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World's longest cable car system to carry Bolivia's commuters
   Every day, close to 200,000 people commute between El Alto, Bolivia -- at more than 13,000 feet above sea level, the highest major metropolitan area in the world -- and La Paz, the nation's administrative capital. But
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Jet lag app gets you back in sync 20 April 2014, 19.44 Living
Jet lag app gets you back in sync
     We all have various tricks for coping with jet lag. Staying awake for days, melatonin tablets, or just good ol’ copious amounts of coffee. Now, a newly-released iPhone app called Entrain could help travelers
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Complex Residence Encouraging Family Interaction: Casa 31_4 Room House
A fruitful collaboration between Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects and Caroline Di Costa led to the development of Casa 31_4 Room House, a complex residential project. According to the description provided by the architects,
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Constantly Satisfying a Cat’s Curiosity: CATable by Ruan Hao
The charming CATable was created by Ruan Hao from LYCS, an architecture firm based in Hangzhou and Hong Kong. Especially designed for cats to explore and sleep in, the project follows a worldwide trend: that of sharing your
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Striking Chicago Loft Artistically Displaying the Owner’s Guitar Collection
This striking Chicago loft is located in a famous building that once housed the National Biscuit Company in the West Loop neighborhood, now known as “Nabisco” . The impressive multi-unit crib is located on the upper floor
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Sharing is caring: Watch a horse feed a friend
Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 12:24 PM Conneo and Cornyflake are best friends. How do we know? Because only best friends would share like this! Related on MNN: 10 things you didn't know about Przewalski's horses, the last
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Venomous hobo spider may not be so toxic after all
Researchers believe that spiders get a bad rap from people who assume that a spider bite is the source of many ills when new studies have shown that such attitudes are incorrect. Whether the bites of the hobo spider are toxic
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DARPA developing foldable space telescope 20 April 2014, 19.43 Living
DARPA developing foldable space telescope
In addition to being lighter than other space telescopes, the MOIRE telescope will diffract light instead of reflecting or refracting it. The Membrane Optical Imager for Real-Time Exploitation (MOIRE) is in Phase 2 of ground
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Want to help owl researchers? Watch these webcams
People across the world can watch nesting great horned owls and long-eared owls in Montana and even snap photos of the birds to aid scientists. Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 01:28 PM Watch the great horned owl webcam
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5 signs that China can't grow unless it tackles smog
Skeptics question whether China can grow its economy and fight emissions. The truth is, the country has no choice. Photo: mckaysavage/flickr When Chinese Premier Li Kequiang declared "war on pollution" recently, skeptics
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Stunning new orchid species discovered 20 April 2014, 19.43 Living
Stunning new orchid species discovered
Discovering new orchid species is a rare thing as the flowers tend to grow in either inaccessible places or in regions where their habitats are being rapidly destroyed. Photo: Katia Silvera/UC Riverside A gorgeous species of
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LIGO lasers could help reveal aftermath of black hole crashes
Analyzing the gravitational waves from cosmic collisions could help scientists better understand black holes themselves. A still frame from a computer animation shows two binary neutron stars coalescing into a black hole. Taken
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Vision of a Dream Home: Xalima Island House by Martin Ferrero Architecture
Everyone has an idea of how their perfect house would one day look like. Daniel Martin Ferrero, principal of Martin Ferrero Architecture took his vision to another level and planned Xalima Island House, as “as a poem to the
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Sturdy Coat Hook With a Distinctive Industrial Look: Battleship
Battleship is a sturdy coat hook with a distinctive industrial appearance. Developed by English designer David Cathro of aCathroDESIGN, this modern and sleek functional piece is made from laser cut steel with a high quality
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How Can Design Describe the Personality of the Owner
There are hundreds if not thousands of parameters shaping our design, parameters that from the first glance can describe the personality of the owner inhabiting the design line.  Our existence gravitates around an unique
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Glass Box in the Sky: French Riviera’s CView Modern Villa
Located in one of the most beautiful places on Earth, the French Riviera, CView Villa is an impressive multi-level modern residence symbolically dubbed the glass box in the sky. Welcoming and inviting, the high sophisticated
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Charming Small Home on Wheels Priced $33,000 [Video]
It is encouraging to see more and more creative small home designs, full proof that future home owners can dream despite financial borders. Andrew and Gabriella Morrison recently completed the hOMe project, an impressive
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The clean energy transition is unstoppable, so why fight it?
When I wrote my Feb. 28 post on the energy transition tipping point, it seemed a bold call to make because I hadn't heard anyone else say that the transition away from fossil fuels and toward renewables had become
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We have the ability to 'de-extinct' animals. Should we?
