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3 Ways Technology is Making Healthcare Faster and More Affordable

One industry that has benefitted greatly from improvements in technology is the healthcare industry. It is not only just in treatment and diagnosis that technology has been improving. There are some technologies that are helping diagnose illnesses faster which lead to better treatments. In addition, technology is also helping to lower healthcare costs in many…



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CityTree: An urban ‘organism’ that purifies as much air as a small forest

According to a startling statistical figure from WHO, in 2012, some 7 million people died - one in eight of total global deaths - resulting from various types of exposure to air pollution. Considering the sheer scale of this global health predicament, solutions are more than welcome - and one of the latter potentially comes…



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Innovative new world map ranks the countries according to toxicity level

Like cancer eating at healthy cells, pollution is slowly engulfing the entire world, turning it toxic for humans and animals alike. An innovative new map, developed by the folks at The Eco Experts, showcases the toxicity level of each country. In addition to air pollution, the map takes into consideration carbon emissions, power consumption as…


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World’s oldest known fossils possibly discovered – and they are 3.7 billion years old

A team of Australian researchers from the University of Wollongong have possibly identified 3.7-billion-year old stromatolite fossils in Greenland, and they might pertain to the earliest signs of life on Earth. Found along sedimentary rocks in the Isua Greenstone Belt (along Greenland's icecap), these stromatolite fossils predate the previously oldest known stromatolite fossils (originally found…


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Maya royal tomb discovered in Belize points to little-known ‘snake dynasty’

Archaeologists have recently discovered what seems to be one of the largest royal Maya tombs found so far. Unearthed in Belize, the ancient tomb housed animal bone fragments, several pieces of obsidian as well as a male skeleton. According to the researchers, hieroglyphs along the walls of the royal tomb could help uncover valuable information…


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Architects to build modular house by stacking structures like Tetris blocks

We've all heard of modular kitchens, furniture and even pop-up tents that can be zipped up into larger spaces. As  part of their latest project, the team at Netherlands-based Universe Architecture has brought the convenience of modular designs to the time-consuming process of home construction. The Tretris House, as its name suggests, is an incredibly…


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Amazing photo shows fish trapped inside a jellyfish

A fascinating natural phenomenon that has not yet been fully understood by scientists has been captured on camera for the first time last year. Taken somewhere off the coast of Australia's Byron Bay, the amazing photograph shows an entire fish trapped inside a jellyfish. (more…)


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Modern Financial Solutions: How to Use Technology to Cut Your Living Costs

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If you are focused on improving your budget, you are not alone. Many individuals are looking for great ways to cut back on spending so that they can use extra funds to pay off debts more quickly, save more money and accomplish other goals. Technological advances are now available that can help you to reduce your cost of living in several substantial ways.

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3 Ways Technology is Making Healthcare Faster and More Affordable

technology_healthcare

One industry that has benefitted greatly from improvements in technology is the healthcare industry. It is not only just in treatment and diagnosis that technology has been improving. There are some technologies that are helping diagnose illnesses faster which lead to better treatments. In addition, technology is also helping to lower healthcare costs in many areas.

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Wood grain treatment facility takes a futuristic turn in the forest of Belgium

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At Marche-en-Famenne in the heart of the Ardennes Forest, lies a treatment facility for sylviculture grains that are derived from the proximate region. And while the very scope of such an installation may seem mundane, the opposite is quite true for the design in question here. Contrived by the studio Philippe Samyn and Partners, the structure ‘responds’ to the irregular polygonal nature of its site by what the architects termed as a – compact ovoid form.

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CityTree: An urban ‘organism’ that purifies as much air as a small forest

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According to a startling statistical figure from WHO, in 2012, some 7 million people died – one in eight of total global deaths – resulting from various types of exposure to air pollution. Considering the sheer scale of this global health predicament, solutions are more than welcome – and one of the latter potentially comes forth in the form of the aptly named CityTree. Contrived by Green City Solutions, the engineered ‘organism’ in question is touted to have the air-purifying capacity of 275 actual trees.

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Japanese scientists gearing up to be the first to drill into the Earth’s untouched mantle

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Despite momentous advances in science and technology in the last several decades, less than 0.4-percent of Earth’s total mass has been explored so far. All that is about to change, thanks to an international team of scientists that will attempt to drill into our planet’s mantle in the hopes of discovering important information about its composition as well as formation. The findings, the researchers believe, could also pave the way for more efficient techniques to predict and prevent earthquakes. (more…)

Innovative new world map ranks the countries according to toxicity level

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Like cancer eating at healthy cells, pollution is slowly engulfing the entire world, turning it toxic for humans and animals alike. An innovative new map, developed by the folks at The Eco Experts, showcases the toxicity level of each country. In addition to air pollution, the map takes into consideration carbon emissions, power consumption as well as renewable energy production of 135 nations across the globe.

