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STEAM & Makerspaces. A Brilliant Device That Completely Reinvents Crutches. How-To: Make an RGB combination door lock (Part 1) Nuerobiology. Neural Network. New Learning. Open Source Ecology. Top 5 Plants that Repel Mosquitoes. 5 Mind Blowing Underwater Cities! Garden. World design rankings 2013. Jan 06, 2014 world design rankings 2013 world design rankings 2013 each december, world design rankings (WDR) releases a list that positions countries according to the number of international juried design competitions and awards they have won over the last twelve-month period. organized by the A’ design award & competition, the aim of the WDR is to provide data and insights to economists and journalists regarding the art, architecture and design industries, and bring to light the annual contributions made to global design culture through advocation. 2013 saw 69 countries evaluated, with puerto rico and iceland among them, debuting for the first time under a new section called ‘design business insights’ that scores countries based on their success in diverse design fields and categories, broken down into three additional tables (strengths, weaknesses and opportunities) for each nation.

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Blogger's Showcase. This Garden In A Bottle Has Been Thriving Since 1960: Sealed in its own ecosystem and watered just once in 53 years. To look at this flourishing mass of plant life you’d think David Latimer was a green-fingered genius.

This Garden In A Bottle Has Been Thriving Since 1960: Sealed in its own ecosystem and watered just once in 53 years

Truth be told, however, his bottle garden – now almost in its 53rd year – hasn’t taken up much of his time. In fact, on the last occasion he watered it Ted Heath was Prime Minister and Richard Nixon was in the White House. For the last 40 years it has been completely sealed from the outside world. But the indoor variety of spiderworts (or Tradescantia, to give the plant species its scientific Latin name) within has thrived, filling its globular bottle home with healthy foliage. Mr Latimer, 80, said: Net-Informations.Com - Free online resource for Microsoft .NET developers. Rainbow Spectrums Mirrored Throughout Palacio de Cristal.

RSA Animate - Re-Imagining Work. BuzzFeed. This glass sphere might revolutionize solar power on Earth. German architect André Broessel, of Rawlemon, has looked into his crystal ball and seen the future of renewable energy.

This glass sphere might revolutionize solar power on Earth

In this case it’s a spherical sun-tracking solar energy-generating globe — essentially a giant glass marble on a robotic steel frame. Durasol Awnings - Retractable Awning, "The Pinnacle" Tension structure. Collection:buckminsterfuller. How to Survive in the African Savannah - Survival Guide Tips. Wind Map. An invisible, ancient source of energy surrounds us—energy that powered the first explorations of the world, and that may be a key to the future.

Wind Map

This map shows you the delicate tracery of wind flowing over the US. The wind map is a personal art project, not associated with any company. We've done our best to make this as accurate as possible, but can't make any guarantees about the correctness of the data or our software. Mesh networks chat apps to the rescue. 30 April 2014Last updated at 19:01 ET By Richard Taylor North America Technology Correspondent Richard Taylor explains how Firechat makes use of a mesh network As popular as chat apps have become, they all suffer from the same flaw - if you board an underground train, head into the wild or find yourself in a situation where the authorities block the mobile networks, you're likely to end up cut off.

Mesh networks chat apps to the rescue

Now a new technology is promising to keep such "off-the-grid" smartphone owners chatting. Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader. Climate Change Could Be Reduced by Solar Roads. Currently, humanity is on the brink of environmental disaster due to climate change.

Climate Change Could Be Reduced by Solar Roads

Our future could be a bleak one with rising seas and an atmosphere heating up to extreme temperatures. Or it could be a peaceful place with clean energy and a major reduction of the usage of oil, gas and coal a thing of the past. If one couple in Idaho gets their way, this clean green future could include their very own invention, solar roads. As a child, Scott Brusaw spent many a long afternoon setting up roads for his electric toy cars to run on. SeeSpace InAiR: The World's 1st Augmented Television by Nam Do, Dale Herigstad, A-M Roussel. 11 Ingenious Solar Projects Impacting the Developing World. It's easy to take energy for granted, forgetting that throughout much of the world, a lack of power affects everything from business to education to matters of life and death.

Approximately 1.5 billion people still don't have access to electricity worldwide, with an additional 1 billion having only intermittent access. By using the power of the sun — the ultimate natural resource — these issues can be ameliorated, if not solved. Scientists, social entrepreneurs and even big tech companies are working to make strides with solar power. The gallery above highlights some of the coolest and most innovative solar projects out there today. Paperhouses offers residential architecture in open source. Jan 27, 2014 paperhouses offers residential architecture in open source paperhouses offers residential architecture in open source‘house as a system’ by dekleva gregorič arhitektiimage courtesy of paperhouses despite its constant role in our day-to-day lives, architecture is still seen by many as a closed profession which remains out of touch with the lives of the general public. seeking to challenge these perceptions, paperhouses – founded by architect joana pacheco – is a scheme which makes contemporary residential architecture freely and readily available. the program aims to stimulate debate and encourage collaboration among designers, clients and builders.

paperhouses offers residential architecture in open source

Underground Cities: The Next Frontier Might Be Underneath Your Feet. In 1931, construction workers added the final nail to the Empire State Building in New York. At 1,250 feet high, it was the tallest building in the world, and remained so until the 110-story north tower of the World Trade Center finalized in 1972. Then came Chicago's Sears (now Willis) Tower, followed by the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur and the Taipei 101 in Taiwan.

In 2010, Dubai completed construction on the massive, 2,722-foot-high Burj Khalifa. The 20th century was inarguably the era of the skyscraper. Cities across the world, out of necessity and sheer showmanship, expanded up, up, up. Video: YouTube, AVsaha One of the main reasons cities are digging below the surface is climate change, according to Clara Irazábal, Ph.D., assistant professor of urban planning and architecture at Columbia University. "In New York, especially, we've received extraordinary weather over the past few years. It makes sense to preserve the economic vitality of the city to have underground levels. The Incredible, Fiery Process of Making Copper Wire. 'Li-fi' via LED light bulb data speed breakthrough. 28 October 2013Last updated at 09:10 ET By Matthew Wall Technology reporter, BBC News Micro-LEDs can transmit large amounts of digital data in parallel UK researchers say they have achieved data transmission speeds of 10Gbit/s via "li-fi" - wireless internet connectivity using light.

'Li-fi' via LED light bulb data speed breakthrough

The researchers used a micro-LED light bulb to transmit 3.5Gbit/s via each of the three primary colours - red, green, blue - that make up white light.