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  1. Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    Will these houses make you dizzy? Architects build rotating homes. Imagine living in a house that follows the direction of the sun when it's hot. Or one that offers a different view out of your bedroom window every day of the week. For some bold homeowners this is becoming a reality, thanks to an innovative wave of architects who are re-imagining the concept of the house. Once something firmly routed to the ground, homes are now becoming moving entities that can rotate, change shape, and even adapt to the seasons. - http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/22/architecture/rotating-homes/Claire 🐝 Cardwell
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  2. Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    Somosaguas by A-cero, Somosaguas, Pozuelo de Alarcón, Spain to read more go to:- http://www.caandesign.com/super-home-in-somosaguas-by-a-cero/ Claire 🐝 Cardwell
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    Ken Boddie
    23/01/2017 #1 Ken Boddie
    Clean lines on the exterior, Claire, draw the eye upwards through the various levels of the roof structure, just in case you get bored of the view to the great outdoors. But the whole building comes together at night with the clever placement of subtle lighting, including the pool, which begs for a twilight or evening swim. Funnily enough the interior is attractive and exciting (often a disappointment in such bold exteriors) and features just the right splashes of colour, where needed, and a plethora of interesting adornments and ornaments to keep the occupants glad to return to a home atmosphere.
  3. Lada 🏑 Prkic
    IMAGINATION CREATES A NEW REALITY β–Ί The Kuchlbauer Tower, a beautiful work of art designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser with its round, wavy shapes and organic lines in harmony with nature. It is a 35 meter high observation tower and the landmark of the Kuchlbauer Brewery in Abensberg, Germany. The design was modified and revised by the architect Peter Pelikan, after Hundertwasserβ€˜s death, and the tower was completed in 2010.
    Click on the photo to see full size image.
    http://www.kuchlbauer.de/en/beer-art/kuchlbauer-tower/
    Lada 🏑 Prkic
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    Lada 🏑 Prkic
    22/01/2017 #13 Lada 🏑 Prkic
    #9 I can’t help myself Ken. I just adore such buildings where one’s imagination had run wild. πŸ˜ƒ Many of Gaudi’s works also look like coming directly from a fairytale.
    I’ve just finished the Producer post about different kind of structure. Hope you’ll like it.
    Devesh Bhatt
    22/01/2017 #12 Devesh Bhatt
    #11 hope :)
    Ken Boddie
    22/01/2017 #11 Ken Boddie
    #10 Are you talking from personal experience, Devesh?
    Devesh Bhatt
    22/01/2017 #10 Devesh Bhatt
    #9 I believe there is a connection
    Ken Boddie
    22/01/2017 #9 Ken Boddie
    I must admit, Lada, that I do not find this particular structure to my taste and cannot help but feel some compassion for those resident or working in nearby buildings. I am willing, however, purely in the interests of science, to sample a few of the Bavarian beers at the premises, in order to establish if there is a direct correlation between ale consumption and architectural appreciation. πŸΊπŸ˜‰
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    22/01/2017 #8 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Stunning and very unique.
    Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    21/01/2017 #7 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    Lada you have great taste here in Architecture!
    Gert Scholtz
    21/01/2017 #6 Gert Scholtz
    @Lada 🏑 Prkic A creative architectural design. I would have liked to play in the "spaceship" on top, many years ago:)
    Lada 🏑 Prkic
    21/01/2017 #5 Lada 🏑 Prkic
    #4 Thanks, Bill. I am a big fan of organic architecture and Hundertwasser who rejected angular features in his somewhat chaotic design.
    Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    21/01/2017 #4 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    I enjoyed the update here: The Kuchlbauer Tower is the landmark of Kuchlbauer's World of Beer. It is an architectural project by the world-famous artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, planned, modified and revised by the architect Peter Pelikan.
    Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    21/01/2017 #3 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    COOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!http://view.bebee.com/?u=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5rdWNobGJhdWVyLmRlL2VuL2JlZXItYXJ0L2t1Y2hsYmF1ZXItdG93ZXIv
    Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    21/01/2017 #2 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    WOW! Great looking, we need one in Savannah, Georgia :)
  4. Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    San Francisco’s Seasteading Institute has signed a memorandum of understanding with the French Polynesian government that brings the world’s first floating city closer to reality. The Seasteading Institute first established in 2008 has long sought to implement their vision of self-sustaining communities that can withstand rising sea levels, partnering with DeltaSync in 2013 to build a pilot project in The Netherlands. The new agreement could see construction on a full-blown city begin in the South Pacific as early as 2019. - http://inhabitat.com/worlds-first-floating-city-one-step-closer-to-reality-in-french-polynesia/ Claire 🐝 Cardwell
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    Dean Owen
    18/01/2017 #5 Dean Owen
    #4 Fortunately just a one nighter for an options market making seminar, otherwise I would have definitely befriended a volleyball as there was absolutely nothing to do, the hotel is lousy and the service even worse.
    Ken Boddie
    18/01/2017 #4 Ken Boddie
    #2 Your island residency begs the question, did you stay at the Crown Plaza resort long enough to be labelled Robinson Dean-san? Say hello to 'Wilson' for me. ⚽️
    Ken Boddie
    18/01/2017 #3 Ken Boddie
    Interesting concept, Claire, and relatively close to home for me as many inhabitants of some of the smaller and lower elevation Torres Strait Islands (North of Queensland) are losing or have already lost their homes and land, as tides and recurring flood events become more and more severe. The challenge of floating mechanisms being resistant to typhoons and cyclones still remains, however.
    Dean Owen
    18/01/2017 #2 Dean Owen
    Link doesn't appear to work. http://www.ecns.cn/2014/01-30/99393.shtml
    Dean Owen
    18/01/2017 #1 Dean Owen
    Strikingly similar to this complex I stayed in 3 years ago.
    https://www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/shanghai/shgwr/hoteldetail
  5. Lada 🏑 Prkic
    FRACTAL-LIKE DENDRIFORM STRUCTURE β–Ί The structural steel β€˜trees’ that support the roof of Stuttgart Airport Terminal represent one of the finest examples of three-dimensional dendriform structures. A single support is composed of four tubular poles (β€˜tree’ trunk), each spread to form three branches, with four sub-branches each, to finally support the roof.
    http://www.gmp-architekten.com/projects/stuttgart-airport-terminal-3.html
    Lada 🏑 Prkic
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    Erroll -EL- Warner
    17/01/2017 #9 Erroll -EL- Warner
    Magnificent.
    Lada 🏑 Prkic
    16/01/2017 #8 Lada 🏑 Prkic
    For those interesting in dendriform and fractal-like branching structures, here is the link to an article: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2095263514000363
    Lada 🏑 Prkic
    16/01/2017 #7 Lada 🏑 Prkic
    #6 Indeed, Deb. Beauty in form and function. :)
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    16/01/2017 #6 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    Wow. This is beautifully functional.
    Lada 🏑 Prkic
    16/01/2017 #5 Lada 🏑 Prkic
    #2 Thanks Dilma, my friend. :) What particularly amazes me is that structural design applied the biomechanics of living trees, such as tapering of the structure, or changing of branching angles towards the top of the β€˜tree’.
    Lada 🏑 Prkic
    16/01/2017 #4 Lada 🏑 Prkic
    Thank you for sharing, @Gabriel Bazzolo. :)
    Lada 🏑 Prkic
    16/01/2017 #3 Lada 🏑 Prkic
    #1 Me too, Praveen. These steel structural elements look just like real trees and entire interior is like a forest, creating a 'wow' effect. Thanks for commenting. :)
    DILMA BALBI -Contratos e GestΓ£o
    16/01/2017 #2 DILMA BALBI -Contratos e GestΓ£o
    wow.. amazing... it seems to be a real "light" structure .. thanks for sharing my friend
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    16/01/2017 #1 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    Wow Lada. Technology replicating fractal nature. I love it.
  6. Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    NEXT Solar Window Coating Generates Free Electricity From Sunlight - they have developed a scalable solar window coating that allows commercial glass products to produce clean energy from the sun. The product pays for itself in a year and provides clean energy for up to 30 years. - http://greenbuildingelements.com/2016/06/29/next-solar-window-coating-generates-free-electricity-sunlight/Claire 🐝 Cardwell
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    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    16/01/2017 #1 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    That's innovation!
  7. George Touryliov
    One key in designing robots for future space exploration is a 3D user interface called Visual Environment for Remote Virtual Exploration, or VERVE, that allows a human operator to see the world from the perspective of the robot. Watch:
    Designing Robots For Future Space Exploration
    Designing Robots For Future Space Exploration The Intelligent Robotics Group at NASA Ames Research Center has more than 25 years of experience in building robots and developing software to allow humans...
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    David B. Grinberg
    16/01/2017 #2 David B. Grinberg
    Thanks for the awesome video and all of your highly valued contributions to this hive, George. All one must do is look to the Mars Curiosity rover an a shining example of the amazing findings NASA-controlled robots are making in on the Red Planet. The Curiosity rover recently received a 2-year extension by NASA to continue studying the Martian terrain -- amazingly, NASA scientists never thought this rover would even last this long on an alien planet. But it "keeps going and going" like the Energizer Bunny (battery commercial).
  8. Raoni Santos

