Straw as real estate building material

Written by Cameron Lindblom,

Inrepparttar famous kid’s fairy tale ‘The Three Little Pigs’ one ofrepparttar 110089 pigs built a house of straw that made him almost pay with his life. The pig was blamed inrepparttar 110090 tale for choosingrepparttar 110091 wrong building material. But his material was definitelyrepparttar 110092 right one. He was just not aware of one important secret of construction. However, some ofrepparttar 110093 professional builders knowrepparttar 110094 secret, and they apply it in many places throughoutrepparttar 110095 world. Asrepparttar 110096 result,repparttar 110097 winners ofrepparttar 110098 situation are reasonable American millionaires. Why straw? Firstly, it may sound as a paradox, but straw, when handled correctly, isrepparttar 110099 natural material that maximally resistant to decomposition. The recent researches by US scientists have shown that compressed straw packs about 100 years old contained some sorts of grasses, which have already disappeared. Moreover, they were preserved safe and sound. Geneticists received really unique materials for their work, while builders received confirmation of strength and durability ofrepparttar 110100 forgotten building materials. Secondly, inrepparttar 110101 course of studyingrepparttar 110102 myth about straw’s fire risk was also denied. Fire tests gave out wondering results. Of course straw house can be burned down, unless straw is finished with plaster or stucco, for instance. However, after straw went under finishing, it could compete with metal by refractoriness. The temperature that made metal constructions melt could be resisted by straw structures for extra 40 minutes. Apart from this, straw buildings showed high energy-saving coefficients.

Nagging Doubts

Written by Holmes Charnley

There's always that nagging doubt isn't there? The nagging doubt that they just won't get it.

I went torepparttar Post Office yesterday,repparttar 110088 small local one roundrepparttar 110089 corner, to draw a relatively large amount of money out of my account. Whilst inrepparttar 110090 queue, I saw a packet of refill cartridges going cheap. Half-price. Which in consequence meant it was around 50p to keep an ink pen running for a good year or so.

Thinking they might come in handy, I procured some and when I was atrepparttar 110091 head ofrepparttar 110092 queue, placed them onrepparttar 110093 counter, saying casually torepparttar 110094 postmistress that I sincerely hoped thatrepparttar 110095 money I was drawing out would indeed coverrepparttar 110096 cost ofrepparttar 110097 cartridges.

As I was drawing out in excess of £300, there was a strong chance really and my comment was merely meant to make her smile.

"Yes, it will," she said. Indeed, it appeared that she had done some quick mental arithmetic to make sure. The whole transaction was rather icy, in retrospect.

It could almost have been a precursor torepparttar 110098 BBC2 programme I watched later, where on Horizon, it has been predicted that Britain could well, before long, be plunged into another ice age. (Postmistresses roamingrepparttar 110099 streets, doing unnecessary mental arithmetic, unsmilingly.)

That aside, Horizon proved compulsive viewing. At present, Britain enjoys its temperate climate due torepparttar 110100 warm air brought to us fromrepparttar 110101 Gulf Stream. But, due to global warming, wererepparttar 110102 ice sheets to continue to melt, we would have some major problems. It wouldn't get hotter, as you'd think. It would, conversely, get a hell of a lot colder here in Britain.

You see,repparttar 110103 North Atlantic is an incredibly important area. From a meteorological point of view, you could say it is "strategic." It isrepparttar 110104 point whererepparttar 110105 Gulf Stream sinks to join what is known asrepparttar 110106 Atlantic Conveyor, a massive rotating belt which takes cold water back alongrepparttar 110107 ocean floor torepparttar 110108 tropics, where again, it rises, to beginrepparttar 110109 journey again.

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