The pyrenean ibex, a type of mountain goat also called a bucardo, went extinct in 2000. But for the first time in history, the species’ tale didn’t end there. A couple years later, 57 mountain goats were implanted with
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The cybercafé is dead. Long live the 3D printing café?
BUENOS AIRES -- It’s 5pm in Buenos Aires and Ezequiel Mendoza, an industrial designer, is fabricating a prototype for a wearable GPS tracking device. For cows. But that’s not the weird part. The weird part is that he’s
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Is tribo-electric the new clean energy solution?
From eco-dancefloors to ocean waves: Wherever there is movement, there is energy. From energy-generating nightclubs to a T-shirt that charges your phone, there are many intriguing concepts for harnessing everyday movement, and
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Astronauts to grow lettuce in space with NASA 'Veggie' farm
The mini-farm isn't just for tasty food — the Veg-01 experiment will test how well lettuce and other large plants grow in orbit. By: Elizabeth Howell, SPACE.com Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 09:00 AM A 28-day-old
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What to expect from the first lunar eclipse of 2014
The moon will go through 12 phases of an eclipse in a span of 3.5 hours, so have some coffee next to your telescope. No enthusiastic skywatcher misses a total eclipse of the moon, and if weather permits tonight, neither should
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SpaceX to attempt daring rocket test during launch today
The four-legged rocket recovery test is another step in SpaceX's plan to develop reusable rockets for space travel. A close-up look at the landing legs on a private SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force
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Arctic's ozone hole is looking good 14 April 2014, 20.39 Living
Arctic's ozone hole is looking good
Along with a reduction in chemicals that destroy the ozone, the Arctic's unique environment aided in its recovery. Arctic ozone levels in April 2014. The yellows and reds show where there is more ozone. (Image: NASA) With a
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Some monkeys are very monogamous 14 April 2014, 20.39 Living
Some monkeys are very monogamous
True genetic monogamy is in fact extremely rare, even among the most faithful of animals, but a few species can manage it. Photo: C. Valeggia/Owl Monkey Project, Formosa-Argentina Unlike many humans, some monkeys are
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Wi-Fi Amazon Dash Device: The Future of Home Shopping?
Under the slogan “Shopping Made Simple”, Amazon launches Amazon Dash, a small hi-tech wand that aims to make shopping more convenient. The new product is about the size of a remote control, and it features both a
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Modern and Fresh Furniture Piece by Gregoire de Lafforest
Designed to store all sorts of objects, Balka Console is a sleek and modern furniture piece that adds a sense of colour and freshness to any home entryway. With a peculiar design, a top made of oak and a crazy yellow bag
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30 Modern Bathroom Design Ideas For Your Private Heaven
Bathrooms are spaces that we use everyday, so their importance is far greater than we give it credit for. From bright and cheery to sophisticated and imposing, modern bathrooms have long gone beyond the limit of space.
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Eco-Tourism Merged With Sustainable Design: DROP XL by In-tenta [Video]
The DROP XL modules by Barcelona-based design studio In-tenta are part of the large emerging trend in the field of modular micro-architecture, suitable for being placed wherever the heart desires and the land permits. The aim
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Creative Approach to Modern Family Retreat in Mexico: Fatima House
Fatima House by Jorge Hernández de la Garza  is a modern family retreat located in Del Valle, one of the most traditional neighborhoods in Mexico City. The project started by studying the site conditions and designing a
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Apple buys hydroelectric power project in United States
   Water from the Deschutes River will feed the project.   Apple is well-known for its plans to harness renewable energy sources and the acquisition of a hydroelectric power project in Central Oregon brings these plans
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Why is today's SpaceX mission so important? Reusable rockets
   UPDATE: About an hour before the scheduled launch, the launch was postponed due to a helium leak. Here's what SpaceX had to say: "Today’s launch has been scrubbed due to a Helium leak on Falcon 9’s first stage. A fix
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In Japan, 3D printers create artificial bones 14 April 2014, 20.37 Living
In Japan, 3D printers create artificial bones
 Japanese researchers have requested regulatory approval for a special 3D printer which only prints artificial bones. Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Tokyo University's RIKEN and
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Exuding a Playful Modern Character: Pi Chair by Christoph Steiger
Swiss designer Christoph Steiger envisioned the Pi chair during his studies at Bergen Academy of Art and Design. The unconventional dining chair stands out due to its elegant curves. The fusion between its back support and
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Reinventing Traditional Log Architecture: Arborwall Solid Cedar Homes
Arborwall combines traditional solid log construction with state-of-the-art precision manufacturing methods to produce homes that are solid, sustainable and exceptionally energy efficient. These homes retain all of the
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A Home to Dream of: Villa Chameleon in the Exotic Country of Spain
If you’re looking to purchase a home to dream of, with astounding sea views in an exquisite location, villa Chameleon might just be it. The property is currently for sale and you can check every house-related detail
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Recycled Paper Replicas of Iconic Warsaw Buildings by Zupagrafika
