Enjoy a mint julep on this tiny farmhouse’s charming front porch

November 2, 2018 by  
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If there is one thing that typically eludes tiny home design, it’s open-air space. That’s what makes this gorgeous, modern farmhouse so incredible. Designed by Perch & Nest , Roost 36 is a tiny home on wheels with a large front porch, which was built out of 100 percent recycled composite materials. Even better, the house, which is listed on Airbnb , is located on an idyllic 4-acre farm, letting guests enjoy the amazing scenery from one very cozy front porch. Located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Roost 36 was created for a family of four. It boasts non-toxic materials and many energy-efficient features . The exterior is an elongated volume painted white with an A-frame roof, reminiscent of barns and farmhouses found in the area. At one end of the tiny home is a surprisingly large deck, which was built from 100 percent recycled composite. A glass entry wall can be opened completely, blending the interior and exterior spaces. A brilliant system of retractable screens lets residents further open the space or close it off completely while still enjoying fresh air. Related: This tiny farmhouse on wheels starts at 63K On the inside, a comfortable sofa faces a wall with built-in shelving with enough room for the television and various knick-knacks. Large windows and four skylights on the cathedral ceilings naturally brighten the space. There is a fully-equipped kitchen with concrete countertops, a deep farmhouse sink and a very cool, renovated SMEG icebox as a refrigerator. Past the kitchen, a rather spacious bathroom comes installed with a farm-style tub and a composting toilet . There are two sleeping lofts on either side of the tiny home. The master bedroom is reached by steps that double as storage. Underneath the master bedroom is a smaller sleeping nook that can be used as a kids’ room or guest room. On the other side of the home is another sleeping loft, which is 8 feet deep and reached by a library ladder. The tiny home is available for rent on Airbnb , starting around $120 per night. Guests can enjoy the serenity of the area, especially the roaming farm animals and expansive nature found on the site. Hanging Rock and Pilot Mountain state parks are a short drive away and offer tons of hiking and biking trails. + Perch and Nest Via Tiny House Talk Images via Perch and Nest

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Bill Nye is back with new (real) science show

February 15, 2017 by  
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Scientist and television personality Bill Nye the Science Guy is returning to television with a new show, Bill Nye Saves the World . With bombastic claims about alternative facts and fake news threatening to distract us from issues that matter, Nye plans to inject a little reality into the mix with his new series. According to Netflix , where the show will air on April 21, the program will refute “antiscientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders, or titans of industry.” Nye , known for his Emmy-winning children’s program Bill Nye the Science Guy , will target a different audience through his Netflix series. Bill Nye Saves the World will feature a talk show format with what Nye referred to as essentially a monologue, guests, expert panels, and comedy pieces. He’ll approach topics as diverse as climate change , sex, and technology from a point of view that is both entertaining and scientific. Related: Bill Nye the Science Guy backs revolutionary solar company https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-_HKOcYBK8 Some of Nye’s topics, specifically climate change, could be considered political, especially under a president who’s tweeted his denial of global warming . But The New York Times notes the program isn’t a reaction to the November election, as filming finished in October. And according to Nye it wasn’t the climate science community but people in fossil fuel industries that politicized the issue. He pointed out no one has to watch his show, but he does hope it will influence some people. Nye told The New York Times, “You have to be optimistic. You’re not going to solve global problems or address global issues without being optimistic. If you don’t think you can do anything about it, you won’t.” The show will feature 13 30-minute long episodes, released all at the same time. Although Nye doesn’t yet know if the new show will be renewed for a second season, he plans to continue injecting science and critical thinking into political dialogue. Via The New York Times Images via Gage Skidmore on Flickr and screenshot

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Imposing Communist-Era Television Tower Transformed Into a Unique Hotel in Prague

