Recycled steel bars form modular café interior by penda

recycled steel bars form modular café interior by penda

in beijing, architecture and design studio penda has completed the interior of a local café using recycled steel bars to serve as modular dividers.

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commissioned by property developers hongkun, the scheme introduces an area of greenery within the city’s heavily polluted atmosphere

penda home cafes beijing china designboom

intended to serve as a precedent that will encourage other chinese cities to implement similarly green proposals.


penda home cafes beijing china designboom

the primary design feature is the repetition of upcycled steel bars, painted black and constructed as a grid.

penda home cafes beijing china designboom

this modular system allows the café to be readily reconfigured.

penda home cafes beijing china designboom

the latticed structure allows a variety of different elements to be inserted, with plant boxes, books, and lights occupying the design.


penda home cafes beijing china designboom

many of the scheme’s wooden pots are filled with air purifying and easy-to-grow vegetation such as spider plants, sword fern and marble queen.

penda home cafes beijing china designboom

over time, the plantation will grow across the structural framework, covering the steel with a natural green blanket.


penda home cafes beijing china designboom

penda home cafes beijing china designboom

Hemp Seed-Eating Village in China Holds Oldest, Healthiest People in the World


While there is a man in Bolivia said to be the oldest living person in the world, at 123 years of age, a village in China is boasting ages far older than the global average, and few suffer from any health problems. Scientists believe the secret is in their diet, which actually includes lots of hempseed.

It also helps that the water and air in Bama Yao, China are exceptionally clean, and that their food contains noticeably less fat, animal proteins, salt, and sugar than let’s say, the standard American diet.

But according to some experts, the villagers’ consumption of a superfood high in essential fatty acids (omega 3 and 6) is also part of the reason they live so long. Their primary source of receiving these fatty acids is through a diet rich in hempseed.

Life expectancy in Bama Yao is well over 100 years for its inhabitants, one of only five places on the planet where people can expect to live so healthfully for so long. Centenarian hot spots, called ‘blue zones,’ include Sardinia, Italy, Okinawa just off Japan, and Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica.

Among these rare places, there is a commonality of lifestyle habits: they eat a plant-based diet, often with several super foods, invest heavily in family, get moderate exercise daily, and have a sense of faith and purpose in their lives.

It is well known that plant sterols and antioxidants can help reduce the risk of many cancers including breast and colon cancer, as well as control sugar levels in diabetics.

Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids found in hemp seed are also full of plant-based protein, vitamins A, E, and D, and many B vitamins – all important antioxidants that help eliminate free radicals in the body.

Hemp seed is also rich in calcium, dietary fiber, and iron. The high amount of soluble fiber in hemp seed helps to prevent over-eating since it makes you feel full, longer, and it can help keep the digestive system healthy.

Furthermore, omega 3 and 6 ratios that are in balance also contribute to a healthy brain as we age. Omega 6 polyunsaturated fats are used by the body to make certain hormones and signaling molecules. Roughly speaking, the omega 6′s are the precursors for many of the molecules that make up our body’s inflammatory response.

As an example – the omega 6 linoleic acid is a precursor for many molecules, among them the prostaglandins that the enzymes COX-1 and COX-2 work on. But these must be balanced with Omega 3s or we have some highly inflammatory chemicals running rampant in our body.

In hemp seed oil, the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 is about 3:1. This favorable ratio helps to compensate, at least partially, for the general over-consumption of omega-6 fatty acids in the typical American diet, and likely leads to the overall anti-inflammatory health benefits that villagers in Bama Yao enjoy.

Apple ‘actively investigating’ alleged hack that revealed nude celebrity photos

Apple says it is “actively investigating” an alleged exploit to its iCloud service that allowed hackers to post dozens of private celebrity photos to public message boards this weekend.

“We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report,” said an Apple spokesperson to Recode.

Among the pictures posted to the Reddit and 4chan message boards were nude photos of celebrities Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, and numerous other models, actresses, and athletes.


Though it hasn’t yet been confirmed that the pictures came from iCloud accounts, reports have speculated that the hackers used a recent tool called iBrute, which can repeatedly try different combinations of passwords on Apple’s Find My iPhone service until one of them works.

