Monthly archives "December 2017"

Rats Included In Pest Control Technology Called Gene Drive

Researcher based in Scotland recently announced that they have already created two ways to stop the fertility of female species of mice and rats. The same technique has been developed earlier in order to stop the spread of mosquitoes infected with malaria. This is good news for pest control in Sydney because they are currently having problems with the increase of rat population in the city.

The gene drive technology employs engineered genes that have been taken from different generations in order to disrupt the biological processes that these species usually goes through. The result is that the offspring have two copies of genes in them. In a normal setting, the animals get a single copy of genes from their father and another one from their mother.

This new technology has proven to be effective and powerful. Needless to say, it carries controversies because once the organisms have been genetically engineered the ecosystem might suffer from the resulting impact which cannot be undone.

Many are concerned about the rapid increase in the number of mutant species whichis why some are recommending that the gene drive should be banned. Bruce Law of the Roslin Institute in the University of Edinburgh believes otherwise and thinks that the decision is a short sighted one.

He said that if the gene drive is to be prohibited, they will not be able to conduct research which is necessary in order for them to get a deeper understanding of how the technology can be used in the society and if it is possible to utilize it.

He added that if there is enough understanding then they will be able to determine what the technology can do and utilize it in a controlled manner. The decisions should be determined by the facts gathered and not because of the people’s fear.

If successful, this will be beneficial to pest control in Sydney because the unwanted species will be killed in the most humane way possible. They no longer have to use harmful poison or traps which can harm other innocent species.

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Lismore Might Have The Answer To NSW’s Glass Crisis

The city of Lismore might have an innovation to any glass company, like Economy Glass, looking to recycle might have interest in. This is good, as this means the regional city might have the answer to an issue plaguing New South Wales that’s led to kilotonnes of glass sitting around gathering dust in stockpiles and landfills across Australia.

People with inside information on the industry say that the issue started due to regulation issues in the industry, problems with the market, and no other place for the unused glass to go. There has also been reports about a network of transport companies leaving the wasted glass by the roadside, and the rail to Queensland in order to avoid the AU$138/tonne New South Wales landfill levy. They head for Queensland, due to the Council areas within 150km of the NSW-Queensland border don’t have to pay the levy.

Notably however, the Lismore City Council, despite being 150km of Queensland, does not run with the levy exemption and instead handles the processing of its own waste. The city uses an innovative and unique recycling system that turns the unused glass into a construction material, via crushing into a sand-like composite material.

The Lismore Council’s Kevin Trustum, the Commercial Services Business Manager, stated that the city had managed to handle the crushing of around 6 kilotonnes of discarded glass annually, some of this being glass from the four shires neighboring Lismore.

According to the City Council, it’s hopeful, that they, a small rural council, is able to handle all that waste. With them expressing ideas in how the larger, metropolitan council areas can handle waste, and the amount of waste these metropolitan cities can tackle.

Trustum says that the glass ‘sand’ made from the waste had been tested and refined to meet the NSW Environment Protection Authority standards and regulations, with the council then using it for their roads , backfill and bedding for pipes.

Lismore University is also handling research on the glass sand, mixing it with other materials in order to increase its practical uses.

The glass processing plant in Lismore was built in 2013, and was part of the Lismore Council’s Lismore Materials Recovery Facility, which cost AU$3.65M, and processes 15,000 worth of recyclables annually.

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Workers Complain Of Noisy Francis Crick Institute Building

Francis Crick Institute is a cathedral created to serve as biomedical science. Construction was worth £700 million and this is where scientists are working together in order to conduct research regarding cancer, genetics, pandemics and neuroscience. The problem is that the building is not a good place for them to concentrate because there are no windows to block out the noise.

One year after the launching of the building in central London laboratory, there 1,250 workers inside the Crick Institute and some of them are complaining about the open plan design of the building. It was originally designed so that informal collaborations will be possible. It turns out that some of these areas are too noisy that they can’t perform research or think carefully.

Most of the workers complaining about the noise are those colleagues with PhD awards as well as the public because the atrium of the building is huge and open.

According to one of the research groups’ leader, Nicholas Luscombe, there are people that are complaining but there are also who love the noise because it made them feel like working inside a café. There are those that work better in a space with absolute silence thus the setting is not ideal for them. He said that, in his opinion, the layout served its original purpose. It is possible for him to meet people which turns into collaborations and it is a great thing overall.

A spokeswoman from the institute said that the Crick is already doing tests in order to determine the noise levels and see if acoustics is necessary in order for the building to be improved.

Dr. Kerstin Sailer who is an expert in architecture, said that there are people complaining about the noise and majority of them are those working near the atrium.

She said that the original intent of the building design was for scientists to meet as much opportunities to collaborate with other departments. They are still doing some tests to see if it is necessary to install windows to block out noise and other features that will make the building a more desirable place to work in.

