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The Low-Tech Way to Colonize Mars

October 19, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Philip Metzger has been playing with mud. Experimenting, you could say, as he’s a planetary scientist at the University of Central Florida and co-founder of NASA’s Swamp Works lab. In any case, his lab has been stuffing Martian clay into cupcake decorating bags and extruding it into what Metzger himself...

Flesh-Eating Worms Have Returned to Florida

October 10, 2016 Screwworms do exactly what it sounds like screwworms do. The adults lay eggs in open wounds, and the hatched larvae burrow, corkscrew-like, through flesh. Screwworms ate their way into livestock, dogs, deer, and even humans in the U.S. until they were wiped out in 1982, in one of the most...

In Cold Offices, It's All About Your Feet

September 30, 2016 When a tech company recently came to Stefano Schiavon at the University of California, Berkeley to test an air-conditioning system for its office, his mind went to flip-flops. The new system would blast cool air from the floor rather than the ceiling, and this being the Bay Area, and this...