    Raoni Santos

    08/01/2017
    Sometimes we must be careful when we embrace or interpret the concept of internet of things.
    Raoni Santos
    The Internet of Things has officially hit peak stupid, courtesy of this smart toaster - ExtremeTech
    www.extremetech.com Griffin Technology wants to sell you on the idea of a smart toaster. We're increasingly sold on the idea of living on a remote island far away from companies that think slapping Wi-Fi and an LCD on to already-functional kitchen hardware constitutes...
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    Jim Cody 🐝
    15/01/2017 #2 Jim Cody 🐝
    IoT is here to stay and albeit I agree that a toaster is outrageous and unnecessary; however the technology is used for tracking trillions of items for inventory, shipping, manufacturing and diagnostics of equipment. I believe the technology is very useful and like LED lights it will become economical viable and cost effective. IoT is here to stay and will take off within the next few years especially in the automotive industry.
    George Touryliov
    15/01/2017 #1 George Touryliov
    The biggest problem with the Internet of Things, generally speaking, is that no one has figured out how to build products that actually do anything useful enough to justify their price tags or enormous security flaws.
  9. Producerkalyanaraman subramanian
    Augmented Reality in Education - Immense potential ahead
    Augmented Reality in Education - Immense potential aheadEducational specialists are working hard to find a solution to improve student quality in education whether it be in kinder garden or in higher education. Augmented reality is a good value proposition for those who are looking for better ROI as well...
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  10. ProducerPamela 🐝 Williams
    World Honey Bee Day
    World Honey Bee DayAs a site where the users refer to themselves as Bees I believe it appropriate that we should align ourselves with efforts to protect the bee populations of the world. An environmental scientist by education I try to stay apprised of environmental...
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    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    15/01/2017 #58 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Thanks everyone for sharing this post in different hives! Attention to the issue is the first step for resolving it!
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    15/01/2017 #57 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #56 Thanks Franci! I'm very grateful for having the hive featured! Let's save our fellow Bees!
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    14/01/2017 #56 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Another great article buzzing around again and I will join and feature the World Honey Bee Day hive. πŸ˜ƒ Thank you for the tag @Ken Boddie. Let's buzz with the best of them.
    Sara Jacobovici
    14/01/2017 #55 Sara Jacobovici
    #54 Done!
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    14/01/2017 #54 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #51 Thank you Sara! It is important. Be sure to join the hive World Honey Bee Day in which I will be sharing articles, research, and posts on Bees and what the individual can do to help the Bee's environment.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    14/01/2017 #53 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #52 Perfectly logical to me Lada :-) Thank you!
    Lada 🏑 Prkic
    14/01/2017 #52 Lada 🏑 Prkic
    You know me, @Ken Boddie and @Pamela 🐝 Williams, I'll share this post on several engineering hives because bees are nature's engineers and mathematicians. :-)
    Sara Jacobovici
    14/01/2017 #51 Sara Jacobovici
    Thanks for tagging me @Ken Boddie. I'm sorry I missed this buzz the first time you posted it @Pamela 🐝 Williams. All the power to you for keeping this very important message current!!
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    14/01/2017 #50 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #46 Thanks Devesh! Native plants are ALWAYS the best option for protecting Native animals and insects.
    I've created a Hive and I invite everyone to share suggestions for native plants to plant in their region of the world.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    14/01/2017 #49 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #47 Thank you Todd! I have just created a Hive: World Honey Bee Day, and I invite you to join and help gather and share information on the plight of our Bee populations
    Zacharias Voulgaris 🐝
    14/01/2017 #48 Zacharias Voulgaris 🐝
    That's a bee-autiful and insightful article. It's unbeelivable how much bees have to suffer because of our dependence on chemicals.
    Todd Jones
    14/01/2017 #47 Todd Jones
    Humans are a curious lot. Our proclivity toward self destruction seems boundless, even in the face of scientific evidence. We need to look no further than our President Elect's position on global warming for confirmation of this tendency. Thankfully, our ability to engineer our way back from the edge of ruin rivals our penchant for creating it. Back in the 1980's the destructive effect of chlorofluorocarbons on the ozone layer was a hot topic, which was addressed through a combination of legislation, scientific research, and new product development. So hope doth remain.

    The shocking collapse of bee colonies is a crisis that requires immediate attention. In my mind, this is an underpublicized predicament more pressing than global warming. Let's not wait for mass starvation to be the prompt for us to get serious about solving this looming disaster.

