Worlds largest book store opens in Tehran, Iran

August 24, 2017 by  
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Book lovers, we’ve found your dream destination – the world’s largest bookstore just opened in Tehran, Iran . The Book Garden is a gigantic green-roofed building measuring 154,000 square feet that has 12 miles of shelves packed with millions of books . The project is part of a larger 700,000 square foot complex that features several movie theaters, science halls, classrooms, a prayer room and a restaurant. The Book Garden aims to encourage Iranian children to be “active and creative through modern methods and equipment,” said Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani. “The opening of the Book Garden is a big cultural event in the country, so that our children can make better use of this cultural and academic opportunity,” added Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf. Mehr News reports that the Book Garden was first pitched in 2004 to cater to fans of the city’s annual International Book Fair. After construction was completed last spring, organizers spent the past few months stocking the facility it with books. According to RealIran , there are more than 400,000 titles available for kids alone. One of the centers even has shorter shelves to ensure younger kids can reach the educational resources. Related: Chinese watermelon plant yields 131 fruit for Guinness World Record The Book Garden is now the biggest bookstore in the world, according to the Guinness World Records . Until now, Barnes & Noble along Fifth Avenue in New York City held the record. + Kayson Inc Via Mehr News , RealIran Photos via RealIran , Pixabay

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NASA unveils plan to make oxygen on Mars

August 24, 2017 by  
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Future Mars colonists are going to need oxygen , and NASA has a plan to make it. Their Mars 2020 Rover will be equipped with a Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment device, nicknamed MOXIE, which will attempt to make oxygen via electrolysis . The oxygen could be used not only for breathing, but also for rocket fuel. NASA Acting Chief Administrator Robert Lightfoot, Jr. told Futurism , “The next lander that is going to Mars, Mars 2020, has an experiment where we are going to try and actually generate oxygen out of the atmosphere on Mars, clearly that’s for human capability down the road.” Michael Hecht of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been the principal investigator for MOXIE. Oxygen is only present in trace amounts in the red planet’s atmosphere, but carbon dioxide (CO2) is pretty abundant; 95.32 percent of Mars’ atmosphere is comprised of CO2. A laser could ‘slice off’ the carbon atom in CO2 to leave O2 behind. But NASA’s going with another method: electrolysis, or using a fuel cell to split up the oxygen and carbon atoms. Related: NASA unveils inflatable greenhouse for sustainable farming on Mars It should take MOXIE around two hours to produce oxygen from carbon dioxide in Mars’ atmosphere. It operates at a temperature of 1,472 degrees Fahrenheit, and its production rate is around 0.022 pounds an hour. The device is 9.4 by 9.4 by 12.2 inches big, and will hitch a ride to the fourth planet from the sun aboard the 2020 Rover. If the experiment is successful, NASA might one day send an instrument that is 100 times larger than MOXIE, so astronauts can breathe when they get to Mars. Via IFLScience and Futurism Images via NASA

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Book Giveaway – Win a copy of TEEMING: How Superorganisms Work to Build Infinite Wealth in a Finite World

July 26, 2017 by  
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There is so much that we can learn from the natural world.  ‘TEEMING: How Superorganisms Work to Build Infinite Wealth in a Finite World,’   by Dr. Woolley-Barker reveals all the ways in which animals societies can helps us thrive in a modern world where resources are finite. We talked to Dr. Woolley-Barker about her book and you can read the fascinating interview here, but if you want to get your hands on your very own copy, we are giving away 25 of them to a few lucky readers. Enter to win below: a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Can you imagine a circular city?

December 3, 2016 by  
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This story is adapted from the book “The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations, and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life” (Harper Wave, 2016).

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Forests and the evolution of resource economics

May 14, 2016 by  
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How the early days of forest management — and conflicting demands for timber — changed the game for resource management.

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The secrets to stress-free sustainability

April 30, 2016 by  
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Here’s how to leverage your emotions, avoid burnout and influence anyone.

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Guerrilla marketing: Bridging the gap between money and mission

April 16, 2016 by  
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It will take a re-framing of business purpose to better align business and environmental priorities.

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Healthy food, healthy climate? The dirt on soil and carbon

April 9, 2016 by  
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How increasing carbon in soil can increase essential nutrients in our food.

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Gardening Tips: Garden Like A Ninja

April 4, 2016 by  
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I am so excited to have Angela England back to Earth911 with another interview and more great gardening tips. We got so much great feedback about her last interview about her book, Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) that we had to talk with…

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The power of zero: How to actually build a Net Zero office

March 12, 2016 by  
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A trip to the desert for a look at bleeding edge design in green building.

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