Architects in Chile have built a housing project near the capital, Santiago, that incorporates the traditions of the country’s indigenous Mapuche people.
The 25 homes allow the Mapuche to “take part in modern society without abandoning their identity,” architects from the Undurraga Deves agency tell Argentinian newspaper Clarin. The two-storey houses are located in within a conventional social housing development but were requested by the Mapuche themselves.
The design is based on the Mapuche “ruka” - a dwelling made from tree trunks and branches. The whole row of houses faces east, so the front doors can greet the rising sun, and they have shady interiors in order to emphasise the contrast between private spaces inside and a large, outdoor communal area.
But there are modern touches. Diagonal beams across the facades are there to hold the side walls together in the event of an earthquake, since central Chile is home to the major San Ramon Fault. Tailoring design to community needs is something Undurraga Deves is getting good at - the agency has been nominated for the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize for another Andean project.
Scientists are hoping that a large battery in a South Dakotan gold mine could lure curious forms of bacteria that may help us understand what powers life as we know it.
That’s because scientists have begun to discover bacteria that live and thrive on electricity alone. Rather than mediating electrons through third-party materials (such as sugar or oxygen) like most organisms do, these bacteria transmit them unaccompanied by anything else. Understanding how these interactions work could give us a glimpse of the kind of life that might exist on other planets.
A Brief History of the Apollo Hoax Conspiracy Theory
By Jason Daley, Popular Science
When Neil Armstrong pressed the first bootprint into the Sea of Tranquility, most of humanity watched the televised low-res blob and felt pride welling up in their chests. But a few watchers felt something entirely different—an unconfirmed, squinty-eyed skepticism that something about the whole deal smelled fishy. How could the United States, which could barely put a chimp into space in 1961, get two full-grown men on the surface of the moon eight years later? How could anyone confirm that men actually made it to the moon? And, how, exactly, had that $25 billion Apollo budget been spent?
At Monty Python Reunion Show, The Circus Makes One Last Flight
By Rich Preston, NPR
The Ministry of Silly Walks is one of Monty Python’s most famous sketches. John Cleese’s serious civil servant with ludicrous locomotion first appeared in 1970, on the troupe’s television show Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Today, long after the Pythons broke up, it remains enduringly popular on YouTube.
“More whites believe in ghosts than racism.”—Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, noting how increasingly, many white people will, without any proof, accept the existence of ghosts, but still refuse to acknowledge that structural racism exists without repeated, statistical, detailed and documented evidence —and often not even then (via odinsblog)