This trippy tea house in Shanghai is built from 999 handmade timber sticks

June 13, 2018 by  
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Chinese design studio MINAX Architects have combined contemporary architecture with traditional Chinese tea drinking rituals in the ONE Teahouse, a cocoon-like space crafted from 999 handmade wooden sticks. Spanning an area of just 17.86 square meters (about 59 square feet), the compact tea house is a result of the renovation of an existing timber structure in Shanghai’s Hongkou District. The architects completed the project over the course of three months. Tea has long been an important part of traditional Chinese culture. However, with the advent of tea bags and busy lifestyles, the historic rituals surrounding tea are often overlooked or forgotten. With ONE Teahouse, MINAX Architects wanted to create a space where drinking a cup of tea would be elevated into an act of spiritual significance. Drawing inspiration from traditional Chinese wooden architecture, MINAX Architects inserted handmade wooden sticks of varying lengths into the oriented strand board walls of a rectangular room. Each stick was cut to a different angle and length to create the illusion of an ellipsoidal space. At the center of the space is a low “YI ZHANG” tea table by Shanghai-based furniture designers MINAXDO surrounded by six seats. LED lights illuminate the interior. Related: ARCHSTUDIO inserts a modern teahouse into an ancient Chinese structure “On one side of the room, a round window faces the urban road, while a square doorway is adjacent to a garden on the other side,” MINAX Architects wrote. “That is because [we] were inspired by an old Chinese saying —’The circle has a tread of auto-rotating, and the square has a tread of stable.’ The specificity of the space brings the people strong psychological hints. The theme of the teahouse is ‘ONE.’ ‘ONE’ and ‘RESTART’ are two words of the space where we could reach a higher state of consciousness.” + MINAX Architects Images by Zhigang Lu

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WHO says drinking very hot beverages can cause cancer

June 20, 2016 by  
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Great, just great. Are there any of our vices left that don’t have a link to cancer? Super-hot coffee was just added to the list of possible carcinogens, along side things like  cell phones , bacon , and sunbathing, thanks to a recent analysis concluding that beverages heated above 65 degrees Celsius (149 degrees Fahrenheit) can cause esophageal cancer . If cupcakes are next, we are all doomed. The findings came about after 23 international scientists reviewed all available data on hot beverages and their link to cancer. They analyzed things like coffee , tea, maté, and other hot drinks, leading to the conclusion that imbibing these beverages at temperatures above 65 degrees Celsius could lead to cancer of the esophagus. Luckily, the type of beverage doesn’t seem to matter as much as the heat. The International Agency for Research on Cancer , who published the study, says drinks at such temperatures are “possibly carcinogenic .” Exposure to gasoline fumes and lead are in the same category. Related: Study finds sugar-loaded drinks responsible for over 180,000 deaths worldwide Industrialized countries in Europe and North America tend to drink their favorite libations just below the “possibly carcinogenic” threshold, yet people in South America, East Africa, and the Middle East often drink theirs at or above dangerous temperatures. Not only is there a possible cancer link at this high heat, but liquids at this temperature can easily burn tongues and scald esophaguses. Luckily, it seems we can still enjoy a cup of joe without fear, as long as we use some self restraint and let it cool down first. Via  CNN Images via Pexels ( 1 , 2 )

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Christos spectacular art installation lets visitors walk on water

June 20, 2016 by  
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Like his last large-scale project The Gates , which comprised thousands of fabric gates that Christo—his full name is Christo Vladimirov Javacheff—and his late wife, Jeanne-Claude, installed across Central Park in 2005, The Floating Piers features the same vibrant saffron color and is funded entirely by the artist’s sales of original drawings, collages, and other artworks. The $16.8 million project was a massive feat to complete with involvement from French deep-sea divers and Bulgarian athletes to engineers and local officials. The floating walkway comprises a waterproof and stain-resistant saffron-colored fabric draped over 220,000 floating polyethylene cubes installed to form a 53-foot-wide spine. Related: Incredible 3km floating walkway covered in yellow fabric will cross Italy’s Lake Iseo “It’s really a physical thing, you need to be there, walking it, on the streets, here,” Christo said. “And it’s demanding.” The experience of walking on The Floating Piers reportedly feels like walking on a gently swaying boat. The art installation is free to the public and is expected to attract approximately 40,000 people a day. Lifeguards, boat hands, and other officers are present in case of accidents or emergencies; the Floating Piers has no railing and floats less than six inches above the water’s surface. The art installation will stay on the lake for 16 days until July 3, after which it will be dismantled, recycled , and resold. + The Floating Piers Via The New York Times Images via Christo , by Wolfgang Volz

