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The World’s Most Amazing Trees

January 6, 2013

 

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Source: Christopher Martin Photography

The Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree

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Source: Photo Net

Like most aphorisms, the adage “art imitates life” is applicable in many cases, but is especially so when remarking on the stunning canvas that is the rainbow eucalyptus tree. Resembling some sort of psychedelic Pollock painting, what one might easily confuse for frenzied, highly saturated brush strokes is actually Mother Nature’s grunt work. This brand of eucalyptus tree sheds its bark in patches sporadically throughout the year and in the process transforms into a technicolor dream. Initially, the exposed undergrowth is bright green, though as it matures the colors shift to blue, purple, orange and then finally maroon tones.

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Source: Christopher Martin Photography

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Source: Style Wonderlust

The Quaking Aspens

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Source: Bio 230

Beyond its stunning, canary-colored foliage, quaking aspens are a testament to the fact that unification and solidarity are the key to a long, golden life. While on the surface these trees seem like a cluster of individual timber, the truth is that beneath the soil, all the trees are rooted together into one giant organism, so large in fact that it can be up to 20 acres wide. This serves an advantage in terms of longevity, seeing as one stand of quaking aspens in Bryce Canyon National Park is estimated to be approximately 80,000 years old!

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Source: Shelley Lake

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Source: Kitchen Undone

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Tetrameles Nudifloras

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Source: Conservation Report

While somewhat reminiscent of dripping candle wax, the roots of the tetrameles nudifloras are much harder to remove once set. Found in many parts of Southeast Asia and Oceania, the seeping trees featured above and below can be seen slowly engulfing the ruins of Cambodia’s historic Ta Prohm Temple.

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Ideas for recycling for this weekend!

August 30, 2012

Mercedes Benz Invisible

March 8, 2012

Mercedes-Benz has created a vehicle it claims is “virtually invisible” – to the environment, that is.

The German car manufacturer has blanketed one side of its new F-Cell vehicle in sheets of light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

The LEDs display a live feed of images shot by a camera placed on the other side of the car. The effect makes it seem as if the car were invisible, or as if there were nothing standing between the bystander and the opposite side the street.

The company recorded the reactions of confused onlookers in a commercial promoting the hydrogen fuel cell electric car.

BioLite CampStove and USB Charger

February 18, 2012

Is there a camp stove more amazing than this?  The BioLite CampStove and USB Charger can cook your meals and charge your gadgets with the renewable resource of sticks gathered from the forest floor.  The BioLite uses rocket stove-ish technology to produce efficient heat with a combustion chamber and focused, insulated chimney.  By burning just a handful of sticks, the BioLite CampStove can boil water and charge mobile devices without the need for conventional fuel or a connection to the grid.  By using a transduction process, BioLite generates electricity from the heat as the fire burns.  This is great for camping, but a wonderful tool for emergencies.  If you lose power or access to cooking fuel, a handful of sticks can cook you a meal while charging your mobile phone.

Having tinkered with the rocket stove concept in our workshop, we admire what BioLite has accomplished here.  Buying a BioLite CampStove helps fund BioLite’s other product, the HomeStove, which is a charitable system that allows people to cook meals safely and sustainably in the third world.  Over half of the world cooks over open flames, and the resulting smoke causes an estimated 2,000,000 deaths per year.  Both of these products, the HomeStove and the CampStove, could certainly do a lot of good for the world.  We want one of each!  CampStove is now in production and is available for pre-order for $129. [via uncrate]

London Fieldworks

January 14, 2012

Spontaneous City in the Tree of Heaven by London Fieldworks

Super Kingdom // Image Courtesy of London Fieldworks

Rural and remote locations with profuse green spaces, which work as refuges in a highly populated city like London are hosting some magical artistic installations. Spontaneous City In The Tree Of Heaven is one of these sculptural installations commissioned by Up Projects and created by London based artistic duo Jo Joelson and Bruce Gilchrist, known as London Fieldworks.

Super Kingdom // Mussolini // Image Courtesy of London Fieldworks

Super Kingdom // Stalin // Image Courtesy of London Fieldworks

Several Hundred bespoke bird boxes are carefully placed on two Ailanthus Altissima trees, also known as the tree of heaven and “aim to provide both a sculptural work to be enjoyed by the public and an architecture that would be accessible to the birds,” the artists explain.   Spanning from Duncan Terrace Gardens in the East side of London to Cremorne Gardens in the westSpontaneous City expanded on themes from an earlier London Fieldworks project “Super Kingdom” a series of animal show homes modeled on the imperious architecture of despots’ palaces (MussoliniStalin and Ceauşescu) and commissioned by Stour Valley Arts for King’s Wood in Kent the artists explain. “However the urban location of the Spontaneous City project drew on the local architecture surrounding the parks and the ecology and biodiversity of the area that offered great potential as a contemporary narrative,” they say.

