New nanowood insulation is more environmentally friendly than Styrofoam

March 14, 2018 by  
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Scientists have created a new insulating material from wood that bests Styrofoam : it’s “stronger and much more environmentally friendly,” according to the University of Maryland (UMD). Their material , called nanowood, can come in thin, flexible pieces or in blocks — take a closer look after the jump. The UMD -led team created nanowood by removing lignin, a substance in wood that keeps it rigid and brown. They also took out some short fibers “that tangle themselves in with the cellulose fibers that make up the scaffolding-like base structure of the wood,” according to the university. “The aligned cellulose fibers then bond with each other and results in a high mechanical strength.” Related: Incredible new “super wood” is as strong as steel When the team attempted to crush the nanowood, they discovered in one direction the material was 30 times stronger than thermal insulation materials like Styrofoam or aerogel. When testing how well nanowood insulates, they found it blocked a minimum of 10 degrees more heat than a Guinness World Record honoree for best insulator, silica aerogel, as well as Styrofoam. And while wool or glass insulators can irritate lung tissues or incite allergic reactions, according to UMD, nanowood’s fibers don’t cause those issues. UMD postdoctoral student Tian Li said of nanowood in the statement, “This can insulate better than most other current thermal insulators, including Styrofoam. It is extremely promising to be used as energy efficient building materials.” The journal Science Advances published the research earlier this month. Scientists from the University of Colorado Boulder and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden contributed. UMD said Inventwood , a spinoff company from the research group of Liangbing Hu, UMD associate professor involved in this research, is commercializing wood-based nanotechnologies. Hu said in the statement his research program “experiments with nature’s nanotechnology that we see in wood.” Inventwood’s website lists transparent wood and clear paper among their technologies. + University of Maryland + Science Advances Images via the University of Maryland

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Family of five moves from a 2,100-square-foot-house to a beautifully renovated school bus

March 14, 2018 by  
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After deciding to move out of their 2,100 square foot house, Brandon and Ashley Trebitowski spent six months converting a classic Blue Bird bus into a sophisticated mobile home for their family of five. The family relied on the principles of minimalism to create their new home, building almost all of the furnishings themselves. Although the space is a mere 240 square feet, it feels bright and airy thanks to its monotone color scheme and open floor plan. Inspired by the tiny house movement , the couple spent six months creating their new home on wheels . They began by gutting the bus and framing the living space, built out to their needs as a large family. To make the most out of the space, they made the furniture themselves, including the large sofas. The interior is a sophisticated take on minimal design, using white walls to enhance the space. They also kept the original bus windows in place to also create the illusion of space through an abundance of natural light . Related: This amazing renovated school bus is a bright, airy home for a family of six The living area is extremely warm and cozy thanks to a beautiful, wood-burning stove that sits in the corner. According to the family, the stove has kept the interior warm all winter and kept the kids busy chopping wood. The sleeping area is in the back of the bus, where the kids have bunk beds on either side of the aisle and the master bedroom is nestled into the back of the bus. Although they did most of the work themselves working within a budget, they did indulge in a few splurges such as the subway-tiled shower with a clear skylight that opens up the compact bathroom. The kitchen area is also a favorite of the family. The butcher’s block countertop stands out beautifully against the white walls, and the space is quite functional for the family who likes to cook a lot. Although some question the feasibility of moving such a large family into a converted bus , the Trebitowskis – who publish tales of life on the bus on their Instagram Page – say that their new life in the compact bus is everything that they’d hope for, “We do life together, spend more time together and experience more with one another than we did living in a large home. We love the simple life and wouldn’t have it another way!” + Treb Adventure Via Apartment Therapy Images via + Treb Adventure

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Man to launch himself in homemade steam-powered rocket to show the Earth is flat

