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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Brief History of U.S. National Library of Medicine||

The National Library of Medicine started in 1836 as a small collection of medical books and journals in the office of the United States Army Surgeon General.
COVID-19 Update On Cytokine Storm: Identification and Treatment ||

Many doctors are focused on treating the inflammatory reactions it triggers ||

Arthritis drug(tocilizumab) shows 'significant' promise in severe COVID-19 cases: study

Medicinal "Anti-Inflammatory" Plants vs. Synthetic "Anti-Inflammatory" Drugs | NCBI, U.S. National Library of Medicine | 2018 Review ||

FORBES: What Is The Cytokine Storm And Why Is It So Deadly For Coronavirus Patients?
CYTOKINES: Any various proteins secreted by cells of the immune system that serve to regulate the immune system || A general term for a range of proteins of low molecular weight that exert a stimulating or inhibiting influence on the proliferation, differentiation and function of cells of the immune system. “Beat COVID-19” In trying to get rid of the pest, many times we end up hurting the host.Paris (AFP) - A phenomenon known as a "cytokine storm" -- a rapid overreaction of the immune system -- is one of the most worrying features of COVID-19. Immunologist Professor Stanley Perlman of the University of Iowa admitted there was no effective treatment "right now". "Physicians and scientists are trying to sort out which approach is best. And for sure, corticosteroids (conventional anti-inflammatory drugs) are deleterious" and do more damage, he said:



Saturday, February 29, 2020

Monday, November 04, 2019

The Guggenheim Reveals Rem Koolhaas and AMO Exhibition||

Set to open in February 2020, ”Countryside, The Future” will explore the transformation of nonurban areas. Rem Koolhaas, Hon. FAIA, a founder of the Rotterdam-based Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), has spent much of his design career focused on urbanism and cities around the world. In an upcoming exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, however, Koolhaas turns his focus to the countryside, exploring various challenges facing the planet's undeveloped areas.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

LightShow West | Los Angeles Convention Center ||

LightShow West is the West Coast’s foremost destination for ARCHITECTS, DESIGNERS and other LIGHTING PROFESSIONALS to keep current on the latest lighting trends ||

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

AstraZeneca’s LEED Platinum West Coast Center Rethinks R&D ||

From research institutions to life science facilities, laboratories of all stripes tend to use disproportionately high amounts of energy relative to their square footage. So the bar was inherently high for HOK when they were tasked to design the interiors for AstraZeneca’s center for West Coast operations in San Francisco, an ambitious facility that positions research and development labs adjacent to administrative and creative staff in open-plan office spaces.


Thursday, May 16, 2019

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

International Conference on Cities Identity Through Architecture & Arts ||

It is easy to identify a city's identity by looking at its architecture. Architecture is the platform where all cultural, historical and economic monuments meet. With each city's unique identity, the impact is left and history made. Similarly, traditions represent a critical piece of our culture and identity. They help form the structure and foundation of our families and our society. 

Monday, March 04, 2019

The Evolving Metropolis

New York City, US, will host the 2019 IABSE Congress New York City with the main theme of The Evolving Metropolis. According to Wikipedia, a Metropolis is “a large city which is a significant economic, political and cultural center for a country of region and an important hub for regional or international connections, commerce and communications”. What better place than the financial hub (and possibly) architectural center of the US and perhaps the world, than Manhattan in New York City ||

Friday, December 28, 2018

21st International Conference on Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing ||

ICMEM 2019: 21st International Conference on Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing.
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Monday, November 12, 2018

International Builders Show | February 19-21, 2019 Las Vegas, NV

Celebrate outstanding products and individuals servicing the industry |
NAHB Remodelers All-Star Showcase ||
The New American Remodel
The Align Project will challenge your ideas & offer sustainable living solutions for aligning our lifestyles with our ever-changing socio-economic & environmental realities.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Greenbuild International Conference & Expo||

Greenbuild International Conference & Expo explores new ways of sustainable building and design. Sustainability is at the forefront of Greenbuild, Mccormick Place, Chicago, Illinois | November 14th - 16th, 2018 ||


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Friday, September 28, 2018

An economic model to help policymakers to reassess risk evaluation, concerning the diminutive efforts of climate change ||

Two economists, one with the London School of Economics and Political Science, the other with Princeton University, have created a model to assist policymakers in better understanding willingness issues related to climate change mitigation efforts. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Timothy Besley and Avinash Dixit describe how their model works and the ways it could be used.





