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20-ft tiny house sleeps two, three with a squeeze

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The latest model from French tiny house firm Baluchon measures just 6 m (19.6 ft) long. Despite its compact dimensions (Minimaliste’s Magnolia V6 is almost twice the size, for example), the home can serve as a full-time residence for up to two people and shoehorns in a spare sleeping space for a guest too. The interior layout is simple and quite basic, though one notable feature is a skylight in the loft bedroom positioned so the owner can fall asleep while stargazing.

Named Tiny House Nottingham in honor of its Anglophile owner, the towable dwelling is based on a standard double-axle trailer. It’s finished in cedar, with quite a lot of glazing that helps naturally light the interior of the home. Insulation is a mixture of cotton, linen, and hemp, and it gets power from a standard RV-style hookup.

Visitors enter into the living room, which contains a window seat that doubles as a guest bed in a pinch and has some integrated shelving and a large drawer underneath for storage. There’s also a coffee table nearby and a small wood-burning stove that provides warmth, along with a small electric heater.

Notwithstanding the nation’s reputation for culinary excellence, most of the French tiny houses we’ve seen have a very basic kitchen by North American tiny house standards – perhaps they’re all eating out in those wonderful French restaurants – and this is indeed the case with the Tiny House Nottingham, too. It’s packing a simple two-burner propane stove (no oven), a sink, fridge, and a washer/dryer, plus some storage space. The kitchen also connects to a compact bathroom with a shower and toilet.

Tiny House Nottingham's interior is finished in a mixture of spruce and oak
Tiny House Nottingham’s interior is finished in a mixture of spruce and oak

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The single loft bedroom in the Tiny House Nottingham is reached by storage-integrated staircase, and sleeps two. This is a standard tiny house-style bedroom with limited headroom. There’s also a skylight which Baluchon says is positioned so that the owner can fall asleep watching the stars, which is a nice touch, though those serious about stargazing might be more satisfied with Optinid’s sliding roof models.

The tiny house has been delivered to its owner in Vendôme, central France. We’ve no word on the price, though previous Baluchon models have fetched around €60,000 (roughly US$72,000).

Source: Baluchon

Source: https://newatlas.com/tiny-houses/nottingham-baluchon/

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Hidden Egyptian handbook reveals secrets of mummification

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A recently discovered text written around 1450 BCE contains previously unknown details about Egyptian mummification process

A 3,500-year-old Egyptian medical text is shedding new light on the ancient practice of mummification. Recently discovered inside a much larger work, the papyrus document being studied by University of Copenhagen Egyptologist Sofie Schiødt is the oldest known mummification manual.

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Category: Science

Tags: University of Copenhagen, Mummies, Archaeology

Source: https://newatlas.com/science/egypt-mummification-manual-louvre-carlsberg-copenhagen/

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Lasers and plasma shockwaves used to measure ripeness of fruit

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Researchers in Japan have developed a contactless way to measure the ripeness of soft fruit like mangoes

Judging how ripe a piece of fruit is can be a frustrating process for everyone from farmers to shoppers. Now, researchers at Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT) in Japan have developed a new high-tech way to check, without touching or damaging soft fruit like mangoes. All it takes is a laser and some plasma shockwaves.

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Tags: Food, Fruit, Laser, Food technology

Source: https://newatlas.com/science/fruit-ripe-lasers-plasma-shockwaves/

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Broadcasting tech swaps stadium ads for regional advertising

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Examples of the system showing two different ads (A,B) along with the magenta screen (C) which neither stadium audiences nor TV viewers see

When viewing sports coverage from other countries, it’s common to see sideline advertising boards that are promoting products you’ve never even heard of. This new TV system is capable of digitally replacing the content of those boards, so they’re advertising region-specific products.

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Tags: Fraunhofer, Sports, Advertising, Broadcast, Television

Source: https://newatlas.com/good-thinking/fraunhofer-vibotec-sports-advertising/

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Scientists calculate life expectancy of Earth’s atmospheric oxygen

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An artist's interpretation of the atmosphere of Archean Earth, prior to 2.4 billion years ago. A new study suggests it may return to this oxygen-poor, methane-rich atmosphere in about 1 billion years' time

The Earth has an expiry date – in about five billion years, the Sun will expand and swallow up our home world. But it turns out life on Earth could have a much earlier end point. A new study has found that in about a billion years’ time, the atmosphere will lose most of its oxygen rapidly, which may have important implications in the search for life on other planets.

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Category: Environment, Science

Tags: Oxygen, Atmosphere, Earth, Geology, Exoplanet, Extraterrestrial

Source: https://newatlas.com/environment/earth-atmosphere-oxygen-life-expectancy/

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