Michael Hansmeyer
is a Zurich architect who uses algorithms to generate absurdly complex structural columns. He recently created plastic 9 ft columns that each have about 16 million unique surfaces and no two columns—or even two surfaces—are the same. Take a look!

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The Irish Potato Famine was caused by a disease called potato blight that swept through Ireland’s farms, hitting the single strain of potatoes grown by most farmers. Up until the 1960s, the most popular banana in the world ate was the Gros Michel. It was all but wiped out by a fungal disease when we were forced to switch to the Cavendish. Here are 6 foods we could lose in an outbreak.


The Irish Potato Famine was caused by a disease called potato blight that swept through Ireland’s farms, hitting the single strain of potatoes grown by most farmers. Up until the 1960s, the most popular banana in the world ate was the Gros Michel. It was all but wiped out by a fungal disease when we were forced to switch to the Cavendish. Here are 6 foods we could lose in an outbreak.

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For the past 18 months the Cambodian Kids Foundation have been running a project known as “Plant it Forward” The project was the brain child of Donna Cooper (Founder of CKF) and Chris Wright (Head Chef at the Terrace of Maleny). The idea was to create a sustainable income generation program that focused on the growing and selling of fresh and organic fruit and vegetables. 

Currently the program runs in Soksan Village which is located in rural Cambodia in Kampong Thom province. Soksan Village is a community of 45 households - all of which are considered to be living well under the poverty line. Since the ‘Plant it Forward’ program has been running we have been able to build more than 50 wet and dry season garden beds, a Nursery and a well for each household. The gardens are cared for and maintained by the families - each family is empowered to take the initiative to work hard at bettering and expanding upon their gardens in order to increase the amount of income they can make from them. 

The Plant it Forward program is supported by CKF and the Terrace of Maleny. More info on Plant it Forward is available on our website www.cambodiankidsfoundation.com.

Due to the success of this Plant it Forward project CKF and the Terrace of Maleny have decided to expand it and open a not for profit training restaurant - The Cambodian Kids Cafe (CKC) 

The Cambodian Kids Cafe will aid in funding the foundation and the Plant it Forward Program by buying the bulk of it’s fresh produce from the families involved with the Plant it Forward program. 

The Cambodian Kids Cafe will be run in partnership by the Cambodian Kids Foundation and the Terrace of Maleny, Chris Wright from the Terrace has had 21 years of experience and currently owns and is the head chef of the Terrace, his input and knowledge is invaluable to this project and greatly appreciated. 

This is obviously a really exciting program/ project for us and we can’t wait to have it up and running! 

If you would like to read more about this new exciting project please check out our facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/cambodiankidscafe

(Reblogged from cambodiankidsfoundation)


Star pummeling alien planet with X-ray attack

The alien planet may actually be responsible for keeping the star alive and its magnetic field active.

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Photo of the day: Northern LightsGreen wispy bands of the aurora borealis — also known as the northern lights — wind and twist through the early autumn sky on Sept. 13 above the small hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk in Canada’s Northwest Territories. Solar particles recently expelled from the sun in a huge coronal mass ejection have careened towards the Earth’s atmosphere over the past week, providing a magnificent natural light show for skygazers living closest to the Earth’s poles.


Photo of the day:
Northern Lights

Green wispy bands of the aurora borealis — also known as the northern lights — wind and twist through the early autumn sky on Sept. 13 above the small hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk in Canada’s Northwest Territories. Solar particles recently expelled from the sun in a huge coronal mass ejection have careened towards the Earth’s atmosphere over the past week, providing a magnificent natural light show for skygazers living closest to the Earth’s poles.

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Nice. Did you also know recently, the Senate passed the first large-scale reform to U.S. patent laws in over 60 years? The new America Invents Act is  designed to quash patent trolling, cut red tape, and spur innovation. Read more. 
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Nice. Did you also know recently, the Senate passed the first large-scale reform to U.S. patent laws in over 60 years? The new America Invents Act is designed to quash patent trolling, cut red tape, and spur innovation. Read more. 

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