IN-EAR LANGUAGE TRANSLATORS MAY SOON BE HERE, THANKS TO WAVERLY LABS...

May 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Moonshots Waverly labs  VIA FUTURISM In Brief New York City-based company Waverly Labs says they will soon release the Pilot, a pair of in-ear translators designed to let people who speak different languages understand each other in real-time. “It’s real,” says Andrew Ochoa, CEO and founder of the New York City-based company Waverly Labs, which claims to be the first to pioneer an in-ear language translator that is capable of of rendering human speech in real-time. They’re calling it the Pilot, and the “smart earpiece” could soon be in users’ hands. The technology makes use of an embedded app that does the translating, which is delivered to the earpiece that is shared by two people. The Pilot is also supposed to comes with an additional earpiece for wireless streaming music and an app that allows people toggles between languages. In...

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WE CAN STOP SEARCHING FOR THE CLEAN ENERGY MIRACLE. IT’S ALREADY HERE....

May 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Joe Romm CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Justin Pritchard, AP   Key climate solutions have been advancing considerably faster than anyone expected just a few years ago thanks to aggressive market-based deployment efforts around the globe. These solutions include such core enabling technologies for a low-carbon world as solar, wind, efficiency, electric cars, and battery storage. That’s a key reason almost everything you know about climate change solutions is probably outdated. In Part 1 of this series, I discussed other reasons. For instance, climate science and climate politics have moved unexpectedly quickly toward a broad understanding that we need to keep total human-caused global warming as far as possible below 2°C (3.6°F) — and ideally to no more than 1.5°C. But the media and commentariat generally have not kept up with the science or...

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ONE BUILDING IS SAVING $1 MILLION A YEAR ON ENERGY. WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THE WHOLE WORLD WAS MORE EFFICIENT?...

May 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Samantha Page CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Keith Srakocic The U.S. Steel Building in Pittsburgh saves more than a million dollars a year after retrofitting for better efficiency.   Amid all the talk about transitioning to clean energy sources, consider this: The cleanest energy is the energy we never use. It’s also the cheapest, which is one reason that companies are embracing energy efficiency now more than ever. In fact, energy efficiency — now being rebranded for the business sector as energy productivity — is having a moment. “People have been working on this topic for the last 20 to 30 years, but there still are so many opportunities that need to be unlocked,” Jenny Chu, a manager at The Climate Group, told ThinkProgress. Chu was speaking from the Alliance to Save Energy’s...

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WHY USED ELECTRIC CAR BATTERIES COULD BE CRUCIAL TO A CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE...

May 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Joe Romm CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Shutterstock   Battery costs are plummeting to levels that make EVs a truly disruptive technology, as we’ve explained. That’s why electric vehicle (EV) sales are exploding world-wide, and why Tesla broke every record for pre-sales with its affordable ($35,000), 200+ mile range Model 3 last month. But what you may not realize is that major EV makers — BMW, GM, Nissan, Toyota — are now exploring how much value their EV battery has for use in the electricity storage market after that battery can no longer meet the strict requirements for powering its car. This potential second life for EV batteries is a clean energy game changer for two reasons: These used EV batteries hold the promise of much cheaper electricity storage for renewables than is available...

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GOOGLE’S NEW MEDIA APOCALYPSE: HOW THE SEARCH GIANT WANTS TO ACCELERATE THE END OF THE AGE OF WEBSITES...

May 1, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] SALON.COM The tech titan plans to roll out a new service encouraging publishers to put their content directly on Google Jack Mirkinson (Credit: Reuters/Gary Hershorn) On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported something that, in hindsight, was completely inevitable: Google is rolling out a feature that allows media companies to publish material directly on its platform. From the Journal report: Google is experimenting with a new feature that allows marketers, media companies, politicians and other organizations [to] publish content directly to Google and have it appear instantly in search results. The search giant said it began testing the feature in January and has since opened it up to a range of small businesses, media companies and political candidates. Fox News has worked with Google to post content related to political debates, for example,...

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RETHINKING ARCHITECTURE, FROM A ROBOT’S PERSPECTIVE...

