Posted: Sun, 22 May 2011 17:34:05 +0000
When considering wind power as an energy source, it’s best to think big. Japan-based ZENA Systems is working on developing a new type of wind energy generator that will dwarf anything before it. The 50 meter-tall hexagonal building essentially acts as a huge scoop that compresses wind from all directions and then runs the rushing air through a series of ground-based generators. The ambitious project is the first of its kind, and it includes a desalination plant, on-site energy storage, and a visitors center. Details are sketchy on the viability of the design, but if it works out this wind concept could someday reach high into the sky to power our grid.
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lundi 23 mai 2011
Posted: Fri, 20 May 2011 19:00:59 +0000
Summer is coming folks, and what better way to spend a hot day than to lavish in the shade sipping your beverage of choice plugged into this sweet solar canopy? Soon the folks at SMIT will offer a solar shade that produces power and can be custom designed for a multitude of applications. The robust thin film solar technology can produce power under many different light conditions and when the shade becomes a bit too tattered it can be completely recycled. Tensile Solar can span just about anything in three different configurations and produce plenty of power for your daiquiri machine.
May 18th, 2009
Inhabitat: Designed by Hwang Jin Wook, Jeon You Ho, Han Kuk II and Kim Ji Myung, Seedbombs are a way to dispense direct aid to areas of impending desertification. Each carrier shell fans out in flight to disperse multiple clear plant capsules containing both soil and seeds. Once the capsules land, the soil provides enough nutrients and moisture to allow the plant to become strong enough to sustain itself. As the plant matures, the capsules gradually melt away.
Admittedly the design is purely conceptual and there’s some serious considerations to work out – wouldn’t it be dangerous to local flora and fauna to carpet entire regions with a hail of seed-spewing pods? How best to mix up the distribution of plants to be sown?
Seedbomb Plant Capsules Combat Desertification [Inhabitat]
dimanche 22 mai 2011
Cocoon-Like Vertical Bamboo Towers Are High Tech and Primitive at The Same Time
by Bridgette Meinhold, 03/24/11
filed under: Architecture, Sustainable Building
These towering vertical bamboo houses caught our eye with their impressive mix of natural and renewable materials with high tech engineering and design. Designed by Saint Val Architect, Bamboo Housing is an exploration into a new housing typology that breaks out of the box of traditional square homes. Bamboo poles and metal joints form the frame of the five story home with living quarters accessed by a central spiral staircase. We're intrigued by the concept, which is both primitive looking and high tech.
Green Design Will Save the World
lundi 16 mai 2011
How to Speed Up a Blog
Posted on 26/01/2011 by Lilium. Share post on 1 3 1
This was a question from the Muhammad, he asked:
What do you think is the best way to speed up a website? Do I need to change my blog theme or to do something else? I use a WordPress as my blogging platform.
If you want your question answered, feel free to send it via the contact form. I will be happy to help you out.
Thank you Mohammad for question, and here I will answer you how to “really” speed up your own blog. Of course, all these tips might work on any other WordPress installation, and all things can be applied to any website.
There is NO only one way!
It is important to know there is no one-way or a single thing that might improve your website speed. A successful speed is based upon the following things:
Below, I will describe and tell you how to successfully apply any of these five things that might drastically improve your blog speed.
- Using optimized theme layouts (frameworks);
- Use some content delivery systems (CDN) to reduce load on your server;
- Make your blog work better with a cached files.
- Optimization of your blog images and file compression
Optimize your CSS and JS Files
- They may have a large size… much larger than your HTML elements;
- Can cause you to use a lot more bandwidth than necessary
Optimization is quite easy, and we have some specialized online tools that might do this work for you completely for free:
Optimized theme Frameworks
Most professional blogs on internet already use some kind of advanced and fully-optimized frameworks for their themes.
Probably the most popular and the most effective professional WordPress theme frameworks are these two:
Through they are paid frameworks, you would need to purchase them to install them on your own blog. And additionally pay some designer to do your theme design for these above frameworks.
A Theme framework is a Theme designed to be a flexible foundation for quicker WordPress development, usually serving as a robust Parent Theme for Child Themes. Some Theme frameworks can also make theme development more accessible, removing the need for programming or design knowledge with options pages. (source)
It is clear you would need to spend a lot of money if you want a top-quality theme frameworks. You would need to pay them for a framework, and additionally pay some designer to convert and optimize your theme.
But, fortunately, we have also some additional free frameworks. Which are less-quality than these professional ones, but certainly can work to drastically improve and optimize your blog theme layout:
- Twenty Ten – A very good and fast free theme framework. Official theme from WordPress team. Though have some compatibility issues on Internet Explorer web browsers. This blog is based on this framework.
- Ashford Framework – A very good theme framework for a modern WordPress blog. Have some very good features and options.
- The Buffet Framework – Designed not only for the theme developers who will be using the theme actions and filters to create the child themes, but also for the end users who would be able to add and remove what they want.
Theme frameworks are not developed for an absolute beginners. To edit them the way you want requires a lot of web codding work and knowledge in most cases.
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Face recognition SDK supports Mac OS X
updated 09:10 am EDT, Mon October 16, 2006
VeriLook 3.0 SDK for mac OS X? Where is it gone?
How do I start my session with face recognition validation?
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