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Plasma "space hurricane" detected over Earth for first time

4 days 20 hours ago

An artist's illustration of the space plasma hurricane

Scientists have found evidence of a “space hurricane” for the first time. The storm, made up of swirling clouds of plasma, raged in Earth’s upper atmosphere for hours, dumping huge amounts of electrons like rain in a system that resembles a regular hurricane.

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Category: Space, Science

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Michael Irving

Cell conversion method cures diabetes in mouse models

4 days 20 hours ago

A healthy pancreatic islet with plenty of insulin-producing cells (seen in green) and glucagon-producing cells (seen in red) on the left, compared to a diabetic pancreatic islet on the right

In a healthy pancreas, the hormones insulin and glucagon work in tandem to keep blood sugar levels in check, but sometimes this relationship can break down and lead to what we know as diabetes. Scientists at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern have demonstrated how restoring this delicate balance can cure the disease in mouse models, by essentially converting one type of cell into the other.

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Category: Medical, Science

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Nick Lavars

Toyota packages up a 'crate' fuel cell module you can use for anything

4 days 20 hours ago

The horizontal type module produces 60 or 80 kW of power at 400-750 volts

Fuel cells generate electricity from hydrogen, so they're a key part of the powertrain for hydrogen-powered electric vehicles and aircraft. But they can also be useful in a range of other applications, and in order to promote developments outside its own product lineup, Toyota has packaged up a fuel cell module you can buy more or less like a crate engine, ready to plumb into whatever device you'd like to power with hydrogen.

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Category: Energy, Science

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Loz Blain

First-of-its-kind trial finds psychedelic microdosing is equal to placebo

4 days 20 hours ago

A unique study suggests reported benefits of psychedelic microdosing may be evidence of a strong placebo effect

A first of its kind "self-blinded" trial testing the effect of psychedelic microdosing has found the anecdotally popular practice may be an example of a strong placebo effect. The research, led by Imperial College London, suggests there is little difference in reported benefits between a microdose and a placebo.

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Category: Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

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Rich Haridy

Sam architecture

4 days 22 hours ago
Sam architecture
JEAN ROSTAND school . Lille Sam architecture . photos: © Charly Broyez J’aimerais remercier tout d’abord les villes de Lille et de Hellemmes pour nous avoir permis de réaliser ce très beau projet. Je tiens à remercier également Olivier Duffé qui a suivi le projet à l’agence, Philippe Bauer, notre OPC qui a été d’une … Continue reading Sam architecture

Competitions: International Competition for the National Museum of Korean Literature, S.Korea

4 days 23 hours ago

Registration Deadline: Apr 9, 2021; Submission Deadline May 31, 2021

International Competition for the National Museum of Korean Literature, S.Korea


1. Promoter

-The holding organization for competition is Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism of Korea, S. Korea.

-The competition is Organized by Korea Institute of Architects.

2. The competition site

The site for New National Museum is seated in # 175, Jinhwan-dong, Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul, S. Korea. The area of the site for competition is 13,248 ㎡. Total Floor Area is 14,704㎡.

3. Objectives of Competition

The purpose of the Design Competition is to draw and select an optimally creative and feasible plan that is suitable for the status of the National Museum of Korean Literature as a national literature museum for the systematic collection and conservation of the Korean literary estates and that will function as a vital base of domestic and global promotion and the exchange and cooperation of the worldwide spread of Korean literature.

4. Competition Methods

This competition is a general open competition and international competition.


5. Competition Schedule

-Official Announcement March 08 (Mon.), 2021

-Registration From March 08 (Mon.), 2021 to April 09 (Fri.), 2021

-Inquiry From March 15 (Mon.), 2021 to March 19 (Fri.), 2021 by 17:00

-Answer March 29 (Mon), 2021

-Submission May 31 (Mon.), 2021 by 17:00(UCT +09)

-Main Review June 09 (Wed.), 2021/ June 14 (Mon.), 2021

-  Winner Announcement June 18 (Fri.), 2021   

6. Estimated Design Fee

3,033 million KRW (2.53 million us dollars) 1 us dollar=1,200KRW  

7. Design Objectives

1. Symbolism of the National Museum of Korean Literature

2. Publicness in the open era

3. Regional connectivity and eco-friendliness

4. Expandability as a complex cultural space

5. Space flexibility regarding the spread of infectious diseases

8 . Jury Member


1. Kim, Gyu Rin Korean Institute of Female Architects, President/ Korea

2. Kim, Yong Seung Hanyang University, Professor/ Korea

3. Lim, Ho Kyun Yonsei University, Professor/ Korea

4. Louis Becker Henning Larsen, CEO/ Denmark

5.Thomas Vonier UIA (International Union of Architects), President/USA   

Preliminary Juror

1.Lee, Kyung Hoon Kookmin University, Professor/ Korea   

9. Prizes

1st Prize: The prority negotiation rights for basic and working design, and design intention implementation

