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Heatherwick Studio plans pair of curvaceous Canadian towers

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Following its Little Island and The Cove parks in NYC, British firm Heatherwick Studio’s North American invasion continues with a pair of towers slated for Vancouver, Canada. Defined by an eye-catching tapering design that narrows just above their base before widening again as they rise, the “curvaceous” high-rise buildings would make significant use of wood and incorporate lots of greenery.

Named 1700 Alberni, the towers’ vaguely corn cob-like form is a little reminiscent of Zaha Hadid’s Gold Coast towers and would rise to a height of 105 m (344 ft) and 117 m (383 ft).

According to the City of Vancouver’s planning application, they would comprise 39,337 sq m (roughly 423,400 sq ft) of floorspace, spread over more than 400 residential units, many boasting private balconies, plus retail and restaurant space, a childcare facility, over 500 vehicle parking spaces, and 524 bicycle parking spaces.

Finer details are still a little light at this early stage, though the renders depict the use of wood, concrete, and glass, plus lots of greenery on the lower floors. There would also be a focus on maximizing daylight inside and the two adjacent towers would be joined by a glazed podium.

1700 Alberni would rise to heights of 105 m (344 ft) and 117 m (383 ft)
1700 Alberni would rise to heights of 105 m (344 ft) and 117 m (383 ft)

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“Heatherwick Studio has proposed designs for a new residential project in Vancouver, its first high-rise project in Canada,” says the firm. “Commissioned by Bosa Properties and Kingswood Properties in partnership, the concept aims to bring a new level of global design excellence to Vancouver, featuring two curvaceous, light-filled towers and a publicly accessible ground level plaza for community engagement.”

1700 Alberni is currently being considered for planning permission by Vancouver authorities and there’s no word yet on when the project is slated to be completed.

Source: Heatherwick Studio

Source: https://newatlas.com/architecture/heatherwick-studios-1700-alberni/

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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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Category: Science

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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