"Sustainable Design: Bringing the weather indoors"

Bringing the weather indoors

By Kevin Nute via

"BUILDINGS NEED TO ACTIVELY DEMONSTRATE WAYS OF LIVING IN HARMONY WITH NATURE." A building’s primary purpose may be to keep the weather out, but most do such an effective job of this that they also inadvertently deprive us of contact with two key requirements for our well-being and effectiveness: nature and change. In the 1950s Donald Hebb’s Arousal Theory established that people need a degree of changing sensory stimulation in order to remain fully attentive. And 30 years later, landmark research by health care designer Roger Ulrich showed that hospital patients in rooms with views of nature had lower stress levels and recovered more quickly than patients whose rooms looked out at a brick wall.

Several leading commentators on sustainable design, including Judith Heerwegan and the late Stephen Kellert, have suggested that in order to have any meaningful impact on the daunting environmental problems we now face, green buildings can no longer simply “do no harm.” Rather, they argue that buildings need to actively demonstrate ways of living in harmony with nature. Our work suggests that bringing the movements of sunlight, wind and rain indoors could make passive energy-saving features in buildings more obvious to the people who order and occupy them, and so greatly increase their usage. 

"Exponential Business Model"

"The Exponential Business Model"
Lisa Kay Solomon and Patrick van der Pijl via Singularity HUB

How to Make an Exponential Business Model to 10X Growth:  Leaders often encourage their teams to think big and be more disruptive—but to follow through, people need new tools. We believe that learning how to design exponential business models is a discipline all leaders and entrepreneurs can learn. So, how do you design exponential business models? What Is an Exponential Business Model?.

A business model defines how value gets created and delivered in a company. It is an organized way of laying out assumptions about key resources, partners and activities of your value chain. These include your value proposition, customer relationships, channels, customer segments, cost structures and revenue streams. An exponential business model looks at the same key areas as a traditional business model—but it has radically different goals. Most business models are linear, designed to increase profits or decrease costs by 10 percent. With an exponential business model, we think in terms of changes that are 10 times greater or lesser than today’s value—the common shorthand for this goal is simply “10X.” Read this great article via Singularity HUB... 


"ZZZZZZ" Amazing Artwork by @Zandism of Quetzalcoatl, the Aztec god of wind and learning. This God  forms part of Mesoamerican literature and is a deity whose name comes from the Nahuatl language and means "feathered serpent".

"Butterflies in my stomach" Anya Anti

 "Butterflies in my stomach"
La Surreal Anya Anti
By @msanhuezacelsi via Ecoworlreactor

"Butterflies in my stomach - es una sensación de ansiedad y nerviosismo dentro de uno mismo (dentro del estomago). Esta imagen es una metáfora de tratar con el estrés, la ansiedad y la liberación de mis errores internos. He tenido problemas con los pensamientos oscuros y la depresión durante los últimos dos años y esta imagen representa mi intento de reconsiderar mi vida y de renacer en una nueva persona " Anya Anti.

Anya Ant es una fotógrafa Ucranina que su sello distintivo es la creación de retratos femeninos surrealistas, sus  imágenes cuentan historias, revelan sentimientos que a través de figuras inspiradas en cuentos de hadas toman formas místicas, femeninas, frágiles y reflexivas. El Arte de Anya  refleja sus profundas emociones, la pasión por lo desconocido y el ansia de belleza; tratando de mostrar una hermosa imagen y técnicas de fotografía, pero al mismo tiempo poder transmitir una idea, el estado de ánimo, la atmósfera y las asociaciones.

"Antoine de Saint-Exupéry"

"ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY" The Mind behind of Little Prince
Remember Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, who died on this day in 1944. He is best remembered for his novella The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince), philosophical story that includes social criticism, remarking on the strangeness of the adult world.

"Make our planet great again"

'Make our planet great again'  Macron
The French president  criticised Donald Trump for pulling the US out of the Paris climate accord on 2 June 2017, also calling for scientists to come to France in order to work together on climate change. "On the climate there is no plan B because there is no planet B," he said. This is a "mistake, both for the US and for our planet". In addition to inviting to American Researchers, Entrepreneurs & Engineers to work together on concrete solutions for the Climate Change.

In a televised address, French president Emmanuel Macron rules out any renegotiation after Donald Trump pulled out of the Paris agreement, calling the move a mistake. Macron, speaking in French and English, urged scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and anyone disappointed by the decision to see France as a ‘second homeland’, adding: ‘I call on them come and work here with us.’ The French president said: ‘The Paris agreement remain irreversible and will be implemented not just by France but by all the other nations. We will succeed because we are fully committed, because wherever we live, whoever we are, we all share the same responsibility: make our planet great again.’ 



Great Artwork by @coloquix in this amazing piece. "Went and did a painting without being asked. Here she be"

"Schwarzenegger on Paris agreement"

Schwarzenegger on Paris agreement

Arnold Schwarzenegger about the  Trump decision to pull the US out of the Paris climate change agreement has a blunt message: "One man cannot destroy our progress, one man can't stop our clean energy revolution, one man can't go back in time. Only I can do that."

