Funky Gemma Observatory in New Hampshire is the perfect place for stargazing

August 31, 2017 by  
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The new Gemma Observatory in New Hampshire defies architectural tradition by rejecting the established dome form. Instead, this private astronomical observatory looks like it has been carved out of the rock on which it stands. Anmahian Winton Architects designed the building as a faceted volume that creates optimal conditions for sky observation. The building is located on a remote mountain summit in central New Hampshire. It sits on a granite outcropping, amidst a very “dark” landscape with minimal light pollution,  which would potentially obstruct views of the night sky. Related: X-Studio’s Lightweave Palm Observatory is Made Entirely From Palm Leaves Gemma’s faceted form reflects the surrounding terrain, while its zinc cladding makes it look like a single piece of stone. Its interior, on the other hand, provides warmth through the presence of fir plywood . It houses a research office, sleeping bunk, and warming room on the first floor, and an exterior observation deck accessible via a helical stair. One of the most important aspects of the design is the role its shape and cladding plays in facilitating its function. The outstanding heat transfer capability facilitates sky observation by minimizing temperature differential distortion. Furthermore, cuts in the zinc cladding create strategically placed openings oriented towards both geological and celestial landmarks. + Anmahian Winton Architects Via v2com

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Obama Administration Announces the Creation of 7 “Climate Hubs” to Assist Farmers

February 6, 2014 by  
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Although the Senate finally passed the long-awaited Farm Bill on Tuesday, the Obama administration has plans to bypass the sluggish, gridlocked legislative branch to help farms face climate change . The White House announced on Wednesday that the administration aims to establish seven regional “climate hubs” to assist rural communities in the event of floods, droughts, fires, soil degradation, and pest damage. Read the rest of Obama Administration Announces the Creation of 7 “Climate Hubs” to Assist Farmers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ames , Climate Change , climate hub , coal fired power plant , colorado , corvallis , durham , el reno , epa , fort collins , global warming , iowa , Keystone XL Pipeline , las cruces , new hampshire , New Mexico , oklahoma , Oregon , president obama , state department , usda , white house        

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Help This Awesome Woman Hand Out Warm Socks to NYC’s Homeless

February 6, 2014 by  
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If you feel like this winter has been a cold one, imagine going through it with no socks . That thought is what spurred New Yorker Saije Bashaw to spend her free time handing out warm socks (purchased with her own money) to homeless people around the city. Bashaw is hoping to step up her sock game even more with a GoFundMe campaign. Read on to see how you can support her efforts! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: homeless socks , nyc homeless new Yorkers , nyc homelessness , Penn Station , Saije Bashaw , saije bashaw sock campaign , socks for homeless , socks for NYC homeless , Union Square        

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Winters Were Colder in Your Parents’ Day: New England Trees Get 10 Days More Growing Season Than Pre-1970

March 19, 2010 by  
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A symptom of changing climate, Worldwatch shows us that not only are winters in New England averaging three degrees warmer than they did 100 years ago, trees have a ten day longer growing season than they did 40 years ago.

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