Thailand’s tallest building opens with new green spaces for Bangkok

September 1, 2016 by  
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Ole Scheeren designed the tower while working at Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and completed the project with his own studio Büro Ole Scheeren. Located in the Central Business District in Bangkok , the new tower might not stay the tallest building in Thailand – the Rama IX Super Tower slated for completion in 2019 is expected to be almost twice as high as MahaNakhon. The solid facade of the tower is broken up by a pixelated effect meant to reveal parts of the inner life of the building. The carved volume forms green areas and balconies that offer great views of Bangkok. In addition to various residential and commercial spaces, the tower includes a large public space with public gardens and a transportation hub. + Büro Ole Scheeren Via Archdaily

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Scientists discovered the world’s oldest fossils – and they date back 3.7 billion years

September 1, 2016 by  
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A new study shows evidence that life on Earth may have begun even earlier than previously thought. Researchers from the University of Wollongong have found fossilized evidence of ancient microbial life in Greenland dating back 3.7 billion years. The new discovery predates the previous earliest signs of life by about 220 million years. Ironically enough, the discovery was only possible due to global warming . The ongoing melting of Greenland ’s perennial snow and ice gave geologists a look into some of the oldest rocks on Earth, preserved throughout the ages by the cold. Generally, these types of metamorphic rocks are simply too weathered by the elements to reveal any clues about their geologic past. These particular rocks contain formations known as stromatolites – a sedimentary formation created by the layered growth of microorganisms . In other words: these rocks are the fossils of millions of years of bacteria-like organisms living, growing, and dying. By analyzing the rocks, scientists have been able to piece together knowledge about the environment in which these ancient organisms lived: it was likely warm, in shallow water – a surprisingly hospitable environment considering that the Earth was bombarded with asteroids and the eruptions of super-volcanos at the time. Related: Scientists discover microorganism that hasn’t evolved for over 2 billion years This new research strengthens the evidence that life on our planet emerged over 4 billion years ago, perhaps only 540 millions years after the Earth itself was formed. The study has been published in the journal Nature . + Nature Via Gizmodo Images via University of Wollongong

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Saint-Étienne Residents Transform Wasteland Into Public Square and Garden

November 1, 2011 by  
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Apple to Build Solar Farm to Power North Carolina Data Center

November 1, 2011 by  
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Apple just applied for permits to build a solar farm on 171 acres of land near their Maiden, North Carolina data center . Though the company isn’t releasing any official information about the project, the data center in question has been railed by the media for being run on cheap dirty coal . If the entire vacant lot is transformed into a solar energy production field it has the capability of providing the data center with 25 to 35 megawatts of clean, renewable electricity. Read the rest of Apple to Build Solar Farm to Power North Carolina Data Center Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , apple , apple data center , apple solar farm , icloud data center , icloud energy , mac , mac solar farm , maiden north carolina , north carolina solar , north carolina solar farm , renewable energy

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Living Babylone Lamp Suffuses Your Space With Light and Fresh Air

November 1, 2011 by  
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If drab lighting and uninspiring interiors have been getting you down, then you’ll love this beautiful piece of decor from designer Alexis Tricoire of Greenworks . Dubbed the Babylone, this spectacular living pendant lamp brings light, lush greens and fresh air into your ailing indoor spaces. Read the rest of Living Babylone Lamp Suffuses Your Space With Light and Fresh Air Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Alexis Tricoire , Babylone , Babylone lamp , green lighting , greenworks , herb gardens , indoor gardening , pendant light , plant lamps

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