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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World’s first autonomous, all-electric cargo ship to launch next year

July 25, 2017 by  
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The world’s first crewless, autonomously operated ship is set to sail in late 2018. The Norwegian-built Yara Birkeland is being dubbed the “Tesla of the Seas” because the vessel is fully electric . The $25 million ship will initially start out as a manned vessel, moving to remote operation in 2019 before going completely autonomous in 2020. The 100-container ship is being developed by two Norwegian companies — agriculture firm Yara International and technology company Kongsberg Gruppen. In late 2018 the vessel will start transporting fertilizer 37 miles down a fiord from a production facility to the port of Larvik. Related: Self-sufficient hydrogen boat embarks on 6-year journey around the world The companies said in a statement that the Yara Birkeland is expected to reduce emissions by removing 40,000 truck drives a year through urban areas in southern Norway. “We want to go zero emission,” Petter Ostbo, Yara’s head of production who leads the project, told The Wall Street Journal . “Even if some say climate change is not reality, it’s a business reality because clean sources of energy are more affordable than fossil fuels.” Via The Verge Images via Yara

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5 Healthy Rainbow and Shamrock Meals for St. Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2012 by  
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Excited about today’s festivities, but not too interested in corned beef and cabbage?  Same here, and we bet the kiddos feel the same way.  St. Patrick’s Day is all about rainbows, shamrocks, and fun so we came up with some healthy, festive meals for the little ones to munch on. Click ahead and treat the family to a yummy, organic St. Patrick’s Day! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: festive meals for kids , rainbows , shamrocks , st. patrick’s day , St. Patrick’s Day healthy kids meals , St. Patrick’s Day healthy meals , St. Patrick’s Day meals

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How To: Use A Green Pepper To Make Shamrock Stamps

March 17, 2012 by  
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Looking for something fun to do with the little ones on St. Patrick’s Day?  This DIY shamrock stamp is easy, fun and the perfect art project for all ages.  Make sure to look for peppers with four bumps instead of three so you get the lucky four leaf clover! Click ahead to get creative with the kids this weekend. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: DIY St. Patrick’s Day crafts , kids shamrock crafts , shamrock crafts , shamrock stamps , st. patrick’s day , St. Patrick’s Day children’s crafts , St. Patrick’s Day crafts

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