Stanford Solar Car Project reveals its latest design - "Arctan"

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The Stanford Solar Car Project has unveiled its Arctan solar car, which puts a decidedly modern spin on a classic design. Although they seem like artifacts from a ridiculously distant future, solar cars are actually quite old. The first solar car was invented by William Cobb in 1955 and solar car races have been held around the world since the early 1980s. With the Arctan, the Stanford Solar Car Project dusts off the cobwebs of an ancient utopian machine and makes it new.

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Mass pigeon kidnapping leaves Washington Square Park locals mourning feathered friends

by , 08/04/15
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Washington Square Park-goers may have noticed that the flock of pigeons that usually floods the green space is suddenly much smaller. According to the Washington Square Park Blog, close to 300 pigeons were netted and captured late last month in broad daylight. Bowery Boogie reports that the kidnapping isn’t an isolated event, and that the stolen pigeons will be transported to Pennsylvania and sold for hunting events where they will have their wings clipped and be launched into the air and shot at. While the birds may have been a nuisance to some, others, like artist and local Tina Trachtenberg, are mourning their loss.

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Botswana confirms ban on trophy hunting in wake of Cecil the Lion’s death

by , 08/04/15
filed under: Animals, Conservation, News

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The government of Botswana, neighbor to Zimbabwe and the Hwange National Park, from where famed and revered lion Cecil was lured and killed earlier this month, has confirmed a nationwide ban on trophy hunting. The news follows a wave of international outrage over Cecil’s slaughter at the hands of American hunter Walter James Palmer.

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Solar-powered LEED-certified home in Portland boasts a dazzling array of eco-friendly features

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Engineers install the world's largest floating wind turbine off the coast of Fukushima

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After the 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that destroyed the Fukishima nuclear power plant, Japan is diversifying its energy mix. Engineers are installing the world’s largest floating wind turbine just 12 miles off the Fukishima coast. It is one of three floating turbines sponsored by the Japanese government that will be connected to floating sub-power station.

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Stop dyed baby chicks from being sold in suffocating plastic bags on Thai beaches

by , 08/04/15

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Tourists on the Koh Lanta island of Thailand recently made a disturbing discovery while walking along the beach: vendors are selling baby chicks that have been dyed bright colors and lumped into sealed plastic bags on sweltering hot days. A petition is making its rounds on Care2 to bring attention to the cruelty – sign it here!

STOP PUTTING DYED CHICKS IN PLASTIC BAGS >

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Revolutionary construction system builds low-cost Syrian refugee schools out of sand

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Massive 95 year old, 23 pound rescued lobster gets to live out his days in an aquarium

by , 08/04/15
filed under: Animals, News

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Recently, a Long Island restaurant worker discovered a lobster the size of a small child in a shipping crate. The crustacean weighs in at 23 pounds and, judging by its size, could be as old as 95 years. Luckily for him, he will be sent off to live out the remainder of his golden years in an aquarium, instead of succumbing to the taste buds of all the hungry press and customers who have swarmed to catch a glimpse.

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100% effective Ebola vaccine could end the deadly epidemic

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The west African Ebola epidemic may soon be fizzling out, thanks to the speedy development of a vaccine that has shown 100% effectiveness against the virus in clinical trials. Normal vaccine trials can take decades to produce results, but thanks to 4,000 people in Guinea who volunteered for the trials, along with a combined effort by multiple countries and organizations, the life-saving vaccine will be saving lives right away.

 

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100,000 LEED-certified ceramic tiles clad Milan’s restored Rainbow Tower

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Shigeru Ban Architects' Oita Prefectural Art Museum opens in Japan

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Obama's Climate Action Plan is the strongest in US history

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Today President Obama unveiled the strongest climate action plan in US history, and the first to set Federal limits on carbon emissions from power plants. Under the new Clean Power Plan—which will undoubtedly face legal challenges from the coal industry—power plants will be required to cut emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 to help curb climate change. States can also avail themselves of new initiatives to increase renewable energy generation. The plan amounts to the equivalent of taking 166 million cars off the road and could reduce premature deaths due to power plant emissions by 90 percent.

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Massive wildfire threatens 6,300 properties north of San Francisco

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The largest of 23 major wildfires currently burning in drought-stricken California has destroyed two dozen houses and 26 outbuildings, while over 12,000 people have been advised to flee their homes in the Lower Lake region. Called the Rocky Fire, the blaze is burning less than 100 miles north of San Francisco, and over 3,000 firefighters are working to contain the fast-moving blaze, which has so far consumed 93 square miles.

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Solar-powered POD-Idladla is a tiny flat-pack home for two that lets you live almost anywhere

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World’s first Braille smartwatch gives blind people a lifeline to information

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In countries where smartphones are popular, it’s common to see folks walking down the street, tiny screen in hand, as they navigate to a new cafe, text with a buddy, or read an email from their boss. Smartwatches, although not so pervasive, essentially help people do the same things. But you never see a blind person transfixed to their iPhone or honed in on their smartwatch, because the technology simply isn’t compatible with the vision-impaired way of life. Enter the Dot—the world’s first Braille smartwatch—which could close the gap that precludes many blind people from interacting with information the way sighted folks can.

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Tesla's updated Model S autopilot mode will make long road trips even better

Tesla's updated Model S autopilot mode will make long road trips even…

As if the Tesla Model ‘S’ wasn’t already cool enough with its semiautonomous autopilot mode, now it’s even cooler. The autopilot mode is already equipped, according to Engadget,…

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Chinese-funded $13.8bn railway to slice through Kenya's oldest national park

Chinese-funded $13.8bn railway to slice through Kenya's oldest…

A $13.8 bn railway project, linking Nairobi to Mombasa, will cut right through Nairobi National Park in Kenya. The Chinese-funded railway line is set to replace the colonial-era Lunatic…

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Double domed Copagri Pavilion in Milan can be reassembled again and again

Double domed Copagri Pavilion in Milan can be reassembled again and…

The Love IT Pavilion for Copagri at Expo Milano 2015 is a pair of open-slatted wooden domes. Designed by EMBT, the beautiful structures sit around a large circular pool meant for a…

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Eco-conscious GreenAdvisor app is the TripAdvisor for the environment

Eco-conscious GreenAdvisor app is the TripAdvisor for the environment

What would happen if a multitude of voices, voices like yours, started to demand a greener tomorrow? Sure, the popular voice is pro-environment. But are corporate leaders and policy…

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Wood and metal sandwich panels clad PAN Architects' striking Marseille Architecture School extension

Wood and metal sandwich panels clad PAN Architects' striking Marseille…

The prefab new addition of Marseille’s Architecture School, designed by French architecture firm PAN Architecture, is a low-cost prefab building clad in vertical metal strips and…

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