Biological Concrete for a Living, Breathing Facade The future of design requires thinking innovatively about the way current construction techniques function so we may expand upon their capabilities. Sustainability has evolved far beyond being a trend and has become an indelible part of this design process. Sustainable solutions have always pushed against the status quo of design and now the Structural Technology Group of Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTech (UPC) has developed a concrete that sustains and encourages the growth of a multitude of biological organisms on its surface. We have seen renditions of the vertical garden and vegetated facades, but what sets the biological concrete apart from these other systems is that it is an integral part of the structure. More after the break. The biological layer that promotes the plant growth is actually concrete, with a fine tuned cement base that promotes plant growth and is specifically catered to the viability of specific mosses and lichens.
Turkish Music Portal Through the history of Islamic civilization it has been chiefly the mystic sects (Sufis) which have been involved with music, used and defended it. The Sufis mention that mental and nervous disorders are cured by music. The great Turkish Islamic scientists and doctors Zekeriya Er-Razi (854-932), Farabi (870-950) and İbn Sina (980-1037) established scientific principles concerning musical treatment, especially of psychological disorders. In his book, “Musiki-ul-kebir,” Farabi attempted to set forth the relationship between music and physics and astronomy. Farabi also outlined the effects of the makams of Turkish music according to the times they were effective: The great Islamic thinker and philosopher Ibn Sina (980-1037) wrote that he gained much from Farabi’s works, and even learned music from him and applied it in his practice. According to Ibn Sina, “sound” was essential to our existence. Music Therapy Among the Selçuks and Ottomans
The 6 Coolest Things You Can Do With Your Dead Body Once you're dead - and you will be, before you know it - do you really want to spend the rest of eternity occupying a tiny plot of perfectly good land? Why? So your loved ones can lay flowers on it and dogs can come by and relieve themselves on your headstone later? Screw that. These days, there are all sorts of cool things you can get done with your remains, if you know where to shop. You can... Get Loaded Into Some Bullets When the husband of South London's Joanna Booth died, she did what we hope our loved ones do for us: she loaded his ashes into shotgun shells and killed every non-human thing in sight. Her husband, James, was an expert on vintage shotguns before he slipped into a food poison-induced coma for 18 months, subsequently passing away at the age of 50. See? Taking the joke several thousand steps too far, she went to a shotgun cartridge maker and had a little bit of James crammed into 275 12-gauge shotgun shells. "James would've wanted me to do this." Just Imagine... Like this.
Storium — The Online Storytelling Game by Storium / Stephen Hood Storium is a web-based online game that you play with friends. It works by turning writing into a multiplayer game. With just your computer, tablet, or smartphone, you can choose from a library of imaginary worlds to play in, or build your own. You create your story’s characters and decide what happens to them. Storium uses familiar game concepts inspired by card games, role-playing games, video games, and more. “Story and Game had a baby, and it’s Storium. The following three-minute video gives you a glimpse of our current beta playtest: What makes Storium special? Total freedom: You decide what happens in your story.Multiplayer: Write and play with your friends, online.Asynchronous: Play at your own pace.Worlds: Pre-made playsets that help you tell stories in different settings and styles.Something for everyone: You can tell any kind of story you want! This campaign funds the work that’s needed to launch Storium to the general public. There are key features that Storium still needs. 1.
Biological concrete for constructing 'living' building materials with lichens, mosses -- ScienceDaily The Structural Technology Group has developed and patented a type of biological concrete that supports the natural, accelerated growth of pigmented organisms. The material, which has been designed for the façades of buildings or other constructions in Mediterranean climates, offers environmental, thermal and aesthetic advantages over other similar construction solutions. The material improves thermal comfort in buildings and helps to reduce atmospheric CO2 levels. In studying this concrete, the researchers at the Structural Technology Group of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya • BarcelonaTech (UPC) have focused on two cement-based materials. The first of these is conventional carbonated concrete (based on Portland cement), with which they can obtain a material with a pH of around 8. The second material is manufactured with a magnesium phosphate cement (MPC), a hydraulic conglomerate that does not require any treatment to reduce its pH, since it is slightly acidic. CO2 reduction
Mycoremédiation Un article de Wikipédia, l'encyclopédie libre. Cette technologie environnementale fait partie des techniques dites de bioremédiation et est parfois classée parmi les techniques de phytoremédiation, improprement car les champignons ne sont pas des plantes. Quand il s'agit dépurer de l'eau, de l'air ou un autre fluide, on parlera plus précisément de mycofiltration. Étymologie[modifier | modifier le code] Le mot « mycoremédiation » est un néologisme créé par Paul Stamets à partir du grec « mycos» = champignon, et du latin « remedium » = rétablissement de l'équilibre, remédiation. Principe[modifier | modifier le code] La technique utilise deux des capacités des mycéliums capacité à intimement coloniser le sol, des cadavres, des excréments contaminés (tant que le contaminant n'est pas fongicide)sécrétion extracellulaire d'enzymes et d'acides capables de décomposer des molécules très stables telles que la lignine et la cellulose, les deux principales composantes de la fibre végétale.
