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March 31, 2009
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The World’s Most Stunning City Skylines
from MSNBC
What makes a skyline great? It has to be more than merely memorable, it must have some exceptional characteristics: It not only should be instantly recognizable but, from the traveler’s perspective particularly, it should be an enticing view of great buildings and monuments. If it’s really special, you want to be a part of it. MSNBC asked a group of star architects to help them make their choices. More


Crab Shells Hold the Secret to Self-Healing Paint
from GreenerDesign
A breakthrough in self-healing materials, with the help of crab shells, may lead the way to cars, cell phones and other items that can fix their own scratches with a little time in the sun. A team of researchers at the University of Southern Mississippi led by Professor Marek Urban created a coating material that repairs tiny scratches after being exposed to ultraviolet light, the team reported in the journal Science. More

A Flying Building?
from Inhabitat
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… a building? The latest from Geotectura is a concept for Delft University’s Architecture Faculty- a flying structure called AIRchitecture that’s already making heads spin. The campus building concepts combines a static learning center for libraries, offices, lecture halls, and an auditorium, with flying workspaces and off-site “zeppelins” to allow for more dynamic collaboration and exchange. This concept might sound crazy, but it is certainly a great example of a minimal footprint. More

Future Looks Brighter for Solar Hot Water Heating Systems at Hotels
from GreenerBuildings
Historically, owners of lodging establishments throughout the United States and Canada have ignored the sun as a source of potential energy to heat water. Whether because of concerns about cost or misperceptions about how solar thermal technology works, solar hot water heating systems have been rare. More

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Making Wood a Clean, Efficient Energy Source with New Process
from Science Daily
Is wood the new coal? Researchers at North Carolina State University think so, and they are part of a team working to turn woodchips into a substitute for coal by using a process called torrefaction that is greener, cleaner and more efficient than traditional coal burning. More

Call for Speakers - Facilities America 2009, Oct. 29-Nov. 1, Greenville, SC
from AFE
AFE is now soliciting abstracts for presentations from knowledgeable professionals in industry, government, military, public education and academia for a comprehensive conference program on the latest facilities management topics at Facilities America 2009. Submissions should be in the form of individual presentations or panel discussions. Sessions are 1 ˝ hours in length. More

Two Skinny Skyscrapers Make their Mark on Manhattan
from The New York Times
Two pencil-thin towers are making their mark on Manhattan. Construction will end in May at the very skinny 60-story site, which packs 65 apartments into a building that measures 50 feet across the front. Farther up Madison Avenue is another tall drink of water, the 55-story Sky House, which also measures 50 feet across the entrance (and 37.5 feet in the rear). More

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Nuclear Power Inches Back into Energy Spotlight
The nation's nuclear power industry — stuck in a decades-long deep freeze — is thawing. Utilities are poised to build a new generation of nuclear plants 30 years after the Three Mile Island accident halted new reactor applications. The momentum is being driven by growing public acceptance of relatively clean nuclear energy to combat global warming. More

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