GE Developing New Magnets that Could Reduce Demand for Rare Earth Metals

January 21, 2011 by  
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Image © Peggy Greb via Wikimedia Commons Energy efficient technologies like wind turbines and electric car engines are much greener choices than their traditional counterparts, but the powerful magnets essential to their operation require rare earth metals that are diminishing in supply. While countries in North America, Australia, and South East Asia hurry to bring more rare earth mines into operations — a process that can take years — General Electric scientists have created a new breed of nanocomposite magnets that would require less rare earths to achieve the same high magnetism as magnets currently on the market.

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Incredible Rock Office is Built From the Ground Up With Simple Stones

January 21, 2011 by  
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Rock Office is a unique structure that sits on a precarious piece of land in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Commissioned as an architecture and construction office with an included gallery, the building expresses a playful minimalism . The project’s use of simple materials like raw stone contributes a surprising element that looks extraordinary at a large scale.

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NBBJ and CCDI design sustainable sports park for Hangzhou

April 17, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Sustainable pedestrian-centric sports and recreation development. NBBJ in partnership with CCDI have designed the Hangzhou Sports Park that is a vibrant, pedestrian-centric sports and recreational development that will be located in the midst of Hangzhou’s new urban environment

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Canada Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010 will harvest rainwater

March 15, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Sustainable pavilion designed for Shanghai World Expo 2010. Canadian engineering and construction company SNC-Lavalin Inc has unveiled the designs of the Canada Pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo 2010 . The sustainable pavilion has been designed by Cirque Du Soleil and will feature an exhibition themed “The Living City”

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Green Ring concept monitors indoor air quality and purifies it

March 15, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Concept air purifier monitors and removes pollutants. The Green Ring is the brainchild of designers Park Jun Seok and Kwon Hye Rim and has been designed to keep tabs on the air you breathe and help purify it as well

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H3AR proposes multipurpose ‘Watertower’ skyscraper for Sudan

March 10, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Sustainable skyscraper to be made using natural materials. The shortage of water and land has resulted in political unrest in Sudan for decades. However, the recent discovery of the world’s tenth largest underground lake in the region by scientists from Boston University can end the conflict if the lake is managed correctly

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Eco Architecture: Elenberg Fraser proposes sustainable development for Ajman waterfront

November 3, 2009 by  
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Eco Factor: Mixed-use development to incorporate energy-saving and passive energy technologies. Elenberg Fraser has proposed a sustainable mixed-use development for the Ajman waterfront.

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