Blok Wschodni /Eastern Block is a collection of paper cut-out models representing various modernist buildings in Warsaw, Poland. The series has been created by Hispano-Polish graphic design studio Zupagrafika and is made up
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Google is the latest tech company to buy into drones
Google has purchased Titan Aerospace–the same solar-powered drone company Facebook was reportedly in talks to buy–for an undisclosed amount.  Project Loon was launched in June 2013 with an experimental pilot in New
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If 40% of us think we're in the top 5%, what do the actual top 5% think?
  A common misquote. What Thoreau really said in Walden is more nuanced: "“I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he
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Personal data theft skyrockets in past year 14 April 2014, 19.00 Living
Personal data theft skyrockets in past year
 As data breaches, cybercrime and hacking rates rise, it is no surprise that reports of personal data theft are also climbing. On Monday, the Pew Research Center released a new survey which states that 18 percent of U.S.
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500-million-year-old embryos hint at animal discovery
Researchers had to carefully remove the tiny spherical fossils, and then they had to use X-rays and thinly sliced samples for closer analysis. By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 10:57 AM A
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LIGO lasers could help reveal aftermath of black hole crashes
Analyzing the gravitational waves from cosmic collisions could help scientists better understand black holes themselves. A still frame from a computer animation shows two binary neutron stars coalescing into a black hole. Taken
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SpaceX delays cargo ship launch due to helium leak
The scrubbed mission follows two earlier delays that have already pushed the next Dragon launch by more than a month. SpaceX's fourth space station-bound Dragon uncrewed capsule is seen poised atop the company's Falcon 9 rocket
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Blood moon shines during total lunar eclipse in stunning photos
See the lunar eclipse up close with these amazing images. Photo: Brett Bonine The moon took on an eerie blood-red hue early Tuesday during the first total lunar eclipse of 2014, a celestial sight that wowed potentially
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Mysterious ancient Moroccan rock pile explained
Scientists managed to create a timeline of events by looking for the isotope beryllium-10 in the rock pile to gain insight into the 4,500-year-old geographical enigma. The village of Arroumd in the High Atlas, Morocco, is
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Jamaica beats back lionfish with knife and fork
If you can't beat them, eat them; Jamaica happily reports large drop in sightings of this invasive species. While most reports of a precipitous decline in an animal population are met with dismay, ecologists are responding
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Functional Interior Designed with Soothing Pastel Colours in Moscow
Wonderfully designed with soothing pastel colours, this compact interior was imagined by Int2 architecture in Moscow, Russia. There’s a lot to love in this 45 sq. m apartment: the playfulness, the smart storage solutions,
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Remarkable Bathtub and Washbasin Fusion: Symbiosis by Desnahemisfera
Symbiosis is an eye-catching bathroom project envisioned by Ljubljana-based design studio Desnahemisfera for design firm Kerrock. By stylishly integrating a washbasin within a bathtub, the studio managed to create an
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Tasteful and Cozy Countryside Home by Suna Interior Design
The London-based, award-winning boutique consultancy Suna Interior Design office imagined an elegant cluster of residential spaces. This amazing home in a stylish residential development – Aura Cambridge – shows how the
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Inspiring Vacation in Luscious Boutique Villa Kalipay in Phuket
Rising from between green surroundings of Cape Yamu’s east coast in Phuket, the elevated Villa Kalipay was designed to help you access a deep feeling of relaxation while enjoying stunning sunsets in a tranquil atmosphere.
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Mansion in Beverly Hills Gorgeously Decorated in Neutral Colours
This mansion, originally designed by Amir Farr in 1973 has been recently revamped by Maxime Jacquet. Gorgeously decorated in neural colours, the house, located in an exclusive residential area in Beverly Hills, reflects the
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Microsoft joins the connected car battle, introduces Windows in the Car
[embedded content]Microsoft has introduced Windows in the Car, the company's way to rival Apple and Google through integrating computer systems in our vehicles. Unveiled at last week's Build developer conference, the
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Doctors in Boston can now prescribe biking to fight obesity
 Doctors are often criticized for overprescribing medications--from antibiotics and antidepressants to ADHD medication. But there may be one new treatment option where a lot of prescriptions wouldn't be a bad idea. A new
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Screens wreck our sleep 08 April 2014, 02.14 Living
Screens wreck our sleep
  Blame the iPad? -- Feeling a bit groggy lately? Suffering from tiredness, even though you went to bed at a decent hour last night? Yes? Then let me ask you this (without getting too personal): Have you been perusing your
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Next-gen dairy: have you had your whey today? 28 March 2014, 23.49 Living
Next-gen dairy: have you had your whey today?
Here’s what I remember about dairy when I was a kid: A glass of milk at dinner, Kraft macaroni and cheese, Dannon yogurt, individually wrapped slices of American cheese, and once in a while, a fancy cheese from the deli
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Could Ukraine crisis spur new forms of nuclear energy?
