Certain architecture can help cool down your house in Ho Chi Minh City's scorching weather without, or less, turning on power-consuming air-conditioners. Certain architecture can help cool down your house in Ho Chi Minh City's scorching weather without, or less, turning on power-consuming air-conditioners. According to French architect Charles Gallavardin, natural ventilation and sun protection are among the major features of bioclimatic architecture, a type of architecture which can help to significantly reduce the need for air-conditioners. This architect's designs are based on studying the effects of climatic conditions on people, such as orienting homes in the direction of the main wind, blocking sun to prevent heat, and manipulating moisture. "The more people use air-conditioning, the more the climate becomes hot and the more they need air-conditioning," Gallavardin told Tuoi Tre News. One of his outstanding works, featured on CNN earlier this year, is the Lo Gom Condominium … [Read more...] about How to cool down your house in scorching Saigon without aircon?
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Outlook (21-04-2006) Looking at immigration in a new light by Mai Hien Developed countries have greeted globalisation by calling on developing countries to open up their markets, but they refuse to open up their own labour markets. According to the latest UN statistics, the number of international immigrants now count almost 200 million, more than double the 84 million of 30 years ago. Sixty per cent of them live in developed countries and 20 per cent in the United States – home to an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants. … [Read more...] about Looking at immigration in a new light
Three physicists have been awarded the Nobel Prize for revolutionizing the way the world is lighted. The 2014 physics award went to Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano of Japan and Shuji Nakamura of the University of California, Santa Barbara, for “the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.” From left, the researchers Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for “the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.” Photo by AFP. “They succeeded where everyone else had failed,” the academy said. Their work has spurred the creation of a whole new industry. The committee that chose the winners said light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, would be the lighting source of the 21st century, just as the incandescent bulb illuminated the 20th. John O'Keefe, Edvard … [Read more...] about 1 American and 2 Japanese physicists share Nobel for work on LED lights
"We should feel ashamed when the capital city looks so dirty. We shouldn’t think things cannot be done quickly in Hanoi" Hanoi Party Secretary Hoang Trung Hai said at a recent meeting for this year’s Urban Order and Civilisation campaign in the city. Hanoi Party Secretary Hoang Trung Hai It has long been a common thought to many people that nothing can ever happen quickly in Hanoi: people can’t drive fast on crowded roads, people can’t get their papers done quickly at administrative offices, and they can’t expect local state officials to perform their work fast. Hanoi's former Party Secretary Pham Quang Nghi once also complained about the slowness of Hanoi’s civil servants "Here we see so many dirty markets, dirty streets, and "dirty" offices where officials are trying to make dirty money." At the meeting secretary Hai pointed out that the construction sector was seeing a rising number of corruption cases, which have turned many parts of the … [Read more...] about How to make Hanoi run fast
An artist from Kon Tum province has become famous for making unusual pictures. She uses rice. She heats it up to give it different colours. Then she carefully puts it in special places on a work of art to make a beautiful picture. by Cam Ky and Bui Tuyet Vietnamese rice has gained a new lease on life thanks to rice paintings researched and developed by a young girl from the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum. Dang Thi Thuy Kieu, 25, a resident in Hoa Binh Commune in Kon Tum City, graduated from the Faculty of Multimedia Design at Dong Nai College of Decorative Arts but found her calling among the pioneers of rice paintings. "When I was a student, I became enchanted by the art after a schoolmate showed me her rice paintings. I found that grafting grains of rice together was a novel way to create something," Kieu said. She started researching and studying the way to make the paintings and after many failures she finally found her way. Rice paintings are also made in India, … [Read more...] about Artist uses rice to make pictures