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NASA’s Inflatable Greenhouse for Farming on Mars

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DesignBoom has a look at NASA’s prototype greenhouse, developed at the University of Arizona, which may travel to Mars in the near future and help astronauts farm their produce on the Red Planet. The structure is a cylinder in shape and can deploy quickly once at it’s destination. It uses both LED and natural light to grow, and has a sophisticated support system:

The 18 X 7 ft deployable greenhouse can also be used for air revitalization, water recycling or waste recycling. The idea is for carbon dioxide exhaled by the astronauts to be introduced into the martian/ lunar greenhouse, which is then used by the plants to photosynthesize and generate oxygen. the whole process is called a bioregenerative life support system.

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Growing lettuce aboard the ISS

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Destroying Nature is Destroying Life

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A gorgeous and powerful campaign for environmental group Robin Wood features brilliantly rendered scenes of habitat destruction, superimposed in the form of the creatures they’re hurting.  The agency Grabarz & Partner created the posters using painstakingly rendered 3D forms, and adding in details like oil rigs, fires, and industrial machinery. Their tagline: Destroying nature is destroying life. The result is a painfully effective look at what happens to the natural world when humans act with indifference and greed toward nature. Beautiful and sad work, Via Behance:

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Modpools Shipping Container Pools

In-ground pools are amazing. They’re also incredibly expensive to build out, and once they’re in, removing them is an enormous task. Meet the Modpool, the next best thing to an in-ground pool. Utilizing a shipping container, Modpools transforms the container into a sleek, solid, transportable pool that installs quickly. The pool offers a large side window, and can be temperature controlled with a smartphone. Even better, a divider can turn half of the pool into a hot tub, with a powerful heater able to turn the water temperature up in just an hour. Built-in LEDs add light to the experience. Not cheap at $26,000, but compare that to a full in-ground project, and it’ll start looking quite the bargain. Made in Canada, via Uncrate:

Bridgestone’s Air Free Bicycle Tire

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If you’ve ever ridden over nails or glass, or taken a particularly harsh curb with your bike, you know what a hassle it is to have a flat tire. Either get yourself covered in bike grease replacing it, or lug your bike to the nearest repair shop. Bridgestone, better known for car tires, has a new option that may skip the need for inflation, and avoid punctures altogether. Their Air Free Bicycle Tire concept utilizes a system of inner flexible spokes that doesn’t inflate at all. They claim the tire uses much less rubber to make, as well.  The tire looks pretty cool, too. Added bonus. Via Uncrate:

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Incredible Underwater Waterfall in Mauritius

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The idea of an underwater waterfall is a bit mind bending, we know. And technically, what you’re seeing is sand and silt drifting down a huge underwater canyon, giving the illusion of water flowing freely under the ocean. The site is so gorgeous, the technicalities won’t be your on your mind. Mauritius is a tiny island nation 1,200 miles of Africa’s southeast coast.

Frederick C Millett  and Trip Advisor have some great photos of this beautiful island nation with it’s turquoise waters and that incredible chasm in the earth, which causes the waterfall illusion.  Time to book some flights… Via Places To See in Your Lifetime:

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Coachella’s Colorful Creatures

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Coachella has become a major destination, a music festival that is eclipsing all others. This year the festival has teamed up with artists Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan to create giant, colorful beasts that roam the grounds. The brightly painted monsters are gentle in demeanor, and have already been backdrop to countless selfies and concertgoer photos. In addition to the giant boxy beasts, Coachella’s art includes crazy house-like structures that involve psychedelic projection-mapping. Lots more to see on DesignBoom:

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Alaskan Fjord, Infrared Edition

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Photographer Bradley G Munkowitz traveled to the Tracy Arm Fjord in Juneau Alaska to capture the beauty of the northern wild. He did so with special camera equipment that reveals these beautiful landscapes in new, experimental color palettes. We think infrared images can be astounding, bringing a familiar subject matter into entirely new light, literally. The results from his series are bold yet poised, wild yet beautifully composed. Waterfalls become rushing lava flows, forests become Suess-like wonderlands. Thanks to his creativity, Alaska’s wild frontier gets seen anew. Via Behance:

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Interactive and Immersive Dinner Table

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Projection mapping, the art and science of precise projected artwork, is coming into it’s own. Take the newly opened Sagaya restaurant in the Ginza neighborhood of Tokyo. It’s diners are greeted to a table that reacts to the plates set on it, so each course is a new and beautiful experience. Butterflies flit and fly around a plate of delicate vegetables. Leave your hand still on the tabletop, and a digital bird may land on it, just to take flight when you move it.  Created by art collective Teamlab, the restaurant looks delicious and an experience not to miss. Via DesignBoom:

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The Moss Hotel

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This was too fitting not to share. The Moss Hotel is a beautifully designed getaway in where else? Iceland. Located on Iceland’s famed geothermal Blue Lagoon, the rooms look out onto amazingly blue waters and mossy surroundings. Floor to ceiling windows, and a floating design give an amazing feel to this luxury hotel. With only five rooms, this special little gem books up very quickly, plan accordingly. Via Uncrate:

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National Parks 2050

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In a grim yet horrifyingly accurate portrayal, artist Hannah Rothstein beautifully creates dystopian future versions of classic National Park posters. The designs for the 2050 versions are set next to their classic counterpoints, showing the devastation that very well may occur unless we start waking up to the realities of climate change. And our very horrible president isn’t going to be doing any favors to our parks, in that regard.  Rothstein is selling her work in poster form, with 25% of profits going to climate related causes.

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“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” -Aldous Huxley

National Parks 2050 is a call to action. Drawing upon the classic National Parks posters, this series shows how climate change will affect seven of America’s most beloved landscapes. In doing so, it makes climate change feel close to home and hard to ignore.

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