Tuesday, October 30, 2012

New Fossils Demonstrate That Powerful Eyes Evolved In A Twinkling 500,000 Million Years Ago

Paleontologists have uncovered half-a-billion-year-old fossils demonstrating that primitive animals had excellent vision. A half-billion-year-old fossil compound eye, showing exquisite detail of the visual surface (the individual lenses can be seen as darker spots).
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Monday, October 29, 2012

Underground Parks

(quoted from a post on Tumblr)

"Amazing technology would allow for underground parks in NYC
If you’ve been to Manhattan in the past several years, you may have heard of the Highline in Chelsea. It’s a project that converted an abandoned above-ground railroad track into a park, and it has turned the formerly underdeveloped area around it into one of the trendiest new neighborhoods in the city; if you visit Manhattan, you have to check it out. Anyway, two architects want to build a park that will do for the Lower East Side what the Highline did for Chelsea, but with a twist: they want to build it underground!
If you’ve been to Manhattan ever, you’ll also know that space is at a premium, and there are few open spaces left to grow leafy green things or build a park. Dubbed the LowLine, the project would convert an old underground trolley car station, abandoned in 1948 and untouched since, into a 1.5 acre underground park. But how? This is where the science comes in: they’ve developed the technology to transmit sunlight underground. Using large parabolic mirrors and a fiber optic relay, sunlight from the surface would be shuttled to the park and then redisbursed, allegedly yielding enough light for photosynthesis. As shown in the artist’s renderings above, the park could house trees, grass, farmers markets, or art installations, all year round, rain or shine. The architects raised money on Kickstarter for a proof-of-concept exhibition, happening RIGHT NOW in the Essex Street Market in NYC, and they’re doing battle with the city and the transit authority that owns the underground depot for approval. Here’s to hoping the city bureaucrats see the light! *slaps knee*
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  • TheLowLine.Org
  • LowLine Kickstarter Project Page
  • Meet the LowLine - The New Yorker
  • Tuesday, October 16, 2012

    How to turn Milk into spider silk


    Resources for your Biomimicry Research



    Mushroom Burial Suit

    Jae Rhim Lee: My mushroom burial suit


    Plant respirator artist prototype

    A "tongue-in-cheek" sculpture of a plant respirator.


    Invisible soil (man-made of course)


    Oooooh! Have to say, this is pretty neat as well. Makes me a bit worried in some regards as to how it will impact the results of the studies they're conducting on the plants, but on the same note the soil most plants grow in now (especially agriculture) isn't the safest thing anymore either, so maybe there's not much of a difference to begin with.

    Bike without pedals


    I have no idea whether or not this makes total sense or is a bit redundant, either way I totally thought it was worth sharing.