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Mar 29, 2012

15 Weird Things Found In Airport Security

Almost all travelers have found themselves dealing with a little white lie about what they’re bringing back when filling out their customs form on the return trip home. We strongly advice our readers to adhere to all local laws and NEVER bring any banned item into a country, as there’s probably a dam good reason not to. Not all “smugglers” are equal, however, and sometimes the risks do outweigh the pay-off. Sure, the average traveler might consider sneaking some butter in from Wales or chilli’s from Peru, and they might not even know about certain restrictions, like Israel’s iPad ban, but every day some people try to get things far stranger through sometimes shady security and customs regulations at airports around the world.

Weird Things Found in Airport Security
Via: X Ray Tech

Mar 12, 2012

World’s First Vertical Forest in Milan

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Bosco Verticale is an ambitious eco project in Milan, designed by architect Stefano Boeri, which tries to blend two discrepant mediums, urban and nature, into one harmonic whole. The project is comprised of  two towers with giant cantilevered staggered balconies that permit fairly big trees to be accommodate, since there is a minimum of two storeys over every balcony. Basically, it’s a vertical forest in the heart of a blooming metropolis.

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There is a wide insufficiency of urban green spaces in cities worldwide, and so much could be obtained with just a tree for every small building. Boeri takes it to a whole new level, up that is, with great results.

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The vertical forest will offer its residents, as well as the rest of Milan’s populace, a cleaner, greener life, as it will produce humidity and oxygen, absorb CO2 and dust particles,  and protect from radiation and acoustic pollution.

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The Bosco Verticale, composed of two residential towers of 110 and 76 meters height, is currently under construction in the centre of Milan, on the edge of the Isola neighbourhood, and will host 900 trees (each measuring 3, 6 or 9 m tall) , alongside a wide range of shrubs and flowers.

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If the apartments would have been constructed individually, the entire project would require 50,000 square meters of land, and 10,000 square meters of woodland.

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Plant irrigation will be made filtering and reuse of the grey waters produced by the building.

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The two towers, upholding to its sustainable, renewable new age bran will also feature an array of other sustainable tech, like photovoltaic and aeolian energy systems.

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The towers under construction in the heart of Milan.

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Via: zmescience.com / All photos credits courtesy of Stephano Boeri

Mar 9, 2012

15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly

Everyone makes mistakes, but that notion seems to go out the window anytime syntax is misused. If the wrong there, their, or they’re is used at the wrong time on the internet, prepare for every web user to attack your intelligence and attempt to obliterate your self-esteem.

I know, we all have our momentary lapses. But with the help of the infographic below, those lapses can come less frequently. It shines light on the usual culprits, such as the tricky it’s/its decision and affect versus effect. The infographic also shines light on how to properly use the apostrophe and the correct spellings of commonly misspelled words. A few words left off this list that I always had trouble with were definitely and sandwiches. What are some of your trouble words?

15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly
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