Curiosity rover evidence shows Mars has a daily water cycle like Earth

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The history of water on Mars is becoming increasingly clear as scientists explore the Red Planet’s past, and now data from the Curiosity rover has provided another key piece of information that shows evidence the planet has a daily water cycle, somewhat similar to the cycle on Earth. In the first major development since water was first discovered on the red planet, a scientific team used data from the rover about Martian weather and soil conditions to deduce that perchlorate salts found in the planet’s soil can pull water out of its scant atmosphere and have the potential to fuel a daily water cycle. The evidence is fairly indirect, but it is consistent with other data from a Russian apparatus that measures water molecules in soil. What does this all mean? The more similar the behavior of water on Mars is to water on Earth further bolsters the case that microbial life could be present on the planet.

Via ars technica

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How to build a compact and multifunctional Cheryl Cabin with just $3K of materials

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Do you dream of building your own tiny house but don’t have the foggiest idea of where to start? Architect Joshua Woodsman can help. As Founder of Pin Up Houses, a company that creates easy-to-build house plans, Woodsman designed and constructed the Cheryl Cabin, a compact and multifunctional holiday home. The stylish DIY cabin can be built in three weeks with under $3,000 worth of material.

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After three-week delay, Solar Impulse sets off on sixth leg of round-the-world journey

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Solar Impulse 2 landed in Chongcqing, China, on March 31, where the team planned to stay for just a few days before embarking on the next leg of their epic solar-powered round-the-world flight. Unfortunately, poor weather conditions kept the plane grounded for almost three weeks. Solar Impulse finally launched early this morning, April 21, and is now headed for their final stop in China at Nanjing, where the solo-manned plane is expected to land after the 17-hour flight. The stop in Nanjing will be the last on the Asian continent before the record-breaking aircraft takes off for to cross the Pacific Ocean on its way to Hawaii. Of the delays that kept the plane grounded in China these past few weeks, pilot Bertrand Piccard said, “You can believe that your will can influence the weather, but then you’ll be really disappointed because it doesn’t work. Or you just know that it’s an adventure you do with the forces of nature.”

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Five years later: Deepwater Horizon disaster leaves oil and dispersants lingering in the Gulf

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As we mark the fifth anniversary of the explosion that rocked the Deepwater Horizon rig, claiming 11 lives and sparking a 87 day-long, 200-million-gallon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, studies continue to reveal the devastating impact of the oil—and dispersants used in clean up—on marine life. Recent reports show that the dispersants were more damaging to corals than the oil itself, and continue to diminish shellfish and sea turtle populations, while large questions loom over the ongoing unexplained deaths of dolphins along the Gulf Coast. And, as the NRDC points out, it will take years, if not decades longer to fully understand the effects of the disaster.

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Prefab C/Z House is clad in blackened timber on the island of Pico

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Philips announces the most affordable LED light bulb ever, yours for under $5

philips, led lighting, led bulbs,  led lightbulb, new philips led, most affordable led, low cost led, low cost home lighting, green home lighting, green interior lightingPhilips wants to put LED bulbs in every home by making them so affordable that nobody will be able to resist. The global lighting leader, in partnership with Home Depot, launched the most affordable LED ever just in time for Earth Day. With a retail price of just $4.97, Philips’ new 60-watt equivalent LED sets a new standard in green lighting. To celebrate, Philips is sweetening the pot with a limited-time two-for-one deal, which lowers the price per bulb to under $2.50! This momentous achievement marks major change for both the green lighting industry and for regular folks who are finally able to embrace sustainable lighting without careful budgeting.

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Super-skinny home's private library boasts its own sunken bathtub

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Dizzconcept's full-sized gourmet PIA kitchen fits in a cabinet and takes up just 16 square feet

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Dossofiorito's suspended Epiphytes vases allow plants to grow how they would in nature

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Two-faced Austrian house hides a surprising subterranean wine cellar

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Playful Melbourne family home by Make Architecture has a community hub feel

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Bad news for Milan Expo 2015 as reports show pavilion construction incomplete

by , 04/20/15
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The upcoming Milan Expo has been hit by yet another scandal, this time from reports that some of the Expo buildings will not be completed in time for the May 1 opening. The bad news follows a string of controversies including allegations of corruption and Expo masterplanner Jacques Herzog’s criticism of the event as a “vanity fair.” Although the Expo is slated to open on schedule, Italy Chronicles and Dezeen report that the buildings still under construction will not undergo standard safety inspections and a nearly €3 million separate contract has been awarded to hide ongoing construction with temporary screens—a hefty sum that adds to the €1.3 billion the Italian government has already invested into the Expo.

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Japanese designer Kappes uses ethereal dancing steel wires to create mesmerizing Continuum lights

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The Continuum is a luminous artwork that plays with the concepts of light and form. This beautifully-shaped object, made by Japanese design collective Kappes, creates an ethereal light animated by the movement of small wires placed at its core. The design was featured recently at the Salone Satellite at Milan Design Week, an exhibition where emerging young designers gather to collaborate and share their innovative ideas..

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William Shatner proposes $30 billion Kickstarter-funded pipeline to solve California's water woes

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William Shatner has been many things over the course of his career—actor, author, activist, horse-breeder, and car insurance spokesperson, to name just a few—but his latest area of concern is somewhat of a head-scratcher. In an interview with Yahoo Tech’s David Pogue, Shatner gave him quite the scoop, announcing that: “I’m starting a Kickstarter campaign. I want $30 billion… to build a pipeline… Say, from Seattle. A place where there’s a lot of water. There’s too much water,” down to California to address the drought. And judging by the video, Shatner looks entirely serious.

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Mexican university annex is a breezy open-air workshop for sustainability students

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Could bacteria-grown materials be the future of building?

Could bacteria-grown materials be the future of building?

The Cones are produced through a hands-on process of growing a specific kind of bacteria over the course of three weeks. Within this period each cellulose cone ripens in a suspended…

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NASA satellite captures rainbow-hued Saharan dunes at sunset

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  If you didn’t know better, you might think the above is an image of water rippling over a colorful lake bottom, or an abstract painting of sorts. But the reality is that…

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Snøhetta and SANAA win Budapest National Gallery/Ludwig Museum competition

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Norwegian firm Snøhetta and Japanese studio SANAA won the competition to design the New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum in Budapest-part of one of the largest museum developments in…

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Meet Hydaway: the water bottle that folds down to fit in your pocket

Meet Hydaway: the water bottle that folds down to fit in your pocket

    I’ve been reading through your blog, and I really enjoy it. I thought you might be interested in the eco-conscious Hydaway™, a reusable water bottle that folds…

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Electricity-free Groundfridge lets you store perishables without traditional refrigeration

Electricity-free Groundfridge lets you store perishables without…

  Saving energy from our every day life is possible even to store our food! Imagine taking advantage of the fresh earth temperature to store and keep your vegetables. Weltevree,…

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