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Mar
2016

Ex-boat builder designs unique off-grid tiny house

The owner, Briar Hale, paid a total of NZ$130,000 (about US$87,100) for the tiny home built ...

Ex-boat builder and carpenter Jeff Hobbs from New Zealand-based studio Room to Move was recently commissioned to build a special bespoke tiny house for local resident Briar Hale. The 23.95 sq m (257.8 sq ft) house was built using structural insulated panels (SIPs) made from plywood and foam; recycled wood materials and sports multiple off-grid solutions. Hobbs chose to build the home using 62 mm (2.45 in) thick SIPs due to their lightweight, strength, durability and excellent insulation qualities, and also meant that he had extra floor space to work with when designing the home's interior.

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Category: Tiny Houses

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29
Mar
2016

Reaching for the stars: How lasers could propel spacecraft to relativistic speeds

In a bold but scientifically sound proposal, NASA-funded research has laid out a roadmap toward spacecraft ...

How do you send man-made probes to a nearby star? According to NASA-funded research at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), the answer is simple: assemble a laser array the size of Manhattan in low Earth orbit, and use it to push tiny probes to 26 percent the speed of light. Though the endeavour may raise a few eyebrows, it relies on well-established science – and recent technological breakthroughs have put it within our reach.

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Category: Space

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