Monday, September 24, 2018

Why do people share? It's interactive, communicative and contagious ||



                                     















                     

[six-year study] In the modern world, people cooperate with other people including strangers all the time. We give blood, tip providers of various services, and donate to charity despite the fact that there is seemingly nothing in it for us.


Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Overcoming Tribalism

Control over the nature & flow of information to government decision-makers is significantly altered by the lobbying process & creates a situation of systematically distorted communication:












What Is Tribalism & How It Overrules Reason:

    Overcoming Tribalism:

         Transcending Tribalism:                        




Tuesday, July 03, 2018

This Power Plant Has Cracked Carbon Capture||

NET Power figured out how to burn fossil fuels without releasing
greenhouse gases, a critical step in the fight to slow climate change.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Expansion Will Double Solar Panel Output||

First Solar, which is presently the largest manufacturer of solar panels in the United States, has officially begun construction of its new and highly-touted manufacturing facility in Lake Township, Ohio - just south of Toledo. The plant, which is less than 10 miles from a current facility in Perrysburg, is expected to be up and running by late next year. The $400 million plant will be capable of producing solar modules with a total of 1.2 GW of annual capacity.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

How London-based studio Made Thought incorporated sustainability and circularity into the core of their work, without sacrificing content or style||

Sustainability, recycling, and circularity are without a doubt the biggest trend of the year in design. From the Salone del Mobile manifesto decreeing that sustainability was the name of the game at this year’s Milan design week, to David Attenborough’s gut-wrenching Blue Planet II, suddenly we all care about waste. It’s not yet clear if all this recent environmental virtue signalling will result in widespread cultural change, but  there are significant studios taking steps in the right direction.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Smart walls react to human touch, sense activity in the room ||

Date: April 23, 2018
Source: Carnegie Mellon University
Summary:  Walls are what they are -- sizable, pulseless dividers. With a few applications of conductive paint and some electronics, however, walls can become smart infrastructure that sense human touch, and detect things like gestures and when appliances are used. Researchers found that they could transform insensible walls into smart walls at relatively low cost using simple tools and techniques, such as a paint roller. Read More:
    

Friday, March 23, 2018

Green buildings must go beyond conserving energy||

Studies show that LEED buildings are typically 30 percent more efficient than other buildings and have other benefits like reduced air pollution indoors. And at least one study suggests people working in LEED buildings are more productive, according to Delmas. “There is an increase in rent for those that have LEED buildings—about 50 cents per square foot annually,” says Magali Delmas.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

THE ROLE OF BUILDINGS AND WHOLE BUILDING DESIGN||

Buildings are deceptively complex. At their best, they connect us with the past and represent the greatest legacy for the future. They provide shelter, encourage productivity, embody our culture, and certainly play an important part in life on the planet. In fact, the role of buildings is constantly changing. Buildings today are life support systems, communication and data terminals, centers of education, justice, and community, and so much more. They are incredibly expensive to build and maintain and must constantly be adjusted to function effectively over their life cycle.  

