Brazil declares official end to Zika virus epidemic

May 12, 2017 by  
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It’s time to pack your bags! For the past 18 months, travelers have been wary of visiting Brazil due to the mosquito-borne Zika virus – and for good reason. One of the defects, microcephaly, results in babies being born with abnormally small heads. Because cases have dramatically dropped in recent months, however, officials have finally declared an end to the threat. Between January and April, 2017, the number of Zika cases dropped by 95 percent, compared to the same period a year ago. Additionally, zero people have died this year, compared to eight people between January and April, 2016. This development is what prompted officials to declare an end to the public health emergency. The Guardian reports that during the 2016 Olympics , the threat of the Zika virus was at its peak. Athletes and spectators were concerned they would contract the virus, and one female athlete – a Spanish windsurfer – says she contracted Zika while training in Brazil ahead of the Games. In response to the outbreak, Brazil launched a campaign targeted at eradicating mosquitos in the country. Those efforts have resulted in a dramatic decline of Zika cases. Though the World Health Organization (WHO) lifted its own international emergency in November 2016, Brazil has only now declared an end to the virus – which is transported by mosquitos and sexual contact. Related: Zika virus can remain in sperm for twice as long as previously thought The WHO warns that the virus is “here to stay.” Though a decline in cases is a good sign, the battle will be an ongoing one. Said Adeilson Cavalcante, secretary for health surveillance at Brazil’s health ministry, “The end of the emergency doesn’t mean the end of surveillance or assistance” to those who are affected. She added, “The health ministry and other organisations involved in this area will maintain a policy of fighting Zika, dengue and chikungunya.” Via The Guardian Images via Business Insider , Alabama Today

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Japan wants to make 2020 Olympic medals from recycled smartphones

August 23, 2016 by  
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The Rio Games may have just ended, but Tokyo is already gearing up for the 2020 Olympics – and organizers want to source materials for the gold, silver, and bronze medals from discarded smartphones and other electronics . The country’s e-waste stream could certainly provide enough precious metals to cover the demand; the problem lies with collecting the discarded devices from the public. In 2014 Japan recovered 143 kg of gold, 1,566 kg of silver and 1,112 tons of copper – an essential component in bronze – from small, discarded electronics, according to Nikkei Asian Review . Judging from London’s 2012 Olympics, only 9.6kg of gold, 1,210kg of silver and 700kg of copper were needed to make all the winning medals. Usually cities hosting the games ask mines to donate the materials, but Japan may not have to go that route. Related: Japan promises to make 2020 Olympics a high-tech fest of self-driving cars, 5G networks and more The plan does face some challenges, however – Japan has not fully implemented a system for collecting discarded consumer electronics , and a 2013 law requiring the recycling of home appliances was not as effective as lawmakers hoped. Recycled precious materials are also commonly used to produce new electronic devices, with silver being in especially high demand. A meeting was held on June 10 where Tokyo Olympics officials met with government members and representatives from a mobile phone company, precious metals company, and recycling companies. Proposals are being considered regarding how to increase public awareness of recycling programs and how to streamline the collection process in time for the Games’ arrival in Tokyo. Via Nikkei Asian Review Images via Pixabay ( 1 , 2 )

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Yacht-inspired Olympic pavilion by Henning Larsen brings Danish culture to Rio

August 10, 2016 by  
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Located on the famous Ipanema Beach, the 3229-square-foot pavilion hosts a bar, press room, and an exhibition area where visitors can learn about Danish companies and products. A white sail cloth is stretch over aluminium masts that form a large interior space. The upper corners of the structure point upwards to reference Rio’s mountaintops, as well as the iconic project of Brazil’s most famous architect, Oscar Niemeyer . Related: Renovated Siemens Headquarters in Munich now consumes 90% less energy and 75% less water At night, the structure is lit by red-colored LEDs , which, when viewed from above, reveal the outline of the Danish flag in the cross-shaped piece of clear acrylic set into the faceted roof. Denmark is the only country to feature a dedicated pavilion space at the Games. The pavilion will stay open to the public until 21 August 2016, the final day of the Rio Olympics. + Henning Larsen Architects Via Dezeen Photos by Pedro Kok

