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    Norway is building the very first highway for bees

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    Bees contribute greatly to the planet’s flora through pollination and by providing honey for greedy humans. Yet, all we know them for is their sting. Norway had decided to pay the bees their due with the announcement of the world’s first bee highway. The highway is created to promote movement of the bees without the risks of running out of floral lands. There are a number of intentionally planted shelter points at consistent intervals thanks to the efforts of Bybi, a group that is leading this initiative. Even corporate buildings have contributed their effort and spaces to the cause by lending out their terraces and open spaces to the world’s finest pollinators.

    Posted in Other Stuff on July 6, 2015
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    With its experience in safely operating subway line -Tokyo Metro to cultivate safe-to-eat vegetables under tracks

    tokyometro_Vegetable Growing Business Under TracksWhen Remi Takahara joined Tokyo Metro, she never expected to end up growing vegetables for the subway operator. But that has emerged as a new business venture for the company to cash in on underneath elevated railway track in Japan’s busy capital. Tokyo Metro, in cooperation with Metro Development is hydroponically growing Korean lettuce, basil, chicory, arugula and other leafy vegetables without the use of pesticides in a prefabricated warehouse near the Tozai Line Nishi-Kasai Station in Edogawa Ward. According to Tokyo Metro officials, user can eat the vegetables without rinsing them, and has a long shell life.

    Posted in Featured, Other Stuff on June 8, 2015
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    The Grand Cancun purifies the ocean while functioning as a luxurious platform to people

    Grand-Cancun-by-Richard-Moreta-Castillo-01To mark the 50th anniversary of the beginning of development in Cancun, architect and designer Richard Moreta Castillo has announced a breathtaking offshore platform for 2020. Called the Grand Cancun eco-complex, this offshore platform will pack luxury amenities like underwater dining, shopping facilities and much more. But the sheer size of the project and the luxuries it comes packed with isn’t what makes it attention-worthy. This structure is green too!

    Posted in Other Stuff on April 2, 2015
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    Solar-furnace in Uzbekistan sports 10,700 mirror tiles capable of melting metal

    uzbekistan-solar-oven-2The sun has tons of uses humankind still hasn’t made the best use of, and this solar oven set up in Parkent, Uzbekistan, is one of the many solar applications that’s receiving attention from around the globe. Constructed to resemble an Aztec temple, this solar furnace is capable of producing temperatures hot enough to heat metal. The curved surface of the furnace’s mirrors measure 175 feet up and across. These direct a beam with a four foot diameter.

    Posted in Other Stuff on March 31, 2015
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    Interactive ‘trees’ at The Orchad in Austin respond to touch with lights and sounds

    interactive-tree-1The world needs its greenery, but given the fact that the human race simply can’t keep the axes away from trees, creative technology studio Chaotic Moon along with design firm Gensler has come up with futuristic ‘trees’ that will help increase the aesthetic value of open urban spaces, particularly heavily-concretized areas that don’t accommodate real trees easily. Called The Orchad, this 30-foot-tall interactive tree responds to visitors through light and sound. Currently installed in the technologically advanced city of Austin, 30 of these trees are anchored by a steel pole that works as a ‘trunk’.

    Posted in Other Stuff on March 26, 2015
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    Freight Farms project packs full-fledged farms inside shipping containers!

    freight-farms-1If you’ve been thinking that farming is something that requires large open landscapes and is pretty impossible in an urban setting, here’s a game-changer. Boston-based agriculture startup Freight Farms is currently working on a concept that could help grow fruits and vegetables organically in urban areas! With the Leafy Green Machine (LGM), Freight Farms is retrofitting shipping containers with fully functional hydroponic farms that come packed with indoor growing technology, while using 90% less water than traditional farming.

    Posted in Other Stuff on March 23, 2015
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    Motor oil pools inside Switzerland’s Bellelay Abbey double up as liquid mirrors

    oil-pool-1Motor oil isn’t particularly pleasing to the eye and certainly has never been hailed for its aesthetic value, until today. Switzerland’s Bellelay Abbey plays home to two shimmering pools of black that use recycled motor oil to reflect the structure’s soaring interior. The motor oil pools inside the building reflect the ornate arches and ceilings perfectly, thanks to their oily and unbroken surfaces. The motor oil pools contrast well with the chapel’s pristine, white-washed walls.

    Posted in Other Stuff on March 23, 2015
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    The United Kingdom celebrates Mexico with a 25-meter geodesic dome

    london-geodesic-dome-4The United Kingdom is celebrating the times historic nation of Mexico with the “Year of the United Kingdom in Mexico” event. With the festivities kicking off in the U.K.’s Potters Fields Park around the Tower Bridge of London, a massive 25 meter geodesic dome has been erected. What makes this structure attention-worthy is the fact that it covers a base area of 500 square meters and is packed with cutting-edge technology, in order to give visitors a walk down memory lane.

    Posted in Other Stuff on March 16, 2015
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    Edible coffee cup Scoffee by KFC to sell in UK

    scoffee-edible-coffee-cup-2Coffee and cookies are a great combination. What if your coffee cup was made out of cookie, so that you could drink the coffee and the eat the cookie afterwards? KFC has decided to ditch the disposable coffee cups and serve coffee in edible cups called Scoff-ee. Scoff-ee, an excellent product of gastronomic engineering is made up of a cookie shell in the inside and a layer of white chocolate on the outside to give it the look of the coffee cup you use every day. Apart from the looks the taste department was also taken care of very well. The Scoffees don’t only taste delicious but they smell divine too. They have been infused with aromas such as Freshly Cut Grass, Coconut Sun Cream, and Wild Flowers. The aromas used might remind you of warm weather, sunshine, and summer holidays.

    Posted in Other Stuff on March 3, 2015
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    USA Nestlé candies and chocolates will be free of artificial flavours by 2015

    nestle-usa-bittersweeThe Crunch and the Butterfinger candy bars are yummy to taste, but they are loaded with sugars and artificial colours. But now they will be healthier too as Nestlé USA has announced that it will remove artificial colors and flavours from its candies and chocolates by the end of 2015. Nestlé has been striving to remove artificial colours such as Red 40 and Yellow 5, and flavourings like vanillin from more than its 250 chocolate products. The artificial colourings will be replaced by natural ones like annatto which comes from the seed of achiote tree; the real vanilla will take the place of the artificial vanilla. The good news is that the flavour and the taste of your favourite candy will not get altered and remain the same. The natural ingredients will be costlier than the fake ones, but the price of the chocolate will not be increased.

    Posted in Other Stuff on February 24, 2015
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