A team of organizations has completed construction of a ground-breaking eco-building in Morocco that combines hemp construction with a high-tech solar energy system for total independence from the electrical grid.
The SUNIMPLANT project, designed as a single-family dwelling, was created as an entrant in the recent “Solar Decathlon” organized by the United States Department of Energy and Morocco’s Centre de recherche en Energie solaire et Energies nouvelles. The biannual international competition challenges teams of students to design and construct solar-powered buildings. The most recent edition was hosted in Ben Guerir, Morocco, the first time the competition has been held on the African continent.
Advanced ‘space ship’
“This ‘space-ship’ is advanced in time and reflects a turn not only in North Africa but in hemp construction, which doesn’t have comparable prototypes anywhere in the world,” said Monika Brümmer, a German architect and natural builder who led the project.
While the building was designed as a stimulus for rural development, the technology also has application in urban settings, Brümmer noted.
Owner at Spain-based Cannabric, Brümmer is also a co-founder of Adrar Nouh (2017), an NGO which promotes the use of indigenous hemp stalk for rural development and sustainable employment in Morocco’s impoverished High Rif. Adrar Nouh was started in 2017 by Brümmer and Abdellatif Adebibe, a Moroccan expert in alternative development in the Rif region.
The challenge was to create a hemp composite using vegetable-based bio-resins, avoiding technical or synthetic components, Brümmer said. The cylindrical envelope of the circular building, with minimal exposure of the 24 exterior panels, gives interior comfort through optimal damping and thermal phase shift, and osmosis of the components in the hempcrete formulation, Brümmer said.
Nature meets high-tech
Built for around $120,000, the building’s price tag was less than half the cost of the most expensive buildings in the competition. Additional features of the 90 sq. m. SUNIMPLANT building include:
• A double skin façade that employs a mixture of hemp, earth, pozzolan and lime, all sourced locally; and bio-composites incorporating hemp technical fibers that were produced via vacuum injection technology.
• A spherical, aerodynamic outer skin comprising 24 semi-flexible photovoltaic panels. Sponsored by DAS-Energy, the panels are exposed to all faces for their use of sun and light, with maximum 40% losses.
• Curved bio-composite panels made with hemp wool, which increase the performance of the photovoltaic panels by protecting their back side against the weather extremes of the semi-arid region of Ben Guerir, where temperatures reached 42°–46°C (107°– 114°F) in the shade during the construction phase last August and September.
• High-performance glass from French glassmaker Saint Gobain.
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Hey guys, today we are going to look at an experiment called ‘Pyramid Power’. Do Pyramids have some kind of mysterious powers? All around the world, ancient builders created pyramid-shaped structures in places like Egypt, India, and Mexico, etc. Do they have some unknown effect on our bodies? Some people claim that the Pyramidal structure itself is very special and has some strange powers. In this experiment, I am going to test, if Pyramid Structures have strange effects or not. So, I have created a Pyramid made of Granite. The base is made of one granite slab and I can lift this whole thing up and you can see that it is hollow inside, just like Egyptian Pyramids. What is the idea? I am going to cut some fruits and vegetables and put some pieces inside the Pyramid, and I will leave some pieces outside the Pyramid. And I want to find out if there is any difference in how they decompose over a period of time. Just think of the apple as a Human Body, and we can see what happens. I want to make this experiment as scientific as possible, so, I have also created a granite house. It has windows and a door, but they are all going to be shut closed. It has a granite slab as a base and the top can be removed and closed. Now, what is the need for this granite cube? This is important to determine if the shape of the pyramid has anything to do with the preservation or growth of cells & not the material. Look at the Pyramid & the House. These 2 objects are made of the exact same material and have almost identical volume of air inside. The only difference is the shape. So if there is a difference in deterioration, we can conclude it is because of the SHAPE of the objects, since the materials, the volume inside and control materials are the same. Now, here I have an apple, a banana, a potato and an egg plant, also known as brinjal. I am going to cut all of them into 4 pieces and I am going to leave one piece outside, in open air, one piece inside the stone house, and one piece inside the Pyramid. Don’t ask me what happens to the 4th piece, there is a surprise reveal, if you watch till the end of the video. While these fruits and vegetables will tell us about how degradation happens in these three settings, it does not show about growth of the body. So, I wanted to study this, and decided to take a few small cups, fill them with soil and put fenugreek seeds inside them. I will put one inside the stone house and one inside the Pyramid, but I will not leave one outside, because if I leave one outside, it will get light, while the other 2 structures are totally dark. So this is how the entire set up looks today. And this is Day 1. So I am going to come and see how everything looks after 24 hours. Day 2 – Day 7 – Various stages of decomposition shows if Pyramids have special powers or not!
