9 incredible pod homes to help you win at off-grid living

August 25, 2017 by  
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If your #lifegoals include living off the grid in some stunning locale, then check this out: we’ve rounded up the best pod homes that can be installed in even the most remote locations. From a futuristic 3D-printed shelter to the nature-influenced Baobed , there’s something for every world traveler (and almost every budget). Pod Space Pod Space’s award winning pre-fab pods can be installed just about anywhere you can dream of. The modular pods are customizable, so you can use them as a backyard office, an extra room, or even a fully-equipped tiny home . The best part is the floor-to-ceiling windows, so you can let nature in while keeping the elements out. Podzook If you are the type to think outside the box – literally – you’ll dig the spherical Podzook. With its locally-sourced shingled wood exterior and its space-age interior, the Podzook is what you’d get if you combined traditional Maine craftsmanship with an alien space pod. Each one is made to order and comes with a skylight and a futuristic gull-wing door. Prices range from 28 – 32k depending on the options you choose. 3D-Printed SOM shelter Architecture firm SOM is taking off-grid living into the future with a 3D-printed shelter that looks like something out of a sci-fi movie. It features rooftop solar panels for power and comes with its own vehicle that generates its own power. Best of all, the structure and the vehicle can share power wirelessly when you need an extra bit of juice. The SOM shelter can be “printed” right on site, illustrating what is possible in the future of home building. ALPOD The 65k ALPOD is a high-tech solution to skyrocketing real estate prices. The prefabricated structure is made of lightweight aluminum, so it can be moved where needed and then recycled when has reached the end of its life. The pods can even be stacked, so you could create an entire skyscraper of them. With 480-square feet of living space, it’s a great solution for both urban locations, since it can be hooked up to the grid, and off-grid with it solar power option. POD-Idlada POD-Idladla is a prefabricated home that can be shipped flat-packed for on-site assembly in a snap. The 186-square foot tiny home is powered by solar energy and is modular, so it can be expanded if necessary. Tall ceilings help make the space feel large without increasing its footprint, and costs start at just $15k. Ecocapsule The egg-shaped Ecocapsule is the stuff that off-grid dreams are made of. The ultra-portable house is powered by solar and wind, with rainwater collection and filtration built-in. The 86-square foot space manages to pack a lot of features, with a folding bed, dining area, shower and toilet, storage and a kitchenette. Each capsule fits inside a shipping container so it can go nearly anywhere. Ecocapsule homes start shipping this year, so save your pennies, because owning one will set you back $94,000. Drop Pod The DROP Eco-Hotel is different because it isn’t designed as a permanent home, but as a pod-like hotel room for modern nomads that can be installed in some truly incredible places – including elevated above the earth. The prefabricated structure is clad in slotted wood to control solar gain, features a skylight for daylighting and a rainwater recycling system. Harwyn Pod The Harwyn Pod is a tiny space for distraction-free work. Designed to be an office, art space or yoga studio , each pod can pop-up on-site in just 5 hours and comes complete with built-in furniture. With a footprint of only 2.5 by 2 meters and luxury car-inspired design, each tiny dwelling is fully insulated against the elements. Baobed Sleeping Pod The Baobed pod is a treehouse for adventure-seekers. The sleek pod can be suspended in the treetops, nestled on a beach, and plopped on a rooftop or even in the middle of a pond. The fruit-like shape was inspired by the fruit of the baobab tree and provides a tiny, safe space for travelers. Thanks to its tiny footprint and light weight (just 992 pounds), it can be transported on a trailer and can be equipped with a platform, mosquito nets and storage options.

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Scientists just discovered snow on Mars

August 25, 2017 by  
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Forget everything you think you know about Mars. In a study published in Nature Geoscience , scientists confirm that there is snow on the Red Planet. It’s not what you might think, however. Mars experiences explosions of snow known as “ice microbursts” that only occur in the shadows and are very unlike snowfall on Earth. This finding is challenging previous notions about the planet’s history and the likelihood of future generations colonizing it. On Mars, the clouds have to be very low to the surface (about 1 to 2 kilometers, or 0.61 to 1.24 miles), or else the snow will be annihilated before it even reaches the rusty soil. This is because the air pressure increases rapidly as it descends downwards. In turn, the local temperature is increased and snow reaches evaporation-ready temperatures. As IFLScience reports, scientists previously believed snow precipitation occurred only by “the slow sedimentation of individual particles.” The authors now know this isn’t the case. Their research shows that the sudden snow explosion mechanisms must have affected “Mars’ water cycle, past and present.” Related: NASA unveils plan to make oxygen on Mars Because the red planet’s atmosphere is incredibly thin, its thermal insulation is pretty low. At night, the mercury can drop as low as -73°C (-100°F) on the equator surface, and -125°C (-195°F) at the poles. When sunlight glances Mars, water at the equator is given just enough energy to evaporate. This results in the formation of low-pressure clouds — a phenomenon NASA is already tracking. Because the temperature of the Red Planet drops considerably at night, the rapid and localized redistribution of heat results in air currents becoming unstable. Water ice crystals then fall out in rapid succession. Some crystals may reach the surface, but others sublimate into a gas . The streaks of snowfall that fail to reach the surface are known as “virgas.” For now, only robots are able to experience Mars’ unique snowfall. But if humans ever do colonize Mars — a feat Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking are ambitious to see accomplished in their lifetimes , maybe we’ll get to experience the planet’s unique weather patterns firsthand. + Nature Geoscience Via IFLScience  Images via Pixabay , NASA/JPL

