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The Bio Intelligent Quotient (B.I.Q.) Building is the First Fully Algae-Powered Architecture

Operating successfully for over a year, the Bio Intelligent Quotient (B.I.Q.) building in Hamburg, Germany is the first to be fully powered by algae. The building is covered with 0.78-inch thick panels—200 square meters in total—filled with algae from the Elbe River and pumped full of carbon dioxide and nutrients. The panels, which display the bright green algae, are not only aesthetic, but performative. When sunlight hits the “bioreactor” panels, photosynthesis causes the microorganisms to multiply and give off heat. The warmth is then captured for heating water or storing in saline tanks underground, while algae biomass is harvested and dried. It can either be converted to biogas, or used in secondary pharmaceutical and food products. Residents have no heating bills and the building currently reduces overall energy needs by 50%. 

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So cool! Reminds us of this TEDx Talk by French biochemist Pierre Calleja who invented a streetlamp powered by algae — glowing, neon green algae. Watch the whole talk here»

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In just one night, Santa has to visit millions of homes to deliver presents. If he could travel at the speed of light, the task would be simple. But he can’t.

Source: Help solve Santa’s logistics troubles with a little maths (Phys.org)

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20 Amazing Chemical Reaction GIFs

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The molecular materials of our daily lives are so predictable that we often forget how some truly strange stuff can happen with basic elements. Even within our own bodies, chemical reactions occur that seem like magic. Here are 20 of the most mesmerizing and fascinating GIFs of the bizarre…

We forget the power of nature. The human ability to understand and bend the physical structure of objects through chemistry astounds me(-:

I have frequently seen people become neurotic when they content themselves with inadequate or wrong answers to the questions of life. They seek position, marriage, reputation, outward success of money, and remain unhappy and neurotic even when they have attained what they were seeking. Such people are usually confined within too narrow a spiritual horizon. Their life has not sufficient content, sufficient meaning. If they are enabled to develop into more spacious personalities, the neurosis generally disappears.
― C.G. Jung 
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