Super Kingdom // Ceauşescu // Image Courtesy of London Fieldworks

Spontaneous City // Duncan Terrace Gardens //  Image Courtesy of London Fieldworks

Georgian townhouse architecture is evident in Duncan Terrace Gardens in Islington and “as an exception to this, towards the south end of the gardens on Colebrook Row is a block of 60’s social housing flats, an enclave of modernity in stark contrast to the traditional architecture of the townhouse,“ they say. According to the artists, this provided a tension both architecturally and demographically. “This tension reminded us of the gated communities and fortified developments butted up against to shanty and slum housing that we saw in the cities of Bangalore, India and Sao Paul in Brazil.

Spontaneous City // Duncan Terrace Gardens //  Image Courtesy of London Fieldworks

The presence of an Ailanthus Altissima or tree of heaven, in the centre of the narrow garden sandwiched between Duncan Terrace and Colebrook Row further heightened the local context as they both stress. They later found another tree of heaven in the Oremorne Gardens and used the species as a way of linking both locations. Jo Joelson and Bruce Gilchrist also explain that the name of the tree within the project’s title could have some kind of utopian pretensions. “But as an added layer of biodiversity speak, there’s irony in the title of “Spontaneous City in the Tree of Heaven“.”

Functioning as an allegory of population crash and dwindling biodiversity Spontaneous City, “could also be interpreted as a metaphor for voidance,” the duo explain.

Spontaneous City // Cremorne Gardens //  Image Courtesy of London Fieldworks

The Ailanthus altissima is a deciduous tree native to both northeast and central China and Taiwan, and is a tree species of much botanical interest in London, and elsewhere in England generally. Essentially, there is concern that this ornamental turn invasive species is poised to dramatically increase in numbers. It’s one of the fastest growing trees around, it’s allelopathic (meaning it produces a biochemical that inhibits the growth of other plants within its vicinity), and its seed production capabilities are prodigious”.

Spontaneous City // Cremorne Gardens //  Image Courtesy of London Fieldworks

London Fieldworks is a collaborative partnership between artists Bruce Gilchrist and Jo Joelson. Bruce studied at Canterbury School of Art and Jo at Croydon College of Art.  London Fieldworks practice is typically inter-disciplinary, collaborative and socially engaged, working across installation, sculpture, architecture, film and animation. Projects have explored the authenticity of mediated experience and experience of place; the creation of alternative narratives drawn from the histories of place, society and culture; and the poetic applications of technology. These ideas are seminal to the artists’ notion of ecology as a complex inter-working of social, natural, and technological worlds. Imaginatively sited projects in urban and rural settings have been inspired by research undertaken in remote sites in Brazil, North East Greenland, Northern Norway, Scottish Highlands and the USA.

 

THE IOU PROJECT

January 12, 2012

ENGLISH :

The IOU Project produces unique, handmade apparel based on fabrics handwoven in India. Because each textile is unique, we provide end buyers with the ability to trace the production process from finished goods right back to the weaver that hand-wove the fabric. The stories of how that item was created, of the people involved, of the customers who purchased them, are the essence of the the e-commerce social network which The IOU Project has built as a meeting place for a community that shares our brand values of authenticity, transparency, uniqueness and both social and environmental responsibility. Visit us at www.theiouproject.com or follow us on twitter at @theiouproject.

SPANISH:

The IOU Project crea prendas únicas, basadas en un tejido hecho a mano en la India. Como cada tejido es único, damos la oportunidad al comprador de seguir el proceso de producción desde la prenda que se ha comprado hasta el tejedor que hizo la tela a mano. Las historias de cómo fue creada cada prenda; las personas que participaron en el proceso; y los compradores que las adquirieron, son la esencia de la red social del comercio electrónico que The IOU Project ha construido como punto de encuentro para compartir nuestros valores de marca de autenticidad, transparencia, originalidad, responsabilidad social y medioambiental. Ven a conocernos en  www.theiouproject.com o síguenos en Twitter at @theiouproject.com

Samsung Reclaim, Telefono Móvil Hecho con Maíz

December 3, 2011

El 40% de la carcasa exterior del Reclaim está hecho con bio-plásticos procesados a partir del maíz. Esto contrasta con el uso de materiales contaminantes como el PVC que son comunes en los aparatos electrónicos actuales.

Además el paquete en el que se vende el celular también está creado con materiales reciclables en hasta un 70%. Y por si eso fuera poco, la tinta utilizada para imprimir las imágenes y texto de la caja, así como la garantía del teléfono está creada a partir de una mezcla de soya.

De la misma manera se ha omitido la creación de un manual de instrucciones para el usuario y en vez se ha habilitado una página web de soporte donde los usuarios podrán consultar sus dudas.

El celular viene con características que poco o nada tienen que envidiar a los teléfonos actuales más avanzados. Algunas de estas son el teclado QWERTY completo, GPS, cámara de dos megapíxeles con grabación de video, ranura para tarjetas de memoria de hasta 32GB, navegador web y acceso al correo electrónico.