    Excellent post @Pamela 🐝 Williams. Sharing forward.
    Devesh Bhatt
    14/01/2017 #46 Devesh Bhatt
    Plant local trees, esp fruit trees. The ecosystem around it, including bees will benefit from it.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    14/01/2017 #45 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #43 Thanks Gert! I'm going to re-schedule on Paul's TweetPack
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    14/01/2017 #44 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #42 Buying local honey is an excellent idea! Writing companies that sell honey and asking them to ensure producers of other products aren't using these deadly pesticides on crops would be another great move.
    Gert Scholtz
    14/01/2017 #43 Gert Scholtz
    @Pamela 🐝 Williams @Ken Boddie Shared on Twitter. Excellent "honey " for thought. Thank you Pam.
    Dean Owen
    14/01/2017 #42 Dean Owen
    Bee challenge accepted. Would buying more honey also work? Push up demand. If it did work, perhaps a campaign to champion honey instead of Nutella as Ferrero are staunchly defending their use of palm oil in Nutella and Orangutans are dying too!
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    14/01/2017 #41 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    FYI: World Honey Bee Day for 2017 is August 19th. We should put the world out, share posts on this important subject (there are others, if anyone comes across them, share them as well)
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    14/01/2017 #40 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #37 And following from that: Share to Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and any other site that the Bees have a presence!
    thanks for resurrecting this post @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher!!
  11. Lada 🏑 Prkic
    THE STORY BEHIND THE ICONIC PHOTO β–ΊWe don't know their names, nor the photographer who immortalized them, but these men lunching 250 meters up show the daredevil spirit behind Manhattan's vertical expansion.
    Lunch Atop A Skyscraper: The Story Behind The 1932 Photo | 100 Photos | TIME
    Lunch Atop A Skyscraper: The Story Behind The 1932 Photo | 100 Photos | TIME We don't know their names, nor the photographer who immortalized them, but these men lunching 800 feet up show the daredevil spirit behind Manhattan's...
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    Lada 🏑 Prkic
    10/01/2017 #7 Lada 🏑 Prkic
    #5 I am not particularly afraid of heights, but I wouldn't want to look down. I admire construction workers who work at great heights. :)
    Lada 🏑 Prkic
    10/01/2017 #6 Lada 🏑 Prkic
    #3 Me too, because the workers were mostly desperate immigrants, willing to take any work regardless of the danger.
    Ken Boddie
    09/01/2017 #5 Ken Boddie
    Great video, Lada. An awe inspiring tale behind the iconic photo. I get vertigo every time I look at these images.
    Aurorasa Sima
    07/01/2017 #3 Aurorasa Sima
    The picture made me a bit sad whenever I saw it.

    Now that I know the story, I understand it seems less sad. Thank you for sharing.
    Lada 🏑 Prkic
    07/01/2017 #2 Lada 🏑 Prkic
    This photo left a deep impression on me since the first time I saw it on the social media. These 11 brave men, photographed while sitting on beam eating their lunch, have their place in history.
  12. ProducerKen Boddie

    Ken Boddie

    07/01/2017
    Some o' Me Poems and Proverbs - Vol I
    Some o' Me Poems and Proverbs - Vol IProducer posts are our front line business, our raison d'Γͺtre here on beBee, but what about our comments and responses, the worldy statements and advice that we pass on to our fellow bees, as a statement of our appreciation of the effort that they...
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    Ken Boddie
    09/01/2017 #68 Ken Boddie
    #67 This one's purely for the photo, Lyon. I borrowed it from the owner of the house, when my wife and Indonesian family visited their old birth place in Palembang, North Sumatra. Don't even have a motor bike licence. 😟
    Lyon Brave
    09/01/2017 #67 Lyon Brave
    I used to love those little motor bikes. I had a white Honda. They are a lot of fun.
    Paul Walters
    09/01/2017 #66 Paul Walters
    #65 Ah touche Mr Boddie!!!!!!
    Ken Boddie
    09/01/2017 #65 Ken Boddie
    #62 yes @Paul Walters .....
    You can't fool a traveller,
    Who knows Indo slang.
    The trees are Sumatran,
    The place? - Palembang
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    09/01/2017 #64 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #63 haha, I can't top that. You would look awful funny as me....... We are who we are......... be glad we aren't flea's.
    Ken Boddie
    09/01/2017 #63 Ken Boddie
    #61 I am who I am,
    And that's very true,
    The night owl has spoken,
    Fair Lisa Who Who,
    But wouldn't we both,
    Be oh so blue,
    If you were me,
    And I was you?
    Paul Walters
    09/01/2017 #62 Paul Walters
    @Ken Boddie Ah the rhyming couplets composed on the back of that nifty motor sepeda. The vegetation in the background looks like Indonesia
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    09/01/2017 #61 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #48 My dearest Ken, I think you're right,
    What I'm about to say may sound just a tad trite
    The roots were pulled too early in life,
    Memories escaped and I want to know more, so...
    "The more that I read, the more things I'll know. The more that I learn, the more places I'll go."
    Thank you @Ken Boddie, "Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!"
    Ken Boddie
    08/01/2017 #60 Ken Boddie
    #59 Fatima ....
    Seven out of ten is enough for most men,
    But your ten out of ten has me floating like zen!
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    08/01/2017 #59 🐝 Fatima Williams
    @Ken Boddie I can't wait for Vol - II

    This buzz was so much fun.
    I felt like I'm under the sun
    A mood lifter
    A pretty good one.

    πŸ€—I see why your Ken
    Your good with the pen
    I'll give you ten on ten
    You're so much fun πŸ€—
    Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    08/01/2017 #58 Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    #57 You got it!!!
    πŸ˜‚
    Ken Boddie
    08/01/2017 #57 Ken Boddie
    #55 Thanks, Mamen.
    Happy to always be your .... tickly toes? 🀣
    Devesh Bhatt
    08/01/2017 #56 Devesh Bhatt
    Yes, he is good at fusion without confusion in the operatic sense :)
    Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    08/01/2017 #55 Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    Glad we found each other
    in this world of ones and zeros,
    my dear friend from the Antipodes
    you will always be my ...
    πŸ˜‰ 😘
    Ken Boddie
    08/01/2017 #54 Ken Boddie
    #53 Ha Ha, Devesh. Should we start negotiations, as yet, with Andrew Loyd Webber?
    Devesh Bhatt
    08/01/2017 #53 Devesh Bhatt
    #51 the hard works already done,
    More can follow, all in fun :)

