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France Urges the World Towards Nuclear Power Development

March 8, 2010 / No Comments

Nicolas Sarkozy, president of France, has made an odd statement today - saying that poor countries need nuclear power in order to develop properly. He's urging rich lenders to support a global nuclear expansion, which should help fight climate change problems, and satisfy the ever-growing demand for energy in the world.

Student Housing Made From 100 Recycled Shipping Containers

January 28, 2010 / 2 Comments

French architectural firm Olgga Architects has designed a housing complex for students. The housing complex will be built out of recycled shipping containers stacked one on top of the other. Each of these containers will function as an individual room for a student.

Lost in Paris House, Blends With the Scenery

February 24, 2009 / No Comments

In case you liked the green wall in Madrid, here's something that breaks the conventionality. Blending with the trees and the nearby green, here's a creative design by Parisian-based architects from R&Sie Architects who turned a concrete house into a living home. Dubbed the Lost in Paris House, here's a 130 sqm structure has been covered with more than 1,200 ferns ...

Mitsubishi Motors Will Make Electric Cars for Peugeot

January 12, 2009 / No Comments

When a foreign (outside of Japan) car maker can't make a car as good as Japan does, what do they do? Contract a Japanese car maker to make it for them and call it their own. Mitsubishi Motors Corp. will make electric cars for France's PSA Peugeot Citroen Group beginning early next year. The French government is ponying up to 5,000 ...

What Do The Swiss Call Lake Geneva?

October 27, 2008 / No Comments

With 60-percent jurisdiction under Switzerland and 40-percent under France, Lake Geneva is the second largest freshwater lake in Central Europe when it comes to surface area (582 km² - 225 mi²). The crescent-shaped lake is second just after Lake Balaton, in Hungary, has a maximum length of 73 km (45 mi), a maximum width of 14 km (8.7 mi) and ...

When Trains are Faster than Airplanes

June 17, 2008 / 8 Comments

In some worlds trains are faster than airplanes, or at least definitely more convenient considering fuel and airline ticket prices, rising the way they are. Image by Nicola Beccu Europe's first high speed train link from Paris to Lyon saw air traffic drop significantly. This was followed by the same phenomenon more recently in the Paris-London, Paris-Brussels and Paris-Amsterdam combinations. Madrid-Barcelona high ...

Spanish and French truckers on strike, against high diesel prices

June 10, 2008 / No Comments

In the "that's what happens when oil reaches new records" category (no we don't have one) truckers from Spain and France went on strike on Monday to protest against high diesel prices. And they have damn good reasons : €1.30 for a liter in Spain ($7.71 a gallon) and €1.45 in France ($8.62 a gallon). This is 40-percent more than ...