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The New Taipei City Museum of Arts Conceptual Design International Competition

The New Taipei City Museum of Arts Conceptual Design International Competition | Algae | Scoop.it

The New Taipei City Museum of Arts Conceptual Design International Competitio


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Algetektur – Entwicklung einer Photobioreaktor-Fassade | Algae Observer

Algetektur – Entwicklung einer Photobioreaktor-Fassade | Algae Observer | Algae | Scoop.it
Eine Algenfassade integriert die Algenzucht in urbane Strukturen. Mit gebäudeintegrierten Photobioreaktoren gewinnt die Algenbiotechnologie an Sichtbarkeit.

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gmp Architekten Breaks Ground on New Solar Eco-Park in Qingdao, China

gmp Architekten Breaks Ground on New Solar Eco-Park in Qingdao, China | Algae | Scoop.it
gmp Architekten broke ground this week on a new eco-park for living and working in Qingdao, China that will largely be powered by renewable energy.

The new urban quarter will be about 10 sq. km in size – roughly the same as the Berlin Mitte district. Inspired by the surrounding landscape, the park’s buildings will mirror the rock formations and green plains. Extending from the mountain ridge in the south and to the bay in the northeast, the site will feature 8 rock-like blocks with soft contours and flowing nature corridors. Short distances between the blocks, along with mixed uses and higher density, support walkability and energy conservation.

 


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It's strong, it's durable, it's cheap: A $9 Cardboard Bike Set to Enter Production in Israel

It's strong, it's durable, it's cheap: A $9 Cardboard Bike Set to Enter Production in Israel | Algae | Scoop.it

A fully-functioning, water-resistant cardboard bicycle is all set to hit the streets. And all major engineers claimed "it cannot be done".

 

The last time you purchased something made entirely from cardboard, chances are it was a box to pack up your belongings. While the sturdy material is perfect for moving your stuff, an inventor from Israel has figured out a way to make cardboard move you. Using nine dollars worth of materials, bicycle enthusiast Izhar Gafni has created a fully functioning, water-resistant bicycle, made, from seat to spokes, entirely of recycled cardboard. The technology makes the environmentalist's choice mode of transportation even a bit greener and easier on the wallet.

 

The all cardboard bike is shockingly durable: it can carry riders who weigh up to 485 pounds. A layer of coating atop the cardboard shields the bike from the elements and gives the finished product the look and feel of lightweight plastic. While the cost to make the bicycle ranges from nine to twelve dollars, the manufacturer expects to sell the vehicle for sixty to ninety dollars depending on the optional addition of an electric motor.

 

“It's going to be a game-changer in the bike world,” says Giora Kariv, an Israeli artist and a longtime friend of Gafni's who made a documentary about the project. “Like Henry Ford who made the car available to anybody, this bike is going to be cheap and available to any child in the world, including children in Africa who walk dozens of miles to school everyday.” Gafni's next steps involve establishing a company to produce and distribute his cardboard creation to the world market. He's currently working with investors to have the product ready for mass-production and worldwide distribution by next year.


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New Technology to Reduce Cost of Solar Energy by 75%

New Technology to Reduce Cost of Solar Energy by 75% | Algae | Scoop.it

A new solar technology developed at RTI International (Research Triangle Institute) could make solar energy more affordable by as much as 75% and thus speed-up its market adoption.

 


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Biodiesel refinery up for grabs in Florida - BioEnergy News

Biodiesel refinery up for grabs in Florida - BioEnergy News | Algae | Scoop.it
Biodiesel MagazineBiodiesel refinery up for grabs in FloridaBioEnergy News'This is the perfect time to purchase the refinery and make the necessary investment to bring it back on line,' says ASF CEO Rodney Sutton.

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A molecular method for the delivery of small molecules and proteins across the cell wall of algae using molecular transporters

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Joel M. Hymana, Erika I. Geiheb, Brian M. Trantowb, Bahram Parvina, and Paul A. Wender

 

"Interest in algae has significantly accelerated with the increasing recognition of their potentially unique role in medical, materials, energy, bioremediation, and synthetic biological research. However, the introduction of tools to study, control, or expand the inner-workings of algae has lagged behind. Here we describe a general molecular method based on guanidinium-rich molecular transporters (GR-MoTrs) for bringing small and large cargos into algal cells. Significantly, this method is shown to work in wild-type algae that have an intact cell wall. Developed using Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, this method is also successful with less studied algae including Neochloris oleoabundans and Scenedesmus dimorphus thus providing a new and versatile tool for algal research"


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Canopea is a Solar-Powered Urban Habitat with a Vertical Farm ...

Canopea is a Solar-Powered Urban Habitat with a Vertical Farm ... | Algae | Scoop.it
Team Rhône-Alpes only built one prototype for the collegiate design competition that will be open to the public in Madrid beginning 14 September, 2012, but they will also introduce a concept that includes 69 of these compact solar-powered dwellings...

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A Look into the Causes of Poverty in the U.S.

