Harvey forces National Weather Service to add new color to its rainfall map

August 29, 2017 by  
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By now everyone knows that Texas is still suffering from the aftermath of the potent Category 4 Hurricane Harvey that swept into the region over the weekend. After the natural disaster dumped more than 30 inches on the state and unleashed winds as strong as 130 mph, causing widespread destruction, weather forecasters at the National Weather Service (NWS) had no choice but to add another color to their rainfall map. Lavender now represents “unfathomable” amounts of rain. In some Texan cities, rainfall is predicted to exceed 50 inches. This is the heaviest rainfall to result from a landfalling tropical storm or hurricane on record in U.S. history, reports Mashable . The NWS warns that catastrophic flooding is likely to continue and recommends that residents of southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana stay off the roads. #Harvey in perspective. So much rain has fallen, we've had to update the color charts on our graphics in order to effectively map it. pic.twitter.com/Su7x2K1uuz — NWS (@NWS) August 28, 2017 Experts claim that it is more than likely climate change exacerbated Hurricane Harvey. The Guardian reports that rising sea levels attributable to global warming likely caused the storm to surge half a foot higher than it would have been just a few decades ago. Warming ocean waters also play a role in the uptick of such fierce storms. Sea surface temperatures in the region have risen about 0.5 degrees Celsius (close to 1 degrees F) over the past decade; according to the Clausius-Clapeyron equation , there is a roughly 3 percent increase in average atmospheric moisture content for each 0.5 degrees C of warming. As a result of sea surface temperatures being warmer in the location where Harvey intensified, there was 3-5 percent more moisture in the atmosphere. This, too, intensified the storm. Related: Trump’s USDA staff told to use ‘weather extremes’ instead of ‘climate change’ Though scientists have warned that unsustainable habits would propel climate change and result in worsening  natural disasters , few have heeded the advice and implemented change. It isn’t too late for humanity to invest in renewable technologies and reduce the collective carbon footprint but there isn’t much time before a “tipping point” is reached. Learn more here . Via Mashable , The Guardian Images via Pixabay , National Weather Services

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Drone video offers sneak peek at BIGs LEGO House, set to open next month

August 29, 2017 by  
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After four years, the long-awaited LEGO House is set to open next month—and we can’t wait! Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group , this larger-than-life LEGO building is a treat for the eyes with its 21 interlocking LEGO-like parts and stunning keystone on top. Set to open to the public on September 28, the 130,000-square-foot building will offer free and paid “experiences” all centered around play and exploration in Billund, Denmark. LEGO’s drone video shot earlier this summer shows off the building near completion. The company recently carried out a “test visit” where LEGO employees and their families were invited to try out the building for the first time. Nicknamed ‘Home of the Brick,’ the museum is dedicate to LEGO-themed experiences in all aspects of the building including its many interactive exhibitions, three restaurants, conference space, store, and 22,000-square-foot public square . One of the biggest highlights is a 50-foot-tall, 20-ton “Tree of Creativity” made of over 6.3 million LEGO bricks. Related: BIG’s LEGO House tops out with opening date in September The Home of the Brick is expected to accommodate 250,000 visitors annually. To keep the center open to the community , the interior LEGO Square will be publicly accessible and select activities will be free to the public. Visitors with tickets can explore the four color-coded Experience Zones, each with larger-than-life interactive exhibits that embody the brand’s “Learning Through Play” philosophy. Advance tickets can be purchased on the LEGO House website . + LEGO House + BIG Via ArchDaily

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Unique exhibition in France resurrects Jean Prouv’s lightweight steel structures

June 13, 2016 by  
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The site will become a setting where examples of outstanding industrial heritage will be integrated within a labyrinth of stone walls , part of an old, lead-extracting plant that operated between 1851 and 1925. The exhibition will reference Prouvé’s œuvre and his experiments with lightweight steel structures . Related: Jean Prouvé’s Maison 8×8 Pioneered Affordable Prefab Design Way Back in 1948 Friche de l’Escalette is part of the Parc National des Calanques and is under strict conservation order. Therefore, Touchaleaume’s project will remain modest and simple to avoid disrupting the existing landscape. + Éric Touchaleaume Architecture + Design XXe

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Lasers reveal ancient Cambodian cities hidden by jungle near Angkor Wat

