A unique apartment complex in Italy is bringing real trees into the urban jungle. 25 Verde, located near the Po River in downtown Turin, incorporates roughly 200 trees into its design: 150 potted trees are beautifully woven throughout the complex’s five stories, and another 50 stand watch in the courtyard. In addition, eight massive metal “trees” are intertwined from the ground floor all the way up to the top of the apartments to help provide structural support. The building is also
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On March 15, a U.S. Air Force F-16 jet flew a mission over the Syrian city of Raqqa, which ISIS has claimed as the capital of its so-called Islamic caliphate. But the fighter jet wasn’t dropping bombs on ISIS stronghold. Instead, it was dropping tens of thousands of propaganda leaflets aimed at discouraging people from joining the militant group. The leaflets depict quite a grisly scene: a number of young recruits lining up to join ISIS only to be thrown into a meat grinder once they reach
Things are really starting to heat up in Antarctica. The weather blog Weather Underground reports that temperatures at Esperanza Base — on the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula — hit a record-breaking high of 63.5°F (17.5°C) on Tuesday, Mar. 24. Just a day earlier, temperatures at the nearby Marambio Base had reached 63.3°F (17.4°C). Prior to these two days, the hottest temperature ever recorded on the continent was 62.8°F (17.1°C), on April 24, 1961 (this was also at Esperanza Base). The records are not yet official, however.
Last June, Google launched the Street Art Project, with the goal of showcasing the world’s best street art while also exploring the stories behind it. The project photographs and archives street art from every corner of the world, collecting it all in an online database that includes details about the artists and local culture. The galleries are often presented in story form, using videos and/or audio commentary to help paint a picture of the cultural and political environment that brought about the art.
Tim Cook is a very wealthy man. The Apple CEO has an estimated net worth of $120 million and holds another $665 million in restricted Apple stock (this stocks will be made available to him over the next six years). So what does Cook plan to do with all this money? Give it away, apparently. In a recent interview with Fortune magazine, Cook said that once he pays for his 10-year-old nephew’s college tuition, he plans to donate the rest of his fortune to philanthropic causes. Cook
The government of Belgium has announced that it will be scrapping prison sentences of less than one year as part of a series of reforms to the country’s justice system. Belgium’s federal government says that such short sentences are both expensive and ineffective. Many people also worry that short stints in prison could actually encourage future law breaking, rather than preventing it. Koen Geens, Belgium’s justice minister and a member of parliament, is one of those people: “A short prison sentence, a try-out in jail,
If you’re looking for an example of awesome engineering in nature, look no further than Erodium cicutarium. The plant — commonly referred to as redstem filaree, stork’s-bill or pinweed — has a seed that bores itself into the ground upon coming into contact with moisture. To accomplish this feat, the erodium seed uses a specialized spiral stalk that is able to unwind itself in response to daily changes in humidity. As the humidity levels rise and fall, this stalk winds and unwinds, steadily
Last week, the world’s first hydrogen-powered tram rolled off the production line in Qingdao, a city on the eastern coast of China. The tram was designed by a team of local scientists and engineers and manufactured by the Sifang Company, a subsidiary of the China South Rail Corporation. According to Science Alert, “Its only emission is water – the temperature inside the fuel cell will be controlled to stop any nitrogen oxides from forming – so it’s doing zero damage to
For the past 17 years, Sepp Blatter has been the president of FIFA, the international governing body for the sport of soccer. Blatter, who turned 79 earlier this month, has no intentions of giving up that highly-coveted position. Over the past few weeks, the Swiss native has been doing the rounds on various media outlets to support his bid for a fifth term as president (the vote is in May). Part of that media tour was an interview with Swiss newspaper Sonntags-Zeitung. At one point
For generations, the harvesting of honey has been an intense and arduous process, involving heavy protective equipment and lots of tedious manual labor. But now, there’s a much, much easier way to harvest honey: the “Flow Hive”. Created by father-and-son duo Cedar and Stuart Anderson, the uniquely designed beehive allows you to extract honey by simply turning a tap, saving you the hassle of having to open up the hive and remove each individual frame. When the Anderson’s launched a crowd-funding Indiegogo campaign for their invention earlier