Vladimir Putin's takeover of Crimea from Ukraine has prompted the European Union to try to slash its huge reliance on Russian natural gas, a move that could now include a ramp up of nuclear power. "I think it is wise for
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Google Glass makes you look like 'a bit of an idiot,' designer Marc Newson says
 Google Glass may have captured the attention of developers, but for those in the design industry, the headset is lacking in style. Renowned designer of products in fashion and furniture Marc Newson, speaking to Dezeen,
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Artful Display of Lines and Japanese Influences: Project 355 Mansfield in California
Project 355 Mansfield is a five-bedroom modern residence designed and completed by Amit Apel Design in Los Angeles, California. The house invites residents to enjoy the benefits of a breezy, well-ventilated living space
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Door Handle & Instant Hand Sanitizer for Healthier Living: PullClean
PullClean is an extraordinary door handle and instant hand sanitizer developed by the creative minds at the British studio Agency of Design. The aim of the designers was to transform regular door handles- perfect breeding
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Groundbreaking 3D Printed Lamps: Breaking Bulbs Collection
Swedish company Gässling recently launched their innovative Breaking Bulbs collection, a range of 3D printed lamps capturing that split second in time when an object is destroyed on impact. The over-sized bulb-shaped lamps
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Luxurious Masterfully Crafted Paradise Cove Beach House in Malibu
Regardless of whether you like it or not, your home reflects your social status. Especially in the world of the affluent. Naturally, rich people don’t care about the price when acquiring a home, like regular people do.
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Ominous Skull Armchair for Deviant Modern Interiors
Skull Armchair is an ominously powerful looking piece of furniture by French designer Harold Sangouard, aka Harow, that seems fit for anyone interested in comfort as they plot sinister moves. Consisting of a black gloss resin
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Watch nesting ospreys on live webcam 28 March 2014, 23.48 Living
Watch nesting ospreys on live webcam
The Nature Conservancy's new webcam broadcasts the activities in an osprey nest 24 hours a day, and it even has an infrared sensor so viewers can watch the birds at night. Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 11:42 AM Photo:
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10 reasons to visit Zoo Atlanta 28 March 2014, 23.48 Living
10 reasons to visit Zoo Atlanta
We're commemorating Zoo Atlanta's 125th anniversary with photos that highlight some of its more-than 1,500 animals. All photos: Anna Norris/MNN Zoo Atlanta has been around since 1889, when it was started to house circus
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Why kangaroos emit less methane when they ... um ... you know, pass gas
Scientists have known this for a while now, but new research gives us more information about why kangaroos are so much more efficient than cows. To paraphrase the famous kids' book, everybody passes gas. But, it turns out, not
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Crows solve puzzles on par with 7-year-olds 28 March 2014, 23.48 Living
Crows solve puzzles on par with 7-year-olds
In challenges inspired by Aesop's fable 'The Crow and the Pitcher,' the birds prove they have an understanding of physics that rivals human children. An American crow (Photo: macinate/flickr) Crows are well known for their
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Report: Ukraine's combat dolphins now swim for Russia
The dolphins would be used by the Russian Emergency Ministry to search for arms and items under the sea. Following the Russian takeover of Crimea this month, a lot of residents of Crimea are being asked to switch sides — but
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Every day, close to 200,000 people commute between El Alto, Bolivia -- at more than 13,000 feet above sea level, the highest major metropolitan area in the world -- and La Paz, the nation's administrative capital. But soon many of those people will be traveling not on the congested roads, but through the air: The world's longest urban cable car system is about to open here.
If you've ever felt the frustration of being helplessly trapped in traffic within sight of your destination, then these commuters know your pain. The two major metros are separated by just a few miles. But because of the region's mountainous geography -- La Paz lies at the bottom of a sheer-sided canyon -- there is just one winding major route between El Alto and La Paz by road, which means these short bus trips take an hour or more. 
The solution is to carry commuters above the congestion. When all three lines are operational, the region's new cable car system will cover nearly 7 miles and transport 18,000 passengers per hour. In addition to slashing commute time, the electric-powered Mi Teleferico (My Cable Car) system could reduce pollution in the area by keeping some cars off the road.
Cable cars are an attractive option here also because they don't require a large infrastructure footprint to build, especially when compared to tearing down buildings to create new roads. The terrain around the Bolivian capital isn't easy to work with, but that's nothing for Doppelmayr, the Austrian company constructing the system. Its general manager Javier Telleria tells the Guardian: "Ninety-nine percent of our cable cars are built in high mountainous areas with large slopes, landslide and glacial areas that are equal to or more complex than La Paz." 
Mi Teleferico opens to the public in May. The first couple has already gotten married in a gondola, and spokespeople for the system say it will be equipped with Wi-Fi. The big remaining question: How much is the fare? Today it costs 2.50 bolivianos (36 cents) to take the arduous bus ride between La Paz and El Alto. Commuters might be willing to pay a little bit more for the scenic, relaxing ride to work aboard this $230 million transit system in the sky.