Agrihood–it sounds like a trendy buzzword from the coffee bars of New York or San Francisco. In fact, that is where it’s from. The term ‘agrihood’ was copyrighted by Rancho Mission Viejo, a Southern California real estate brand. While their agrihood, and others like it are for the super-rich, there’s a new game in town. In 2016, the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative introduced the first urban ‘agrihood’–in a Detroit neighborhood where average home prices are less than $25,000. (1
MUFI’s agrihood includes a “two-acre urban garden, a 200-tree fruit orchard, a children’s sensory garden, and more,” according to their press release. The urban garden alone boasts more than three hundred varieties of vegetables. Their food is organic, and they use marigolds to keep bugs away. It’s surrounded by a variety of homes, some vacant, some not. One of these vacant buildings, three stories and 3,200 feet, will be adapted into a community resource center with two commercial kitchens. In addition, they plan to open a healthy food café. But that’s not the only project they have underway. They’re restoring vacant homes into student housing, turning homes into shipping containers, and renovating a basement into a water cistern. Their goal is, again, according to their press release, “redevelopment and growth…through alternative and cost-efficient models,” and this neighborhood is where MUFI is focusing. (1, 2)
With ‘agrihoods’ originating in high-end luxury developments, what is the company behind this Detroit neighbourhood like? MUFI is an entirely volunteer-run nonprofit organization. Over the four years they’ve been working on this urban agrihood, 8,000 volunteers have poured over 80,000 hours of work. According to their sources, this is the equivalent of four million dollars worth of labor. They bring free food to 20,000 households, local churches, and food banks. The amount? Fifty thousand pounds of food was donated between 2012-2016. Tyson Gersh, the co-founder of MUFI, says that they’ve ”grown from an urban garden that provides fresh produce for our residents to a diverse, agricultural campus that has helped sustain the neighborhood, attracted new residents and area investment.” (1,2)
Most importantly, for the urban agrihood, the goal is to work with the existing residents to build. That’s why they have additional projects in the area. Quan Blunt, MUFI’s farm manager, stresses the amount of cooperation with the community. “Community members can use our tools, our lawnmower. Whenever we get large numbers of volunteers [for the farm], we go first to the block club president to see what she needs done,” he says. “The goal here is to strengthen the community.” Additionally, Blunt has a multitude of ties to the area. He grew up in Detroit, and his grandmother was raised in the neighborhood where the urban agrihood now resides. Blunt graduated from Michigan State University in the fields of Food Science and Environmental studies. His motivation is to give back to his home and the people in it. “People deserve fresh food,” Blunt says. “I believe good nutrition can help people reach their potential.” (1)
It’s local agri-efforts like these that may inspire other communities to source food locally.
