Can The Empire State Building Go Green?
It has played backdrop to King Kong movies, a few Frank Sinatra cameos and a plane crash. Now New York's most iconic building is getting the biggest eco retrofit in U.S. skyscraper history.
The crusading green team at the Clinton Climate Initiative will spearhead a $500 million project to green the Empire State Building. The retrofit will seek to minimize energy usage in all of the building's systems, especially its electrical delivery which incorporates 2,500,000 feet of electrical wiring to carry 40 million kilowatt hours a year to tenants.
The retrofit will be finished by the end of 2010, a bit longer than the frenetic 145 days required to construct the 103-floor building in 1930 and 1931. It was an odd time to debut the building at the start of the Great Depression, but the new overhaul to promote cost-savings and energy efficiency dovetails appropriately with the new hard times.
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China's Chang'e 4 biosphere experiment marks a first for humankind.
- China's Chang'e 4 lunar lander touched down on the far side of the moon on January 3.
- In addition to a lunar rover, the lander carried a biosphere experiment that contains five sets of plants and some insects.
- The experiment is designed to test how astronauts might someday grow plants in space to sustain long-term settlements.
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
Arranged marriages and Western romantic practices have more in common than we might think.
In his book In Praise of Love (2009), the French communist philosopher Alain Badiou attacks the notion of 'risk-free love', which he sees written in the commercial language of dating services that promise their customers 'love, without falling in love'.
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