Solar-Powered Floating Resort is an Off-Shore Aquatic Escape

In response to rising sea levels due to climate change, Italian designer Michele Puzzolante of MPD Designs has come up with a concept called the Solar Floating Island, a solar-powered island resort that floats completely off-shore. Made of photovoltaic skins and balsa-reinforced fiberglass, the structure is designed to absorb and reuse natural solar light as well as artificial indoor light, making the resort completely self-sufficient and non-polluting.

In addition to being eco-friendly, the Solar Floating Island is a luxurious aquatic escape. Featuring an on-deck jacuzzi, full kitchen and bar, comfortable sleeping quarters, and a spiral staircase that leads to an underwater observation room, the sleek island is designed to provide a full resort experience while remaining close to nature and aquatic life.

Based on industrial design rather than traditional architecture, the Solar Floating Island can be easily transported and assembled thanks to its modular components. With full support from the government of Maldives for this project, Puzzolante plans to begin development for the Solar Floating Island soon.

MPD Designs Website
via [Inhabitat]

January 23, 2017

Compassionate Villagers Knit Giant Sweaters to Keep Rescue Elephants Warm

Thanks to some compassionate craftspeople, the rescue elephants living at the Wildlife SOS Conservation and Care Center in Mathura, India have been extra cozy during a recent bout of cold weather. In order to keep the pachyderms—who, prior to taking up residence at the sanctuary, tragically suffered neglect, abuse, and exploitation—happy and healthy, the villagers have dedicated their time to knitting colorful and colossal elephant sweaters.

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January 23, 2017

World’s First Fully-Painted Feature Film Brings Van Gogh’s Paintings to Life

The animated film Loving Vincent is one that’s nearly six years in the making. If that seems excessive, just wait until you find how it’s made.  The movie, which examines the life of post-Impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh, uses hand-painted canvases to bring its action to life. It takes 12 oil paintings just to create one second of footage! Are you itching to see how it looks? You’re in luck.

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