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Mind the gap: New bridge in Cornwall is actually two giant cantilevers

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What does it really feel wish to be an arch? Very totally different from the way it feels wish to be a cantilever.

Cornwall’s Tintagel Fort was related by a long-gone land bridge. Now a brand new bridge has simply opened, with a competition- successful design by Brussells-based engineering agency Ney & Companions with William Matthews, who used to work with Renzo Piano and labored on the Shard in London. Based on English Heritage:

Tintagel bridge deck© Jim Holden for English HeritageSpanning a 190-foot gorge and with a gasp-inducing hole within the center, the bridge follows the road of the unique route – a slender strip of land, lengthy misplaced to erosion – between the 13th- century gatehouse on the mainland and the courtyard on the jagged headland or island jutting into the ocean. So vital was this historic crossing that it gave rise to the place’s identify, the Cornish Din Tagell that means “the Fortress of the Slim Entrance”.View from a distance© David Levene for English Heritage

An attention-grabbing characteristic of the bridge (and the explanation I’m writing about it in TreeHugger) is the best way it’s engineered; it in reality will not be a single bridge, however…

…two impartial cantilevers of roughly 30 metres size every that attain out from both facet to – virtually – contact within the center. On the centre of the bridge, a slender hole (40mm) has been designed to signify the transition between the mainland and the island, the current and the previous, historical past and legend.

Bridge from a distance© Jim Holden for English Heritage

Based on Oliver Wainwright within the Guardian, the story will not be so evocative.

In fact, it was a sensible necessity, to be able to keep away from extreme forces assembly on the centre of the double-arched construction, but it surely makes for a poetic sight.

What it feels like to be a building© What it feels wish to be a constructing

In fact, that appears odd to me. I instantly considered a e book I used to learn to my children, Forrest Wilson’s traditional What it feels wish to be a constructing. I haven’t got it with me, however did discover a little bit of it in a overview, as I attempted to recollect what it feels wish to be an arch, which has a keystone up on the high, with the remainder of it leaning in.

what it feels like to be an arch© What it feels wish to be a constructing

As Wilson famous, the arch by no means sleeps, it’s up there working, coping with these so-called “extreme forces” and has been doing that for hundreds of years since arches have been invented. You may see how effectively they labored, holding up Notre Dame Cathedral, even because the wooden roof above the arches and domes burned away. The arch by no means sleeps.

Nevertheless, stick your arm out straight and you’ll rapidly study the way it feels to be a cantilever; it hurts. It has to work actually laborious simply to remain up.

The cantilever, like your arm, needs to fall down. It is restrained by deep anchors into the rock holding the highest and the construction of that half-arch levering on that massive block of concrete supporting it from beneath.

Had this been a standard bridge, it might have been skinny and stylish, pushing outwards in opposition to the 2 rock faces like each different bridge. However that is been carried out ten thousand instances and hey, it is a competitors. So now we thoughts the hole, this “transition between the mainland and the island, the current and the previous, historical past and legend.” As a result of we will.

I’m an architect, not a structural engineer, and admit that it’s marvelous how they constructed this, bringing in items and constructing out from both sides. You may’t do this with a standard arch; it would not keep up by itself till you set within the keystone. However right here, they can construct both sides out independently with none annoying and costly falsework holding it up within the center till the arch is accomplished.

However I’ve been making an attempt to make arguments for sufficiency, the query of “how a lot do you want?” And simplicity, “what’s the best, most sensible approach to clear up this downside?” And I at all times thought that implies that a bridge needs to be an arch.

I might love to listen to from any structural engineers on the market, however my intestine tells me that this resolution resulted in elevated complexity, extra supplies and better prices. Or is that this simply two separate arches, and probably the most environment friendly approach to construct a bridge at the moment?

What does it really feel wish to be an arch? Very totally different from the way it feels wish to be a cantilever.

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What happens when insect fat replaces butter in Belgian waffles?

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A taste-test between the 2 sorts of fats had a stunning end result.

Belgians are specialists in relation to waffles. And but, when offered with waffles that had been made partially with insect fats as a substitute of butter, they might not inform the distinction! This stunning discovery, made by researchers from Ghent College, signifies a stable argument for changing local weather intensive dairy-based fat with a lot decrease affect insect fat in baked items, with out affecting taste, consistency or colour.

The research, led by long-time edible insect researcher Daylan Tzompa-Sosa, used fats made out of black soldier fly larvae. Three forms of waffles had been made: one which was all butter with no insect fats, one which was 75 % butter and 25 % insect fats, and one which was half butter, half insect fats. Tasters couldn’t decipher among the many totally different recipes.

Tzompa-Sosa has lengthy been an advocate of embracing edible bugs for his or her wholesome fat, not simply their protein. For too lengthy we have been discarding insect oils, once we actually needs to be consuming them as a result of they’re arguably more healthy for us than different types of fats. Tzompa-Sosa informed the Brussels Occasions,

“Insect fats accommodates lauric acid, which gives optimistic dietary attributes since it’s extra digestible than butter. Furthermore, lauric acid has an antibacterial, antimicrobial and antimycotic impact. Which means that it’s ready, for instance, to get rid of innocent varied viruses, micro organism and even fungi within the physique, permitting it to have a optimistic impact on well being.”