June 13, 2016 by  
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In a thrilling new discovery, archaeologists used laser imaging technology to reveal ancient cities hidden by jungle in Cambodia. The LiDAR data provides information on waterways, iron smelting locations, and even another temple, Preah Khan. The discovery reveals that the cities near Angkor Wat were much larger than previously thought. Angkor Wat was built during the reign of King Suryavarman II of the Khmer Empire in the early to middle 1100s, and it was part of one of the biggest ancient cities . Archaeologists suspected there had to be more to the area, and research has been underway for several years. The new data appears to confirm these suspicions. Related: Archaeologists find 2,150-year-old Petra monument ‘hiding in plain sight’ Archaeologist Damian Evans said to AFP, “The LiDAR quite suddenly revealed an entire cityscape there with astonishing complexity. It turned out we’d been walking and flying right over the top of this stuff for ten years and not even noticing it because of the vegetation. What we had was basically a scatter of disconnected points on the map denoting temple sites. Now it’s like having a detailed street map of the entire city.” Back in 2012, scans revealed an ancient temple city close to Angkor Wat called Mahendraparvata, and the new scans will assist archaeologists on the ground as they continue to explore that area. It had been difficult for archaeologists to determine the extent of this area because the empire constructed many of the ancient buildings with wood that’s since rotted. Made of stone , the temples endure. Archaeologists saw evidence of both Hinduism and Buddhism in the temples; both religions were part of the Khmer Empire during different time periods. A spokesperson from the government authority in charge of Angkor Wat said they aimed to research further to build on the exciting discoveries. Via Phys.org Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

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“Extremely Rare and Unprecedented” Double Whammy Storms to Slam Hawaii

August 6, 2014 by  
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In what’s being called an extremely rare and unprecedented event, two tropical storms are set to batter Hawaii back to back. The Huffington Post reports that the National Weather Service Pacific Hurricane Center (NWSCPH) is currently keeping an eye on two large storms approaching the islands of Hawaii, including Hurricane Iselle that’s expected to hit on Thursday afternoon – and tropical storm Julio, which is expected to follow suit two or three days later. Two successive storms like this have never been documented before, according to one weather expert. “In 75 years of reliable data you only have one case where [tropical storms] were even 10 days apart,” Weather Channel lead meteorologist, Kevin Roth told The Huffington Post . Read the rest of “Extremely Rare and Unprecedented” Double Whammy Storms to Slam Hawaii Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: change , climate , extreme , flash , flood , hawaii , heavy , Hurricane , iselle , juilo , rain , storm , tropical , weather

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World Diet Consists of Only a Few Standard Crops, Population is Deprived of Micronutrients

March 5, 2014 by  
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Researchers from the International Center of Tropical Agriculture have noticed that the global diet over the past 50 years has come to rely on a few main food types for a majority of its food supplies. The foodstuffs that have become popular over the last half a century include wheat, rice, maize, and potato. Read the rest of World Diet Consists of Only a Few Standard Crops, Population is Deprived of Micronutrients Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: basic foodstuffs , CIAT , Climate Change , crops , Drought , food supplies , foodstuffs , global diet , global food market , International Center of Tropical Agriculture , pests        

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John Nelson’s Stunning Map Details Every Hurricane And Tropical Storm For The Past 150 Years

August 27, 2012 by  
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With Hurricane Issac now in the Gulf of Mexico, John Nelson—a user experience and mapping manager for data visualization company IDV Solutions—has released this stunning map that shows every hurricane and tropical storm for the past 150 years. We have featured John’s work on Inhabitat before in the past, most noticeably his Major US Fires Over The Past 11 Years visualization.  Read the rest of John Nelson’s Stunning Map Details Every Hurricane And Tropical Storm For The Past 150 Years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: data visualisation , hurricane issac , hurricanes , john nelson , NOAA , tropical storm

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UK Blogger Kevin Langan Challenges Himself to Build 100 Huts Exclusively From Natural Materials

August 27, 2012 by  
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Cannon Design Transforms Municipal Power House into Sleek LEED Gold Headquarters

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Perfect Pina Colada Popsicle Recipe For A Yummy Tropical Treat

June 16, 2012 by  
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Looking for the perfect tropical treat to match the scorching summer sun? Try out this yummy recipe for kid-friendly pina colada popsicles! You might not be able to make it to the beach, but these treats will make you feel like you’re walking along the sand. Click ahead for the easy-to-follow recipe and start imagining that you’re on a tropical island getaway! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: DIY pina colada popsicles , diy popsicles , frozen treat , how to make pina colada popsicles , how to make popsicles , pina colada popsicle recipe , pina colada popsicles , summer treat

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