    But sometime later I guess , if it's ok
    Ken Boddie
    08/01/2017 #52 Ken Boddie
    #46 'Wisdom' in this case, Mohd, is definitely in the mind of the beholder. I'll settle for wry humour.
    Our comments are our way of feeding others ..... and, in some cases, providing them with an opportunity to see an alternative path.
    Robert Burns (the Scots Bard) captured this uniquely with his poem "To a Louse", when he penned the following:
    "O wad some Power the giftie gie us,
    To see oursels as ithers see us."
    Ken Boddie
    08/01/2017 #51 Ken Boddie
    #47 How about you do all the hard work, Devesh, and I'll do the peer review. πŸ˜‚
    Ken Boddie
    08/01/2017 #50 Ken Boddie
    #45 Thanks for sharing my buzz, Ali. Not many of us remember comments from others, or even from ourselves. My melancholic-anal character, however, has resulted in me documenting quite a lot of my own comments, including the rhyming ones. As is evident from the above, however, I don't always take care to record or remember the originating post. πŸ™
    Comments received from others are, of course, preserved in my posts.
    Ken Boddie
    08/01/2017 #49 Ken Boddie
    #44 Thanks Tejas πŸ‘
    Your OKs click,
    Is pretty slick.
  13. Lada 🏑 Prkic
    GEOMETRY OF THE UNIVERSE β–ΊThe question of the shape of the universe is at the heart of understanding the universe. Is it a spherical, a saddle-like, a flat, or something else completely, like a horn or the Klein bottle? For now we can only observe a finite volume of the universe. Will we ever know with absolute certainty how the universe looks like?
    http://www.space.com/24309-shape-of-the-universe.html
    Lada 🏑 Prkic
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    Sara Jacobovici
    07/01/2017 #20 Sara Jacobovici
    #16 Done @David B. Grinberg. With pleasure.
    Jim Murray
    06/01/2017 #19 Jim Murray
    #10 @Phil Friedman. We talk a lot about logic and making sense. Which is something you just did in a single paragraph. I agree that something that is infinite or unbounded cannot be defined in a fixed shape. I think science has simply not come up with a way to put parameters on infinity. Mainly because I am pretty sure it's not possible. I could see a dimensionalization of this sort as it applied to the Milky Way or Andromeda or whatever subset of the universe you choose. But to try and rope off the whole magilla like that, it strains credibility.
    Phil Friedman
    06/01/2017 #18 Phil Friedman
    #16 David, I've noticed that some hives have very large numbers for buzzes, yet very few members. I have often thought that a requirement for sharing to a hive should be membership. So that sharing is a two-way street. Sorry for the digression, Lada.
    debasish majumder
    06/01/2017 #17 debasish majumder
    surely. while we are now exploring about quasar and pulsar, we can hope for the same. we must grateful to science that this much understanding at least being facilitate by science @Lada 🏑 Prkic
    David B. Grinberg
    06/01/2017 #16 David B. Grinberg
    Many thanks for the valuable post/share @Lada 🏑 Prkic @Sara Jacobovici -- very much appreciated. Please help me spread the word to grow this hive: 5,600 buzzes, but only 100 members. Keep buzzing and have a wonderful weekend!
    Lada 🏑 Prkic
    06/01/2017 #15 Lada 🏑 Prkic
    #12 For me, the Klein bottle is also an interesting model. It is like a 3-D Mobius strip.
    Lada 🏑 Prkic
    06/01/2017 #13 Lada 🏑 Prkic
    #9 β€œVacationomics” ~/= EarnedPath x GiantERP @Paineology + Meritcology
    Phil Friedman
    06/01/2017 #12 Phil Friedman
    #11 Maybe, Lada, but if I had to choose a conceptual model that I could understand, I would pick a Mobius strip -- since not only does it always lead back upon itself, but it also has only a single continuous surface. Cheers!
    Lada 🏑 Prkic
    06/01/2017 #11 Lada 🏑 Prkic
    #10 Phil, your comment is interesting, as always. I would say that mathematics deals with finite spaces which have no edges (unbounded), like 3-sphere. Some geometric shapes are infinite surfaces like a plane that can extends infinitely far, or cone and cylinder, and many more. Fractals are infinitely complex patterns that are self-similar across different scales.
    Phil Friedman
    06/01/2017 #10 Phil Friedman
    I do not pretend to be an astrophysicist, and so have difficulty comprehending the question and the proffered answers. Although, I do have to say that it seems to me the issue is still within the realms of metaphysics and cosmology, not science.That said, I don't see how one can judge the shape of the universe without the proverbial "fixed point" for the lever of observation, namely, a method for establishing a metric for simultaneity in a space-time continuum the observations of which are completely relative, and not corrected for simultaneity.

    At one point, Einstein postulated that the universe is finite but unbounded, which seems to me more understandable than if it were infinite. But it also means that if it is unbounded, then it makes no sense to ask what its shape is.
    Lada 🏑 Prkic
    06/01/2017 #8 Lada 🏑 Prkic
    #7 Thanks for reminding me on the theory that gravity bends light. I was thinking on Fermat’s principle. Your joke about politicians made me laugh. :-)
    Zacharias Voulgaris 🐝
    06/01/2017 #7 Zacharias Voulgaris 🐝
    #6 As Einstein's general theory of relativity stated very clearly (and proven by astronomers afterwards), large celestial bodies, like stars, warp spacetime (ST), changing the course of light too. So even light in space doesn't really travel in straight lines, simply because there are no paths in ST that are not warped at all...

    The only known exception is the inner part of the skull of some politicians, which is completely void. So if you put a flashlight on one of their ears, you can see it come out, unbent, from the other one. :-)
    Lada 🏑 Prkic
    06/01/2017 #6 Lada 🏑 Prkic
    #5 What about a ray of light?
    Zacharias Voulgaris 🐝
    06/01/2017 #5 Zacharias Voulgaris 🐝
    I don't think we can figure out the shape of the universe with the coarse geometry we are using. Besides, when is the last time you saw a single straight line somewhere in nature?
    Lada 🏑 Prkic
    06/01/2017 #4 Lada 🏑 Prkic
    #2 Yes, and I am so excited to see how far our knowledge will reach.
    Lada 🏑 Prkic
    06/01/2017 #3 Lada 🏑 Prkic
    #1 I would also, Sara. That's what intrigues us all.
    Julio Angel Lopez Lopez
    06/01/2017 #2 Julio Angel Lopez Lopez
    Great question, yes, but it will be a long process.
    Sara Jacobovici
    06/01/2017 #1 Sara Jacobovici
    Great share @Lada 🏑 Prkic. If I would have 9 lives, one of them would definitely be devoted to this area of study. In the meantime, I depend on people like you to share these wonderful articles with me. thank you.
  14. Ken Boddie

