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By Cat DiStasio As the cost of solar energy falls, more and more buildings are being outfitted with photovoltaic systems -- and some even generate more electricity than they use. Structures like that are called "energy positive" and it's a pretty impressive feat. If your home or business can prod...

August 12th 2015 at 11:34am 0 Comments
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By Cat DiStasio Technology progresses at a breakneck pace -- but why is our built environment so far behind? Fortunately, some smart folks have devoted their lives to developing futuristic technologies that can reduce the carbon footprint of buildings, make them more energy-efficient and lower ma...

July 1st 2015 at 12:59pm 0 Comments
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For all the modern tools and heavy machinery found on construction sites these days, one aspect has remained a decidedly manual labor: bricklaying. Just as they did 6000 years ago when masonry was first developed, today's bricklayers still perform their backbreaking work almost exclusively by hand...

June 25th 2015 at 8:45pm 0 Comments
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Hey, Apple and NVIDIA: you aren't going to be the only Silicon Valley giants with outlandish office space. Google has revealed a proposed redesign of its Mountain View campuses (specifically, four sites) that not only doesn't resemble a traditional workplace, but mirrors the company's open, flexib...

February 27th 2015 at 2:59pm 0 Comments
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Elevators are absolutely vital in tall buildings, but they have their limits -- they can only move so quickly, and they can't usually move sideways to fetch you from the far side of a building. Both of those problems should be solved at once if German firm ThyssenKrupp has its way. Its new Multi e...

December 2nd 2014 at 2:48pm 0 Comments
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If you hadn't noticed, Halloween is almost here! And Massively's MJ still hasn't carved her Landmark pumpkin yet. That means she has to dive in and get cutting in order to have it done in time for the holiday. Now the question is, what to carve? MJ invites you to come put your creative touches on t...

October 29th 2014 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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iLands is a free game for iPhone and iPad that's available for iOS 4.3 or later. However, iLands Premium is available as an in-app purchase for (US $3.99.) If you're not wanting to drop $6.99 for Minecraft - Pocket Edition, then this is your game. You start with a fresh block world to build on and...

September 29th 2014 at 4:30pm 0 Comments
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Farewell, Stone Age; TUG is advancing to the Bronze. With update 0.6.5's introduction of new ores and the metallurgy equipment to smelt and shape them, players can forge more powerful bronze weapons and tools to help them better survive in their adventures. Of course, before you can use the ore yo...

September 17th 2014 at 6:00pm 0 Comments
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Sometimes building in Landmark seems daunting. But thanks to modular pieces, even those who feel constructionally impaired can put together impressive builds. With only five handcrafted pieces saved as templates, Massively's MJ will show how to lay the foundation of an impressive underground maze....

September 10th 2014 at 8:00pm 0 Comments