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Tomorrow's cities: How the Venus Project is redesigning the future

25 August 2013Last updated at 19:34 ET Is it possible to create a radically different society? One where material possessions are unnecessary, where buildings are created in factories, where mundane jobs are automated? Would you want to live in a city where the main aim of daily life is to improve personal knowledge, enjoy hobbies, or solve problems that could be common to all people in order to improve the standard of living for everyone? Some may think it is idealistic, but 97-year old architect Jacque Fresco is convinced his vision of the future is far better than how we live today. Continue reading the main story To see the enhanced content on this page, you need to have JavaScript enabled and Adobe Flash installed. All CGI images copyright the Venus Project. Audio by Jane Wakefield. Slideshow production by Paul Kerley. Related: Tomorrow's cities: The city of 2050 Tomorrow's cities: Do you want to live in a smart city? The Venus Project More audio slideshows: The man who built the Dome Related:  Sustainable buildings and cities

Kalundborg Symbiosis How to Host a Great Sharing Event Reading about exciting things happening in the sharing arena can be inspiring, but the real fun is getting out and connecting with people in-person. Time and time again, members of Shareable's community have expressed an interest in hosting and attending sharing events, so we decided to ask sharing community leaders for their top event organizing tips. Whether your event includes guest speakers, a swap, a Jelly, a mixer, a brainstorm, a group meal or anything else, our panel has valuable tips and tools to help make your sharing event great. Note: Pro tips are tips that were repeatedly mentioned as important. Pro Tips: Encourage participation in the design of the event, find partners and sponsors, take photos and video, get good volunteers, offer food and drink, make it fun and interactive, have someone in charge of audio and video. Melissa O’Young - Founder of Let’s Collaborate! Benita Matofska - Chief Sharer of The People Who Share - We use a format devised by the Art of Hosting.

Evidence for new periodic table element boosted 27 August 2013Last updated at 10:26 ET The new element has not yet been confirmed by the official body for chemistry and physics Scientists have presented new evidence for the existence of an unconfirmed element with atomic number 115. The element is highly radioactive and exists for less than a second before decaying into lighter atoms. First proposed by Russian scientists in 2004, the super-heavy element has yet to be verified by the governing body of chemistry and physics. The new evidence by a Swedish team is published in the journal Physical Review Letters. "This was a very successful experiment and is one of the most important in the field in recent years", said Dirk Rudolph, professor at the division of atomic physics at Lund University, who led the research. After the discovery of element 115, independent confirmation to measure the exact proton number was required, Prof Rudolph told BBC News.

The Venus Project The Venus Project is an organization that proposes a feasible plan of action for social change, one that works towards a peaceful and sustainable global civilization. It outlines an alternative to strive toward where human rights are no longer paper proclamations but a way of life. We operate out of a 21.5-acre Research Center located in Venus, Florida. When one considers the enormity of the challenges facing society today, we can safely conclude that the time is long overdue for us to re-examine our values and to reflect upon and evaluate some of the underlying issues and assumptions we have as a society. This self-analysis calls into question the very nature of what it means to be human, what it means to be a member of a "civilization," and what choices we can make today to ensure a prosperous future for all the world's people. At present we are left with very few alternatives. Experience tells us that human behavior can be modified, either toward constructive or destructive activity.

Fundación Centro Experimental Las Gaviotas Un Nuevo Renacimiento en el Trópico Por: Paolo LugariDirector GeneralFundación Centro Las Gaviotas “Todo viene de todo, todo está hecho de todo y todo regresa a todo”Leonardo Da Vinci En Gaviotas, empezamos nuestros ensayos, diciendo que un texto sin contexto, es un pretexto. Pongámonos, pues, en contexto: Gaviotas nació por casualidad, pasando de la utopía a la topía, es decir del sueño a la realidad, disfrutando la belleza de la extrema dificultad. Siempre que disertamos sobre el microcosmos de Gaviotas, asentado en la altillanura cálida colombiana, aquende el Soberbio Río Orinoco, como lo llamara ese suspirador de futuros, Julio Verne, es como si pronunciáramos una conferencia diferente para cada asistente, quien la interpreta de acuerdo a su manera de pensar. El hombre en su arrogancia le escribe las leyes a la naturaleza, la clasifica en reinos, con cierta nostalgia monárquica. Pasemos a explicar, en lo posible, nuestra forma de pensar: En lo que respecta a biocombustibles, proponemos:

