India could have its own Hyperloop system within 38 months

February 27, 2017 by  
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Past and present modes of transportation simply do not compare to the impressive abilities of  Hyperloop  technology. This efficient, low-cost vision of the future could be making its way to India in the next few years, according to Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) co-founder Bibop Gresta. He argues a system of high speed tubes that transport people and cargo could help ease the challenges associated with extreme population density and a dearth of infrastructure. Hyperloop technology involves a series of tubes with an interior vacuum-like environment, through which pods can zip from point A to point B at nearly the speed of sound. Forbes India interviewed HTT co-founder Gresta about his vision for the country – one he thinks could become reality in as little as three years. Related: BIG releases video sneak peek of Hyperloop designed to connect Abu Dhabi & Dubai “The Hyperloop is based on efficiency,” Gresta said. “The cost of creating it can sometimes be one-fourth the cost of a high speed rail, and the cost of operations can be one-fifth.” He also argues that construction and operation costs, as well as projected passenger rates of $20-$60, are based on American pricing and that these costs in India would be smaller. He has already met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the chief ministers of several states which his Hyperloop proposal would affect, and said the response was a positive one. Gresta said the country could have a functional Hyperloop system in place within just 38 months, once the project is approved. “We are ready with the technology and we can bring the money,” he explained. “We just need land and a commitment from the government of India.” A similar Hyperloop project is already underway in the capital of the UAE, where feasibility studies are being done to run the system between Abu Dhabi and the city of Al Ain. + Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Via Forbes India Images via Wikimedia , Getty Images

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New research shows the universe may be one giant hologram

February 1, 2017 by  
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It turns out we may all be living in an infinitely large Holo-deck. That’s basically the conclusion a group of researchers reached after analyzing what is thought to be the first-ever observed evidence that the universe could in fact be a gigantic holographic projection . Phys.org reports that a team of theoretical physicists and astrophysicists from the U.K., Canada and Italy made the discovery while researching irregularities in the “cosmic microwave background,” or the “afterglow” of the Big Bang. In the course of that research, which involved using the theory of cosmic inflation, they found substantial evidence to support a holographic explanation of the universe, which actually holds as much weight as the traditional explanations for these irregularities. As Phys.org notes, the idea of a holographic universe first emerged in the 1990s, and involves the theory in which all the information that makes up our 3D reality (including time) is contained in a two-dimensional surface, on its boundaries. Scientists from Canada’s Perimeter Institute and University of Waterloo , the U.K’s University of Southampton and Italy’s University of Salento jointly made this most-recent discovery using advanced telescopes and sensing equipment that can detect data hidden in the microwaves left over from the Big Bang. As Professor of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Southampton, Kostas Skenderis explains: “Imagine that everything you see, feel and hear in three dimensions (and your perception of time) in fact emanates from a flat two-dimensional field. The idea is similar to that of ordinary holograms where a three-dimensional image is encoded in a two-dimensional surface, such as in the hologram on a credit card. However, this time, the entire universe is encoded.” It’s essentially like watching a 3D movie in a theater, when the images appear to have depth, along with width and height, but they are ultimately still coming from a two-dimensional screen. Related: “Largest-ever” new map of universe shows 1.2 million galaxies “Holography is a huge leap forward in the way we think about the structure and creation of the universe.,” adds Skenderis. “Einstein’s theory of general relativity explains almost everything large scale in the universe very well, but starts to unravel when examining its origins and mechanisms at quantum level. Scientists have been working for decades to combine Einstein’s theory of gravity and quantum theory. Some believe the concept of a holographic universe has the potential to reconcile the two. I hope our research takes us another step towards this.” Via Phys.org Images via NASA and University of Southampton

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President Obama proclaims state of emergency due to Hurricane Matthew

October 7, 2016 by  
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President Obama announced a state of emergency in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew’s arrival in Florida . His declaration includes federal aid and authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security ” to coordinate all disaster relief efforts .” Meanwhile, Hurricane Matthew hurtles towards Florida with maximum sustained winds of around 120 miles per hour . Scientists from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) call Matthew ” extremely dangerous ” even as the hurricane diminished to a Category 3 storm during the night. NHC said there could be “potentially disastrous impacts.” Florida has not been hit with many storms that have winds as forceful as Matthew’s. About 1.5 million people have left the Atlantic coast, fleeing inland as the hurricane approaches. Around 300,000 homes in Florida have already lost power. Related: How to Prepare Your Home and Family for a Hurricane or Superstorm White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said according to scientists , Hurricane Matthew could be “largest and most powerful hurricane to hit the United States in a decade” and that it is a storm “people should take seriously.” He said if anyone doubts the severity of the storm, “they need only look at the images that are coming back from Haiti.” According to U.S. National Weather Service , Matthew could be the most forceful storm to hit particularly northeast Florida in 118 years. Florida governor Rick Scott urged residents in potentially affected areas to evacuate at once. In a news conference, he said, “You need to leave now. Evacuate, evacuate, evacuate…Your safety, not comfort, is the most important thing.” President Obama’s state of emergency applies to Florida, and according to CNBC in phone calls with state governors he also offered federal resources if necessary to South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. The hurricane center is likely to move “near or over” Florida’s east coast tonight, according to NHC, and could move over South Carolina and Georgia coasts on Saturday. “Maximum sustained winds” could still be 120 miles per hour. Via The New York Times and CNBC Images via Wikimedia Commons and screenshot

