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Submission + - Robotic umbrella forest to keep Hajj pilgrims cool (greenprophet.com)

An dochasac writes: "The annual Hajj pilgrimage is expected to bring over three million Muslims to Al-Masjid al-Nabaw mosque in Medina this year. The dry Saudi Arabian climate with temperatures exceeding 100F makes this a punishing and potentially dangerous event for pilgrims gathered in the shadeless marble plaza. German designers, SL-Rasch, in collaboration with Sefar Architecture, conceived a landscape of high-tech sunscreens that span the 150,000 square meter forecourts, a total area larger than the mosque’s footprint. The 250 convertible umbrellas, each 20 meters tall, are sized to fill the courts’ proportions, converting the open plazas into fully covered outdoor rooms.

These umbrellas open and close on demand to provide shade during daylight, trap heat at night and collect precious rainwater. They are also beautiful, fitting in well with the traditional architecture of Mohammad's second mosque."


PHP 5.3 Released 120

Sudheer writes "The PHP development team is proud to announce the immediate release of PHP 5.3.0. This release is a major improvement in the 5.X series, which includes a large number of new features and bug fixes. Some of the key new features include: namespaces, late static binding, closures, optional garbage collection for cyclic references, new extensions (like ext/phar, ext/intl and ext/fileinfo), over 140 bug fixes and much more."

Submission + - Run PHP on the Google App Engine (webdigi.co.uk) 1

php-developer writes: "Google App Engine, a cloud computing environment that Google has been working on to host Web applications in a way that, in theory, it provides automatic scalability, so sites can handle large audiences without having to plan and invest on servers to handle large loads. We have now figured out how to run PHP on Google App Engine. You may be wondering how this is possible as Google doesn't support PHP on App Engine. Well its possible because recently Google announced Java as the newest programming language supported by the App Engine. And this made possible to run Quercus which is a 100% Java implementation of the PHP language. So until PHP support is officially added by Google you can play with this approach."

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