The eye is drawn to them immediately: 18 “Supertrees”, ranging in height from 25 to 50 metres, springing out of the earth like giant-sized toadstools.
Inspired by the Karri trees in Western Australia, these man-made structures — made out of a concrete and steel— provide a base for tropical climbing flowers as well as orchids and ferns.
The trees – that also light up at night and come alive with projected media, combining the worlds of botany and engineering — are part of a unique park project in Singapore opening on June 29.
[The supertrees] not only serve as a space for vertical gardens but also are embedded with sustainable energy and water technologies integral to the cooling of the two conservatories — the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest Dome — and an energy centre. An aerial walkway is suspended from the “Supertrees” offering visitors a view of the entire garden.
"Designed to evoke the elegance of dominant trees found in nature, the Supertrees are no doubt one of the key features of the Bay South garden. Standing at 25m to 50m (nine to 16 storeys) tall, the large canopies of the Supertrees will provide shade and shelter for visitors.
At night, these structures will come alive with lights and projected visuals. More than just a pretty sight, these towering creations aren’t merely decorative. They will also power the conservatories, while serving as energy centers that house solar hot water heaters, solar panels, venting ducts, and rainwater harvesting systems."
41% of Americans Support Criminalizing "Hate Speech" 2015-05-23 7:31 The following are from a recent poll about what some are calling on for "hate speech"
1. Support for Hate Crimes Legislation
Do you support or oppose the federal law that requires increased penalties for hate crimes committed on the basis of the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, or gender of any person?
2. Support for Expanding Hate Crimes
FBI Admits No Major Cases Cracked with Patriot Act Snooping Powers 2015-05-23 7:36
FBI agents canâ€™t point to any major terrorism cases theyâ€™ve cracked thanks to the key snooping powers in the Patriot Act, the Justice Departmentâ€™s inspector general said in a report Thursday that could complicate efforts to keep key parts of the law operating.
Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz said that between 2004 and 2009, the FBI tripled its use of bulk ...
Sweetener Stevia Was Once Hailed As An Anti-Fertility Agent for Population Reduction 2015-05-23 7:13
Maybe it's not so sweet now... If you've thought stevia, the natural alternative to sugar and artificial sweetners with aspartame, et al., is too good to be true, there may be a catch. Check out this textbook written in 1970 by Paul and Anne Ehrlich, the precursor to the textbook Ecoscience they wrote with Obama Science Czar John P. Holdren ...
TPP Aproved: Senate Republicans Give Obama New Powers - Details Remain 'Classified' 2015-05-23 6:43
President Obama won a big victory for his trade agenda Friday with the Senateâ€™s approval of fast-track legislation that could make it easier for him to complete a wide-ranging trade deal that would include 11 Pacific Rim nations.
A coalition of 48 Senate Republicans and 14 Democrats voted for Trade Promotion Authority late Friday, sending the legislation to a difficult fight ...
Circumcision battle: Mom seeks release from jail after federal lawsuit is dismissed 2015-05-23 3:22
West Boynton mother on Wednesday gave up trying to get a federal judge to stop her 4 1/2-year-old son from being circumcised as his father wishes â€” a battle that also led to her arrest May 14 on a state court warrant.
An attorney for Heather Hironimus, who lost similar legal challenges in two state courts, notified U.S. District Judge Kenneth ...