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Plants Could Pave The Way For Greener Roads

Instead of gold the streets are paved with plant compounds

The road of the future will probably be incredibly high-tech: able to inform drivers of hazardous conditions, charge buses, and even communicate with the cars driving on top of it. But will the road of the future be made of green …

Roads

A Digital Waterfall Cascades Over the Grand Palais

A virtual waterfall cascades over the iconic Grand Palais in Paris. On display until March 29, the awe-inspiring facade is the handiwork of teamLab, the Japanese artists behind Tokyo's interactive hanging gardens, LED Christmas trees, and a digital universe of water. TeamLab describes Universe of

Water

A Drone Butterfly Army Takes Flight

A swarm of remote-controlled butterflies could very well be the drone army of the future, if German industrial control and automation company, Festo, has anything to say about it. Revealed yesterday, eMotionButterflies are ultra-light robots that flutter on uncanny flapping wings and incorporate a …

Insects

News story: Research project surveys: views on dementia, nature and outdoor activity

The Mental Health Foundation is carrying out a research project commissioned by Natural England’s Outdoors for All programme, which is asking people …

Research

Cities are for Wildlife: An Interview with Camilla Fox, Founder and Executive Director of Project Coyote

Camilla H. Fox is the founder and executive director of Project Coyote- a national coalition of scientists, educator, predator friendly ranchers and …

Animals

Come and experience the ‘staging’ nature in the mundane city installation at Newcastle Uni tonight! http://t.co/2BjIBYybQJ

The High Cost of Urban Monocultures

Tree species diversity is a critical element of ecology sustainability, the most urgent of which is to minimize the impact of pests and disease …

Urban Ecology

3D Printing Accelerates Construction on Gaudí's Sagrada Família

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With the help of 3D printing, Antoni Gaudí's Sagrada Família may finally get some closure. According to the BBC, the Church Technical Office tasked with completing the Barcelonan project switched from handcrafted prototypes to 3D-printed plaster models about 14 years ago. This allows them …

Architecture

Florence-Scandicci Green Tramway by Ines Romitti « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine

The construction of tramways represents an innovative solution to transport problems in big cities. This is the first tramway of Florence, winding …

Architecture

"Billion Oyster Pavilion" for Governors Island to Rebuild Oyster Habitat in New York Harbor

The Billion Oyster Pavilion

Every year, FIGMENT NY brings site-specific participatory art to Governors Island as part of a one week festival. As part …

Governors Island

Stunning Animal Street Art Made with Geometric Lines by Dzia

Dzia is a Belgian street artist from the Antwerp area that's known for his stunning murals of animals. His graphic style, with swirling strong lines, is instantly recognizable. Dzia paints in his hometown of Antwerp as well as in other cities across Europe, breathing life into walls in abandoned …

Street Art

Surprisingly Beautiful Album Art Is Illustrated With Human Skin

London-based artist Ghostpoet used microscopic images of own skin biopsy to create abstract art.

Most music contains some piece of the artist who created it, but perhaps none so much as that from Ghostpoet, whose new album Shedding Skin is covered in microscopic images of the artist's …

Art

Build a PopUP Forest in Times Square, NYC by Marielle Anzelone

A slice of real nature in the heart of NYC, this lively green space will support wildlife and delight urbanites - then disappear.

Miami's Underline Is the Latest Non-Elevated Linear Park

Robert Moses can confirm that elevated highways in urban areas act as a virtual DMZ, dividing sections of a city and creating strong boundaries between neighborhoods — often along socio-economic lines. In the middle of the 20th century, car-friendly cities were seen as futuristic, economically …

Underline

Dead bees become art to highlight colony decline

When artist and former bee keeper Sarah Hatton first created Bee Works -- an art project arranging hundreds of honey bees in mathematical patterns -- it was to recover from the loss of her own beehives, and to raise awareness about global bee colony decline.

"Bee Works [in 2013] was a conceptual …

Art

Shylights: Beautiful Unfolding Kinetic Lights That Bloom like Flowers

Several types of flowers are known to open and close for reasons of defense or energy conservation. This evolutionary mechanism, called nyctinasty, …

Flowers

Elaborate World Maps Made of Beeswax by Ren Ri

The new Pearl Lam Galleries Soho in Hong Kong is currently showing the amazing beeswax sculptures of Ren Ri. As mentioned previously, Ri works with honeybees in creating intriguing wax sculptures that live in transparent geometric containers. His other body of work, called Yuansu I: The Origin of

Art

Ecological engineering: a breath of life for marine ecosystems

Oxygen is essential for many life forms. But we don’t often give it the attention it deserves because we assume that it is always there. While oxygen …

Water

Bird fern

Slime Molds Help Researchers Map Ancient Roadways

Reconstructing the past with primordial goo

How do you reconstruct a civilization's history when it has been literally trampled underfoot? Some of Rome's roads through the Balkans are largely forgotten, others still in use, and others we only know about because of documents from travelers explaining …

Maps

Bat bridges are failing to prevent deaths, says ecologist

The bridges have been installed to help bats safely cross new highways despite evidence that they do not work

Bat bridges erected across many major …

United Kingdom

Bacterial Paintings? New Art Uses Tiny Life Forms

New technology is blurring the boundaries between life and art, allowing artists to conceive of dystopian futures and strange human-algae hybrids.

Art

UK Researchers Make Cheap Solar Cells From Shrimp Shells

Researchers at Queen Mary University of London have for the first time successfully created electricity-generating solar cells with chemicals found in …

Renewable Energy

Birds Protected By the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

BIRDS PROTECTED BY THE

MIGRATORY BIRD TREATY ACT

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act makes it illegal for anyone to take, possess, import, export, transport, …

Animals

The T-1000 Is Probably Made of This Liquid Metal That Moves Itself

It can also change shapes when electricity is applied

A simple metal compound could make some big waves in robotics thanks to a strange property: it can move under its own volition, given the right environment. It's also in a liquid state, meaning it can change shape to negotiate bends and …

Liquidmetal

‘Field Guide to the Natural World of Washington, D.C.’ displays a city’s wildlife

There are major cities around the world where humans seem to have excluded nature by extruding concrete. Washington isn’t one of them.

With its low …

Animals

Evolution and neuroscience suggest ways to design more human-centric buildings and cities

Take a walk along Hanover Street in Boston's North End, and you can't help but notice the number of people strolling along the sidewalk, the cozy …

Evolution

Artificial Photosynthesis Could Soon Be Key To Widespread Adoption Of Renewables

Solar and wind power have one thing in common besides being renewable: When the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing, they don’t generate electricity. But artificial photosynthesis may someday help change that.

Battery storage is being developed as a way to feed renewable power onto the power …

Environment

The bobcat is an unexpected urban resident

As urban and suburban residents learn how to coexist with wildlife, there is a rarely seen species that they may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse …

Animal Behavior