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Aug
2019

MVRDV plots potted plant-filled residential project

Green Villa is due to begin construction in 2020

Greenery-covered buildings are very popular lately, with projects like Stefano Boeri's Bosco Verticale and WOHA's Kampung Admiralty picking up top architecture awards. MVRDV is certainly no stranger to the idea either and offers another example with Green Villa, a project that features a facade made up of potted plants and trees.

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14
Aug
2019

Light, flexible panel burns the rule book on where PV can be installed

The 235-kilowatt, 812-panel, rooftop solar installation at the Australian National Maritime Museum is the largest lightweight ...

The Australian National Maritime Museum has installed the country's largest lightweight solar panel roof on its Wharf 7, Heritage Centre. By using flexible, glass-free solar panels from SunMan Energy, buildings which previously were considered unsuitable for solar panels can now take part in the renewable energy revolution.

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Category: Energy

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14
Aug
2019

Henning Larsen Architects awarded European Prize for Architecture

Henning Larsen Architects, designers of the Copenhagen Opera House, has been declared the 2019 winner of ...

Copenhagen-based firm Henning Larsen Architects has been declared the winner of this year's European Prize for Architecture. The award recognizes architects whose work "embodies vision, commitment, and profound respect for humanity and for the social and physical environment."

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14
Aug
2019

Misfit Vapor X adds more battery life and style for an affordable Wear OS option

The new Misfit Vapor X combines Wear OS with the latest wearable components

Just a few days after updating its flagship line of Wear OS smartwatches, Fossil has unveiled a new wearable from its more affordable Misfit line as well: the Vapor X. Its key selling points, besides that less expensive price, are improved battery life and a lightweight, stylish design.

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Category: Smartwatches

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Aug
2019

Virtual universes study suggests habitable Earth-like exoplanets are more common than we thought

An artist's impression of Kepler-452b, a perfect example of an Earth-like exoplanet orbiting a Sun-like star ...

Earth is – for now – the only place in the universe that we know hosts life, so it makes sense that astronomers focus the search for alien life on worlds that are the most like our own. But just how common are Earth-like planets orbiting at comfortable distances from their stars? Researchers on a new study claim to have come up with the most accurate estimate yet – and they're more common than you might think.

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Category: Space

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Aug
2019

Steve McQueen's “Bullitt” 1968 Mustang GT is for sale

The world record auction price of $2.2 million for a Mustang will almost certainly be smashed ...

After four decades so well hidden that most believed it had been destroyed, the hero car from the Warner Brothers cult movie Bullitt reemerged in January 2018 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. One of the most iconic cars in automotive history is now scheduled to be auctioned by Mecum in January in Kissimmee, Florida.

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Aug
2019

Review: Pocketalk translator puts 74 languages at your fingertips

The Pocketalk translator puts 74 languages in your pocket for easy voice translation

The Pocketalk translator is a super-portable Babel fish of a device that allows you to speak to people in up to 74 different languages at the touch of a button. Weighing around 3.5 oz (100 g), it's smaller and lighter than a smartphone to carry about, and with only one job to do, you can get up to seven hours' use out of the battery, or 240 hours of standby. It's got its own internal SIM card, an extra SIM slot and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to access cloud-based translations wherever you can get online.

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Category: Mobile Technology

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Aug
2019

MultiCard Multitool slides out of your wallet to perform over 21 tasks

Disc hopes to start shipping its MultiCard Multitool in November

Of all the shapes and sizes that multitools come in these days, the form of a credit card is a highly practical one. The latest to follow this line of thinking comes from accessory maker Disc, which has taken to Kickstarter with a sleek sheet of titanium that packs more than 21 tools into a wallet-friendly frame.

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Category: Good Thinking

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Aug
2019

Tiny “glass bottles” deliver drugs on demand when heated

A microscope image of the nanoscale "bottles", hollow spheres made of silica with a hole that ...

Cancer drugs are getting more effective at killing tumors, but there's one big problem that may be holding them back from wide use: many work like a shotgun blast and harm healthy cells as well. Researchers from Georgia Tech have now developed a new way to deliver drugs only to where they need to be, using what they describe as nanoscale "glass" bottles.

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Category: Medical

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Aug
2019

Retro-rageous Land Cruiser pickup rolls the Outback complete with fuzzy dice

The build includes front and rear winches

As capable as it is, the all-new Patriot X1-N camping trailer is not capable of transporting itself to camp. It still needs a tow partner, and Patriot figures not just any old truck or 4x4 will do. So it secures the camper's Cruisemaster hitch to the all-new Land Cruiser-based Desert Ops Supertourer. As delightfully retro as the limited edition X1-N Desert Ops, the new Supertourer offers just the right blend of torque, cushion, utility and aggressive, dingo-spooking jewelry to pull the heavy-duty trailer (or whatever you're towing) anywhere it wants to go.

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Aug
2019

Arctic snowfall found to carry tiny fragments of plastic

Snowy, with a good chance of microplastics

One particularly disconcerting consequence of our huge plastic pollution problem is that we really have no idea where the stuff can end up. The latest locale to surprise scientists looking into such matters is the Arctic Circle, who say that snow falling on this frigid, remote part of the world is bringing tiny fragments of plastic along for the ride.

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Category: Environment

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