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We all have various tricks for coping with jet lag. Staying awake for days, melatonin tablets, or just good ol’ copious amounts of coffee. Now, a newly-released iPhone app called Entrain could help travelers restore whacked-out rhythms after long trips, Science reports. It tells you exactly when you should go outside to catch some rays and when it’s lights out for the night. 
Circadian rhythms are our body's internal timekeeping system. It adjusts our body temperature and tells us when to eat, sleep, and produce red blood cells. Jet lag happens when our circadian biological timing becomes misaligned with the timing of our human activities -- first few days of play when we're on vacation, first few days of work when we're back. Being out of sync is something your body usually sorts out on its own with time, but prolonged misalignment can lead to cardiovascular disease and diabetes. 
Their number crunching resulted in specialized adjustment schedules for “optimal re-entrainment” for more than 1000 travel itineraries, Science explains. For example: 

If you’re traveling from Detroit to London, for example, Entrain says you’ll need to turn off the lights at about 9 p.m. and rise at 6:20 a.m. the next day in order to get used to your new time zone as quickly as possible. If the app prescribes bright outdoor light when you’d rather sleep in, a therapeutic sunlamp in your hotel room might do the trick.

"Overcoming jet lag is fundamentally a math problem and we've calculated the optimal way of doing it," Forger says in a news release. "We're certainly not the first people to offer advice about this, but our predictions show the best and quickest ways to adjust across time zones." To get over jet lag most efficiently, they suggest: 
  • Experience one block of light and one block of darkness each day.
  • The length of daytime should be significantly shorter when delaying the clock, rather than when advancing it.
  • During the light phase, be in the brightest light possible. Short light pulses are less effective than sustained light.
  • During the dark phase, be in the dimmest light possible. Even a short burst of bright light at the wrong time can extend the time it takes to adjust.
  • Dark phases don't have to be sleep phases, but if you must be outside, block blue light with rose-tinted glasses or a visor. 

