Atlantas elevated Buckhead Park will connect a city separated by highways

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Rogers Partners and Nelson Byrd Waltz are the firms behind the project, and they hope to inspire other cities that are seemingly broken apart by sprawling highways to reintegrate and offer locals a beautiful gathering place. In Buckhead’s case, the area was divided by busy streets in the 1990s, causing a community divide. Rogers Partners explains how the project will “make the area whole again, providing the public with safe, easy and efficient access to the many amenities in the district.” Related: Colorful Spinning Tops transform traditional toys into large-scale interactive art in Atlanta The park features three distinct design features. The northern end will be the common area, including a small amphitheatre for local events. A lush garden will adorn the southern end and a variety of shade trees will stretch across the entire structure. In the middle, a plaza for local retail businesses and restaurants will be found. The project is also aiming to include access to Park 400, a biking and running trail currently under construction in the area. The Atlanta area is known for its large population and intense heat, which the firms have taken into account while designing Buckhead Park Over GA400. Stormwater collection will create a sustainable irrigation system and the installation of native plants will reduce the need for excess maintenance. “When Buckhead Park Over GA400 is complete, Atlanta will have a unique, world-class civic space that is both beautiful and functional,” expressed Jim Durrett, executive director of the Buckhead Community Improvement District. The next phase of the project will be discussed by city officials in October. +Rogers Partners , Nelson Byrd Waltz Via Dezeen Images via Rogers Partners, Nelson Byrd Waltz

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California looks to its roads for new source of renewable energy

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California is putting $2 million into research to determine whether gridlock can be a beneficial source of electricity . The technology at the heart of the idea is piezoelectric crystals, which could turn mechanical energy from traffic into usable electricity that can be added to the power grid. The approach seeks to harness energy that is usually wasted, thus providing an additional source of renewable energy for the state’s residents. The California Energy Commission is looking for a research facility to conduct small-scale tests on harnessing the energy that is currently being lost from vehicles traveling on the state’s roadways. Piezoelectricity uses naturally occurring crystals to capture heat generated from moving vehicles and convert it into electricity for any number of uses. The primary objective of the research will be to determine whether a cost-effective system can be installed to produce a substantial amount of energy. Related: Piezoelectric energy-generating roads proposed for California “It’s not hard to see the opportunity in California,” said Mike Gravely, the commission’s deputy division chief of energy research and development. “It’s an energy that’s created but is just currently lost in vibration.” California currently has a goal of producing 50 percent of its electricity with renewables by 2030, and the energy commission says the state is on target to reach 25 percent by the end of this year. The $2 million research fund for testing new technologies will come from the California Public Utilities Commission, which expects to award a contract in the spring. Via Phys.org Images via Wikipedia and Flickr

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Medical hackers create $30 DIY EpiPen in defiance of corporate greed

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This summer, news of price hikes affecting the EpiPen went viral. Since 2007, the cost of the drug has risen sharply from $57 a dose to $318 – an increase of 461 percent. This kind of price hike would be outrageous for any medication , but it’s particularly galling in the case of the EpiPen. The epinephrine autoinjectors are a lifesaving drug of last resort meant to halt anaphylactic allergic reactions long enough for people with severe allergies to seek emergency care. Now, a group of medical hackers has figured out how to create a DIY replacement from common drugstore parts for just $30. https://youtu.be/ldFFJRdhVs8 The “EpiPencil” created by the Four Thieves Vinegar collective consists of an auto injector device designed to help diabetics , paired with a hypodermic needle capable of piercing through the skin into the muscle – the location where the medication needs to be injected in order to be effective. The active ingredient, epinephrine, can be obtained from a pharmacy with a prescription from a doctor. For those who are unable to afford an EpiPen for their allergies, this DIY hack could literally prove lifesaving. However, it is worth mentioning that many experts have voiced concern about the EpiPencil and warned that it’s not advisable to try to create a piece of medical equipment at home – it can be difficult to ensure the correct dose is being administered, the epinephrine inside is delicate and might lose its effectiveness if stored this way, and of course, if someone were to create the device without paying close attention to hygiene , it could become contaminated. A miscalibration of the device could even cause the medicine to be injected into a vein, which can have dangerous side effects. Related: 6 designs that could save your life Drawbacks aside, the video from Four Thieves Vinegar proves that Mylan’s price hikes have nothing to do with the cost of actually producing the EpiPen. If nothing else, the DIY autoinjector highlights the out of control corporate greed which allows such unreasonable price hikes in the first place. + Four Thieves Vinegar Via Minds

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