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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. Summers here and so are the mosquitoes and they are out in full force this year. We live in Florida, so it’s a constant battle but this year we wised up! We decided to get smart and plant some mosquito repellent plants in and around our yard. Finally we can use our yard without fearing for our lives! These are the plants that repel mosquitoes so that you can truly enjoy your time spent in the great outdoors. Here are the TOP 5 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes: 1.

Yes, “lemon grass”, nature’s own indoor/outdoor natural protection against biting mosquitoes. So easy to grow. 2.Citronella Next time you fill your citronella candle you can think about this plant that they get the citronella oil from. Citronella works great in flower beds or in planters so plant plenty of it. 3.Marigolds These pretty flowers are excellent at repelling bugs. 4.Mint Why it is mosquitoes don’t like the refreshing, delicious scent of mint? 5.Rosemary Source: 5 Mind Blowing Underwater Cities! No doubt we’ve all heard of the legend of Atlantis, the ancient, once great city that was lost when the ocean submerged it. To this day the legendary city has yet to be found (or proven to have ever existed) yet over the years many other underwater cities have been found, each of them as eerie as they are mind blowing. 1.

Port Royal, Jamaica Once a notorious hub for pirate activity, prostitutes, booze, and raging all-night parties, Port Royal was once branded ‘the most wicked and sinful city in the world’. That was so until June 1692 when a massive 7.5 earthquake shook the island of Jamaica, sucking Port Royal into the ocean due to it’s unstable foundations and killing over 2,000 of it’s inhabitants. Was this earthquake a fatal natural accident or was it retribution for all the sins committed within the cavity?

For hundreds of years people believed the latter. 2. If the structure was manmade, experts suggest it was likely built during the last ice age at roughly 10,000 BCE. 3. 4. 5. 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. score points legend: platinum award counts as six (6) a golden award counts as five (5)

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 | The Mind Unleashed. To look at this flourishing mass of plant life you’d think David Latimer was a green-fingered genius. 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: ‘It’s 6ft from a window so gets a bit of sunlight. It grows towards the light so it gets turned round every so often so it grows evenly.’ ‘Otherwise, it’s the definition of low-maintenance. The bottle garden has created its own miniature ecosystem. How The Bottle Garden Grows Light shining on the leaves of the plant is absorbed by proteins containing chlorophylls (a green pigment). He said: Net-Informations.Com - Free online resource for Microsoft .NET developers. Rainbow Spectrums Mirrored Throughout Palacio de Cristal. Imagine the bright spectrum of colors you would bask in while walking through a cathedral full of rainbows. To Breathe - A Mirror Woman is Kimsooja's 2006 site-specific installation for the Palacio de Cristal in Madrid, Spain. To expand and unite the architectural structure of the space, Kimsooja had the whole floor tiled in mirrors. She then covers the vault and the entire glass surface of the palace with a translucent diffraction film.

When outside light filters through the glass and reflects off the film, it creates a rainbow spectrum that is mirrored in every part of the atrium. The installation is also part performance. Kimsooja plays a recording of her breathing from an earlier piece entitled The Weaving Factory. The breathing progresses and transitions in and out of different tones and rhythms, subtly moving visitors through several emotional states and making the installation an experience beyond the visual.

Kimsooja's website via [myampgoesto11] 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. In this case it’s a spherical sun-tracking solar energy-generating globe — essentially a giant glass marble on a robotic steel frame. But this marble is no toy. It concentrates both sunlight and moonlight up to 10,000 times — making its solar harvesting capabilities 35 percent more efficient than conventional dual-axis photovoltaic designs. André Broessel was a finalist in the World Technology Network Award 2013 with the globe’s design and afterward produced this latest version, called Betaray, which can concentrate diffuse light such as that from a cloudy day.