In 1968, Charles Bello and his wife, Vanna Rae, moved onto 240 acres of redwood forest looking to live a simpler life off the land. They had spent their savings to purchase the land so they got to work building their home themselves. Their first structure was a panelized A-frame that they erected in 5 days (with help from a couple family members). Total cost was $2,800. The property is a half-hour drive down a dirt road and it was bare land when they arrived so Charles and Vanna Rae built their own infrastructure: roads, bridges and went decades without refrigeration nor phone (they eventually installed PV panels and cabling for phone lines). After 15 years in the A-frame, they built a cabin in the woods and there they lived for a decade until the trees began to block out their views. In 1991 Charles (who once apprenticed under famed architect Richard Neutra) designed the Parabolic Glass House. With a curvilinear wood roof and two curved walls of windows, the home feels enveloped in trees. Charles and Vanna Rae built it for $8,500 with timber they milled themselves, using salvaged materials for everything from doorknobs to stoves. The couple relied on photovoltaics, solar thermal and gas for power and a dug-in greenhouse attached to the home provided much of their food. By canning and preserving, they could go for months without going to a grocery store. Their two boys were homeschooled. The couple supported themselves selling Christmas trees. Nearly all the old growth trees on the property were logged in the early 20th century, but Charles has spent the past half century restoring the land. He and his wife set up the Redwood Forest Institute in 1997 to manage and preserve the forest. He has carefully selected 1,000 trees to be preserved for 2 millenia as the next generation of old growth. Now, 87 years old and a widower, Charles is determined to find successors; he hopes to find three couples who want to settle on the property (currently worth about 4-6 million dollars) in exchange for continuing as stewards of the land. He is currently building glamping guest houses that he hopes will help fund the enterprise. His website now advertises “seeking caretaker ASAP”, someone “wanting to get away from it all and live a more simple down to earth lifestyle”. http://savetrees.org/seeking_caretake…
The carnivorous Geosesarma hagen enjoys its meals from insects living on the ground in the dense bottom vegetation. The adults are about 13 millimeters wide. They have bright orange claws and vivid colors that can extend through out their backs too. Although some of their backs will remain brown. They were named after the Rolf C. Hagen Group of Companies, which is a major pet supplies company in Germany that supported the research of these crabs.
In Indonesia, the selling and trade of these specific crabs has been going on for over a decade. But researchers have never actually named this new crab species before. One researcher states “They start collecting in areas where scientists may not have made any expeditions so far, and suddenly the market is formed with some animals that no one has ever given a name.” Are you a crab fan? Would you want one of these unique crabs as a pet?
Source – BuzzNick
I have done work with many healers and ALL give thanks and praise to Dr Llaila Afrika. His work will be carried on with each and every student his wisdom has touched. Take the time and watch some of his work and pick up his books to learn more about health and wellness holistically.
African Holistic Health by Afrika, Llaila O.
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Hey guys, today we are going to investigate an ancient lingam which is 30 feet tall, yes Three Zero (30) feet tall and is made of transparent crystal. And this lingam is not new, it was created more than a thousand years ago, by Ancient Hindus and placed inside a temple, in the middle of a jungle in Cambodia. And this is the Hindu temple which has that crystal lingam. At first glance, I am surprised because it does not look like a Hindu temple at all, it is eerily similar to the Mayan Pyramids, but archeologists confirm that this is a Hindu temple which was dedicated to Lord Shiva. Archeologists have also found inscriptions which talk about a Massive Lingam placed here. Normally, I would admire the structure and analyze the size and shape of the Pyramid, but I am cannot wait to see the Crystal Lingam. I realize that the original stairs are completely ruined now and have become unusable, but I think there should be more set of stairs on the other side’s as well. But when I began walking around the Pyramid, I realize I am wrong, the original stairs were built only on one side of the Pyramid, and there are no stairs on the other sides, they are all made of solid stone walls. At the back of the Pyramid, I see a strange ritual being performed. There is a small temple here, Perhaps the lingam is at this place, but when I reach there, I am surprised to see Cambodians worshipping the statue of an Elephant. I ask them where I can see the giant lingam, Cambodians do not speak much English, but they point to the top of the Pyramid. I find modern wooden stairs which go up the Pyramid, so I begin climbing it. A 30 feet tall lingam made of crystal, installed at the top of an ancient Pyramid ? This would be