Philips Design has been creating some impressive lighting projects recently. Their latest inspired venture hopes to set a new standard for modern city living by taking a mundane 66 acre property in The Netherlands that formerly housed Philips’ factories and research labs, and converting the industrial area into an “inspiring creative urban neighborhood” that will take a new approach to public lighting. The area will be using advanced hybrid-electric buses, called Phileas (yes, that’s a J. Verne shoutout), that are highly efficient as well as very quiet. Echoing a problem we may be faced with as we move to more quiet hybrid vehicles, Philips has developed a crosswalk system that ensures safety for pedestrians when the rumble of gas powered vehicles is no longer apparent. Philips crosswalk is a lighting system built directly into the road that uses LED lights to illuminate the crossing.
A new research study conducted by scientists at Miguel Hernandez University has identified cloves as the best antioxidant spice. The study, published in the latest issue of the Flavour and Fragrance Journal, showed cloves to have scored the highest marks when tested on five characteristics of good antioxidants. Researchers determined cloves contain high levels of phenolic compounds and other properties key to helping prevent diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s and macular degeneration, as well as fight the effects of aging. Antioxidants are thought to help because they can neutralize free radicals, which are toxic byproducts of natural cell metabolism. The human body naturally produces antioxidants, but the process isn’t 100 percent effective, and that effectiveness declines with age. Health experts recommend enhancing your diet with foods rich in antioxidants to counteract this decline and to maintain peak fitness. Other high scorers among the spices tested included essential oils from oregano, thyme, rosemary and sage. So not only will cloves be a good tasting additive to what you eat, they’ll be adding to your health too. For some great clove recipes, read here.