2nd Prize (1 entry): 50 million KRW (41,667 us dollars/ 1 us dollar=1,200KRW)

3rd Prize (1 entry): 30 million KRW(25,000 us dollars/ 1 us dollar=1,200KRW)

4th prize(2 entries): 10 million KRW/ each entry (8,333 us dollars/ 1 us dollar=1,200KRW)

  10 . Official website and email:



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Competitions: Arctic Confluence: Norwegian Cultural Museum for Tromsø

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Registration Deadline: Apr 25, 2021; Submission Deadline Apr 25, 2021

Submission: April 25th, 2020 23:59 GMT 

Registration: April 25th, 2020 23:59 GMT 

Language: English 

Location: Tromsø, Norway 

Prizes: $2000 USD 

Type: Open for All (Students and Professionals) 


About Tromsø, a city in northern Norway is a major cultural hub above the Arctic Circle. It’s famed as a viewing point for colourful Northern Lights that sometime light up the nighttime sky. The city’s historic centre, on the island of Tromsø, is distinguished by its centuries-old wooden houses. The 1965 Arctic Cathedral, with its distinctive peaked roof and soaring stained-glass windows, dominates the skyline.  The compact city centre has the biggest concentration of historic wooden houses north of Trondheim, and they co-exist with modern architecture. The houses date from 1789 to 1904, when building wooden houses were banned in the city centre, as in several other Norwegian cities. The oldest house in Tromsø is Skansen, built-in 1789 on the remains of a 13th-century turf rampart. The Polar Museum, Polarmuseet, situated in a wharf house from 1837, presents Tromsø's past as a centre for Arctic hunting and starting point for Arctic expeditions.  


Being a major cultural and historical hub for Norway, Tromso has a dire requirement for a global-level cultural centre that brings tourists to Tromso or Norway at large - and provides them with the original 'Arctic Experience' (without having to visit the North Pole). 


The challenge is to design a hybrid museum / cultural and historical centre within Tromso - which attracts enthusiasts of the Arctic experience from around the world. 

Note: The heritage and attraction of the Polar Museum must not be hampered by the development/design of the museum of Arctic Confluence. 


The participating teams have complete liberty to propose a site (Min. 2000 sq.m / Max. 5000 sq.m) anywhere within the centre of the city or anywhere around the city. (Participants also have the freedom to decide the capacity for visitors) 

Note: The site must be justified within at least one of the two A1 sheets. 


  1. 2 x A1 Sheets (one PDF with at least 150dpi - Max. 20 MB) 
  2. A 1-2 min Video explaining your design/concept (content in the video has been left to the participant's consideration) 
  3. The final PDF must be named 'team-.pdf' (for example, team-1234.pdf if your team code is 1234) and should be uploaded on Google Drive/Dropbox/OneDrive or any similar online file handler with 'Public Access' setting Enabled (for example, Should be available as 'View Only' within Google Drive) 
  4. The final video must be named 'team-XXXX Seek Fanatic Competition #arcticconfluence' and uploaded as an 'Unlisted' video on Youtube (Choose 'Mark as not made for kids' while uploading) 
  5. The content in sheets should be free of any plagiarism (except collages and human cutouts in renders)
  6. Submitted content must not include any information which exposes details of the participant or the region the participant resides in 
  7. Seek Fanatic logo must be postfixed to the video for 3 seconds with black background  (download logo: https://go.seekfanatic.com/logo) 

Note: Failing in compliance with any of the above requirements will lead to disqualification of the respected team from the competition, with a notification email to the registered email id of the team leader 


  • Early Registration Ends: April 10th 2021 23:59 GMT (USD $15)
  • Standard Registration Ends: April 25th 2021 (USD $30
  • Submissions End: April 25th 2021 23:59 GMT 
  • Results Announced: May 25th 2021 


  • Winner x 1 = $1000 + Certificate + Publication in our Annual Issue + Blog Post 
  • Runners Up x 4 = $250 + Certificate + Publication in our Annual Issue + Blog Post 
  • Participation Certificates for All Teams 

Competition Website: https://www.seekfanatic.com/

Competition Page:: https://go.seekfanatic.com/con...

Brief Download: https://go.seekfanatic.com/con...

