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Termite Technology to Shape New ‘Breathing’ Buildings

Termite Technology to Shape New ‘Breathing’ Buildings | Great Ideas | Scoop.it

"Researchers are investigating how termite mounds can be used to shape future buildings which feature walls that breathe as part of a major new international study involving Nottingham Trent University (UK). The $1.35millon project will examine how the unique structure of the termite mound enables stale and fresh air to be exchanged while maintaining a comfortable level of temperature. Described as a lung by the researchers, the termite mound is the only habitat known in the animal kingdom to have been proven to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide without losing heat, which enables termites to live in harsh climates they could not otherwise inhabit. One of the ultimate aims of the project is to create buildings which feature walls that breathe in the same way and reduce the need for central heating or air conditioning."


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Check out Turn Water Into Fuel on New Energy Funding Platform by NEST -- Beta

Water Fuel Capacitor Development Project - by True Green Solutions
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World-Class Buildings For The Underserved, At Under $10k

World-Class Buildings For The Underserved, At Under $10k | Great Ideas | Scoop.it
There are dozens of annual awards doled out to architects who build beautiful, expensive work.
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I love seeing projects like these. "Significant contribution to humanity"

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Invention of the day: A bladeless wind turbine

Invention of the day: A bladeless wind turbine | Great Ideas | Scoop.it
The wind turbine would convert wind to energy without any moving parts.
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Baker Cookstove by Claesson Koivisto Rune

Baker Cookstove by Claesson Koivisto Rune | Great Ideas | Scoop.it
Baker Cookstove efficient stove for developing countries by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Top Third Ventures.
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New portable water filter uses nanoparticles to remove biological and heavy metal pollutants

New portable water filter uses nanoparticles to remove biological and heavy metal pollutants | Great Ideas | Scoop.it
Using a simple and low-cost technology, researchers have built a point-of-use water filtration device that produces potable water at a cost of less than $3 per year per family.
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