Luxembourg will be the first country to offer all public transportation for free

December 10, 2018 by  
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Luxembourg — a small, landlocked European country that borders Belgium, Germany and France — is going to be the first country on Earth to have completely free public transportation . The newly re-elected Xavier Bettel and a coalition government will lift the fares on all of the public trains, trams and buses starting in Summer 2019. The country’s capital, Luxembourg City, is small but has some of the worst traffic congestion in the world. It has a population of about 110,000, but more than 400,000 additional commuters from neighboring countries travel into the city each day for work. Related: Estonia will soon offer free public transportation The traffic jams aren’t just in the capital. The entire country (which is only 999 square miles) is home to approximately 600,000 people, but another 200,000 people cross the Luxembourg border every day to get to work. Free public transportation will begin next summer, and it will continue Luxembourg’s progressive approach to transport. This year, it started offering free transportation to everyone under the age of 20. Secondary school students can also ride free shuttles between school and home. Currently, all other commuters pay a little over two dollars for up to two hours of travel . Since the country is small, that fare covers just about every commute. But by 2020, all tickets will be abolished. There is still some work to do on the policy, because the government has yet to figure out a plan for the first- and second-class train compartments. Still, it is a step in the right direction to reduce the country’s carbon footprint. Via The Guardian Image via Rubentje01

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3,000-year-old underwater castle discovered in Turkey’s largest lake

November 22, 2017 by  
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Turkey ‘s Lake Van is the country’s biggest – but that isn’t the lake’s only claim to fame. Van Yüzüncü Yil University archaeologists and a team of divers recently discovered an underwater fortress there. The ancient nation of Urartu could have built the castle roughly around 3,000 years ago during the Iron Age. The team explored the lake based on local rumors of ancient ruins, despite other archaeologists familiar with the area telling them they probably wouldn’t find much. But it was the rumors that turned out to be correct: diving team head Tahsin Ceylan told Turkey’s newswire service Andalou Agency the archaeological site is around one kilometer, or a little over half a mile, large. The fortress’ walls that they can see are between 10 to 13 feet in size. Related: Haunting drowned figures send a chilling message in Europe’s first undersea sculpture museum Some of the remains are loose piles of stones, others are smooth walls, according to National Geographic . Visual assessments led the team to estimate the underwater castle is around 3,000 years old. It would have been built when the lake’s water level was hundreds of meters lower. According to ScienceAlert , Lake Van’s water levels have fluctuated dramatically throughout the years. Urartu, a kingdom that flourished between the ninth and sixth centuries BCE, was centered around Lake Van, according to the Metropolitan Museum of Art . Other archaeological remains in the area, some higher than the current shoreline, are also the subject of study. And archaeologists and divers plan to return to the lake the learn more about the recently found sunken fortress. They’re not yet sure how deep the walls might be buried in lake floor sediment, and hope to learn more about the people who inhabited the castle. Via National Geographic and ScienceAlert Images via National Geographic on YouTube

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Picturesque Swiss Alps town wants to pay new residents to move there

November 22, 2017 by  
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A two-week vacation in the Alps is great, sure. But what about a 10-year stay where you’ll be paid to sip hot cocoa in a charming chalet settled amongst snow-capped mountains? Indeed, as Travel+Leisure  shares, the tiny Swiss village of Albinen, near Leukerbad in the canton of Valais is offering new residents a hefty annual paycheck—25,000 francs (or $25,200 USD) per adult and 10,000 francs ($10,000 USD) per child to be exact—to live in their dreamy village for at least a decade. Like many small towns across Europe and the U.S., Albinen has seen their population dip over the last few years as residents, particularly families, have left for larger cities. As Swiss site The Local  reports, three families have moved from Albinen recently, including eight children. While these numbers will seem negligible to most of us, the loss forced the local school to close. As it stands, there are just 240 residents remaining and they are demanding officials save the village from demise. As such, the village council proposed the pay-to-stay measure which will be voted on November 30, 2017. Related: Italy is giving away hundreds of historic castles and villas for free Of course, there are several caveats for applicants. First, you must be under 45 years old. Secondly, the property you chose must be valued at no less than 200,000 francs ($201,600 USD). And again, you’ll need to commit at least 10 years to the village and make it your permanent place of residence. If you break the agreement (i.e. leave before your decade is up), you’ll have to repay the town all the money they invested in you. Although modest, Albinen offers clean streets and some nice amenities, including a spa.  The village is also sited near several larger towns. Plus you can’t argue those spectacular views of the Alps. Really, could you ask for a better Instagram shot? Via Travel+Leisure via  The Local Images via WikiCommons and Google Maps

