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."
Universities Don't Understand Safe Spaces 2015-05-06 1:07
Youtube description: Apparently people don't understand why allowing people to grow up in a perpetual hug box is bad for them. This article's writer does give me some faith in humanity though.
DHS is working on an RFID biometric ID badge that knows when you go to the bathroom 2015-05-06 1:16
A Southern Connecticut State University student named Steve Abbagnaro of Durham is developing technology for DHS through his company, Queralt Inc.
"Started in January 2011 with private funding from the Department of Homeland Security, a multi-national industrial gas company and private shareholders, Queralt has grown from developing elementary sensor solutions to offering the leading cloud-based platform for powering intelligent real-time actions based ...
Sweden's solution to Mediterranean deaths 2015-05-06 0:39
This scene is from the Balkan wars of the 1990s. A summerâ€™s breeze compared to what is now coming from Africa.
Imagine a Danish person who is unhappy with his current life. Then he hears about Canada being this swell place to live. So he sets out in a rowboat from the Danish coast to start a new life. To everyoneâ€™s ...
"Multiculturalism Is A Moral Duty For Germany" 2015-05-05 21:53
According to the head of the Jewish Council, Josef Schuster it's a moral duty for Germany to take in immigrants from the third world. This because of the "barbaric" history of Germany.
It was during the 70 year commemoration of the liberation of Dachau that Josef Schuster proclaimed his harsh â€śsentenceâ€ť against the Germans.
He said to the German newspaper Junge Freiheit ...