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Green-roofed Colorado home is buried into the earth to save energy

October 7, 2016 by  
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The 2,850-square-foot House in the Mountains comprises two rectilinear steel-framed forms that intersect to form the corner of a swimming pool and an implied courtyard that extends to the existing main house. The primary sloped structure rises from to the south at a 20-degree angle and houses the open-plan living, dining, and kitchen spaces and meets the second east-west wing that contains three bedrooms and the garage. The guesthouse’s placement on the site and grassy roofs renders the building practically invisible from the road. Related: GLUCK+’s Tower House is an Ultra-Modern ‘Treehouse’ for a Family of Architects Continuous clerestory glass wraps around the building for panoramic views and to let in copious amounts of natural light. A thick wall of solar panels on the south elevation of the bedroom wing harvests solar energy that powers the heating for the home and the swimming pool. A white oak rain screen clads the exterior of the bedroom wing, while a sunken courtyard to the west features a fireplace built into the Corten steel retaining walls. Corten steel is also used for the roof fascia and the slanted retaining wall to provide a rich rusty red contrast to the vegetated roof. + Gluck+ Images via Gluck+ , by Steve Mundinger

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Pine needle eyelashes, petal lipstick and other beauty tools from nature

September 2, 2016 by  
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In addition to flower plant petals, Murphy’s series includes an icicle beard, a thorn “grill”, pine needle eyelashes, and some mushroom body parts. Some images draw straightforward, satirical parallels between beauty products and natural materials, others blur the line between plant/human hybrid, and a mushroom augmentation suggests that if we really take in our consideration for nature, we acknowledge an expanded spectrum of gender, as well. Related: Amazing tree grows 40 different kinds of fruit The photos are fun and funky, celebrating natural forms while ironically commenting on beauty products (hopefully in a cruelty-free manner ). Check out the images for some truly perishable natural cosmetics.

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Renovated Jakarta home fights sultry summers with ventilation, green space and shade

September 2, 2016 by  
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Located in a surprisingly quiet neighborhood in midtown Jakarta, the existing L-shaped building presented a great starting point for creating an airy courtyard residence. The architects designed a transparent living room, dining area and kitchen on the first floor which offer views of the outdoor garden and the existing trees. The second floor houses a semi-public office space accessible via an outdoor spiral staircase. Built with reused materials , a see-through wooden surface is installed diagonally to create shade and accentuate the form of the house. Related: Curious Slanted House in Jakarta critiques establishment architecture In order to respond to the tropical weather conditions, the house features cross-ventilation and a large number of windows and doors that stay open throughout the day, while a vertical garden and wooden shade structure regulate thermal gain. + Wahana Architects Via Plataforma Arquitectura Photos by Fernando Gomulya

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NASA releases new images of mysterious 8,000-year-old earthworks in Kazakhstan

November 2, 2015 by  
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Space buffs are forever stunned and amazed by the things NASA finds out in the universe, but some days, it’s the discoveries the agency reveals here on Earth that are the most fascinating. NASA has released photos of some curious formations in the ground in Kazakhstan , and even the space agency’s scientists aren’t really sure what the patterns are all about. The formations, known as the Steppe Geoglyphs, are thought to be around 8,000 years old and NASA hopes that releasing the images will help unlock the mystery behind the strange patterns. Read the rest of NASA releases new images of mysterious 8,000-year-old earthworks in Kazakhstan

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Japanese scientists develop glass almost as sturdy as steel

November 2, 2015 by  
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Researchers in Japan believe they’ve found a way to create glass that is nearly as strong as steel . A material so resistant to shattering has thousands of applications, and those behind the science are hopeful they can start production soon. So, just how did they find an answer to every butter-fingered smartphone user’s dream? Read the rest of Japanese scientists develop glass almost as sturdy as steel

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BP to pay record $21 billion in settlement for Deepwater Horizon oil spill

October 7, 2015 by  
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The reckoning has finally come for British Petroleum’s massive 2010 oil spill off the Gulf Coast, with a court settlement of nearly $21 billion related to the disaster. The Washington Examiner reports that the money will be split up and used to fund various projects to help address the environmental disaster, including: a $5.5 billion penalty for civil claims under the Clean Water Act, $7.1 billion in claims under the Oil Pollution Act, $1 billion for early restoration work, $4.9 billion for the five Gulf states, and $1 billion for local governments. “Once approved by the court, this agreement will launch one of the largest environmental restoration efforts the world has ever seen,” Lynch said. Read the rest of BP to pay record $21 billion in settlement for Deepwater Horizon oil spill

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Smart(er) Phone: 4 Mobile Apps That Reduce Waste In Your Life

July 3, 2015 by  
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The notion that technology can be good for the environment may be a hard pill to swallow for some. And perhaps not without reason; after all, we’ve all seen the images of computer monitors piled up in landfills. But the truth of the matter is that…

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