Affordable Solar-Powered Floating Village Planned for Edinburgh

September 22, 2013 by  
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While floating homes have been the norm in the Netherlands for many years, they’re just starting to gain in popularity in the UK. Houseboats are increasingly dotting the Thames in London, and waterborne developments are currently in the works for post-industrial areas of Glasgow and Liverpool. Now one company—SRT EcoBuild—is looking to establish a village of floating homes in the waterways of Leith, Edinburgh. These modest, energy efficient two-bedroom homes will utilize solar power and sell for significantly less than homes of an equivalent size in the ever-pricey Scottish capital. Read the rest of Affordable Solar-Powered Floating Village Planned for Edinburgh Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: edinburgh , Floating Houses , floating village , houseboat , leith , post-industrial , rainwater collection , revitzlization , Solar Power , srt ecobuild , tom king , waterways        

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Sea Snake Teach Us About Viagra, Boat Hulls and Desalination?

September 22, 2013 by  
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Let’s say you decided to live in the ocean. Can you imagine the challenges you would face? Lot’s of land animals have done exactly that, though the transition from land to sea happens gradually through vast generations of evolutionary time. Whales , seals, manatees, otters, penguins, and marine iguanas have done it, some more completely than others. Whales and manatees sleep and give birth there, losing their legs and any ability to return to the land. Sea snakes are another group of animals that has made a complete transition. Most of them never leave the ocean , and they can’t move on land. How do they do it, and what can their saltwater tricks teach us? Find out on today’s The Biomimicry Manual . Read the rest of The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Sea Snake Teach Us About Viagra, Boat Hulls and Desalination? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biomimicry , cleaning boat hull , cleaning surfaces , desalination , erectile dysfunction , gas exchange , marine reptile , neutral buoyancy , sea snake , the bends        

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Sea Snake Teach Us About Viagra, Boat Hulls and Desalination?

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