If the prescribed schedule helps or doesn’t help with rapid readjustment, you can log your travel schedule and jet lag experiences on the app. This will help the team determine if their theoretical models actually work in real life.

The work was published in PLOS Computational Biology.
 

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Complex Residence Encouraging Family Interaction: Casa 31_4 Room House PDF Print E-mail

architecture 4 room house1 Complex Residence Encouraging Family Interaction: Casa 31 4 Room House A fruitful collaboration between Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects and led to the development of Casa 31_4 Room House, a complex residential project. According to the description provided by the architects, all spaces contain elements of the past, often manifested as objects of intrigue: the sloping floor, the barge scrolls on the front fence, the roof tiles, the chimney as water collector and the up-cycling of former building elements such as decks, gates, architraves and furniture. The front deck engaging with the street reintroduces the role and value of the front garden as meeting place, a lost tradition in a modern society where privacy and security are key factors to consider when building a home.
exterior 4 room house 11 Complex Residence Encouraging Family Interaction: Casa 31 4 Room House This contemporary residence bursts with personality and constantly inspires family interaction: “The design enables our children and us to grow and evolve in a sequence of spaces that encourage engagement with each other and the dwelling and offers new ways of understanding and exploring family relationships and an understanding of space. Our house is simultaneous a memorial, playground, place of celebration, stage set, place of community interaction and most importantly, a home.” [Photography: Peter Bennetts]
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Constantly Satisfying a Cat’s Curiosity: CATable by Ruan Hao PDF Print E-mail

catable Constantly Satisfying a Cats Curiosity: CATable by Ruan Hao The charming CATable was created by Ruan Hao from LYCS, an architecture firm based in Hangzhou and Hong Kong. Especially designed for cats to explore and sleep in, the project follows a worldwide trend: that of sharing your home with pets. The table features crannies and passageways, where your furry cat friend can happily roam stealthily.
Modern table for cats 5 Constantly Satisfying a Cats Curiosity: CATable by Ruan Hao According to the designer, people who lives with cats experience these two things: 1. Putting away the cat from your laptop is like a sentimental
ritual of temporary farewell. 2. A properly-sized hole is irresistible to cats; their curiosity is greatly satisfied through repetitively exploring the unknown path behind that hole. The design of CATable is a fusion of these experiences, as well as a creative place where the interaction occurs. “It is a table for us, and a paradise for cats“, concludes Ruan Hao. For more pet-inspired furniture, be sure to also check out the cat hammock we presented on Freshome!
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Striking Chicago Loft Artistically Displaying the Owner’s Guitar Collection PDF Print E-mail

