The holiday season is well upon us, which means dinner parties and sumptuous feasts will more or less throw our diets out of whack.
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This week in greenbuilding news at BEE Inc., we take a look at smart lighting, smart water and power meters, and a surface coating that can knock nasty bacteria.
Antibacterial Surface Inspired by Dragonfly Wings
A little inspiration from nature might pave the way for germ-free surfaces in the future.
Last March, microbiologist Elena Ivanona and her teamin Hawthorn, Australia, looked into the structure of cicada wings and discovered excellent germicidal properties. The insect’s wings under a scanning electron microscope were found to be composed of “nanopillars”, a surface of closely-set, jagged spikes that effectively pierce and burst the cell walls of a bacteria that comes in contact.
This November, the scientists turned their attention to the Wandering Percher dragonfly, which has an even deadlier wing structure, able to slice open a wider range of bacteria. Apparently, insects’ way of avoiding harmful bacteria doesn’t lie in any secretion of chemical compounds, but in the very structure of their body.
Structurally speaking, the closest man-made material to the insects’ spike-riddled …
It’s that time of the year when stores lure us to part with our disposable income and be in possession of shiny new gadgets and various knickknacks.
Below, we compile a list of some of our favourite stuff—both new and old—that have piqued our interest and sent us pining with lust. They’re perfect for giving as gifts, or keeping for yourself (We won’t judge).
Rest assured this isn’t a sponsored post—just a simple gift guide slash intense wishlist. Enjoy!
Sofas entirely made out of corrugated cardboard are cute, but a bike helmet featuring the same sturdy material is genius. Enter the Kranium cardboard helmet, whose inspiration is the humble woody woodpecker with its penchant for tough knocks on the head. The helmet’s unique design uses a lattice of cardboard proudly enclosed in a see-through shell, so you can let everyone know what you’re rocking. And this thing is tough, withstanding up to three impacts before getting disposed of, where ordinary helmets take only one. Never underestimate cardboard again.
The concept is simple and elegant: an organizer made of interwoven elastics, for securing your favourite things—your iPod, your digital camera, thumb drives, earbuds, gadget cables, pens and markers in assorted colors, various other school supplies, and whatnot. Grid-It is endlessly configurable and will happily welcome anything you tuck in it. The all-black lattice of elastic bands is sleek and anonymous—making it the perfect background for your precious hodgepodge of things.
There are some things that should never ever be made out of plastic. Flowers and coffee mugs for instance. But plastic battery-powered robot fishes for the aquarium? Count us in. Enter Robo Fish from toy company Zuru. Drop it in the aquarium and it readily swims just like a real fish, convincingly enough to fool not just us humans but the real fishes as well. Actually, all …
Those of us who weren’t able to attend the recently concluded Greenbuild 2013 will just have to read up on the highlights and details of the conference. As you may already know, the U.S. Green Building Council chose this year’s Greenbuild in Philadelphia to debut LEED v4.
Greenbuild EXPO 2013 is just around the corner, and with that comes the launch of the much-anticipated (and much-debated) LEED v4. The ballots have been passed, but at least one sector is wary about this new version: healthcare designers.