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Fantastic Sustainable Eco Home in Ipswitch

4 Super Environmentally Friendly Houses in the UK

Malator in Druidstone, Wales

‘Future Pod Design in the Earth’ in the Welsh Valleys

Touted as an architectural masterpiece, contemporary houses don’t come as cool looking as this capsule embedded in the ground. From the outside it looks like a pod from a sci-fi movie, and the same goes for the interior. It’s turf roof, steel chimney and peephole doorway gave it the nickname ‘ Teletubby house’ from the locals. Whilst looking futuristic, Malator’s design is very simple, essentially based around one room divided by prefabricated coloured pods. Although a modern concept, the pod manages to meld in with its natural surroundings.

Sustainable House Project  – Ipswich

Fantastic Sustainable Eco Home in Ipswitch

Fantastic Sustainable Eco Home in Ipswitch

This eco friendly and energy efficient development forms part of an innovative project of individual quality houses. It’s a detached three-storey property with 4/5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Living Room, Family Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, Utility, Hall, and a balcony overlooking the garden. Outside features ample car parking. This new development of eco-friendly home is proving to continue to be very popular. The house is crafted using natural materials, allowing the traditional character to shine through.

Solar panels and LED lights help reduce energy outage, and all the walls and floors are heavily insulated, retaining any heat. The accommodation makes the most of all light with large windows, glazed porches and internal balconies. Eco Houses for sale in the Ipswitch area at Zoopla are plentiful and you will be able to find your own build.

 Sedum House, North Norfolk Coast

Sedum House, North Norfolk Coast

Sedum House, North Norfolk Coast

This amazing looking house is said to be the future in houses. Sedum house is set in steep sand hill inland in North Norfolk Coast, where the earth hides deep within itself all the bedrooms of the property. Sedum House has ground level windows. Another great design consideration was focussing the main point around the sun. The impressive wooden hood covers the main living rooms on the first floor – this keeps the heat off the glass windows during summer, but in winter the house is not devoid of any sunlight. Four bedrooms of the house are buried in the tunnel, the ground cover provides energy free insulation. Not only energy efficient but very cool looking.

The ‘Zero Carbon House’ Project

The 'Zero Carbon House' Project

The ‘Zero Carbon House’ Project

This project has been designed and constructed as a highly efficient and low embodied energy house set on Unst, Shetland. It features a carbon energy system, which compromises of two micro wind turbines, an air to water heat pump, water battery heat store and control system. Taking Eco a step further, a high technology greenhouse for local food production has been erected. Food will be grown throughout the year inside, no soil or peat needed, as this high tech will do the job with just nutrients, water and LED lighting. They even went as far as using thermal imaging to identify any heat leaks within the structure.

 

Scientists create brain with 12 seconds memory

The purple round thing you are looking at is actually a microscopic brain derived from rat neurons, just about 50 of them. Developed by researchers from the University of Pittsburg, it only has a memory of 12 seconds, which is about 11 more than what researchers were hoping for.

The brain was created in an attempt to artificially nurture a working brain into existence, thus providing more information about how neural networks function so efficiently and how our brain transmits electrical impulses are transmitted and data is stored. They did this by attaching a layer of protein to a silicon disk and adding braing cells extracted from embrionic rats.

The study was extremely successful, and as if growing and nurturing the tiny, functioning, donut-shaped brain in a petri dish wasn’t enough, they found that when they stimulate the neurons with electricity, the pulse circulates through the brain for a good 12 seconds, which is much more than they expected.

Immortality – just 20 years away

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Raymond Kurzweil is one of the most prolific inventors and futurists; he’s the one who developed text to speech synthesis and a synthesizer that develops and even creates poetry, among others. He has also predicted new technologies that would appear and some directions that our society would take, and he got it right.

Now, the 61 year old claims that considering the rate at which our understanding of our genes and nanotechnology is increasing, scientists should be able to replace many (if not all) of our vital organs in approximately 20 years from now. When confronted and asked if that’s not a bit of wishful thinking, he replied that neural implants and artificial pancreases already exist, and the distance is not as big as it seems.

