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Accidental Creation of a New Material That can Capture Water from Air

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Some of the most groundbreaking scientific discoveries happened by accident and now there’s another one to add to the list. A team of researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has accidently created a material that can capture water from the humidity in the air. They were trying to create magnetic nanowires and failed, but this new material they created is even more promising.

The material is made of carbon-rich nanorods, which they observed began oozing water whenever the humidity in the specimen holder ranged from 50 to 80 percent. They vigorously tested the findings, and discovered that the nanorods absorb water in low humidity and release it as water vapor when the humidity is high. The researches describe this material as behaving much like a sponge, in the sense that it is capable of wringing itself out halfway before it’s fully saturated with water. (more…)

By |February 14th, 2017|Green Tech|0 Comments

A Tiny Home for a Family of Four

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Most people with a family would not even consider moving into a tiny home, but it might not be such a far-fetched idea, as the so-called Brown Bear tiny house, proves. The home was designed and built by Alpine Tiny Homes of Utah. Despite it’s diminutive size, it is still large and spacious enough to comfortably house a family of four. And best of all, it’s also easily towable and can function completely independent of the grid.

The Brown Bear tiny home measures 28 x 8 x 13.6 ft (8.5 x 2.4 x 4.14 m). The ground floor features a spacious kitchen and dining area, which takes up most of the space here. The kitchen is equipped with a sink, propane-powered cooker, and even a full-size refrigerator and freezer. There is also a breakfast bar that can sit all four family members at once, as well as lots of custom-built cabinet space. All the countertops are made of quartz. There is also a small lounge in this area that features a sofa and a TV. The bathroom is separated from the rest of the ground floor by a door, and features a full-size shower, sink, and a composting toilet. (more…)

By |February 13th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

A-Frame Cottages for Eco-Friendly Glamping

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A-frame cottages have always been popular, mainly due the ease and affordability of their construction. This was the idea behind the Lushna cottage, a modern, green and affordable alternative to a tent created by the Slovenian company of the same name. These lovely wooden cottages are great for year-round camping, and enjoying the great outdoors in style. (more…)

By |February 10th, 2017|Green Building|0 Comments

Gorgeous Lamps Made of Reclaimed Wood

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Wood has many uses, from providing heat, furniture and raw building materials, but now it has another one, namely providing illumination. Californian designer Paul Foeckler of Split Grain came up with a beautiful wooden lamp, which would look great in any home. (more…)

By |February 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Food Recycling Gadget that Fits in Any Home

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WLabs has come up with the so-called Zera Food Recycler gadget, which does exactly what the name suggests. It is a compact food recycler, which is small enough to fit into most homes, even very small ones. But that’s not the only problem it solves. It also allows for creating natural fertilizer in our homes without the associated smell, and judging by the fact that it has already greatly exceeded its funding goal on Indiegogo, it is exactly what people have been waiting for.

The Zera Food Recycler is basically a bin into which you can throw all of your kitchen scraps. The idea is to collect these scraps for a week, and then use the gadget to turn them into homemade nutrient-rich fertilizer in only 24 hours. Once the machine is full, a packet made up of coconut husk fibers and baking soda is placed into the bin. Then you simply press the START button and the gadget begins the process of heating, slicing, mixing and oxygenating the foodstuffs inside it. It takes less than 24 hours to turn the food into fertilizer, which can be retrieved from the bottom of the storage bin. Thanks to a HEPA filter there is no foul odor associated with this process. The gadget can also be controlled and operated via a smartphone app. (more…)

By |February 7th, 2017|Green Tech|0 Comments

Tiny Home That’s Perfect for the Disabled

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Apart from downsizing and living debt- and mortgage-free, tiny homes are also ideally suited as housing solutions for refugees, the homeless, and even people with mobility issues. People confined to a wheelchair often find themselves in a situation where their own homes become inaccessible to them, or they become a virtual prisoner in their homes, since despite many efforts most cities are still quite difficult to navigate for people in wheelchairs. With this in mind the Vermont-based firm LineSync Architecture designed a tiny home, which is aimed primarily at those who have been confined to the wheelchair whether through injury or by old age. The home is called Wheel Pad, and it is designed to allow such individuals to stay at home and near their families. (more…)

By |February 3rd, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments