Sponges are alive and kicking in your home, and they are everywhere.
They’re also making an appearance in a new way: in a puzzle crossword puzzle.
Sponges have been around for thousands of years.
The term “sponge” comes from the Greek for sponge, and the word “crossword” comes directly from the ancient Greeks.
So, how did the sponge become an icon for all things crossword-like?
It’s all about sponge technology.
Inventor and professor of biology at University of Alberta, Dr. Jeff Durbin, told CBC News that sponge technology dates back to the ancient world, when they were just little pieces of clay, and it’s still the way they’re used today.
Durbin says sponge technology has become a big part of the modern-day world of crossword puzzles.
“If you’re doing a puzzle like a crossword, you’re looking for some of the clues that have been in the puzzle for a while.
You know, like where is that square and how many squares is it?” he said.
So, Durbins and his colleagues decided to try and figure out how the sponge was able to adapt to be alive in a crosswords puzzle.
They went to the University of Minnesota to see if they could create a sponge with a biological history.
The researchers used a sponge to be placed in a 3D printer.
They then created a model of the sponge, which is basically just a piece of clay.
They then used a laser to make it out of a biodegradable material that was also biodegraded.
Dowload the video below for more details about the sponge’s bio.
Sponge technology isn’t just limited to puzzles.
The University of Calgary and the University at Buffalo have also created sponge models using biodegradeable plastic.
Duffman and his team are looking to bring the technology into everyday life.
“We are looking at how to make sponge-like objects,” he said, “like in a classroom, you know, or a nursery, or even an office.”