Tag: Suburban Utopia

21st Century Fata Morgana

21th Century Fata Morgana

Imagine placing a cave man into a time machine that lands him at today’s Bangkok airport. He would not recognize anything… except for those tiny trees in the back! Unsure if they are made of plastic. Peculiar image of the week.


Brain Surgery For Goldfish

The tiny patient lying on the operating table is a goldfish named George.
The 10-year-old aquatic animal was going to die if it didn’t undergo a complicated surgery to remove a brain tumor. Instead of just pay a dollar to win a new goldfish at the carnival, George’s owners decided to save the little guy.

“George had a quite large tumor on the top of his head that was growing slowly, and it was beginning to affect his quality of life” explained Dr. Tristan Rich, the Australian veterinarian who performed the surgery. According to the doctor, the successful operation gave the goldfish 20 more years of life.

As George’s ‘dad’ said: “It’s not about having a fish, it’s about having this fish.”

Story via Io9


Sidewalk Lane For Smartphone Users

To prevent smartphone-related accidents the Chinese city of Chongqing divided the sidewalk in two lanes: one for cell phone users and one for non-cell phone users.

Heavy consumers of mobile devices, who cannot stop writing messages, reading the latest news on Twitter or checking their cell phones, can now text and browse in peace while walking in their reserved sidewalk lane. Separating mobile users from other pedestrians, is this a form of Society of Simulations segregation?

Maybe the jewel that stops people from checking the phone could be another solution!

Source: The Washington Post


Highway Decoration

Why must roads be gray and plain? You think it’s rural, instead it’s decoration for the next natural landscape of highways!


Vertical Farms Growing In Giant Trees

In the forest, plants struggle with each others to gain sunlight. Meanwhile in the ‘urban jungle’ we call cities, plants need to fight against tall buildings and skyscrapers in order to reach fresh air and sun rays.

Inspired by ‘The Vertical Farm’ by Dr. Dickson Despommier, Aprilli Design Studio conceptualized Urban Skyfarm as architectural solution that brings vegetation high up in the air and environmental improvement for food production and distribution.

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Cleaning the Air with Roof Tiles

Cleaning air pollution is a task usually assigned to urban green areas. The next solution in improving air quality could be smog-busting roof tiles.
A research has revealed the potential of roofing tiles to turn every house into a spot for clean air.

Students at University of California found that titanium dioxide, a chalky-white compound, breaks down the nitrogen oxides into much less harmful compounds. Ordinary clay roof tiles sprayed with titanium dioxide removed 88% to 97% of nitrogen oxide pollution from the air. It has been calculated that if 1 million roofs were sprayed with the smog-eating compound, the tiles could remove 21 tons of nitrogen oxides from the air each day.

Beijing might like this method to solve its big smog problem, one tile at a time!

Read more at UCR Today


The Earth As You’ve Never Seen It Before

This series of images, called Overviews, shows overhead satellite views of the Earth, focusing on the places where human activity has shaped the landscape.

From our line of sight on the Earth’s surface, it’s impossible to completely understand the complexity of the systems we have created and the impact that we have had on our planet.

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Balloon-Powered Internet For Everyone

Both Google and Facebook have challenging intentions to bring the Internet to the next billion people, and while Zuckerberg’s dream involves drones with lasers, Google is planning to create a hot air balloon network.

With a system of balloons traveling on the edge of space, Project Loon will attempt to connect to internet the two-thirds of the world’s population that doesn’t have access to the Net.

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You Push the Button, It Does the Rest

A stand-alone physical button that connects to the internet. Alone, it doesn’t do much. But connected with the cloud servers at bt.tn, it can do pretty much what you want! Using this simple button, you can harness the power of various Internet technologies, such as HTTP, Twitter, Facebook, email, or SMS.

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