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."
Illegal Aliens Cleared For U.S. Military Service 2014 10 18
The Pentagon announced a new policy allowing illegal immigrants the opportunity to enlist in the armed forces, Thursday.
USA Today reports that the new recruitment policies will focus on people with "high-demand skills" like foreign language acumen and health care training:
"For the first time, the program — known as Military Accessions in the National Interest, or MAVNI — will ...
Bronze Age Sundial-Moondial Discovered in Russia 2014 10 16
A strange slab of rock discovered in Russia more than 20 years ago appears to be a combination sundial and moondial from the Bronze Age, a new study finds.
The slab is marked with round divots arranged in a circle, and an astronomical analysis suggests that these markings coincide with heavenly events, including sunrises and moonrises.
The sundial might be "evidence of ...
Humans may only survive 68 days on Mars 2014 10 15
Space enthusiasts planning a move to Mars may have to wait to relocate: conditions on the Red Planet are such that humans would likely begin dying within 68 days, a new study says.
Oxygen levels would start to deplete after about two months and scientists said new technologies are required before humans can permanently settle on Mars, according to the study ...
Tom Sunic’s letter to the US Ambassador to Hungary 2014 10 14 October 11, 2014
Mr. André Goodfriend
Embassy of the United States of America
Szabadság tér 12
Dear Mr. Goodfriend,
As an American citizen I would hereby like to express my concern over the recent decision by the Hungarian government to ban the National Policy Institute (NPI) conference which had been scheduled to take place in Budapest from October 3 to October 5, 2014. ...
"Vampire grave" found in Bulgaria 2014 10 14
A "vampire grave" containing a skeleton with a stake driven through its chest has been unearthed by a man known as "Bulgaria’s Indiana Jones".
Professor Nikolai Ovcharov – a crusading archaeologist who has dedicated his life to unearthing mysteries of ancient civilisations – said that he had made the discovery while excavating the ruins of Perperikon, an ancient Thracian city ...