April 11, 2013

abluegirl:

Living Wall

These vegetated surfaces don’t just look pretty. They have other benefits as well, including cooling city blocks, reducing loud noises, and improving a building’s energy efficiency.What’s more, a recent modeling study shows that green walls can potentially reduce large amounts of air pollution in what’s called a “street canyon,” or the corridor between tall buildings.

For the study, Thomas Pugh, a biogeochemist at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, and his colleagues created a computer model of a green wall with generic vegetation in a Western European city. Then they recorded chemical reactions based on a variety of factors, such as wind speed and building placement.

The simulation revealed a clear pattern: A green wall in a street canyon trapped or absorbed large amounts of nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter—both pollutants harmful to people, said Pugh. Compared with reducing emissions from cars, little attention has been focused on how to trap or take up more of the pollutants, added Pugh, whose study was published last year in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

That’s why the green-wall study is “putting forward an alternative solution that might allow [governments] to improve air quality in these problem hot spots,” he said.Compared with reducing emissions from cars, little attention has been focused on how to trap or take up more of the pollutants, added Pugh, whose study was published last year in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

That’s why the green-wall study is “putting forward an alternative solution that might allow [governments] to improve air quality in these problem hot spots,” he said.

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April 11, 2013
"Every widow wakes one morning, perhaps after years of pure and unwavering grieving, to realize she slept a good night’s sleep, and will be able to eat breakfast, and doesn’t hear her husband’s ghost all the time, but only some of the time. Her grief is replaced with a useful sadness. Every parent who loses a child finds a way to laugh again. The timbre begins to fade. The edge dulls. The hurt lessens. Every love is carved from loss. Mine was. Yours is. Your great-great-great-grandchildren’s will be. But we learn to live in that love."

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated (via bookmania)

March 3, 2013
சத்தம்

காலையில் ஆரம்பித்தது, இன்னும் டிவி சத்தம் ஓயவில்லை.  பின்னணி சத்தம் என்ற நிலையையும் தாண்டிவிட்டது இது.

February 21, 2013
sovietpostcards:

“He couldn’t get up in the morning Because in the late hour He kept his eyes fixed On the glowing screen.”
Postcard by Ivan Semyonov, 1959

sovietpostcards:

“He couldn’t get up in the morning
Because in the late hour
He kept his eyes fixed
On the glowing screen.”

Postcard by Ivan Semyonov, 1959

February 7, 2013
The Believer Logger: McSweeney's #42: On Translation

believermag:

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Back in 2011, the British novelist Adam Thirlwell began conceiving an issue of McSweeney’s that can perhaps most easily be summed up as a game of broken telephone. A text would be translated by one novelist-turned-translator, then that text would be translated by a second person, then…

(Source: believermag)

February 6, 2013
"In the last ten years, close to six million adults (6.5 percent of Brazil’s population) have participated in national conferences on topics ranging from gender equality to domestic abuse to curbing rural violence in Brazil. Human rights are a major theme. Participation at the national conferences strongly resembles local political participation in terms of the incomes, levels of education, and genders of those who take part. Just over half of participants at national conferences are women with four years of education and an income between one and four times the minimum wage. Turnout at conferences also resembles that at the PT’s previous local experiment with direct democracy, its successful participatory budgeting project in Porto Alegre."

— Leo Avritzer on Brazil’s latest experiment with direct democracy. (via bostonreview)

February 6, 2013
matthewgallaway:

Today in mildly embarrassing life lessons, I learned that giving someone the “silent treatment” only works if they’re paying attention to you. 
—The Empire State Building

matthewgallaway:

Today in mildly embarrassing life lessons, I learned that giving someone the “silent treatment” only works if they’re paying attention to you. 

—The Empire State Building

February 3, 2013

theparisreview:

Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons visualized.

February 2, 2013
"Failure is becoming someone who needs others to fail."

Twitter / alaindebotton: Failure is becoming someone …

February 1, 2013
"Second, I’d tell them to look at China, which all but solved its capital gains crisis over the past decade. When I visited China in 2002, Kiki, the cabbie who drove me from the airport, couldn’t stop telling me about how he had to take a second job because of the high cost of capital gains. I caught up with Kiki in Shanghai last year. Thanks to China’s reformed approach toward capital gains, Kiki has enough money in his pocket to finally be able to afford a playground for his kids."

— Try your luck with the Thomas Friedman op-ed generator. (via bostonreview)

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