Monolithic Dome Houses, Safe, Warm, Quiet and Dry

Monolithic Dome Houses, Safe, Warm, Quiet and Dry

Once the concrete has cured and the exterior has been treated to protect the airform, a monolithic dome can be expected to last for hundreds of years with very little maintenance. Moreover, this structure easily survives hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, bullets and bunker-penetrating missiles. That’s not a joke. When the US was still on good terms with Saddam Hussein, the Monolithic people built 28 monolithic domes in Iraq, 27 being for grain storage and one for a mosque. A missile punched through tha dome with a 5,000 pound warhead. It exploded inside the dome but left the dome structurally sound. It needs massive repair but it won’t be falling down. Read More

The World’s Fastest Bicycles (Recumbents)

The World’s Fastest Bicycles (Recumbents)

How fast can a bicyclist go, strictly on his own pedaling power, on a straight, level road with no wind? Would you believe over 80 mph?

In fact, the current world human-powered speed record is 83.13 MPH, set in September, 2013 by Sebastiaan Bowier of the Netherlands. Like all the fastest speed bikes, this one was enclosed in an aerodynamic shell. The Titanium Gold Rush shown above won’t go that fast, but it’s a very fast bike—the titanium version of the first bicycle to exceed 65 mph (with an aerodynamic shell). The original Gold Rush resides in the Smithsonian Institution. This post is about the Gold Rush, its designer, Gardner Martin, the world of human powered racing and the recumbent riding experience—probably the most fun you could have on a bicycle. Read More

Energy Garden: a Children’s Field Trip Destination

Energy Garden: a Children’s Field Trip Destination

Energy Garden North View The Energy Garden is designed as a destination for K-12 field trips. Featuring domes, solar panels, wind turbines, geothermal water and air conditioning and an aquaponic system in a natural setting, the Energy Garden will teach the real nature of energy and sustainable living. While an actual residence would not need all these… Read More