Upcoming nuclear power plant in the UK may shoot giant rainbows into the sky

July 25, 2017 by  
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A new proposal could have a nuclear power plant in the UK shooting literal rainbows into the sky. UK-based master planning firm, One Creative Environments , has submitted a landscape design proposal that envisions Cumbria’s Moorside Power Plant equipped with two large glass towers that would use light and mist to create a continual arching rainbow over the site. The Moorside Power plant is slated to be completed in Cumbria’s rural landscape in 2024. A creative design competition, sponsored by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Landscape Institute, called on designers to submit creative landscape proposals for the project. One Creative Environments’ rainbow pitch, called Discovery Park, was recently shortlisted along with four other design firms . Related: Artist weaves stunning rainbows from 60 miles of thread The company’s submission envisions a master landscaping plan that would seek to integrate the power plant into the area without sacrificing the existing landscape’s beauty. The proposal calls for using 13 million cubic meters of excavated earth to form a green-covered hillscape, which would be sculpted into various earthworks shaped into representations of splitting the atom, energy and particle trails. An outdoor science park would house educational activities and science exhibitions, and a large, open-air amphitheater would host concerts throughout the year. However, the cherry on top of the design is clearly the massive man-made rainbow that would arch over the landscape. Two large glass prismatic towers would be placed on opposite sides of the project and would use light and mist to create a continual rainbow. An onsite plant nursery would produce “floristically-rich grassland habitats” that would echo the colors of the rainbow on the ground. According to the designers, the rainbow installation was inspired by a William Wordsworth poem remarking on the beauty of Cumbria, “My heart leaps up when I behold a rainbow in the sky”. One Creative Environments director, Mark Martin, hails the company’s design as a feasible option that would be able to incorporate the power plant into the area without sacrificing its rural landscape. “To see our landscape designs in the top five is an achievement in itself, and going by the comments received, we appear to have caught the imagination of the public,” he said. “The landscape designs, discovery centre and rainbow installation will create a destination in their own right, helping the power station blend in with the stunning scenery in the region, whilst providing a place for people to visit and learn about NuGen’s advancement of safe nuclear science and power.” + One Creative Environments Via World Architecture News

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Celebrate the magic of silence in this enchanting sound-proof treehouse

July 25, 2017 by  
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Visitors to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew can now celebrate the sound of silence in the park’s amazing new Quiet Treehouse. Also referred to as the Woodland House, the eco-friendly, sound-insulated treehouse was designed by Quiet Mark to highlight the many health benefits of noise reduction in our daily lives. Developed in partnership with UK retail chain John Lewis, Quiet Mark created the cool, sound-proof structure as part of their company campaign, which promotes the reduction of noise levels in urban and rural settings. Recently unveiled in the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew as part of its annual summer festival, the treehouse is located in front of the park’s new Woodland Walk, a path that leads through the “natural area” of the park’s woodlands. Related: Wolfgang Buttress’ Hive is brought back to life in the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew Co-founder of Quiet Mark, Poppy Szkiler, explained that the unique treehouse is more than just a fun structure in the park, “The Quiet Treehouse is a stunning combination of the latest acoustic and architectural design, not only beautiful to the eye, but a peaceful place that represents the value of quiet. After touring some of the UK’s most prestigious events, we wanted the structure to continue its Quiet legacy with the perfect partner that would fully utilise its potential. We couldn’t have hoped for a better permanent home than the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, where it can be enjoyed by the next generation in harmony with nature.” + Quiet Mark Photography via Tom Luddington

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Hundreds of radioactive wild boars run amok in Fukushima, Japan

March 18, 2017 by  
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Packs of radioactive wild boars are running loose in northern Japan, where the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant in 2011 forced entire towns and villages to abandon ship. Six years later, the beasts pose more than a minor nuisance to displaced residents, a number of whom are eager to return to their homes as the Japanese government begins to lift evacuation orders in certain areas. Besides their obvious toxicity—tests by officials show that some animals possess levels of cesium-137 300 times higher than what is considered safe—the boars are also known to attack humans. Swaths of farmland, now gone to seed, have become prime real estate for foraging varmints. According to Yomiuri , a local newspaper, boars have caused more than $854,000 in agricultural damage in Fukushima prefecture. Local authorities in the affected towns have hired teams of hunters to shoot the boars with air rifles, or trap them in cages using rice flour as bait. Related: Fukushima radiation levels at highest since 2011 disaster “After people left, they began coming down from the mountains and now they are not going back,” Shoichiro Sakamoto, who leads a group of 13 hunters in the town of Tomioka, told Reuters . “They found a place that was comfortable. There was plenty of food and no one to come after them.” A recent government survey found than half the 21,500 former residents of the town of Namie, one of the towns included in the proposed evacuation-order lift, have decided against returning, citing fears over the safety of the nuclear plant, which will take decades to dismantle. Several have also raised concerns about the bands of marauding boars. “I’m sure officials at all levels are giving some thought to this,” said Hidezo Sato, a former seed merchant in Namie. “Something must be done.” Via Reuters Image via Wikipedia

