The world’s longest hiking trail is officially open

September 8, 2017 by  
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The Great Trail in Canada is aptly named – it’s now the longest hiking trail in the world at 14,864 miles. It was built over the last 25 years, snaking through 13 provinces and territories. The trail, which is comprised of over 400 individual paths, just officially opened at the end of August. Canada’s Great Trail winds from Saint John’s in Newfoundland to Victoria in British Columbia, with a loop up through the Northwest Territories and Yukon to the Arctic Ocean. It’s not limited to hiking – explorers traversing the trail can snowmobile, bike, ride horses, or cross-country ski through some parts of the route. 26 percent actually crosses water, so a canoe or kayak is necessary to cross some portions. No cars are allowed. An estimated four out of five Canadians reside within 30 minutes of part of the trail. Related: World’s longest car-free trail stretching 15,000 miles to open next year in Canada Local areas maintain the smaller trails that come together to form The Great Trail, described as “truly a gift from Canadians to Canadians” by the nonprofit Trans Canada Trail, the organization that has overseen its development. The Great Trail has also been termed the largest volunteer project in the country’s history. According to Trans Canada Trail, The Great Trail promotes conservation and healthy living, and it is expected to stimulate tourism and create jobs. The group calls it a national legacy for future generations. Users will be treated to sweeping views of mountains, plains, frozen tundra, coastal islands, urban areas, and lakes throughout the country. The longest section of the trail, which passes right through major cities like Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Edmonton, Ottawa, and Winnipeg, is in Ontario, where it rambles around the Great Lakes. If this sounds as good to you as it does to us, you can locate a portion of the trail near you on this interactive map or via The Great Trail app (available for iOS and Android ). + The Great Trail Via Mother Nature Network Images via The Great Trail ( 1 , 2 )

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MVRDV unveils plans for the biggest urban development project in Scandinavia

September 8, 2017 by  
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MVRDV and BSK Arkitekter have grand plans for Gothenburg, Sweden. The two architecture firms just unveiled Magasin 113, a proposed transformation and extension of an existing waterfront warehouse in Gothenburg’s future Frihamnen RiverCity —the largest urban development project in Scandinavia. Once renovated and expanded, the multistory warehouse will offer 16,500 square meters of office space, an art center, pop-up spaces, a cafe, tourist information, retail, restaurants, and studios. Magazine 113 is one of the few remaining historic warehouses in the area. The mixed-use adaptive reuse project blends old and new, and will serve as a public hub for a livable neighborhood. The interior is organized into zones and connected via large freight elevators as well as a family of different types of stairs. An outdoor staircase on the waterfront -facing facade connects the different loading balconies with the main public plaza. The architects plan to expand the concrete building’s footprint with the addition of three new levels of timber-framed floors above. A new public space will join the existing structure and new extension, visually uniting the two and attracting public activity from outside. The original brick facade and interiors will be restored, repaired, and displayed beneath a glazed facade to show off Magazine 113’s industrial heritage. The glazed facade that wraps around the existing concrete warehouse and new timber-framed extension provides insulation and a protective “raincoat.” “This will add an exciting blend of a building that is ‘old’ and new, raw and smooth, and solid and transparent at the same time,” wrote MVRDV. Related: The Sax: MVRDV unveils plans for a ‘vertical city’ in Rotterdam “Magasin 113’s location will become a public node through its close connections to other public spaces in the area,” added the architects. “Combined with the nearby park and pool, it aims to attract a wide range of tenants and services, which in turn will help to create an inviting and desirable neighbourhood.” + MVRDV Images via MVRDV

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Portuguese winery transformed into a minimalist and modern home

September 8, 2017 by  
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A 20th century winery has traded barrels of grapes for family gatherings thanks to the efforts of Extrastudio . The Lisbon-based architecture firm transformed the former winery into a light-filled home in Azeitao, a small village in southern Portugal. The architects retained the gabled structure’s original building footprint, but refreshed its look with a red-colored render that gives the building its new name—the Red House. Built in the 20th century by the client’s grandparents, the winery has been overhauled into a minimalist and modern dwelling complemented with a black-bottomed pool. Despite its contemporary interior, the home exudes rustic appeal thanks to its gabled roofline and uneven application of red-colored render. The facade’s patchy and pinkish appearance, which changes over time, echoes the look of the original weathered walls. “A natural red pigment was added to the mortar, to reinforce the building’s presence, allowing the house to age gradually and changing its tonality, without ever requiring a coat of paint,” said the Extrastudio, according to Dezeen . “Over the days and months, the colour of the house alters, lighter or darker depending on the humidity, almost black when it rains.” The render derives its color from powdered brick and heat-treated clay, a material that protects the facade against weathering damage. Related: 100% solar-powered winery keeps naturally cool with cork-insulated roofs Natural light fills the Red House, which is dominated by white-painted interiors, pale concrete floors, and tall ceilings. Mirrors line the living room to further reflect light. Full-height black glass doors stretch the width of the garden-facing facade on the ground floor and slide completely open to expand the living space to the outdoors. The ground floor comprises the communal areas, arranged in an open-plan layout, while the bedrooms and bathrooms are placed on the floor above. A small room occupies the attic. + Extrastudio Via Dezeen Images via Extrastudio

