Sea Creatures and Dinosaurs Inspire a Virtually Indestructible Home in Berkeley, California

June 17, 2013 by  
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People who live in Berkeley, California are certainly used to seeing some strange things on the streets of their city. But those who live in the neighborhood near 2747 Matthews Street may point out a structure that’s a little odd to even the most weathered of residents. Nicknamed “The Fish House” by locals, the Tsui House built by architect Eugene Tsui is touted by its creator as the one of the world’s safest dwellings . The design is based upon a small and segmented water creature known as a tardigrade , and also features a few architectural elements inspired by dinosaur physiology. Read the rest of Sea Creatures and Dinosaurs Inspire a Virtually Indestructible Home in Berkeley, California Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: berkeley , biomimicry , California , cholla cactus , dimetrodon , Disaster-proof design , Eugene Tsui , Rastra block , stegosaurus , stryofoam , tardigrade , the fish house , tsui house , water bear        

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AeroVelo’s Human-Powered Helicopter May Be On Track to Win the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize

June 17, 2013 by  
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The Atlas helicopter, designed and built by Canadian team AeroVelo , might be the first human-powered helicopter to reach a height of three meters for at least 60 seconds—two key parameters for the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize . The competition to build a human-powered helicopter was established in 1980, and it has not yet been won. Aerovelo’s helicopter hit precisely 3.3 meters and maintained flight for 65 seconds last Thursday, a result which could bring it the much coveted prize. The team submitted all the flight data and is awaiting the committee’s official review and validation. Read the rest of AeroVelo’s Human-Powered Helicopter May Be On Track to Win the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AeroVelo helicopter , aircraft green design , American Helicopter Society , Atlas human-powered helicopter , Gamera , gamera helicopter , green transportation , helicopter design , helicopters , human-powered vehicle , Sikorsky , Sikorsky Prize , sustainable aircraft        

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