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Texas Adds Solar Capacity To Provide Power To More Homes

Electricity costs are very high in Australia but there is a better option in solar panels on the Gold Coast to do away with electricity bills. Sunlight is abundant in the Gold Coast with 300 sunny days every year. On the average, a property will gain 4.2 hours of full sunlight and 12 sunlight hours every day of the year. Another place where there is abundant sunshine is Texas that is why it is one of America’s hottest solar markets.

In the 3rd quarter of the year, Texas added 227 megawatts of solar capacity enough to provide power to 44,000 homes. According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association, this was more than what Texas added in 2015. Nationally, the US was able to add more than 22,000 megawatts of solar capacity during the 3rd quarter.

However, in spite of abundant sunshine and its large population, Texas only ranks 7th in installed solar capacity. Solar power accounts for less than 1% of the electricity being generated from utilities. There were several factors that slowed down growth of solar power. The industry expected a reduction after the record 2016 when companies struggled to be able to beat the tax incentive deadline that was later extended. Other factors include the potential for import tariff on solar cells and some rooftop solar companies leaving the less profitable markets.

A steady growth for solar power nationally is predicted by US Energy Information Administration with utility-solar scale providing 27 gigawatts of capacity by end of 2017, up from 2016’s 22 gigawatts. By the end of 2018, the amount of solar is predicted to increase to 30 gigawatts. On the other hand, there have been uncertainties in the solar market this year after 2 companies petitioned the federal government to impose tariffs one foreign-made solar cell and panels.

Solar is a growing energy source in Australia because of the reduction in electricity bills. Installations of solar panels on the Gold Coast significantly increase the value of the property when it is time to sell. Home buyers are attracted to solar roofs knowing that they can save on electricity bills.

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Shop Fit-Out To Create An Ambiance Of Elegance And Sophistication

Consumers usually judge a business based on its shop front but it does not mean that business owners must overlook the importance of interior design. Space must be maximized so that customers will feel happy and comfortable. Expert designers from shop fitouts in Canberra will deliver the right solutions to create a great impression to potential customers.

Portview Fit-out has finally completed the year-long renovation of Liberty London with the opening of the new restaurant and bar Arthur’s. Arthur’s is the epitome of decadence and sophistication in equal measure. The art deco inspired elements were cleverly combined with contemporary touches to provide a unique allure that perfectly represents Liberty.

Liberty is one of the most iconic destinations for retail businesses in London because of its rich history and eclectic individuality. The ambitious renovation delivered a beautiful restaurant that represents the craftsmanship, elegance and artistry of Liberty.

For the last 12 months, Liberty has undergone an extensive shop fitout for the expansion of the menswear and women’s wear departments. The fitout added a new mini British food hall that offers the finest local produce for consumers.

Nick Leith-Smith an architecture consultant designed the interiors that featured a sculptural copper installation at the entrance, a semi-circular banquette-type seating, glittering warm brass and copper details and upholstered velvet with alternating colours of midnight blue, teal green and dusty pink.

Meanwhile, Arthur’s mouth-watering menus created by culinary experts make use of the local produce. The debut opening of Arthur’s is the highlight of the entire renovation process of Liberty. Customers are offered a beautiful setting where they can enjoy the best artisan food after a shopping spree.

Portview Fit-Out managing director Simon Campbell is very happy with their accomplishments in Liberty particularly Arthur’s. They look forward to the strengthening of their relationships with Liberty.

A team of designers at shop fitouts in Canberra will deliver the right solution so that your business can make good use of the space available. The design can be either minimalist or visually impressive to express the business’ visions and goals. The team guarantees an end result that is well designed and aesthetically appealing.

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Property By The Sea

Wood Marsh Architecture is currently developing their latest luxury apartment located across the Brighton Beach Gardens and the Green Point Park. It is located in one of the prime location in Melbourne. The apartment does not only boast of travertine bathroom sinks but it is an exclusive development with 11 and a half floors. All the apartments are the same size as regular residence. Its location is right in the middle of Brighton Middle Beach and Brighton Beach.

The development is only a few minute walk away from Royal Brighton Yacht Club as well as the Middle Brighton Sea Baths. It is also close to Church Street which offers cafes and shops that are styled as villages.

26 Esplanade is composed of four residences, each occupying the entire floors with 262 square meters space. 28 Esplanade, on the one hand, has six residences and each are occupying half of the floor with 223 square meters. They also have a super penthouse with 460 square meters composed of three bedrooms and two studies. It also comes with a roof terrace spanning 150 square meters which can be accessed through a private lift.

The residential development follows the form of a sculpture and is proud to have 180 degrees view overlooking the bat as well as the coastal dunes.

One of the founding partners of Wood Marsh, Randal Marsh, said that both the developments are designed to be positioned with the beautiful landscape. A language of architecture is made sure to co-exist between the buildings but each of them has a unique character.

The first building is covered in zinc while the other one is masonry in off-white color. These materials are both suited for the coastal surroundings. Looking at the buildings, they appear to be shying away from one another in order to allow the coast to be visible at the core of the project.

Each of the dwellings has water views from the living space, kitchen area and even the bedrooms.

The bathrooms are equipped with travertine bathroom sinks, vanity units and floors while every apartment comes with a steam room.

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