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10 Stone Fireplace Ideas for a Cozy, Nature-Inspired Home

Are you having problems coming up with design ideas for your fireplace? If you are looking to allure nature indoors, installing a stone fireplace could be a step in the right direction.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Simple and Beautiful door weath made by pipes

Make a door wreath the will say welcome to all guests that come to your home. This is one inspiring idea that will show your hospitality and your creativity even before stepping inside the house.
This door wreath is made basically of different sized pipes and also needs these materials: a somewhat heavy-duty circular saw; a can of strong glue; a drill; a long chain; a couple of large screws; paint spray; (optional) small colorful balls.

The process is shown in the photos bellow but your door wreath can be more inspiring and another shape, depending on what you like the best.

Monday, September 28, 2015

NASA Discovers Liquid Salty Water Flowing On Mars

 Salty, liquid water flows on the surface of Mars.

NASA teased us last week with the promise of a “major science finding” regarding our planetary neighbor, Mars. Today they delivered news of an exciting discovery – and no it’s not Mark Watney or even little green men. Using data collected by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), scientists have detected evidence of salty water flowing on the surface of Mars.

Water is one of the key ingredients for life as we know it. We’ve known for a while that Mars has frozen water at its poles, and earlier this year the Curiosity rover detected the possibility of salty water below the surface, but this is the first evidence for it flowing on the surface.

During the warm seasons, temperatures on the Red Planet reach about 250-300 Kelvins (-23 to 27 degrees Celsius, -10 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit) and in order for liquid water to survive (even temporarily) on the surface of Mars today, it would have to contain some salt. Both remote and in-situ investigations have shown that various salts, such as perchlorates, sulfates, and chlorides are present on the Martian surface. These salts can significantly lower both the freezing point and the evaporation rate of water, and also easily absorb moisture from the atmosphere.

Recurring slope lineae (RSL) – thin, dark streak-like gullies seen creeping down the sides of craters – have been spotted by MRO in low and mid-latitudes on the Red Planet. High-resolution images from MRO’s HiRISE camera show that the RSL are typically less than 5 meters (16 feet) wide, appear on slopes during the warmer months, lengthen and fade away during the cooler months. Scientists first proposed the idea that the RSL could be a product of seasonal water flows back in 2007, but there was no direct evidence to support that until now.

Spectral data from MRO’s Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars instrument (CRISM) observed four different locations where the RSL are most extensive. The data showed evidence of three different hydrated salts – magnesium perchlorate, magnesium chlorate and sodium perchlorate – at all four locations, indicating that salty water (also called brine) flows are responsible for the RSL activity.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Scientists now know that salty water flowing downhill is behind the RSL, but where does the water come from? There are a few possibilities, but researchers have yet to narrow it down. The water could form by the melting of surface or subsurface ice, but the likelihood of near-surface ice around the equatorial region is slim. Another possibility is the seasonal discharge of a local aquifer, but also unlikely. Since the salts have the potential to absorb moisture from the atmosphere through a process known as deliquescence, that could be another possibility.

Here on Earth, in the Atacama Desert, we know that the deliquescence of certain salts offers the only known refuge for active microbial communities. If RSL form as a result of deliquescence of perchlorate salts, they could have major astrobiological implications.

The findings have been published in Nature Geosciences and provide new insight into the current Martian hydrologic cycle.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

How To Build A €1000 Eco-Home In Just 100 Hours!

South African furniture designer Ryan Frank has built up an impressive portfolio in the past ten years, with sustainability the keyword for many of his creations. From farmhouse tables to computer accessories, lamps and shelves, Ryan’s designs have been featured in articles around the world. He now has studios in London and Barcelona, but despite his success, Ryan prefers a simple life. In this video from he shows us around his home- an impressive ‘temporary structure’ he made on a plot of land in Spain.


Ryan was looking for a blueprint for an eco-home that would be classed as temporary: meaning no cement, stone or other masonry, and raised slightly off the ground. After considering yurts and domes, he settled on a design that would cost him 1000 euros ($1125), and require just 100 hours of work. Often called a ‘boathouse’ or ‘gothic arch’ structure, it was originally developed by a boat builder. The home is a wooden structure, covered by sheep wool and topped with canvas. In winter, a wood-burning stove keeps the house cosy and warm, and in summer opening the window and door provide an air tunnel to keep the home cool.

Ryan lives in the house full-time with his girlfriend, although they use a separate camper as a kitchen, as well as a separate composting toilet and outdoor shower. He’s also designed a funky planter: a recycled plastic tube is filled with earth and topped by a plant-pot which drip-feeds into the tube, allowing for plants to sprout from the holes he drilled.

Ryan doesn’t give us the exact details on how to find and build the particular prototype shown in the video, but if you are interested, a wide variety of cost-effective, open sourced eco–homes are available to browse on WikiHouse. They include some very similar designs, plus lots more inspiration for the amateur builder. Alternatively, our recent post on ‘Greenhouses of the future’ gives more details on a start-up offering step-by-step instructions on how to build your own eco–home, at a ridiculously low price.