Memorizing light installation is powered by visitors’ collective heartbeat

December 28, 2017 by  
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Artist Pablo González Vargas  created a massive light installation that reacts to the collective heartbeat of its viewers. Ilumina is a 37-foot tall art sculpture that invites spectators to plug into a heart monitor and meditate while they watch the tower. As the viewers’ individual heartbeats begin to merge into a “collective state of coherence,” the tower’s lights begin to shine as they rise up the structure, resulting in a vibrant majestic glow. Working under the ethos that “We are all Connected. We are the Universe,” Ilumina – which made its debut this year at Burning Man – invites the viewer to connect to themselves, each other and the universe. A series of hi-tech lounge chairs surround the immense art installation . Once seated, each participant is asked to connect the heart monitor to their earlobe as they join in the three-minute meditation exercise. Related: Entering this mind-blowing mirrored room is like walking inside a diamond Using a unique algorithm technology, the individual collective heart rhythms are then measured to find the state of coherence, at which point, the lights, and music begin to react. The deeper the state of collective coherence, the brighter Ilumina shines. + Pablo González Vargas + Ilumina Images via Ilumina

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China reveals more than 18,000 officials failed to protect the environment

December 28, 2017 by  
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Many of China’s major cities are devastated by pollution – but the nation is making efforts to clean up its skies and waterways. The past year has seen factory closures and the creation of an environmental police force in Beijing – and now a national crackdown has revealed that more than 18,000 officials either didn’t take action or didn’t perform well in their jobs to safeguard the environment since 2016. National Environmental Inspection Office deputy director Liu Changgen told reporters, “We will not let the inspection become a passing gust of wind. It needs to keep blowing all the time.” Beijing inspectors went to some of the most polluted cities in the world, according to Reuters , to discover thousands of officials had failed in their roles to care for the environment. In one example, sewage from 150,000 people in Jingdezhen was dumped straight into rivers because of a lack of treatment plants. Whole cities were blamed for air pollution spikes, and the ministry attributed issues to administrative failures. According to Liu, “The names of the officials, their jobs and their violations will be reported up the chain of command, who will decide how the officials will be punished.” Related: 40% of China’s factories shuttered in pollution crackdown Liu said the next step entails scrutinizing cases from prior inspections to “identify any higher-ranking officials for ill management.” Northern China has launched a program to transition millions of households from coal to natural gas for heating. Per a 143-page plan released in August, the Ministry of Environmental Protection hopes to slash average concentrations of PM 2.5 particles by more than 15 percent in 28 cities during winter in the smog-afflicted provinces of Shandong, Henan, Shanxi, and Hebei, where Beijing is located. They also aim to reduce average PM 2.5 in Beijing to under 60 micrograms per cubic meter. China’s official air quality standard is 35 micrograms – but the World Health Organization recommends levels shouldn’t be greater than 10 micrograms. Via Reuters Images via Depositphotos and Wikimedia Commons

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Handmade, wireless clay speakers amplify the “sound of the earth”

April 21, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Handmade, wireless clay speakers amplify the “sound of the earth” Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Chile , chilean design , clay , clay speakers , green design , hand-made design , Mapuguaquén speakers , Milan Design , Pablo Ocqueteau , pottery , Salone Satellite , traditional manufacturing , Week

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Curvaceous Green Walls Lure Visitors Into This Fresh-Baked Cheese Tart Store in Yokohama

August 20, 2014 by  
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Ask Pablo: Which Favorite Holiday Pie Is The Greenest to Bake?

October 31, 2011 by  
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Which holiday pie is greenest? Pumpkin, apple, or pecan? Find out in this week’s Ask Pablo!

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Ask Pablo: Is Indoor Skiing Really That Bad?

December 14, 2010 by  
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The Author at Ski Dubai Dear Pablo: How bad is indoor skiing is for the environment? I have heard of places in the Middle East where you can ski indoors, even during the summer. I have been holding on to this question for a while but I recently had the opportunity to visit Ski Dubai at the Mall of the Emirates on a recent business trip to the Middle East.

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Adventure and Activism For Free: That’s Wend Magazine

April 5, 2010 by  
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All images from Wend Magazine Vol 5, Issue 1.

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Ask Pablo: How Bad Is Memory Foam?

March 22, 2010 by  
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Image Source: B Rosen Dear Pablo: How bad is memory foam for the planet and human health? “Memory foam,” also known by its technical name “visco-elastic polyurethane foam” is an expanded polyurethane with additional chemicals to enhance its elasticity and viscosity. As with many other plastics, polyurethane is made from chemicals that you wouldn’t want to have for breakfast but it does become chemically inert when fully reacted

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Guerrilla Gardener Seen Planting Up Close and Personal

March 22, 2010 by  
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Images by B. Alter Having been a Guerrilla Gardener groupie for quite a while now, what a thrill to see him, in action, in broad day light! Does that still make him a guerrilla

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