    Ken Boddie

    05/01/2017
    Half a kilometre above the valley floor, shrouded in mist for many of its days, this magnificent engineering feat shows how the Chinese are meeting their infrastructure challenges, seemingly unimpeded by geography, geology or bureaucracy.
    Time-lapse: World’s highest bridge to open in China
    Time-lapse: World’s highest bridge to open in China Beipanjiang Bridge, the world’s highest bridge crossing the Nizhu River Canyon located in the juncture of Yunnan and Guizhou provinces, is 565 meters above...
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    Ken Boddie
    06/01/2017 #7 Ken Boddie
    #6 I must admit to getting vertigo looking at the video, Joseph. Thanks for commenting.
    Dean Owen
    05/01/2017 #5 Dean Owen
    #4 Oh, the Mavic Pro. Works well with Apples. Can't test it yet as you need a pilot license to fly 'em in Shanghai!
    Ken Boddie
    05/01/2017 #4 Ken Boddie
    #2 Just noticed the reference to 'new drone'. Tell me more. What did you end up purchasing, or are you still deliberating?
    Ken Boddie
    05/01/2017 #3 Ken Boddie
    #2 More info at this link, which I forgot to add to my initial comment: http://interestingengineering.com/the-worlds-highest-bridge-in-china-is-ready-for-traffic/
    Dean Owen
    05/01/2017 #2 Dean Owen
    Bureaucracy in China? No such thing. Seriously cool, and spanning my two favourite provinces! It's about an eight day drive from here. Will get some live footage sometime this year for sure. Good op to try out my new drone!
    Ken Boddie
    05/01/2017 #1 Ken Boddie
    Have you yet visited this region in your travels through the Middle Kingdom, @Dean Owen, Dean-san?
  15. Lada 🏑 Prkic
    THE WORLD’S FIRST PLASTIC BOTTLE VILLAGE β–Ί Canadian Robert Bezeau developed the project called the Plastic Bottle Village, located in Panama, where the houses are constructed, or as he like to say β€œre-constructed” out of recycled plastic bottles. Bottles work surprisingly well as insulators. The buildings are also incredibly durable and safe during floods and earthquakes.
    http://interestingengineering.com/plastic-bottle-village-panama-eco-residential-community/
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    Lada 🏑 Prkic
    31/12/2016 #2 Lada 🏑 Prkic
    #1 Thanks Pamela. This is just one of a number of sustainable architectural projects that creatively try to deal with the worsening pollution problems.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    31/12/2016 #1 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    That is ingenious Lada! Good for him πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ†’
  16. Lada 🏑 Prkic
    SHOULD IT BE SPENDING MORE THAN $500 MILLION ON A CHURCH BUILDING?
    The Romanian People's Salvation Cathedral in Bucharest is scheduled to be completed in 2018. It will be absolutely huge. Its dome will be 120 metres high, making it the tallest Orthodox building in the world. It will seat around 6,000 people, and include a soup kitchen able to feed 1,000 people, two hotels and parking for 500 cars. The building is already called "a pharaonic project".
    http://www.christiantoday.com/article/should.we.spend.money.on.extravagant.church.buildings/94870.htm
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    Lada 🏑 Prkic
    21/12/2016 #21 Lada 🏑 Prkic
    #18 Phil, great comment, as always. "And I question why societies are so willing to put edifice before human welfare. Life without art may be significantly diminished. But art without life is fatuous." What I meant to say in my last comment was that my buzz is not anti-religious. I'm always saying, "Live and let live," but I ask questions."
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    20/12/2016 #20 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Whether you look at it from a religious or economic perspective , this is ridiculous when millions of humans go hungry every day. The art of engineering and architecture can be displayed without such wasteful opulance. There are such buildings already, now let's see how you can do more with less, show. Us how humble can be just as architecturally thrilling!
    Randy Keho
    20/12/2016 #19 Randy Keho
    #16 I find it rather ironic -- and disturbing -- that any organization would commit to an expenditure of this magnitude for a building that will house a soup kitchen.
    Phil Friedman
    20/12/2016 #18 Phil Friedman
    #17 Lada, to emphasize your point, my comment was not religious in nature, but about societal choices. I am not completely insensitive to the beauty and grandeur of such structures, but I am also not insensitive to the pain, suffering, and blood that went into building the pyramids and many of the grand churches of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. And I question why societies are so willing to put edifice before human welfare. Life without art may be significantly diminished. But art without life is fatuous. My best to all for the holidays.
    Lada 🏑 Prkic
    20/12/2016 #17 Lada 🏑 Prkic
    #9 #11 Sorry Jared, I accidently deleted my last comment. Like I said in my response to Max, this is not a buzz with the religious content. My intention was to point out the construction of over-sized church facilities.
    These mega church buildings we can find everywhere, and in my country, too. At the same time, there is a lack of shelters for the homeless, soup kitchens, nursing homes and even schools and kindergartens.
    I think this topic should be viewed in that context.
    Lada 🏑 Prkic
    20/12/2016 #16 Lada 🏑 Prkic
    #2 @Max🐝 J. Carter, thanks for the comment. I almost fell out of my chair when you agreed with Phil. πŸ˜ƒ I’m glad that this discussion did not go any further because this buzz might be understood in a different way from what I intended to say.
    The same post on LinkedIn is perceived as an attack upon the Orthodox Church. Once again it has been shown that people cannot rationally discuss any issues concerning religion (and politics as well). beBee has proven to be incomparably more mature on this matter.
    Lada 🏑 Prkic
    19/12/2016 #15 Lada 🏑 Prkic
    Thanks for the share, @Jared 🐝 Wiese. I will comment lately.
    Lada 🏑 Prkic
    19/12/2016 #14 Lada 🏑 Prkic
    #13 Phil, your comment is exactly what I was thinking when I saw the article. There are other examples. The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace is the world's largest basilica, built in Ivory Coast, which cost of the construction had doubled the country’s debt.
    Phil Friedman
    19/12/2016 #13 Phil Friedman
    @Lada 🏑 Prkic, my ethnic origins are Romanian. So I find this to be a poignant question. The numbers tell the tale. With approximately 0.4% of the Romanian population determined by world organizations to be undernourished, and about 20 million people in Romania, the $500 million expenditure could feed the undernourished of that nation for more than 30 years. Hubris takes many forms, and the indifference of the privileged to the plight of the poor never fails to be striking. IMHO.
    Harvey Lloyd
    19/12/2016 #12 Harvey Lloyd
    If this building is being funded by the church attendees and their donations, then build away.

    If it is a state built building then i would say its tourism and not associated within any belief system, build away.

    True belief is not about any bricks and mortar. But commerce is.
    Jared 🐝 Wiese
    19/12/2016 #11 Jared 🐝 Wiese
    #3 Now, that said. I agree there are some amazingly beautiful structures that I hope to visit some day!
    Not to be closer to god or Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism, etc.

    To be closer to those buildings... and to bring my 'christ within' - with me.
    Jared 🐝 Wiese
    19/12/2016 #9 Jared 🐝 Wiese
    At the risk of delving into one of the big no-no topics, here I jump.

    What about structures like this big fancy church?

