Thursday, March 29, 2007

Amplifier House

BLDGBLOG: Amplifier House: Original Domestic Soundscapes

[Image: The Mix House, exterior view].

This awesome new project by Joel Sanders Architect, Karen Van Lengen/KVL, and Ben Rubin/Ear Studio takes a step beyond "the modernist notion of visual transparency" (i.e. large windows and glass houses) by adding "aural transparency" – acoustic openness.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Buhay Basura

By CARF Brazil

buhay_basura1, originally uploaded by Edwin_Martinez.

Life in Trash

A place forsaken by men but not by God, a place of waste but also of profit. A place where most would think hope has abandoned....most but not all. Few find this place a paradise to feed their families.

This is from my series of the children whose life evolves in one's trash.

Photo by Edwin Martinez, PHILIPPINES.

Buhay Basura .


Pororoca: surfing the Amazon

By aberron

Twice a year, between the months of February and March, the Atlantic Ocean waters roll up the Amazon river, in Brazil, generating the longest wave on the Earth. The phenomenon, known as the Pororoca, is caused by the tides of the Atlantic Ocean wich meet the mouth of the river. This tidal bore generates waves up to 12 feet high which can last for over half an hour.

Pororoca: surfing the Amazon


Thursday, March 08, 2007

Making water out of thin air

Anna Salleh
ABC Science Online


Could a wind turbine that sucks water out of the air supply enough water for the whole world?

A wind-driven device could provide an unlimited water supply by harvesting water from the air, says its Australian inventor.

But critics are asking if it's too good to be true.

Dr Max Whisson, a retired medical specialist turned inventor, says he has designed a highly efficient wind turbine that can run a refrigeration system to cool air and condense moisture from it.