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World’s oldest known fossils possibly discovered – and they are 3.7 billion years old

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A team of Australian researchers from the University of Wollongong have possibly identified 3.7-billion-year old stromatolite fossils in Greenland, and they might pertain to the earliest signs of life on Earth. Found along sedimentary rocks in the Isua Greenstone Belt (along Greenland’s icecap), these stromatolite fossils predate the previously oldest known stromatolite fossils (originally found in Western Australia) by a significant 220 million years. In other words, the potential discovery could push back the fossil record, and thus the emergence of life on Earth, near the start of our planet’s own geological record.

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Maya royal tomb discovered in Belize points to little-known ‘snake dynasty’

Archaeologists have recently discovered what seems to be one of the largest royal Maya tombs found so far. Unearthed in Belize, the ancient tomb housed animal bone fragments, several pieces of obsidian as well as a male skeleton. According to the researchers, hieroglyphs along the walls of the royal tomb could help uncover valuable information about the history of the so-called ‘snake dynasty’.

Located below the stairway of a temple, the ancient tomb was found in the archaeological site of Xunantunich, a region in the western part of Belize that once served as a major ceremonial center of the Maya civilization. Speaking about the incredible discovery, Jaime Awe, a researcher from the Northern Arizona University and the team’s leader, said:

In other words, it appears that the temple was purposely erected for the primary purpose of enclosing the tomb. Except for a very few rare cases, this is not very typical in ancient Maya architecture.

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Analysis of the site has revealed that the tomb was originally constructed for a young muscular man, aged somewhere between 20 to 30 years. Based on their observations, the archaeologists point out that the corpse might have belonged to a person of some importance. In addition to the skeleton, the team uncovered bone fragments of different animals, including a deer and a jaguar.

Among the artifacts found at the site were jade beads that were likely once part of a necklace, as many as 13 blades fashioned from obsidian and 36 ceramic vessels. Towards one corner of the royal tomb, the researchers also came across two “offering caches”, comprising 28 figurines made of flint as well as 9 obsidian knives.

The figurines, according to the team, contained a variety of symbols including animal figures. Measuring over 4.5 meter (around 14.7 feet) in length and 2.4 meters (approx. 7.9 feet) in breadth, the newly-found tomb is believed to be one of the biggest Maya royal tombs ever discovered.  Awe added:

What’s amazing about the discovery of this tomb is that we know that archaeologists have been working at Xunantunich since the 1890s. That’s more than a century of continuous archaeological work at the site. And, never before have we found a tomb. Well, this tomb is also remarkable in other ways, it is one of the largest burial chambers we have ever found.

While not much is currently known about the buried person, the archaeologists believe that the hieroglyphic panels inscribed along the royal tomb’s walls could provide valuable insights regarding the historical period. The hieroglyphs, for instance, appear to be related to the Maya ‘snake dynasty’, which reigned nearly 1,300 years ago.

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As explained by the researchers, the family was called so because of the snake-head emblem that they used as their symbol.  According to Christophe Helmke, an epigrapher from the University of Copenhagen, the hieroglyphic panels quite possibly talk of Lord K’an II, who ruled the ancient city of Caracol situated about 41 km (or 26 mi) from the tomb. However, it is also possible that the inscriptions deal with Waxaklajuun Ubaah K’an, another ruler of the snake dynasty who was alive during 635 AD.

A third possibility could be that there were two princes, both brothers, who were fighting for the throne. Talking about the find, which was recently published in the Journal of Pre-Columbian Art Research Institute, Helmke went on to say:

This means that there were two contenders to the throne, both carrying the same dynastic title, which appears to have been read Kanu’l Ajaw, ‘King of the place where snakes abound.

Via: The Guardian

Architects to build modular house by stacking structures like Tetris blocks

We’ve all heard of modular kitchens, furniture and even pop-up tents that can be zipped up into larger spaces. As  part of their latest project, the team at Netherlands-based Universe Architecture has brought the convenience of modular designs to the time-consuming process of home construction. The Tretris House, as its name suggests, is an incredibly innovative dwelling, built by stacking multiple housing units like Tretris blocks.

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According to architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars, the ingenious project provides flexibility to developers, allowing them to easily modify a building’s configuration by adding extra housing blocks and other elements, including shutters and balconies. Each of these modular structures features a strengthened steel frame, with stunning Meccano-like facade giving residents the option of seamlessly expanding their living spaces.

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What’s more, enormous floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors offer spectacular 360-degree-view of the surrounding area, while also ensuring the optimal availability of natural lighting. As pointed out by the team, the brilliant design can be licensed to individual developers looking to construct dwellings similar to the Tetris-shaped home.

The team at Universe Architecture is currently working alongside Dutch interior design firm i29 to erect the first Tetris House in Netherlands. If everything goes according to  plan, the modular home concept will soon make its way to different countries across the globe.

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To know more about the Tetris House, head over to the project’s official website.

Source: Universe Architecture