    Those of you who have read Eckhart Tolle may realize the essence of the 'Christ within" that is not some 'sign' or "big church". He wrote:

    "Jesus said 'the kingdom of heaven is within you'
    ...I think if he lived nowadays, instead of 'kingdom,' he would have said, 'dimension.' And 'heaven' refers to a sense of vastness or spaciousness. So if we retranslate the words of Jesus into modern terms [it would be] 'the dimension of spaciousness is within you.'
    ... And then Jesus said β€” when they asked him, 'Where is the kingdom of heaven and when is it going to come?' β€” he said, 'The kingdom of heaven does not come with signs to be perceived. You cannot say, ah, it's over here or look, it's over there, for I tell you the kingdom of heaven is within you.' "
    Lada 🏑 Prkic
    19/12/2016 #8 Lada 🏑 Prkic
    #6 I think they are, because religions have been changed as well.
    Lada 🏑 Prkic
    19/12/2016 #7 Lada 🏑 Prkic
    #4 Thak you for the comment @Ali Anani. When it comes to church expansion projects issue, every question is considered to be difficult, but it shouldn’t be. I think that the approach to any building process, especially of such mega projects, should be realistic and reasonable. A large part of this project will be financed with public money.
    Dean Owen
    19/12/2016 #6 Dean Owen
    #5 Have they? I don't think so.
    Lada 🏑 Prkic
    19/12/2016 #5 Lada 🏑 Prkic
    #3 Dean, times have changed.
    Ali Anani
    19/12/2016 #4 Ali Anani
    The fact that you are reporting on this building reflects the interest in it. These buildings become an attractive place to visit. There is so much info going in their design. May be in the long run they are worth it unless they are draining the resources. Thanks @Lada 🏑 Prkic for asking this difficult question that has no easy answer.
    Dean Owen
    19/12/2016 #3 Dean Owen
    All I can say is thankfully people didn't appear to worry about budgets when they decided to build Borobudur, Angkor Wat, the Taj Mahal, Saint Basil's, St Peter's.....
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    19/12/2016 #2 Max🐝 J. Carter
    That's really a good question.

    What is the value to society truly inspiring these kind of things?

    I think Phil brings up a good comparison.

    I realize the sum total of beBee just fell out of their chairs but I think Phil and I are big enough people to put the past behind us and see that even he and I can agree on something at some point.

    I am interested to see where this discussion could go and honesty @Phil Friedman do you have any other examples to throw in.

    Is the question which historical pieces based on what religion or how do we even begin to decide?

    I got no clue on this one.
    Phil Friedman
    18/12/2016 #1 Phil Friedman
    Compare: Tower Of Babel by Pieter Bruegel the Elder oil on wood panel circa 1563 1525-1569 Austria Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum
  17. Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    New recycled plastic sidewalk harvests energy from the sun -Imagine a colorful modular paving system that snaps together β€œlike LEGO bricks” replacing dull pavements currently populating today’s concrete jungles. Hungarian startup Platio designed that paving system to make our sidewalks do more for us. Their paving system, made with recycled plastic, offers firm ground while harvesting clean energy from the sun.
    Platio’s paving system harvests power from the sun via monocrystalline silicon cells inside tempered glass. TechCrunch says a plastic backing enables the system to dodge damage when people walk on it. The pavement modules connect in such a manner that doesn’t necessitate extra wiring; according to Platio, β€œThe units are compact and modularly connect together making electronic contact without additional wiring by a powerline communication systems which connects automatically during the establishment.”
    The pavement reportedly generates 160 watts per square meter, or per 10 square feet, according to Treehugger. Platio offers the paving in three colors, and is also working to create another innovative system to harvest energy from footsteps.

    http://inhabitat.com/new-recycled-plastic-paving-harvests-power-from-the-sun/
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    Lada 🏑 Prkic
    20/12/2016 #1 Lada 🏑 Prkic
    Great share, Claire. I am also impressed with their future product that will convert kinetic energy from footsteps into clean electricity.
  18. Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    Floating Paris gym uses human energy to cruise down the Seine River
    Italian architects Carlo Ratti Associati have unveiled a new design for a floating gym powered by human energy. Designed to meander down the Seine River, the 20-meter-long Paris Navigating Gym would be powered by Technogymβ€˜s revolutionary ARTIS exercise machines, which harvest power generated by the fitness enthusiasts inside.
    http://inhabitat.com/floating-paris-gym-uses-human-energy-to-cruise-down-the-seine-river/
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    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    14/12/2016 #2 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    Meander down the Seine? No Parisian is going to take exercise to begin with, there appears no shower, so no one going to work can even consider it. This has to be marketed to tourists!

    Innovative concept, it was just too jarring to equate the words meandering & exercise.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    14/12/2016 #1 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Nice design and purpose as a conceptual design but who steers this floating gym?

    PS Thank you for introducing me to the Inhabitat website - interesting features about design and the ecology.
  19. Lada 🏑 Prkic
    SHOWING OFF WEALTH β–Ί Abraj Kudai, the biggest hotel in the world in Mecca (Saudi Arabia), currently under construction, is one of the mega construction projects.
    When completed, it will be the largest hotel in the world by room count, consisting of a ring of 12 towers up to 45 storeys high, with 10,000 bedrooms, 70 restaurants, and five rooftop helipads.
    The estimated project cost is $3.5 billion, and will span approximately 1.4 million square meters.
    http://www.news.com.au/travel/world-travel/middle-east/future-in-doubt-for-worlds-next-largest-hotel-in-saudi-arabia/news-story/bfe29f945a9ea362d4680a5d29a85fb1
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    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    11/12/2016 #8 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #7 I can only paraphrase what a writer at foriegnpolicy.com wrote about Saudi Arabia a.k.a. that the reality is so absurd that it outstrips anything we can with - and in the case of the FP they were talking about 9/11 conspiracy theorists and not about this hotel http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/07/18/what-we-know-about-saudi-arabias-role-in-911/
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    11/12/2016 #7 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #6 This did not even cross my mind Manjit! Thank you for pointing it out. I have say: My vote is; it's in extremely poor taste and an affront to the pilgrims considering the location. Again, thank you!
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    11/12/2016 #6 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #5 It is not about who will stay in these hotels but much more about the rise of these luxury accommodations in what is meant to be a sacred and holy city for people of the Islamic faith. There is no shortage of people of the faith visiting Mecca, but does this ostentatious display of wealth jive with maintaining the spiritual importance of Mecca to pilgrims. The 2015 Guardian story does a great job of drawing on this : https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/architecture-design-blog/2015/may/22/worlds-biggest-hotel-to-open-in-mecca
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    11/12/2016 #5 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Okay, here are my questions exactly who is going to be staying in all these rooms? And where is everyone going to park as I assume with only 5 helipads, not everyone can come by chopper? That will be one large parking lot and will require trams to deliver people to the hotel, or one of those towers is a parking garage. How many other hotels are being shut down to fill these rooms? Is tourism in S.A. growing that much or is this a retreat for those with oil money only. The architecture and engineering is wonderful, but the practicalities of the facility are just a little fuzzy.
    Ken Boddie
    11/12/2016 #3 Ken Boddie
    I'm not willing to buy into what the Saudis should or shouldn't so with their oil money, but I am agog at this concept. The five helipads alone bring to mind the OH&S question of who and how is air traffic controlled. Bearing in mind that this location is the seat of Islam and on the understanding that "only Allah is perfect", presumably this building will be constructed with at least one flaw (as in the case of all Islamic man-made facilities). Let's hope that any such flaw is superficial and decorative and not in the footings.
    Aleta Curry
    11/12/2016 #2 Aleta Curry
    #1 I firmly believe that people can do what they want with their own money, but this wouldn't be my choice. The money this costs could represent a whole lotta scholarships....
    Lada 🏑 Prkic
    11/12/2016 #1 Lada 🏑 Prkic
    Should oil-based wealth be spent on more important things rather than the ostentatious buildings?
  20. ProducerKen Boddie

