Desperation and fear mount in Irma-ravaged Caribbean

September 11, 2017 by  
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Over the past few days, Hurricane Irma has devastated islands in the Caribbean, Cuba , and parts of Florida. The Category 5 hurricane has since downgraded to a tropical storm, but the damage it caused will take years to recover from. On the island of Barbuda, for example,  “95 percent” of buildings were destroyed. Others, like Saint Martin and Barthelemy, have no water or electricity and food resources are running low. Embed from Getty Images window.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:’08x2NaWvTOxUX90CIZOdGA’,sig:’uqVCatca-d4wvEpEybaIWAYAXm9rhRToDSdClNU1oyA=’,w:’594px’,h:’396px’,items:’845717730′,caption: true ,tld:’com’,is360: false })}); Media coverage of the islands of Saint Martin and Barthelemy show extensive amounts of damage. Reuters reports that many streets remain submerged, boats and cars are piled on top of each other in multiple locations, and numerous houses have had their rooftops ripped off. Embed from Getty Images window.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:’e3nfT1wLSZ1a3dcHo2hX8w’,sig:’V00rpNIu06KQzy4dsUOcV07rpWebm3vc9QJ3US6w_2k=’,w:’594px’,h:’386px’,items:’845705546′,caption: true ,tld:’com’,is360: false })}); To make matters worse, looting is rampant. One Saint Martin resident told BFM TV that she heard gunshots and had seen several people breaking into homes and shops to steal food .  According to the French interior ministry, police forces have been boosted on the two islands following close to 500 reports of violence and looting following Irma’s passing. 11 people have also been arrested for “malicious actions.” Related: Trump’s USDA staff told to use ‘weather extremes’ instead of ‘climate change’ Embed from Getty Images window.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:’puQKjadATepuXcWxqYS-8Q’,sig:’okRdWoZCR1eoCZpiCMcjCy7_oRi5RmM_fyT8xB7HBi8=’,w:’594px’,h:’396px’,items:’845690278′,caption: true ,tld:’com’,is360: false })}); Between the two islands, at least 10 people have been killed . The Caisse Centrale de Reassurance, a state-owned reinsurance group in France , said Irma will go down as one of “the most damaging disasters in decades on French territory.” Losses total a staggering 1.2 billion euros, or $1.44 billion USD. + National Hurricane Center Via Reuters Images via  National Hurricane Center,  Pixabay

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Drones weave moth-inspired pavilion from carbon fiber threads

April 12, 2017 by  
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The buildings of the future could be built with the help of drones . The unmanned aerial vehicles were put to the test in the University of Stuttgart’s latest robotically constructed pavilion, the cantilevering ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2016-17. Inspired by leaf miner moths, the biomimetic pavilion is lightweight yet incredibly strong and is made from 184 kilometers of resin-impregnated glass and carbon fiber. Created as part of a series of digitally fabricated pavilions, the ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2016-17 explores the potential of fiber composite materials in architecture and scalable fabrication processes. Spanning twelve meters in length, the cantilevering research pavilion has a surface area of approximately 40 square meters that weighs 1,000 kilograms. Its woven design draws inspiration from the silk “hammocks” spun by the larvae of leaf miner moths. The pavilion was constructed with two different types of robots : flying drones and stationary machines. Two stationary machines were set up on the far points of the pavilion and were equipped with industrial robotic arms strong enough to wind the carbon fiber threads. The drones were used to pass the fiber between the two stationary machines. The two types of robots communicated without the need for human intervention using an integrated sensor interface that collected real-time data. Related: Robots weave an insect-inspired carbon-fiber forest in London “The pavilion’s overall geometry demonstrates the possibilities for fabricating structural morphologies through multi-stage volumetric fibre winding, reducing unnecessary formwork through an integrated bending-active composite frame, and increasing the possible scale and span of construction through integrating robotic and autonomous lightweight UAV fabrication processes,” wrote the interdisciplinary team. “The prototypical pavilion is a proof-of-concept for a scalable fabrication processes of long-span, fibre composite structural elements, suitable for architectural applications.” + University of Stuttgart ICD Photographs by Burggraf / Reichert

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Jeroen Bisscheroux’s GINDS Lets You Eavesdrop On Passersby 100 Meters Away

June 21, 2013 by  
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Jeroen Bisscheroux ‘s GINDS is an art project that explores the sounds occurring within the borough of Amsterdam Zuid . The project is made up of of a series of double conical horns placed around various places in the neighborhood. To use them, visitors simply stand in between the two horns and they can begin to listen in on what is happening around them up to 100 meters away. The location of the various GINDS are based on the quality of environmental sounds in the area. However, the project is meant to challenge what vistors see versus what they hear. + Jeroen Bisscheroux The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: amsterdam art , Amsterdam Zuid , art and sound , art pavilion , art project , GINDS , Jeroen Bisscheroux , park art , sound art        

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US Arctic Sea Ice Measurements Show No New Record Minimum Set in 2011, Yet

September 14, 2011 by  
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image: NSIDC German scientists have just said that Arctic sea ice set a new record low this year , but the US National Snow and Ice Data Center has released its own measurements showing a slightly higher sea ice summer so far . The difference between the two observations is just 100,000 square kilometers–4.24 million on September 8 from Germany, 4… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Retro 1970s Solar Vacation House by Michael Jantzen is Still Relevant (Slideshow)

September 14, 2011 by  
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Image Credit: Michael Jantzen Michael Jantzen is best known for his M-House and his other transformer houses that have been everywhere on the net, but on his website is a link to some of his older projects, from the seventies, and he did amazing work. In an interview on his greenhouses and building technologies, he describes how he used cheap and basic agricultural components to build a lovely little solar vacation house, shown here.

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Ford Goes After Both Hybrid Competitors with One Car

January 13, 2011 by  
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One of Ford’s big announcements at this year’s NAIAS is the new C-Max, a car which will be available in two different models with different styles of hybrid propulsion on the same body and frame. Ford has seen competitors Toyota and Chevrolet going after the hybrid and electric vehicle market with two different approaches. Toyota has the hybrid Prius which couples electric drive with a gas engine; Chevrolet has the Volt which is an electric drive car that uses its gas engine as a generator for extended range travel.

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Efficient Conventional Cars at NAIAS 2011

January 12, 2011 by  
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Although green cars are present in greater numbers than ever at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, they are not necessarily the most interesting environmental story. Many manufacturers this year have one model or another of their cars connected to a pylon with a conspicuous electrical cord, as manufacturers including Chevrolet, Ford, Volvo, Toyota and Volkswagen all had plug-in hybrids or EVs on display

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Clean Technology Investments Up 28% in 2010

January 12, 2011 by  
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Beyond mass-market, all-electric cars finally hitting the roads and new innovations cropping up everyday, the clean technology sector also had a great year from a financial perspective.

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Two Prisoners Raise Endangered Frogs by Hand

November 10, 2010 by  
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Photo via Northwest Trek Some might say James Goodall and Harry Greer have a soft spot for frogs — and they’d likely agree with that.

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New Governors Kill $1.2 Billion High Speed Rail Lines in Ohio, Wisconsin

November 8, 2010 by  
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Photo: John Leech Two candidates for governor made opposing high speed rail projects in their states a central part of their campaign — Scott Walker in Wisconsin and John Kasich in Ohio both claimed that high speed rail was too expensive, and a waste of taxpayer money. Between the two states, $1.2 billion of federal stimulus money had already been allotted to create jobs and jump start high speed rail infrastructure.

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