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  1. "The world you take for granted everyday is being aggressively designed for you by people who don’t know you.

    The potential of design in supporting social and personal action resides in the democratic nature of its process. Design is good for defining a vision and then crafting a plan or roadmap to guide the realization of this vision. Visions with clear paths of implementation provide a beacon for us to collaborate efficiently and optimistically on large projects."

    Jason Severs, via

    (via stoweboyd)

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  2. alexob:

This hoverbike looks like something out of Star Wars. The A 1/3-sized scale model is already gaining popularity with drone enthusiasts around the world, with the full-sized manned model expected to take flight in the near future. Still in testing phase the inventors envisage that the drone could eventually become a form of transport for people in the future. 

    alexob:

    This hoverbike looks like something out of Star Wars. The A 1/3-sized scale model is already gaining popularity with drone enthusiasts around the world, with the full-sized manned model expected to take flight in the near future. Still in testing phase the inventors envisage that the drone could eventually become a form of transport for people in the future. 

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  3. thisbigcity:

nybg:

A Brief Survey of Vertical Gardens, Skyscrapers, and Edible Restaurants
Notice the bevy of green architectural concepts floating around the internet? I don’t mean the office building proposals with low carbon footprints, or novel approaches to solar farms. I’m talking about literal green concepts—bringing the bounty of the farm to urban landscapes.
Flavorwire has put together a stack of innovative and inspiring “plant buildings,” all with one thing in common: they’re taking after Patrick Blanc in a big way. Thanks to the French botanist’s Orchid Show designs here at the NYBG, New Yorkers are getting a taste of his creative ambition. The Green Man’s vertical gardens, or mur végétal, have directly or indirectly inspired everything from skyscraper farms to edible restaurants, and the author phrases Blanc’s legacy succinctly.

" … Our favorite green-haired botanist has helped to usher in the post-industrial era’s successor—a new design epoch that we think should be classified as The Age of the Plant."

Click through for a few of the more daring ideas being courted in countries around the world. —MN

How many of these ideas have been realized or are in the process of this? Any vertical gardens in your city?

    thisbigcity:

    nybg:

    A Brief Survey of Vertical Gardens, Skyscrapers, and Edible Restaurants

    Notice the bevy of green architectural concepts floating around the internet? I don’t mean the office building proposals with low carbon footprints, or novel approaches to solar farms. I’m talking about literal green concepts—bringing the bounty of the farm to urban landscapes.

    Flavorwire has put together a stack of innovative and inspiring “plant buildings,” all with one thing in common: they’re taking after Patrick Blanc in a big way. Thanks to the French botanist’s Orchid Show designs here at the NYBG, New Yorkers are getting a taste of his creative ambition. The Green Man’s vertical gardens, or mur végétal, have directly or indirectly inspired everything from skyscraper farms to edible restaurants, and the author phrases Blanc’s legacy succinctly.

    " … Our favorite green-haired botanist has helped to usher in the post-industrial era’s successor—a new design epoch that we think should be classified as The Age of the Plant."

    Click through for a few of the more daring ideas being courted in countries around the world. —MN

    How many of these ideas have been realized or are in the process of this? Any vertical gardens in your city?

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  4. World's largest solar bridge now officially launched

    ecosavvyrebel:

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    It’s been a while since we reported on plans to turn the Blackfriars railway bridge in central London into a massive solar power station. That plan has now come to fruition, with the bridge officially opening for business earlier this month:

    The 4,400 photovoltaic panels cover the roof…

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  7. springwise:

Multi-tool rape alarm takes photos, sprays mace and calls the cops
Most women hope that they’ll never find themselves in a dangerous situation when walking alone, but the sad fact is that many do. We’ve already seenGuardian Angel — the necklace that sends a fake call to wearers’ phones to give them a way out of uncomfortable advances — which could stop any violence from happening in the first place. But in the case when an attack does happen, The Defender is a small tool that includes an alarm, pepper spray, photo capture and automatic emergency service alerts in one. READ MORE…

    springwise:

    Multi-tool rape alarm takes photos, sprays mace and calls the cops

    Most women hope that they’ll never find themselves in a dangerous situation when walking alone, but the sad fact is that many do. We’ve already seenGuardian Angel — the necklace that sends a fake call to wearers’ phones to give them a way out of uncomfortable advances — which could stop any violence from happening in the first place. But in the case when an attack does happen, The Defender is a small tool that includes an alarm, pepper spray, photo capture and automatic emergency service alerts in one. READ MORE…

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  8. Nail Polish That Detects Date Rape Drugs Is a Damn Good Idea

    techview:

    James Bond level of cool tech meets dating.

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  9. refreshedforlife:

Wearable Device Release Date Timeline
Wearable apps are about to blow up. Here is a look at the current app ecosystem as it stands today.
(via - michaelfiorentino)

    refreshedforlife:

    Wearable Device Release Date Timeline

    Wearable apps are about to blow up. Here is a look at the current app ecosystem as it stands today.

