Stunning home fuses modern Scandinavian design with the Minnesotan outdoors

November 1, 2017 by  
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Nature takes center stage in the Northern Lake Home, a gorgeous luxury home hidden away in the Minnesotan woods. Designed by Strand Design , this 4,800-square-foot vacation retreat frames views of the forest in every room through large windows that let in natural light and blur the line between indoors and out. Natural materials , including oak and cedar, strengthen the connection with the outdoors, and are complemented with a clean and minimal Scandinavian-inspired interior design. Built for a young Minnesotan couple, the Northern Lake Home combines the clients’ love for active lifestyle with modern Scandinavian design . The large residence is split into two main volumes—one for communal areas and the other for bedrooms—connected with a glass core with operable glazed walls that combine the dining and private lounge. Darkened cedar clads the facade to help the home blend into the forested landscape, but is contrasted by a bright and warm light-filled interior with rift-sawn white oak finishes. Large panes of glass frame the landscape as well as views of the lake through the embankment. Related: Deceptively small home in Denmark hides spacious living quarters at the forest edge “Splaying out to the lake beyond and nestled into a natural swale , the public spaces contour along the landscape blurring the distinction between its built and natural environments,” wrote the architects. Daylight bounces off the home’s white walls, giving the interior an even greater feeling of spaciousness. The minimalist, Scandinavian-design can be seen in the choice of furnishings that gives the rooms a strong and elegant character. + Strand Design Images by Chad Holder Photogaraphy

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Tesla-powered trolley spotted charging in Minnesota

October 26, 2017 by  
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Tesla vehicles are the only ones that can charge via a Supercharger , at least at this time. So the sight of what looked like a custom-built orange electric bus charging up at the Oakdale Supercharger station in Minnesota raised a few eyebrows. A battery monitor seemed to show the electric bus actually charging up. Tesla reportedly has talked with other carmakers about utilizing their charging network, but as of this point non-Teslas can’t partake of electricity at Supercharger stations. So the sight of an orange bus charging naturally drew interest. The bus had a Tesla logo on the front, and was equipped with a battery monitor that showed the vehicle drawing power from the Supercharger. Related: Tesla announces plan for world domination: includes trucks, buses, and solar power Electrek said the bus could be equipped with a Tesla powertrain. Internet user Ingineer commented on the Electrek article, saying they did electronics and integration for the bus. Ingineer said the bus is a 1968 Westcoaster “originally built as an EV, but with a 15 mph top speed and lead-acid batteries.” They said now the bus is equipped with a “Tesla pack and drive unit, and a 15,000BTU heat pump.” They said the bus belongs to Minneapolis craft brewery tour company Hoppy Trolley , which shared a picture of the orange bus on their Twitter and Facebook accounts a couple days ago, with the caption, “Teslafied trolley supercharged!” Ingineer said in a comment the orange bus won’t typically utilize Superchargers, and the pictures captured a test. In another comment, they said, “The drive mechanical was done by Concept Motorsports in Grass Valley, California. Tesla component installation, electrical, and software was done in at Ingineerix in Berkeley, California. The final mechanical and Tesla pack installation are being finished by PZ Global Auto in Lino Lakes.” They said the plan was for a large rooftop solar array to generate electricity to help power the trolley. Via Electrek Images via Hoppy Trolley on Twitter and screenshot

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Dunkirk, France offers free public transit to all