André Broessel’s latest invention looks like something out of a superhero movie. In reality, though, it’s a stand-alone solar energy generator. But Broessel’s invention may be more than just aesthetically pleasing. “We can squeeze more juice out of the sun,” Broessel says. Source: NewsDiscovery. Durasol Awnings - Retractable Awning, "The Pinnacle" Tension structure. Collection:buckminsterfuller. How to Survive in the African Savannah - Survival Guide Tips | Africa Freak Blog - Your Eyes On Africa. Many people visit the African continent: while some enjoy holidays to Egypt others look to explore the wide-open plains of the Savannah. Holidays to the region can include fun filled safaris and wildlife spotting activities, but on no account should you explore the region on your own without a guide. There are over 3000 species in the African Savannah and negotiating the area, especially at night, can be fraught with dangers.

Accidents involving wild animals happen every year, so it is unwise to be alone in the area, especially if you are unfamiliar with the territory. But if you are stranded in the region without a guide, or transport, there are several things you can do to find water and survive. Finding Water The first thing you should try to do is find water. There are a few ways you can locate water; you could follow animal tracks and see if they lead to a stream, head for the highest point and find the source of a stream or you could dig beneath the surface of a dried up river bed.

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. 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.

Please do not use the map or its data to fly a plane, sail a boat, or fight wildfires :-) If the map is missing or seems slow, we recommend the latest Chrome browser. Surface wind data comes from the National Digital Forecast Database. If you're looking for a weather map, or just want more detail on the weather today, see these more traditional maps of temperature and wind.

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. Now a new technology is promising to keep such "off-the-grid" smartphone owners chatting. It has been hailed as having the potential to trigger nothing less than a second mobile revolution. Mesh networking is the kind of techie term that, quite understandably, would elicit blank stares were one to mention it en passant. But in the past few months, unprecedented anxiety over state surveillance of internet traffic allied with the incorporation of the technology into Apple's latest mobile software, iOS 7, has meant the novel communications protocol has itself been creating a lot of chatter.

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. 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. He would think about a future where all roads were electric allowing kids like him to drive.

Brusaw grew up and trained as an electrical engineer and that idea always stayed with him. In the midst of the mid-2000s, with the debate about climate change beginning, Brusaw and his wife Julie wanted to think of a project that could reduce the effects on the environment caused by global warming. By Sara Watson Sources: CNNBusiness InsiderSolar Roadways. SeeSpace InAiR: The World's 1st Augmented Television by Nam Do, Dale Herigstad, A-M Roussel.

We have now surpassed the $150K goal to add streaming to the list of features. And if we reach the $200K level, we will also add an Extra HDMI input and Preset Apps to InAiR. Thanks for the continued support for this project. InAiR brings you the world's first Augmented TV experience With InAir plugged in, your TV becomes an Augmented Television. You can turn any ordinary television into a new and wonderful medium, filled with rich and dynamic information from the Web. InAiR uses your TV screen and layers in additional content from the Web and social media. InAir works with any standard television. When activated in 3D mode, the layers of Internet content appear to be positioned in front of the screen and can be dynamically manipulated by the viewer. The following video will allow you to get a glimpse of the 3D vision of our product, where the interface and content appears in layers in front of the screen.

Are you frequently using your laptop and television at the same time? Documentary. 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. Whether it's simple lanterns with solar panels at the top, large stills that turn steam into drinking water or even artificial leaves that mimic photosynthesis, you'll be amazed what the sun can do. Have something to add to this story? Image: Gabriele Diamanti. 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. see below for a selection of paperhouses projects. dekleva gregorič arhitekti ‘house as a system’ by dekleva gregorič arhitektiimage courtesy of paperhouses tatiana bilbao proposal by tatiana bilbaoimage courtesy of paperhouses panorama arquitectos proposal by panorama arquitectosimage courtesy of paperhouses florian busch architects.

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. 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 We rounded four projects that cities are working on across the world. 1. 2. 3. 4. 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. 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. This means over 10Gbit/s is possible.

Li-fi is an emerging technology that could see specialised LED lights bulbs providing low-cost wireless internet connectivity almost everywhere. High speed The research, known as the ultra-parallel visible light communications project, is a joint venture between the universities of Edinburgh, St Andrews, Strathclyde, Oxford, and Cambridge, and funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. This allows large chunks of binary data - a series of ones and zeros - to be transmitted at high speed. 'Light fidelity'