Floating “Lilypad Cities”

August 11th, 2008

Based on the design of a lilypad, they could be used as a permanent refuge for those whose homes have been covered in water. Major cities including London, New York and Tokyo are seen as being at huge risk from oceans which could rise by as much as 3ft by the end of this century.

This solution, by the award-winning Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut, is designed to be a new place to live for those whose homelands have been wiped out.

The ‘Lilypad City’ would float around the world as an independent and fully self-sustainable home. With a lake at its centre to collect and purify rainwater, it would be accessed by three separate marinas and feature artificial mountains to offer the inhabitants a change of scenery from the seascape.

Power for the central accommodation hub is provided through a series of renewable energy sources including solar panels on the mountain sides, wind turbines and a power station to harness the energy of the waves.

–>Link to Vincent Callebaut Architecte LILYPAD

–>Link to article @ dailymail.co.uk

The Total Solar Eclipse of August 1, 2008

August 3rd, 2008

From Wikipedia:

The solar eclipse of August 1, 2008 was a total eclipse of the Sun with a magnitude of 1.039 that was visible from a narrow corridor through northern Canada (Nunavut), Greenland, central Russia, eastern Kazakhstan, western Mongolia and China. It belonged to the so-called midnight sun eclipses, as it was visible from regions experiencing midnight sun.

In Siberia, the total eclipse zone passed through populated places, including the “capital of Siberia” Novosibirsk, and the cities of Nizhnevartovsk, Barnaul and Biysk. The greatest eclipse duration was reached near the town of Nadym in Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug in Northern Siberia.

A partial eclipse could be seen from the much broader path of the Moon’s penumbra, including eastern North America and most of Europe and Asia.

–>Link to NASA’s website for this event

–>Link to SpaceWeather.com photo gallery

NASA Confirms Water on Mars

July 31st, 2008

Laboratory tests aboard NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander have identified water in a soil sample. The lander’s robotic arm delivered the sample Wednesday to an instrument that identifies vapors produced by the heating of samples.

“We have water,” said William Boynton of the University of Arizona, lead scientist for the Thermal and Evolved-Gas Analyzer, or TEGA. “We’ve seen evidence for this water ice before in observations by the Mars Odyssey orbiter and in disappearing chunks observed by Phoenix last month, but this is the first time Martian water has been touched and tasted.”

–>Link to NASA article

MIT Claims 24/7 Solar Power

July 31st, 2008

A liquid catalyst was added to water before electrolysis to achieve what the researchers claim is almost 100-percent efficiency. When combined with photovoltaic cells to store energy chemically, the resulting solar energy systems could generate electricity around the clock, the MIT team said.

“Solar cell makers can add super-cheap electrolyzers to their system so that they work 24/7 — during the day making hydrogen and oxygen, then at night recombining it in fuel cells to generate electricity,”

–>Link to article

Music Recommendation: “Around the World in a Tea Daze (Ott Remix)” by Shpongle

July 31st, 2008

As mentioned on the About page, this track, from the album “Shpongle Remixed“, provides the inspiration for the name of this blog.

While integrating themes from many musical genres, Shpongle’s music could be classified as electronic/psychedelic.

Ott has done a phenomenal job remixing this track. After the oompa-loompa interlude, the track breaks through to about 4 minutes of some of the most epic, yet ethereal music you’ve heard.

–>Link to twisted.co.uk

Lick Observatory, Mt. Hamilton

July 31st, 2008

The Lick Observatory is an astronomical observatory, owned and operated by the University of California. It is situated on the summit of Mount Hamilton, just east of San Jose, California, USA. The observatory is managed from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where its scientific staff moved in the mid-1960s.

Significant discoveries made at Lick Observatory include several moons of Jupiter and several extrasolar planets.

–>Link to Lick Observatory
–>Link to Lick Observatory “HamCam”

The Health Benefits of Matcha Tea

July 29th, 2008

A nutritious beverage, rich in detoxifying chlorophyll and antioxidants, and suited for meditative practice.

–>Link to Health Benefits of Matcha

–>Link to Wikipedia: Matcha
–>Link to Wikipedia: Japanese Tea Ceremony

Monolithic Domes: durable, energy-efficient

July 29th, 2008


Simply defined, the Monolithic Dome is a super-insulated, steel-reinforced concrete structure that can be designed for virtually any use: office or business complex; school; church, synagogue or temple; gymnasium or sports arena; theater or amphitheater; airplane hangar; factory; bulk storage facility; house or apartment complex; military installation, etc.

Generally, the construction cost of a Monolithic Dome is less than that of a conventional building of the same size with similar fittings and fixtures. A streamlined construction process and the use of only four major ingredients contribute significantly to the dome’s economy. Those principal ingredients or materials are an Airform, polyurethane foam, rebar and concrete.

An Airform is an inflatable fabric structure, made of PVC coated nylon or polyester fabrics. When inflated, the Airform determines the shape and size of the finished building, and it remains on the structure as its roof membrane.

–>Link

Psychedelic Salon: Podcast 149 - Trialogue “The Heavens”

July 28th, 2008

Lorenzo of the Psychedelic Salon produces a fantastic and invaluable podcast featuring interviews and discussions with the great thinkers and personalities of the psychedelic movement.

Podcast 149 is especially relevant for this blog. This episode features a fascinating discussion (or trialogue) between Rupert Sheldrake, Ralph Abraham, and Terence McKenna about “The Heavens”.

–>Link to Psychedelic Salon: Podcast 149 - “The Heavens”

Discovery of Earth-Like Exoplanet

July 27th, 2008


A team of astronomers announced they have discovered the smallest and potentially most Earth-like extrasolar planet yet. Five times as massive as Earth, it orbits a relatively cool star at a distance that would provide earthly temperatures as well, signaling the possibility of liquid water.

“The separation between the planet and its star is just right for having liquid water at its surface,” says astronomer and team spokesperson Stephane Udry of the Observatory of Geneva in Versoix, Switzerland. “That’s why we are a bit excited.”

–>Link to article


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