October 30, 2016 by  
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Visitors to the hotel can also get a different perspective of the city from the observatory located at the tip of the tower. For food and other culinary delights, the  Oblaca restaurant  is located one floor down. And for added luxury, the hotel will prepare a festive decorated table for a private dinner or lunch of up to 16 guests, which can also include a private waiter and sommelier. Related: Prague’s Luscious MOODs Hotel Melds Sustainable Materials With Superior Comfort The only thing that might justify the $900 per night price tag, is a glass-walled bathroom that lets you relax in style and peer out over the city skyline from your secluded hideaway. While it would certainly make for a unique experience, the room itself doesn’t have any other standout features – unless you include the option to convert it into your very own private conference room, in which case there’s that. Originally constructed in the 1980s, the tower consists of three concrete pillars with a metallic finish, and has nine different ‘pods’ scattered across it’s surface. The television tower still houses transmission equipment, which was supposedly used to jam communications from the west during the country’s communist occupation. Related: Mobile Bicycle Sauna Dedicated to Prague Cyclists Who Want to Relax Criticism of the building’s appearance was strictly prohibited during its earliest days, but in an attempt to try and improve the building’s public image at the turn of the century, Czech artist  David ?erný  was invited to infuse the tower with some public art. He settled on giant metallic babies crawling up and down the side of antennae; they were removed at one point, but after enormous public outcry, they were quickly reinstated. Via Gizmodo Images by One Room Hotel

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Swine flu vaccine makes a girl fall asleep 40 times a day

June 19, 2015 by  
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When 13-year-old Lucy Tonge started drifting off in front of the television , her mother chalked it up to being a teen. And when she slumped over when laughing, her mother thought she was just being silly. But when Lucy started to just pass out without warning, her family started to realize that something was really wrong. Lucy has narcolepsy, a chronic condition where the brain cannot properly control sleep and awake cycles. It turns out that a swine flu vaccine Tonge received in 2009 causes the narcolepsy. She received the vaccine a few months before the first symptoms appeared. Read the rest of Swine flu vaccine makes a girl fall asleep 40 times a day Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: british dpw , british government department of work and pensions , glaxosmithkline , lucy tonge , narcolepsy , swine flu , swine flu disease , swine flu vaccine , vaccinations

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Burj Khalifa architects selected to design Burj 2020, the world’s tallest commercial tower

June 19, 2015 by  
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Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) have been named by the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) as the firm that will design the Burj 2020. The new tower is set to surpass New York’s One World Trade Center as the world’s tallest commercial building. The Burj 2020 will be a “world-class destination” that “will set new levels of efficiency and urban sustainability,” according to a statement by the DMCC. Read the rest of Burj Khalifa architects selected to design Burj 2020, the world’s tallest commercial tower Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “Adrian Smith” , “AS+GG” , “Gordon Gill” , adrian smith and gordon gill architecture , burj 2020 , burj khalifa , Dubai Architecture , dubai expo 2020 , worlds tallest commercial building

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Stylish $4,140 electric Smartscooter available for pre-order June 27th

June 19, 2015 by  
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The next generation electric scooter , by Gogoro , will soon be available to consumers for the low price of $4,140. Made in Taiwan, the Smartscooter will be available for preorder on June 27 th and comes with a host of other benefits, including two years of reusable batteries, free maintenance and roadside service to get moving. Read the rest of Stylish $4,140 electric Smartscooter available for pre-order June 27th Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , electric scooter , Gogoro , green design , green transportation , Smartscooter , sustainable design , sustainable transportation , Taiwan

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Our love of Nutella is wrecking the Earth

June 19, 2015 by  
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Nutella is the stuff dreams are made of. OK, well, it’s really just amazing on toast–and almost everything else , but according to Segolene Royal, the French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, our love of Nutella (and about half of all packaged products sold in supermarkets ) is wrecking havoc on the environment. Read the rest of Our love of Nutella is wrecking the Earth Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , conservation , deforestation , ferrero , habitat loss , nutella , nutella and deforestation , nutella palm oil , orangutans , palm oil production , species extinction , tigers , Wildlife conservation , zero waste textile factory

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Imposing Communist-Era Television Tower Offers a Unique Hotel Destination in Prague

March 26, 2014 by  
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Bicycle Haüs is a Gleaming Green Mecca for Cycling Enthusiasts

March 26, 2014 by  
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INFOGRAPHIC: Which Electronics are Green Enough to Buy?

November 26, 2013 by  
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The Natural Resources Defense Council is helping turn Black Friday green with its annual guide to shopping for environmentally-friendly, energy-efficient electronics. In a blog post on the NRDC website, senior scientist and Center for Energy Efficiency Director Noah Horowitz points out three easy steps to green your gadget gifts: only buy models with the ENERGY STAR stamp of approval, eliminate vampire power when the device is not in use, and properly recycle old units so they don’t end up in toxic landfills. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Which Electronics are Green Enough to Buy? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , “energy star” , Black Friday , computer , green electronics , holidays , Natural Resources Defense Council , nrdc , Shopping , television        

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