    Ken Boddie

    10/12/2016
    Blue Mountains Millions
    Blue Mountains MillionsThis site, located in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, has million dollar views and some great concepts, as critiqued by Jenny Xie in her article published in Apple News:Β Invisible house is up for saleΒ This house can be yours for a lazy 9 mill...
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    Ken Boddie
    08/01/2017 #34 Ken Boddie
    Last I heard, Todd, it was off the market and under negotiation. Sounds like someone agrees with you about the view and decided to invest in something more substantial than a tent. Must remember your 'bunker-esque'. Sums it up quite nicely.
    Todd Jones
    08/01/2017 #33 Todd Jones
    I'm with you, Ken. The unfinished concrete renders the entire affair rather bunker-esque to my senses, while the price tag renders it unaffordable to my wallet. Nice view though.
    Ken Boddie
    21/12/2016 #32 Ken Boddie
    #31 The owner's agent has asked me to thank you for your bid to provide batik blinds for the windows, Paul. If you throw in a few traditional lukisan Bali, as a sweetener, to soften those stark walls, you may very well have a supply contract.
    Paul Walters
    21/12/2016 #31 Paul Walters
    @Ken Boddie h forgot to mention...Indonesian rupiah
    Paul Walters
    21/12/2016 #30 Paul Walters
    @Ken Boddie 10 mill and thats my absolute final offer!!!
    Ken Boddie
    14/12/2016 #29 Ken Boddie
    #27 I'd rather face the real estate sharks in the Blue Mountains, Dean-san, than the sharks lurking offshore alone the Ballina coast. There again, it's tempting to have a long stretch of shoreline on which to build you very own sand castle. πŸ€”
    Ken Boddie
    14/12/2016 #28 Ken Boddie
    #24 Perfect place for weekend band practise, Kev, for the discerning introverted guitar player and his groupies that is. No neighbours to complain about loud music, or any other shenanigans, or to throw back ... mmh? ... whatever you eventually decide you may want to throw when you live in this house. A mere steal for a man of your means. πŸ˜‰
    Dean Owen
    13/12/2016 #27 Dean Owen
    Wouldn't it be better to buy this beach and spend the rest building your own designed beach house?http://www.realestate.com.au/news/a-nsw-beach-stretching-22-acres-is-on-the-market-for-2-million-2/?rsf=ps%3Afacebook%3Anatrei
    Ken Boddie
    13/12/2016 #26 Ken Boddie
    #25 Plus throw in a Harry Balafonte vinyl, DLE, and you may have enough for the deposit. But don't wait too long. Daylight come! 😊
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    13/12/2016 #25 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    #16 @Ken Boddie and @Gert Scholtz with so much competition, gonna lower my offer πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ ..Let's see 175,000 US$..That's a steal of a deal considering the world's economy😊
    Kevin Pashuk
    13/12/2016 #24 Kevin Pashuk
    People who live in concrete and Mudgee stack stone should not..... Er.... should not... ummm... At a loss here. Not sure what you shouldn't do in this house. Perfect for a rich introvert. Great for pondering and you clan cloak yourself with invisibility at the flick of a switch.
    Gert Scholtz
    13/12/2016 #23 Gert Scholtz
    #16 @Ken Boddie @Donna-Luisa Eversley I politely stand back - this is a place for our Caribbean Queen.
    Nick Mlatchkov
    13/12/2016 #22 Anonymous
    #21 Cool!
    Ken Boddie
    13/12/2016 #21 Ken Boddie
    #20 I don't get any kick backs, Nick, but I sure get a kick out of some of these comments! πŸ˜ƒ
    Nick Mlatchkov
    13/12/2016 #20 Anonymous
    Ken, what's your participation in the deal ...?
    Ken Boddie
    13/12/2016 #19 Ken Boddie
    #18 Can't tempt you away from Nobby's Beach, Aleta, for the occasional long weekend putting out bush fires? The bidding's almost finished.
    Aleta Curry
    13/12/2016 #18 Aleta Curry
    Not my cup of tea, but I admire the feat - and those views!
    Ken Boddie
    13/12/2016 #17 Ken Boddie
    #14 $9 mill can sure buy a lot of 'lavish', Mohd, and a lot of solitude. 😩
    Ken Boddie
    13/12/2016 #16 Ken Boddie
    #12 Sorry, DLE, but you're up against @Gert Scholtz #1 who's bidding at the asking price. Going once ..... Going twice .....
    Ken Boddie
    13/12/2016 #15 Ken Boddie
    #13 And if she spends all her money buying it and getting there, Pascal, 'she'll be left there!' 😭
  21. Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    Meera Sky Garden House in Singapore by Guz Architects - http://www.caandesign.com/the-amazing-meera-house-by-guz-architects/ Claire 🐝 Cardwell
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    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    11/12/2016 #7 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    #5 Hi Ken will do
    !
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    11/12/2016 #6 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Want it! Unique architecture that incorporates natural elements and lines to make it more sustainable and environmentally friendly., plus it's just cool to look at!
    Ken Boddie
    11/12/2016 #5 Ken Boddie
    #4 I notice you still have the bee after your second name, Claire. This prevents you being tagged or notified in others' buzzes or comments. Try placing the bee after your first name instead.
    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    10/12/2016 #4 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    #2 @Ken Boddie it is an absolutely stunning house, I am looking forward to reading your buzz!
    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    10/12/2016 #3 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    #1 That's for sure @CityVP 🐝 Manjit I wouldn't want to be the one mowing that roof!
    Ken Boddie
    10/12/2016 #2 Ken Boddie
    I've loved turf roofing, Claire, ever since I saw it used to good effect in bottle storage buildings in a winery in Pokolbin, NSW many years ago. It has a great cooling influence. I also love the great blend of materials used in this house, unlike some others I have recently seen in trendy high priced housing here in Oz (I'll tag you in a buzz I'm working on).
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    10/12/2016 #1 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Gorgeous home and concept though since I am not a gardening enthusiast, I shudder to think how much work has to go into maintaining the look and feel of a well tended home. Such a home needs to price in the presence of an excellent gardener.
  22. Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    When it rains, it pours. With increasingly unpredictable environmental conditions and the prevalence of catastrophic storms, building safe and secure flood-proof structures is becoming even more vital. Not only do we have to worry about natural disasters like hurricanes and floods, but we will have to battle with rising sea levels, so designs for aqueous living should definitely be on the minds of architects worldwide. Read on for six innovative flood-proof designs that are able to weather the worst of the rising tides. To read more go to : - http://inhabitat.com/six-flood-proof-buildings-that-can-survive-rising-tides/arcology4-2/ Claire 🐝 Cardwell
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    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    09/12/2016 #3 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    #2 Far too often people are building on flood zones or there is too much paving that allows rain water to pool causing floods. These innovations are great, but v. expensive and beyond most people's pockets. I think local government should take steps asap to flood proofing coastal/riverside homes. They should also severely limit the amount of hard impermeable paving.
    Ken Boddie
    09/12/2016 #2 Ken Boddie
    Can't follow the link on my iPhone so will have to wait till I'm back home on my Mac, Claire. Meanwhile your buzz raises the question of do we individually flood proof our coastal homes, does one level of government flood proof whole suburbs and regions, or do we continue to do nothing, while watching councils, state and federal governments bury their heads in the sand or push responsibility towards each other, until abandonment becomes the only option? Let's take our lead from the Dutch.
    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    09/12/2016 #1 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    Thanks for the share @Lada 🏑 Prkic!
  23. Lada 🏑 Prkic
    The Tesla Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada, is expected to begin battery production by the end of this year.
    TESLA GIGAFACTORY: November 2016 Construction Update
    TESLA GIGAFACTORY: November 2016 Construction Update The future of battery technology is in front of you. Well it will be, soon, here at the Tesla Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada. Tesla will revolutionize the...
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  24. Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    Scientists blend photosynthesis and quantum physics to improve solar cells. Four physicists at the University of California, Riverside decided to blend photosynthesis and quantum physics to work towards greener solar cells. Plants effectively regulate energy flow from the sun, but since current affordable man-made solar cells hover around just 20 percent efficiency, the scientists decided to take cues from vegetation.

