Sleeping underwater has always been your dream? Thanks to an ambitious project it will soon be a reality. Its name is Planet Ocean Underwater Hotel and it is the first entirely underwater hotel in the world. The plan recently received patent approval in the US and construction works are starting now.
Have you ever dreamed about living in the Hobbit Hole, an earth-sheltered house in the Lord of the Ring Middle Earth? Now, you can simply order one at Green Magic Homes. Featuring easy-to-assemble prefabricated structures, Green Magic Homes provides a module in different shapes and types to easily build up customized tiny houses that can be covered under layers of soil, turf, or even sand and snow.
Researchers at Nasa’s Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) in Maryland can deploy a supercomputer called the “Discover”. This unique data processor and calculator can take months to come up with a climate prediction, using programs that have 1 million lines of code, or even more. Everything is in a windowless huge room, packed with linked computers and wires.
Drones were initially known to be adopted in the military field, for air-patrolling and attack missions. Nevertheless in the late years they are having a great role in completely different and wider fields, such as deliveries, weather control and entertainment. Recently British company BioCarbon Engineering developed a new ingenious way to exploit drones: reforestation.
Carbon Dioxide is a constant threat to global warming and many experts simply see the solution to this issue in trees, which are able to consume CO2 in order to fuel life development and growth. However, researchers at Arizona State University are looking for another solution, profiting of a new technology. This team of scientists is working on an ingenious approach to carbon capture that will enhance the way plants isolate carbon dioxide from other emissions in order to contain it.
By burning fossil fuels we are responsible for the increase of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere. Aside from raising temperatures globally, this is also affecting our oceans. The massive production of CO2 is causing ocean acidification, and the results are frightening.
Researches on this matter are quite recent and very difficult to get into, especially because it is impossible to study acidification in isolation; the results may vary depending on the amount of sunlight, temperature and the presence of oxygen. Nevertheless it has been proven that the impact on marine faune is devastating, especially for the formation of shells and coral reefs.
Our constant need of new, cleaner energy led a Michigan State University research group to conceive a fully transparent solar panel that could replace ordinary windows, or even cover entire buildings. They designed perfectly clean solar cells, essentially equal to a regular glass window.
If you try to picture a modern city in your mind, it is almost inevitable to think about high buildings. In this era we are reaching for the sky. Back in the 17th century however, something different was happening in Sweden.
They are called ‘backstuga’, literally meaning hill cottages, as most of the houses were actually built low in the ground against hills. By doing this it was possible to use only three walls with the forth one being the bare ground.