By David RobertsPosted 12.12.2011 at 6:00 pm 6 Comments
When it comes to the physics of climate change, no one year is more important than any other. But for the politics of climate, 2012 will be a big one, less about what officials may do than what they may block or undo.
If you're building a house using brand new technology and it seems like you're spending a lot of "build" time standing, staring and walking in circles, I have some advice for you: don't mount a camera above the scene to capture exactly how much time nothing is in fact being built. I'm a photographer, so it seemed like a good idea to mount a Canon 1DS Mk II with a Canon TC80N3–remote controller to make a picture every eight minutes, eight hours a day, for 14 days. During the build I never reviewed the pictures; I just changed out the CF cards and backed them up.
Building this house has been a constant learning experience, and today was no exception. My original plan was to build the walls from special insulated structural panels from Kama-Eebs, add some simple "X" braces to control shear, and throw on some housewrap before attaching my siding. And that would have been the cheapest and most ideal solution, but the more I looked at the final Kama panels installed the more I began to question the wisdom of that idea.
Designers plant the seeds for a high-tech version of the Swiss Family Treehouse. Click inside for video
By Gregory MonePosted 11.01.2006 at 2:00 am 3 Comments
If solar power and recycled building materials just aren´t green enough for you, the brains behind the Fab Tree Hab might have the perfect pad. Architects Mitchell Joachim and Javier Arbona, along with environmental engineer Lara Greden, have designed a house that will grow from a few seedlings into a two-story, water-recycling, energy-efficient abode. The Fab Tree Hab,
a mix of ancient and ultramodern technology, isn´t
merely environmentally friendly.
Motion-triggered monster heads, a witchesâ€™ brew of liquid nitrogen, a projector rigged for fright, and more. Here, our favorite high-tech haunting tricks made easy
By Theodore Gray and Paul WallichPosted 09.26.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
The Bubbling Cauldron
Want a real witches´ brew? Mix soap-bubble solution with dry ice, or use liquid nitrogen for bubbles that release fog when they pop. In the following video, PopSci´s contributing mad scientist, Theodore Gray, uses the help of a few young assistants to create cauldrons of toil and trouble.
Here´s how it´s done: