Dibdo Francis Kr’s rainwater-harvesting 2017 Serpentine Pavilion unveiled in London today

June 20, 2017 by  
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Today marks the official debut of Diébédo Francis Kéré’s spectacular rainwater-harvesting Serpentine Pavilion . The 2017 pavilion was unveiled on a perfectly sunny day – but when it rains the roof will protect protect visitors from drizzle while funneling precipitation it into a central waterfall and storing it for irrigation in the surrounding park. The pavilion is inspired by the culture of Kéré’s home village of Gando in Burkina Faso even as it plays with experimental construction techniques and embraces the climate in Britain. Diébédo Francis Kéré, who runs Berlin-based Kéré Architecture , is the first African architect to construct a Serpentine Pavilion . Kéré cited trees as his design inspiration. The pavilion is topped by a massive canopy – visitors can walk underneath and be safe from the rain while at the same time experiencing the weather through a transparent roof and wall openings that allow the wind to blow through. Related: Diébédo Francis Kéré unveils 2017 Serpentine Pavilion with rain-gathering roof The roof is made of wood , supported by a hidden steel frame. Raindrops that fall on the pavilion are funneled into an oculus, creating a waterfall. Then the water enters a drainage system on the floor for use in irrigation later. The walls are made from prefabricated wooden blocks. At night the blocks create an intricate play of shadow and light as the gaps twinkle from movement inside the pavilion. Trees offer a place to gather in Burkina Faso, and Kéré hopes his Serpentine Pavilion in London will also offer a space for people to visit and share their experiences. In his design statement he spoke of his aim for the Pavilion to “become a beacon of light, a symbol of storytelling and togetherness.” And in his video on the pavilion’s design, he spoke of his desire for the pavilion to be inclusive and offer a space for all. + Kéré Architecture + Serpentine Galleries Via ArchDaily Images © Kéré Architecture, Photography © 2017 Iwan Baan ; © Erik Jan Ouwerkerk; © Enrico Cano; and © Simeon Duchoud

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Pope Francis urges Americans to fight climate change in his first address to the country

September 23, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Pope Francis paid a visit to the White House today and, during his first ever address to the United States, he urged Americans to start acting on climate change with the sense of urgency that it deserves. “It seems clear to me also that climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation,” he said in a no-holds-barred speech. Later this week, Francis will take his message to Congress in a message that many expect will implore lawmakers to make meaningful steps to protect our “common home.” Read the rest of Pope Francis urges Americans to fight climate change in his first address to the country

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UK scientists have applied for permission to genetically modify human embryos

September 21, 2015 by  
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A team of scientist in the UK have applied for permission to genetically modify human embryos in order to study the genes which affect the earliest stages of human development. This work would be the first of its kind in the UK and follows swiftly on the heels of a controversial announcement by Chinese scientists that they had altered the DNA of human embryos. A stem cell scientist at the Francis Crick Institute in London, Kathy Niakan has applied to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority , the UK government’s fertility regulator, to perform “genome editing” on human embryos. Read the rest of UK scientists have applied for permission to genetically modify human embryos

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Pastor builds impressively detailed LEGO Vatican from over half a million bricks

September 20, 2015 by  
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A Philadelphia pastor is welcoming Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the city with a very special surprise. The Reverend Bob Simon of St. Catherine of Siena Church spent the past 10 months building an enormous LEGO replica of the Vatican . The work of art is incredibly detailed, and includes true-to-scale representation of everything from St. Mark’s Basilica and Square to the hordes of tourists. READ MORE>

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Pope Francis’ leaked encyclical calls for global government action against climate change

June 16, 2015 by  
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We’ve long known that Pope Francis has a great many thoughts about climate change , and that he has been preparing to release a hefty encyclical to illustrate his stance. An unauthorized draft of that document designed to urge the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics to join him in the fight to save our planet was published online in PDF format  Monday by L’Espresso, a prominent Italian news weekly. But Vatican officials warn that the 192-page draft doesn’t represent the final version of the Pope’s encyclical, which will be released on Thursday. Read the rest of Pope Francis’ leaked encyclical calls for global government action against climate change Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: catholics , Climate Change , encyclical , leaked encyclical , official vatican statements on climate change , papal document , papal encyclical , Pope Francis , pope on climate change , pope scientist , vatican , Vatican City

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Pope Francis Officially Endorses Evolution and The Big Bang Theory

October 31, 2014 by  
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Pope Francis has continued to turn heads as the most liberal pope in decades by declaring that “the Catholic Church sees no conflict between science and religion” and stating that he accepts the universe was created in a Big Bang rather than what is detailed in the Book of Genesis. While he is not the first pope to side with science over certain issues, he is certainly the first to state outright that humans may be descended from other species, marking a significant change to the stance of the Catholic Church. Read the rest of Pope Francis Officially Endorses Evolution and The Big Bang Theory Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: catholic church , evolution , Pope Francis , Pope Francis I , religion , science , The Big Bang , the big bang theory , the theory of evolution

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Himalayan Viagra Causes Fungal Gold-Rush in the Tibetan Plateaus

October 31, 2014 by  
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High in the Himalayas grows a highly sought after medicinal fungus known as Himalayan Viagra. And while many global leaders fail to enact policies to protect their own resources, two remote Tibetan communities who harvest the fungus have managed to implement a system to secure a sustainable harvest year after year. Using an innovative resource management system that would likely give most capitalists a regulatory headache, the harvesters work hard to ensure that their livelihood is protected from over use. Read the rest of Himalayan Viagra Causes Fungal Gold-Rush in the Tibetan Plateaus Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Geoff Childs , Himalayan resource protection , Himalayan Viagra , natural resource protection , natural resource regulation , natural viagra , summer grass winter worm , Tibetan resource protection , Yartsa gunbu , Yartsa gunbu growing , Yartsa gunbu harvest. , Yartsa gunbu Himalaya viagra

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