architecture west loop loft besch design Striking Chicago Loft Artistically Displaying the Owners Guitar Collection This striking Chicago loft is located in a famous building that once housed the National Biscuit Company in the West Loop neighborhood, now known as “Nabisco” . The impressive multi-unit crib is located on the upper floor and is packed full with charming industrial elements. A large array of materials and textures reduce the scale of the place and give it a homey look. design west loop loft besch Striking Chicago Loft Artistically Displaying the Owners Guitar Collection According to the developers at Besch Design, one of the most fascinating part of this loft is the kitchen, located in one of the old ovens used for baking. The steel parts for the oven doors are still embedded into the exposed brick. Additionally, the master bedroom has an opening that overlooks into the living spaces on the first floor. What we like best about the project is definitely the accent wall improvised using reclaimed barn wood, currently used to display some of the Owner’s guitars from his collection. What are the elements that you like best? [Photography: Peter Nilson]

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Sharing is caring: Watch a horse feed a friend PDF Print E-mail

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Conneo and Cornyflake are best friends.

How do we know? Because only best friends would share like this!

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Venomous hobo spider may not be so toxic after all PDF Print E-mail

Researchers believe that spiders get a bad rap from people who assume that a spider bite is the source of many ills when new studies have shown that such attitudes are incorrect.

Whether the bites of the hobo spider are toxic to people has been a matter of scientific debate, but a new study suggests the spider's venom may be less harmful than many people think.

With black widows and brown recluse spiders, hobo spiders are listed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as one of the three venomous spiders that can be found in the United States, that can be dangerous. In some cases, hobo spider bites have caused necrosis, which is the death of cells or tissue, according to a 1996 report from the CDC.

However, researchers have questioned for years whether there is actually sufficient evidence that hobo spider venom can indeed cause necrotic skin lesions, and how dangerous to humans these spiders really are. Moreover, hobo spiders are considered innocuous in Europe, and previous research comparing the venom of American and European members of the species did not find significant differences between the two. [Creepy, Crawly & Incredible: Photos of Spiders]
"There is a psychological thing about spiders, that people just want to believe that spiders are doing the damage," said study author Richard Vetter, an arachnologist at the University of California, Riverside. People may readily conclude that a spider caused an injury they actually incurred from something else, he said.

Venomous bites

Hobo spiders are moderately large, measuring about a quarter-inch to a half-inch (7 to 14 millimeters) in body length, with a 1- to 2-inch (27 to 45 mm) leg span. The brown and grey spiders are native to Europe, and were probably introduced into the Seattle area in the 1920s or early 1930s. They have since spread through the Pacific northwest. The spiders build funnel-shaped webs in dark, moist areas, and are fast runners — moving up to 3 feet (1 meter) per second.
In the new study, Vetter and his colleagues examined 33 reported, verified spider bites that occurred in Oregon over three years. Different spider species perpetrated the bites, with one coming from a hobo spider.

The researchers examined the symptoms of the spider bite victims. Unlike some previous studies on spider bites, the researchers looked only at reports in which people actually caught the spiders that bit them, and submitted the eight-legged beasts as evidence.

It turned out that none of the spider bites in the sample, including the one inflicted by the hobo spider, resulted in dermonecrosis — the death of skin cells. The victim of the hobo spider suffered only pain, redness and twitching.

"Spiders are a very handy scapegoat to blame all the time" because, historically, people have had a negative view of spiders, Vetter told LiveScience.

At the outset of the study, the researchers had wanted to look at a series of cases of hobo spider bites. But over the three-year period, the researchers found only one such report. And while this may not necessarily mean that hobo spiders rarely bite people, there is not sufficient evidence to prove that they are "common biters," either, Vetter said.

