Dutch studio unveils colorful solar-powered village for area homeless

July 20, 2017 by  
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Studio Elmo Vemijs from the Netherlands has created a beautiful tiny home village on the outskirts of Eindhoven to help those who find themselves in dire straits. The architects designed the neighborhood layout as well as the solar-powered , 355-square-feet homes to meet the specific needs of the residents. The inspiration for the village came from the Dutch phrase “Skaeve Huse” – roughly translated as “special homes for special people.” Working in collaboration with social housing organization, The Trudo Housing Corporation , the architects designed the tiny homes specifically for individuals suffering from mental illness, drug addiction, and anyone that simply has trouble living in a traditional home environment. Most Skaeve Huses are typically temporary shelters , but with this particular project, the team wanted to create a community of permanent, energy-neutral homes that could offer long-term benefits to the residents as well as the surrounding community. Related: Missouri community is building 50 tiny homes for homeless veterans Located on a tree-filled plot of land, the neighborhood is comprised out of a series of small, energy-efficient homes. All of the structures are made out of a corrugated steel facade with protruding window frames, but each has a unique color scheme. The interior layouts include an entrance hall, living room, kitchen, bathroom along with large windows that provide optimal natural light on the interior. Studio Elmo Vermijs designed the houses as well as the landscape architecture. Using the abundance of existing trees as a guide for the layout, walking paths were created that lead from home to home. The organization of the village gives each resident plenty of privacy and independence, but without creating an atmosphere of isolation. The surrounding greenery along with the home’s cheerful colors provide the village with a vibrant, fun atmosphere. + Studio Elmo Vermijs Via Curbed Images via Studio Elmo Vemijs  

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Cecil the lion’s son shot and killed by trophy hunter

July 20, 2017 by  
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In 2015, Cecil the lion was reportedly lured out of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park to be slaughtered by American dentist Walter Palmer. But lion hunting in the area hasn’t stopped. A group that calls themselves Lions of Hwange National Park recently said Cecil’s son, Xanda, was shot on a trophy hunt . Xanda was just over six years old and was the father of multiple cubs. Lions of Hwange National Park said Xanda was shot a few days ago. Professional hunter Richard Cooke of RC Safaris was part of the shoot, and Lions of Hwange National Park said Cooke killed Xanda’s brother around two years ago, when the brother around four years old. Related: U.S. dentist will not be prosecuted in Zimbabwe for killing Cecil the lion Cooke’s hunt was legal, according to researcher Andrew Loveridge of Oxford University , who is part of a team that monitored the national park’s lions with electronic collars. Cooke apparently returned the collar, cluing researchers in to Xanda’s demise. Loveridge told The Telegraph, “I fitted it last October. It was monitored almost daily and we were aware that Xanda and his pride was spending a lot of time out of the park in the last six months, but there is not much we can do about that. Richard Cooke is one of the ‘good’ guys. He is ethical and he returned the collar and communicated what had happened. His hunt was legal and Xanda was over six years old so it is all within the stipulated regulations.” He said he hopes for a five kilometer, or 3.1 mile, exclusion zone around the park so collared lions that wander out won’t be shot by hunters anymore. The Telegraph reported Cooke did not answer his phones the day they published their article. It’s unclear who his client was, although the publication said most lion shooters hail from the United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, or Germany. The client could have forked over around £40,000, or close to $52,000 for the hunt and the lion’s head for mounting where they live. Via Lions of Hwange National Park and The Telegraph Images via Bert Duplessis/Lions of Hwange National Park on Facebook

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Why the new Nissan Leaf won’t need a brake pedal

July 20, 2017 by  
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Your next car may not have a brake pedal. But don’t worry – you’ll still be able to drive safely. Nissan’s new Leaf will feature what they call an e-Pedal, which allows users to speed up, slow down, and stop using just one pedal. This seemingly small change could alter car design of the future in a large way. The e-Pedal could forever change the way we drive. Drivers simply push down on the pedal to accelerate, as normal, but when they ease up on the pedal the car slows down, and when they take their foot off completely the car stops. The technology works even on hills, allowing a car to stay in place without a person needing the hold the brake pedal down. Nissan describes the e-Pedal as the world’s first one-pedal operation. Related: The 2018 Nissan Leaf will feature semi-autonomous driving technology According to Nissan, “drivers can cover 90 percent of their driving needs with the e-Pedal.” They think users in heavy traffic or on city commutes could benefit from the new design, since they wouldn’t have to constantly move their foot back and forth to decelerate and accelerate. They say the e-Pedal will simplify driving and make the journey more engaging. The idea may not be quite as crazy as it seems. HuffPost explains when you ease your foot off the accelerator in a gasoline -fueled car today, the engine in the car prompts it to slow down. This feature is lacking in electric vehicles , though, so manufacturers typically put a regenerative braking feature in the design so the car will brake when you release the pedal. In electric cars this motion also generates electricity from the wheels’ movement. Will other car manufacturers follow suit? And will drivers love or loathe the new feature? The e-Pedal will premier on September 6, so we may get more answers then. Via Nissan and HuffPost United Kingdom Images via Nissan ( 1 , 2 )

