Tomorrow's Amazing Skyscrapers!
The 2012 Skyscraper Competition sponsored by the architecture journal eVolo inspired some amazing designs that predict the planet's future population and geographical changes.
What's the Latest Development?
The architectural journal eVolvo has announced the winners of its 2012 Skyscraper Competition which solicited designs for tomorrow's living and working spaces. First prize went to a Chinese team for their 'Himalaya Water Tower' which, located high in the Himalayan mountain range, "stores water and helps regulate its dispersal to the land below as the mountains' natural supplies dry up." The skyscraper would collect water in the rainy season, purify it, freeze it into ice and store it for future use.
What's the Big Idea?
The design of skyscrapers has largely remained static while the world has undergone huge demographic changes, putting more pressure than ever on our natural resources. Going far beyond slapping solar panels on a building's exterior, the competition's second prize went to another Chinese team which envisioned a 'Mountain Band-Aid'. Integrated into the side of the mountain, the structure would restore the homes of people displaced by 'progress' while rejuvenating local ecosystems. There are many more amazing ideas and great concept illustrations...
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Antimicrobial resistance is growing worldwide, rendering many "work horse" medicines ineffective. Without intervention, drug-resistant pathogens could lead to millions of deaths by 2050. Thankfully, companies like Pfizer are taking action.
- Antimicrobial-resistant pathogens are one of the largest threats to global health today.
- As we get older, our immune systems age, increasing our risk of life threatening infections. Without reliable antibiotics, life expectancy could decline for the first time in modern history.
- If antibiotics become ineffective, common infections could result in hospitalization or even death. Life-saving interventions like cancer treatments and organ transplantation would become more difficult, more often resulting in death. Routine procedures would become hard to perform.
- Without intervention, resistant pathogens could result in 10 million annual deaths by 2050.
- By taking a multi-faceted approach—inclusive of adherence to good stewardship, surveillance and responsible manufacturing practices, as well as an emphasis on prevention and treatment—companies like Pfizer are fighting to help curb the spread.
No, the Syrian civil war is not over. But it might be soon. Time for a recap
- The War in Syria has dropped off the radar, but it's not over (yet)
- This 1-minute video shows how the fronts have moved – and stabilised – over the past 22 months
- Watching this video may leave you both better informed, and slightly queasy: does war need a generic rock soundtrack?
Sarco assisted suicide pods come in three different styles, and allow you to die quickly and painlessly. They're even quite beautiful to look at.
Death: it happens to everyone (except, apparently, Keanu Reeves). But while the impoverished and lower-class people of the world die in the same ol' ways—cancer, heart disease, and so forth—the upper classes can choose hip and cool new ways to die. Now, there's an assisted-suicide pod so chic and so stylin' that peeps (young people still say peeps, right?) are calling it the "Tesla" of death... it's called... the Sarco!
Entrepreneur and author Andrew Horn shares his rules for becoming an assured conversationalist.
- To avoid basing action on external validation, you need to find your "authentic voice" and use it.
- Finding your voice requires asking the right questions of yourself.
- There are 3-5 questions that you would generally want to ask people you are talking to.
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