A handy culprit?

Previous reports of hobo spider bites have cited largely circumstantial evidence, with people reporting bites without providing evidence they were actually bitten by a hobo spider, or any spider at all, the researchers said. People may blame other medical conditions, for instance, skin conditions, on spider bites.

"Spider bite diagnoses are very handy diagnoses for a lot of doctors," Vetter said. "They can't be proven wrong, and 90 percent of everything heals by itself anyway."

Other researchers agreed with the idea that hobo spiders are not dangerous.

"I actually believe that it's not at all a real thing that the hobo spiders" have bites that can kill human skin tissue, said Christopher Buddle, an arachnologist at McGill University, who was not involved in the study. "I think it has largely been almost a hoax," he told Live Science.

The new study, which gathered data on the bites of a range of species of spiders, was quite valuable, because researchers don't know much about the potential medical importance of a lot of these species, Buddle said.

The fact that the researchers found just one case of a hobo spider bite, and no evidence of skin necrosis is interesting in itself, Buddle said. That result "suggests that maybe the fear around the hobo spider has really been overblown," he said.

The few previous reports of hobo spider bites also failed to show evidence of skin necrosis, Buddle said. "There is a lot of fear around spiders that gets proliferated online and in the media that's just not warranted," he said.
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DARPA developing foldable space telescope PDF Print E-mail

In addition to being lighter than other space telescopes, the MOIRE telescope will diffract light instead of reflecting or refracting it.

The Membrane Optical Imager for Real-Time Exploitation (MOIRE) is in Phase 2 of ground testing. If it ever reaches orbit. the telescope is billed as lighter than conventional designs and able to get high-definiton pictures of Earth from geosynchronous orbit. (Photo: DARPA)

The United States military's advanced research arm is working on a foldable space telescope that could image Earth in high resolution at a relatively low cost.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) says the telescope design — known as the Membrane Optical Imager for Real-Time Exploitation, or MOIRE — would be of great use in geosynchronous Earth orbit, the spot 22,000 miles (35,000 kilometers) up where most telecommunications satellites reside.
"Membrane optics could enable us to fit much larger, higher-resolution telescopes in smaller and lighter packages," Lt. Col. Larry Gunn, MOIRE program manager, said in a statement. [Giant Space Telescopes of the Future (Infographic)]

"In that respect, we’re ‘breaking the glass ceiling’ that traditional materials impose on optics design," Gunn added. "We’re hoping our research could also help greatly reduce overall costs and enable more timely deployment using smaller, less expensive launch vehicles."

MOIRE is now in Phase 2 of development since work began in 2010. When this phase is completed, a 16-foot (5 meters) prototype of the telescope's mirror should be completed for ground testing. No space missions have been set for MOIRE yet, DARPA officials said.

There are both advantages and disadvantages to the MOIRE design. The membrane is not as efficient as the usual glass, but it is lighter — which allows prime contractor Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. to make larger lenses to increase the telescope's efficiency. DARPA estimates that a membrane system should weigh 86 percent less than a more traditional system of the same resolution and mass.

Most telescopes either reflect light (using mirrors) or refract it (using lenses), but MOIRE's behaves differently. Each membrane will instead diffract light using a piece of equipment known as a Fresnel lens.

"It is etched with circular concentric grooves like microscopically thin tree rings, with the grooves hundreds of microns across at the center down to only 4 microns at the outside edge," DARPA officials said in a statement. "The diffractive pattern focuses light on a sensor that the satellite translates into an image."
If the design ever reaches orbit, DARPA envisions the membrane stretching to 66 feet (20 meters) in diameter — about eight times the diameter of the Hubble Space Telescope and more than three times bigger than the mirror for NASA's huge James Webb Space Telescope, which is scheduled to launch in 2018.

The membranes would ride to space as "petals" packed into a tight package about 20 feet (6 m) wide, small enough to fit on a rocket. These petals would then unfurl in orbit, and provide an estimated resolution of 3.3 feet (1 m).

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