Japanese architect Toyo Ito, whose buildings have been praised for their fluid beauty and balance between the physical and virtual world, has won the 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the prize’s jury announced on Sunday.
The 71-year-old architect joins such masters as Frank Gehry, IM Pei, Tadao Ando, Renzo Piano and Wang Su in receiving the honour that’s been called architecture’s Nobel Prize.
Ito, the sixth Japanese architect to receive the prize, was recognised for the libraries, houses, theatres, offices and other buildings he designed in Japan and beyond.
Cold air is the only ‘fuel’ for greenest car
Washington: A British inventor has developed what may be called the greenest car on the planet, which runs on nothing but cold air.
Peter Dearman’s rusty, 25-year-old Vauxhall Nova, has no gas, no batteries. It has a beer keg in the messy trunk. Pipes run through the middle of the car, which is littered with wrenches and loose bolts.
Under the hood, a red, plastic garbage can holds anti-freeze that spills over the sides and a piece of wood holds, well, everything else together.
The Dearman engine is powered only by liquid air. Dearman, a full-time inventor, hopes that his invention offers a solution to the rapidly decreasing fossil fuels. ANI
‘World on verge of drug resistant red plague’
Melbourne: A new plague of antibiotic resistant infections may emerge with even common urinary tract infections now resistant to conventional treatment, Australia’s superbug experts have warned.
They said powerful intravenous antibiotics were being used to beat urinary tract infections that previously could be treated simply with a pill. Unless the government regulates antibiotic use medical advances like organ transplants, joint replacements and critical care medicine will be under threat from rampant infections, the stated. ANI
Active bacteria community found in deepest spot
London: Scientists have discovered a large and highly active bacteria community in the world’s deepest oceanic trench on the Pacific sea floor.
The international research team studied one of the most inaccessible places on Earth: the bottom of the Mariana Trench located nearly 11km below sea level in the western Pacific, which makes it the deepest site on Earth.
They documented a highly active bacteria community in the sediment of the trench - even though the environment is under extreme pressure almost 1,100 times higher than at sea level. PTI