You can now buy a village on the Isle of Skye heres how

June 19, 2017 by  
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If you’ve ever wanted to own a village, here’s your chance. Mary’s Cottages, located in Elgol on the Isle of Skye, is up for sale – and for the right person, it could be an enchanting getaway. Marketed as a “lifestyle business,” the village includes four traditional Scottish blackhouses that have been restored in addition to the owner’s modern five-bedroom house — complete with a pitched, tiled roof that blends in with the surroundings. In each of the traditional Scottish houses, you’ll find classically decorated interiors, vaulted ceilings, underfloor heating, oil stoves and Caithness slate floors. Each cottage has its own traditional built-in kingsize bed, in addition to a mezzanine area with single beds that can be tucked away. Related: Italy is giving away hundreds of historic castles and villas for free According to agents Strutt and Parker , views from all the abodes are breathtaking. Additionally, one doesn’t need to walk far from the collection of cottages to see fishermen going about their duties, and dolphins, otters, eagles, and sharks enjoy the nearby bay. In fact, The Scotsman describes the location as being “ideal for holidaymakers.” When a venture into the city is needed, Elgol is only 45 minutes away and a drive to Edinburgh is six hours. As you might expect, a village — particularly on the Isle of Skye — isn’t cheap. Right now, it’s on the market for £1.25 million. + Strutt and Parker Via The Independent Images via Strutt and Parker

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Russia is building nuclear bomb shelters and warning residents of imminent attack by US

October 20, 2016 by  
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Russia has been all over the headlines of American news media lately (did you catch the Presidential debate last night?), and it’s now come to light that the country is preparing for war – or so it says. The  country’s Ministry of Emergency Situations wants to turn a giant half-constructed stadium just outside St Petersburg into a nuclear fallout shelter . The Ministry sent a demand letter to the managers of the Zenit Arena, which is currently being build for World Cup 2018, calling for the establishment of an emergency shelter. Reportedly, this move is just one of several ways Russia ’s leaders are gearing up for nuclear war . The letter describes the stadium as being in the potential “zone of war destruction and radiation fallout” should a nuclear attack occur. Recent Russian state-run television broadcasts have warned the public that nuclear war with the US is “imminent,” accompanied with reminders to learn the location of the nearest bomb shelter. Video tours of fallout shelters also aired, giving the public a glimpse at how life after nuclear war might look. Russian authorities also report that 40 million people recently participated in a drill, complete with crowds of children evacuating schools and donning gas masks. Russian leaders have warned that the threat of nuclear attack will increase, should Hillary Clinton win the presidential election next month. Related: President Obama visits Hiroshima, speaks out against nuclear weapons It’s been 20 or so years since Russian leaders were last heard talking this seriously about preparing for a nuclear attack. Yet, despite the increase in discussions about nuclear attacks inside Russia’s borders, most analysts elsewhere in the world don’t believe there is any particular threat. In fact, many say it’s more likely that Russia is using the age-old tactic of fear mongering in order to control its people. Among the television broadcasts was an interview with a retired colonel “showing several possible scenarios of the catastrophe” on a map. That map, apparently, was lifted from an American video game, and not a real representation of any planned military action. Via The Daily Beast and ABC Images via Kate Brady/Flickr and NTV via screenshot

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Dutch man with no formal architecture training built his mom a transforming garden shed

October 20, 2016 by  
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The Garden House sits on the edge of a pond located on a site owned by Schols’ parents. It may look like a typical garden shed, but if you slide the central timber and glass walls along runners, the structure transforms into a beautiful pavilion. In order to facilitate this transformation , Schols separated the inner beam-and-glass structure from the outer wooden walls and metal roof and put them on runners. By wheeling the middle part inwards and outwards, the user can create different layouts for varying weather conditions. Related: Solar-Powered Greenhouse in Finland Doubles as a Spare Summer Room “I was looking for a design with a lot of flexibility, if possible a design that has the flexibility of clothes,” Schols said. “You should be able to get away with changing the layers of the house almost as easily as changing clothes when desired.” Via Dezeen Photos by Jorrit ‘t Hoen

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Medical hackers create $30 DIY EpiPen in defiance of corporate greed

