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5:45 PM -- Just when I thought I had been locked in the office too long, I got this photo and caption from Lucent Technologies:

Bell Labs researchers have discovered that the structural levels of an Euplectella sponge correspond to fundamental construction principles on a scale 1,000 times smaller than buildings such as (from top) the Swiss Re Tower in London, hotel De Las Artes in Barcelona, Spain, and the Eiffel Tower in Paris.


Now that I think of it, this is just the kind of breakthrough that has the potential to change the face of modern architecture! Now I'm going to close my eyes and imagine how buildings of the future might look, now that we're secure in our knowledge of the almighty sponge...

Oh, dear.

— Phil Harvey, Porous Wisecracks Editor, Light Reading

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