Endangered black-footed ferret is successfully cloned

February 22, 2021 by  
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The birth of Elizabeth Ann, a black-footed ferret, on December 10, 2020, marked a major achievement in the recovery of the species. Elizabeth Ann is the first black-footed ferret to be cloned with the aim of increasing the genetic diversity of the species. The now 2-month-old ferret was created from frozen cells of a black-footed ferret that lived over three decades ago. Black-footed ferrets were once considered extinct , but a family of seven was discovered in 1981. The ferrets were captured to be protected by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Having been recovered from only seven ferrets, the current population of the species lacks genetic diversity. The recent cloning is important given that the clone parent, Willa, was recovered from the last wild black-footed ferrets and did not belong to the line of the recovered seven. Samples of the wild ferret were preserved at the San Diego Zoo Global’s Frozen Zoo from 1988. Related: San Diego Zoo successfully clones an endangered Przewalski’s horse To improve the species’ resilience to diseases, several organizations have come together. Among the partners involved in the process include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Revive & Restore, San Diego Zoo Global, ViaGen Pets & Equine and the Association of Zoos and Pets. “The Service sought the expertise of valued recovery partners to help us explore how we might overcome genetic limitations hampering recovery of the black-footed ferret, and we’re proud to make this announcement today,” said Noreen Walsh, director of USFWS, Mountain-Prairie Region. “Although this research is preliminary, it is the first cloning of a native endangered species in North America, and it provides a promising tool for continued efforts to conserve the black-footed ferret.” The journey to cloning has been long and with many obstacles, according to Ryan Phelan, executive director of Revive & Restore. “We’ve come a long way since 2013 when we began the funding, permitting, design, and development of this project with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.” Phelan said. “Genomics revealed the genetic value that Willa could bring to her species .” According to Walsh, while cloning is one of the ways to improve the genetic diversity of the species, the organizations are also paying attention to habitat-based threats in their efforts to recover the black-footed ferret population. + U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Images via USFWS

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You can make this 3D-printed, bioplastic face shield at home

February 22, 2021 by  
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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many issues of waste into the spotlight, starting with the sheer quantity of petroleum-based personal protective equipment (PPE) used in the medical field and by everyday users gearing up to go to the grocery store or park. Designer Alice Potts homed in on this problem early, countering it with face shields made from food waste and flowers. These face shields required more than just a little research and development. Potts wanted to tackle the issue of plastic-based PPE but approached it by also addressing food waste . Potts said the face shields are biodegradable , because they are a product of food and flowers collected from local markets, butchers and households in the surrounding London area. The variety of organic materials affect the final product, meaning that each mask varies in unique ways. Related: Engineering student turns food waste into renewable energy “Every colour is completely seasonal depending on what flowers are blooming, what vegetables and fruits are growing and earth that is in and around London,” the designer said. Potts was initially inspired by her brother, a paramedic who reported a lack of PPE for himself and other first responders and medical care workers. So Potts set out to create a more sustainable option intended for the public, because the shields likely don’t offer the same level of protection as required in a medical care setting. With the recipe for the face shield and a design for the 3D-printed top section, Potts plans to make the template available to everyone via an open-source design. “I want to combine the advantages of technology with sustainability to form a template of the top of a face shield that can be 3D-printed from recycled plastic with a bioplastic recipe for the shield for people to make at home,” she said. The Dance Biodegradable Personal Protective Equipment (DBPPE) Post COVID Facemasks, as Potts named them, will be on exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, an event that highlights art, design, and architecture and runs through April 2021. + Alice Potts  Via Dezeen   Images via James Stopforth and Sean Fennessy via Alice Potts

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This concept camper van brings luxury to off-roading #vanlife

October 8, 2019 by  
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Camper vans have been around for generations, but after 5 minutes of watching traffic in any national park, you’ll see that they have come a long way since the Volkswagen version that was once ubiquitous along surfing coastlines. Sprinter vans, common in today’s #vanlife era, are a model of van produced by Mercedes-Benz. Other manufacturers are pumping out similar designs to keep up with the trend, and each company has its own spin on the concept with an optimized combination of minimization, comfort and maneuverability. Hymer, a German company, has recently revealed its vision of a luxury camper van for 2025 and beyond — the VisionVenture. Imagine a sleek apartment compressed into an off-road vehicle, and you have the basis for the VisionVenture. Equipped for comfort, it offers sleeping areas, a sleek bathroom and plenty of seating alongside 4×4 capabilities that allow you to escape the crowds. Related: This camper van features not just one, but two sleeping pods in its cozy interior The concept car starts with the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van grille, doors and lights and adapts the rest of the front end for additional space by pushing out the windshield and redesigning the canopy and engine hood. This change creates better flow and a more open feel between the cab and the center of the van . The kitchen is anchored around a central stairway with built-in storage that leads to a pop-up bedding solution with upper insulation and quick-respond temperature control. The main living area welcomes in natural light through large side windows and a rear door, which opens to create a covered terrace complete with a pull-out barbecue station. There’s even space for a full-capacity bathroom with a toilet, shower and sink that can be collapsed against the wall for more space. Lush interior decor adds to the feeling of home with spacious couches that can be converted into additional bedding, wall decor, shelving, lighting and accessories for all your digital needs. While the idea is comfort coupled with the ability to go remote, the designers included some sustainable technology into the project as well with wheel arch fairings and other body parts manufactured by 3D printers. The system also includes photovoltaic components for low-impact, off-grid power production. + Hymer Via Geek.com Images via Hymer

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This concept camper van brings luxury to off-roading #vanlife