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INFOGRAPHIC: The challenges and triumphs of engineering the Rio Olympic games

August 3, 2016 by  
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On August 5, all eyes will be on Rio de Janeiro for the opening ceremonies of the summer Rio Olympics . Though the games have already been plagued by issues like poisonous water and Zika virus-prompted boycotts, the games promise to be three weeks of intense competition and inspiring performances from the world’s top athletes. As it draws near, we look at how the city is preparing to host this prestigious event, including the work of civil engineers who played a pivotal role in building the infrastructure and stadiums, and the challenges the city faces. + New Jersey Institute of Technology

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INFOGRAPHIC: The real environmental impact of the 2016 Rio Olympics

July 27, 2016 by  
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The 2016 Olympics in Rio will begin in just over a week and despite several ongoing catastrophes , the games will go on. In light of this monumental event, we thought we’d take a closer look at its environmental impact and the solutions in place. Check out this thought-provoking infographic from Green Match for an inside look. Graphic via Green Match

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New solar-powered machine converts urine into beer

July 27, 2016 by  
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“We call it from sewer to brewer,” say the creators of a solar-powered machine that turns urine into beer . Belgian scientists hope to expand the technology to remote areas needing off-the-grid methods for creating drinkable water , but not before asking festival goers to #peeforscience and a truly unique brew. Ghent University researchers developed the energy-efficient system with developing countries in mind, where solar power is optimal. By collecting urine in a heated tank and passing it through a membrane, clean drinking water is collected, as well as nutrients to be used as fertilizer . This way, both resources can be made readily available to people in need by using what is (no longer) considered a waste product. Related: Urine-powered batteries could provide cheap energy where it’s needed most The team behind the innovation featured it at a 10-day music and theater event, where the pee of thousands of festival goers was turned into 1,000 liters of drinkable water. In true Belgian fashion, the water collected from the event will be brewed into beer . The implications for both crowded, urban sporting and music events and rural areas needing access to clean water are vast. We just have to ask ourselves one question: would you drink it? Via Daily Mail Images via Pexels ( 1 , 2 )

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Norway’s 2016 Youth Olympics student housing is a passive house block clad in sustainable wood

August 28, 2015 by  
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Diller Scofidio + Renfro reveal preliminary concept for the US Olympic Museum

May 14, 2015 by  
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New York studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro has revealed their concept for the United States Olympic Museum , scheduled to open in downtown Colorado Springs, CO before the 2018 Olympic Winter Games . The renderings for the 60,000 square foot space show sweeping curved lines, elevated walkways and an extensive outdoor public plaza with views of Colorado’s Pikes Peak. The building’s spiraling shape reflects was inspired by the fluid movement of Olympic athletes and it will act as a brilliant commemoration of the Olympic games. Read the rest of Diller Scofidio + Renfro reveal preliminary concept for the US Olympic Museum Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2018 Winter Olympics , Architecture , architecture concepts , colorado springs , DS+R Architects , olympics , US Olympic Museum , winter olympics

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This clever, minimalist wallet is super thin and incredibly good looking

May 14, 2015 by  
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Wallets haven’t evolved much over the years, but the guys at ACE thought it was about time they did. By creating a wallet out of a single, continuous piece of laser-cut nylon, they made the world’s thinnest wallet at just .65mm thick. Not only will it save your pocket from that overstuffed look, it’s animal friendly and can be flipped inside out when you want to change up the color. Each wallet is so slim that it fits in the palm of your hand but still holds everything you need. Get yours at super price right now by  funding the project on Kickstarter , where early supporters can get their hands on one for just $10. + ACE on Kickstarter Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ACE Kickstarter , ACE wallet , animal friendly wallet , kickstarter wallet , non-leather wallet , nylon wallet , reader submission , reversible wallet , single piece wallet , thinnest wallet , wallet by ACE , wallets

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London’s Wilkinson Eyre Architects reveal plans to refurbish three King’s Cross gasholders into mixed use buildings

May 14, 2015 by  
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