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

How Downtown L.A. Finally Arrived ||

The emergence of Downtown Los Angeles, dubbed DTLA, is no news flash: The area has been on the rise since the late 1990s. But that was the start of a long uphill climb. By 2009, it had already undergone the transition from bleak badlands to vibrant cultural mecca, thanks to early pioneers like the L.A. Live entertainment complex and the Standard Hotel.  Since then, a slew of new hotels, restaurants, and museums have joined, and the neighborhood is showing no sign of slowing down.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

How solar power can protect the US military from threats to the electric grid||

The first threat to the electricity grid comes from nature. Severe weather disasters resulting in power outages cause between US$25 billion and $70 billion in the U.S. each year – and that’s average years, not those including increasingly frequent major storms, like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Without electricity from civilian power plants, the most advanced military in world history could be crippled. The U.S. Department of Energy has begged for new authority to defend against weaknesses in the grid in a nearly 500-page comprehensive study issued in January 2017 warning that it’s only a matter of time before the grid fails, due to disaster or attack. A new study reveals the three ways American military bases’ electrical power sources are threatened, and shows how the U.S. military could take advantage of solar power to significantly improve national security.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Workplace stress costs American businesses up to $190 billion every year in healthcare alone ||

Incorporating nature into the workplace can take many different forms including living green walls, indoor trees and planter boxes. Just being able to see nature has been shown to increase both self-esteem and mood, particularly among younger people.                    
[Attention and concentration is not the same thing. Concentration is exclusion while attention excludes nothing] 
 ~Attention restoration theory suggests that looking atnature can cause the brain to shift into a different mode of processing.Researchers studied brain scans of people who were randomly assigned to look atpictures of a green meadow or a concrete roof for 40 seconds. Even this briefglimpse of nature was enough to shift the brain into a more relaxed mode.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

How a Hydraulic Boardwalk Is Giving Istanbul Its Waterfront Back ...

For all their vaunted proximity to the seas that have shaped their ancient city, locals feel the absence of nature keenly in Istanbul. A master plan by Gensler and U.S.-based design firm Dror will reintegrate Istanbul's waterfront within the ancient city's urban fabric for the first time in centuries.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Tour Venice with a Virtual Time Machine|

A thousand years of Venetian records, maps and images could digitally reconstruct this city's deep history, giving researchers insight into urban life, from disease patterns to trade trends.
Machine-learning project will analyse 1,000 years of maps and manuscripts from the floating city's golden age. The ‘time machine’ reconstructs ancient Venice social networks.PDF File

Friday, June 02, 2017

PLASMONICS ||NEW LIGHT SOURCES

The emerging field of plasmonics may usher in new clean & sustainable technologies & desalination systems to avert a future global water crisis. Plasmonic materials contain features, patterns & elements that enable unprecedented control of light by harnessing clouds of electrons called surface plasmons. The name plasmon derives from the physical plasma as a state of matter in which the atoms are ionized.
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Friday, April 14, 2017

With More Bang for the Buck, Renewables Providing Most New Power ||

Renewables were the biggest new source of electricity last year as the cost of building new wind and solar farms fell.Clean energy provided 55 percent of all new capacity added worldwide, the most ever, and total investment was about double the amount for generators driven by fossil fuels, according to a report published Thursday by UN Environment, the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre and Bloomberg New Energy Finance.Investment in clean power dropped 23 percent from 2015 to $241.6 billion, meaning that the new capacity installed came at a lower price. The average capital expenditure for a megawatt of wind and solar fell more than 10 percent, according to the study, and they are some of the cheapest sources of electricity in some countries.“Renewables are much more competitive than they were five years ago,” Angus McCrone, chief editor at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, said in an interview. “In an increasing number of places, wind and solar may be the cheapest option.”
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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Innovations In Building Intelligent Cities ||

An artistic rendition of the Thermoheliodome, a pavillion that cools itself via evaporation using mirrored panels that reflect heat toward water-cooled pipes. It is one of several energy-saving concepts from Forrest Meggers, who is jointly appointed in Princeton’s School of Architecture and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.
Cities sprawl and tangle, juxtaposing ancient public squares and glistening skyscrapers. They provide homes for half of humanity, and economic and cultural centers for the rest. 

