A considerable vertical difference is the characteristic feature of this Stettbach slope where, according to a commemorative plate, the French and Austrian armies were engaged in combat in 1799. Besides the extreme site, the large space programme posed some problems to the architects involved. The arrangement of the various parts and the design of details, […]
Cryptocurrency doesn’t have to be a problem. Neither does the Central Bank. Catching many people by surprise on 5 February, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) issued a ruling instructing banks and financial institutions to close accounts involved in cryptocurrency exchanges. This sparked a controversy that, at first, centred on the veracity of the statement. Some commentators suggested it was fake, pointing to its suddenness and the misspelling of the word “public” for “pubic”. Once its authenticity was confirmed, it kicked off an even larger storm of anger and confusion as people debated what the ruling would mean. Cryptocurrency is […]
Modern architecture is more and more focused on the surrounding nature and minimal interference with the local landscape. This trend can be well seen in this holiday villa, which is lost in the jungle of Mexico. Only straight lines and right angles characterize the simple exterior of the house, while concrete is the only building...
Zoom calls and video meetings have exploded over the past year (thanks, COVID), but a flat screen doesn’t do a great job of transmitting a person’s presence. To make remote meetups a bit more personal, Microsoft has unveiled Mesh, a “mixed reality” platform that lets people work and play together as virtual avatars overlaid on real-world spaces.
Waking up with a view of the fjord and then having breakfast feeling as if you are floating above the ground – all this is possible at the Sky Lodges Hotel on the famous Lysefjord in Norway. There are only two houses with an area of 22 m² each, but the effect they produce is...
The microbes we're exposed to in the home by picking up a kitchen sponge, sitting on the toilet seat or cleaning the dog food bowl can all help shape the microbial communities living on and in our bodies, which research is increasingly linking to various health outcomes. A new "biological" apartment under construction in the UK will provide scientists with a means of exploring this relationship, along with the overarching aim of ushering in a generation of more sustainable buildings that can be constructed with living materials.
Researchers at Tel Aviv University have managed to create a kind of cyborg, by integrating the ear of a locust into a robot. The robot was then able to respond to noises that the biological sensor picked up, which could pave the way for more sensitive and efficient sensors.
A robust new study has demonstrated how SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, can infect and directly damage heart tissue. The research suggests previously reported cases of heart damage in COVID-19 patients are not due to inflammation in response to an infection but the virus itself interfering with heart muscles.
Electric camper vans offer some compelling advantages that we're looking forward to enjoying at campgrounds and backcountry sites, but what we're really yearning to see is a self-driving motorhome. Something about starting the vacation by kicking back in a recliner seat and reading a good book or tourism destination literature sounds so much more relaxing than inching along in infuriatingly slow holiday traffic toward the mountains or coast. Volkswagen is taking a step toward that idyllic future by testing autonomous tech in the upcoming ID. Buzz electric van, the spiritual successor to the world's favorite camper vans.
So far as feedstocks for the production of biofuels go, kelp is a highly promising one on many fronts, and a new technology promises to boost its credentials even further. Scientists at the University of Southern California (USC) have demonstrated how raising and lowering it in the ocean environment with a "kelp elevator" can significantly boost biomass yield, by maximizing its exposure to both sunlight and nutrients.