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Innovative, Zero-Emissions Air Conditioner Will Help Keep Rural Homes Cool In India

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In India, approximately 20 percent of the population — or 1 in 5 people — live in poverty. To that demographic, comforts such as air conditioning a nearly unheard of because of their expense. As you might suspect, this can be troublesome. During the summer, certain regions can average temperatures around 32–40 °C (90–104 °F). As a result, the sweltering heat is often times unbearable. Fortunately, an eco-friendly and economical solution  — which just happens to be aesthetically pleasing — has been invented, and it could be a game-changer for hundreds of thousands.

Arch Daily reports that the cooling installation is an attempt to “simplify and reinterpret” the concept of air conditioning. Due to cost constraints, few in rural settings can afford an air conditioner. That’s why the version developed by Ant Studio is revolutionary. The team used computational technologies to reinterpret traditional evaporative cooling techniques. What resulted is a prototype of cylindrical clay cones, each which has a custom design and size.

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The installation was built as a “beautification” project for DEKI Electronics but was also designed to serve a functional purpose. Beehive in shape, the cylindrical installation has densely packed terra-cotta cones. It works by cooling the air via a process called Evaporative Cooling.

As water runs down the structure, the process of evaporation gradually lowers the temperature in the room. The porous units absorb water that then seeps to the outer surface. There, it evaporates and turns into cold air. As Inhabitat points out, the flow of water empties into a basin, giving the unconventional air conditioner a waterfall effect.

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Said Monish Siripurapu, founder of Ant Studio:

“I believe this experiment worked quite well functionally. Findings from this attempt opened up a lot more possibilities where we can integrate this technique with forms that could redefine the way we look at cooling systems, a necessary yet ignored component of a building’s functionality.

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By using cylindrical cones, a larger surface area is provided which maximizes the cooling effect. After recording the temperature of air flow around the installation, it was determined that the beehive-shaped unit is capable of cooling hot air at or above 50 °C (122 °F) to temperatures less than 36 °C around the structure.

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“I believe this experiment worked quite well functionally. Findings from this attempt opened up a lot more possibilities where we can integrate this technique with forms that could redefine the way we look at cooling systems, a necessary yet ignored component of a building’s functionality,” said Monish. “Every installation could be treated as an art piece.”

The architects envision the invention cooling homes in poverty-stricken locations, as well as serving as an art installation that incorporates ancient cooling methods.

“The circular profile can be changed into an artistic interpretation while the falling waters lend a comforting ambience,” said the founder of Ant Studio. “This, intermingled with the sensuous petrichor from the earthen cylinders allow for it to work in any environment with the slightest of breeze. Having said that, there are many factories throughout the country that face a similar issue and this is a solution that can be easily adopted and a widespread multiplication of this concept may even assist the local potters.”

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Following are more photos of the innovative air conditioner:

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h/t Arch Daily

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Twins Born In Different Years, But Only 15 Minutes Apart, In Rare Birth

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In a heartwarming start to the New Year, a pair of California twins were born only 15 minutes apart — in separate years, with one born minutes before midnight on New Year’s Eve in 2021 and the other born at precisely midnight on New Year’s Day in 2022.

Their Mother, Fatima Madrigal, gave birth to her son Alfredo Antonio Trujillo at 11:45 p.m. on Saturday night, according to the Natividad Medical Center, which announced the birth on Sunday.

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Alfredo’s sister, Aylin Yolanda Trujillo, was born precisely at midnight in a new year with a different birthdate, just 15 minutes after Alfredo’s brother.

Dr. Ana Abril Arias, a family physician at the hospital, described the deliveries as being “uniquely timed” and “one of the most memorable deliveries of my career.”

“It was an absolute pleasure to help these little ones arrive here safely in 2021 and 2022,” Arias added in the release. “What an amazing way to start the New Year!”

After spending time in the hospital with their mother and father, Robert Trujillo, the two newborns will travel home to meet their three older siblings – two girls and a boy.

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Game Changer: The FDA Approved Eye Drops That Replace Reading Glasses

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The Food and Drug Administration authorized eye drops that may possibly replace reading glasses for millions of people in October, and they entered the market this week.

“It’s definitely a life changer,” trial participant Toni Wright told CBS“I would not need my readers as much, especially on the computer, where I would always need to have them on.”