The battle between Arnold Schwarzenegger and U.S. President Donald Trump continues. Former California governor Schwarzenegger took the first jab this time around, voicing his concern about Trump’s departure from the Paris climate agreement in a blunt video message. 

"The Edge of a Second Sexual Revolution?"

Are We at the Edge of a 2°Sexual Revolution?
Do you remember your first formal lesson about the birds and the bees? Our biology or health teachers stood before a classroom full of giggling, squirming preteens and told us how babies are made. The best way to make a baby, they said, is to find someone you love, get married, and have sex.

The image we had of a stork delivering a blue or pink-swaddled bundle to parents’ outstretched arms was shattered, and we started to accept the realities of procreation. Eventually, we assumed we had it all figured out. Well, brace yourself, because according to serial entrepreneur Martin Varsavsky, all our existing beliefs about procreation are about to be shattered again. Varsavsky is CEO and founder of family planning startup Prelude Fertility, and in a presentation at Singularity University’s 2016 Global Summit last week, he explained why his company wants to help start the second sexual revolution. SEE THIS FULL ARTICLE  VIA SINGULARITY HUB. 

"Yoga, Happiness and Science"

How yoga makes us happy according to Science
 By Agnieszka Golec de Zavala  & Dorottya Lantos 

Can we really unlock our personal power by adopting “powerful” body postures? Unfortunately, the findings that link these so-called “power poses” beloved of certain politicians with a real sense of power and control are difficult to replicate. We may not yet understand the mechanism through which body postures influence our psychological states, but our recent study suggests that we may draw insights from the rapidly expanding research on the psychological benefits of yoga.

Yoga is the practice of non-competitive, physical exercise involving held poses (in Sanskrit, asana) combined with regulated breathing (pranayama) and meditation techniques. The past few decades have seen a great increase in the practice of yoga in the West. Over 31m adults in the US have practised yoga at some point in their lives. Multiple studies point to the positive effects of yoga on mental and physical health, as well as on personal development. 


Great mural by @jamesklinge_art in #Glasgow. #Photography with @redbulluk athlete and legend @danny_macaskill seen here doing his thing up on this amazing mural.

"Appetite for Destruction"

"Appetite for Destruction" 
"Guns N' Roses 'Appetite for Destruction': Filthy, Sexy, Cool" by Brian Hiatt. How GN'R mixed drugs, punk and classic rock to make their brilliantly trashy debut... Go inside the making of their legendary debut.

"It was just hard-core good times," says Slash. "Going out there and doing whatever we wanted." But unlike their poufy-haired peers on the Sunset Strip scene, G n' R managed to transmute their wild times into lasting music: ferocious, sexy hard rock that found common ground between Aerosmith and the Sex Pistols, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the New York Dolls. SEE THIS FULL ARTICLE  VIA ROLLING STONE. 

"RIP Chester Bennington"

Rest in Peace "Chester Bennington"
The Linkin Park voice
Sometimes the demons are too hard to fight.
Linkin Park's music has long explored themes of alienation, inner demons and personal suffering, making the suicide of the band's lead singer Chester Bennington an especially tragic and heavy loss. Watch the Essential Songs of Linkin Park.

"Science in service to the public good"

"Science in service to the public good"

"We give scientists and engineers great technical training, but we're not as good at teaching ethical decision-making or building character. Take, for example, the environmental crisis that recently unfolded in Flint, Michigan — and the professionals there who did nothing to fix it.

Siddhartha Roy helped prove that Flint's water was contaminated, and he tells a story of science in service to the public good, calling on the next generation of scientists and engineers to dedicate their work to protecting people and the planet. WATCH NOW THIS GREAT TED TALK . 

"Game of Thrones" Dragonstone

 "GAMES OF THRONES"  Winter is here
This Amazing Serie is  already the most successful drama in history; and now is coming the  season 7  in "Dragonstone" via HBO. After the dramatic events in season 6, fans are eagerly waiting to find out.

"Radiohead Rhapsody in Gloom"

OK COMPUTER 20 Years Later

  Released in the spring of 1997 – a time when music was fragmenting into a thicket of subgenres and the relevance of guitar rock seemed to be fading – OK Computer was the last masterpiece of the alt-rock movement, and a reminder that there's still room for rock bands to carry on the late-Beatles mission of using the studio to create grand artistic statements with heretofore unheard sounds. "It was the album where they threw everything out the window," says Yorke's friend Michael Stipe. "They re-imagined and decontextualized what it was to be a band. It was a yearning, emotive, grounded urge to create something real."

Thom Yorke has four words of blunt advice for his younger, twitchier self, that paranoid twentysomething humanoid who made his band's turn-of-the-millennium masterpieces. "Lighten the fuck up," Yorke says, laughing hard. Radiohead's frontman, who turned 48 in October, is long past his days of hiding in tour buses and venting pain and fear into spiral notebooks. Now, he dances onstage and DJ's in clubs. READ NOW THIS GREAT ARTICLE ABOUT "OK COMPUTER" ON 20TH ANNIVERSARY VIA ROLLING STONE.