September 27, 2016 by  
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This summer, news of price hikes affecting the EpiPen went viral. Since 2007, the cost of the drug has risen sharply from $57 a dose to $318 – an increase of 461 percent. This kind of price hike would be outrageous for any medication , but it’s particularly galling in the case of the EpiPen. The epinephrine autoinjectors are a lifesaving drug of last resort meant to halt anaphylactic allergic reactions long enough for people with severe allergies to seek emergency care. Now, a group of medical hackers has figured out how to create a DIY replacement from common drugstore parts for just $30. https://youtu.be/ldFFJRdhVs8 The “EpiPencil” created by the Four Thieves Vinegar collective consists of an auto injector device designed to help diabetics , paired with a hypodermic needle capable of piercing through the skin into the muscle – the location where the medication needs to be injected in order to be effective. The active ingredient, epinephrine, can be obtained from a pharmacy with a prescription from a doctor. For those who are unable to afford an EpiPen for their allergies, this DIY hack could literally prove lifesaving. However, it is worth mentioning that many experts have voiced concern about the EpiPencil and warned that it’s not advisable to try to create a piece of medical equipment at home – it can be difficult to ensure the correct dose is being administered, the epinephrine inside is delicate and might lose its effectiveness if stored this way, and of course, if someone were to create the device without paying close attention to hygiene , it could become contaminated. A miscalibration of the device could even cause the medicine to be injected into a vein, which can have dangerous side effects. Related: 6 designs that could save your life Drawbacks aside, the video from Four Thieves Vinegar proves that Mylan’s price hikes have nothing to do with the cost of actually producing the EpiPen. If nothing else, the DIY autoinjector highlights the out of control corporate greed which allows such unreasonable price hikes in the first place. + Four Thieves Vinegar Via Minds

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Artist turns urban trash into amazing animal murals

September 27, 2016 by  
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We’ve featured Bordalo II’s works around the streets of Lisbon previously , and the prolific artist has continued to spread his environmental message around the world from the Unexpected art project in Ft. Smith, Arkansas to the Street Art Jam 2016 in Estonia. His lifelike animal sculptures are made almost entirely from trash and other locally found waste materials that he upcycles into new forms. The mixed-media base is then spray painted to bring life to his works of art. Related: Artist “attacks” buildings with clutter to remind us of how much stuff we own His animal artworks are part of a series that he calls “Big Trash Animal” designed to bring attention to how a wasteful society harms animals . His newest additions to the series highlight animals both small and large, from tiny rodents to foxes. These artworks, which he hopes renders environmental destruction more visible, span more than just the sides of walls—the artist has taken his craft to freestanding works, fences, and even to the side of a drifting, decrepit ship. + Bordalo II Via Colossal Images via Bordalo II

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Dozens killed by powerful earthquake in picturesque rural region of central Italy

August 24, 2016 by  
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The death toll continues to rise after a magnitude 6.2 earthquake shook the mountainous countryside in central Italy around 3:30 a.m. local time . This morning, officials are reporting at least 39 deaths related to the earthquake, many of which were residents of Pescara del Tronto, one of the many small villages close to the earthquake’s epicenter. With many buildings completely destroyed by the earthquake, rescue workers have a difficult task ahead as they sort through rubble in search of survivors. Embed from Getty Images Last night’s powerful earthquake hit 6.2 miles (10 km) southeast of Norcia, in a rural mountain region of Italy popular among tourists. After the initial quake, a series of at least eight smaller aftershocks pounded the area, including a 5.5 magnitude quake less than three miles from Norcia. The last significant earthquake to hit the region occurred in 1997, when a magnitude 6.0 quake killed 11 people and destroyed 80,000 homes. Related: “Cyborg artist” can sense earthquakes around the world as they happen Embed from Getty Images Destruction from the earthquake is widespread, although the small town of Amatrice (pictured above) may have suffered the most damage . The town of 2,000 residents just north of Italy’s Lazio region, and southeast of the initial quake. Reportedly, the entire town is in ruins, and the mayor has issued a plea for assistance. “The town is no more,” Mayor Sergio Pirozzi told a CNN affiliate. In Amatrice and other small villages, rescue workers are using cell phones to locate earthquake victims. They call the phones of missing residents and, if someone answers, rescue workers learn their location and attempt to reach them. If there is no answer, they move on to the next name on the list. As rescue work continues, officials say the death toll is expected to rise further in the coming days, and it will be months before the structural damage is fully assessed. At first glance, it seems likely that many areas will be rendered uninhabitable, and perhaps become ghost towns. Via CNN and USGS Lead image via USGS via screenshot

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Breezy Vietnamese restaurant shows off the beauty and strength of bamboo

