Raphael Schaad

18 Magazines | 1,242 Articles | 18,381 Followers | 453 Likes | @raphael | Designer & Technologist, MIT Media Lab. Previously Flipboard and iA Writer.


The World's Largest Solar Plant Started Creating Electricity Today

Take 300,000 computer-controlled mirrors, each 7 feet high and 10 feet wide. Control them with computers to focus the Sun's light to the top of …


Pachinko balls. #pachinko #japan #대박

Gardens in the sky: The rise of green urban architecture

<b>(CNN) —</b> With its balconies bursting with trees and shrubs, the "Bosco Verticale," or "Vertical Forest" is giving rise to an entirely new take on the traditional idea of the urban jungle.<p>As city dwellers feel the squeeze on their living space and recreational areas, the twin residential towers in …



Virgin With Halo

The Jungfrau (German: “virgin”) is a summit of the Bernese Alps and forms together with the Eiger and Mönch a distinctive wall in the Swiss Alps. The …

#texture for @timonus, from #seattle

Bicycles Built Based on People’s Attempts to Draw Them From Memory

In 2009 designer Gianluca Gimini started asking friends and strangers to draw a men’s bicycle from memory. While some got it right, most made …


Germany had so much renewable energy on Sunday that it had to pay people to use electricity — Quartz

On Sunday, May 8, Germany hit a new high in renewable energy generation. Thanks to a sunny and windy day, at one point around 1pm the country’s solar, wind, hydro and biomass plants were supplying about 55 GW of the 63 GW being consumed, or 87%.<p>Power prices actually went negative for several hours, …


SolarCity customers just produced enough energy in one day to charge every Tesla in the world

On March 22nd, SolarCity customers produced 8 million kWh of electricity -- enough energy to give a full charge to all 107,000+ Teslas in the world


The Secret Tesla Motors Master Plan (just between you and me)

<i>Background: My day job is running a space transportation company called SpaceX, but on the side I am the chairman of Tesla Motors and help formulate</i> …


Teens are suing over climate change

WHEN a group of teens took the bold action of suing governments, people laughed at them. They are not laughing now.


Monocultures – the Great Evil of Modern Ag?

One real problem with monoculture is that it is often used as a strong argument but in a poorly defined way. The influential food journalist Michael …


Monarch Butterflies, El Rosario Preserve, Mexico. A recent survey by the World Wildlife Fund in Mexico found that the population of North America's monarch butterflies are rebounding but still well below past numbers. The number of butterflies wintering in Mexico is estimated to now be around 150 million. The recent comeback is credited to more favorable weather and the planting of milkweed on the monarch's migration route. Two decades ago there were an estimated 1 billion butterflies on the migration route. Photo by @peteressick #thephotosociety #auroraphotos


For the 2002 Swiss national exhibition, the medieval town Murten (or Morat in French) had the motto “Moment and Eternity”. French architect Jean Nouvel designed this 34-meter rusty steel cube that appeared to float on the lake just off the shore. The interior consisted of three accessible levels with multiple spaces and hosted art installations such as video projections. Roughly every 25 years Switzerland hosts a national exhibition with the next planned for 2027.