Saturday, July 19, 2014

Singapore's amazing 'Supertrees'

Singapore redefined the idea of environmentally sustainable open spaces in 2012 with the debut of its Supertree grove. Designed by Grant Associates, a British landscape architecture firm, the park features 18 spectacular man-made trees. Eleven trees include environmentally sustainable features like electricity-generating solar photovoltaic panels.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Top 10 Most Expensive Food in the World

10. Mattake or Matsutake Mushrooms – $1,000

The mattake, or matsutake, mushroom is the most expensive mushroom in the world today. This is a highly coveted mycorrhizal mushroom that can be found in Asia, North America and Europe, particularly in Japan, China, Korea, the United States, Canada, Finland and Sweden. The most popular is the one associated with the Japanese Red Pine. It is usually hidden under fallen leaves on the forest floor. While simple to harvest, it is extremely hard to find. The annual harvest in Japan is less than a thousand tons only.

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Top 10 Oldest Living Things on Earth

1 Cyanobacteria

Age: 3.5 billion years old

The oldest known cyanobacteria fossils were found on Archaean rocks of western Australia. Cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, is a type of bacteria that uses photosynthesis to create energy. It is believed that this played a role in oxidizing the earth's atmosphere, making the planet more suitable for life as we know it.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Dubai To Build The World's Largest Mall in the World

 Dubai is building a massive temperature-controlled “city” that will house an 8 million square foot shopping complex called the “Mall of The World,” the United Arab Emirates’ ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, announced Saturday, according to Khaleej Times.
The entire project will be 48 million square feet, including approximately 100 hotels, a theme park, numerous theaters, and medical tourism facilties that will be connected to create the world’s first temperature-controlled city, according to Reuters.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

5 Million Dollar Underground Garage

Once you acquire all of your dream cars you will then need a suitable storage place.  Check out this video starting at the 2:45 mark.  This personal garage lift (dimensions are 60 ft long, 12 ft wide and 15 ft tall) utilizes aircraft carrier elevator technology and lifts the entire courtyard of the estate.  The lift has 6 hydraulic rams which run off of an 800 gallon hydraulic reservoir and work in perfect unison with each other.  The lift, rated at 250,000 lbs, effortlessly raises 3 vehicles out of the underground garage while a 45 ft RV weighing 53,000 lbs. is parked on the roof.  This lift brings you underground to a 6000 sq ft garage capable of housing 9 full size RV’s or 40 cars.  This water tight garage is impervious to the elements of nature and also has a built in ventilation system so running car engines will never be a problem.  Only setback is that one lift cycle costs $25 in electricity but that is pennies if you can afford this $5 million dollar setup.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Bottled Smoke Art By Jim Dingilian

Jim Dingilian creates incredible subtractive images from bottles filled with smoke. The artist begins by coating the bottles’ inner surfaces with smoke. He then uses brushes and small implements mounted on the ends of dowels to reach inside. With a steady hand, Jim slowly and selectively erases certain areas. The smoke which remains on the glass forms the amazing images seen below.
Dingilian was born in York, PA but spent seven years of his childhood in Waterloo, Belgium before returning to the United States, receiving his MFA in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1996. Represented by the McKenzie Fine Art Gallery in New York, Dingilian’s work centers around subtractive images on found objects. As Jim explains:

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