Apr 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Perspective METROPOLIS MAGAZINE Architect Michael Silver believes robots will soon help laborers build the architecture of the future. Matthew Shen Goodman *- Architect Michael Silver is a self-taught roboticist based at the University at Buffalo. There, he cofounded the Sustainable Manufacturing and advanced Robotic Technologies (SMaRT) group that develops robots, such as the two-legged OSCR-3 prototype. All photography courtesy Paul Qaysi “My first robot was made out of Scotch tape and Spirograph gears,” says architect and robotics autodidact Michael Silver. “It ran off nine-volt batteries and a little stepper motor, which was hard for a 12-year-old to find. All it could do was grab a test tube out of one rack and swing it around to another one.” Despite the dearth of motors available to tweens at the time—“This was pre-Internet!”—Silver insists that such...

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FOREIGN AFFAIRS SAYS SLASHING C02 QUICKLY REQUIRES NON-EXISTENT TECHNOLOGIES...

Apr 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   by Joe Romm CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: By Koza1983 via Wikipedia Aerial photo of Spanish solar power towers.   Foreign Affairs has run one of the most confused, out-of-date and error-riddled pieces ever seen on clean energy and climate change. I will fact check it here, since the editors apparently didn’t. Despite the title, “The Clean Energy Revolution: Fighting Climate Change With Innovation,” it’s not about how the clean energy revolution of the last several years has been a game-changer for near-term climate action. Quite the reverse: It’s mostly an outdated rehashing of the oddly pessimistic “We need an energy miracle” myth, which has been debunked here and elsewhere so many times I’ve lost count. Bloomberg New Energy Finance: The “energy miracle” has arrived Indeed, earlier this month, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF)...

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OPEN SOURCE PHYTOREMEDIATION PROJECT TACKLES THE TIBER RIVER’S POLLUTION CRISIS...

Apr 18, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Lucy Wang  INHABITAT Despite its historic significance, Rome’s Tiber River has become extremely polluted. In a bid to clean up the murky, trash-infested waters, deltastudio designed Albula, an interactive floating structure that combines elements from historic water mills with bio-based techniques like phytoremediation. Even better, the Albula is designed as an open-source and scalable project that can be replicated in a variety of contexts. Albula by deltastudio, YAP MAXXI 2016 finalist project, open source water purification, open source water urban installation, urban installation with phytoremediation, MAXXI urban design project Recognized as a YAP MAXXI 2016 finalist project, the Albula installation was proposed for the public square in front of the Zaha Hadid-designed MAXXI museum of contemporary art and architecture. The project comprises four main elements: a platform, a T-shaped metal frame, a...

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CALTECH’S 2500 ORBITING SOLAR PANELS COULD PROVIDE EARTH WITH LIMITLESS ENERGY...

Apr 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] FUTURISM NASA In Brief The Space Solar Power Initiative (SSPI), a collaboration between Caltech and Northrup Grumman, has developed a system of lightweight solar power tiles which can convert solar energy to radio waves and can be placed in orbit to beam power to an energy-thirsty Earth. Soaking in the Sun’s Rays One of the greatest challenges facing the 21st Century is the issue of power—how to generate enough of it, how to manufacture it cheaply and with the least amount of harmful side-effects, and how to get it to users. The solutions will have to be very creative—rather like what the Space Solar Power Initiative (SSPI), a partnership between Caltech and Northrup Grumman, has devised. Prototype of the “multifunctional tile.” Credit: Caltech “What we’re proposing, somewhat audaciously, is to develop the technology...

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HOW A PAPER PLANT IN ARKANSAS IS ALLEGEDLY POISONING THE PEOPLE OF CROSSETT...

Apr 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Tech & Science By Emily Crane Linn NEWSWEEK The Georgia-Pacific’s aeration pond in Crossett, Arkansas. The paper and plywood plant employs a large amount of the surrounding community and many in the area blame the plant’s pollution for the severe health issues residents are facing. Nicolaus Czarnecki/ZUMA/Alamy “Let me give you a sketch of the neighborhood,” Leroy Patton said as he put his car in Park on the side of Lawson Road. He took his toothpick out of his mouth and used it to point to an empty house, an abandoned doll lying facedown in the weeds in front of the hollow structure. The Lawson couple used to live here, Patton says; the street was named for them. “They’re dead from cancer and stroke.” He pointed to another property. “Down here is Pat....

