There may be water far deeper in our planet than previously thought

November 23, 2016 by  
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Researchers are surprised to learn that there may be water deeper within the Earth than previously thought. Two scientists from The University of Edinburgh and Florida State University (FSU) discovered a high-pressure phase of a mineral that may be able to store water 400 to 600 kilometers, or almost 250 miles to 372 miles, down in Earth’s mantle. Researcher Mainak Mookherjee said the find “opens up a Pandora’s Box for us.” The mineral, brucite, was not thought to be stable so far down in the Earth. But the discovery of what FSU describes as a high-pressure polymorph of brucite has exciting implications for our knowledge of Earth’s interior. Mookherjee said, “We didn’t think water could be stored by hydrous minerals such as brucite. But now that we know it’s there, we need to figure out how much water could be effectively stored inside it…It really is remarkable that such a well-studied mineral as brucite has something so surprising to offer.” Related: Everything we know about the Earth’s mantle is completely wrong Scientists used to think brucite would decompose in deep Earth, and volcanic activity would send the water it once held up to the planet’s surface. But a high-pressure phase of the mineral might not decompose, so brucite may be able to hold water deep down there after all. Mookherjee said what he describes as deep Earth water is just as important as water on Earth’s surface for the planet’s processes. He said, “If the planet becomes dry on the inside, the planet dies because geodynamic activity within the planet ceases.” The scientists will continue to research brucite and will conduct more simulations to determine how its physical properties differ so deep in the Earth. Mookherjee’s ultimate goal is to figure out just how much deep Earth water there is. The journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences recently published the study online. Via Phys.org Images via Florida State University and Wikimedia Commons

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Former subterranean crypt in France transformed into a soothing spa

November 23, 2016 by  
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Italian designer Alberto Apostoli was eager to take on the challenge of converting the basement space into a stylish spa setting. The upper level, where one can receive hair, hand, and face spa treatments, is conventional but chic. Once you descend the staircase to the lower level, you are greeted by a soft, soothing atmosphere, thanks to indirect LED strip lighting. All unsightly elements needed to run the facility are strategically hidden away behind a curtain. Related: 8 abandoned buildings transformed into absolute dream spaces The underground spa’s 270 square meters fit a Finnish sauna , steam bath made almost entirely out of glass, and a space for a hydro massage. Two single rooms and a double room downstairs each feature custom Italian furniture. Throughout the rooms, a black and white color palette is used to accompany the natural stone walls, with a few splashes of gold. “What is especially satisfying in the result is the mix of pre-existing stone and contemporary materials, managed through a thoughtful creative process,” said Apostoli. “The owners trusted us entirely in our thinking and this led to a major achievement from the point of view of consistency in both style and technology.” The spa is near Saint Pierre’s Church and is thought to have served as a crypt hundreds of years ago. With the current transformation, one would never know. + Alberto Apostoli + Atrium Spa & Beauté Images via Alberto Apostoli

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Vincent the disabled cat receives new titanium legs

December 8, 2015 by  
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In a experimental procedure, a 3-year-old cat named Vincent has been fitted with rare, high-tech titanium prosthetics that attach directly to the bone of his injured limbs. Found abandoned as a kitten with injured back legs, he was immediately adopted by an employee of the Story County Animal Shelter and put on a physical therapy program to help him learn to walk on the stumps of his hind legs. Unfortunately, as he grew, his weight began to put too much pressure on the area, causing him painful sores. That was when his doctor decided to try an innovative new surgery to help Vincent walk like a normal cat. Read the rest of Vincent the disabled cat receives new titanium legs

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ASU’s new Biomimicry Center offers first-ever master’s degree in biomimicry

February 25, 2015 by  
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Biomimicry , a discipline that draws inspiration from nature to create solutions to real world problems, is relatively new as an academic study path. In an effort to lead the way, Arizona State University has announced the opening of The Biomimicry Center , a partnership with global consulting firm Biomimicry 3.8 . ASU is offering the first-ever master’s degree in biomimicry in a unique online program, which officially launches March 3. Read the rest of ASU’s new Biomimicry Center offers first-ever master’s degree in biomimicry Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arizona state university master’s degree , asu biomimicry center , biomimicry , biomimicry 3.8 , Janine Benyus , online biomimicry degree program

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INFOGRAPHIC: Discover the cleanest cities in the world

February 25, 2015 by  
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There’s a movement afoot to find ways to create cleaner cities: Birmingham, England is slashing emissions like a CO2 ninja, while Oslo boasts the honor of having not a single landfill. Copenhagen is shooting to be carbon neutral by 2025 and Chicago is covering its rooftops in luscious greenery . Check out this infographic, brought to you by Hassle , to find out which cities are the cleanest and how they are making their city – and the planet – sparkle. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Discover the cleanest cities in the world Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon neutral cities , chicago green roof , clean cities , copenhagen carbon neutral , environmentally friendly cities , Green Cities , green homes , green innovations , green living , green roofs , Oslo landfills , urban living , Vancouver greenest city , world’s cleanest cities

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US Scientists Develop Technique to Remotely Control Cockroaches

September 7, 2012 by  
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  A team of researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a technique to remotely control and steer cockroaches via an electronic interface . While at first glance it may seem cruel and a bit pointless, the team believe that by remote-controlling cockroaches, they can create an army of ‘smart sensors’ that could find wounded people in an emergency and assess situations that would previously be inaccessible to humans. Read the rest of US Scientists Develop Technique to Remotely Control Cockroaches Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bionic interface , cockroaches , electronic interface , electronics , engineering , entomology , interface , north carolina state university , us scientists

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Method Homes Completes Traditional Craftsman-Style Doe Bay Prefab Cottage on Orcas Island

September 7, 2012 by  
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FlashFood App Aims to Reduce the United States’ 33 Million Tons of Annual Food Waste

August 17, 2012 by  
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Food waste is a serious problem in America – in 2010 alone the US threw away 33 million tons of food! What is even more shocking is that according to the EPA , food waste accounts for almost 14% of the total municipal solid waste stream, of which less than 3% is recycled. Considering the number of people starving in the country, it is an outrage – and this is why a team of Arizona State University students decided to do something about it. They have created an app called FlashFood that connects those with extra food to those in need of food – before it hits the dumpster. Read the rest of FlashFood App Aims to Reduce the United States’ 33 Million Tons of Annual Food Waste Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Arizona State University , epa , flashfood , flashfood app , food refuge , food waste , microsoft , social media

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LEED Platinum Marin Country Day School is the First Zero-Energy Classroom in North America

August 17, 2012 by  
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Peter Geiger Upcycles License Plates Into Rockin’ Guitar Sculptures

August 17, 2012 by  
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