Crowdfunding Italia > Il Primo Portale per il Crowdfunding dedicato ai progetti italiani!Crowdfunding Italia > Il Primo Portale per il Crowdfunding dedicato ai progetti italiani! University of St Andrews scientists create 'fastest man-made spinning object' 28 August 2013Last updated at 11:27 ET The red squiggles indicate the polarisation of the light beam, which changes as it goes through the purple sphere A team of researchers claims to have created the world's fastest spinning man-made object. They were able to levitate and spin a microscopic sphere at speeds of up to 600 million revolutions per minute. This spin speed is half a million times faster than a domestic washing machine and more than a thousand times faster than a dental drill. The work by the University of St Andrews scientists is published in Nature Communications. Although there is much international research exploring what happens at the boundary between classical physics and quantum physics, most of this experimental work uses atoms or molecules. Microscopic sphere The St Andrews team aimed to understand what happened for larger objects containing a million million atoms or more. Continue reading the main story Pallab GhoshScience correspondent, BBC News Quantum friction

Sustainable, economical and architecturally inspiring: the rise of timber as a modern construction material | Construction Global Sustainable, economical and architecturally inspiring: the rise of timber as a modern construction material Timber is often regarded as one of the most sustainable materials for mainstream construction projects, while at the same time often criticised as being expensive and architecturally restrictive. Yet new thinking has meant timber can now be approached as an economically viable option for large scale projects that does not mean sacrificing on architectural creativity. Leading the way in a new timber revolution is cross-laminated timber (CLT). In illustrating just how economical, sustainable and creative timber can be, we believe the recent work completed by Ramboll at William Perkin High School in West London offers a clear example of why timber should now be a serious contender when selecting building materials. William Perkin High School, Greenford The £20 million school building opened just this year, with a total floor area in excess of 13,000m2 and space for over 1,200 students.

This Mexico City Building Eats Smog For Lunch There are plenty of architects these days who are doing their best to design buildings that are energy efficient and utilize green technology. And then there’s Allison Dring and Daniel Schwaag of the Berlin-based firm Elegant Embellishments. For Torre de Especialidades, a hospital with a new tower currently under construction in Mexico City, the duo has developed a tile called proSolve370e, which will cover the façade of the building. Yes, that’s right, this building will literally eat pollution. Dring tells TakePart that Elegant Embellishments was formed in 2006 as a kind of architectural start-up to self-initiate projects that incorporate new and often invisible technologies. She adds that, “A common thread in our work is the visual articulation of technologies that have the potential to alleviate the ecological impact of cities but often require a reexamination of current practices. What’s even more cool about Dring and Schwaag’s tile is that it’s actually quite beautiful.

Germany Breaks Monthly Solar Generation Record, ~6.5 Times More Than US Best Clean Power Published on August 19th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan I live in Poland, which (for the geographically indifferent) is right next to Germany. It was just reported the other day that Germany has broken its monthly solar power generation record yet again. That actually beats the 5 TWh of electricity from wind turbines that the country logged in January (it’s also a wind power leader, in case you weren’t aware). More emphatically, that crushes the 0.764 TWh of electricity solar PV and solar thermal systems produced in the US in May 2013 (the latest month for which we have data) as well as the 0.522 TWh produced in the US in July 2012. If we assume the US got the same amount of sunshine in July 2013 as in July 2012, and that solar power capacity grew by the same proportion between May 2013 and July 2013 as between May 2012 and July 2012, the US net generation total for solar PV and solar thermal in July 2013 should equal about 0.780 TWh. About the Author

Science & Environment - How we can bring extinct animals back to life Mankind has been responsible for the extinction of many animal species. But natural history futurist Stewart Brand says we may now have the technology that could help reverse the decline. As homo sapiens has emerged as the dominant species on Planet Earth, it has often been at the expense of other species. Extinction is a natural part of evolution, but as civilisation and industrialisation has gathered pace, so has the extinction rate. Stewart Brand is a natural history futurist who believes mankind is on the brink of helping some of them get a second chance.

We’ve made the Ebola crisis worse So why was this epidemic not contained long ago, like previous ones? It didn’t help that it hit countries with few medics: Liberia was left with only 30 doctors when its civil war ended in 2003, compared with 2,000 beforehand. It is also down to the poorly resourced countries to report outbreaks; this one was not identified until March, three months after the first victim is thought to have caught Ebola from a fruit bat. But previous, controlled episodes of the plague also occurred in poor African countries. This time, however, the world was slow to react. That may have reflected budget cuts. $1 billion from its planned two-year budget. This week, the Commons International Development Committee condemned the Government for cutting aid to Liberia and Sierra Leone, saying this may have helped compromise their health systems. In all, the crisis has revealed huge deficiencies in how the world responds to epidemics. New houses mustn’t ruin our glorious old towns

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