- 24/01/2017Will 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/
- 23/01/2017Somosaguas by A-cero, Somosaguas, Pozuelo de Alarcón, Spain to read more go to:- http://www.caandesign.com/super-home-in-somosaguas-by-a-cero/
Comments23/01/2017 #1 Ken BoddieClean 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.
- 21/01/2017IMAGINATION CREATES A NEW REALITY ► 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 Hundertwasser‘s death, and the tower was completed in 2010.
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Comments22/01/2017 #9 Ken BoddieI 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. 🍺😉21/01/2017 #4 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand AmbassadorI 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.
- 18/01/2017San 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/
Comments18/01/2017 #3 Ken BoddieInteresting 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.
- 16/01/2017FRACTAL-LIKE DENDRIFORM STRUCTURE ► The structural steel ‘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 (‘tree’ trunk), each spread to form three branches, with four sub-branches each, to finally support the roof.
Comments16/01/2017 #8 Lada 🏡 PrkicFor those interesting in dendriform and fractal-like branching structures, here is the link to an article: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2095263514000363
- 16/01/2017NEXT 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/
- 16/01/2017One 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 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...
Comments16/01/2017 #2 David B. GrinbergThanks 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).
- 08/01/2017Sometimes we must be careful when we embrace or interpret the concept of internet of things.The Internet of Things has officially hit peak stupid, courtesy of this smart toaster - ExtremeTechwww.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...
Comments15/01/2017 #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.
- Producer14/01/2017Augmented 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...
- Producer20/08/2016World 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...
Comments14/01/2017 #47 Todd JonesHumans 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.
- 07/01/2017THE STORY BEHIND THE ICONIC PHOTO ►We 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 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...
- Producer07/01/2017Some o' Me Poems and Proverbs - Vol IProducer posts are our front line business, our raison d'être 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...
Comments09/01/2017 #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!"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."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. 🙁
Comments received from others are, of course, preserved in my posts.
- 06/01/2017GEOMETRY OF THE UNIVERSE ►The 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?
Comments06/01/2017 #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.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.06/01/2017 #10 Phil FriedmanI 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.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. :-)
- 05/01/2017Half 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 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...
Comments05/01/2017 #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/
- 31/12/2016THE WORLD’S FIRST PLASTIC BOTTLE VILLAGE ► 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 “re-constructed” out of recycled plastic bottles. Bottles work surprisingly well as insulators. The buildings are also incredibly durable and safe during floods and earthquakes.
- 18/12/2016SHOULD 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".
Comments21/12/2016 #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."20/12/2016 #20 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsWhether 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!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.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.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. 😃 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.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.19/12/2016 #12 Harvey LloydIf 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.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.19/12/2016 #9 Jared 🐝 WieseAt 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 — when they asked him, 'Where is the kingdom of heaven and when is it going to come?' — 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.' "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.19/12/2016 #4 Ali AnaniThe 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.19/12/2016 #2 Max🐝 J. CarterThat'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.
- 17/12/2016New recycled plastic sidewalk harvests energy from the sun -Imagine a colorful modular paving system that snaps together “like 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, “The 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.
- 14/12/2016Floating 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 Technogym‘s revolutionary ARTIS exercise machines, which harvest power generated by the fitness enthusiasts inside.
Comments14/12/2016 #2 Deb 🐝 HelfrichMeander 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.
- 11/12/2016SHOWING OFF WEALTH ► 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.
Comments11/12/2016 #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-911/11/12/2016 #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-mecca11/12/2016 #5 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsOkay, 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.11/12/2016 #3 Ken BoddieI'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.
- Producer10/12/2016Blue 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: Invisible house is up for sale This house can be yours for a lazy 9 mill...
Comments14/12/2016 #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. 😉13/12/2016 #24 Kevin PashukPeople 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.
- 10/12/2016Meera Sky Garden House in Singapore by Guz Architects - http://www.caandesign.com/the-amazing-meera-house-by-guz-architects/
Comments10/12/2016 #2 Ken BoddieI'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).
- 08/12/2016When 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/
Comments09/12/2016 #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.09/12/2016 #2 Ken BoddieCan'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.
- 06/12/2016The Tesla Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada, is expected to begin battery production by the end of this year.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...
- 06/12/2016Scientists 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 “convert 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, “Why 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.
Comments06/12/2016 #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.
- 03/12/2016Mushrooms 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/
Comments05/12/2016 #5 Lada 🏡 PrkicThe 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. :)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.
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