These magenta greenhouses grow plants faster while generating clean energy

November 8, 2017 by  
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Could a new rose-colored glass change the world of greenhouse design? A UC Santa Cruz spinoff called Soliculture has discovered that covering greenhouses in magenta solar panels allows plants to grow better while generating electricity more efficiently and at less cost than with traditional photovoltaic systems. The pinkish panels are a new technology called Wavelength-Selective Photovoltaic Systems (WSPVs). A bright magenta luminescent dye is embedded into the panel glass. The dark color absorbs blue and green wavelengths of light and transfers the energy to the photovoltaic strips, where electricity is generated and used to power the greenhouse’s fans, heaters, watering systems, etc. The idea behind the technology is to convert greenhouses into ultra-efficient food production systems that can operate completely off-grid . Related: Solar-powered aquaponic greenhouses grow up to 880 lbs of produce each year The team behind Soliculture conducted a study to compare the growing conditions of traditional, transparent greenhouses with the new magenta-clad buildings. Using a variety of plants, including 20 varieties of tomatoes, cucumbers, lemons, limes, peppers, strawberries and basil, the researchers monitored both photosynthesis and fruit production in both structures. The results of the study showed that 80 percent of the plants weren’t affected by the magenta light, and 20 percent of the inventory actually grew better. Even better, the tomato plants grown in the WSPV houses required 5 percent less water. According to Soliculture co-founder Prof. Michael Loik, the colored panels were a bit of an experiment,”I thought the plants would grow more slowly, because it’s darker under these pink panels,” says Loik. “Plants are sensitive not just to the intensity of light but also to color. But it turns out the plants grow just as well.” + Soliculture Via New Atlas Images via Soliculture and Elena Zhukova/UC Santa Cruz

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Casa Sanchez combines urban living with the lush Bolivian rainforest

February 9, 2017 by  
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Looking like a modest, one-story building when seen from the road, the Sanchez House actually boasts three spacious floors that offer stunning views of the Bolivian Amazon. Young Bolivian architect Juan Carlos Menacho designed the residence, named after its owners, to fit perfectly into a sloping site in Santa Cruz de la Sierra in eastern Bolivia. The 10,674-square-foot house is located in an exclusive gated community in Santa Cruz, and was designed to provide shade and protect from the region’s tropical sun. It utilizes the sloping site to create an illusion of small scale. Its wings are designed around the existing trees, with each room enjoying views of the surrounding greenery. Related: Bolivia’s Ecolodge del Lago takes inspiration from traditional Lak’a Uta architecture Several sustainable features incorporated into the design of the residence, including rainwater harvesting and the use of natural building materials , ensure an eco-friendly performance. The location itself combines urban living and proximity to nature. + Juan Carlos Menacho

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$10k reward to find horrible person shooting sea otters

August 30, 2016 by  
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Someone is shooting sea otters near Santa Cruz, California and they need to be brought to justice. Federal and state agencies are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the offender(s), as the southern sea otter is a “fully protected” species often threatened by coastal tanker traffic and oil spills . The question on everyone’s lips is: what kind of monster shoots a sea otter? Three male sea otters, two sub-adults and one adult, were found dead in Aptos, between California ‘s Santa Cruz Harbor and Seacliff State Beach in mid-August. Initial necropsy findings show they sustained gunshot wounds several days, even weeks, before being discovered, leading officials to believe they died between late July and early August. Related: Santa Cruz team proposes that sea otters could help slow global warming The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) are spearheading the search for information, encouraging citizens who see something to say something. Southern sea otters, also called California sea otters, are protected as threatened species under the Endangered Species Act , as well as under California’s Marine Mammal Protection Act. They are also considered blindingly adorable by this author and a suspected majority of the worldwide population. Because of these protections, killing a southern sea otter is punishable by a fine of up to $100,000 and a potential jail sentence. Anyone with information can call the CalTip line at 1-888-334-2258 or the Special Agent of the USFWS at at 650-876-9078. If someone finds a deceased otter, they are encouraged to leave the body where it is, take a photo, and immediately contact the CDFW at 831-212-7010. Images via  Wikipedia , Flickr

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Swirling Green-Roofed Chinese Coin House Built in Accordance with Sacred Geometry

March 26, 2013 by  
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Top 6 Autumn Hikes Around the San Francisco Bay Area – Get Outside!

November 2, 2012 by  
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Efficient SIP Laneway House Pops Up in an Unused Urban Backyard in Vancouver

November 2, 2012 by  
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Six Oaks is a Modern Yet Rustic Shipping Container Home in California

August 6, 2012 by  
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Football Legacy Center in Santa Cruz, Brazil Raises Awareness of Homelessness

April 11, 2011 by  
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Santa Cruz Island Bald Eagles Proud Parents of New Hatchlings, Web Cam Shows Happy Family

April 7, 2010 by  
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Photo by Alan Vernon Two bald eagles on Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Islands off California’s coast are the proud parents of two new hatchlings . In 2006, the parents, K-10 and K-26, were the very first bald eagles to successfully reproduce on the Channel Islands in nearly 50 years. And there’s a new brood to watch over, with hopes that the chicks will help keep up the

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Bike Education Program Triples Cycling Rates in Schools

January 23, 2010 by  
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Image credit: North Wales Police From bike traffic schools in Santa Cruz to bike commuter guides , a little education can go a long way in helping people overcome their fear of adopting two-wheeled traffic.

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