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CAN TECHNOLOGY SAVE OUR CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE?...

Apr 11, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE DIRT  by Jared Green Mississippi collapsed bridge / Wikipedia “The infrastructural situation in the U.S. is bad,” said Harvard Business School professor Rosabeth Moss Kantor at SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas. Traffic causes “5.5 billion of hours or about $70 billion of lost productivity, costs 2.9 billion gallons of fuel, and increases our healthcare costs by $45 billion each year.” About a quarter of American bridges are crumbling and structurally obsolete; and we hear horror stories nearly every month of another major collapse. “But technology is the big hope.” Kantor argued that embedded sensors can be used to make roads and cars smarter so they can relay traffic reports in real time, identify structural issues and report them, and reduce traffic collisions and fatalities, which also cost the U.S. hundreds of billions...

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UK’S FIRST SOLAR-POWERED GLAZED BUS SHELTER GENERATES ENOUGH ELECTRICITY TO POWER A LONDON HOME...

Apr 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Lucy Wang  INHABITAT London has just taken another big step towards a solar-powered future. Today technology company Polysolar and the Canary Wharf Group unveiled the UK’s first transparent solar bus shelter with a ceremony officiated by Green Party candidate Sian Berry. Clad in innovative and transparent photovoltaic glass, the solar bus shelter is capable of generating 2,000 kW-hours per year—equivalent to the amount of electricity needed to power the average London home. Designed by Polysolar in collaboration with hard landscaping and street furniture supplier Marshalls, the Canary Wharf solar bus shelter proves that urban infrastructure can be functional, beautiful, and innovative. The modern and minimalist metal-framed shelter is topped by a butterfly roof to effectively shed rainwater and prevent runoff from spilling onto the heads of transit riders. Related: Solar Powered Bus...

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CARBON SINKS: THE NEXT BIG THING (PART 3)...

Mar 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE BLOG HUFFINGTON POST William S. Becker Executive Director, Presidential Climate Action Project This is the 3rd in a four-part post on using ecosystems to store carbon. Part 1 was about the need to bring the Earth’s carbon cycle back into balance. Part 2 discussed how restoring carbon sinks is a necessary part of America’s climate action plan. In this part, I describe why we should not always choose a technical fix to solve environmental problems. The late American critic Lawrence Clark Powell noted, “We are the children of the technological age”. He might have added that like children, we run to technology when we have a problem. We want a technical fix. A technical fix has appeal because it allows people to continue business as usual without the usual consequences — to...

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A VISION FOR SMARTER PUBLIC SPACES...

Mar 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE DIRT   by Jared Green Smarter public spaces / Arup Some designers and engineers want to bring high-speed Wi-Fi to as many public parks and plazas as possible. But instead of expanding the style of the unobtrusive yet freely-available Wi-Fi found in New York City’s Bryant Park, they want to make a statement with advertisement-laden towers that appear to be about 15-feet tall and could be used to charge your phone or access useful neighborhood information via a high-tech interface, a sort of modern-day bulletin board. Their thinking is these towers will act as beacons to attract visitors, who can interact with them 24-7. In a session at SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas, Randy Ramusack, founder of LQD Wifi, Daniel Hotlzman with Frog Design, and Francesca Birks with Arup discussed this possible vision...

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TO CUT OCEAN TRASH, ADRIAN GRENIER AND DELL ENLIST FILMMAKERS AND VIRTUAL REALITY...

Mar 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]  NYTDOT Andrew C. Revkin   Photo Two scenes from a virtual-reality “ride” that takes viewers into the realm of whales, fish and sonic and plastic pollution.Credit Dell On a weekend visit to South by Southwest, the annual Austin festival focused on the intersection of ideas, technology, music and film, I ran into Adrian Grenier, who’s best known as an actor but is building a career as a filmmaker and campaigner with a focus on the environment. Photo Adrian Grenier shows off a 3-D virtual reality ocean journey at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Tex.Credit Courtesy of Dell Grenier, who last year signed on as the “social good advocate” for Dell, was there with the company’s sustainability and supply-chain directors and a remarkable virtual-reality “ride,” for lack of a better description, in...

