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."
Former Chief Security Officer for NewsCorp: N. Koreans Not Behind Sony Hack, Interview Leak 2014-12-20 2:17
Hemanshu Nigam, a former federal prosecutor and former chief security officer for NewsCorp/Fox studios, says North Korea isn’t behind the Sony Hack.
Nigam gave several bullet points for why the hack was likely an inside job.
Attack code borrowed from a previous attack on Seoul, that’s why it’s in Korean. Private hackers typically borrow malicious code from other hackers.Nations state attacks follow ...
Sony Fires Back at Obama: Actually We Did Call the White House – Several Times 2014-12-20 2:13 Sony fired back at Obama after the press conference saying they had several conversations with the Obama White House before and after the movie was canceled.
Via The Hollywood Reporter:
After President Obama criticized Sony for its decision to cancel The Interview's release after theater chains decided not to show the film, the studio has issued a statement elaborating on the move.
The Bankster International 2014-12-20 1:55 Geopolitical analysis, the art of explaining power relationships through the prism of impersonal geography, can be a helpful tool for observers of the Great Game – but it also has its limitations. A case in point is the renewed US-Russia confrontation. Think tanks and policy insiders easily sell the narrative that from the dark days of the Cold War to ...
Another banker dies under suspicious circumstances 2014-12-20 1:09 52-year-old Belgian Geert Tack – a private banker for ING who managed portfolios for wealthy individuals – was described as ‘impeccable’, ‘sporty’, ‘cared-for’, and ‘successful’ and so as Vermist reports, after disappearing a month ago, the appearance of his body off the coast of Ostend is surrounded by riddles…
Impeccable. Sporty. Cared for. Successful. Just some qualifications that are attributed to ...
NATO increases military presence on Russia’s borders 2014-12-20 1:14
The Pentagon has confirmed the military buildup along Russia’s borders to ensure long-term “peace and stability” in the region.
Earlier Moscow accused NATO of a sharp increase in air activity and intelligence flights in the border zone.
Replying to RIA Novosti’s query on the increased number of NATO flights around Russia’s borders, a Pentagon representative told the news agency that the military ...