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A look into a Turkey sweatshops use of Syrian child labor to make ISIS uniforms

June 12, 2016 by  
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Syrian refugee children are working 12-hour shifts for a little over a dollar per hour to make ISIS uniforms in a Turkey sweatshop, according to The Daily Mail . The children, reportedly sent by their parents, work in a shop that makes uniforms, backpacks, and other military gear for the Syrian market. While the factory owner Abu Zakour concedes that school would be a better place for the children, he says the parents want their children to work. Complicating the issue is the language barrier and other social barriers that dissuade Syrian children from attending Turkish public schools.

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Sony’s High-Tech Toupee Doubles As GPS and Blood Pressure Monitor

December 8, 2013 by  
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Something very funny is going on in the world of wearable technology. Fast on the heels of Microsoft’s anti-overeating bra comes Sony’s “SmartWig” –a high-tech toupee that’s equipped with a bevy of sensors meant to perform an odd assortment of tasks. The SmartWig includes an onboard GPS for navigating roads, ultrasound transducers that vibrate in response to oncoming obstacles, even an integrated laser pointer and remote to manipulate PowerPoint presentations. Because one of the biggest wishes of those who have lost or are losing their hair is more impressive PowerPoint presentations, right? Click the link to learn more about what Sony’s new gadget can do, and let us know if you think it’s brilliant or a little over the top (pun intended). READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Blood Pressure Monitoring , gps , hair loss solution , hair replacement , smart wig , sony , toupee , wearable technology        

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MakerBot’s New Replicator 2 Brings Desktop 3D Printing to the Masses

September 20, 2012 by  
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Small businesses are about to have the opportunity to enter the world of 3D printing with the launch of the MakerBot Replicator 2 . The desktop 3D printer costs a little over $2,000 with an additional $50 for ABS or PLA plastic 1kg spools, making the device far more affordable and convenient than previous generations. With faster software and finer layer resolution, the newest MakerBot may soon become as ubiquitous in households and offices as personal computers or scanners. Read the rest of MakerBot’s New Replicator 2 Brings Desktop 3D Printing to the Masses Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: makerbot , makerbot replicator 2 , makerware , miracle grue , pla biofilament , prosumer , skeinforge , thingverse

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The MakerBot Replicator 2 Brings Desktop 3D Printing to Homes and Small Businesses

September 20, 2012 by  
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Small businesses are about to have the opportunity to enter the world of 3D printing with the launch of the MakerBot Replicator 2 . The desktop 3D printer costs a little over $2,000 with an additional $50 for ABS or PLA plastic 1kg spools, making the device far more affordable and convenient than previous generations. With faster software and finer layer resolution, the newest MakerBot may soon become as ubiquitous in households and offices as personal computers or scanners. Read the rest of The MakerBot Replicator 2 Brings Desktop 3D Printing to Homes and Small Businesses Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: makerbot , makerbot replicator 2 , makerware , miracle grue , pla biofilament , prosumer , skeinforge , thingverse

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Get Your Garden Growing: Low Tunnels for Earlier Spring Harvests

March 2, 2011 by  
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Photo Credit: Colleen Vanderlinden We’re a little over two months away from our last frost date, but I’m getting ready to sow a few seeds and plant cool season vegetables out in the garden. With a simple, inexpensive low tunnel, you can do the same, and be enjoying your first harvest by the time you’d normally just be able to start planting…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Yahoo Unveils Super Efficient Data Center

September 22, 2010 by  
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It was just a little over a year ago that Yahoo announced it was building a super-effiicient data center in Lockport, NY – one that would be powered by Niagara Falls.  Just this week, the company unveiled the finished product.

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Top 5 Green Fashion Designers Favored by the ‘Great American Apparel Diet’ Founder (Photos)

August 21, 2010 by  
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Credit: Hemera One year ago we covered the commencement of the Great American Apparel Diet ; participants have staved off clothing consumption for — gulp — 365 days. In a little over 10 days the anti-shopping experiment ends. To help dieters avoid a disposable fashion shopping binge, Sally Bjornsen, creator and founder of the Great American Apparel Diet, has curated “Conscious Shopping” , a new section to her blog, updated thrice weekly, which features eco-friendly app..

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