November 23, 2017 by  
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This weekend, one man plans to launch himself 1,800 feet into the air in a steam-powered rocket he made himself from salvaged parts out of his garage – in a quest to prove Earth isn’t round, but flat. “Mad” Mike Hughes , a 61-year-old limousine driver, describes himself on his website as “the only man to in history to design, build, and launch himself in a rocket.” His ultimate goal is to launch several miles above our planet to capture photographic evidence we live on a disc. Hughes, a self-styled daredevil who set a Guinness World Record in 2002 for a limousine jump, did fly a homemade rocket a quarter mile over Arizona back in 2014. The flight ended with him dragged from the rocket, and he had to use a walker for two weeks due to his injuries. But now Hughes plans to soar again – this time with the backing of the flat-Earth community. Related: Man hits 162 mph on homemade rocket trike propelled by rainwater One of his sponsors is a group called Research Flat Earth. Online outlet The Daily Plane launched a GoFundMe page for Hughes, saying, “Knowing that NASA doesn’t send anyone to space , Mad Mike could be one of the only people up in the air in a rocket.” People have contributed over $7,000 to the page. Hughes thinks a conspiracy of astronauts created the image of Earth as a globe. But The Washington Post said Hughes is a recent flat-Earth convert. He didn’t raise much money for a follow-up to his 2014 flight; a Kickstarter campaign with two backers didn’t mention the flat Earth idea. But Hughes said after months of research, he’s now a believer. Hughes told the Associated Press , “I don’t believe in science . I know about aerodynamics and fluid dynamics and how things move through the air, about the certain size of rocket nozzles, and thrust. But that’s not science, that’s just a formula. There’s no difference between science and science fiction.” Hughes plans to launch on November 25 over California’s Amboy Ghost Town. He plans to travel around a mile at a speed of around 500 miles per hour. + Mad Mike Hughes Via The Washington Post and the Associated Press Images via Mad Mike Hughes Facebook and Mad Mike Hughes website

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Worlds largest book store opens in Tehran, Iran

August 24, 2017 by  
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Book lovers, we’ve found your dream destination – the world’s largest bookstore just opened in Tehran, Iran . The Book Garden is a gigantic green-roofed building measuring 154,000 square feet that has 12 miles of shelves packed with millions of books . The project is part of a larger 700,000 square foot complex that features several movie theaters, science halls, classrooms, a prayer room and a restaurant. The Book Garden aims to encourage Iranian children to be “active and creative through modern methods and equipment,” said Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani. “The opening of the Book Garden is a big cultural event in the country, so that our children can make better use of this cultural and academic opportunity,” added Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf. Mehr News reports that the Book Garden was first pitched in 2004 to cater to fans of the city’s annual International Book Fair. After construction was completed last spring, organizers spent the past few months stocking the facility it with books. According to RealIran , there are more than 400,000 titles available for kids alone. One of the centers even has shorter shelves to ensure younger kids can reach the educational resources. Related: Chinese watermelon plant yields 131 fruit for Guinness World Record The Book Garden is now the biggest bookstore in the world, according to the Guinness World Records . Until now, Barnes & Noble along Fifth Avenue in New York City held the record. + Kayson Inc Via Mehr News , RealIran Photos via RealIran , Pixabay

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German man sets new world record for heaviest bike

September 7, 2016 by  
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There’s a Guinness World Record for numerous strange and far-out feats, including one for the heaviest rideable bicycle . Frank Dose from Schacht-Audorf in Germany just broke that record. Using largely recycled materials, he constructed a massive bike that weighs 1.08 metric tons, and then showed he could actually ride it. Dose decided to go for building the bike on a dare. He’d designed a bike made of scrap metal to ride at a festival, but a friend said the design probably wouldn’t work. Dose decided to prove his friend wrong. He gathered scrap steel and fertilizer spreader tires to create the giant bicycle. Related: Innovative Swedish cyclist designed an all-weather bike that looks like a car The tires weighing ” hundreds of kilograms ” add tremendous heft to the bike. Their diameter is a whopping 1.53 meters, or around five feet. The cost of the bike was weighty too: Dose estimates he spent $4,700. On September 3, Dose demonstrated he could indeed ride the bike. 5,000 people showed up to watch him ride more than 100 meters, or around 328 feet, the minimum distance Guinness World Records will accept to declare the bike rideable. Although the bike only moved at a lumbering five kilometers per hour, Dose says riding the bike is actually pretty easy. Olaf Kuchenbecker of the Rekord-Institut für Deutschland (Record-Institute for Germany) was also on hand to measure the bike. It will likely be a few months before Guinness World Records officially confirms Dose broke the record, but chances are good they will. Jeff Peeters of Belgium recently set the previous record announced in March, but his bike (albeit still massive) weighs just 860 kilograms, around 200 kilograms less than Dose’s heavy bicycle. Dose’s wife Astrid is his biggest fan. She said, “I think his bike is sensational. I am proud and pleased that he has done it.” Via Oddity Central Images via screenshot

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Video captures vandals toppling 18-million-year-old sandstone formation in Oregon