October 8, 2019 by  
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Camper vans have been around for generations, but after 5 minutes of watching traffic in any national park, you’ll see that they have come a long way since the Volkswagen version that was once ubiquitous along surfing coastlines. Sprinter vans, common in today’s #vanlife era, are a model of van produced by Mercedes-Benz. Other manufacturers are pumping out similar designs to keep up with the trend, and each company has its own spin on the concept with an optimized combination of minimization, comfort and maneuverability. Hymer, a German company, has recently revealed its vision of a luxury camper van for 2025 and beyond — the VisionVenture. Imagine a sleek apartment compressed into an off-road vehicle, and you have the basis for the VisionVenture. Equipped for comfort, it offers sleeping areas, a sleek bathroom and plenty of seating alongside 4×4 capabilities that allow you to escape the crowds. Related: This camper van features not just one, but two sleeping pods in its cozy interior The concept car starts with the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van grille, doors and lights and adapts the rest of the front end for additional space by pushing out the windshield and redesigning the canopy and engine hood. This change creates better flow and a more open feel between the cab and the center of the van . The kitchen is anchored around a central stairway with built-in storage that leads to a pop-up bedding solution with upper insulation and quick-respond temperature control. The main living area welcomes in natural light through large side windows and a rear door, which opens to create a covered terrace complete with a pull-out barbecue station. There’s even space for a full-capacity bathroom with a toilet, shower and sink that can be collapsed against the wall for more space. Lush interior decor adds to the feeling of home with spacious couches that can be converted into additional bedding, wall decor, shelving, lighting and accessories for all your digital needs. While the idea is comfort coupled with the ability to go remote, the designers included some sustainable technology into the project as well with wheel arch fairings and other body parts manufactured by 3D printers. The system also includes photovoltaic components for low-impact, off-grid power production. + Hymer Via Geek.com Images via Hymer

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For the first time ever, all villages in India have electricity

April 30, 2018 by  
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India has just reached a major energy milestone: for the first time ever, every single one of its inhabited villages has electricity. There are nearly 600,000 villages in the country, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised that they would all be connected to power within 1,000 days of August 2015. Last Saturday, Leisang village was connected to India’s power grid, completing that promise. I salute the efforts of all those who worked tirelessly on the ground, including the team of officials, the technical staff and all others, to make this dream of a #PowerfulIndia a reality. Their efforts today will help generations of Indians in the coming years. pic.twitter.com/t8WjZgpNuT — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 29, 2018 While Leisang was connected to the main power grid, some villages have relied on off-grid supply networks, usually powered by solar . Pakol, a village in the same same state, was the last village to be powered by an off-grid system. The power initiative, which Modi tags as #PowerfulIndia, also seeks to strengthen metering and power distribution within the country. Leisang village in Manipur, like the thousands of other villages across India has been powered and empowered! This news will make every Indian proud and delighted. https://t.co/UCPEEITbIM #PowerfulIndia — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 29, 2018 Related: The Indian city of Diu is 100% powered by the sun A village is considered to have power if 10 percent of its buildings have access to electricity . That means India has a long way to go before everyone has working power, but the successful initiative is a milestone nonetheless.” Village electrification means that the infrastructure to supply power has now reached certain parts of the village. The next step should be to focus on providing connection to all households and ensuring adequate power supply to these homes,” former power secretary P Uma Shankar said. It is up to individual homes to seek electrification if they choose. Via Times of India Image via Deposit Photos

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Creepy fleshy art by Cao Hui makes it painfully clear what everyday are objects are made of

October 15, 2016 by  
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It’s the season of all things spooky, and real life consistently takes the creepy cake. Maybe this thought occurred to artist Cao Hui when he created a series of fleshy sculptures that look so real, they made my stomach turn. Comprised of resin and fiber, and true to life in size, each piece depicts the viscera, skin and flesh belonging to animals whose lives are regularly sacrificed to produce objects of convenience for human beings. Cao Hui, represented by Lin & Lin Gallery in Taiwan , created a series of hyper realistic sculptures, including a couch and chair, gloves, and a suitcase, all presumably made of leather. But instead of showing the pretty polished pieces of furniture we normally see in shop windows, he exposes the parts of animals sacrificed in order to keep their skin. In so doing, it forces the viewer to think more carefully about the materials used to create every day objects. Related: Animal activists who freed thousands of fur industry animals charged as terrorists Granted, the pieces were crafted in 2008, and we’ve come a long way when it comes to protecting the rights of animals. Plus, many responsible butchers do use every part of an animal so nothing goes to waste. But factory farming is still very much a blight on the developed world’s collective conscience, and Cao Hui keeps it there with these disturbing, but provocative pieces. Via youbentmywookie Images via Lin & Lin Gallery

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How business can close climate gap, in 5 steps

June 30, 2016 by  
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If every big business committed to these actions, business could come a long way toward satisfying the Paris Accord, says a new report.

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Disney, Microsoft, PepsiCo lead business charge on biogas

April 7, 2016 by  
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Despite a few early innovators, the waste-to-energy field still has a long way to go.

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The Best Eco-Friendly Cars Of 2015

January 26, 2016 by  
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Eco-Friendly Acceleration Eco-friendly cars have come a long way over the last few years. Now, you don’t have to sacrifice style or drive a space age-looking vehicle in order to be green. Be it traditional, hybrid or electric, we found the…

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Put your building to work: Smart approaches to better business results

January 19, 2016 by  
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Sponsored: U.S. buildings have a long way to go to become smarter. The good news? The technology is here now.

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