Here’s what he said:

“I and many other scientists now believe that in around 20 years we will have the means to reprogramme our bodies’ stone-age software so we can halt, then reverse, ageing. Then nanotechnology will let us live for ever. Ultimately, nanobots will replace blood cells and do their work thousands of times more effectively.

Within 25 years we will be able to do an Olympic sprint for 15 minutes without taking a breath, or go scuba-diving for four hours without oxygen. Heart-attack victims – who haven’t taken advantage of widely available bionic hearts – will calmly drive to the doctors for a minor operation as their blood bots keep them alive.

Nanotechnology will extend our mental capacities to such an extent we will be able to write books within minutes. If we want to go into virtual-reality mode, nanobots will shut down brain signals and take us wherever we want to go. Virtual sex will become commonplace. And in our daily lives, hologram like figures will pop in our brain to explain what is happening. So we can look forward to a world where humans become cyborgs, with artificial limbs and organs.”

Find some other predictions he made here

Now I am in no way the man to comment on whether these developments will or will not take place, but let’s say they’ll become reality. Is it all good, partially good, or partially bad? Overpopulation is a big problem as it is so I really have a hard time figuring that out too. What do you think?

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The Future Is Now? Pretty Soon, at Least

ray kurzweil

When I read what Ray Kurzweil said about the future, I was just awed! I mean, coming from somebody else, it would seem ludacris (even from him, I find it really hard to believe), but c’mon, the man is one of the best futurists we have, so he HAS to know what he’s talking about. According to him, in his really optimistic view, many of the world’s current problems will be solved way sooner than 50 years.For example, if you’re worried about green gas emissions, fear no more! In 5 years, he claims solar power will be cost competitive with fossil fuels and within 20 years all of our energy will come from clean sources. That really would be nice, but could it really happen ?? Wait, that’s just the beginning. Having problems sticking to a diet or losing weight? In less than 10 years, he says, there will be a pill that will allow you to eat whatever you want without gaining weight! Sounds too good to be true? Could be, but the thing is that even critics agree that he is by no means your average sci-fi fantasits. In fact, he has just enought credibility that the National Academy of Engineering published his view of solar energy.What’s even more surprising for me (at least) is what he predicted about aging.

Well, fasten your seat belts: in 15 years, your life expectancy will rise every year faster than you are aging. Yeah, that means that your chances of dying get slimmer and slimmer every year, until about 50 years from now, when humans (and perhaps even machines) start evolving into everliving beings. Could this actually happen ? I have no idea, and I’m not sure how many people have – not that many, anyway. During the years he mande some predictions that awed the world by their accuracy and seemingly impossible odds of happening (such as the explosive growth of the Internet in the 1990s and a computer chess champion by 1998; with that he was off by a year – Deep Blue won in 1997).

Also, 20 years ago he predicted that “early in the 21st century” blind people would be able to read anything anywhere using a handheld device. In 2002 he actually narrowed the date to sometime in 2008. On thursday night at a festival, he pulled out a new gadget as big as your average cell phone, that had absolutely no problem reading out loud the text from a science magazine.“Certain aspects of technology follow amazingly predictable trajectories,” he said, and showed a graph of computing power starting with the first electromechanical machines more than a century ago. At first the machines’ power doubled every three years; then in midcentury the doubling came every two years (the rate that inspired Moore’s Law); now it takes only about a year.“My colleague Francis Crick used to say that God is a hacker, not an engineer,” Dr. Ramachandran said. “You can do reverse engineering, but you can’t do reverse hacking.”

“Scientists imagine they’ll keep working at the present pace,” he told NY Times after his speech. “They make linear extrapolations from the past. When it took years to sequence the first 1 percent of the human genome, they worried they’d never finish, but they were right on schedule for an exponential curve. If you reach 1 percent and keep doubling your growth every year, you’ll hit 100 percent in just seven years.”