$20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPrize aims to turn CO2 emissions into useful products

July 28, 2016 by  
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A new contest launched in September 2015 aims to fund projects that convert carbon dioxide waste into useful technologies and products. This year, 47 entrants from seven countries around the world are competing for the $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPrize to develop their product. The competitors include university students, startups, and unlikely contenders such as a father and son team and a high school group. The products they’ve managed to create from CO2 thus far range from concrete and carbon nanotubes to biodegradable plastic and fish food. The contest is being overseen by an advisory board of experts in chemical and biological engineering, energy and sustainability, and public policy . The competition involves three rounds that will take place over the course of four and a half years – in the first round, each submitted project will be judged for its technical and business viability. The competing technologies will be tested in one of two tracks, at either a coal power plant or natural gas facility to demonstrate their capabilities. Related: X Prize Announced to Save Oceans from Deadly Acidification and Rising CO2 Levels In October 2016, up to 15 semifinalists in each track will be announced, and teams can begin to demonstrate their technologies in a testing environment. In the second round, each team will have a chance to demonstrate their project in action in a controlled environment. Up to 5 teams from each track will be selected to split a $2.5 million milestone prize and move up to Round 3. The final round will pose the ultimate test to entrants, involving a demonstration of the technology under real-world conditions. There will be one grand prize winner in each track, awarded a $7.5 million grand prize each. The contest is one of the many initiatives of the XPrize Foundation , a nonprofit organization dedicated to solving the world’s largest challenges through this type of large-scale competition. Other active competitions include projects to develop artificial intelligence, fully explore the world’s oceans, help improve adult literacy rates, create open source education software, develop a sci-fi style “tricorder” that can monitor and diagnose illness, and create low-cost methods of robotic space exploration. + NRG COSIA Carbon XPrize Images via  Phil Richards  and  Bjørn Christian Finbråten

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New California science center regulates solar gain with an arc of perforated screens

July 15, 2016 by  
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The energy-efficient building includes various sustainable features, including a stormwater retention system, a light-colored “cool roof”, and custom perforated stainless steel screens that reduce solar heat gain while allowing natural light to filter in. Related: Eastern Michigan University’s New Science Center Reaches for LEED Silver As a valuable addition to the campus, the facility aims to accommodate the university’s rapidly growing interdisciplinary science program that unifies Christian values with state-of-the-art technology. University President Bob Brower said the 36,000-square-foot facility “will enable the science program to reach new heights and support the continued success of our PLNU science faculty and students.” + Carrier Johnson + CULTURE + Point Loma Nazarene University Photos by Marcus Emerson , courtesy Point Loma Nazarene University

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Solar-powered Christian Street House is made from locally sourced materials in Brisbane

May 26, 2015 by  
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YOD Design Lab’s guest houses disappear into the forest in Ukraine

May 26, 2015 by  
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Is the Christian Coalition solar power’s most unlikely new ally?

February 25, 2015 by  
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A fight over net metering for Indiana solar power users just got a lot more interesting, after the ‘yes’ side took on an unlikely ally–the Christian Coalition of America. The Washington Post reports that the head of the Christian Coalition wrote a blog post in favor of solar energy and the Indiana fight to allow solar producers to sell their power back to the grid and lower their energy bills. Read the rest of Is the Christian Coalition solar power’s most unlikely new ally? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , christian coalition of america , eric koch , Indiana , indiana energy association , naacp , net metering , roberta combs , Solar Power , tusk

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Christian Boer Designs New Font Especially for Dyslexics

November 11, 2014 by  
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For the roughly 10 percent of the world’s population who have dyslexia, reading can be a real chore. Standard fonts are deliberately made to look alike — the ‘b’ flips around as a ‘d’ and ‘n’ becomes ‘u’ — in an effort to keep them neat and aesthetically pleasing. But it is exactly this that makes it so hard for dyslexics to distinguish between different letters, since they are prone to flip words, mirror them, or rotate them in their minds. As a graphic designer who also grapples with dyslexia, Christian Boer designed a new font called Dyslexie that addresses these design issues, and one publisher has already published 40 books using it. Read the rest of Christian Boer Designs New Font Especially for Dyslexics Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Christian Boer , Design for Health , dutch design , dyslexia , dyslexics , Dyslexie , font for dyslexics , Istanbul Design Biennial , typeface design

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Panoramic Round House has a 360-Degree View of the Spanish Countryside

December 23, 2013 by  
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Fantasy Fashion Show Takes Place Inside a Giant Russian Space Suit

May 12, 2013 by  
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Communist leaders of the former Soviet Union had some wacky plans that trickled into all spheres of life – including fashion . So New York based artists Joanna Malinowka and Christian Tomaszewski from Poland designed a giant inflatable Russian space suit modeled after the garment worn by the first woman in space, Valentina Tershkova, and are currently holding a fashion show in its belly – right now – at the Zacheta Gallery in Warsaw, Poland. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Christian Tomaszewski , giant inflatable russian space suit , Joanna Malinowka , polish art , polish artists , polish designers , russian fashion , Russian space suit fashion show , Valentina Tershkova , Wacheta Gallery , Warsaw Fashion Show        

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1024 Architecture’s LED Abstract Christmas Tree Causes Controversy in Brussels

December 18, 2012 by  
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Rather than hacking down a historic tree , 1024’s installation gives the suggestion of a tree, but with an architectural and pixel-like twist. During the day the tree appears a bit like architectural construction, with poles and scaffolding jutting in every direction. But once night falls, the “tree” is illuminated, and it blinks, glitters and dazzles along to music. As the structure changes from green to red, visual projections also dance within each of the block-like branches, giving the square (and visitors gathering around) a warm glow. Guests can also climb this eco-friendly faux tree . The “trunk” is made from a staircase, which leads visitors to an observation deck 63 feet above the ground. From the top of the tree, visitors can take in panoramic view of the city, as well as the other pieces in the Plaisirs d’Hiver festival. The architectural tree has caused controversy in Brussel’s Muslim community, who found the tree to be too Christian for a citywide light festival. Yet the Christians took an even different view, hating on the tree because it is too abstract and not tree-like enough. Either way, the color-changing LEDs and observation deck make for a creative and sustainable tree alternative ! + 1024 Architecture Via Creators Project

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Scientists Developing Wood-Powered Batteries Made From Paper Waste!

August 14, 2012 by  
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Researchers from the Poznan University of Technology in Poland and the Linkoping University in Sweden have been whittling away at the possibilities of creating energy from wood waste. The key ingredient in this new technology is lignin, a chemical compound of waste produced in the paper-making process. Scientist are using the lignin as an insulator and polypyrrole as a conductor to create and hold an electric charge. Wood is of course a renewable resource, and it’s much more readily available than the chemicals used in traditional batteries. While the technology is still in research phases, we could see the use of wooden batteries in our lifetime as we continue to utilize our natural resources for renewable fuel and energy! via  fastcoexist image via duchamp flickr and wikimedia commmons Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: batteries , battery research , eco batteries , eco research , eco science , Green Batteries , green research , green resources , green science , lignin , natural resources , renewable energy , renewable resources , research , science , sustainable batteries , sustainable research , sustainable science , Wood , wood batteries , wood energy , wood waste , wooden batteries , wooden resources

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