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RiverBlue: Jason Priestley-narrated documentary exposes the dark side of your blue jeans

March 18, 2017 by  
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Are your clothes causing the world’s rivers to bleed blue? Directed by David McIlvride and Roger Williams and narrated by Jason Priestley, RiverBlue is a new documentary that delves deep into the shocking underbelly of fast fashion to expose its destructive and widespread impacts on our environment. For those of you in New York City, Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator will be hosting a screening of this powerful film on March 22 for World Water Day . Read on for more details about the screening and post-film discussion with Williams and Paul Gallay, President of Riverkeeper, and learn more about the movie by checking out BF+DA’s interview with McIlvride here . RiverBlue follows acclaimed river conservationist Mark Angelo on a waterborne trip around the world to uncover the truth behind the garment industry and its effects on the Earth’s waterways and ecosystems. Infiltrating one of the world’s most pollutive industries, and speaking with fashion designers and water protectors world-wide, RiverBlue reveals stunning yet, shocking images that will forever change the way we look at fashion, and the impact of the clothes we wear. – Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator BF+DA will be screening RiverBlue on Wednesday, March 22 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Tickets are $10. Click here for more details and to RSVP. + RSVP to see RiverBlue here

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6 of the lightest and strongest materials on Earth

March 18, 2017 by  
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The future of construction is more exciting than ever thanks to huge technological developments in material innovation. Researchers are constantly developing new materials that are stronger and lighter than ever before, paving the way to a more energy-efficient and eco-friendly future in everything from transportation to medical technology . We’ve rounded up six cutting-edge materials that rank among some of the lightest and strongest ever discovered—keep reading to see them all. 3D Graphene Made from pure carbon , ultra-thin graphene is thought to be one of the strongest materials on the planet. But earlier this year, researchers at MIT found a way to turn two-dimensional graphene into a three-dimensional structure by designing a new material with a sponge-like configuration that’s 5 percent the density of steel and about 10 times as strong. The super-strong and lightweight 3D graphene has been shown to be stronger than its 2D counterpart and offers greater potential uses thanks to its building block form. Carbyne In the spring of 2016, a team of Austrian researchers revealed that they were able to successfully synthesize Carbyne, an exotic form of carbon that they say is the strongest of all known materials—even surpassing graphene . Considered the holy grail of carbon allotropes, Carbyne is made from a monodimensional chain of carbon atoms that’s highly reactive, making it very tricky to synthesize. The stiff material is believed to be twice as strong as carbon nanotubes. Aerographite Created from a network of porous carbon tubes, aerographite is synthetic foam that’s one of the lightest structural materials ever created. Developed by researchers at the University of Kiel and the Technical University of Hamburg, aerographite can be produced in a variety of shapes and boasts a density of just 180 grams per cubic meter, making it about 75 times lighter than styrofoam. The material could be used on the electrodes of lithium ion batteries to reduce their weight. Aerographene Aerographene, also known as graphene aerogel, is believed to be the world’s lightest material with a density of just 0.16 milligram per cubic centimeter. Zhejiang University researchers developed the material, which is approximately 7.5 times less dense than air. The extremely elastic material can absorb up to 900 times their own weight in oil and water, making oil spill cleanups a potential application. Metallic microlattice Metallic microlattice is the world’s lightest metal and one of the lightest structural materials. This synthetic porous material made from nickel phosphorous tubes has a density as low as 0.9 milligrams per cubic centimeter. Potential uses include applications in automotive engineering, aeronautical engineering, and more. Limpet teeth The teeth of limpets, the term for aquatic snails found clinging to rocky shores, are considered one of the strongest biological materials in the world. Made of a mineral-protein composite, limpet teeth have been revealed in a University of Portsmouth study to be much stronger than spider silk . Its strength is believed to be due to its tightly packed mineral fibers, which scientists could combine into man-made composites to create stronger planes, cars, and even dental fillings. Lead image via ZD News/Huffington Post

