la cascada (by flora-file)
(via omgplants)Source: flora-file
This makes my butt-biting fetish seem reasonable.Source: boingboing
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%.
But it probably cost a buttload to build. Or as the Germans say “Der Arschload.”
(via hqcreations)Source: fastcoexist.com
Anthropomorphism which is the recognition of human-like characteristics or form in animals, plants or non-living things. This tree, which can be found in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, has roots which have taken a human-like form.
These structures are referred to as “knees” and a handful of different tree species will grow them. While it isn’t certain exactly what their function is, there have been many hypotheses including oxygen uptake and structural support. Here is a fun little paper looking at 200 years of research on the topic:
Oh, nbd, just actual hell.Source: unexplained-events