McDonalds creates McHives to raise awareness of the world’s decreasing bee populations

May 28, 2019 by  
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Although McDonald’s restaurants are ubiquitous around the world, the popular fast food eateries in Sweden are currently expanding to meet the needs of tiny little clients that have an immeasurable impact on our world — honey bees. As part of a country-wide initiative to raise awareness about the world’s dwindling bee population , various franchises in Sweden are installing fully-functional beehives, known as McHives, on their rooftops. Brainchild of creative agency NORD DDB , the McHive initiative started last year when one McDonald’s franchise owner, Christina Richter, decided to place a small beehive on the restaurant’s rooftop. Now, in collaboration with McDonald’s sustainability office in Sweden, additional franchise owners have decided to follow Richter’s lead and install the 16-inch hives on their own roofs. Related: IKEA teams up with London artists to upcycle old furniture into funky abodes for birds, bees and bats The innovative beehives were designed and built by award winning set designer Nicklas Nilsson. Built to scale, the beekeeping box hives are remarkable in their realistic appearance, complete with the restaurant’s signature Golden Arches. Bees enter the structure through the main entrance and can even enjoy outdoor seating, or if they’re really in a hurry, they can swing by the mini drive-thru. Although there are currently five franchises with McHives on their roofs throughout the country, the first hive was recently auctioned for charity , raising more than $10,000 dollars for the Ronald McDonald House. Christoffer Rönnblad, Marketing director of McDonald’s Sweden, explained that the company was thrilled to join forces with the individual franchises in the name of sustainability . “We have a lot of really devoted franchisees who contribute to our sustainability work, and it feels good that we can use our size to amplify such a great idea as beehives on the rooftops,” Rönnblad said. “This miniature McDonald’s is a tribute to franchisee Christina Richter’s initiative.” + Nord DDB Via Adweek Images via McDonald’s

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UNStudio envisions a Garden City of the 21st Century for India

May 28, 2019 by  
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UNStudio has unveiled designs for Karle Town Center (KTC), a new innovative tech campus in Bangalore, dubbed the “Silicon Valley of India.” Currently under construction, the campus will feature contemporary architecture painted in UNStudio and Monopol Color’s unique and patented ‘Coolest White’ for a striking contrast against Bangalore’s dense green canopy. Resiliency and health are also major themes in the design of KTC, which will not only maximize passive design techniques and feature expanses of green space, but it will also integrate “sensorial technologies” that draw on a user dataset collection to create a more responsive and customizable environment for the betterment of workers and residents alike. Set next to the established Manyata Tech Park, the Karle Town Center enjoys direct access to the city’s ring road arterial and expanding metro lines as well as views over Nagavara Lake. The campus’ mixed program will offer an inviting live/work environment both day and night for residents, employees and visitors. In addition to office and residential space, the KTC Masterplan will include a grand central theater, event square plazas, elevated retail stages and amphitheater -style staircases large enough to accommodate outdoor meetings. The KTC Masterplan is accompanied by the Urban Branding Manual, a purpose-designed document developed by UNStudio that will provide a strategy guide for ensuring the proper execution of the urban vision and design integrity. The Urban Branding Manual for Karle Town Center is centered on three ideas: Garden, Health and Culture. The three pillars aim to “inspire the whole of India to ‘lead by example’ when designing future urban destinations,” UNStudio said in a project statement. Related: UNStudio unveils sustainable vision for “The Smartest Neighborhood in the World” To shape KTC as Bangalore’s “Garden City of the 21st Century,” UNStudio has collaborated with Amsterdam-based BALJON Landscape Architects to create a sustainable and resilient landscape plan that will include semi-public vegetative sky gardens and vegetation along the streetscapes, avenues and the lakefront promenade. The abundance of landscaping will help mitigate the urban heat island effect and filter air pollution. Large underground water retention zones will be used to irrigate the landscaping and store treated gray water. + UNStudio Image via UNStudio

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Why is This Praying Mantis Wearing the World’s Tiniest Pair of 3D Glasses?

April 29, 2014 by  
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Animals can teach us a lot about the world, which is why we’re always dragging them into our scientific experiments. While some of this research is downright cruel and unnecessary, some is more bizarre than anything else. In a recent project at Newcastle University neuroscientists strapped the world’s tiniest pair of 3D glasses onto a praying mantis, and then expose the bug to a series of weird 3D videos. Strange as it may sound, the researchers say the project could reveal important clues about how 3D vision evolved, and lead to novel approaches in implementing 3D recognition and depth perception in computers and robots. Read the rest of Why is This Praying Mantis Wearing the World’s Tiniest Pair of 3D Glasses? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D glasses , 3D vision , newcastle university , Praying Mantis , praying mantis vision , praying mantis wears 3D glasses , world’s smallest 3D glasses

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World’s First £250,000 Stem Cell Burger to be Served in London Next Week

July 31, 2013 by  
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It is the most expensive burger ever made and next week, someone at some as yet undisclosed location in London will get to eat it. We’re talking about the world’s first lab-grown burger, which was made from 20,000 strips of cultured meat grown from cow’s stem cells. Combined with lab-grown fat, the burger is said to look and taste like the real thing , except no cows had to die to make it. Read the rest of World’s First £250,000 Stem Cell Burger to be Served in London Next Week Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 000 burger , alternative protein , alternative to meat , £250 , burgers grown in a lab , cow stem cell burger , Dutch government funds synthetic protein , fake burger , lab-grown burger , London , Mark Post , stem cell burger , University of Maastricht        

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Understanding Water-Related Risks and Opportunities

December 8, 2010 by  
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Concerns about the world’s most precious resource — water — are growing, and businesses are increasingly taking note.

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Laying the Ghosts of Copenhagen to Rest

December 8, 2010 by  
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The Mexican government, which is hosting the UN climate change negotiations in Cancun, has gone to great lengths to lay to rest the ghosts of the Copenhagen negotiation process, which was haunted by the Danish text and secret negotiations between the U.S. and developing countries that led to the Copenhagen Accord.

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Recapping the IPCC’s Scandalous First Two Months of 2010: Sloppiness, Errors & Nitpicking

February 16, 2010 by  
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image: IPCC In the past eight weeks or so since COP15 the IPCC has gotten itself into the headlines for mostly all the wrong reasons. Though frankly none of the revelations about the world’s authoritative climate change body undermine the basic science of climate change, or the fact that we need to collectively address it, the casual observer might think otherwise

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Green Your Packaging Now — Before They Make You Do It

January 11, 2010 by  
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When we think about greening “print,” we often think about books or marketing communications like direct mail. But what about the world of packaging? Because packaging provides the additional functions of shipment and product protection as well as marketing, it brings a host of unique issues far beyond other types of printed materials.

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Top Stories from Tonic: Survivor Zohn, Sea Lion Search, Summit on the Summit and More!

January 7, 2010 by  
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Photo by Delphine Bruyere, via Wikimedia Commons What happens when Jessica Beil, Santigold, Emile Hirsch and Lupe Fiasco decide to take a hike? They take it al the way to the top

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2.3 Gigapixels of the Burj Dubai Stitched Together From 381 Images

December 24, 2009 by  
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We have certainly posted often enough about the World’s tallest building, the Burj Dubai; Now we get to see it up close and personal. Gerald Donovan created an amazing 2.3 gigapixel photo after shooting 381 pictures with his 21 megapixel Canon 5D Mark II camera, and spent a full week stitching them together into on… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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