New Antarctic farm will grow produce despite temperatures of -100 degrees F

September 21, 2017 by  
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Imagine having to go months without an adequate supply of fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables . Scientists based in Antarctica know this struggle, which is why engineers at the German Aerospace Center (GAC) are building a high-tech, 135-square-foot indoor farm that can grow an abundance of produce — even when temperatures are -100 degrees Fahrenheit outside. The only way to transport food to McMurdo, the US station where the majority of researchers stay, is by plane or ship. Most of the food that is received is dry or frozen . During the summer, the scientists may receive one shipment of fresh food once a week, according to Atlas Obscura . Fortunately, that is about to change. The Eden-ISS is already under construction and will grow food for all who are stationed at the Neumayer III polar station  on the Ekstrom Ice Shelf. The greenhouse will be in a climate-controlled shipping and produce will be grown utilizing vertical gardening technology. When the farm is complete, between 30 and 50 different species of plants — including leafy greens, peppers, radishes, strawberries, tomatoes and zesty herbs — will be grown on trays or hanging modules. Because of Antarctica’s climate, the plants are fed by LED lights rather than sunlight . This is actually a good thing, as the researchers have tuned the lights to red and blue wavelengths that are optimal for growing produce. Related: Scientists discover nearly 100 unknown volcanoes – in Antarctica Business Insider reports that the Eden-ISS will be completed in October. The infrastructure is ready to go; the engineers are just waiting for the shipment of supplies which will arrive next month. Reportedly, the GAC team grew its first cucumber (which measured 96 grams and was 14 centimeters long) inside Eden-ISS in July. In Bremen, Germany , GAC has already been testing growing produce in a climate-controlled environment. Next month,  GAC scientist Paul Zabel will move to Antarctica and grow produce under 42 LED lamps. Because sub-Arctic regions have experienced an agricultural boon partly due to climate change, the researchers are pumping in excess carbon dioxide to help the plants thrive. The temperature is always set to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. If the GAC team succeeds at building a greenhouse that can grow crops even when it is -100 degrees Fahrenheit outside, researchers will be able to use the same system to help astronauts grow food in space. Considering Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk — two of the most brilliant minds of our time — are intent on moving humans to the moon or Mars, this technology could come in handy. + DLR German Aerospace Center Via Business Insider Images via DLR German Aerospace Center

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Why You Should Be Compartmentalizing Your Garden

August 16, 2016 by  
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Do this. Don’t do that. Be there. Be that.  It is a life skill — compartmentalizing our lives — that can be immensely helpful, detrimental or perhaps both depending on just how you play it.  One area where compartmentalizing your life…

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How to design the perfect vegetable garden for any space

April 12, 2016 by  
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With winter just a memory in the northern hemisphere, and spring in full swing, it’s time to think about your summer vegetable garden . Whether you’re planting your first-ever vegetable garden or you’re an old hand looking for some new design ideas to spruce up your landscape, you don’t have to be stuck with a basic rectangle of dirt in your yard. These design ideas will give you inspiration and help you create the perfect garden for any space – even if you don’t have a yard. Read the rest of How to design the perfect vegetable garden for any space

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World’s first robot-run farm to churn out 11 million heads of lettuce per year

February 2, 2016 by  
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A Japanese company is preparing to open the world’s first robot-controlled farm. Designed to produce 11 million heads of lettuce each year, the new farm is expecting to ship its first head of lettuce in Fall, 2017. Relying on lessons learned from their first farm in Kameoka, SPREAD says their new business model will cut labor costs by 50 percent. The company claims sustainability is at the heart of what they do, and that the new 47,300 square feet Vegetable Factory in Kansai Science City will also reduce construction costs by 25 percent and energy demand by 30 percent. Read the rest of World’s first robot-run farm to churn out 11 million heads of lettuce per year

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OAS1S “treescrapers” are modern skyscrapers inspired by trees

June 23, 2015 by  
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OAS1S has introduced a unique concept for the future of urban green living:  a 21st century home that merges architecture and nature into one. The OAS1S houses are inspired by trees that act as modern skyscrapers. These “treescrapers” consist of wood and leaves, collect sun and water, plus provide oxygen, shelter and food. The tall, slim and detached houses have average tree-like dimensions of 6 x 6 x 12 m, with spectacular vegetation facades. The basic architecture is shaped as a number 1, and gives people the experience of being one with nature. Each home can be combined with others to create forest-like districts that mix trees with tree-like houses, in an organic and public, compact and car-free lay-out.  Construction is completed using recycled wood, organic high-value insulation, green walls and triple glazing to create off-grid, 100% self-sufficient homes. + Oas1s The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: architecture concepts , forest-like communities , green architecture , green design , green living , green living concept , Living Walls , OAS1S , reader submission , tree skyscrapers , treescrapers , Urban design , vertical gardening

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Self-Fertilizing Vertical Garden Tower Reaches Kickstarter Goal in Just 33 Minutes

November 5, 2014 by  
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The Indiana-based Garden Tower Project just launched a Kickstarter for the Garden Tower 2 , an improved self-fertilizing vertical garden, and the results have been overwhelmingly positive — the project was funded in just 33 minutes! Made in the U.S.A, the vermi-composting Garden Tower 2 is capable of growing 50 plants in just four square feet of space to make urban organic gardening possible for all. Want to get your hands on the 100% recyclable Garden Tower 2 ? You can head over to their Kickstarter to snag one of their early bird specials. + Garden Tower 2 Kickstarter The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: garden tower , garden tower 2 , garden tower project , garden tower project kickstarter , kickstarter , reader submitted content , urban gardening , vertical gardening

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Pikaplant: Low-Maintenance, Self-Watering Vertical Gardens and No-Maintenance Plants

June 12, 2014 by  
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Do you love the idea of a home full of lush plant life , but can’t seem to keep your plants alive? Dutch company Pikaplant has come up with a couple of great ideas that can help everyone bring a bit of greenery into their lives. Their no-maintenance flowering plants and self-watering garden shelving systems provide two different options for the absent-minded gardener. The no-maintenance plants ( orchids or bromeliads ) are hermetically sealed and thrive in the humid, nutrient packed air within each jar, while the vertical gardening system is comprised of a self-propelling ebb-and-flow watering system that just needs to be topped up with water once a month. No electricity, no fuss, no diligence required. + Pikaplant The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bromelia , bromeliad , garden , indoor garden , no maintenance , no maintenance garden , orchid , pikaplant , plants , self-watering , vertical garden , vertical gardening

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Storkstand: World’s Most Affordable Mobile Standing Desk Turns Any Chair into a Work Station

June 12, 2014 by  
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We all know the ills of sitting all day, but many of us just can’t justify buying an expensive dedicated standing desk . That’s why product designer Mike Goldberg created StorkStand , a collapsible standing desk that’s not only portable, but also boasts an affordable price tag. Designed to help people lead healthier and more productive lives, the stylish and sturdy StorkStand weighs a hair over four pounds and can transform any office chair into a mobile workstation. Although StorkStand has already exceeded their Kickstarter goal, it’s not too late to pledge your support and get your hands on an early bird special. + StorkStand The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: kickstarter , mike goldberg , mobile standing desk , portable standing desk , reader submitted content , standing desk , standing desk mobile , storkstand , work station

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Singapore’s Spectacular Solar Supertrees Open this Month at the Gardens by the Bay!

June 11, 2012 by  
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