TSJF | 2014.03.07
Stephen Colbert takes matters into his own hands when it comes to Jimmy’s money.
Architect Vincent Callebaut’s take on vertical farming is as interesting to look at as it is beneficial.
About the project:
The cities are currently responsible for 75% of the worldwide consumption of energy and they reject 80% of worldwide emissions of CO2. The contemporary urban model is thus ultra-energy consuming and works on the importation of wealth and natural resources on the one hand, and on the exportation of the pollution and waste on the other hand. This loop of energetic flows can be avoided by repatriating the countryside and the farming production modes in the heart of the city by the creation of green lungs, farmscrapers in vertical storeys and by the implantation of wind and solar power stations. The production sites of food and energy resources will be thus reintegrated in the heart of the consumption sites ! The buildings with positive energies must become the norm and reduce the carbon print on the mid term.
“The most obvious thing to say about the telescope is that it’s enormous. Even when you’re standing right next to it, or on it, the size of the telescope is hard to comprehend.”
Puerto Rico’s Aricebo Observatory celebrates its 50th anniversary of listening to the skies this year. It’s the largest radio telescope in the world, built into a natural sinkhole in the tropics, providing a prime view of our own solar system and those beyond, as well as some breathtaking views of the island itself.
Nadia Drake has a wonderful tribute to Aricebo at Wired, full of crazy history, stunning photos, and some quality time with her dad (who is kind of a big deal). Give it a read.
In the era of exoplanets, and as we zero in on good spots to listen in on for possible signs of intelligence, it’s important to remember how crucial places like Aricebo were, and continue to be to astronomy. If we can build that, imagine what else we can do!
Previously: An awesome interactive look at the Kepler telescope’s exoplanet tally, and a comic illustration of the same data.
I love my Halloween icon too much. I don’t want to give it up.
We are throwing a Halloween party at our house! It’s going to be the greatest thing ever!
And the Academy Award for Best Joke goes to Amy Poehler.