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Predicting the future has always been one of the great desires of human beings and, especially, of scientists. From fiction writers to biologists and mathematicians, great visionaries predicted the use of the smartphone, the rise of teleworking or the 2020 crisis many decades in advance.
The smart fabric revolution has a new player: fungi. Their ability to detect a variety of stimuli—chemical, mechanical and electrical—makes them potentially key components for monitoring the environment in a new generation of wearable devices. And these properties have already proven effective in the construction industry.
From Julia Morgan, the world's first woman with a degree in architecture, to the more futuristic Zaha Hadid, on the occasion of International Women's Day we celebrate outstanding women in a field in which they were even more invisible than in technology, engineering or science.
3D printing has revolutionised construction by allowing materials and infrastructure to be designed in a fraction of the time, while improving durability and reducing costs. Now, this new trend in prefabrication has continued to gain steam, and is even positioning itself as a winning solution for the post-COVID era, from folding houses to dwellings that can be erected in 24 hours.
The definitive takeoff of e-commerce, on the back of the COVID-19 pandemic, faces one last hurdle: gaining the trust of consumers who are increasingly committed to the environmental impact of their purchases. Packaging, and the ecological footprint of the delivery, are the weakest points of online sales to become a greener alternative to traditional purchases.