September 7, 2016 by  
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An iconic sandstone formation on the Oregon coast known as “the duckbill” is no more, after a group of vandals forced the rocks to topple, leaving behind a devastated pile of rubble . The giant rock, known as “The Duckbill” measured up to 10 feet across, and was a sought-after destination just beyond the safety fence in Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area in Oregon’s Tillamook County. At first, park officials thought that the formation had fallen on its own, but video captured by a witness later revealed the extent of this terrible loss. After discovering the formation had toppled, Oregon State Parks posted on Facebook on Sept. 1 warning visitors to the area that “the rubble serves as a sobering reminder of the ever present dangers of our fragile coastal rocks and cliffs.” They did not know, at that time, that it was intentionally knocked over by a group of ne’er-do-wells. That detail wasn’t known until authorities discovered that David Kalas posted a video of the vandalism act on Twitter. Kalas, who was not directly involved in the destruction, shot video of the group on Aug. 29 and then approached them with questions. Related: Actress Vanessa Hudgens is under investigation for defacing natural landmarks on Valentine’s Day Kalas told the local Fox News affiliate about his confrontation with the vandals immediately after the destructive act. They told him, reportedly, that they decided to topple the giant sandstone because one of their friends had broken his leg after falling off the rock, in a misguided effort to protect other park-goers from harm. Understandably, Kalas didn’t really buy that story, saying it “frustrated [him] because nobody forced them to climb on top of the rock.” The naturally formed sandstone tower was an iconic part of the Oregon coastline, and had become a significant location for many people over the years. Despite its location behind a safety fence, many people climbed atop the rock to take pictures of important life events. “People got married on top of the rock, got their engagement photos on top of the rock,” Kalas told Fox News. “They can’t share that moment any more with their future children or their grandchildren or anyone like that, it will always just now be a memory,” he added. Oregon State Parks posted an update  on Sept. 6, explaining that the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is working closely with the Oregon State Police to determine the best course of action. The vandals, who have not yet been identified publicly, face a maximum penalty in the form of a $435 fine. Via Treehugger Images via David Kalas , Oregon State Parks and Thomas Shahan/Flickr

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The worlds biggest vegetables and how to grow them

June 8, 2016 by  
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How big of a pumpkin do you think you could grow? In 2014, American Beni Meier grew a pumpkin that weighed an incredible 1,054 kilograms (2,323 pounds)—that’s almost the same weight as a small car! The Greenhouse People whipped up an infographic that explores the world’s biggest vegetables, from a potato that weighs as much as a cat to an enormous head of cabbage. The guide even has tips on how you can get started on growing your own gargantuan vegetable so that you too could someday compete for a Guinness World Record title. + The Greenhouse People

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Thousands of women create world’s largest crochet blanket in India

February 7, 2016 by  
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After six months and an incredible amount of yarn, the Mother India’s Crochet Queens have set a new Guinness World Record for creating the largest crochet blanket in the world. Over two thousand women between the ages of 8 and 85 worked together to create the colorful, soccer pitch-sized blanket that stretched over 11,000 square meters in size. Now that the record has been reached, the blankets will be donated to NGOs, which will distribute them to underprivileged people across the country. READ MORE>

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World’s Largest Vertical Garden Sets Guinness Record at Singapore’s Tree House

June 18, 2014 by  
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CDL ’s Tree House in Singapore just set a new Guinness World Record with the world’s largest vertical garden . The building’s green wall measures 24,638.59 square feet and is expected to save more than $500,000 in energy and water costs annually. It’s slated for completion in December, 2017. Read the rest of World’s Largest Vertical Garden Sets Guinness Record at Singapore’s Tree House Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , CDL Tree House , condominium Tree House , green architecture , green skyscrapers , Guinness World Record , Guinness World Record architecture , lower carbon footprint buildings , Tree House Singapore , vertical gardens , world’s largest vertical garden

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Donate to Suck Millions of Tons of Plastic Out of the World’s Oceans!

June 18, 2014 by  
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Plastic waste in the ocean is no joke – there are millions of tons of it out there, wreaking all kinds of havoc on sea life and the ocean’s ecology. It’s easy to feel helpless, especially since the problem has become so enormous, but there is a way that even the most land-locked citizens can help clean things up. The Ocean Cleanup Array , invented by 19-year old Boyan Slat, has proven to be a viable solution for cleaning the oceans – and that’s where you come in. Right now the Ocean Cleanup team is looking for funding to launch the project so that we can finally start removing a significant amount of plastic from the ocean, and your donation could make all the difference . DONATE TO FUND THE OCEAN CLEANUP > Read the rest of Donate to Suck Millions of Tons of Plastic Out of the World’s Oceans! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Boyan Slat , Boyan Slat array , cleaning plastic , cleaning trash , crowd sourcing ocean array , Crowdfunding , crowdfunding ocean array , garbage patch , Ocean Array , ocean cleaning , ocean cleanup , Ocean Cleanup Array , Ocean Plastic , Ocean plastic cleanup , ocean trash cleanup , pacific garbage patch , sea patch , sea plastic

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