Trash Bot Game & Professor Water Wheel: Gadgets Devour Floating Plastic Waste

3 hours 24 minutes ago
[ By SA Rogers in Gadgets & Geekery & Technology. ]

Plastic pollution is worse than ever, with scientists recently announcing horrific levels of micro plastics found in Arctic sea ice, but innovative new ways of cleaning it up may give us a sliver of hope in this fight. A familiar googly-eyed sight in Baltimore for years now, floating plastic-cleaning devices known as ‘Mr. Trash Wheel’ and ‘Professor Trash Wheel’ are set to spread to new cities. Meanwhile, an environmental startup called Urban Rivers is gamifying pollution cleanup with a remote trashbot anyone can control from the internet.

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Escuela Frederiksbjerg en Aarhus. Henning Larsen Architects

6 hours 14 minutes ago

Fotografía: Hufton + Crow
Frederiksbjerg es la primera escuela construida en el centro de Aarhus, la segunda mayor ciudad de Dinamarca, en, aproximadamente, los últimos cien años.

La nueva Escuela, que también alberga un centro de día y un centro para jóvenes, se ha construido en el solar que dejó una escuela anterior, el colegio St. Annagades. Durante décadas, St. Annagades funcionó también como un lugar de reunión para el vecindario y esta circunstancia influyó en el planteamiento de la nueva escuela, que de alguna manera debía preservar la función que había quedado en la memoria local.

El colegio debe acoger tanto a jóvenes como niños pequeños. Su objetivo es ofrecer un ambiente idóneo para desarrollarse y aprender, pero no sólo para los niños, sino también para los adultos. En el diseño del edificio el foco de la arquitectura se detiene especialmente en múltiples cualidades espaciales como es la luz natural y los materiales que ayuden a crear el ambiente adecuado para aprender a través del movimiento y la percepción sensitiva.

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Siriphat Dormitory / IDIN Architects

8 hours 24 minutes ago
© Spaceshift Studio © Spaceshift Studio
  • Architects: IDIN Architects
  • Location: District Salaya, Nakhonpathom, Thailand
  • Architect In Charge: Jeravej Hongsakul, Wichan Kongnok, Eakgaluk Sirijariyawat, Sakon Thongdoang, Thuwanont Ruangkanoksilp
  • Area: 6700.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Spaceshift Studio

3 Deep Clean Spring Cleaning Tips

9 hours 9 minutes ago

Spring cleaning is a necessary task that we should all complete each year. The warm weather is a sign that it’s time to throw your windows wide open and dig into the cleaning supply cabinet in preparation to clean your dusty, cluttered home.

Are you having a tough time figuring out where to start? To give your home a thorough and deep clean, there are a number of areas to focus on. One thing that many people forget is to clean out their aquarium. There are aquarium maintenance companies that can thoroughly clean your tank and make it look spotless and striking once again.


While you’re at it, if you have leaky pipes and other plumbing problems you should look to Plumbing Fix to help you discover a top-notch, affordable plumber in your community. Fixing leaks and other minor plumbing problems is always a good area to tackle during your annual spring cleaning event.

With that said, let’s now take a look at some powerful deep clean spring cleaning tips to have your home looking spotless in no time at all.

Tip #1: Tackling Your Kitchen Countertops

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Hotel Koe Tokyo / Suppose Design Office

9 hours 24 minutes ago
© Kenta Hasegawa (OFP.,Ltd) © Kenta Hasegawa (OFP.,Ltd)

How to Find Your Perfect Residential Home

9 hours 27 minutes ago

What does your dream home look like?

Is it suburban dwelling with a white picket fence, a city address like the Hyde Square apartments, or something a little more rural with plenty of land?

Everyone has their own idea of the perfect home, but all too many spend years house hunting without ever settling into their dream.

Believe it or not, there are tips and tricks out there that can help make your dream come true. Check out this advice to find out how you can own the home you’ve envisioned.

Steps to Consider

Whether you are buying your first home or transitioning from a starter house, the steps to acquire your dream home remain the same. You will need to:

  • Get preapproved for a loan
  • Find a real estate agent
  • Decide what aspects you need and which you want
  • Look at what’s available
  • And make an offer

Getting Preapproved

Most real estate agents won’t consider showing you homes until you have been preapproved for a mortgage loan. Before getting started with anything, you’ll need to meet with a lender to discuss your budget and possible price points. Bank statements, tax returns, and pay stubs go a long way in determining how much money you can receive.

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The Mattress Warranty: What You Need to Know

9 hours 50 minutes ago

Buying a new mattress involves determining the level of firmness you need, the kind and size of mattress you want and even scrutinizing the quality of construction. Consumers are also advised to check the warranty. But what’s in a mattress warranty, anyway?