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Unconventional tiny home for the road expands with the press of a button

September 23, 2016 by  
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You wouldn’t be able to live in the house when it’s not expanded; the compacted form, which is 26 feet long, is meant for travel. But when the owner is ready to inhabit the home again, all they have to do is press a button, and extra space in the bedroom, an eating space, and a lounge slide out. There’s also a couch in the lounge that can fold out into a bed. A kitchen, storage loft, and bathroom equipped with a toilet, shower, and sink add further functionality. LED lights provide illumination for the shower. Related: Tiny transforming home in Hong Kong makes 309 square feet feel huge Tiny Idahomes added a few features to ensure water will be kept out of the home, such as a built-in gutter and triple-seal protection. The expanding spaces in the home slide open on metal rails via an electric motor. A metal roof tops the house, and it’s clad with ” board and batten siding .” The plywood walls and ceiling inside the home are painted white. There are a few ways to power the home: an owner could connect it to solar panels, or to an RV hookup. Propane powers the oven. The home is also equipped with two 12-volt batteries. In addition, there are four water tanks to store waste from the toilet and fresh water. Since Tiny Idahomes has taken the tiny house to shows, it already has more than 4,000 miles on it, so it will sell for a discounted price of $68,899. You can check out more details here . + Tiny Idahomes Via New Atlas Images via Tiny Idahomes

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Basecamp tiny home boasts a large rooftop deck for mountain-climbing couple and 3 dogs

July 28, 2016 by  
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Tina and Luke moved from Massachusetts across the country to Oregon to build their tiny house and start Backcountry Tiny Homes . The couple describes themselves this way: “Engineers by trade, mountaineers by design, we bring our expertise and our passion to all things tiny. Trust us, with two humans and three dogs and only 204 square feet of space, we know how to make a space comfortable and liveable all year long.” Related: Adorable solar-powered tiny home has a rock climbing wall inside The beautiful wood exterior, complete with a branch-like railing in front of French doors at the entrance, fits right in with the forested Oregon landscape. Inside, wood furnishings from the walls to the raw edge kitchen counters add to the sylvan feel. The off-grid home also boasts a rainwater collection system, solar panels , and a composting toilet. A propane stove inside allows for hot meals. One reaches the deck via a small ” hobbit door ” in the sleeping loft that leads to a staircase that climbs up the side of the home to the roof. There’s another loft inside that allows for more storage. Hidden furniture can be found throughout Basecamp, from a drying rack to a coffee table to a dining room table and chairs. The couch can fold out into a bed for guests. Through Backcountry Tiny Homes, the Orlandos sell their plans so others can build their own tiny home. There are a few customization choices, including a Pet Friendly Option and an Off-Grid Option. + Backcountry Tiny Homes Via Treehugger Images via Backcountry Tiny Homes Facebook and Backcountry Tiny Homes

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Amazing Space Saving Furniture Stacks Like Nesting Dolls

November 17, 2010 by  
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BionX Electric Bikes to Join California Bikeshare System

November 17, 2010 by  
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Canadian autoparts giant Magna International has volunteered its BionX electric bikes for a four-week bikeshare trial in California, which will release a fleet of bikes on the Sacramento campus of the California Energy Environmental Protection Agency . The bikeshare scheme has been launched in partnership with Ecotron Systems, which is in charge of building the e-bike stations.

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ChargePoint Unveils First Public EV Charger In Washington D.C.

November 17, 2010 by  
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ChargePoint just unveiled the first public electric vehicle charging station in Washington, D.C. as part of Coulomb Technologies ‘ $37 million ChargePoint America program . The program was paid for in part by a $15 million DOE grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , and it aims to install more than 500 charging stations in the District of Columbia area as part of a nationwide effort that will add 4,600 free charging stations over the next two years.

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Genetically Modified Bacteria Can Fix Cracked Concrete

November 17, 2010 by  
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Researchers at the U.K’s University of Newcastle have created a new type of bacteria that generates glue to hold together cracks in concrete structures — that means everything from concrete sidewalks to buildings that have been damaged by earthquakes.

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Ultra-Compact “Near House” is a Small Space Marvel in Japan

October 25, 2010 by  
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