To say that Hong Kong has a housing problem is an understatement. Real estate has become so expensive in the city that high-rise buildings crammed full of tenants have become the norm.
Architect James Law may have a solution to this problem in the form of concrete water pipes converted into tiny homes. Law, who is from James Law Cybertecture, designed the OPod Tube Housing system, which repurposes concrete tubes that are just eight feet in diameter.
He transformed these small tubes into micro-houses that can hold 100-square feet of living space.
Each tube home can accommodate one to two persons.
Practicality is the inspiration behind the tube houses and best suited for young people looking for living spaces and also city governments looking into affordable housing options.
At 22 tons per piece, the tube houses are far from being lightweight but they are easily installed.
Hong Kong has one of the most competitive real estate markets in the world. In 2014, it has a population of nearly 6700 people per square kilometer.
To get an idea of the severity of the housing problem in Hong Kong, check out how it fares compared to Singapore.
According to the South China Morning Post:
“Singapore is approximately 65 per cent of the size of Hong Kong, with a population of 5.5 million living in a land area of 719 sq km. In comparison, Hong Kong has 7.3 million people living on 1,105 sq km of land.”
“Population density is high in both places: on paper, Singapore is the more crowded, with an average of 7,792 people living on every square kilometre, compared with Hong Kong’s 6,780 people, but the leafy and spacious cityscape in Singapore makes it feel less congested than Hong Kong.”
The firm creates the OPod for urban areas that cannot accommodate standard construction.
This means that the tubes can be fitted and stacked in narrow alleyways between buildings. Metal stairways will give access to get to the stacked units.
What about the cost? The OPod will go for an estimated $15,000 each if plans will push through.
Does Mango Make Your Mouth Itch? There’s a Weird Reason Behind It!
The condition is called “mango mouth.”
People who don't like mangoes are a rarity. With its delightfully sweet taste, soft texture, and vitamin content, the mango has become one of the world's most popular fruits. But there ARE people who shy away from eating mangoes, not because they don't like the taste, but because the fruit makes their mouths itch!
The condition is called "mango mouth," which produces an itchy and tingly sensation when the fruit makes contact with the mouth. This happens to people with mango allergy; their mouth can't tolerate the chemical called urushiol.
The mango peel and the fruit directly underneath it have high concentrations of urushiol.
The chemical is also found in poison ivy, poison sumac, and poison oak. So it's hardly surprising that eating mangoes can make some feel itchy....
Ex-NASA Engineer Turns Normal Sand Into ‘Liquid Soup’ And Here’s How He Did It
Mark Rober is the best uncle to his nephews!
Mark Rober, who worked as an engineer at NASA, found a way to make science more entertaining for everyone on YouTube. And his latest release was a video of a solid sand being turned into "liquid soup," allowing it to behave like water. After leaving his job at the organization's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Rober turned to vlogging on the popular video-sharing website for science topics and other interesting DIY projects.
Nothing's more interesting so far than his latest video, as he was seen dipping in a tub with sand that behaves like water. Rober's liquid sand uses the concept of fluidized beds, "a physical phenomenon occurring when a quantity of a solid particulate substance is placed under appropriate conditions to cause a solid/fluid mixture to behave as a fluid.” In other words, large quantities of tiny, solid substances are transformed into liquid.
If you want your own liquid sand tub, Mark Rober's got you covered.
It's not even that complicated.
13 Unexpected Uses of Vinegar You Need to Know Now
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When we think about vinegar, the very first thing that comes to our mind is “salad.” But believe it or not, vinegar is more than just an everyday condiment. It offers plenty of health benefits and uses that most of us are not aware of. Heck, it can replace even the most expensive stuff you use at home.
Today, Elite Readers will present to you some of the most unbelievable uses of vinegar. From being a good beauty product alternative to daily cleaning ingredient, you will be surprised with its many uses. Check them out below!
#1. Kills Weeds
White vinegar, in particular, is capable of killing weeds and grass of any type. Just simply pour it directly onto the leaves. Soon enough, it will inhibit the growth....