The 7 Most Terrifying Archaeological Discoveries No professional position, aside from perhaps police officer and horny pizza delivery boy, is more frequently misrepresented in film than archaeologist. In movies, archaeologists are all dashing figures, risking life and limb in the pursuit of knowledge while arcane artifacts and ancient traps besiege their efforts. Or else they're perpetually opening sealed, cursed tombs and stumbling into the haunted caves of unspeakable evils in the name of science. But in reality, we all know archaeology is nothing like that. Obviously. It's way more terrifying. #7. Getty In 1886, Gaston Maspero, the head of the Egyptian Antiquities Service, was doing like he do -- just taking mummies out of their sarcophagi, unwrapping them, dictating all kinds of boring notes -- when he came across an unusually plain burial box. anubis4_2000.tripod.com FlickrOr having the most horrific orgasms known to man. National Geographic Yep. darkdissolution"Not without my makeup!" #6. So what happened? You're welcome, Hollywood.
Researchers develop "biological concrete" that grows moss and fungi News: Scientists at a Spanish university are developing a new type of concrete that captures rainwater to create living walls of moss and fungi. Unlike existing vertical garden systems which require complex supporting structures, the new "biological concrete" supports the growth of organisms on its own surface, according to researchers from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona. Top image: simulation of a vegetated facade at the Aeronautical Cultural Centre in El Prat de Llobregat Above: simulation of a vegetated facade at the Ako-Suites Aparthotel in Barcelona The concrete contains a biological layer that collects and stores rainwater, providing a moist growing environment where microalgae, fungi, lichens and mosses can thrive, they explain in a report. A waterproof layer separates the organisms from the inner structural part of the concrete, while an outer layer acts in reverse, allowing rainwater in and preventing it from escaping. Above: lichens on a rock CO2 reduction
Best Free Drive Imaging Program Notwithstanding claims of others, I cannot pretend to be entirely unbiased in my reviews; indeed, an “unbiased human” is an oxymoron. While I am in the process of preparing a 2011 update, there are two points that I would like to mention: bells and whistles and the availability of reliable customer service. Whatever else developers claim their programs are capable of, those programs must be able to accomplish their end; the importance of how they get there is most often a matter of personal preference. Disk imaging has rapidly become a must have tool for most users because of its convenience, speed, and altogether ease of use. There are two different types of disk imaging programs, online and offline. The offline type are the programs that run in an alternative operating system such as MSDOS or Linux, to create and restore backup images while Windows is not running. Most applications offer different options for creating images.
Fungus-treated Violin Outdoes Stradivarius -- ScienceDaily At the 27th “Osnabrücker Baumpflegetagen” (one of Germany’s most important annual conferences on all aspects of forest husbandry), Empa researcher Francis Schwarze’s "biotech violin" dared to go head to head in a blind test against a stradivarius – and won! A brilliant outcome for the Empa violin, which is made of wood treated with fungus, against the instrument made by the great master himself in 1711. September 1st 2009 was a day of reckoning for Empa scientist Francis Schwarze and the Swiss violin maker Michael Rhonheimer. Skepticism before the blind test Judging the tone quality of a musical instrument in a blind test is, of course, an extremely subjective matter, since it is a question of pleasing the human senses. Biotech wood, a revolution in the art of violin making Violins made by the Italian master Antonio Giacomo Stradivarius are regarded as being of unparalleled quality even today, with enthusiasts being prepared to pay millions for a single example.
La Commune: a lesson in audacity | Agnès Poirier In France, the scandal surrounding Dominique Strauss-Kahn has unfortunately overshadowed a momentous celebration, the 140th anniversary of La Commune, mother of all rebellions. It only lasted two months and ultimately failed, yet its resonance has proved unequal, inspiring generations of thinkers, public policy makers, philosophers, economists and dreamers. La Commune started on 18 March 1871 and ended in a bloodbath on 28 May. With the first (1792-99) and the second (1848-52) republic as models, La Commune meant to go further. And it did, with the most audacious public policies France had ever known. Insurrection sprang from Paris to put an end to Napoleon III's second empire, which had declared war against Prussia three months earlier. While the country elected a conservative assembly, Paris voted for radical republican leftists. In Versailles, the government felt the heat coming from Paris and one night sent troops to get hold of 227 canons stored in Belleville and Montmartre.