The Roads Of The Future Will Fix Themselves
Submitted by: lalapancakes⚫ 5 months ago
The future is going to be paved with limestone bursting bacteria who will fix your potholes for you. That’s what the Telegraph says, anyway. The latest news in futurism points to 7% of the world’s CO2 levels coming from cement manufacturing and a new construction material being developed to counter both pollutant output and ultimately, to quickly fix roads. Sounds like a great concept. Just gotta ask where the hell all the construction workers are going to go when their jobs dissolve into bacteria...
Researchers at the University of Bath, Cardiff University and the University of Cambridge created the concrete blend, which is full of bacteria hidden in tiny capsules.
As soon as water seeps into a crack, the bacteria quickly burst out their cases and produce limestone, sealing the gap up before it can widen and become a pothole.
The scientists believe the technique could vastly increase the life of concrete, remove the need for repairs, and reduce costs by up to 50%.
Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere would be lower because there would be no need to constantly replace roads. More than 7% of the world’s CO2 emissions are due to cement production.