a spectacular sight to see. The stones of the Pyramid are calling me, they were cut and installed here more than a thousand years ago, but my goal is to lay my eyes on the Giant Crystal lingam. I finally reach the top, and I am deeply disappointed, because the crystal lingam is not visible, but I see a destroyed temple structure with giant broken carvings. There is just an empty chamber with wooden barriers protecting it. However, something tells me to climb up on these broken stone blocks. This is risky, but I feel like I may find something in this area. And then I find something truly extraordinary. A hole, circular hole, situated exactly in the middle of the Pyramid. Look at the giant walls built all around it, and the remnants of a square base, there was definitely a giant cylindrical lingam placed in this hole. This is not a theory, Archeologists and Historians confirm that a massive lingam was once installed here, and no one knows how it mysteriously vanished. The Cambodian Government has strictly prohibited anyone from getting any closer, But I need to take a closer look at the hole itself, so I take my zoom lens and climb up to find a vantage point. From some angles, it looks like a shallow hole with only a few feet depth. I try to see it from a different angle, and I could see that the hole was deeper. But when I tried to look at the hole almost from straight up, Look at these pictures I shot, this is not just a hole, this is a deep hole, clearly laid with neatly cut stones which, I mean we cannot even see the end of the hole. How deep is this hole? Is it possible that this hole goes all the way to the bottom of the Pyramid? Egyptian pyramids like the Great Pyramid of Giza have elaborate secret chambers inside the Pyramid. Does this Pyramid also have chambers inside? In ancient Hindu temples, people still worship Crystal Lingams, these are called Spatika Lingams. I have seen some big Crystal Lingams, but certainly a 30 feet tall transparent lingam would have been one of a kind, making it the largest crystal lingam in the world. Look at the positioning of the original ancient stairs: 1000 years ago, worshippers would have climbed this pyramid using these stairs and reached the top to see this giant lingam. They would have only seen 15 feet of this lingam, because the rest of it, another 15 feet would go under the floor level. Archeologists do confirm that there was once a 15 feet tall lingam here, because there are inscriptions found in this area which confirm this and remember, I have already shown you that Lingams are not just the visible part we see above the floor level, it is at least twice the size because half of the cylinder is buried underneath. And look at this hole, there should be absolutely no doubt that it goes at least 15 feet deep.
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– 4 Teenagers from South Sudan have invented a robot to clean the world’s oceans of all its 8.3b plastic pollution – The team displayed their invention at the recently held First Global Challenge in Dubai – Reports indicate that over 300m tons of plastic waste is generated yearly in the world and a good amount ends up in the oceans Our Manifesto: This is what YEN.com.gh believes in 4 South Sudanese teenagers have built a robot to rid the world’s oceans of over 8.3bn tons of plastic pollution. According to Face2FaceAfrica.com, the team displayed their invention that can clean water bodies of plastics and other pollutants at the recently held First Global Challenge in Dubai.
The Global Challenge to recover “trash from the seas” using robots is an annual international robotics and artificial intelligence competition held for the first time in Dubai. READ ALSO: Married lady narrates how she cheated on her husband with another married woman Reports indicate that 300 million tons of plastic waste are generated every year. This figure is estimated to be nearly equivalent to the weight of the entire population. Research indicates that more than 8.3 billion tons have ended up in the ocean and if care is not taken there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. The disturbing levels of the pollutant that come from human activities every year, kill marine life thereby affecting global populations.
According to team mentor Richard Ring, the robot can be used to clean the Nile of plastic pollution and the Nile is one of the 10 rivers contributing 90% of Ocean plastic waste. By extension, the robot can clean other rivers and oceans if the use is duplicated. How exactly the robot works to perform the job is not disclosed. It is thought that how it operates is considered a trade secret. Speaking about the groundbreaking invention, James Madut, one of the team members said: “As a youth, our main point is to unite and make a change and work with the community to clean the oceans. We can do it together”.
A young SHS boy from Koforidua by name Kelvin Amaniampong has come up with an innovation that can save Free SHS policy ¢4m yearly Kelvin, from a humble background, who is in the double-track system realized how much time he has had to spend being unproductive and decided to provide a solution.
He came up with an app called Scrollbooks with the help of his uncle to provide free textbooks and past questions to millions of Ghanaian students nationwide.