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Modern Prefab Townhomes in West Seattle

The collaboration between Chris Pardo Design: Elemental Architecture and Method Homes continues with Pardo’s latest prefab design. The Genessee …

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APOD: A Milky Way Dawn (2014 Mar 29) Image Credit & Copyright: Babak Tafreshi (TWAN), ESO Ultra HD Expedition http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140329.html Explanation: As dawn broke on March 27, the center of the Milky Way Galaxy stood almost directly above the European Southern Observatory's Paranal Observatory. In the dry, clear sky of Chile's Atacama desert, our galaxy's dusty central bulge is flanked by Paranal's four 8 meter Very Large Telescope units in this astronomical fisheye view. Along the top, Venus is close to the eastern horizon. The brilliant morning star shines very near a waning crescent Moon just at the edge of one of the telescope structures. Despite the bright pairing in the east, the Milky Way dominates the scene though. Cut by dust lanes and charged with clouds of stars and glowing nebulae, the center of our galaxy sprawls across the darker zenith even as the deep blue sky grows brighter and buildings still glint in moonlight. http://twanight.org/tafreshi http://www.eso.org/public/outreach/ultra-high-definition/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140329 #APOD

APOD: M27: The Dumbbell Nebula (2014 Sep 14) Image Credit & Copyright: Bill Snyder (Bill Snyder Photography) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140914.html Explanation: The first hint of what will become of our Sun was discovered inadvertently in 1764. At that time, Charles Messier was compiling a list of diffuse objects not to be confused with comets. The 27th object on Messier's list, now known as M27 or the Dumbbell Nebula, is a planetary nebula, the type of nebula our Sun will produce when nuclear fusion stops in its core. M27 is one of the brightest planetary nebulae on the sky, and can be seen toward the constellation of the Fox (Vulpecula) with binoculars. It takes light about 1000 years to reach us from M27, shown above in colors emitted by hydrogen and oxygen. Understanding the physics and significance of M27 was well beyond 18th century science. Even today, many things remain mysterious about bipolar planetary nebula like M27, including the physical mechanism that expels a low-mass star's gaseous outer-envelope, leaving an X-ray hot white dwarf. http://billsnyderastrophotography.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140914 #APOD

APOD: Messier 6 and Comet Siding Spring (2014 Oct 17) Image Credit & Copyright: Rolando Ligustri (CARA Project, CAST) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap141017.html Explanation: This looks like a near miss but the greenish coma and tail of Comet Siding Spring (C/2013 A1) are really 2,000 light-years or so away from the stars of open cluster Messier 6. They do appear close together though, along the same line-of-sight in this gorgeous October 9th skyscape toward the constellation Scorpius. Still, on Sunday, October 19th this comet really will be involved in a near miss, passing within only 139,500 kilometers of planet Mars. That's about 10 times closer than any known comet flyby of planet Earth, and nearly one third the Earth-Moon distance. While an impact with the nucleus is not a threat the comet's dust, moving with a speed of about 56 kilometers per second relative to the Red Planet, and outskirts of its gaseous coma could interact with the thin Martian atmosphere. Of course, the comet's close encounter will be followed intently by spacecraft in Martian orbit and rovers on the surface. http://cara.uai.it/ http://www.castfvg.it/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=141017 #APOD

Should we diagnose rare diseases with smartphones?

Your phone could help diagnose rare diseases like Ebola, finds David Robson – and one day it might even replace the doctor’s surgery too.<p>As fear of the Ebola virus escalates, Eric Topol thinks that we’re missing an important weapon. And you just need to reach into your pocket to find it. “Most …

What Must Happen to Spark Mass Adoption of Connected Lighting?

<i>Beatrice Witzgall is the CEO and founder of LumiFi, a design and technology-centric company enabling people and businesses to unlock the full potential of connected lighting</i><p>The connected home and business continues to stir up vigorous debate among the tech community. Is the ‘Internet of Things’ …

A Conversation on Future Urbanism, Tech Hubs

It was a really interesting selection of panelists with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman, former New York City director of planning Amanda Burden and Zappo’s CEO Tony Hsieh, who has been struggling to revive downtown Las Vegas, at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment summit …

Tesla CEO Wants Mostly Self-Driving Cars By Next Year

Technology might not be there just yet.<p>Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors promises the car of the future today. In September, the billionaire promised something new for his electric vehicles: autopilot, mostly. Well, “90 percent of your miles can be on auto.” Left unsaid is how exactly that’s going to happen.<p>…

The art of biology, seen through the eyes of scientists

A great deal of biology research isn't visible to the naked eye. But that doesn't mean it's not beautiful.<p>Don't agree? Check out the winners of this year's BioArt competition.<p>BioArt is an annual contest run by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. The folks at FASEB …

Opinion: Why More Inventions Don't Win Nobel Prizes, and Why That's a Good Thing

Even though Alfred Nobel was an inventor, fundamental discoveries have won more Nobel Prizes. And maybe that's OK, a science journalist argues.<p>When Alfred Nobel wrote a will leaving his fortune to underwrite annual prizes for intellectual achievement, he specified that one be given "to the person …

Tranquil Private Forest House In Vancouver Invites Nature Indoors

Bringing together affordable housing and sustainable design in an effective manner, the beautiful Forest House designed by Garret Cord Werner in</b> …

25 Decor Ideas That Make Small Bathrooms Feel Bigger

Before you contemplate moving, you need to check out this list.<p>Whether it's a tiny powder room or a shower stall with barely enough room to scrub, a small bathroom can make mornings even worse than they already are. But you don't need to move, you just need some strategic styling. We've got 20+ …

Hardscaping 101: Pathway Lighting

The summer months have slid away and with them the ability to ignore spotty pathway lighting. Getting around the garden, and even to the front door, …

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I have shared a couple of Paris hotels here in the past, specifically La Belle Juliette and Hôtel du Pantheon. Alain Bisotti sent links to photos of …

5 Tips for Settling Into a New City (Even If You Don't Know Anyone)

I love the idea of packing up and moving to a new city; I'm a freelancer so that's one of the perks of my job, right? Have laptop, will travel; I can …

Gwyneth Paltrow's Assistant Gets A Small Space Makeover

The goop maven's right hand man gets a Cali-cool apartment makeover.<p><i>Photo courtesy of goop.</i><p>Gwyneth Paltrow's assistant Kevin Keating is taking center stage today as his Los Angeles apartment makeover makes headlines at Paltrow's own site goop, as well as Homepolish, the company who handled the …

Inside the Most Charming Apartment in Venice

Designed with a sense of drama.<p>Designed with a sense of drama, Matthew White's petite, 950-square-foot Venetian retreat fulfills a fantasy.

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Which States Have The Most Efficient Cars And Homes? Study Ranks Them

Both state governments and individual consumers are striving for increased energy efficiency, so it's natural to wonder how much progress is being …

Electric Vehicles

Kia GT five-door approved, will tackle A7, Panamera

Kia might finally be entering the four-door coupe market in the near future with a production version of its GT Concept from the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. According to <i>Edmunds</i>, Kia execs at that Paris Motor Show confirmed that the swoopy model finally has been given the green light to go on sale, …

Why Hair Looks So Good in Destiny

Courtesy of the "Bungie Hair Salon."<p>Destiny is a great looking video game, from the environments, to the weapons, to the enemies -- and yes, to the …