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Competitions: Architecture Film Festival London [OPEN CALL 2021]

4 days 23 hours ago

Registration Deadline: Apr 4, 2021; Submission Deadline Apr 4, 2021

Architecture Film Festival London 2021

The Architecture Film Festival London announces its 3rd festival edition, which will take place in June 2021. Since its first edition, the Architecture Film Festival London has aimed to discover and promote original ideas, conversations and art forms at the intersection of Architecture + Film. The festival organizers aim to offer a programme that fits personal spaces and shared fascinations without stealing needed off-screen time but rather enriching it. With this purpose in mind, our festival programme will present two sections: The International Film Competition and a collection of diverse, thematic screenings, essays and events entitled "Capsules". Considering the UK and abroad's current situation, this year's festival will be held online, offering a combination of ticketed, free and off-line content.

The programme innovation for the 2021 version comes in the shape of the "Capsules" section, aiming to give space to many curatorial voices by freeing them from a single, binding festival theme. Each Capsule will follow a predefined format, including films, essays/articles, photography, drawing, interviews, etc. These capsules will combine quality content with both reduced screen time and the possibility of enjoying off-line content in a printable format.

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Competitions: Archiol’s 2021 - RENDER CHALLENGE

4 days 23 hours ago
Registration Deadline: Apr 28, 2021; Submission Deadline Apr 30, 2021


Presentation skills are just as important as designing; one of the best mediums to present your architectural designs is through rendering. Architectural rendering aims to create life-like experiences of the buildings before they are built.

Rendering aids the designer to convey his or her ideas, an image that represents the designers' imagination most realistically.

Competition Brief

Create one rendered architectural graphic design that says it all. As this competition aims at exploring and understanding rendering (a medium of conveying designs) to an unimaginable extent, so you are free to choose the type, location, scale.

The Rendering can be hand-drawn or digital.

Specific Requirements:

A single rendered Image

A description of not more than 500 words (100 words minimum)



Interview of the all the winners ( top 3 + honourable mentions)

Photos, articles and news will be published on our platform


All the winning entries will be published on our platform.


Top 3 entries will receive certificates

All our winners will receive e certificate.

All the participants will receive a participation certificate.


Important dates and judgement criteria

Registration deadline: 28th April 2021

Submission deadline: 30th April 2021

Result announcement: 31st May 2021

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A standard registration fees of  ₹1200


To be announced

For more details please visit our website https://www.archiol.com/

Competition link: https://www.archiol.com/archiol-competitions/render_challenge_2021

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News: Winners of Arquine's 'Meeting Point' Competition propose innovative designs for public space

4 days 23 hours ago

Earlier this year, Arquine launched a design competition to welcome ideas and proposals that would challenge and innovate public space. The open call called for devices, prototypes, or installations to foster community building and safe social engagement. The competition team asked for designers to "think about the possibility of humanizing our cities, of reinventing the use of the urban environment in a creative, versatile and economic way. A meeting point that, when built, allows us to meet again."

Thanks to their esteemed jury members Raúl Cárdenas Osuna,  Santiago Cirujeda, Wonne Ickx, María Verónica Machado,  and Isabel Martínez Abascal they selected three projects that exemplified ingenuity while responding to the competition brief. In addition to first, second, and third prize winners the jury also selected 4 honorable mentions.

Below are the competition winners and brief project descriptions:

1ST PRIZE - "Meeting Column" 
By: Azócar Catrón (Carolina Catrón Lazo, Ricardo Azócar Ulloa) con el apoyo de Josefina Tardones Ortíz. Concepción, Chile

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GKMP Architects

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GKMP Architects
VAVASOUR SQUARE . Dublin GKMP Architects . photos: © Alice Clancy The project involves the re-working of a Victorian house and garden in Vavasour Square. The modest existing house is on a long narrow plot and has a split-level arrangement, with a single storey to the street and two storeys to the garden. Both neighbours … Continue reading GKMP Architects

Cantilever and Kett Celebrate The Seamless Experience of Togetherness with EDIT

5 days 2 hours ago

When Cantilever was invited to co-design the kitchen space in Cosh Living's new Richmond showroom along with furniture design studio Kett, the vision was clear. As the unquestionable heart of any home, the kitchen is an intuitive household junction all family and friends gravitate towards - and it was the universal and innately familiar appeal of this essential household space the design team set out to encapsulate. The result was EDIT.

The post Cantilever and Kett Celebrate The Seamless Experience of Togetherness with EDIT appeared first on Habitusliving.com.

Ola Moszumanska

KAAN Architecten

5 days 4 hours ago
KAAN Architecten
Royal Museum of Fine Arts (KMSKA) . Antwerp KAAN Architecten . photos: © Stijn Bollaert . © Sebastian van Damme . © Karin Borghouts . + wallpaper Built in the 19th century, Antwerp’s Royal Museum of Fine Arts was conceived as a ‘daylight museum’ by architects Winders and Van Dyck. During the 20th century, the … Continue reading KAAN Architecten