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Aug 7, 2014 / 5,006 notes

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The Bio Intelligent Quotient (B.I.Q.) Building is the First Fully Algae-Powered Architecture

Operating successfully for over a year, the Bio Intelligent Quotient (B.I.Q.) building in Hamburg, Germany is the first to be fully powered by algae. The building is covered with 0.78-inch thick panels—200 square meters in total—filled with algae from the Elbe River and pumped full of carbon dioxide and nutrients. The panels, which display the bright green algae, are not only aesthetic, but performative. When sunlight hits the “bioreactor” panels, photosynthesis causes the microorganisms to multiply and give off heat. The warmth is then captured for heating water or storing in saline tanks underground, while algae biomass is harvested and dried. It can either be converted to biogas, or used in secondary pharmaceutical and food products. Residents have no heating bills and the building currently reduces overall energy needs by 50%. 

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mothernaturenetwork:

6 unexpected products made from hempThis versatile fiber can keep you looking good or speed you down the highway.
Aug 6, 2014 / 128 notes

mothernaturenetwork:

6 unexpected products made from hemp
This versatile fiber can keep you looking good or speed you down the highway.

anarchei:

Tariq Ramadan
Note: You can purchase a printed copy of this poster in various sizes from my RedBubble store.
I spent way too much time on this one, and I’m still not entirely happy with it. I got this from a quote I reblogged recently.
Project: Posters
Jul 12, 2014 / 331 notes

anarchei:

Tariq Ramadan


Note: You can purchase a printed copy of this poster in various sizes from my RedBubble store.

I spent way too much time on this one, and I’m still not entirely happy with it. I got this from a quote I reblogged recently.

Project: Posters


mothernaturenetwork:

Cycling across the country barefoot in search of a simpler lifeRob Greenfield’s Goodfluence bike tour promotes the ‘being’ in ‘human being’ while also encouraging gardens in urban spaces.
Jul 9, 2014 / 117 notes

mothernaturenetwork:

Cycling across the country barefoot in search of a simpler life
Rob Greenfield’s Goodfluence bike tour promotes the ‘being’ in ‘human being’ while also encouraging gardens in urban spaces.

fastcompany:

Can Jim Mason solve the developing world’s power problems with a temperamental machine that runs on garbage?
It is a challenge just to find the door to All Power Labs, an upstart alternative-energy concern in the industrial wastelands of far west Berkeley, California, and it’s not unusual for visitors to circle the block several times before realizing that the only way in is through a rolling gate with a small sign. Beyond that is what appears to be a scrap yard filled with old shipping containers and rusty hunks of metal. Welding torches spark and flare; walnut fragments litter the ground. And all around are iterations of APL’s main product, the Power Pallet, a contraption consisting of a large silver barrel on top of various other metal parts, all connected with pipes and hoses. It looks like something you’d use to cook meth. In reality, the Power Pallet is a small refinery, which converts biomass (nutshells, wood chips, corncobs) to hydrogen-rich gas, attached to a four-cylinder engine, which burns the gas to generate electricity. The weirdest part: It is, potentially, the most important and transformative energy product that no one has heard of.
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Jul 6, 2014 / 107 notes

fastcompany:

Can Jim Mason solve the developing world’s power problems with a temperamental machine that runs on garbage?

It is a challenge just to find the door to All Power Labs, an upstart alternative-energy concern in the industrial wastelands of far west Berkeley, California, and it’s not unusual for visitors to circle the block several times before realizing that the only way in is through a rolling gate with a small sign. Beyond that is what appears to be a scrap yard filled with old shipping containers and rusty hunks of metal. Welding torches spark and flare; walnut fragments litter the ground. And all around are iterations of APL’s main product, the Power Pallet, a contraption consisting of a large silver barrel on top of various other metal parts, all connected with pipes and hoses. It looks like something you’d use to cook meth. In reality, the Power Pallet is a small refinery, which converts biomass (nutshells, wood chips, corncobs) to hydrogen-rich gas, attached to a four-cylinder engine, which burns the gas to generate electricity. The weirdest part: It is, potentially, the most important and transformative energy product that no one has heard of.

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Jul 2, 2014 / 129 notes
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A world where food is plentiful and drugs are personalized may not be as far off as it seems.
What world-changing scientific discoveries might we see by 2025? Will we have more energy technologies that move us away from fossil fuels? Will there be cures for cancer and other diseases? How will we get around and communicate?
To make some predictions, the Thomson Reuters IP & Science unit looked at two sorts of data: current scientific journal literature and patent applications. Counting citations and other measures of buzz, they identified 10 hot fields, then made specific forecasts for each.
“A powerful outcome of studying scientific literature and patent data is that it gives you a window into the future—insight that isn’t always found in the public domain,” says Basil Moftah, president of the IP & Science business, which sells scientific database products. “We estimate that these will be in effect in another 11 years.”
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Jul 1, 2014 / 131 notes

fastcompany:

A world where food is plentiful and drugs are personalized may not be as far off as it seems.

What world-changing scientific discoveries might we see by 2025? Will we have more energy technologies that move us away from fossil fuels? Will there be cures for cancer and other diseases? How will we get around and communicate?

To make some predictions, the Thomson Reuters IP & Science unit looked at two sorts of data: current scientific journal literature and patent applications. Counting citations and other measures of buzz, they identified 10 hot fields, then made specific forecasts for each.

“A powerful outcome of studying scientific literature and patent data is that it gives you a window into the future—insight that isn’t always found in the public domain,” says Basil Moftah, president of the IP & Science business, which sells scientific database products. “We estimate that these will be in effect in another 11 years.”

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Jul 1, 2014 / 1,145 notes
Anarchists know that a long period of education must precede any great fundamental change in society, hence they do not believe in vote begging, nor political campaigns, but rather in the development of self-thinking individuals.
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Jun 30, 2014 / 656 notes
mothernaturenetwork:

These days you can find pretty much anything processed, prepared, packaged and waiting for you on a store shelf. But your wallet isn’t the only one paying the price for such convenience — the planet is, too. Here’s how to go green and save green.
Jun 29, 2014 / 369 notes

mothernaturenetwork:

These days you can find pretty much anything processed, prepared, packaged and waiting for you on a store shelf. But your wallet isn’t the only one paying the price for such convenience — the planet is, too. Here’s how to go green and save green.

Jun 19, 2014 / 88 notes

anarchei:

Print-On-Demand Posters

I am currently working on uploading my posters to my shop on RedBubble.

I probably will not be uploading everything at this stage. There are a lot of posters and some of them have been more popular than others. However, if I get any requests I will work on making them available for purchase.

If you don’t want a printed copy, you can always take a look at the digital versions:

Shop: Poster Collection


mothernaturenetwork:

5 high-tech innovations taking on plastic bag recyclingGroundbreaking science is uncovering new ways to reduce waste and help the environment.
Jun 13, 2014 / 72 notes

mothernaturenetwork:

5 high-tech innovations taking on plastic bag recycling
Groundbreaking science is uncovering new ways to reduce waste and help the environment.

Man has as much liberty as he is willing to take. Anarchism therefore stands for direct action, the open defiance of, and resistance to, all laws and restrictions, economic, social and moral. But defiance and resistance are illegal. Therein lies the salvation of man. Everything illegal necessitates integrity, self-reliance, and courage. In short, it calls for free, independent spirits, for men who are men, and who have a bone in their back which you cannot pass your hand through.
Emma Goldman - Anarchism: What It Really Stands For (via questionthedominantparadigm)
Jun 7, 2014 / 3 notes