Michael Mitchell

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Mysterious Statistical Law May Finally Have an Explanation

Author: Natalie Wolchover, Quanta Magazine. Natalie Wolchover, Quanta Magazine Science<p>Date of Publication: 10.27.14.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. …

London Proposes £600M Bicycle Highway to Float Along the River Thames

A new bicycle lane in London could allow cyclists to float on the River Thames. The Thames Deckway, proposed by River Cycleway Consortium Ltd, would …

6 Fascinating Underground Homes That Go Above and Beyond

When it comes to cool eco architecture, some people feel like the higher up you build, the better. But don't forget to look down once in a while! …

Architecture

Ozone Levels Bounce Back, Showing First Increase In 35 Years

Ozone Minimums, 1979-2013<p>Remember the giant hole in the Earth's ozone layer? Scientists say it's shrinking a little, thanks in part to the elimination of chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, beginning in the 1980s.<p>For the first time in 35 years, scientists have confirmed a statistically significant …

Amazing Technology Can Print a Solar Cell Every Two Seconds!

A consortium from Australia’s CSIRO and Melbourne and Monash Universities just announced that its printable solar cells are on the verge of …

Bay Area’s best campsites: What works, what doesn’t

<b>The switch has been thrown. The annual post-Labor Day recreation season – great weather, plenty of space – starts now.</b><p><b>Or does it?</b><p>School is a go, the 49ers and Raiders open the season Sunday, and the Giants are in the hunt against the Dodgers. The best campsites in the greater Bay Area have been …

Opinion

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Passivhaus: does Structural Engineering matter? | PASSIVHAUS IN PLAIN ENGLISH & MORE

Integrated design is a key element of successful passivhaus design, as I wrote about in a previous post. Certified passivhaus designers and …

The 5 Massive New Telescopes That Will Change Astronomy Forever

The biggest building boom in the history of astronomy is upon us. In Chile and Hawaii and in space, astronomers are getting powerful telescopes that …

Amazing Green-Walled Japanese Bathroom Answers Nature's Call

Botanical artist Makoto Azuma recently teamed up with Naruse-Inokuma Architects to design a beautiful bathroom that is overflowing with leafy green …

Design

Levi's Stadium Becomes First Pro Football Field to Earn LEED Gold Certification as New Construction

The newly opened Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, has just been awarded LEED Gold certification. This achievement makes the San Francisco …

This British startup is building a super solar material

Two years ago, British researcher and entrepreneur Henry Snaith, and his team at Oxford University, were experimenting with a new class of compounds …

Beach Sand Used To Make A Battery That Lasts Three Times Longer

Charge your phone with that white stuff from the beach<p>Sink your toes into this: Beach sand can be used to make lithium-ion batteries that last three times longer than current models, according to a study published in the journal <i>Scientific Reports</i>.<p>“This is the holy grail: a low-cost, non-toxic, …

Clean Energy

NIST Net Zero Energy House is in fact net positive. It is still a robotic green dinosaur.

When the NIST Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility was opened almost two years ago, I called it a High tech robotic green dinosaur. I wondered …

6 Isolated Luxury Retreats for Off-Grid Living

Going off-grid and using natural resources like the sun or wind to power your home is one of the modern ways to rebel against the system, and …

Passive Houses make science, not 'fancy finishes', the priority

Add $134 to monthly mortgage; Save $185 on energy costs<p>Spending more on better windows, insulation and air-tight building envelope construction means …

Microscopically Structuring Steel Like Bamboo Makes It Stronger Yet More Flexible

Making a steel tool? You want both qualities.<p>People's teeth and bamboo stalks may not seem very durable compared to bars of steel. But, a new series of experiments finds, making metals mimic those materials could improve metals' endurance and strength.<p>A team of chemists from China and the U.S. …

Engineering

New math technique improves atomic property predictions to historic accuracy

By combining advanced mathematics with high-performance computing, scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Indiana …

The Surprisingly Strong Case for Colonizing Venus

Science fiction writers have come up with a plausible scenario for a floating city above the fiery planet.<p>Why worry about building a colony on Mars when instead you could float one high above the surface of Venus? Science fiction writer Charles Stross recently revived the idea of building a …

Natural Swimming Pools Let You Beat the Heat, and Ditch the Chemicals

There are few experiences that are as refreshing as dipping into a cool swimming pool on a sweltering summer day. As climate change continues and …

Pure Genius: How Dean Kamen's Invention Could Bring Clean Water To Millions

He just needs to get it to them<p>At first glance, the bright red shipping container that sits by the side of the road in a slum outside Johannesburg doesn’t look like something that could transform hundreds of lives. Two sliding doors open to reveal a small shop counter, behind which sit rows of …

New Hampshire

ENDLESS ELECTRICITY: Here's A Way Of Turning America's Roads Into Gigantic Solar Panels

There are about 31,251 square miles of roads, parking lots, driveways, playgrounds, bike paths, and sidewalks in the lower 48 states. If Julie and Scott Brusaw have their way, they will all someday be replaced with solar panels.<p>For the better part of a decade, the Idaho couple has been working on …

Roads

British Military Seeks A Hack-Proof, Quantum Physics-Based GPS

Such a location system would work underwater and indoors.<p>Your smartphone always knows where you are because it communicates with GPS satellites in space. But one day, perhaps, it won't need that anymore. Instead, it may figure out your location using the effects of gravity on atoms right here on …

Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Here at Inhabitat, we love the trend of creative backyard studios, including the gorgeous Writer’s Shed that...<p>Many people mistake tiny homes for …

Green Design

Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Van life can be a creative way to lessen one's impact on the planet, but many van dwellers are still riding in...<p>Inhabitat is thrilled to announce …

Survey Finds Trash In The Remotest Ocean Floors

Plastic, fishing gear and 18th-century steamship coal were among the most common finds.<p>We hope you liked the Okeanos Explorer livestream as much as we have. We saw shiny things and creepy things, passive things and aggressive things. We've also occasionally seen trash, such as a kitchen glove. For …

Seafloor

Clever Plant Holder Allows for Gardening in Small Spaces

For anyone who lives in an apartment but has always wished for a nice little gardening space, this window unit is the perfect compromise. French designers Nicolas Barreau and Jules Charbonnet of Barreau & Charbonnet, created <i>Volet Vgtal</i>, a clever and creative pulley system that allows urban …

Monthly Carbon Dioxide Concentration in our Atmosphere Will Surpass the 400 ppm Threshold in April

April 2014 will become a month of infamy in the climate change story. Once the numbers for April are crunched by NOAA and Scripps Institute, it will be the first time in human history that the monthly average carbon dioxide concentration in our atmosphere will be confirmed to exceed 400 ppm …

Climate Change