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BILL CLINTON’S ODIOUS PRESIDENCY: THOMAS FRANK ON THE REAL HISTORY OF THE 90’S...

Mar 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Thomas Frank   SALON.COM Welfare reform. NAFTA. The crime bill. Prisons. Aides wondered if Bill knew who he was. His legacy is sadly clear Democratic presidential nominee Bill Clinton gives the thumbs up sign as he speaks to a gathering at the University of Toledo in 1992.(Credit: AP) Excerpted from Thomas Frank’s new book, “Listen, Liberal” Everyone remembers the years of the Bill Clinton presidency as good times. The economy was booming, the stock market was ascending, and the mood was infectious. You felt good about it even if you didn’t own a single share. And yet: What did Clinton actually do in his eight years on Pennsylvania Avenue? While writing this book, I would periodically ask my liberal friends if they could recall the progressive laws he got passed, the high-minded policies he...

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ANTARCTIC TECHNO-FIX CANNOT SLOW RISING SEAS...

Mar 10, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Tim Radford / Climate News Network  VIA TRUTHDIG     Pumping seawater into Antarctica is unlikely to halt sea-level rise. (Lyubomir Ivanov via Wikimedia Commons) This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON —Sea level rise is likely to be a problem too big to handle. Geoengineers will not be able to magic away the rising tides, according to new research. In particular, they will not be able to pump water from the sea and store it as ice on the continent of Antarctica. That is because, unless they pump it enormous distances, that will only accelerate the flow of the glaciers and it will all end up back in the sea again, a study in the journal Earth System Dynamics says.  Geoengineering is sometimes produced as the high-technology solution to...

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Why Innovative Tech Solutions to Clean Up Oceanic Plastic Trash Are Simply Not Enough...

Feb 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment To truly put a stop to this eco-disaster, we have to stop treating plastics — a material made to last for years — as a throwaway commodity. By Anja Krieger / Ensia  VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: Rich Carey/Shutterstock.com February 1, 2016 — A few palm trees stand strong in the salty breeze. Located on the southern tip of the Pacific island chain of Hawaii, Kamilo Beach is an isolated stretch of black volcanic shoreline in the middle of nowhere. Just a few hundred yards from shore, humpback whales rise up from the depths, colorful fish fill the reefs and rare sea turtles swim in to nest on the beach. But even in this remote place, garbage washes ashore each day. “We find a lot of toothbrushes and combs, plastic bottles and caps, over...

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THE PROBLEM WITH ROOFTOP SOLAR THAT NOBODY IS TALKING ABOUT...

Jan 18, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Where does the green energy from your panels really go? —By Tim McDonnell   MOTHER JONES A couple of years ago, Steven Weissman, an energy lawyer at the University of California-­Berkeley, started to shop around for solar panels for his house. It seemed like an environmental no-brainer. For zero down, leading residential provider SolarCity would install panels on his roof. The company would own the equipment, and he’d buy the power it produces for less than he had been paying his electric utility. Save money, fight climate change. Sounds like a deal. But while reading the contract, Weissman discovered the fine print that helps make that deal possible: SolarCity would also retain ownership of his system’s renewable energy credits. It’s the kind of detail your average solar customer wouldn’t notice or maybe care about....

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THERE IS NO PLANET B: WE’RE NOT COLONIZING THE MILKY WAY ANY TIME SOON...

Jan 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Jenny McCarthy arrives at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Forget what you saw in “Interstellar.” The odds of our successfully relocating to another planet are virtually nil Kim Stanley Robinson, Scientific American   There is no planet B: We’re not colonizing the Milky Way any time soon This article was originally published by Scientific American. The idea that humans will eventually travel to and inhabit other parts of our galaxy was well expressed by the early Russian rocket scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, who wrote, “Earth is humanity’s cradle, but you’re not meant to stay in your cradle forever.” Since then the idea has been a staple of science fiction, and thus become part of a consensus image of humanity’s...