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Sustainable SITES Initiative |

Land is a crucial component of the built environment and can be planned, designed, developed and maintained to protect and enhance the benefits we derive from healthy functioning landscapes. SITES helps create ecologically resilient communities and benefits the environment, property owners, and local and regional communities and economies.Administered by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), SITES offers a comprehensive rating system designed to distinguish sustainable landscapes, measure their performance and elevate their value. SITES certification is for development projects located on sites with or without buildings—ranging from national parks to corporate campuses, streetscapes to homes, and more.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

'Whole Building' Design | Balancing Security, Safety And Sustainability Objectives



The gateway to up-to-date information on integrated 'whole building' design techniques and technologies. The goal of 'Whole Building' Design is to create a successful high-performance building by applying an integrated design and team approach to the project during the planning and programming phases.



Seeing Justice in Sustainable Light:

The new Alfred A. Arraj United States Courthouse in Denver, Colorado serves as a model for designs that balances openness, security, and sustainability. The building showcases innovative sustainable strategies, such as photovoltaic cells and daylighting using light shelves, while also being one of the first U.S. courthouses to meet the new "GSA Security Design Criteria" standards.

The lighting design provides a dramatic improvement in energy conservation and environmental performance over a conventionally designed courthouse. Most importantly, it provides a healthy, safe and productive working environment in courtrooms.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Photosystem II molecule, which plays a central role in photosynthesis |

Using ultrafast imaging of moving energy in photosynthesis, scientists have determined the speed of crucial processes for the first time. This will help scientists understand how nature has perfected the process of photosynthesis, and how this might be imitated to produce fuels by artificial photosynthesis.     Read More |




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Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Coral Walls 'Mesophotic Reefs' Reveal New Type of Photosynthesis |

Now, researchers have discovered that the corals that inhabit this "Mesophotic zone" have a never-before-seen adaptation that enables them to eke out enough light energy to survive.The photosynthetic algae that live on and power these corals have unusual cellular "machinery" that enables them to conduct photosynthesis more efficiently than species that live at shallower depths ...             READ MORE

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Researchers discover feedback mechanism in photosynthesis that protects plants from damage by light |

This new knowledge could have important repercussions on the
quest to improve photosynthesis for more sustainable agriculture |

Textbook: Bicarbonate is formed when carbon dioxide dissolves in water, so its concentration
is related to the amount of carbon dioxide in the local environment. As well as low carbon dioxide levels causing electrons to build up and trigger the release of bicarbonate, the study also suggests the possibility that the level of carbon dioxide itself in the local leaf environment could
impact on the bicarbonate binding. "This is such an intuitive feedback mechanism at the heart of biology that I think it will go into school textbooks," said lead author, Professor Bill
Rutherford FRS from the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial.





"Now that we understand this new mechanism in the lab, the next step is to define when it kicks in out there in the field - not to mention the forest, greenhouse, plant pot, sea, lake and pond."



Friday, October 07, 2016

Signs suggest recent dramatic drop in price for solar panels:


Factors that have led to the low price quotes include incentives for work in China and the high number of sunny days typically found in Dubai, but industry analysts have suggested that the lower prices are a signal that prices for solar panels are significantly lower than they have ever been & some have suggested that the drop is likely to continue. 



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Thursday, October 06, 2016

The irony of the Anthropocene |


It has become increasingly commonplace to suggest that humans now dominate the planet.Perhaps the Anthropocene’s greatest challenge will be forcing us to think beyond our strictly human needs and to understand those of the ecological systems in which we are embedded. It may just be that our lives depend upon it.

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Sunday, October 02, 2016

How warmer seas are changing our planet |

September 20, 2016
Source: University of Sheffield
Professor Grant Bigg, from the University's Department of Geography: "Many people may associate warmer seas with the pleasant weather conditions they're used to experiencing while on holiday, but the fact of the matter is that an increase in sea temperatures is having a huge impact on the world's weather.
"Our study has shown that severe hurricanes, storm surges, melting ice in the Arctic region and changes to El Ni?o are all being caused by sea temperatures rising across the planet. These are all things that can have a devastating impact on the way we live our lives.         Read More |


Monday, September 12, 2016

Researchers create the first practical design for photoelectrochemical water splitting |

