This Plankton House Is About To Revolutionize Our World

Plankton House Cocoon Fs

The cocoon Source: Contemporist

Believe it or not, plankton is about to change your life. Meet Cocoon_FS: the world’s first featherweight, phytoplankton inspired, thunderstorm-proof, floating and prefabricated structure. The game changing invention’s self-supporting shell is composed of fiber reinforced polymers (FRP), and the entire structure weighs just over 1,500 pounds, making it easy to move from place to place.

Plankton House Cocoon Fs From Above

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Plankton House Materials

Materials used in the Cocoon Source: Jan Ruben

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The Incredible Chinese Pollution Problem

Imagine a place where the word “sky” doesn’t conjure the color blue but an ashy grey. No, such a place isn’t in another planet or the set of a dystopian sci-fi film. That place is present-day China, a country now living and breathing the harsh effects of dogged industrialization. In northern China, the heavy use of coal coupled with the ever-increasing population has led to an alarmingly extreme case of air pollution. It’s so extreme, in fact, that a person’s life expectancy in northern China is a full five years shorter than someone residing in southern China. As the size of the middle class continues to balloon, there is an insatiable need for cheap and easy energy. Quickly turning to oil and gasoline for fuel and coal for heat, the Chinese love affair with fossil fuels has plunged an astounding amount of people into an atmosphere ripe with danger.

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The Most Defiant Nuns You’ll Ever Meet

Lots of times, when we think about environmental activists, we envision sneakered twenty-somethings waving spiteful, corporate greed-decrying posters high into the skies. But once you meet these incensed, anti-fracking nuns and their vision, prepare for your conceptions to be debunked.

The Suffocating Smog Of Beijing In Photographs

While China’s 20-million and counting metropolis of Beijing is still in the midst of an economic and industrial boom, it’s certainly seen brighter days. This spring, a toxic cocktail consisting of car exhaust fumes, factory and coal-heating smoke engulfed much of the city in a thick smog, causing many residents much grief in going about their daily affairs. Says one mining company executive, “I think people in China have forgotten what the sky looks like. They’ve forgotten what normal is.”

It doesn’t look like “normal” will include the color blue for a while, either. As industrialization surges ahead and many newly-rich Chinese increase demand for their own automobiles, the only thing certain about Beijing’s future is that it will be hazy.

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