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Mar 20, 2022

Going Around In Circles With Homemade Arcade Classic Cyclone

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The classic arcade game Cyclone has attracted many players, along with their coins, thanks to its simple yet addictive gameplay. In its most basic form it consists of a light racing around a circular track, which the player then has to stop at exactly the right place. Arduino enthusiast [mircemk] made a home version of this game, which allows addicts to keep playing forever without running out of quarters.

Instead of an arcade cabinet, this smaller version has an upright 3D-printed ring that holds 60 WS2812 LEDs. A further six in the center of the ring act as a score counter. An Arduino in the base drives the LEDs and runs the game, which is based on an earlier iteration built by [oKeeg]. An interesting addition is a large homemade “arcade button”, which is large and sturdy enough to withstand any abuse inflicted on it by a frustrated player.

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Mar 19, 2022

Maine studio 30X40 Design Workshop builds own home office

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Long Studio is a barn-style architects’ studio and home office in Maine, built by and for architecture office 30X40 Design Workshop.

The aluminium-clad studio is located on the grounds of studio founder Eric Reinholdt’s home on Mount Desert Island, off the coast of New England.

30X40 Design Workshop created the simple gabled structure as both a place to work and a practical demonstration of the office’s approach to architecture.

Mar 17, 2022

Ancient sarcophagus found under Notre Dame cathedral in Paris

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Archaeologists have found an ancient lead sarcophagus under Notre Dame cathedral along with fragments of a rood screen, offering a new insight into the history of the building which is currently under reconstruction after a devastating fire in 2019.

Mar 13, 2022

See inside a new 2,000-square-foot 3D-printed luxury house in Austin

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, habitats

Icon’s new three-bedroom home with uniquely curved walls proves that 3D printing can create welcoming and warm houses for the average homeowner.

Mar 11, 2022

Spain could replace Russia in becoming EU’s main natural gas hub

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Spain houses just over a third or 35% of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage capacity in the EU and the UK, according to data from Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIP), the association of European gas infrastructure operators, comprising 67 companies from 26 countries. [INSAGO / Shutterstock].

Mar 11, 2022

Could we really build Star Trek’s USS Enterprise?

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Just how close are scientists to building Star Trek’s U.S.S. Enterprise?

Mar 7, 2022

Eco-friendlier hydroelectric tech would swap dams for electric trucks

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While hydroelectric dams are capable of generating a lot of electricity, they drastically disrupt the environment. Scientists have now proposed a simpler but still effective alternative, in which electric trucks replace such dams.

In a typical hydroelectric facility, a dam is built across a river, causing a reservoir to form directly upstream of that dam. When a gate in the dam is opened, water from the reservoir flows through and drops down to a lower elevation. As it does so, it spins up turbines which generate electricity.

Unfortunately, formation of the reservoir involves the flooding of land which may previously have contained forests, crops, or even people’s homes.

Mar 7, 2022

112-year-old Kamloops house saved from demolition on the move

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Paul Berry, the owner of the beautiful Edwardian foursquare-style house, says it takes a “hardy will” to accomplish moving an entire home but it’s viable.

Mar 7, 2022

Jacques Cousteau’s grandson is building a network of ocean floor research stations

Posted by in categories: engineering, food, habitats, space

Fabien Cousteau has a vision for how humans can live and work in the ocean. He imagines that long-term stays under the waves could be enabled through the construction of underwater habitats, which would look and feel like houses, as opposed to just sealed, submarine-like bubbles.

These habitats would have a galley, kitchen, workspace, and sleeping quarters, he describes. And of course, there would be windows, or viewports, to the outside world, and a front door in the form of a moon pool that will actually be on the bottom of the house. This would allow easy access into and out of the facility.

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Mar 6, 2022

People are using A.I. to remodel their homes way faster

Posted by in categories: habitats, robotics/AI

A.I. is having a big impact on the PropTech industry, especially when it comes to home renovation projects for consumers.

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