A Look into the Causes of Poverty in the U.S. | Algae | Scoop.it

"Are more and more people in the western world dropping off the radar and becoming the invisible poor or is the opposite happening?  We recently heard that an astounding 46 million Americans are officially below the poverty line (That's $23,050/year for a family of four according to the official sources).  That number really caught our eye and as such we decided to do a little more digging to help put some more facts and figures around it.  Above is a nice visualization of the results we came up with."


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Chandrima Roy's curator insight, January 14, 2013 3:36 AM

wow

Ivan Koh's curator insight, February 3, 2013 7:37 AM

This is my insight using See-Think-Wonder.
From this statistic, i can see alot of statistic about the number of people who are poor and the people's opinion related to poverty and welfare. In the article, i can see that 46million american are considered to be poor, and form the authors opinion, to prevent porverty, we should manage our wealth and make sure that we earn more than we spend.

I think that from the statistics, most people are poor mostly due to the fact that  they were uneducated in alot of ways. From the statistics, 1.2 million students drop out from high school every year. Thus, these people were mostly uneducated and cannot find a proper job, leading to drugs and borrowing of money. i also think that most people are poor because they are lazy and do not want to help themselves, as agreed by half of the americans that the poor are not doing enough to help themselves, and by 43% of americans that people who are poor can find a job if they are willing to work.

This article and statistics makes me wonder why american governments are not doing enough to educate students the importance of jobs and studies. Because people who are poor can actually work, but are too lazy to do it, this also makes me wonder why the government are giving money to the poor when they are able to help themselves 

Brandon Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 10:36 AM

The insight of this article merely showed that more and more people does not really have  a good financial health, which also has translated into people wer e "invisible poor" especially those living in the western world. Comparison had been made on its poverty line between USA and UK statistics.

In my opinion, managing a country's budget its not an easy task, this is because a country need competitive global presence and to boost the economy. People need to produce more and more services outside its own country.

I have often thought that a country's population does have an impact on a country's economic growth.

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Sapphire Boosts Yields from Blue-Green Algae ... - Algae Biodiesel

Sapphire Boosts Yields from Blue-Green Algae ... - Algae Biodiesel | Algae | Scoop.it
In a move that extends the scope of its algal biofuel production, San Diego's Sapphire Energy says it has modified certain cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, to produce significantly higher yields of “green” crude ...

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Could algae-based biodiesel be the fuel source of the future? – Peace River Record Gazette – Alberta, CA

Alternate non fossil fuels have been around for a long time. What is technically possible is also becoming economically possible. What  had been lacking was a motivator for change . Peak oil and c...

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Solar panels help retain irrigation water

Solar panels help retain irrigation water | Algae | Scoop.it

This solar panel laid on the vast stretches of agricultural channels in Gujarat, India generates 1 MW of electricity per kilometer & prevents evaporation of 1 crore(10,000,000) liters of water every year, a very great help to local (and not so local) agriculture.  


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New technology produces up to 50 fold more electricity from wastewater using microbial fuel cells

New technology produces up to 50 fold more electricity from wastewater using microbial fuel cells | Algae | Scoop.it

Engineers at Oregon State University have made a breakthrough in the performance of microbial fuel cells that can produce electricity directly from wastewater, opening the door to a future in which waste treatment plants not only will power themselves, but will sell excess electricity. The new technology developed at OSU can now produce 10 to 50 more times the electricity, per volume, than most other approaches using microbial fuel cells, and 100 times more electricity than some.

 

Researchers say this could eventually change the way that wastewater is treated all over the world, replacing the widely used “activated sludge” process that has been in use for almost a century. The new approach would produce significant amounts of electricity while effectively cleaning the wastewater.


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R&Sie Architects Design a Living Green House Lost in Paris

R&Sie Architects Design a Living Green House Lost in Paris | Algae | Scoop.it

Can’t decide on a green roof or a vertical garden? No problem, just do both! R&Sie Architects designed the aptly-named ‘Lost in Paris‘ house for an ‘urban witch’ who feeds the house through 300 glass-blown pods. A potion of rainwater and plant nutrients nourishes 1200 ferns drop-by-drop throughout the year. The houseplants are entirely hydroponic, and completely engulfing the 1400 square foot concrete home. The blanket of ferns protects the house from outside elements and regulates its inside temperature, all the while adding life and freshness to the neighborhood.

Taking nearly five years to build, this home for 4 is always getting attention. Architect Francois Roche explains it as “a game of attraction and repulsion” where passersby may be inspired or frightened, and of course wary of the looming ‘urban witch.’ R&Sie Architects are no newcomers to breaking architectural norms. They’ve built and conceptualized a gigantic spider’s nest, an alchemist’s greenhouse for experiementing with toxic plants, and even an exhibit at MIT based on urinotherapy.


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Spirulina explained: Here's what you need to know about this healing superfood

Spirulina explained: Here's what you need to know about this healing superfood | Algae | Scoop.it

Spirulina ncreases antioxidant protection, fights free radicals, fights the aging process, curbs appetite and promotes weight loss, supports health cardiovascular function, improves the digestion process and gastrointestinal health, creates beneficial flora in the digestive tract and makes the body produce more red and white blood cells which kill germs and viruses. wow.  