August 24, 2016 by  
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Completed in 2016, the Kim Boi Bamboo Restaurant was built on the bones of a twelve-sided concrete structure that was abandoned and left unfinished for many years due to the economic crisis. The architects worked with the existing concrete columns and beams to build a bamboo bearing structure and connected it to the foundation and existing beams with metal pipes and iron pins. The architects selected a type of solid bamboo, known as t?m vông (iron bamboo), to build the frame and covered the roof with lightweight leaves. The finished 15-meter-tall roof takes the form of a conical hat traditionally worn by Vietnamese women and is punctuated by a skylight in the center that brings in natural light. The restaurant is kept open on all sides to bring in cooling winds and allow for landscape views. Related: Beautiful bamboo playhouse in Kuala Lumpur raises the material’s sustainable profile “The project is the highlight in the ecotourism resort offering charming natural landscape in northern Vietnam,” write the architects. “The investor attaches special importance to preservation of environmental landscape, natural ecology of the region and wishes to build a resort which is typical of Vietnamese villages.” + Tran Ba Tiep Via ArchDaily Images by Hoang Le Photography

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Curvaceous Corten steel office building beats the heat with solar-savvy design

June 30, 2016 by  
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The 4,905-square-foot office building is set on a small corner site abutting a road junction in full view to pedestrians and motorists. To mitigate the harsh solar rays from the south, the architects created a horseshoe-shaped building pointed towards the north that wraps around a cooling, north-facing pool. On the south side of the building, the architects left a void for a small grass courtyard shaded by the building. The Corten steel external walls extend far beyond the building’s internal volumes to serve as solar-shading fins. Related: The Courtyard House Battles Extreme Heat With Passive Strategies In India The office interior is accessed via an entrance on the northwest corner and is organized around a two-meter-wide passage runs the length of the outdoor pool. The various office spaces branch out from the passageway. Large north-facing glazing and other glazed incisions illuminate the workspaces with natural light and frame views of the cityscape and the oasis-like pool, but are shielded from harsh solar by the extended Corten steel walls. “The design creates an energy efficient building in response to the climate of the location and a distinct identity,” write the architects. + Sanjay Puri Architects Via ArchDaily Images via Sanjay Puri Architects , by Vinesh Gandhi

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Will driverless cars fuel suburban sprawl?

June 30, 2016 by  
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In a recent article for the Wall Street Journal , writer Christopher Mims argues that driverless cars like those being developed by Google and Uber might lead to greater suburban sprawl. On the face of it, the argument makes a certain sort of sense: other major advances in transportation technology have enabled us to live farther and farther from where we work and play, so why wouldn’t self-driving cars change our lifestyles even further? Mims offers a few points to back his predictions: the first is that ordering a ride from a self-driving car is likely to be significantly less expensive than car ownership, allowing people to invest in larger, nicer housing further away from the city . He also points out that a lengthy commute that might be intolerable in a regular car might be downright relaxing if commuters were able to use it as time to simply relax during the trip. Related: Uber confirms rumors they are testing a self-driving car However, there are some obvious holes in this logic. While Mims takes care to point out a recent survey claiming that 66% of millennials prefer to live in the suburbs, the study has some glaring flaws . It only included that small portion of the millennial population that is in the market for a home or intends to purchase one in the next three years. Only about a third of millennials fall into that category — the rest either prefer to rent as a cost-savings measure (understandable, giving the rising tide of student loan debt), aren’t able to qualify for a mortgage, or simply aren’t interested in home ownership. The majority of millennials, at least, probably aren’t going anywhere. It also doesn’t make sense to compare the advent of the driverless car to the invention of the automobile itself. While it’s true that cars made it easier to travel longer distances than had ever been possible before, dramatically reducing the length of trips, that’s not true for self-driving cars. No matter whether a vehicle is controlled by man or machine, an hour-long commute will still take an hour out of the commuter’s day, so it’s unlikely an impatient person who values living close to work will have a dramatic change of heart simply because the drive requires them to pay a bit less attention to the road. Related: Google patents sticky “fly paper” car hood to protect pedestrians in self-driving car crashes Worth noting, as well, is the fact that many strongly disagree about the impact driverless cars may really have on the way we live. Carlo Ratti, an MIT researcher for the school’s Senseable City Lab , believes the opposite: that self-driving cars will allow people to more easily live in denser urban areas . But the truth of the matter is that we simply don’t know, and until self-driving vehicle technology has progressed to the point where it’s a viable everyday transit option, that will remain the case. What do you think? Sound off in the comments… Via The Wall Street Journal Images via Wikipedia

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Sustainability On An Island

January 20, 2016 by  
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Most beachfront tourist destinations aren’t necessarily known for sustainability or being environmentally friendly. If they are, it’s usually because the location is protected wilderness. However, on the Gulf shores of Florida, there is a tiny…

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