vendredi 18 août 2017

South Korea is building a $10 billion agriculture city in Egypt

Within six months, an area of 300,000 feddans (non-metric unit) in Egypt will be transformed into an integrated agriculture city by South Korea. The $10 billion deal was signed on Tuesday by Egypt and Korea-Arab Society (KAS). The project will feature 50,000 smart greenhouses in addition to a number of seawater desalination and solar power plants.   Arab Finance reports that the protocol was signed by the General Authority for Reconstruction Projects and Agricultural Development, an affiliate...

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Germany is electrifying part of the autobahn to cut freight emissions

Semi trucks are massive energy hogs - that's why Germany is helping change that with electric highways. We rely on trucks to get all of the goods we need from one place to another, but all of those semi trucks spew a lot of pollution - at least 12.5 percent of all emissions in the US. So Siemens and the Germany state of Hesse teamed up to create a 10km stretch of eHighway on the autobahn, where trucks can connect overhead electric cables while driving on the road, and move back to diesel power when...

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White House kills ban on bottled water at National Parks

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Scientists harness tobacco plants to produce polio vaccine

After all of the poor health outcomes caused by tobacco over centuries, it's about time that the plant starts doing some good for a change. Scientists in the United Kingdom have developed a technique to infect relatives of the tobacco plant with a virus which contains the genetic material of polio in order to produce leaves from which a polio vaccine could be extracted. This procedure is affordable, straightforward, and efficient and may be

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Woven bamboo pavilion offers shelter to passion fruit farmers in China

Amazing projects like Ibuku's Green Village in Bali, and Tokyo pavilion by Vo Trong Nghia demonstrate the strength and malleability of bamboo. Students and researchers from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) have also recognized its limitless potentials as a great sustainable alternative to conventional building materials. After completing a glowing pavilion in their hometown, they designed another innovative bamboo structure– this time in China– using traditional weaving techniques and digital...

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Compact OffGridBox provides clean drinking water and power where it's needed most

An Italian company has developed a compact solution for communities that lack access to clean drinking water and electricity - the OffGridBox. Measuring 6x6x6 feet, the container box features everything necessary to generate, convert and store solar energy, as well as collect, treat and distribute clean drinking water. But the system does have drawbacks - including a $15,000 price point that's hard to justify in certain corners of the world. Read on to learn how the founders are trying to make their...

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Huge circular windows flood Melbourne's Cirqua Apartments with natural light

Huge circular windows flood the interior of this apartment block in Melbourne with natural light. BKK Architects designed the Cirqua Apartments as a staggered volume that references the region's historical housing type and reinterprets it in a modern way. The block occupies a steeply sloping site in a residential neighborhood in Melbourne. Its exterior is dominated by huge porthole windows that span almost the full height of the six cubes. The openings bring natural light into the interior and...

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