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DIY: 6 Delicious Herbal Teas You Can Make This Winter

November 27, 2014 by  
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As the cold weather settles in, there is nothing like a hot cup of tea to take winter’s edge off. Rather than raiding your grocery store for pre-packaged flavors, why not try your hand at these easy DIY herbal tea recipes? Homemade tea is easy, fun, and affordable, and also makes for a great gift for your loved ones. Tuck into a steamy cup and enjoy the benefits of these warm herbal infusions. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of DIY: 6 Delicious Herbal Teas You Can Make This Winter Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: diy gifts , DIY tea , DIY tea blends , eco design , ginger tea , Ginger Turmeric Tea , green design , herbal tea , herbal teas , herbs , lavender , Lavender tea , lemon , Lemon Tea , mint , mint tea , Nettle Cinnamon Herbal Tea , Rose and Black Tea , rose tea , stomach soother , stomach soother tea , sustainable design , tea , tea blends , teas , turmeric , turmeric tea

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10 Warming Vegan Drinks for Autumn and Winter

November 21, 2014 by  
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Although winter isn’t officially here yet, the biting winds and snowfall are inspiring many of us to order hot lattes, apple cider, and cocoa instead of frozen drinks at our  favorite cafes . All over the northern hemisphere, folks are wrapping chilled fingers around warm mugs to sip at the deliciousness therein. Whether you’re aiming to be more budget-friendly or would just rather make your own drinks at home, you can whip up some fabulous, delicious vegan sip-ables with just a few ingredients, a saucepan, and a stove top. Read the rest of 10 Warming Vegan Drinks for Autumn and Winter Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: autumn beverages , autumn drinks , beverages , butterbeer , chai , Christmas , cider , cocoa , Earl Grey , fall beverages , fall drinks , hot beverages , hot chocolate , hot drink , hot toddy , latte , London fog , miso , miso soup , mulled , tea , thanksgiving , vegan , vegan drink , wine , winter beverages , winter drinks

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A1?s Tea House in the Garden is a Natural Sanctuary in Prague

April 16, 2012 by  
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Greece ‘Potato Movement’ Directly Connects Farmers & Consumers During the Debt Crisis

April 16, 2012 by  
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In the face of stringent budget cuts and economic instability in Greece , a new movement of agricultural workers are taking matters into their own hands. Dubbed “ The Potato Movement ,” tens of thousands of pounds of potatoes and other agricultural produce are being sold directly to their consumers. Farmers are selling their locally-produced food out of the back of trucks, and the agricultural movement has spread across the country, with products like Easter lamb, onions, rice, and olives being added to the selection. Read the rest of Greece ‘Potato Movement’ Directly Connects Farmers & Consumers During the Debt Crisis Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture greece , cooperative farming , farming mediterranean , greece crisis , greek austerity , potato cooperatives , potato movement greece

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Ask Pablo: Electric Kettle, Stove, or Microwave Oven?

November 23, 2009 by  
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Image Source: Velo Steve Dear Pablo, For boiling water what is the most efficient, an electric kettle, a pot on a stove, or a microwave?

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Razor Clams are Inspiration for RoboClam, a Robotic Sand-Digging Anchor (Video)

November 23, 2009 by  
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Photo via MIT Biomimicry is again at the heart of new technology, this time for a solution to creating a better anchor.

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East Antarctic Ice Loss Accelerating Since 2006 – ‘Large Impact’ on Future Sea Level Rise Possible

November 23, 2009 by  
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photo: Eli Duke via flickr. With all the focus on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet melting, we could always take a small bit of comfort in knowing that the eastern part of the continent was comparatively stable.

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