With more than 300.000 young adults between 20 and 35 in Portugal unable to find a satisfying place in the economy of their local community...a small team of Transição Portugal have explored how to connect people and their community in a support programme for young adults.
A photograph released by Arup has elegantly expressed the resource reduction potential of 3D printing for the construction and manufacturing sectors.
The image of three metal structural elements shows how 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, can lead to a reduction in both weight and cost – with each product designed to perform the same function and carry the same structural loads and forces. However, the much smaller, organic looking form on the right is designed using advanced optimisation and additive manufacturing methods – cutting the amount of materials needed and wasted.
Timber furniture is made from a tree that has been cut down, sawed up, and stuck back together again. Wouldn't it make more sense to grow a tree straight into a piece of furniture? Gavin Munro thought so, now he grows all sorts of furniture straight out of the ground.
As mobile technology progresses, we're seeing more and more examples of low-cost diagnostic systems being created for use in developing nations. One of the latest incorporates little more than a smartphone, tablet, polarizer and box to test body fluid samples for diseases.
Will it be still as a crypt tomorrow or gusty as a typhoon? To find out, you could check the local weather forecast. Or if you wanted a more sublime, artistic answer, you could visit the wonderful Windyty, a simulation of air currents for today, tomorrow, and several days into the future.
Since pre-Islamic times, Oman’s water systems known as aflaj have brought water from the mountains and made the desert bloom. But now, unregulated pumping of groundwater is depleting aquifers and causing the long-reliable channels to run dry.
The planet's protective ozone layer is in far better shape today thanks to the United Nations' Montreal Protocol, which came into force in 1987 and restricted the use of ozone-depleting substances such as CFCs, according to a new study in Nature Communications. The researchers used 3D atmospheric chemistry modeling to look at what might have happened to the ozone layer had the treaty not been implemented. The findings suggest that the Antarctic ozone hole would have grown by an additional 40 percent by 2013 and, had ozone-depleting substances continued to increase, the ozone layer would have become significantly thinner over other parts of the globe. A very large ozone hole over the Arctic would have occurred during the exceptionally cold Arctic winter of 2010-2011 — colder temperatures cause more loss — and smaller Arctic ozone holes would have become a regular occurrence. "We knew that it would save us from large ozone loss 'in the future,'" said lead researcher Martyn Chipperfield of the University of Leeds. "But in fact we are already past the point when things would have become noticeably worse."
The purpose of a carbon ranch is to mitigate climate change by sequestering CO2 in plants and soils, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and producing co-benefits that build ecological and economic resilience in local landscapes.
A new living wall is being claimed as the largest in Europe. Measuring 1,027 sq m (11,055 sq ft), it comprises around 97,000 plants and is installed along the sides of a recently built multistory parking structure at the headquarters of the UK's National Grid on the outskirts of Warwick.
Researchers at Stanford University have created a "designer carbon" with greater pore connectivity and therefore greater electronic conductivity than conventional activated carbon, which enables superior energy-storage performance.
A new public park and trail system will open in the US city of Chicago this weekend. The 606, so-called because of the Chicago ZIP code prefix, is built on the former route of the Bloomingdale Line railway track. Its centerpiece is a 2.7-mi (4.3 km) elevated recreation and cultural trail.
Flora Moon's insight:
Houston, we have a great opportunity to turn an eyesore called the Pierce Elevated into something wonderful and fun...
According to the latest U.S. Energy Storage Monitor, a quarterly report from GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association (ESA), the United States deployed 5.8 megawatts of energy storage in the first quarter of the year. That’s up 16 percent over the first quarter of 2014. Seventy-two percent of the nation’s recently deployed capacity wasRead More
Given that here in the Midwest it's still planting season, and pollinators still (always!) need good habitat, I hope that anyone reading this will feel inspired to add more native plants to their gardens.
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