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Radiation at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant 18 Times Higher Than Thought

September 2, 2013 by  
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Radiation levels at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan are 18 times higher than previously thought. The operator of the Japanese nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) , said that the radiation, which measures 1,800 millisieverts an hour, is high enough to kill a person exposed to it for four hours. Tepco is still trying to determine the cause of the radiation spike, but claim in their most recent report that levels inside the tank remain unchanged – which means there has been no leak. Read the rest of Radiation at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant 18 Times Higher Than Thought Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: environmental disaster Japan , environmental disasters , fukushima daiichi disaster , fukushima daiichi power plant , japan tepco , nuclear disaster Japan 2011 , nuclear power plants , TEPCO , Tepco nuclear power plant , tsunami disaster Japan 2011 , water leak Daiichi        

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Endangered Sumatran Tiger and Two Lions Poisoned in Indonesian Zoo

September 2, 2013 by  
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Three animals at an Indonesian zoo died after eating poisoned meat earlier this month. An endangered Sumatran tiger named Peter and two lions, Gebo and Sonia, were found dead on August 17, 2013 at the Taman Rimbo Zoo in Jambi. Authorities have questioned zoo employees about the deaths but the culprit remains at large. Read the rest of Endangered Sumatran Tiger and Two Lions Poisoned in Indonesian Zoo Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: critically endangered species , eco design , endangered Sumatran Tiger , endangered wildlife , green design , indonesia , poaching , sustainable design , Taman Rimbo Zoo Deaths , Tiger and lions poisoned , Wildlife conservation , zoos        

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Study Shows that Nuclear Power Plants in Europe are Not Ready for Disaster

October 11, 2012 by  
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The Fukushima disaster following the tsunami that hit Japan in 2011 was an eye-opening event that caused many to wonder just how safe nuclear power is. Thanks to a new study commissioned as a result of the disaster, we have an answer – and it doesn’t look good. The results of the study show that of 145 reactors examined in Europe, the vast majority of them fail in one or more safety preparedness aspects. Read the rest of Study Shows that Nuclear Power Plants in Europe are Not Ready for Disaster Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Europe Power Plants , European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group , Fukushima disaster , Fukushima safety , natural disasters , nuclear power , nuclear power plants , nuclear safety

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Fukushima Nuclear Reactor Soars to 45 Degrees Celsius as Crisis Awakes

February 6, 2012 by  
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Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant crisis was one of the most severe environmental disasters of the past year – and now it appears that it’s far from over, as the temperature at reactor number 2 just  soared up 26.7 degrees Celsius in the past few hours . The news comes soon after Japan announced an official “cold shutdown” of the damaged plant, and authorities have announced that they no idea why the temperature is increasing. Read the rest of Fukushima Nuclear Reactor Soars to 45 Degrees Celsius as Crisis Awakes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Fukushima Chernobyl , fukushima earthquake , fukushima heating up , fukushima nuclear disaster chernobyl , fukushima reactor 2 , japan nuclear power plant , japan tsunami , nuclear power plant construction , nuclear power plants , seismic areas , seismic nuclear power plant , TEPCO , tokyo electric power company

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20 Million Tons of Japanese Debris Spotted En Route to Hawaii

October 24, 2011 by  
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When the tsunami struck Japan earlier in the year, the country suffered a devastating loss of life and a nuclear meltdown. However it seems like it will not be the only country affected by the disaster. In July, we reported how debris from the coastline was swept into the ocean and was being carried by ocean currents towards Hawaii . We first learned that the debris would hit the west coast of North America by 2014, but scientists now believe that the 20 MILLION TONS of rubbish could hit sooner . Read the rest of 20 Million Tons of Japanese Debris Spotted En Route to Hawaii Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Fukushima Chernobyl , fukushima nuclear disaster chernobyl , hawaii tsunami debris to hit , japan nuclear power plant , japan tsunami , japanese debris tsunami hawaii , nuclear power plant construction , nuclear power plants , seismic areas , seismic nuclear power plant , tsunami debris hawaii

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