars and beyond out of life - specifically, fungi and the unseen underground threads that make up the main part of the fungus, known as mycelia. Pixabay

Instead of habitats made of metal and glass, NASA is exploring technologies that could grow structures out of fungi to become our future homes in the stars, and perhaps lead to more sustainable ways of living on Earth as well.

Creating a livable home for future astronauts means doing more than growing a roof to go over their heads. Astronauts will need to have all their basic needs met, just like on Earth, and face the additional challenges of living in a harsh environment on a distant world, the US space agency said in a statement.

Keeping that in mind, the myco-architecture project out of NASA’s Ames Research Center in California is prototyping technologies that could “grow” habitats on the Moon, Mars and beyond out of life – specifically, fungi and the unseen underground threads that make up the main part of the fungus, known as mycelia.

“Right now, traditional habitat designs for Mars are like a turtle – carrying our homes with us on our backs – a reliable plan, but with huge energy costs,” said Lynn Rothschild, the principal investigator on the early-stage project.

“Instead, we can harness mycelia (vegetative part of a fungus) to grow these habitats ourselves when we get there”. Ultimately, the project envisions a future where human explorers can bring a compact habitat built out of a lightweight material with dormant fungi that will last on long journeys to places like Mars.

Upon arrival, by unfolding that basic structure and simply adding water, the fungi will be able to grow around that framework into a fully functional human habitat – all while being safely contained within the habitat to avoid contaminating the Martian environment.

Mycelia are tiny threads that build complex structures with extreme precision, networking out into larger structures like mushrooms.
With the right conditions, they can be coaxed into making new structures – ranging from a material similar to leather to the building blocks for a Mars habitat.

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Instead of habitats made of metal and glass, NASA is exploring technologies that could grow structures out of fungi to become our future homes in the stars, and perhaps lead to more sustainable ways of living on Earth as well. Pixabay

That last layer of mycelia is what organically grows into a sturdy home, first activated to grow in a contained environment and then baked to kill the lifeforms – providing structural integrity and ensuring no life contaminates Mars and any microbial life that’s already there. Even if some mycelia somehow escaped, they will be genetically altered to be incapable of surviving outside the habitat, said NASA.

Mycelia could also be used for water filtration and biomining systems that can extract minerals from wastewater – another project active in Rothschild’s lab – as well as bioluminescent lighting, humidity regulation and even self-generating habitats capable of healing themselves. And with about 40% of carbon emissions on Earth coming from construction, there’s an ever-increasing need for sustainable and affordable housing here as well.

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The harsh environments of the Moon and Mars will require new ways of living – growing homes instead of building them, mining minerals from sewage instead of rock. “But by turning to the elegant systems of our own natural world, we can design solutions that are green and sustainable. Whether on distant worlds or our own ever-changing Earth, fungi could be what brings us boldly into the future,” said NASA. (IANS)

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Interior Designing: A Guide for Perfect Interior Decoration and Improvement

Designing your interior is a one-time thing, and it is a fruitful investment

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The right choice of wall colours, flooring, placement of furniture and decorations is interior design. Pixabay

An Introduction To Interior Design

Design is a lifestyle. Man lived within and surrounded by design- the design of life, the design of nature, the map of the city, the building and well, the interiors. Today, we are here to talk about interior design and its various aspects. Simple or magnificent design is design. The right choice of wall colours, flooring, placement of furniture and decorations is interior design. Although it is more than creativity or innovation, interior design has a scientific ring to it. Hence, the whole concept is the science and art of regulating and executing the architectural interiors and their furnishings. 

As we have talked to the latest Interior designers in Bangalore according to them an interior designer is a professional in this field who has the right qualifications and is licensed to practice interior designing. As a professional interior designer one will analyze the programmatic data, ascertain a theoretical direction, filter and polish the design objective and present graphic communications and construction credentials. 

Interior designers usually supervise the projects from top to the end and serve the following functions:

  • Develop the concept and theme with the client.
  • You are sketching out plans and sourcing vendors and materials.
  • You are synchronizing the requirements with builders and architects.
  • They are directing the placement and arrangement of furnishings and décor items. 
  • We are evaluating the result with clients to ensure contentment. 

Principles Of Interior Designing 

It might not have been conscious, but the concept of interior designing has existed since human habitation. With time, styles and trends have evolved and gone back and forth, but there are certain principles still conformed to by professional interior designers.    

1. Focal Point: This refers to a room having a chief centre of visual interest that would attract significant attention. All the other elements can be arranged concerning the main feature, which could be a big window or fireplace or maybe a bookcase. A focal point can also be created by grouping several pictures on the wall or hanging lights. This principle gives the room a personality. 

2. Unity: All the rooms in the house may sport its personality, but at the end of the day, it should look like it belongs to the house as one single unit. This can be achieved by perhaps having a common feature like similar flooring, identical window treatments, etc. or theme.

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As a professional interior designer one will analyze the programmatic data, ascertain a theoretical direction, filter and polish the design objective and present graphic communications and construction credentials. Pixabay

3. Colour: Colour is known to affect human beings psychologically and physically; it sets a mood. The colour in a room gives it an identity. Colour used in the place can light it up or cool it down, unify spaces, outline focal points, enhance the room’s proportions and much more. The shade depends upon the lighting in the room, its purpose, the theme and the size of the room. 

4. Balance: balance refers to the equivalent allocation of visual weight in a given space. Balance namely has three styles- Radial, Symmetrical and Asymmetrical. In a radial, balanced room, all the design items are set out around a core point. Symmetrical balance is an old school and traditional style wherein the identical objects are placed in the same position on either side of the vertical axis. Asymmetrical style is in the trend now as it showcases the arrangement of different items that have the same visual weight or attraction. It is a more casual approach. 

5. Rhythm: just like in music, interior designing rhythm refers to the repeated use of visual patterns to show continuity and organized movement. To achieve this, a professional interior designer will think of four dynamics- contrast, repetition, transition and progression. The difference makes the items stand out by the opposition. Repetition can be the recurrence of a particular colour, line, pattern or texture. Transition refers to the smooth flow in concept which guides the yes gently from one object to the other in the room. Lastly, progression refers to increasing or decreasing one or more equalities of an element to make it fit in. 

6. Details: paying heed to details enhances the overall feeling of a room, thus making it look more complete and chic.

7. Scale And Proportion: Scale and proportion go hand in hand as it is an indication towards shapes and size. It concerns the ratio of one design element with another or the whole or the size of one item in comparison to the other. 

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Wrapping-Up

Designing your interior is a one-time thing, and it is a fruitful investment. The main motive of the practice is to use the space available effectively in addition to making it visually more appealing. A professional in this field not only has skills but also contacts that can avail you discounts. They will know what is best for your abode or office while keeping in mind how you have visualized it to be.