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Eco-Friendly ‘Plyscrapers’ Are on the Rise. Here’s Why

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Ever since the 10-story Home Insurance Building in Chicago was called the first “skyscraper” in 1885, architects have been striving to create ever-taller buildings. Ten stories quickly became 20, 20 became 50, and on and on. In 2009 the Burj Khalifa in Dubai became the world’s tallest building, with its 154 floors towering above ground level.

So why is the mayor of Portland, Oregon, calling a modest 12-story tower set for completion there next year “a true technological and entrepreneurial achievement?” It’s not the affordable housing the building affords, nor its dozens of bike racks or even the roof farm that has Ted Wheeler gushing. It’s that the Framework apartment building will be made almost entirely of wood.

Once completed, Framework will be America’s tallest wooden building and its first “plyscraper” — a high-rise building built with panels made of cross-laminated timber (CLT). These modular sheets are made from cheap, sustainable softwood that are glued or pinned together in layers — a bit like super-strong, super-thick plywood. – Eco-Friendly ‘Plyscrapers’ Are on the Rise.

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Framework is slated to become the first mass timber high-rise in the U.S. Artist’s rendering courtesy of LEVER Architecture .

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https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/tech/eco-friendly-plyscrapers-are-rise-here-s-why-ncna793346

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Extinguished

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In a world where flames represent love, it’s easy to get your heart burned.

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The Great American Eclipse Is Almost Here

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Here is a quick demo about how to build a pinhole projector to safely view a projection of the eclipsed sun. When looking at the eclipse directly, protective eclipse glasses are necessary to prevent eye damage.

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https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/video/build-your-own-eclipse-viewer-1021805124002

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Gmail inbox full? Here’s how to delete old messages and clear up space in under a minute.

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Are you getting the dreaded “inbox full” message on your Gmail account? It’s stressful to go back through all of your emails one by one and decide what’s worth saving, especially if you haven’t read them all. (I know you haven’t read them all.)

The key to clearing out your inbox? Sorting your messages by size and send date so you can easily delete old emails with big attachments. The process is simple.

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Gmail inbox full? Here’s how to delete old messages and clear up space in under a minute.

 

Clearing out your inbox is quicker than you think.
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https://mic.com/articles/183580/gmail-inbox-full-heres-how-to-delete-old-messages-and-clear-up-space-in-under-a-minute#.zsRadhMxw

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This ‘third thumb’ is the unnecessary prosthetic of my dreams

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Dani Clode is a grad student at London’s Royal College of Art (RCA) and her latest creation is something called The Third Thumb: a 3D-printed prosthetic that does exactly what its name suggests. “The origin of the word ‘prosthesis’ meant ‘to add, put on to,’ so not to fix or replace, but to extend,” Clode told Dezeen. “The Third Thumb is inspired by this word origin, exploring human augmentation and aiming to reframe prosthetics as extensions of the body.”

It’s absolutely unnecessary stuff, and I love it.

The thumb straps on to the side of your hand, and connects to a bracelet containing wires and servos. The wearer controls it using pressure sensors that sit under the soles of their feet. If they press down with one foot the thumb will make a grasping movement, with these instructions sent to the wrist unit via Bluetooth. It sounds a bit fiddly, but Clode says people pick it up pretty quickly. It’s no more complex than, say, steering a car and operating the brake and accelerator at the same time.

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https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/7/6/15927362/3d-printed-prosthetic-third-thumb-dani-clode

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World’s Biggest Aircraft Nails Critical Test Flight

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It’s a plane, it’s a blimp … it’s the world’s largest aircraft.

A massive airship dubbed the Airlander 10 recently completed a successful test flight, bringing the helium-filled behemoth one step closer to commercial use.

Though it looks like a massive blimp, the Airlander 10 combines technology from airplanes, helicopters, and airships. It is designed to stay aloft at altitudes of up to 20,000 feet (6,100 meters) for up to five days when manned, according to Hybrid Air Vehicles, the company that built the aircraft. And at a mammoth 302 feet (92 m) long, it is the largest aircraft currently flying.

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At a mammoth 302 feet (92 meters) long, the blimp-like Airlander 10 is the largest aircraft currently flying. Hybrid Air Vehicles /

 

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https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/technology/world-s-biggest-aircraft-nails-critical-test-flight-n763706

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Her dilemma: Do I let my employer microchip me?

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Melissa Timmins has a week to decide: Does she keep her hand to herself, or does she let her employer microchip it?

The implant is the size of a grain of rice. It would slip under the skin between her forefinger and thumb. It would sting for only a second. Then she could unlock doors or log onto her computer with a wave. Her flesh could hold her credit card, her medical records, her passport . . .

“At first, I thought it was a joke,” she said.

Timmins, 46, works in sales at Three Square Market, a Wisconsin company that makes vending-machine software. The offer came after her boss returned from a business trip in Stockholm, where he encountered Biohax Sweden, a start-up that aims to endow body parts with technological power.

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Self-described “body hacker” Jowan Osterlund of Biohax Sweden holds a microchip implant earlier this year. Microchips are being implanted into volunteers to help them open doors and operate office equipment. (AP Photo/James Brooks)

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