Saturday, February 27, 2010

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The Weekly Photo: Bordeaux, France

Posted: 27 Feb 2010 01:27 AM PST

A beautiful winery in Bordeaux, France

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Friday, February 26, 2010

Travel Photo: Stadhuis, Delft - Netherlands: Travel Blog

Travel Photo: Stadhuis, Delft - Netherlands: Travel Blog

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Travel Photo: Stadhuis, Delft - Netherlands

Posted: 26 Feb 2010 12:53 AM PST

Location: Delft - Netherlands
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Stadhuis, Delft - Netherlands

Stadhuis (Town Hall) in Delft, Netherlands.

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Photo Of the Week: On Time Masai Warrior (Kenya)

Posted: 25 Feb 2010 10:17 PM PST

The rich red clothing and colourful jewellery of the Masai tribesmen is wonderful in contrast to the dry grasslands. However the shiny metallic wrist-watch seems totally out of place. Other South-East African Posts Rocks and Rhinos (Zimbabwe) Lake of Stars (Malawi) Hunting the Imaginery Line (Equator) Sunrise over the Masai Mara (Kenya) Top Ten African Travel Wonders

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Thursday, February 25, 2010



31 Aquariums From Wow to WTF [Pics]

Posted: 25 Feb 2010 10:00 AM PST

[ By Angie in Animals & Habitats, Art & Design, Home & Garden. ]

People enjoy watching fish swim. It’s soothing in our otherwise crazy high-speed lifestyles. Fish habitats come in practically every shape and size you can imagine. Some are works of wonder while others are more like WTF were they thinking when they designed that aquarium. These are 31 of those very unique aquariums found around the world.

Want an Aquarium?

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Fish habitats have come a long way since simple rectangular aquariums or a round bowl. If you want some fish and need an aquarium, the sky is the limit nowadays. . . or perhaps your budget is deciding factor. If you want fish in the kitchen, but not to eat, then there are kitchen table bars for that. Sofas come with aquariums on both sides. There are aquariums to hang on the wall that resemble flat screen TVs. Fish in an iPod? It’s been done. There are even space-age hanging aquariums so your fish habitat will not take up any of your valuable floor space.


(image credits: Vanessa Mitrani )

If you have a fondness for glass art yet also want to keep fish as pets, there are dozens of options available for you. These decorative fish tanks by Vanessa Mitrani have organic bubbles that balloon this way and that to provide an environment in which betas can survive. Cleaning is done with a soft sponge and water.


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Want fish but not the mess of cleaning their habitat? Of course, you would not get to enjoy watching the fish swim either in this type of aquarium. The aquarium is made of ice and the fish are frozen inside it.

Strange or Cool?

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The Spillarium has a waterfall effect to circulate and purify water in the aquarium. It might also keep your fish swimming like crazy to avoid spilling out of the hole and into the ceramic fish’s mouth. If you enjoy watching fish swim, but dislike feeding them and cleaning their tank, you must check out the Aquapict LED Jellyfish Aquarium. It contains three electrified life-like jellyfish, made out of silicone, to seem as if they are swimming. On the lower left, “Swimming Around In Circles” aquarium is only a concept at this point, but was designed for your fishies to feel free. It “loops the fish around in an infinite tunnel of water and glass.” The lower right aquarium is for breeding fish. It plugs into your computer via USB to help you track and monitor optimum breeding conditions.

Fish Fans

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Nothing new here, but it does show variety in where you can keep your fish. Do you have high stress at work and need a way to relax? The aquarium desk takes keeping fish at work to another level. In fact, you can sooth your stress level while watching fish swim in any room of your house. There are all shapes and sizes of coffee table aquariums. Too dull for you? Then how about keeping your fish in the bathroom sink or in the back of the toilet?

Cruelly Cramped to Free Roam Pipeline

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Apartment living often leads to needing every precious square foot. It seems cruel to keep your fish in a tiny half bubble tank on the wall, but some people like it. Another cruel yet odd aquarium design can be found in a Beijing hotel lobby. The fish survive for only six days before a big flushing and new fish stock replaces the old. The polar opposite of cramped and cruel is the pipeline fish tank that zigs and zags all over a cafe. These fish are free roaming, swimming from one aquarium to another by way of pipelines which connect them.

How To Clean?