 

 


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Waste plant goes solar

Waste plant goes solar | Algae | Scoop.it
Waste plant goes solarArizona Daily SunA power purchase agreement between the city and a Massachusetts developer has led to the recent installation of more than 2000 solar photovoltaic panels at the Wildcat Wastewater Treatment Plant in east...

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French-California connection sees solar through new lens | SmartPlanet

French-California connection sees solar through new lens | SmartPlanet | Algae | Scoop.it
Franco-American joint venture will magnify sunlight before it hits a photovoltaic panel, intensifying energy and saving rooftop space and land.

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My Widing's curator insight, March 28, 2014 3:20 AM

The condition of our planet is crucial. If we want to have a future, especially involving technology,  we need to put focus on our environment. Yes, we already are but not to its fully. This article tell us about concentrated photovoltaics, (CPV). It is similar to Photovoltaic (PV) solar technology. Although CPV actually stores the energy from sun as fluid and can be utilized on demand, while PV convert sunlight into energy only at the present of the sun. CPV is slight more expensive than PV but it doesn't have to be. We have everything we need and I think that if we want to create something good for this planet, we can. Technology is moving forward, I believe this is something we might rely on in the future.  

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Why SEO And Social Media Are Undervalued

Why SEO And Social Media Are Undervalued | Algae | Scoop.it

"It seems like many companies have heard about social media becoming part of our everyday life. However, companies think that if they are not utilizing the tools then they might be missing out on something.

 

What are they missing out on or is it just a fad? From our experiences we have seen how clients can under-value social media and SEO services.

 

How can you educate your client to believe these services are a vital part of their campaign? We want to share with you how we show our clients that they need to be using these tools to their advantage".

 

Read More: http://socialmediaeatery.com/why-seo-and-social-media-are-undervalued/


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Genetically Engineered Algae For Biofuel Pose Potential Risks That Should Be Studied

Genetically Engineered Algae For Biofuel Pose Potential Risks That Should Be Studied | Algae | Scoop.it
Columbus, OH (SPX) Aug 21, 2012 - Algae are high on the genetic engineering agenda as a potential source for biofuel, and they should be subjected to independent studies of any environmental risks that could be linked to cultivating...

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How A Biofuel Dream Called Jatropha Came Crashing Down : NPR

People thought the hardy Jatropha tree was the answer to the food vs. fuel debate, until it wasn't. Financial hard times and a misunderstanding revealed this biofuel to be like all the rest — in need of good food and water.

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Beyond 7 Billion

Beyond 7 Billion | Algae | Scoop.it
After remaining stable for most of human history, the world's population has exploded over the last two centuries. The boom is not over: The biggest generation in history is just entering its childbearing years.

 

The Los Angeles Times has produced an in-depth interactive feature centered around the impact of an increasing global population.  With videos, population clocks, narrated graphics, maps, photos and articles, this is treasure trove of resources that cuts across many disciplines. 


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Toward a more economical process for making biodiesel fuel from algae

Toward a more economical process for making biodiesel fuel from algae | Algae | Scoop.it
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 22, 2012 - Scientists have described an advance toward a long-sought economical process that could turn algae, like the stuff of pond scum, into a revolutionary new and sustainable source of biodiesel and othe...

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Solar-powered robots to track sharks

Solar-powered robots to track sharks | Algae | Scoop.it

Now sharks, too, will have easy access to Wi-Fi hot spots. But the wireless signal-transmitting hot spots aren't for the sharks to use — they're part of a network of robots that are being deployed in the Pacific Ocean to gather data about where sharks, whales and other ocean predators swim. The robots will start gathering data this summer from predators that already have been tagged with acoustic devices.

 

"Our goal is to use revolutionary technology that increases our capacity to observe our oceans," marine scientist Barbara Block, who organized the network from her laboratory at Stanford University, said in a statement.

 

Block is sending to sea a combination of fixed buoys and solar-powered, self-propelling robots that look a bit like surfboards when they're in the water. (The robots, called Wave Gliders, set a Guinness world record in March for the longest distance traveled by unmanned vehicles.) Each buoy and robot will be able to detect any tagged animals that pass within 1,000 feet of it. The buoys and robots then will send their data to researchers on land in real time.


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The biological impacts of the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan on the pale grass blue butterfly

The biological impacts of the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan on the pale grass blue butterfly | Algae | Scoop.it

The collapse of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant caused a massive release of radioactive materials to the environment. A prompt and reliable system for evaluating the biological impacts of this accident on animals has not been available.The accident caused physiological and genetic damage to the pale grass blue Zizeeria maha, a common lycaenid butterfly in Japan. The F1 offspring from the first-voltine females showed more severe abnormalities, which were inherited by the F2 generation. Adult butterflies collected in September 2011 showed more severe abnormalities than those collected in May. Similar abnormalities were experimentally reproduced in individuals from a non-contaminated area by external and internal low-dose exposures. Conclusion: the artificial radionuclides released from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant caused a variety of physiological and genetic damage to this species.


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