The black soldier fly is impressively fatty, with 140 grams of fats per kilogram. As compared, beef has 187 grams per kilo and a home cricket 68g/kg (through The Scientist). Insect fats takes take fewer sources to supply, as bugs might be raised in intensive feeding operations with out triggering the identical moral debates over welfare and consciousness that animals do. Bugs may very well be grown regionally in giant portions, eliminating the transportation footprint that accompanies the consumption of Mediterranean-based and tropical fat corresponding to olive, palm, and coconut oils.

The largest hurdle is the ickiness issue and serving to individuals to recover from their instinctive sense of disgust at consuming bugs. That is the place baked items may turn out to be useful. Very similar to cricket flour or protein powder is a straightforward entry level for ‘entomophagy’ (the act of consuming bugs), it’s simpler to wrap one’s head round consuming a waffle made with insect butter than to munch on roasted crickets or a mealworm taco.

However don’t be concerned, you are not about to see insect fats popping up on the nook bakery. The Brussels Occasions says manufacturing remains to be solely small-scale and costly, however with analysis like this, you by no means know – it may change shortly.

A taste-test between the 2 sorts of fats had a stunning end result.

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French ski resort is using helicopters to move snow

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“No justification may be doable for this nonsense.”

In terms of carbon emissions, there’s nearly nothing worse than a helicopter on a CO2 per km traveled foundation; it is 5 instances as excessive as a automotive. And naturally, CO2 is what’s inflicting it to get hotter on the market.

So it appears considerably contradictory that on the Luchon-Superbagnères ski resort within the French Pyrenees, they’re utilizing a helicopter to move 50 tonnes of snow to cowl the bunny hills and hold the resort open. As a result of jobs are extra essential than a little bit carbon, proper? In line with Hervé Pounau, the director of the native council, quoted within the Guardian:

Protecting the station open safeguarded 50 to 80 jobs, together with carry operators, ski faculty lecturers, childminders, ski tools rental store employees and restaurant homeowners, he added. “We’re not going to cowl the complete ski station in snow, however with out it we’d have needed to shut an enormous a part of the ski area, and it’s through the holidays that we’ve probably the most exercise for newbies and the ski faculties,” Pounau mentioned.

Chair lift in mud in France© Photograph by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP by way of Getty Photos

He additionally admits that it is not very ecological, however that “It’s actually distinctive and we gained’t be doing it once more. This time we didn’t have a alternative.”

As if this may not probably occur once more, because the local weather continues to heat. Inexperienced Social gathering sorts complain that that is nuts.

As a substitute of adapting to world warming we’re going to finish up with a double drawback: one thing that prices a number of power, that contributes closely to world warming and that as well as is just for an elite group of people that can afford it. It’s the world the wrong way up.
Lots of people are outraged, together with a former metropolis councillor who has an fascinating analogy: “No justification may be doable for this nonsense. ​On the time of world warming, some folks empty their boat with a spoon as a tsunami approaches!”

It is a drawback at ski resorts all over the place; Vail Resorts has been making an attempt to go Internet Zero by 2030 and is working its new excessive effectivity snow weapons on wind energy, however you may’t make snow when it is 50°F out. In line with analysis revealed in Geophysical Analysis Letters, the quantity of snow mass within the USA had dropped 41 % since 1980 and the snow season has shrunk by 34 days.

My last snowboard trip, 2016My final snowboard journey, 2016/ Emma Alter/CC BY 2.0

I used to like my snowboard, however got here to appreciate that driving two hours to get electrically hauled up a hill to fly down a clearcut path on synthetic snow shouldn’t be precisely TreeHugger right. The final 12 months I purchased a seasons move the snow was so dangerous that I solely used it as soon as in horrible circumstances, fell on the ice and harm my knee; I’ve not used it since.

Final winter I purchased cross-country skis that I might use within the close by ravines; I’ve used them solely as soon as this 12 months as there was nearly no snow. Winters as we’ve identified them are disappearing, and helicopters will not assist.

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Presidents’ Day Survey: Who Is The Greenest President?

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The outcomes of our annual survey are sometimes shocking.

Joyful Presidents’ Day! It is our not-quite annual ballot, to take the mood of the instances. After we first did this a decade in the past, it was the preferred ballot ever on TreeHugger, with 1000’s and 1000’s of votes for then sitting President George W. Bush. The feedback had been so politicized and so higher case: “BUSH WAS RIGHT ON EVERY BILL HE PASSED AND VETOED. HE IS PERFECTION ITSELF. I LOVE HIM. IN A MANLY WAY.” I’m so relieved that we now stay in additional civil and well mannered instances the place folks do not stay in their very own bubbles and scream at one another, and I proceed to intensify the optimistic.

The outcomes of our annual survey are sometimes shocking.

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