An eco-friendly island resort immerses guests in the wild beauty of northern Norway

July 23, 2019 by  
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On a remote island above the Arctic Circle, Norwegian architecture firm Stinessen Arkitektur has created the Manshausen Island Resort, an eco-friendly getaway with spectacular views that has also been recently expanded with a new extension. Located on the Steigen Archipelago off the coast of northern Norway, the resort comprises a series of contemporary cabins carefully sited and elevated off the ground to minimize site impact while maximizing individual panoramic views. The new addition, which was completed three years after the resort’s opening in June 2015, includes new cabins and a sauna that was constructed from materials leftover from the first stage of construction. Sandwiched between mountains and sea, Manshausen Island features a dramatic landscape and a harsh climate with long winters and temperamental weather conditions. Despite the short building season, remote location and disagreeable weather conditions, the architects succeeded in developing a low-maintenance and sustainably minded resort with cabins designed in the image of the island’s two main existing structures: the old farm-house and stone quays. Each compact cabin was crafted for minimum impact on the landscape; the resort team plans to make the island self-sufficient by 2020 and all waste is already treated on the island. Related: A cluster of wooden cabins create a serene weekend retreat in Norway As with the original cabins at the resort, the new cabins in the extension — dubbed Manshausen 2.0 — have been built from cross-laminated timber , aluminum sheet cladding and custom, full-height glazing that allows for unobstructed views of the landscape. Prefabricated elements were used for “plug and play” installation of the shelters. Each 30-square-meter cabin was designed to be as compact as possible yet can comfortably accommodate up to four to five people and includes a kitchen and plenty of storage space. “Although [the new cabins] enjoy much of the same undisturbed sea views, the positioning in the landscape offers a unique approach to the design,” the architects explained. “Wave heights, extreme weather conditions and also future raise in sea level were studied to determine the exact positions of the cabins.” + Stinessen Arkitektur Images by Adrien Giret, Snorre Stinessen, Kjell Ove Storvik

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Plan Ahead for Extreme Air Conditions

October 22, 2018 by  
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Residents in some parts of the American West are already … The post Plan Ahead for Extreme Air Conditions appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Can we innovate our way out of this mess?

October 16, 2018 by  
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There’s power in asking such questions — and creating the conditions for them to be thoughtfully considered.

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Scientists may have just found the chemical "missing link" for the origins of life on Earth

November 7, 2017 by  
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In attempting to recreate the conditions of Earth circa billions of years ago, a research team may have uncovered a key “missing link” in our knowledge of the origin of life on Earth. The discovery of diamidophosphate (DAP), a compound that may have been present in early Earth, is an exciting step forward in understanding how early life emerged from various ingredients and conditions. “It reminds me of the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, who waves a wand and ‘poof,’ ‘poof,’ ‘poof,’ everything simple is transformed into something more complex and interesting,” said Ramanarayanan Krishnamurthy , senior author of the study published in  Nature Chemistry  and chemist at the Scripps Research Institute in California. The key to DAP’s “magic” is its ability to facilitate a process called phosphorylation, an essential process in the function of chemicals from neurotransmitters to proteins , and the linking of a particular compound with a phosphate. This process is very common in biochemistry and enables proteins, neurotransmitters and countless other chemicals to function within organic systems. To determine DAP’s fitness to facilitate the origins of life, the team checked DAP’s ability to phosphorylate with several crucial organic compounds. These included RNA, which is essential for the decoding and messaging of genetic information as well as protein synthesis, fatty acids, which make up cell membranes, and amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. Related: Researchers shocked to discover protein that conducts electricity All of the tested organic chemicals, when mixed with water and an additional chemical thought to be found on early Earth, successfully reacted with the DAP. While scientists lack the ability to truly know what early Earth was like, or whether the origin of life involved DAP, these experiments show one feasible path through which life could have developed. Via Newsweek Images via Depositphotos (1)

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Weather maps illustrate the strangest Christmas weather in history

December 24, 2015 by  
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WSI Forecast It seems the East and West Coasts have done some sort of Freaky Friday switch this Christmas, with peculiar weather conditions for each region. Weather maps for this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day have a lot of people seeing red, with record highs blasting through many parts of the East Coast. Meanwhile the West Coast is suffering a deep freeze, creating the wackiest weather map we’ve seen in a long time- a literal divide of blue and red. Read the rest of Weather maps illustrate the strangest Christmas weather in history

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Culinary artist creates perfect gingerbread replica of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

December 24, 2015 by  
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KHR Arkitektur’s Atuarfik Hans Lynge School Withstands Harsh Mountain Weather Conditions in Greenland

May 8, 2013 by  
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TEST DRIVE: Drag Race Saturday, Church on Sunday with the Lexus GS450h Hybrid

May 8, 2013 by  
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Fujiwaramuro Architects’ House in Hanoura is Surrounded by Artificial Hills and Breezy Rice Fields

May 8, 2013 by  
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Flower Power: A Bluetooth-Enabled Smart Sensor That Monitors the Needs of Your Plants

January 10, 2013 by  
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Now and again, even the best green thumb could use a little help taking care of their plants. French electronics company Parrot just unveiled a new gizmo at CES 2013 called the Flower Power that makes it easy to monitor the health of your leafy friends. The small branch-shaped device can be inserted into the soil of your houseplants or lawn and used to monitor moisture, sunlight, humidity, temperature, and fertilizer conditions via your smartphone. Their corresponding application holds a database of up to 6,000 species, helping you care for your specific plant. It is a busy world, and there are times when even the most diligent gardener could use a reminder on when to water their house plants. Parrot’s Flower Power sends you notifications and updates on your plants’ health via their Bluetooth-enabled sensor. A library of over 6,000 plants developed by botanists allows users to tailor their own care regiments. The AAA battery remains charged for six months, and the models come in both Emerald and Wood finishes. Parrot has yet to provide pricing and release information, but the Flower Power should be available soon. + Parrot Via Engadget

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