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.
Growing lettuce aboard the ISS
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:
Science Friday has a great video featuring mathematician and reluctant sculptor John Edmark. His fascination with spirals, and math-based sculptures, has made him somewhat of a legend. Utilizing the Golden Angle and the Golden Ratio, Edmark creates amazing pieces that seem to defy physics with the way they move, open, and spiral infinitely. But the designs are based on math, and nature has been building like this for millions of years. His work is available for purchase through 3D printing company Shapeways. Definitely worth a watch.
Drones are becoming commonplace, and often they’re being used on less-than-scientific applications. However, when used by top-notch universities studying highly dangerous volcanic eruptions, things get very interesting. The University of Cambridge is using unmanned UAVs to study one of the most active volcanoes in the world, Volcán de Fuego in Guatemala. Equipped with lightweight sensors, the drone is able to fly far closer to the eruption epicenter than humans would be able to go. Consequently, new scientific data is being gathered, and no lives are put in danger. Awesome. Via Sploid:
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:
Mother Earth is our one and only habitable planet. It’s a precious, living gem in a cold and airless solar system. Those hoping to live on Mars might reconsider, when they realize they’d have to be in a bubble the entire time. Regardless, we’re treating our planet like it’s our own personal plaything, a carefree toy we can chew up and spit out. Just when the USA was on the brink of a positive turning point on climate, we took a giant step backwards, electing an orange-faced child with money for a brain, and a smoldering lump of coal for a heart. We mean it, he’s a terrible, terrible person to put in charge of anything, let alone the richest country on earth.
Earth Day 2017 marks a time when we should reflect on our natural world, and the vast riches it provides us with, for free. Economists put an estimate of $55 trillion dollars a year in value that the natural world bestows on us every single year. So this Earth Day, give a little reflection and appreciation towards our brilliant earth, and all it provides for us. This beautiful illustration is by Brian Miller for REI.
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:
Asperitas clouds, where have you been all our lives? We certainly aren’t used to your rolling beauty, giving the illusion of waves in the sky. Take a look at this video shot in Lincoln, Nebraska, where the clouds undulate and roll in, in a true water mimic. Pretty beautiful. For more about clouds, we recommend this handy and well designed book, called The Cloud Collector’s Handbook.
It’s no secret that our oceans are in trouble. With the collapsing Great Barrier Reef, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and decades of pollution and overfishing, it’s a wonder that the oceans are alive at all. We MUST as a species start caring for our planet, if we want it to continue providing for us. In a collaboration for the Endangered Wildlife Project, Matt W. Moore has a series of brightly illustrated tropical fish, all of which are endangered.
The beautifully clean and colorful illustrations should capture our collective attention, so we can start thinking about earth’s creatures in a more protective light. Via Behance: