These vegan "Star Wars" sneakers are made with discarded pineapple leaves

September 7, 2017 by  
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The pineapple is strong with these sneakers—literally. A collaboration between Star Wars and London-based shoemaker Po-Zu , the limited-edition “Silver Resistance” high-top combines silver woven linen and Piñatex , a leather alternative engineered from the fibers of discarded pineapple leaves. The sneaker, which is handcrafted in Portugal, also features a rubberized Rebel Alliance badge, a quilted rear panel, a removable memory foam insole, and a grippy natural-latex outsole. The result is a shoe that is as visually striking as it is environmentally friendly. “We go the extra mile to make our shoes ethically and sustainably so you can wear them with clear conscience from dawn till dusk,” Sven Segal, fouder of Po-Zu, said in a statement. “We want them to be comfortable, collectable, and wearable. This sneaker has all of that and more. I love that it is vegan, too.” Related: Aspiring Jedis can pilot the Millennium Falcon at Disney’s upcoming ‘Star Wars’ hotel Available for preorder, the “Silver Resistance” is expected to ship in October, “just in time for Christmas and the launch of Star Wars: The Last Jedi ,” according to Po-Zu. If you miss out on one of the 1,000 pairs, you can still catch a glimpse of the sneaker, along with rest of Po-Zu’s co-branded Star Wars collection, at the Museum of Brands during London Design Week . + Star Wars Silver Resistance High-Top £150 + Po-Zu

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New North African solar farms could send 4.5 gigawatts of energy to Europe

September 7, 2017 by  
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The age-old plan to power Europe with solar farms in North Africa and the Middle East may finally become a reality. This past June, Tunisia-based TuNur filed a request to export 4.5 gigawatts (GW) of solar energy to Europe. That’s enough to power 5 million homes or 7 million electric cars! If the joint venture between UK-based solar specialist Nur Energie and Tunisian and Maltese investors proves successful, the energy landscape in Europe will be forever changed. Said Daniel Rich, the chief operating officer at TuNur: “Today you have a market in need of low carbon dispatchable power, which has the mechanisms to import power from other countries. Next door is a region with extreme solar resource and in need for investment and development. Finally, there are technologies that can satisfy the demand at very competitive pricing and have a very high local impact.” The National reports that project is making fast progress. By 2020, the TuNur solar plant in Tunisia will be linked with Malta, a feat which will cost approximately €1.6 billion. (The island is already linked to the European mainland via an undersea power line that connects to Sicily.) A second cable link will connect Tunisia to central Italy at a point north of Rome. A third cable, which would link Tunisia to the south of France, is presently under review. Related: European firms eye artificial island for North Sea wind and solar farm The project will do more than provide Europe with clean energy – it will stimulate over $5 billion of investment in Tunisia . Approximately 20,000 direct and indirect jobs — specifically in the interior regions which are least developed — will also be generated. + TuNur Via The National Images via TuNur , Pixabay

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Star Wars-inspired NASA observatory will offer galactic views in Cyprus

September 7, 2017 by  
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A spaceship-like observatory is set to land atop a Cyprus mountain. Kyriakos Tsolakis Architects got the green light for a space science center that will give NASA greater research coverage over the Middle East. Located in the Troodos Mountains, this Sci Fi-inspired building commands an impressive and distinctive silhouette to “inspire and excite anyone who sees it from afar or from up close.” Named Star Observatory, the spaceship-like building will be the first purpose-built observatory in Cyprus . Renderings show the structure perched atop a tree-covered mountain 1,200 meters above sea level in Troodos Geopark, a 115-hectare UNESCO-listed park in central Cyprus. The observatory will give NASA researchers the opportunity to track celestial phenomena in the Middle East, a region where there is insufficient data. “Elena and I drew inspiration from sci-fi when drawing up plans for this observatory – I was a Star Wars fan growing up,” said architects Nicodemos K Tsolakis and Elena K Tsolakis of his and his wife’s design process to Dezeen. “Of course the client didn’t know this when they hired us. They were pretty surprised with where we took it but they love the ideas.” Related: Roden Crater is a magic space for observing cycles of geologic and celestial time The spaceship-like research center features a wedge shape with a dome on one end and a cantilevered terrace on the other. The Star Observatory will include two telescopes for daytime and nighttime viewing and visitors will also be allowed bring their own telescopes. The robust observatory will be able to withstand the region’s extreme temperatures, from blistering hot summers to below freezing temperatures in winter. + Kyriakos Tsolakis Architects Via Dezeen Images via Kyriakos Tsolakis Architects , by MIR

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New photos of Disneyland’s Star Wars park unveiled

February 23, 2016 by  
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New 3D cartoon Planet Blue uses laughter and adventure to help kids save the planet

February 23, 2016 by  
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These vegan “Star Wars” shoes are a stylish sci-fi buff’s dream come true

January 10, 2016 by  
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Let the world know your love for Star Wars — and look good doing it! This fun design is vegan and cruelty-free, and comes in flat and pump styles. The designs are limited edition, so you’ll want to grab yours right away. READ MORE >

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Real life lightsabers? A scientist explains how it might be possible

December 18, 2015 by  
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This week, Don Lincoln, a senior scientist at Fermilab , offered hope to die-hard Star Wars fans everywhere: while we don’t have the technology to create one now, he writes in an article for Space.com , there is some real science behind the lightsaber. And the way it would work isn’t exactly what most movie-goers would expect. Read the rest of Real life lightsabers? A scientist explains how it might be possible

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Was Star Wars’ Naboo secretly designed by Frank Lloyd Wright?

December 18, 2015 by  
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A Bay Area commuter approaching Terra Linda from US 101 will notice something strange just east of the freeway in San Rafael. A futuristic, robin egg blue spaceship emerges majestically from the expansive landscape, then transforms into a massive structure that is dwarfed only by the two valleys it spans. This unusual and eyecatching building, the Marin County Civic Center , was nominated in early 2015 for the UNESCO World Heritage List and is best known as Frank Lloyd Wright ’s final and largest public project. But to science-fiction fans the striking structure carries a different meaning, as it was an inspiration to both George Lucas in Star Wars , as well as science fiction director Andrew Niccol. Read the rest of Was Star Wars’ Naboo secretly designed by Frank Lloyd Wright?

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Singapore’s solar-powered Sky Terrace residential towers combine all the best of green living

December 18, 2015 by  
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Artist constructs creepy Darth Vader masks entirely from dead insects

May 14, 2015 by  
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