The drops, known as pilocarpine, and sold by pharma outlet Allergan under the name “Vuity,” might help the 128 million people in the United States who are nearsighted. One drop in each eye, according to the business, may enhance closeup eyesight for six to ten hours, according to CBS News.

The drops function by utilizing the eye’s natural capacity to shrink its pupil.

“Reducing the pupil size expands the depth of field or the depth of focus, and that allows you to focus at different ranges naturally,” George Waring, lead investigator of a clinical trial, told CBS.

At $80 for a 30-day supply, the drops aren’t cheap, but they’re also not excessively pricey, considering the benefit..

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However, it is not a cure-all, and headaches and burning eyes are two of the most common adverse effects reported. The manufacturer also advises against using the drops at night while driving or when operating machinery.

Middle-aged adults are the ones who benefit the most from the drops. According to CBS, those over the age of 65 will be less affected by them.

Millions of people find wearing reading glasses inconvenient, therefore getting rid of them is surely appealing.

Along with revolutionary technologies like Lasik, humans are continually moving towards a future where problems with eyesight are a thing of the past. Nice.

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The Worlds Largest Pot Brownie Has Been Unveiled and Weighs 850 lbs

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December 8th is National Brownie Day, and yesterday the king of all brownies was revealed. Breaking the Guinness Book of World Records, the recently revealed brownie is taking the internet by storm. If you like brownies, incredible feats of baking, and maybe a bit of THC, then the world’s largest pot brownie is just for you!

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Massachusetts-based cannabis company MariMed, Inc. is getting ready to launch its edibles bakery brand, Bubby’s Baked. What better way to introduce the world to your edible company, than by baking the world’s largest THC-infused brownie? 

MariMed is a “premier seed-to-consumer vertically integrated multi-state operator. The company’s driving mission continues: to improve the lives of people everyday through our products, actions, and values.” and advises people who plan to produce cannabis on design, development, operations, and financing, according to the company’s website. 

Just before National Brownie Day, on Tuesday, the company baked a record-breaking treat. Using the same ratios from one of their normal-sized edible brownies, the team amped things up and made a mega-brownie.

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Weighing in at a whopping 850 pounds, the massive brownie contains a mindblowing amount of THC too. How much THC, you ask? Well, 20,000 milligrams to be exact.

The massive chocolatey treat measures 3 feet wide and 3 feet, 15 inches tall. The previous record in the Guinness World Records was a mere 243 pounds. Looks like this edible is going to hold the title for quite a while.

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Bubby’s Baked fills a big hole in the edibles market that cannabis consumers crave – high-quality, delicious baked goods that stay moist and chewy,” said MariMed Chief Product Officer and SVP/Sales Ryan Crandall. “For many of us, homemade brownies were our first taste of cannabis-infused edibles.”

MariMed, headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, saw its craft confectioners use the same ingredients and a similar procedure to making its smaller pot brownies, using all the typical ingredients – flour, butter, eggs, sugar – for the giant one, including the 20,000 milligrams of THC.”

In total, to create the incredible edible, the bakers used: 1,344 eggs, 250 pounds of sugar, 212 pounds of butter, 5.3 pounds of vanilla extract, 81 pounds of flour, two pounds of baking powder, three pounds of salt, and 122 pounds of cocoa powder. Quite the shopping list!

“Bubby’s recreates and elevates that nostalgic experience, infusing full-spectrum, craft-quality cannabis into timeless recipes, for a reliable high reminiscent of simpler times. Strategically, Bubby’s is part of our effort at MariMed to build a house of brands that meets different consumer needs across a diverse range of occasions,” the news release continued. 

If you’re wondering where you can find Bubby Baked’s brownies, their confectionary line is available throughout Massachusetts. This includes the MariMed Panacea dispensary in Middleborough. They are expected to hit dispensary shelves in Delaware and Maryland next year, so keep your eyes open for that exciting development!

Sources:

  1. USA Today – “National Brownie Day: This company unveiled an 850-lb pot brownie as the world’s largest December 8, 2021
  2. Fox10 News – “World’s largest pot brownie unveiled ahead of National Brownie DayDecember 8, 2021
  3. MariMedWhat We Do

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