(image credits Opulent Items)

The Labyrinth Aquarium is without a doubt very cool. However, with a price tag of $6,500, it seems as if it should come with a person to clean this opulent aquarium. Just the same, it’s pretty neat to look at the fish swimming freely throughout this enitre fish tank.

The Aquarium Phone Booth

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Artists Benoit Deseille and Benedetto Bufalino created this telephone booth aquarium as part of the Lyon Light Festival in France. They stated, “With the advent of the mobile telephone, telephone booths lie unused. We rediscover this glass cage transformed into an aquarium, full of exotically coloured fish; an invitation to escape and travel.”

Aquarium Arch

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Aquariums are pretty much in every design imaginable. This aquarium archway would definitely attract attention in any home, office or business.


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This project aimed at showing the designer’s capabilities in realizing your ideas and fantasies that go beyond the usual and standard. This 3D bar aquarium is creative and cool, definitely a winner in commanding attention.

Bar with an aquarium dancefloor filled with sharks

(image credits QUA Bottle Lounge)

There are many bars around the world that are built around an aquarium, but not so many where the dance floor is a giant fish tank. In Austin, Texas, this cocktail lounge is called QUA Bottle Lounge. The dance floor is filled with sharks.


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The Radisson SAS hotel in Berlin Mitte, has a 25 meter tall elevator encased inside a giant aquarium. It is the largest acrylic glass cylinder aquarium in the world. It holds 900,000 liters of sea water and 56 different fish species. Every day, divers take care of feeding the fish and cleaning inside this massive and unique tank.

Georgia Aquarium

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The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is advertised as the “world’s largest aquarium.” It has 100,000 animals of 500 different species. The aquarium holds more than 8.1 million gallons of marine and fresh water. Pictured above is the The Ocean Voyager exhibit tunnel is a 100 foot underwater tunnel which includes the vast majority of the aquarium’s water and almost 100,000 fish. Other aquatic animals are displayed in five different galleries: Georgia Explorer, Tropical Diver, Ocean Voyager, Cold Water Quest, and River Scout.

Dubai Mall Aquarium

Inside the Dubai Mall Aquarium is one of the of the largest tanks in the world and featuring the world's largest viewing panel at 32.8m wide and 8.3m high. Over time, Dubai Aquarium will have more than 33,000 living animals, representing more than 85 species including over 400 sharks and rays combined.

Kuroshio Sea

The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is housed within the Ocean Expo Commemorative National Government Park in Okinawa, Japan. It is the world’s second largest aquarium behind the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.

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We Built This City on Garbage: The Rapid Re(f)use Solution

Posted: 24 Feb 2010 10:00 AM PST

[ By Delana in Art & Design, Nature & Ecosystems. ]

Until recently, Fresh Kills landfill received most of the waste generated in New York City: some 38,000 tons every single day. Now that the landfill is closed, the city is left with a 2200 acre pile of garbage. In 2001, its tallest point reached higher than the Statue of Liberty. The former landfill is in the process of being turned into a public park following the capping of the garbage with an impermeable cover that, it is hoped, will bury the waste forever. But Terreform has a vastly different idea: rebuild and expand the city from decades of its own waste.

The non-profit green design group has proposed a radical solution to the abundance of waste in New York City: use it to build an entirely new addition to the city. Their Rapid Re(f)use project involves specialized robots which would process the garbage into usable material, almost like the 3D printers in massive scale. Terreform suggests that with the refuse in Fresh Kills alone, seven full-size Manhattans could be built. They indicate that the city could be extended and improved with the materials that already exist right there in the landfill.

In their concept, Terreform acknowledges that different types of materials would be useful for different applications: organic materials could be used for temporary scaffolding, plastics for windows and skylights, and metals for the “bones” of buildings. The automated robot workers assigned to comb through the landfills and turn trash into materials would be able to distinguish which type of material they were handling and use it appropriately.

The group believes that the project could be carried out in as little time as just a few decades. According to the Rapid Re(f)use project page, the robot 3D printers on which the project depends are based on technology that already exists in the waste management industry. Whether or not this idea ever actually comes to fruition (and it looks extremely doubtful that it will), Terreform makes a valid point: one day, our garbage will overwhelm us. Maybe it’s time we look to the more radical solutions to remedy the problem before we all end up on the Axiom for a five-year tour.

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