- Earthscraper Concept: Opposite Of Skyscraper – Geekologie
"This is Mexican architecture firm BNKR Arquitectura's concept for a 65-story subterranean "earthscaper" right in the middle of Mexico City."
- BBC News – ‘Flying carpet’ of conductive plastic takes flight
"The 10cm (4in) sheet of smart transparency is driven by "ripple power"; waves of electrical current driving thin pockets of air from front to rear underneath."
- Decline Watch: New York’s cocaine comedown | FP Passport
"Cocaine-related emergency-room admissions, overdoses and requests for rehab have declined since the economy started its 2008 decline"
(tags:drugs money )
- Japanese ‘Noah’s ark’ disaster capsule goes on sale | World news | The Guardian
"A Japanese company has developed a miniature version of Noah's ark in case Japan is hit by another massive earthquake and tsunami – a floating capsule that looks like a huge tennis ball."
(tags:tech rescue eco )
- Energy in Chile: Dancing in the dark | The Economist
"ON THE evening of September 24th a power cut plunged almost 10m Chileans, more than half the population, into darkness. Copper mines shut down, traffic lights failed and Saturday night revellers in Santiago found themselves dancing in the dark. Power was restored within a few hours, but the blackout was a worrying foretaste of what may be to come."
(tags:energy pol )
- Egyptian Dust: An Interview With Xenia Nikolskaya
"I know people who have penthouses, and they pay like 20 dollars for it per month. So that is a reason why half of these beautiful buildings are empty. The landlord can’t afford to renovate them because he doesn’t earn enough money. This makes the country look very weird. And that is why in some areas there is no development whatsoever."
- The future of physics (1): So long, and thanks for all the quarks | The Economist