Beverage Container Showdown: Plastic vs. Glass vs. Aluminum

August 11, 2017 by  
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With summer winding down, it’s hard not to spend every waking (and maybe non-waking) minute outside. That means a whole lot of hikes, cookouts and outdoor fun. You’ve got a handle on green camping hacks and eco-friendly picnic…

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Where Will All the Fidget Spinners Go?

June 29, 2017 by  
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If you haven’t been subject to the fidget spinner craze, those little toys everyone from schoolchildren to business execs can’t stop spinning, chances are high that you are in fact living under a rock. But like all good fads — Silly…

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How Many Times Can That Be Recycled?

June 15, 2017 by  
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I used to think that plastic water bottles could be infinitely recycled, that every time I tossed one into the blue bin, it eventually came out to be another plastic bottle. As it turns out, that’s not the case. Some materials can be recycled…

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Recycling for Profit: 5 Ways to Turn Your Trash into Cash

March 22, 2017 by  
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There are numerous benefits to recycling — reducing the use of natural resources, boosting the economy and saving energy, to name just a few — but sometimes it lacks an immediate personal benefit. If you want to profit from your good deed with more…

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IKEA introduces Sladda, a chainless bike built for urban mobility

January 13, 2017 by  
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The next time you walk into an IKEA store , you might just be able to leave with a new bicycle. While it may seem to be a strange direction for a furniture company to take, the expansion into transportation connects with the company’s larger vision of sustainability . With more and more people moving to dense urban areas, car ownership is becoming increasingly impractical for many. As part of its push toward sustainability and elegant, everyday solutions, IKEA has designed an innovative new chainless bike that can be adapted for just about any need.

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Hear the sounds of space in StudioKCAs NASA Orbit Pavilion in Los Angeles

October 19, 2016 by  
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Created in collaboration with Shane Myrbeck of Arup and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, StudioKCA’s NASA Orbit Pavilion debuted at the World Science Festival at New York University in the summer of 2015. The Huntington invited StudioKCA to bring the pavilion to the west coast as the first exhibition of Five, an initiative to connect the research institution’s vast collections with five external organizations and contemporary artists over the next five years. The NASA Orbit Pavilion’s double-curved nautilus shape was constructed from 72 waterjet-cut aluminum panels perforated with over 100 “orbital paths.” A 30-foot-diameter inner sound chamber is outfitted with 28 speakers spatially arranged to mimic orbits. The structure’s curved aluminum framework minimizes external noise and is engineered to provide an immersive environment that surrounds visitors with sounds representing orbiting satellites in real-time. Related: NASA Orbit Pavilion plays the eerily beautiful music of satellites orbiting Earth “Like holding a shell to one’s ear to listen the ocean, what if you could walk into a massive shell and listen to the sounds of space, or rather, a symphony built out of the sounds of satellites in space?” Says Jason Klimoski, principal of StudioKCA. The NASA Orbit Pavilion will be on view at The Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens from October 29, 2016 to February 27, 2017. + NASA Orbit Pavilion Images via StudioKCA

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Tiny alpine hut is a cozy refuge in the harsh yet spectacular Slovenian Alps

October 14, 2016 by  
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Engineer and mountaineer Karlo Korenini designed the original 1936 bivouac shelter, which impressively withstood the elements for 80 years despite its simple construction. The new upgraded and improved Bivouac II is a replica of the old hut, which was airlifted and donated to the Slovenian Mountaineering Museum , and is located in the same wild area in the Julian Alps. The new bell-shaped hut was airlifted into place and was built to be as easy to maintain as possible and is capable of withstanding hurricane force winds and heavy snow loads. Related: Exceptional prefab alpine shelter overlooks mind-boggling mountain views Laser-cut and pre-bent aluminum plates were used to clad the steel-framed building and chosen for their aesthetics and durability. Specialty REFLEX glass with superior insulation was installed to let light into the hut. The less than nine-square-meter wood-lined interior fits six people and includes a folding table, overlapping bench, storage, and other elements for a cozy and relatively comfortable experience. + Bivak II na Jezerih Via ArchDaily Images via Anze Cokl

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Truck lays 50 meters of its own road in 6 minutes, and then picks it back up

July 15, 2016 by  
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Rather than create an all-terrain vehicle that doesn’t need a road, a company in Wales designed a truck that carries its own road surface , lays it down, and then picks it back up. Faun Trackway —the name of the company as well as its amazing truck—utilizes a series of thin aluminum extrusions to roll out a temporary roadway capable of supporting vehicles weighing up to 70 metric tons. This unique function allows the truck, and other vehicles in its party, to travel across otherwise impassable terrain such as mud, sand, and ice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LANuOhGGG8 The Trackway was built in 50-meter lengths, comprised of a series of aluminum extrusions linked together and rolled around a spool. Similar to an invisible tape dispenser, the truck can let out the track and essentially create a road where there was none, providing an easier way to reach destinations that would otherwise be out of reach without, say, a helicopter. Although originally intended for military use (and currently used by 30 military forces around the world), Faun Trackway has another obvious application: disaster aid. Related: Crazy “zipper truck” snaps LEGO-like bricks together to build a tunnel in 24 hours Because of its ability to create a temporary, passable roadway just about anywhere—even while partially submerged—the Trackway would be incredibly useful in helping aid units traverse washed out roads, mudslides, and other obstacles that typically follow earthquakes, tsunami-induced floods, and other natural disasters . Reportedly, the truck can roll out all 50 meters of its roadway in six minutes, making it possible to reach people in need much faster than other post-disaster convoys. Once the vehicles have crossed, the Trackway truck can roll the roadway up just as easily, ready to move on to its next challenge. Via Core77 Images via Faun Trackway

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Latticed aluminum shelters to help coastal Peruvians in climate emergencies

March 15, 2016 by  
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Ryan Taylor’s Futuristic Babylon Light Doubles as an Indoor Garden Planter

January 24, 2013 by  
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Toronto-based industrial designer Ryan Taylor’s Babylon Light is a modern lighting fixture that doubles as a planter. Just like the futuristic kitchen light from Back to the Future , this multipurpose pendant lamp can be used to grow basil, rosemary, thyme, or even tomatoes! Read the rest of Ryan Taylor’s Futuristic Babylon Light Doubles as an Indoor Garden Planter Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Aluminum , Babylon Light , back to the future , garden , green lighting , Light , plants , Ryan Taylor

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