Nissan is making the world’s first solid-oxide fuel cell vehicle

August 17, 2016 by  
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Nissan is the official sponsor of this summer’s Rio 2016 Olympics and, in addition to contributing a fleet of cars for the games, the automaker has revealed the world’s first solid-oxide fuel-cell vehicle. Nissan’s new e-Bio Fuel-Cell prototype doesn’t rely on hydrogen like today’s fuel cell vehicles and instead runs on ethanol and ethanol-blended water. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HF-eE8pRzMw The e-Bio Fuel-Cell prototype vehicle runs on 100-percent ethanol or ethanol-blended water to charge its 24kWh battery that gives the fuel-cell van a cruising range of more than 373 miles. If the prototype looks familiar, it should since the e-Bio Fuel-Cell is based on the e-NV200. According to Nissan, it chose to create the e-Bio Fuel-Cell prototype because bio-ethanol fuels, which are mainly sourced from sugarcane and corn, are widely available. Due to the easy availability of ethanol and ethanol-blended water, the system is not heavily restricted by the existing charging infrastructure, making it easy to introduce to the market. Related: Nissan is gifting gilded Leaf EVs to winning Olympic Athletes Nissan president and CEO Carlos Ghosn stated: “The e-Bio Fuel-Cell offers eco-friendly transportation and creates opportunities for regional energy production…all the while supporting the existing infrastructure. In the future, the e-Bio Fuel-Cell will become even more user-friendly. Ethanol-blended water is easier and safer to handle than most other fuels. Without the need to create new infrastructure, it has great potential to drive market growth.” Nissan will conduct further field tests on public roads in Brazil using the prototype. + Nissan All images @ Nissan

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Over 82,000 people evacuated as wildfire engulfs Southern California

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Yesterday a fire started near San Bernardino in Southern California . In just one hour, the fire leaped from two acres to 1,000 acres. By evening, the fire, called the Blue Cut Fire, reached at least 15,000 acres, and authorities advised 82,640 people to evacuate their homes as a result. Around 34,500 homes may be affected by the Blue Cut Fire. According to a Tuesday night tweet from CAL FIRE Chief of Public Information Daniel Berlant, the fire was not at all contained. United States Forest Service spokesperson Bill Poole described the fire as ” very aggressive .” Related: Lethal extreme heat and wildfires scorch the American southwest California’s governor Jerry Brown proclaimed a state of emergency for San Bernardino County. In the proclamation, Brown linked the fire to the drought that “has caused millions of trees to die” and has “increased the severity and spread of fires throughout the State.” California has suffered through drought for around five years now, and the summer heat and wind has exacerbated the wildfire season. Around 700 firefighters are currently working to contain the fire. Helicopters dumped water and planes sprayed flame retardant. At one harrowing point, the fire trapped six firefighters. Though they were able to find shelter and make it to safety, two had to be treated for minor injuries. So far there have been no reported civilian injuries. Authorities closed part of Interstate 15, a primary route between Las Vegas and Southern California, in the face of the Blue Cut Fire. Local news station NBC Los Angeles captured a terrifying ” firenado ” on camera and said the fire is burning “out of control.” Other fires continue to burn in the dry state as well. According to recent tweets from Berlant, the Clayton Fire in Lake County is 40 percent contained and the Chimney Fire in San Luis Obispo County is 20 percent contained . As of Tuesday there are 8,500 firefighters battling “six large wildfires” in California. Via The New York Times Images via CAL FIRE PIO Berlant on Twitter and screenshot

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Portuguese stone ruins rise anew as a minimalist dream home

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The respectful renovation is dominated by a stonewall facade that extends the old building’s remains to form new living spaces. It was created from locally sourced materials including granite stones rescued from another local construction that had to be demolished. Today, the home receives plenty of natural light from the east side opening, and overlooks a courtyard complete with a pool. Related: 7 gorgeous modern homes hidden inside stone ruins While its old-time appearance was left intact, its interiors tell a completely different story. In contrast with its rough shell, they feature a sleek, minimalist décor with accent pieces. Classic Eames plywood chairs along animals’ skins brings the white — and otherwise cold spaces — warmth, tactility and a rustic refinement. + Brandao Costa Architects Via Blog Gessato Photos by Brandao Costa Architects

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Why did this Olympic diving pool suddenly turn bright green?

August 10, 2016 by  
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After concerns over the water quality near Rio de Janeiro beaches before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games , now a supposedly clean Olympic pool has inexplicably turned green. At the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre, startling pictures showed a blue pool and a green pool next to one another. Officials allowed Olympians to continue diving in the green pool as they seek the cause of the weird color change. The change occurred overnight. One day the pool was blue and the next day it was green. Olympic officials tested the water quality and said there were “no risks for the athletes” in a tweet . They also said they’d be “investigating the cause.” Related: Experts to Rio Olympic athletes: Don’t put your head underwater While some speculated urine produced the color, Jim’s Pool Care national manager Brett Blair told The Guardian the Olympic pool was too large to have turned green from urine. Blair speculated poor filtration could be a cause. He told The Guardian, “…the main reason a pool normally goes green is lack of sanitation…The scary part is how at a world event, a pool could go green. It’s unbelievable.” Another leading theory is that algae caused the change , because the water is so cloudy. Some Olympic divers said they couldn’t see their partners when they dove into the green water. Algae blooms can also happen when chlorine levels in a pool change, and if that’s the case at the Rio pool, it might mean some worker wasn’t doing their job. Chlorine can probably solve the pool problem; Blair said the issue could be resolved in 24 to 48 hours. While the AP reported Rio spokesperson Mario Andrada saying that algae proliferated “because of heat and a lack of wind,” we’re still waiting for the official word from the Olympic committee on why the issue happened. Via The Guardian and Gizmodo Images via Tom Daley on Twitter and screenshot

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BLESS turned a hand-knotted rug into a cozy hammock for the workplace

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Get ready to kiss another day of slouching in front of your computer screen good-bye. The designers behind the BLESS N° 56 WORKER’S DELIGHT installation at the Vitra Design Museum in Germany are looking to provide ergonomic solutions that improve workers’ health and well-being while getting them to step away from the screen. But they aren’t just creating another standing desk or balance ball chair. Instead, they’ve created an ingenious hammock  made out of a hand-knotted rug. Photo by Ludger Paffrath Design label Reuber Henning turned a hand-knotted rug into a cozy hammock for the BLESS N° 56 WORKER’S DELIGHT installation, demonstrating the versatility of everyday objects. The rug label teamed up with two BLESS designers and redefined their product as a suspended, moving piece of furniture in line with the concept of an experimental workspace . Four-meter fringes were used as ropes to suspend the carpet, transforming it into a large relaxing piece of furniture. Photo by Ludger Paffrath Related: Vitra’s new museum will house a permanent exhibition of iconic furniture designs The new installation BLESS N° 56 WORKER’S DELIGHT combines different materials, everyday objects , patterns and purposes to redefine the modern workspace, turning the Vitra Design Museum Gallery into a playful environment filled with experimental ergonomic and quirky design prototypes of new types of office furniture. The exhibition will be on show from 10 June until 9 October 2016. + Reuber Henning + BLESS Lead photo by Bettina Matthiessen © Vitra Design Museum

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