L.A. will convert motel units to 500 apartments for homeless vets

The city of Los Angeles has approved a deal for nonprofit and private developers to convert “nuisance » motels into 500 permanent supportive apartments for homeless veterans. Advocates say about 2,700 homeless veterans remain in the county, despite an intensive drive by local and federal officials. Under the deal, developers will purchase underutilized, often run-down motels from private owners and…

Sonnenschiff, Germany: The solar city that produces 4 times the energy it consumes

  Designed by Rolf Disch, the Sonnenschiff (Solar Ship) and Solarsiedlung (Solar Village) emphasize power production from the start by smartly incorporating a series of large rooftop solar arrays that double as sun shades. The buildings are also built to Passivhaus standards, which allows the project to produce four times the amount of energy it consumes.…

10 Concordia projects receive support from the Curriculum Innovation Fund

The  Curriculum Innovation Fund (CIF) is a Concordia initiative that supports faculty members as they explore ways to improve classes and teaching methods. It’s a joint effort of the Office of the Provost and the School of Graduate Studies that upholds the university’s Academic Plan to provide students with dynamic programs and engaging learning experiences. The recipients come from 10 different departments, centres…

Multicellular life was caused by the same gene that suppresses cancer, study suggests

Biologists at the Kansas State University found that a single gene called retinoblastoma is responsible for the evolution of single-celled organisms into multicellular ones, debunking previous hypotheses that it took multiple genes to create multicellular life. The same gene is also known to be defective in cancer patients and plays a critical role in the evolution into…

Hyperloop One held the first public demonstration of its propulsion system, hitting 116 mph in just 1.1 seconds

Hyperloop One is one of several companies working on transportation technology known as hyperloop, which will feature pods or cars racing through tubes in near-vacuum conditions with little to no air resistance to maximize efficiency and increase speed. Hyperloop One held the first public demonstration of its propulsion system on Wednesday, with a unmanned sled hitting…