    Current solar cells require feedback controllers and voltage converters to manage fluctuations in the amount of energy streaming from the sun, and end up wasting loads of energy. Their lack of efficiency is one hurdle standing in the way of mass adoption. But plants don’t need such hindering mechanisms. The UC Riverside team decided to reevaluate solar energy conversion in light of both photosynthesis’ efficiency and quantum physics principles.

    The physicists created what UC Riverside calls a novel kind of quantum heat engine photocell, a device that assists in the sunshine-to-electricity conversion process. Their new photocell draws on two quantum mechanical photocell systems that absorb either one or two colors of light, allowing the photocell to alternate between absorbing light at high and low power. According to UC Riverside, this innovation could allow a photocell to β€œconvert varying levels of solar power into a steady-state output.”

    For UC Riverside assistant professor Nathan Gabor, who took part in the research, the journey to a better solar cell started in 2010 with the simple question, β€œWhy are plants green?” He found out no one truly understands why, and decided to search for an answer. His quest, drawing on his physics background melded with deeper study into biology, may unlock the secrets to a more effective solar cell.

    http://inhabitat.com/scientists-blend-photosynthesis-and-quantum-physics-to-improve-solar-cells/
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    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    07/12/2016 #4 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    #2 I also don't understand the principles - the only thing I learnt in physics that still stuck is how to wire a plug! But this concept looks very promising.
    Ken Boddie
    06/12/2016 #2 Ken Boddie
    #1 Thanks for this interesting article, Claire. I'm still experiencing some of the ups and downs of the solar industry here in Oz and have worked my way through a few 'cowboy' installers. But it looks like the future is looking much better than my so called 'state of the art' investment for my own roof 5 years ago. My solar panels are doing well but it seems that they work most efficiently at low temperature. Daytime temperatures here in Queensland average in the upper twenties (Celsius) for most of the year and get up into the thirties in the summer, but when we get an occasional 10 degrees or less at night time, then the power spike when they start up at dawn can cause damage to the inverter. I'm now on my third inverter but have now hopefully found an installation/maintenance company with sustainable knowledge and performance to mqtch the sustainable energy concept. Looking forward to the high and low power absorption concept becoming commercial reality, although I can't pretend to understand the photosynthesis / quantum physics solar principles.
  25. Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    Mushrooms are good for so much more than just eating. Ecovative, the company behind Mushroom Packaging, has teamed up with cement-growing company bioMASON to create classy furniture grown entirely from microorganisms and mushrooms. Living organisms are put to work to create the sustainable mushroom furniture in radically innovative processes. Ecovative and bioMASON’s furniture is grown – with mushrooms, microorganisms, and agricultural waste – and consumes far less energy than traditional furniture manufacturing. The pieces draw on Ecovative’s use of mycelium for the legs, and on bioMASON’s biocement, grown with a little help from bacteria, for the marble-like tabletops on the duo’s Tafl Table and King’s Table. The resulting furniture is toxin-free. To read more go to:- http://inhabitat.com/furniture-grown-from-bacteria-and-mushrooms-is-now-available-for-purchase/Claire 🐝 Cardwell
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    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    05/12/2016 #6 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    #5 Thanks for the share @Lada 🏑 Prkic!
    Lada 🏑 Prkic
    05/12/2016 #5 Lada 🏑 Prkic
    The concept of cultivation the materials is revolutionary. The new building materials are made from yeast, bacteria, mould, mushrooms...... The possibilities for applications are endless, from architecture and construction to the ordinary, everyday objects. An appropriate article for the Interesting Engineering, Technology and Discoveries hive. :)
    Ken Boddie
    03/12/2016 #4 Ken Boddie
    #3#2 I agree with both of you. Great concept and I wish them well, but not at the expense of the polystyrene replacement.
    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    03/12/2016 #3 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    #2 Hi Chas, I also hope that they don't lose focus, but I thought it was interesting - as a tree hugger I think that any way we can save trees by using technology like this is great.
    Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    03/12/2016 #2 Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    #1 @Claire 🐝 Cardwell, I actually find their original product and direction more interesting- using mycelium as packing material for shipping which is bio-degradable, as opposed to the petroleum products such as styrofoam and bubble wrap which stays in land-fills for years. I hope the company doesn't lose direction. I thought their original idea was brilliant.
    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    03/12/2016 #1 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    @Ken Boddie @Lada 🏑 Prkic - have you seen this? You can grow your furniture as well as your house!
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