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DESERT TOWER RAISES CHILE’S SOLAR POWER AMBITION TO NEW HEIGHTS...

Jan 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   THE GUARDIAN Towering 200 metres above the desert, the Atacama 1 will harvest the sun’s energy from a surrounding field of giant mirrors. But the completion of the $1.1bn project, the first of its kind in Latin America, has been thrown into doubt by the financial difficulties of its Spanish owner Atacama 1 concentrated solar power plant being built by Spanish firm Abengoa in Chile. Photograph: Jonathan Watts for the Guardian Jonathan Watts in the Atacama desert Rising more than 200 metres above the vast, deserted plains of the Atacama desert, the second tallest building in Chile sits in such a remote location that it looks, from a distance, like the sanctuary of a reclusive prophet, a temple to ancient gods or the giant folly of a wealthy eccentric. Instead, this extraordinary...

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DESIGN FORECAST

Jan 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] METROPOLIS MAGAZINE Anti-ownership, holography, and revisiting hippie values: Curators, critics, experts, designers, and Metropolis editors share their predictions for the year ahead. Metropolis editors and contributors Drawings by Danielle Chenette ​ The End of Ownership Access is the new ownership. It’s been coming for years, but I think in 2016 we will actually see a major shift in this direction. Do we need to own a home, a car, a boat? Things that were once available only after years of saving can now be easily accessible through the collaborative. With the focus shifting away from ownership of consumer things, access to unique experiences is the new goal. Learning to make sushi from a revered chef in Japan or skiing the backcountry with an expert—access to these types of experiences is becoming more and more...

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APP REVEALS THE SUGAR CONTENT OF 75,000+ PRODUCTS WITH A SIMPLE BARCODE SCANE...

Jan 11, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   BY MARNI FOGELSON-TEEL – INHABITAT Sugar is in basically every food and beverage these days, from obvious culprits like processed sweets to seemingly healthier treats like yogurts and even condiments. Public Health England, part of the Untied Kingdom’s Department of Health estimates that young children are eating three times more than the recommended sugar limit (which, by the way, is about the equivalent to one juice box for tots). To reduce this consumption and simply build consumer awareness of sugar, the organization launched their Change 4 Life campaign, which includes the new Sugar Smart app. Parents simply download the free app and scan the barcode of one of more than 75,000 products to reveal just how much sugar is lurking inside. The app also offers tips and hints for cutting down on...

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THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER IS ABOUT TO HAVE A RECORD FLOOD OUT OF SEASON...

Dec 30, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Tech & Science By Zoë Schlanger On 12/29/15 at 6:21 PM Volunteers stack sandbags on the banks of the River Des Peres on December 29, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis area and surrounding region are bracing for record flood crests of the Mississippi, Missouri and Meramec Rivers after days of record rainfall. Michael B. Thomas/Getty Tech & Science The Mississippi River is flooding in a big way right now, at the wrong time of year, and is forecasted to match or break 22-year-old crest records over the next few days. Meteorologists are calling it “insane.” Over the next three to four days, the Mississippi is predicted to reach a crest height of 49.7 feet at Chester, Illinois, one of several locations where the National Weather Service records data about the river. As...

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THESE SOLAR PANELS CAN CAPTURE SUNLIGHT FROM ALMOST ANY ANGLE...

Dec 27, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] With a special glass coating, these solar panels can capture sunlight from almost any angle Environment With a special glass coating, these solar panels can capture sunlight from almost any angle by Cat DiStasio  INHABITAT When it comes to boosting efficiency in solar panels—that is, increasing the amount of the sun’s energy each photovoltaic cell can harness—researchers have tried a lot of tricks. Many solar power systems are equipped with tracking devices that enable the solar panels to follow the sun, changing their angle so they are always attracting a maximum amount of solar energy. Now, researchers have developed a special glass coating for solar cells that capture sunlight from almost any direction and increase efficiency by as much as 46 percent. As an added bonus, the coating also repels dust, meaning the...

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SELF-SUSTAINING, RESILIENT COASTAL COMMUNITY NEAR BOSTON...

