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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 10:07
A lot of careful planning has to go into every architectural design, from choosing the right materials for the job to deciding how to orient a building. As this infographic below shows, the wrong decisions can have devastating results: roofs can collapse, entire floors can cave in, or a shiny facade placed on the wrong side of a building can refract the sun and deep-fry visitors. Read on to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 09:57
The weekly number of new Ebola cases registered across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone rose in the last week of January, marking the first hike in 2015, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. "Weekly case incidence increased in all three countries for the first time this year," the UN health agency said. During the seven days leading up to February 1, 124 new cases were confirmed across... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 09:50
Taiwan rescuers scoured a river for 12 people still missing from a TransAsia plane crash Thursday, as the pilot, who died in the crash, was hailed a hero for apparently battling to avoid hitting built-up areas. Hundreds of rescuers in boats, as well as divers and soldiers mounted the search in the chilly waters, as the death toll rose to 31 with more bodies located including those of the pilot... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 09:28
Bikes, cars and vans all have bells or horns to warn people of their presence. But until now, humans only had the sound of their own voice, which, to be honest, is often less than efficient in moving people out of your way. But now, finally, someone has invented a way to warn passerby of your presence in the shrillest way possible.  The Runbell (tagline: "run rings around people") was invented... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 09:19
In the southern Israeli city of Sderot, an acute shortage of affordable housing has been solved thanks to shipping containers. Christine Walsh reports for Jetson Green, a website about eco-friendly building design, that students — many with no prior construction experience — converted containers into multistory housing. The village was assembled by 1,000 students and other volunteers with... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 22:30
Rescuers used a crane to hoist the fuselage of a wrecked TransAsia Airways plane from a shallow river in Taiwan's capital late today as they searched into the night for 17 people missing in a crash that killed at least 26 others. Flight 235 with 58 people aboard, most of them travellers from China, banked sharply on its side shortly after takeoff from Taipei, clipped a highway bridge and then... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 21:13
Dubai is to become the first city in the world to formally adopt biodiesel made 100% locally from 100% waste cooking oil for use in its municipal vehicles. This follows the signing of a deal between the Municipality and Neutral Fuels LLC to replace diesel in its vehicles with clean biodiesel. This biodiesel does not require any engine modifications on diesel vehicles. Karl W Feilder, CEO &... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 15:25
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 4, 2015 – Smart Skyscrapers Summit is proud to announce KONE as their Gold Sponsor for the 2nd annual edition of the event, to be held at Sofitel The Palm Resort and Spa, Dubai, UAE, on May 11-12, 2015. This two-day summit offers insights into the unique technology, design and solutions that bring smart skyscrapers to life across the world. KONE’s... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 10:27
There is widespread agreement, and untold publications, that argue urbanization is the defining issue of our time. There are more cities, both large and small, and more people living in those cities than anytime in human history. Many of these new cities have sprung up in Asia. This past October, the U.S. Agency for International Development partnered with the UN Development Program, UN-Habitat... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 07:35
  LONDON—The U.K. looks set to become the first country to allow in-vitro fertilization using DNA from three people after British lawmakers on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly in favor of the technique. Scientists say three-parent IVFs can be used to prevent a range of incurable maladies known as mitochondrial disease. Critics, however, have warned this could cross an ethical boundary because a baby... Read more