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Herzog & de Meuron unveil monastery-inspired campus for new Berggruen Institute in California

August 25, 2017 by  
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Pritzker Prize-winning architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron just unveiled plans for the new Berggruen Institute campus , which will be constructed along a lush green ridge in the Santa Monica Mountains. The monastic-inspired design will provide a remote, peaceful setting for the Institute’s scholars and students to “study and apply new ideas to the workings of social, economic, and political institutions”. The Institute’s hilltop campus will be an expansive complex, whose surrounding landscape is essential to the design itself. In fact, over 90% of the campus’ 450 acres will be preserved as open space in order to provide scholars and students with a peaceful environment suited to quiet contemplation as well as peer interaction. Related: Herzog & De Meuron’s stunning Elbphilharmonie to finally open in January The building site will be run along two ridges that reach 1,700 feet in altitude, allowing for guests and residents to enjoy beautiful views of the deep canyon on either side. At the heart of the complex will be the main research building – a rectangular concrete-framed structure that “floats” above ground. Two large domed buildings will be installed in its central courtyard, one will house a lecture auditorium and the other will be a water reservoir. According to the studio, the large spheres represent the socio-cultural and ecological ambitions of the Institute. A green-filled linear park with native plants and installed with an eco-friendly water-management system will stretch along the ridge, leading from the research building to the Scholar’s Village. The Chairman’s Residence will be at the edge of the site, and will be clad in earth-colored walls and a large cantilevered roof to provide shade for the surrounding outdoor entertaining space. Plans also call for a series of cottages, as well as pavilions and various spaces for art installations along the western ridge. Working in collaboration with the Institute, which was founded in 2010 by philanthropist and investor Nicolas Berggruen, the Swiss architects created the monastery-like complex to meet the needs of the campus, “Since ancient times, monasteries have been places for individual study and reflection as well as group exchange and gathering,” said Herzog & de Meuron . “In line with such scholastic tradition, the program incorporates the natural surroundings.” + Herzog & de Meuron Via Dezeen Images via Herzog & de Meuron

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Amazing couple quits their jobs to travel the world in a tiny house

September 14, 2015 by  
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World’s first off-grid Ecocapsule home to hit the market this year, shipping in 2016

August 13, 2015 by  
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Grove by SIXINCH lets you work, study and play outdoors with solar power-equipped furniture

August 13, 2015 by  
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Outdoor living and working are becoming (or should we say, returning as) an important part of modern life. Green spaces have become the place for realizing enjoyment and well-being not only at home or on vacation; but for work, study and business activities as well. SIXINCH , a design-driven, contract furniture manufacturer with US offices in Goshen, Indiana tapped into this movement with their Grove Collection of smart outdoor furniture and accessories. Equipped with state of the art solar connectivity and weather-resistant durability and available in multiple colors and design configurations, the collection includes single workspace to multi-function designs. All are crafted of coated foam, aluminum, concrete and green power made possible by a seamless solar power delivery system. Introduced to the contract industry at the recent 2015 NeoCon show, Grove was met with an overwhelming positive response. The design and innovation of the collection was recognized with multiple awards. With the technology available today, work or study are no longer relegated to interior spaces. The Grove Collection makes it possible to tap into the outdoors as a place to study, work and play. + Grove by SIXINCH + SIXINCH

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The mysterious phenomenon of “hair ice” finally solved by scientists

August 13, 2015 by  
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For nearly a century, scientists have been baffled by the phenomenon known as hair ice – hair-like ice formations found in the forest during certain times of the year. Now, scientists have discovered that the answer to the mystery may be found in the humble fungus. Though most of us don’t realize it, fungi are pretty incredible organisms. The majority of carbon sequestration in northern forests is facilitated by fungi , clean-burning biofuel can be created by fungi, and fungi can be used to remove toxins such as BPA out of the environment.  Not impressed? Fungi also play an essential role in building the environment, as scientists recently determined after finding that the beautiful and rare “hair ice” are the handy work of fungi. Read the rest of The mysterious phenomenon of “hair ice” finally solved by scientists

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Solar-powered Heijmans ONE is a portable and affordable rental home for millennials

December 19, 2014 by  
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