Date: September 9, 2016
Source: Forschungszentrum Juelich

Scientists from Forschungszentrum Juelich research institute have developed the first complete and compact design for an artificial photosynthesis facility. This is a decisive step towards applying the technology.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Massive wind harvesting project to go up in Iowa |

September 2, 2016
 Iowa is currently the state with the second-largest production of wind-powered electricity (generating 15 MWh) behind only Texas, which generates 36 MWh. In Iowa, that accounts for a leading 31.3 percent of all electricity consumed.
 Unique to the project is a promise made by Des Moines-based MidAmerican that the installation costs of the turbines will not affect consumer energy bills, nor will the state be asked to pay for them—instead, MidAmerican will be footing the $3.6 billion cost itself. It is a utility company offering electricity and natural gas to customers in Nebraska, South Dakota, Illinois and of course, Iowa. The company has set a goal of getting the state off coal completely and expects this new project to advance that goal—they project that once the project is fully operational, and other projects go forward as well, fully 85 percent of the electricity used in Iowa will come from wind powered turbines by 2020.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Refocusing the full potential of science & technology for achieving sustainability goals |

Harnessing the full potential of science and technology to promote sustainable development requires that more researchers target a significant portion of their efforts on sustainability problems, and that those efforts become more effective in producing knowledge that is truly useful - and used - for achieving sustainability goals.  Read More:


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Water plays a major role for our planet, not only at the surface, but in the atmosphere too |

Water plays a major role for our planet not only in its liquid form at the surface.In the atmosphere too, it considerably affects our lives as well as weather and climate. Clouds and rainfall are one example. Water vapor, the gaseous form of water,also plays a prominent role on Earth. It is the most important greenhouse gas in the atmosphere, without it the Earth would be a frozen planet.
 ~This knowledge is also of paramount importance for the general climate research.The temperature of the tropopause decides on the input of water vapor into the stratosphere: The higher the water vapor content in the stratosphere; the higherthe surface temperatures increase. Anthropogenic climate change also has aneffect on the temperature of the tropopause, and this effect could become more evident in the coming decades.
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Thursday, July 21, 2016

An unprecedented study combining projections of future climate |

Trees can slow the warmingof our planet by taking carbon out of the air, but only if they’re healthy:

Predicting long-term trends in forest growth requiresaccurate characterization of how the relationship between forest productivityand climatic stress varies across climatic regimes. Using a network of over twomillion tree-ring observations spanning North America and a space-for-time substitutionmethodology, we forecast climate impacts on future forest growth. We explored differingscenarios of increased water-use efficiency (WUE) due to CO2-fertilisation,which we simulated as increased effective precipitation. In our forecasts: (1)climate change negatively impacted forest growth rates in the interior west andpositively impacted forest growth along the western, southeastern andnortheastern coasts; (2) shifting climate sensitivities offset positive effectsof warming on high-latitude forests, leaving no evidence for continued ‘borealgreening’; and (3) it took a 72% WUE enhancement to compensate forcontinentally averaged growth declines under RCP 8.5. Our results highlight theimportance of locally adapted forest management strategies to handle regionaldifferences in growth responses to climate change.



Tuesday, July 12, 2016

There is intense interest in creating artificial photosynthesis as an alternative energy source |

Identification of a gene needed to expand light harvesting in photosynthesis into the far-red-light spectrum provides clues to the development of oxygen-producing photosynthesis, an evolutionary advance that changed the history of life on Earth. “Knowledge of how photosynthesis evolved could empower scientists to design better ways to use light energy for the benefit of humankind,” said Donald A. Bryant, the Ernest C. Pollard Professor of Biotechnology and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State University and the leader of the research team that made the discovery.
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Monday, June 27, 2016

Artificial photosynthesis is considered a promising element of a sustainable future energy supply |

Chemists from the Universities of Basel and Zurich have come one step closer to generating energy from sunlight: for the first time, they were able to reproduce one of the crucial phases of natural photosynthesis with artificial molecules.

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