October 26, 2017 by  
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The small coastal city of Dunkirk in northern France is perhaps most famous, at the moment, for its portrayal in Christopher Nolan’s eponymous 2017 film, but it also deserves special attention for its decision to offer free public transit to all. In a move designed to reinforce economic fairness and establish Dunkirk as a sustainable, low-carbon community, Mayor Patrice Vergriete established the city’s inclusive transit policy, which will expand free public transit service to seven days a week starting in September 2018. The policy change, paid for with money that was originally allocated for the construction of a sports stadium, has been successful in increasing and diversifying ridership and could prove to be a powerful model for other cities looking to improve their quality of life and decrease their carbon footprint. When Vergriete first ran for mayor in 2014, he articulated his vision of a diverse, inclusive city that welcomes young people and families, supports the mobility of the elderly, and empowers people with limited economic means , according to CityLab . “I wanted to give back purchasing power to the families,” explained Vergriete on his initial motive. After launching free weekend services, ridership soared, up 30 percent on Saturday and 80 percent on Sunday. When free public transit is fully expanding to an all-week schedule, Dunkirk will be the largest city in France, though not the first, to offer this service. Related: Singapore is banning all new private vehicles from its roads Although the public transit services in Dunkirk may be free to riders, it is not a free ride for the local government, which must fund the service . Vergriete has observed that some are skeptical of the city’s ability to deliver these services without burdening taxpayers. “They think it’s like magic,” said Vergriete. “They think it’s not possible, that you are a liar. You cannot pay the salaries of the drivers, for the buses, with free transport.” In fact, only 10 percent of the public transit’s funding in Dunkirk was paid for with fares, a model that is similarly used in cities around the world , writes CityLab. Since rider fares are already such a small slice of the pie, “mayors should think about making it free,” said Vergriete. “It’s really a choice that we are making to charge.” In addition to support from the regional government’s general budget, the free transit service is primarily funded by a special transit tax on businesses, which was originally raised by Vergriete’s predecessor to pay for an expansion to a local sports arena. “It is a question of political priority ,” said Vergriete, whose administration chose to use that money set aside for a stadium to fund inclusive public transit instead. Via CityLab Images via  Vincent Desjardins/Flickr , Marco Chiesa/Flickr and Depositphotos

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LEO A DALY created a green-roof underground passage for the students of Minnesota State

March 10, 2015 by  
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Minnesota-Based Duo Builds a Three-Wheeled Hybrid Electric Vehicle That Gets 75 Miles Per Charge

January 20, 2014 by  
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Human Electric Vehicle is a three-wheeled , energy-efficient vehicle that is part car, part motorcycle and part kayak bike. It combines the pedal power of a bicycle with an electric engine and features a tablet computer that gives information on mileage and speed. Minnesota-based designer Lyon Smith and CEO Rich Kronfeld hope to perfect the vehicle and enable it to travel at the speed of up to 100 mph, between 50 and 75 miles per charge. Read the rest of Minnesota-Based Duo Builds a Three-Wheeled Hybrid Electric Vehicle That Gets 75 Miles Per Charge Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Battery powered vehicle , carbon fiber vehicle , electric vehicles , green transportation , Human Electric Vehicle , human-powered vehicles , hybrid vehicles , kayak bikes , kayak-like vehicle , Minnesota green transportation , Minnesota hybrid vehicles , pedal powered vehicles , solar panels vehicle , vehicle prototypes        

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Polyhedral Monoclinic House Boasts Eye-Catching Geometric Skylights in Tokyo

January 20, 2014 by  
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Snapshot Serengeti: University of Minnesota Captures Millions of Candid Photos of African Wildlife

August 9, 2013 by  
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The African Serengeti is host to some of the world’s most diverse and iconic wildlife , but there aren’t enough documentaries in the world to capture it all. That’s where the University of Minnesota’s Snapshot Serengeti project come in. Using hundreds of camera traps, the University photographs the unsuspecting lives of the over 30 different types of animals—including those elusive cheetahs, rare rhinos, elephants and herds of zebras. Read the rest of Snapshot Serengeti: University of Minnesota Captures Millions of Candid Photos of African Wildlife Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Africa , Animals , Crowdfunding , IndieGoGo , Nature , Serengeti , Snapshot Serengeti , University of Minnesota , wildlife photography        

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The INLET Wall Socket Conserves Energy While Increasing Child Safety

June 11, 2013 by  
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Since its invention, the standard electrical outlet has changed little in function or appearance. The INLET by LivingPlug seeks to not only change the aesthetics of the standard wall socket, but to increase efficiency and improve child safety. Their flagship product can be inserted into a normal duplex unit and includes a high capacity 2.1v USB charger that powers three tamper resistant outlets. Read the rest of The INLET Wall Socket Conserves Energy While Increasing Child Safety Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , California , child safety , china , face plate , forest lake , inlet , kickstarter , livingplug , Minnesota , outlet , Sacramento , usb charger , vampire charge , wall socket        

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Company Turns Landfill Waste into Eco-Friendly ‘Plastic Lumber’

March 18, 2013 by  
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The proprietary formula that uses different mixtures of mineral ash, recycled resins and solid waste materials to create a “true replacement for wood.”

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Tiny Star Wars Terrariums Bring Far Away Galaxies Into Your Home!

September 25, 2012 by  
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