Once Find My iPhone is breached, it is possible to access iCloud passwords and view images and other data stored in a user’s iCloud account.

Apple had previously allowed an unlimited number of password attempts on the Find My iPhone service, but it has since limited it to five attempts, making the iBrute tool ineffective.

The Verge has reached out to Apple for further comment on the matter and will update this article when we have it.

Karakoram Highway HD

Three experienced paragliding pilots, Thomas de Dorlodot, Horacio Llorens and Hernan Pitocco arrive in the Karakoram mountain range in Northern Pakistan aiming to break records. Follow them as they explore the legendary Karakoram Highway, seeking to break the world record for the highest altitude and longest distance Himalayan flight.

See How Much Hotter Your City Is Than Anywhere Else, Just Because It’s A City

Las Vegas tops the list of cities around the U.S. that experience the worst urban heat island effect.

The urban heat island effect makes cities extra hot–and some cities are more extra hot than others.

2: Albuquerque

Summers in the U.S. have been warming since the 1970s due to climate change, though it might not seem like it if you’re riding out this unusually cool August in the northeast and midwest.

3: Denver

If you’re in a city, though, your perception of the heat might be all messed up. Cities get it the worst because of something additional known as the urban heat island effect.

4: Portland

Due to all of the dark, paved surfaces in cities that are good at absorbing sunlight, urban areas tend to be hotter than their surrounding rural areas, where vegetation reflects more sunlight. That’s why green roofs have such environmental benefits; they help cool cities down.

5: Louisville

A new report from Climate Central, a research and journalism organization based in Princeton, New Jersey, looks at the strength of the urban heat island effect across 60 major cities over the last decade–and how the combined trends of urbanization and climate change are causing cities to get hotter much faster than their surrounding regions.

6: Washington, DC

It also provides a handy interactive tool, which is embedded below, so you can look up your own city and explore how strong the effect is.

The cities with the worst urban heat islands in the last decade:

1. Las Vegas (7.3°F)
2. Albuquerque (5.9°F)
3. Denver (4.9°F)
4. Portland (4.8°F)
5. Louisville (4.8°F)
6. Washington,DC (4.7°F)
7. Kansas City (4.6°F)
8. Columbus (4.4°F)
9. Minneapolis (4.3°F)
10. Seattle (4.1°F)

7: Kansas City

On average, Climate Central found that urban summer temperatures were 2.4 degrees Fahrenheit hotter than surrounding rural temperatures, and the worst temperature difference in a single day occurred when one city was 27 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than its rural environs.

8: Columbus


Since 2004, 12 cities reached temperatures above 90 degrees at least 20 days more often than surrounding rural areas. It also found that in 41 out of the 60 cities analyzed, urbanization and climate change combined contributed to rising summer heat faster than climate change alone is raising regional temperatures.

9: Minneapolis

Hotter summer days have more serious repercussions than simple discomfort. Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the U.S., Climate Central notes.

10: Seattle

What’s more, in the summer, steamy days contribute to air pollution and it’s associated health problems, like asthma. See how hot it’s going to get in your city, and then start planting.

The UK Has A Plan To Cut Off Russian Businesses From The Rest Of The World


The United Kingdom will push the European Union this weekend to consider the most punitive sanctions yet against Russia for its involvement in escalating the crisis in Ukraine.

According to Bloomberg, the U.K. plans to propose blocking Russia from the SWIFT banking transaction system, a move analysts say would effectively cut off Russian businesses from the rest of the world’s financial system.

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron will put forward the proposal during a meeting with E.U. leaders in Brussels on Saturday.

“This would be a major escalation of the sanctions. Most international payments flow through SWIFT. Banning Russian banks and companies from SWIFT would effectively cut off Russian businesses from the rest of world,” said Bruce Johnston, a London-based analyst at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

“It would also have a major impact on European businesses who need to paid by Russians, and want to consume Russian energy.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin in Belarus on Aug. 27

The move would have a significant effect on Russia’s banking sector, as many financial institutions across the world use the system. According to SWIFT’s website, it transmitted more than 21 million financial messages per day in July.