    (via - michaelfiorentino)

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  10. fastcompany:

Can cities reduce traffic congestion and emissions with a private transit network?
The best way to describe JPods, a new form of public transit soon to be tested in New Jersey, is “something out of the Jetsons.” At least that’s how one city official described the solar-powered pods, which are a combination of light rail and self-driving car suspended above roads. Imagine something like a ski lift running above our existing streets and you’re getting close to the right mental image.
But there’s one sticking point: The JPods are a private transit system. Will investors be willing to fund a network of pods that compete with light rail, buses, subways, and other current public transit options? And if the capital was there, would municipal governments let this happen?
Read More>

    fastcompany:

    Can cities reduce traffic congestion and emissions with a private transit network?

    The best way to describe JPods, a new form of public transit soon to be tested in New Jersey, is “something out of the Jetsons.” At least that’s how one city official described the solar-powered pods, which are a combination of light rail and self-driving car suspended above roads. Imagine something like a ski lift running above our existing streets and you’re getting close to the right mental image.

    But there’s one sticking point: The JPods are a private transit system. Will investors be willing to fund a network of pods that compete with light rail, buses, subways, and other current public transit options? And if the capital was there, would municipal governments let this happen?

    Read More>

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  11. emergentfutures:

The Chairless Chair, an invisible chair that you can wear


- It’s like a chair that isn’t there, but magically appears whenever you need it. It’s called the Chairless Chair and you wear it on your legs like an exoskeleton: when it’s not activated, you can walk normally or even run. And then, at the touch of a button, it locks into place and you can sit down on it. Like a chair that is now there.
"The idea came from wanting to sit anywhere and everywhere, and from working in a UK packaging factory when I was 17," says Keith Gunura, the 29-year old CEO and co-founder of noonee, the Zurich-based startup behind the device, “standing for hours on end causes a lot of distress to lower limbs, but most workers get very few breaks and chairs are rarely provided, because they take up too much space. So I thought that the best idea was to strap an unobtrusive chair directly to myself.”

Full Story: CNN

    emergentfutures:

    The Chairless Chair, an invisible chair that you can wear

    - It’s like a chair that isn’t there, but magically appears whenever you need it. It’s called the Chairless Chair and you wear it on your legs like an exoskeleton: when it’s not activated, you can walk normally or even run. And then, at the touch of a button, it locks into place and you can sit down on it. Like a chair that is now there.

    "The idea came from wanting to sit anywhere and everywhere, and from working in a UK packaging factory when I was 17," says Keith Gunura, the 29-year old CEO and co-founder of noonee, the Zurich-based startup behind the device, “standing for hours on end causes a lot of distress to lower limbs, but most workers get very few breaks and chairs are rarely provided, because they take up too much space. So I thought that the best idea was to strap an unobtrusive chair directly to myself.”

    Full Story: CNN

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  12. "

    People aren’t talkin about the news, they’re talking about what they think the news is. There is no news channel saying “This is what happened, draw your own conclusions.” We have made this country so bereft of critical thinking, that now we have a problem where we have to teach them to think for themselves.

    We have no unified authority, or problem solvers. We have congressman discussing environmentalism, when they don’t understand half the problems our earth is going through. We go to congress instead of going to people who have worked their whole LIFE trying to solve these problems. When it comes to racism, we’re asking a panel of white dudes, when it comes to sexism and woman’s rights we ask a panel of white priests on what they think. IT’S INSANITY! We ask people who are not in the arena they should be speaking in/for.

    AND THAT’S WHY WE DON’T trust the media, it’s because they’re not in the arena of black experience, and they don’t care about the black experience, UNTIL something bad happens and they have the tools to paint us as destructive, ugly and evil!

    "

    The response of a Protester in Ferguson who was asked by a reporter as to why most of the protesters didn’t want their faces on tv.  (via sara-the-narco)

    (via skyghe)

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  13. gjmueller:

Physically Fit Kids Have More Compact Brain White Matter

A new study shows that nine and 10-year-old kids who are more aerobically fit have more fibrous and compact white-matter tracts in their brains than kids who are less fit.
According to researchers, white matter describes the bundles of axons that carry nerve signals from one region of the brain to another. More compact white matter is associated with faster and more efficient nerve activity, the researchers explain.

    gjmueller:

    Physically Fit Kids Have More Compact Brain White Matter

    A new study shows that nine and 10-year-old kids who are more aerobically fit have more fibrous and compact white-matter tracts in their brains than kids who are less fit.

    According to researchers, white matter describes the bundles of axons that carry nerve signals from one region of the brain to another. More compact white matter is associated with faster and more efficient nerve activity, the researchers explain.

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  14. Produce from school gardens increasingly ends up in school cafeterias

    (Source: agritecture)

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