Quiosco Libre

November 15, 2011

Quiosco Libre es un proyecto de Colectivo Triciclo para el foro de urbanismo COM:PLOT, buscando promover un punto de encuentro en el espacio público a través del fomento a la lectura, por medio de un módulo de intercambio gratuito de libros.
Quiosco Libre Es un módulo de autoservicio de libros gratuitos que se gestiona, construye y mantiene por los ciudadanos organizados. Surge como iniciativa ciudadana y pretende hacer una reflexión urbana sobre la falta de acceso a lugares de esparcimiento de lectura, a la poca voluntad política de gestionar espacios públicos culturales y a la incansable labor de los ciudadanos que construimos ésta ciudad.

Lectura P2P, El término P2P se refiere a “Par a Par”, una analogía de un sistema tecnológico que sirve para el intercambio de archivos entre dos computadoras, en este caso es un intercambio de libros entre ciudadanos, sirviendo Quiosco Libre como un facilitador para este intercambio y generando una red de puntos de lectura e intercambio a lo largo de la ciudad.

Colectivo Triciclo
http://www.ColectivoTriciclo.com

Video.
Itsuo Martín del Campo

Ingresa a : http://quioscolibre.org/

Electric Luxury by Rolls-Royce Phantom 102EX

November 14, 2011

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars unveils the 102EX, a one-off, fully electric powered Phantom at the Geneva Motor Show. The car will tour the world during 2011, serving as a test bed to gather a bank of research data which will be crucial in informing future decisions on alternative drive-trains for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Available material includes driving scenes, exterior and interior shots.

http://www.electricluxury.com/

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El mejor edificio 2011 recubierto de burbujas y cero emisiones

November 8, 2011

Arquitectura y ecologismo se han dado la mano y han creado el mejor edificio de 2011 según el premio World Architecture Festival. El Media-TIC de Barcelona está formado por una estructura de hierro y un revestimiento de burbujas de plástico, lo que permite regular la luz y la temperatura.

Se trata de uno de los cuatro edificios que existen en Europa considerados “cero emisiones” y es que esteinmueble tecnoecológico diseñado por el estudio de arquitectura Cloud 9 es de todo menos convencional.

Su diseño exterior destaca por sus entrantes y salientes anárquicos y que recuerdan a una especie de colmena. Tiene forma cúbica y su estructura está formada por esqueleto interno de hierro recubierto por una serie de burbujas hinchables. Todas sus caras son distintas y desde fuera traspasa la luz hacia el interior dotándolo de una gran luminosidad y evitando un mayor uso de luz artificial.

Además, el revestimiento translúcido utilizado es el innovador ETFE (Ethilene Tetrafluor Ethilene), recientemente homologado como material constructivo. Este polímero funciona como cubierta externa y como pantalla solar móvil, consiguiendo ahorrar energía en la climatización del edificio y mejorando la entrada de la luz al interior de la estructura. Este revestimiento es de tan solo 0.2 milímetros y consigue filtrar hasta el 85 por ciento de la luz ultravioleta, siendo además antiadherente, consiguiendo que no se ensucie.

Distinta configuración en cada fachada

Y es que esta configuración del edificio, según informan desde el propio Ayuntamiento de Barcelona “ha ocasionado dos patentes de innovación: una llamada ‘Configuración ETFE diagrama‘, que se utiliza en la fachada con más insolación, y otra llamada ‘Configuración ETFE niebla‘ en la fachada sudoeste”. El EFTE niebla proyecta nitrógeno pulverizado a unas bolsas longitudinales de EFTE dispuestas en la fachada consiguiendo reducir el factor solar de 0.45 a 0.10 y mejorando el aislamiento térmico.

El EFTE diagrama funciona de otra manera. Las burbujas de ETFE disponen de unos “luxómetros” completamente autónomos que, en base a la cantidad de energía solar recibida, inflan o desinflan las cámaras. De este modo, cuando la radiación es demasiado potente en verano, el material se vuelve opaco evitando el calentamiento del inmueble de manera inteligente y consiguiendo que no sea necesario el uso de aire acondicionado. Igualmente, cuando hace frío y cada rayo de sol permite calentar aunque sea ligeramente el edificio, las burbujas permiten el paso de la luz, no teniendo que gastar energía en la calefacción.

Ahorro de 114 toneladas de CO2

Según un estudio efectuado por PGi Engineering, el ahorro energético de esta construcción equivale a evitar la emisión de 114 toneladas de CO2 anuales, o lo que es lo mismo, la generación eléctrica de unos 700 paneles fotovoltaicos.

Por si fuera poco el tejado está cubierto por paneles fotovoltaicos que captan energía solar y una cubierta natural ajardinada.

A nivel hídrico una cisterna recoge el agua de lluvia y la aprovecha en el circuito de aguas no potables del edificio.

En total son nueve plantas en un edificio de 38 metros de altura de color verde fluorescente que han conseguido alzarse con el título por encima de otros 300 candidatos como el mejor edificio de este año. Y está en Barcelona.

The smart electric bike makes city driving enjoyable with its exceptional functionality and exciting innovative features.

Mercedes-Benz announced that will go on sale
in 2012.
Has electric motor.
You can use your smartphone that not only shows the remaining battery also functions as a GPS navigator
Practical and ecological solution to move.

http://www.smart.com/ebike

The Smart Ebike

November 3, 2011