Dome-shaped tents in Tanzania keep visitors warm at 10,000 feet above sea level

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The Highlands camp is located on the edge of the mountain forest around the Olmoti volcano and functions as the main base for visitors exploring the wild Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania. Until Asilia came in, the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area was used mostly by Masai herders. The remote, yet luxurious retreat comprises eight tents with sinuous Perspex windows that offer views of the surroundings and wildlife. Related: Eco-friendly resort in Australia mimics the surrounding sand dunes Thanks to the sensible design and choice of materials for the dome-shaped tents, located 10,000 feet above sea level, the interiors stay warm even at night and provide comfortable temperatures throughout the day. Each structure features wood-burning stoves , hot-water bottles, Masai-inspired tartan cushions, ottomans and other objects that strongly reference the local vernacular . + Asilia + Artichoke Via Architectural Digest

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MIT and NASA unveil "morphing" airplane wing that could revolutionize aviation

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NASA and MIT just unveiled a new “morphing” aircraft wing that could revolutionize aviation . The flexible wing designed by NASA’s MADCAT team could be used to create super-efficient plans that use much less fuel. An Airbus aviation expert uninvolved with the research said the approach pioneered by MADCAT ” is a philosophical revolution, opening the gate to disruptive innovation .” Wing shape greatly impacts how efficiently an aircraft can operate, and according to NASA , rigid wings aren’t always the most efficient. They describe the search for a better wing as the quest for the holy grail. MADCAT, comprised of researchers and students from MIT ; University of California, Davis; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Santa Cruz; Cornell University; and NASA may have found that long-awaited green wing. Related: Meet Maxwell, NASA’s zero-emission 14-motor electric airplane According to MIT, the wing is made of “a system of tiny, lightweight subunits” that robots could assemble. The subunits are covered by overlapping parts reminiscent of scales or feathers. The wing components are made from advanced carbon fiber composite materials. Computers and motors can help change the shape of the wing for better efficiency even while an aircraft is flying. The new wings could also be manufactured using much simpler and more streamlined processes. NASA is dedicated to green aviation “by dramatically reducing its environmental impact; improving efficiency, while maintaining safety in more crowded skies; and paving the way for revolutionary aircraft shapes and propulsion,” according to a statement on the morphing wings. The MADCAT team is still working on the design of the groundbreaking wing, but they’ve already experimented with the concept at a Modesto, California test airfield. The journal Soft Robotics published the innovative work earlier this year. + MIT News + NASA Images via Kenneth Cheung/NASA

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