It helped process payments among more than 10,500 financial institutions and corporations across 215 different countries.

Mark Dubowitz, the executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, compared the potential move to one leveled on Iranian institutions in 2012.

“SWIFT is the electronic bloodstream of the global financial system,” he told Business Insider in an email. “Cancelling Putin’s credit card could have far reaching consequences for the Russian economy as Iran discovered when scores of its financial institutions were expelled from SWIFT in 2012.”

David cameron

David Cameron will propose blocking Russia from the SWIFT network.

The U.S. and E.U. have imposed multiple rounds of sanctions on Russia over the conflict in Ukraine. Most recently last month, they leveled targeted sanctions on Russia’s energy, arms, and finance sectors. But so far, the sanctions have not changed the calculus of Russia or President Vladimir Putin.

This week, the conflict has sharply escalated, as Ukraine, NATO, and the West said Russia sent troops across the border to fight with pro-Russian separatist rebels in eastern regions of the country. 

This week, the rebels have opened a new front in the cities of Amvrosiivka and Starobeshevo. One fear is that Russia is attempting to create a land link between Russia and the strategic peninsula of Crimea, which Russia annexed with special forces troops in March.

Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Moiseyev

Poroshenko said Russian troops are leading a separatist counteroffensive in the east, bringing in tanks and firing artillery from inside Ukrainian territory.

President Barack Obama and European leaders have agreed on the need for new “costs” in the wake of the latest escalation, but officials in both areas are questioning the legitimacy of the strategy.

In the U.S., multiple Republican lawmakers have called on Obama to provide military assistance to Ukraine, saying a political resolution to the conflict is not possible if Russia continues to pursue its goals through military means.

In Europe, geopolitical expert Ian Bremmer of the Eurasia Group told Business Insider he expected there to be high-profile breaks among leaders on the sanctions strategy.

“It’s hard to see the west holding off for much longer in not calling Russian forces an invasion. That leads to more ‘level 3′ (sector wide) sanctions on Russia, yes, but we’ll now see a real fragmentation of European leaders publicly calling the policy a failure and looking to break from further coordination,” Bremmer said.

“After all, many Europeans have been deeply skeptical of Russian sanctions from the beginning, and to the extent that the purpose of sanctions was to prevent an invasion. That’s clearly failed.”

Senior Obama administration officials declined to comment about possible new sanctions on Russia during a conference call with reporters Friday about new sanctions leveled on individuals and businesses in relation to Iran’s nuclear program.

An administration official did not immediately respond to a subsequent request for comment.

Ayatollah Urges Iran To Boycott ‘Immoral’ High-Speed Mobile Data

Hassan Rouhani
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has appealed to the country’s religious leaders to embrace 3G internet after a prominent cleric used his website to denounce the technology.

Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi warned that rolling out 3G access in Iran would allow citizens to access “negative features,” “immoral photos,” as well as “spying.”

3G networks began to spread rapidly with the rise of the smartphone in 2007. By June 2007, over 200 million people were using the mobile data network around the world, thanks to its high-speed delivery of data to mobile phones.

After being petitioned by activists, the ayatollah posted a statement on his website that slammed 3G as “un-Islamic” and violating “human and moral norms.

” The claims come at a tricky time for Iran’s government, which is attempting to modernize the country through improved internet access. Three companies are reportedly involved trying to bring 3G access to Iran, although at present only a small number of Iranian citizens are using 3G networks.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, speaking on Monday at a gathering of clerics, urged the country’s religious leaders to embrace technological change, warning them that Iran can’t “close the gates to the world.”

Ayatollah Shirazi is one of Iran’s most outspoken critics of internet reform, although he is perhaps best known for issuing a fatwa against domesticated dogs.

The cleric had previously rallied against video calls and social networks, in April the ayatollah told a gathering of politicians that “using modern tools and devices to communicate with each other is not forbidden by Islam, but social networking sites are originally developed by the Western governments for reasons other than communications.”

In 2013, Ayatollah Shirazi joined three other clerics in issuing a fatwa against 3G provider RighTel for providing 3G access to Iran. The clerics accused the company of being corrupt, as well as enabling Iranians to download pornography.


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