Dec 27, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Paul Lukez Architecture and team are designing a self-sustaining, resilient coastal community near Boston   by Cat DiStasio   INHABITAT The reality is clear: the global sea level is rising. Coastal cities are under threat of flooding during storms, and many areas are ill-equipped to sustain such an attack of nature. Increasingly, this is where technology and design converge, resulting in new approaches to city infrastructure and housing that is resilient enough to withstand or even benefit from the changing conditions. Paul Lukez Architects (PLA) brought together a multidisciplinary team to address this complex challenge in a Boston neighborhood which is surrounded by water on three sides, making it particularly vulnerable to the rising tides. Harnessing Energy from Rising Tides. In essence, the PLA-led team looked at the harsh reality of rising sea levels...

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7 SCIENTIFIC BREAKTHROUGHS THIS YEAR THAT PROVE WE’RE ALREADY LIVING IN THE FUTURE...

Dec 18, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Health by Laurel RaymondTHINK PROGRESS CREDIT: Shutterstock Ok, I admit, this type of cyborg is still mostly science fiction.   The 2016 spending bill is a welcome reversal for United States science after a decade of cuts, boosting the budgets of U.S. science agencies across the board. But the good news comes after years of fighting over funding that put the future of U.S. innovation at risk. Earlier this year, the House Science Committee fought to slash NASA’s funding by $300 million. Last year, National Institutes of Health (NIH) director Francis Collins said the agency was forced to reject half of the promising research proposals they received because of budgetary concerns. Two years ago, the U.S. budget sequester slashed funding for science across the board. This trend stretches back years. Though the United...

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TOMORROW’S WORKPLACE WILL HAVE VIRTUAL-REALITY PODS AND IN-OFFICE VEGETABLE PLOTS, SAY STUDENTS...

Dec 12, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Point of View  METROPOLIS MAGAZINE Tamy Cozier The day-long Workspace Invader event asked 16 students to design the office of the future. Renderings courtesy HÅG/ING Media Given the constant proliferation of new technologies, it’s hard to say with any certainty what the workplace of the future will look like. Undeterred, design professionals continue to do their best at speculating—often via competitions and workshops—and many of their radical creations often appear ripped from sci-fi storyboards. In November, as part of a one-day workshop, 16 London-based students were tasked with illustrating their ideal future-oriented workplace. The event, called Workspace Invader, paired students with eight leading architects from several U.K. practices who helped them draft their concepts for the offices of tomorrow. The results were fantastic—holograms, virtual-reality rooms, and in-office vegetable plots all figured into their collective vision. “It was amazing to see how diverse our ideas were and how optimistic...

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WHAT LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS CAN LEARN FROM HOLLYWOOD...

Dec 11, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] THE DIRT by Jared Green Hollywood studio backlots in southern California have been used to build whole worlds for the big screen for decades. While technologies have changed over time, the principles set designers use to create movie magic seems to be largely the same. Chip Sullivan, ASLA, a professor of landscape architecture at the University of California at Berkeley, author, and self-professed wanna-be film director, revealed how they do it and what landscape architects can learn from their approach at the ASLA 2015 Annual Meeting in Chicago. Why learn from Hollywood? Because they are “creating the landscapes we all want to be in.” Classic Hollywood set designs have created: An Illusion of Depth Movie set designers have long used visual tricks to create an “illusion of depth.” In the beginning of the...

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INFRASTRUCTURE ADVANCED IN THE REST OF THE WORLD WILL BLOW YOUR MIND...

Nov 21, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] By james321 REBLOGGED BY SciTech DK GreenRoots Climate Hawks While we’re “debating” torture, access to basic health care and the veracity of climate change, the rest-of-the-world is simply advancing transformational infrastructure like you would not believe. In Switzerland, the world’s longest rail tunnel — straight through the Alps — is about to open. At 57 kilometres, the Gotthard Base Tunnel, which will travel through the Alps between the northern portal of Erstfeld and Bodio in the south, will become the longest rail tunnel in the world once complete, stripping the title from Japan’s 53.85 kilometre Seikan Tunnel. Meanwhile, the ancient tunnels between New York City and New Jersey — dating from 1910 and about 4,400 meters long — are so old — and damaged from recent hurricanes — that they risk forced closure...

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