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Scientists Create Robot Ants That Imitate Colony Behavior and Navigate Mazes

April 3, 2013 by  
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Scientists from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the Research Center on Animal Cognition have used robot technology to shed light on how ants forage and navigate. By creating sugar cube-sized machines called “Alices”, the researchers successfully replicated the movement patterns of Argentine ants without having to program the robots. The Alices left light trails that were able to be detected by the other units via sensors – a process similar to the way ants leave chemical markers. By choosing the path that deviated the least from their trajectory through a maze, the robots mimicked the behaviors of the insects. Read the rest of Scientists Create Robot Ants That Imitate Colony Behavior and Navigate Mazes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alices , ant colony , argentine ants , maze , mimic , new jersey institute of technology , path , research center on animal cognition , robots , trail

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Why San Francisco can lead the way on resiliency planning

January 29, 2013 by  
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The San Francisco Bay area already blazes the trail in other ways so its not surprising the area also is one of the U.S. cities most  able to withstand a disaster arising out of climate change.

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The San Francisco Bay area already blazes the trail in other ways so its not surprising the area also is one of the U.S. cities most  able to withstand a disaster arising out of climate change.

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Enchanting Woodland Sculptures Pay Homage to the Witches of Pendle Forest in England

December 13, 2012 by  
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Top 6 Gadgets for the Home to Help You Go Green in 2013

December 13, 2012 by  
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It may still be December, but we’re already thinking about our resolution to make 2013 our greenest year yet. In addition to those classic resolves to eat healthier, spend more time with family and friends, and maybe shed a few extra pounds, we’re also focusing on reducing our environmental impact. If you’re looking to do the same, simple measures like recycling and composting at home can be a great place to start, but why not harness the power of technology to really make an difference? We’ve rounded up 6 high-tech gadgets that are geared at cutting down energy use at home all year round. From a powerful solar charging kit to juice up all your electronics to an occupancy sensor that turns lights on and off for you to save engery, check out our top 6 gadget picks sure to help you cut your energy use year round and reduce your carbon footprint. Many of these will also make great gifts this holiday season, so leave those ugly Santa sweaters on the store shelf and give your loved ones something that will help someone go green in the new year and save some cash while at it. So whether you’re battling a 100 degree day or a below freezing chill, live in a small space or in a sprawling estate, start 2013 off on a sustainable foot by employing some of these green gadgets in your home! Read the rest of Top 6 Gadgets for the Home to Help You Go Green in 2013 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: automatic shades , conserve water , dimmer switch , eco bathroom , eco shower , efergy , efergy shower timer , electronic shades , energy saving thermostat , green bathroom , green lighting , home solar power systems , Honeywell Wi-Fi Thermostat , insulating blinds , insulating shades , large solar chargers , light dimmer , light sensor switch , light sensors , lutron , Maestro C.L. Dimmer , Maestro Occupancy Sensing Switch , motion sensor lights , programmable thermostat , quality blinds , quality shades , reduce water use , Serena Shades , shower water monitor , solar charger , solar charger kit , Solar Power , solar power at home , sustainable products , Voltaic , water monitor , water saving , waterpebble , wifi thermostat

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New Report Shows that Renewable Energy Could Cost-Effectively Power Huge Electrical Grids by 2030

December 13, 2012 by  
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A new report by researchers from the University of Delaware (UD) and Delaware Technical Community College (DTCC) demonstrates that a huge electrical system could be run almost exclusively by renewable energy by 2030 at close to today’s energy costs. Blowing up the myth that renewable energy is unreliable and expensive, UD and DTCC researchers have shown that with a smart combination of solar, wind, fuel cells and battery storage, electricity demand can easily be met while keeping energy costs low. Read the rest of New Report Shows that Renewable Energy Could Cost-Effectively Power Huge Electrical Grids by 2030 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: climate change renewable energy targets , delaware technical community college , energy generation costs , energy storage systems , fossil fuel energy , huge electrical system can be run by renewable power , reducing greenhouse gas emissions , renewable energy reliability , university of delaware

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7 Ways Sustainability ‘Embracers’ Blaze a Trail for the Cautious

August 10, 2011 by  
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As some companies cautiously adopt sustainability tactics, more aggressive companies are leading the way by making such strategies core to business operations.

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