You’ve got manufacturers selling products with warranties up to 30 years. That’s surely impressive and would make one whip out their payment card right away and purchase a mattress right then and there. According to the National Sleep Foundation however, most mattresses have a lifespan of 8 years, which means that you may have to replace your mattress way before the warranty expires.

Does this mean that a mattress with a 10-year warranty is enough? Let’s delve into what a mattress warranty really is about.

Mattress Warranties

Written warranties are not required by law but they do come with most major purchases like a mattress. With written warranties, the Federal Trade Commission recommends checking the following:

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SUMO . Olmo

10 hours 3 minutes ago
SUMO . Olmo
Vil·la Urània . Barcelona SUMO Arquitectes . Yolanda Olmo . photos: © Aitor Estévez Vil·la Urània es una pequeña residencia de finales del siglo XIX que fue hogar del reconocido astrónomo Josep Comas y Solà. La villa es uno de los últimos ejemplos urbanísticos que persisten de lo que fuera en su día la ciudad … Continue reading SUMO . Olmo

The most opportune time to change a furnace filter

10 hours 8 minutes ago

Furnaces are usually turned on high during colder months. Changing the furnace filters on time is necessary to keep the heating system running in good condition. Here are some of the benefits of timely replacement of the furnace filters:

  • Cleaner, healthier air


A clean filter allows conditioned air to flow into your home. Filters also trap already existing pollutants from indoor air.

  • Optimum air temperature

A clogged filter restricts proper airflow. An insufficient flow of clean air can make indoor air to become stuffy. This can be a huge problem especially when you have guests over at your house.

  • Furnace performance

Poorly maintained filters cause unwanted particles to build up on the heater’s components. This interferes with the overall performance of the heating system. Replacement of furnace filters at the right time ensures that the heater will last longer and with lower maintenance.

Signs that your filter needs replacement

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Art That Breathes: 17 Living Creations Made with Plants, Bacteria & Insects

11 hours 19 minutes ago
[ By SA Rogers in Art & Installation & Sound. ]

Alternately beautiful and disgusting but nearly always fascinating, works of art that use nature in place of more traditional media raise questions about the power and responsibility of human dominance over our natural surroundings and the other species living on Earth. These living, breathing works of art might be innocently pretty, like modified flower petals or arrangements of colorful mushrooms, or they might feel a little more sinister, making controversial use of living mice, insects or bacteria swabbed from human orifices.

What’s your take on the use of living things as art? Do you believe the message justifies its potential death, even if it’s a bonsai tree or an ant?

Philodendron Xanad by Ruben Bellinkx

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Manini`owali 3 / Sunnland Architects

11 hours 24 minutes ago
© Daniel deMoulin / Nourish Media, Inc. © Daniel deMoulin / Nourish Media, Inc.
© Daniel deMoulin / Nourish Media, Inc. © Daniel deMoulin / Nourish Media, Inc.

Text description provided by the architects. Situated on 1.5 acres of raw volcanic land within an exclusive resort community in Hawaii, the custom 9,100 square foot home serves as an oasis from the unforgiving Hawaiian sun. The contemporary residence is designed to capture amazing views of the Kua Bay and Maui's Haleakala Mountain to the west, Hualalai Mountain to the east, and a sacred cinder cone, Pu`u Kuili, to the south. The client desired a porous home, where their beloved dog could run around, yet remain enclosed within the compound. The private and public zones of the home are organized around a series of courtyards and ponds.

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Fiechter & Salzmann

11 hours 37 minutes ago
Fiechter & Salzmann
Restaurant Schifflände . Uster Fiechter & Salzmann Architekten . + competitionline Umbrella, winning entry for a detached restaurant by Fiechter & Salzmann Architekten. _ Architects Fiechter & Salzmann Architekten GmbH, Zürich (CH) Büroprofil In collaboration with: Landscape architects: Andreas Geser Landschaftsarchitekten AG, Zürich (CH)

Curious Minds

12 hours 12 minutes ago
Seeing this photos of MUMA Architects' community center in Cambridge, England, via today's Dezeen Daily...

[Photo: Alan Williams]

...I couldn't help think of this photo of Antoine Predock's Ventana Vista Elementary School in Tucson, Arizona:

[Photo: Timothy Hursley (I think)]

Uniting the two are the small, low apertures that enable children to peer through them, instances captured by both photographers. With that, I decided to look around for similar images, finding the ones below. My point here is that it behooves architects designing early education buildings to cater apertures to curious minds, not just furniture and fixtures. These examples show that many architects are already doing just that.

New Building for Nursery and Kindergarten in Zaldibar by Hiribarren-Gonzalez + Estudio Urgari:

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