Friday, August 22, 2014

fastcompany:

theenergyissue:

The Bio Intelligent Quotient (B.I.Q.) Building is the First Fully Algae-Powered Architecture

Operating successfully for over a year, the Bio Intelligent Quotient (B.I.Q.) building in Hamburg, Germany is the first to be fully powered by algae. The building is covered with 0.78-inch thick panels—200 square meters in total—filled with algae from the Elbe River and pumped full of carbon dioxide and nutrients. The panels, which display the bright green algae, are not only aesthetic, but performative. When sunlight hits the “bioreactor” panels, photosynthesis causes the microorganisms to multiply and give off heat. The warmth is then captured for heating water or storing in saline tanks underground, while algae biomass is harvested and dried. It can either be converted to biogas, or used in secondary pharmaceutical and food products. Residents have no heating bills and the building currently reduces overall energy needs by 50%. 

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newyorker:

Adam Gopnik looks at a new theory about the origins of symbolic communication in early humans:

“The larger point is plain, and bold: symbolic communication does not just, in the end and after millennia, produce social tolerance. It is, in its first instance and of its essence, a form of social tolerance—and depends on feminized humans telling the tough guys to calm down and take a number.”

Photograph via AP

newyorker:

Adam Gopnik looks at a new theory about the origins of symbolic communication in early humans:

“The larger point is plain, and bold: symbolic communication does not just, in the end and after millennia, produce social tolerance. It is, in its first instance and of its essence, a form of social tolerance—and depends on feminized humans telling the tough guys to calm down and take a number.”

Photograph via AP

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

eugenialoli:

Sunday Night at Home" (and detail) by Eugenia Loli.

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Monday, August 18, 2014
nbcnews:

Ice Bucket Challenge Bringing in Cold Hard Cash
(Photo: Elise Amendola/AP)
All those videos of people pouring ice water over their heads really is resulting in money for ALS research. A LOT of money.
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nbcnews:

Ice Bucket Challenge Bringing in Cold Hard Cash

(Photo: Elise Amendola/AP)

All those videos of people pouring ice water over their heads really is resulting in money for ALS research. A LOT of money.

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theeconomist:

Fever rising: The spread of Ebola in west Africa is deeply troubling for the region and the world

theeconomist:

Fever rising: The spread of Ebola in west Africa is deeply troubling for the region and the world

monopack:

I just love clouds.

monopack:

I just love clouds.

digg:

Photographer accidentally captures pictures of Robin Williams as a mime all the way back in 1974 (via PetaPixel)

digg:

Photographer accidentally captures pictures of Robin Williams as a mime all the way back in 1974 (via PetaPixel)

Sunday, August 17, 2014
mostlycatsmostly:

Contemplating Sputnik contemplates
(submitted by sputnik747)

mostlycatsmostly:

Contemplating Sputnik contemplates

(submitted by sputnik747)