This Super Sustainable House Can Be Built in One Day

This Super Sustainable House Can Be Built in One Day

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A Dutch design firm has redefined living by creating a house that doesn’t need a foundation, can be built in one day and is three times more sustainable than a normal house.

The Wikkelhouse, designed by Fiction Factory in Amsterdam, is built by snapping multiple 1.2 meter (4 feet) wide sections together. Each section is made by wrapping a basic house shape with curved edges in 24 layers of cardboard that are glued together. The sections are then finished with waterproof, breathable foil and covered with a layer of wood paneling for extra protection.

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“Using cardboard as its main building material, Wikkelhouse is a cutting-edge sustainable house with a beautiful design and exceptional constructive strength,” the website explains.

With the flexible construction process, a house can range from the standard order of three sections to as many as desired.

Each section of the Wikkelhouse only weighs 500 kilos (1,100 pounds). It can be taken apart and moved easily when you want to relocate or remodel. You can place the house on the beach, in your backyard or even on top of a building, Fiction Factory boasts.

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Despite being lightweight, the Wikkelhouse is durable and has a minimum life span of 50 years. The wood outer layer is designed to protect the house from all types of weather elements and events. The cardboard layers also provide maximum insulation, cutting down on energy costs for the owner.

The Wikkelhouse is designed to accommodate a kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms, making it fully functional. Customers can pick the inside wall and floor design as well as glazed or opaque facades.

Fiction Factory only produces 12 homes a year to maintain optimum quality control, each selling for 25,000 Euros or around $28,000. There is a wait list for orders.

Source: ecowatch

This Is How Smartphone Light Affects Your Brain And Body

This Is How Smartphone Light Affects Your Brain And Body

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If you are addicted to your phone we’ve got bad news for you. You might not know this, but smartphone screens emit bright blue light so you can see them even at the sunniest times of day.

But at night, your brain gets confused by that light, as it mimics the brightness of the sun. This causes the brain to stop producing melatonin, a hormone that gives your body the “time to sleep” cues. Because of this, smartphone light can disrupt your sleep cycle, making it harder to fall and stay asleep — and potentially causing serious health problems along the way.

To avoid this you can always change the tint on your devices to a more natural color if your phone has this option, or download software that allows you to change the color settings of the display. Also simply reducing screen brightness can help.

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Source: TechInsider

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360° Chinese Bitcoin Mine

360° Chinese Bitcoin Mine

In China, savvy entrepreneurs are making millions a year by mining bitcoin. Danny Vincent visited one of the world’s biggest facilities of its kind to film the activity and people within.

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This Desk-Size Turbine Is Capable Of Powering An Entire Town

This Desk-Size Turbine Is Capable Of Powering An Entire Town

GE Global Research is testing a desk-size turbine that could power a small town of about 10,000 homes.

Credit: GE Global Research / DW.com

Credit: GE Global Research / DW.com

As technology advances, devices of all kind tend to get smaller. The desk-size turbine invented by GE Global Research is no exception.

According to MIT Technology Review, the turbine is capable of powering a small town of about 10,000 homes. How is this possible? The prototype is driven by “supercritical carbon dioxide,” which is in a state that at a very high pressure and up to 700 °C exists as neither a liquid nor a gas. After the carbon dioxide passes through the turbine, it’s cooled and then re-pressurized before returning for another pass.

The unit’s makers believe that the turbine could be useful in grid storage. That’s because the turbine is compact in size and can turn on and off rapidly. In fact, the invention is projected to be over 5 percent more efficient than steam turbines in the process of converting heat into electricity. Even more promising, the GE prototype is 10 megawatts, but the company would like to scale it up to 33 megawatts.

Said Doug Hofer, the GE engineer in charge of the project:

“The key thing will come down to economics.” 

While there’s work ahead, he says, “at this point we think our economic story is favorable compared to batteries.”

This article was written by: Amanda Froelich and first appeared on True Activist

Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer?

Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer?

Remember the last time you used your phone and it left a nice warm spot on your face? – Is that causing cancer?

Michael Aranda tells you all about the radiation on your cell phone.

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How Helicopters Land if the Engine Dies

How Helicopters Land if the Engine Dies

Destin from Smarter Every Day sets out to prove that Neil deGrasse Tyson is wrong when he says a helicopter whose engine fails will fall like a brick.

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