‘Acoustic lighthouses’ could warn birds about wind turbines

March 14, 2018 by  
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Birds and humans don’t always co-exist peacefully — each year millions of the small animals fly into buildings, wind turbines , cell towers, and even planes. William & Mary behavioral biologist John Swaddle is working to translate understanding of bird behavior into technology that could hopefully save their lives, including an Acoustic Lighthouse that would guide birds around man-made structures. Here’s how an acoustic lighthouse might work: a directional speaker mounted on a structure like a wind turbine would project a sound warning birds. While flying, birds align their bodies on a horizontal plane for ideal aerodynamics, according to Swaddle . And as their eyes are on the sides of their heads, they’re looking down, not where they’re flying. The sound would essentially prompt them to slow down, and when slowing down, birds lower their tail feathers, moving their bodies “from the horizontal plane to a more vertical position,” according to William & Mary, so they can see the structure and soar around it. Swaddle said, “It’s a bit like someone texting while they’re driving. If you honk your horn at them, they’ll look up.” Related: Painting Wind Turbines Black Could Prevent Thousands of Bird Deaths Every Year “The fundamental knowledge of how birds behave and respond to sound helps us derive these new technologies and solutions,” said Swaddle. He’s also developed a concept called Sonic Nets, intended to disrupt gatherings of birds in places like airports, parking lots, or crop fields. Swaddle recently spoke at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting on reducing strike risk between birds and wind turbines and airplanes , and protecting crops, through an understanding of bird behavior. The journal Integrative and Comparative Biology published a paper written by Swaddle and former William & Mary graduate student Nicole Ingrassia on the acoustic lighthouse concept in 2017. + William & Mary Via Science Magazine Images via DepositPhotos , William & Mary video screengrab

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This hand-built island is the start of Copenhagens parkipelago of floating public spaces

March 14, 2018 by  
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A tiny wooden island floating in Copenhagen harbor is bringing life and interest back to the city’s waters. Australian architect Marshall Blecher and Magnus Maarbjerg of Danish design studio Fokstrot designed CPH-Ø1, an experimental floating island park buoyed by recycled plastic bottles that could bring about more floating public spaces all along the city’s waters. Created as a prototype for the Copenhagen Islands project, the 215-square-foot timber island is punctuated by a single linden tree and is temporarily located in Sluseløbet. Launched last year with support by Kulturhavn365, CPH-Ø1 first served as a resting area for adventurous Copenhageners who are invited to moor alongside the island by boat or kayak. The public space also doubles as a small events venue and, according to Dezeen , will host a lecture series next month about the future of harbor cities. CPH-Ø1 was constructed by hand in Copenhagen’s boat building yards using traditional wooden boat building techniques with locally and sustainably sourced materials. Related: Copper-clad Copenhagen landmark boasts Denmark’s most energy-efficient laboratories CPH-Ø1 is the first in what the designers hope will be a ‘parkipelago’ of nine islands that offer creative public spaces in the harbor, particularly in forgotten and unused areas. Future iterations may include a floating sauna island, floating mussel farms, floating gardens, and even a floating sail-in cafe—all of which will be open to the public. The islands can be connected together or float separately. + Copenhagen Islands Via Dezeen Images via Fokstrot

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DC’s ‘Voyage of Discovery’ Exhibition Explores Climate Change in the Arctic

March 10, 2014 by  
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Climate change in the Arctic is the inspiration for a three-artist show, Voyage of Discovery , on display at the Washington, DC headquarters of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) . The exhibition, created by DC-based artists Michele Banks, Jessica Beels, and Ellyn Weiss, has its roots in the idea of a journey of scientific exploration. This voyage takes viewers to a polar region where the iconic, seemingly eternal, landscape of ice and snow is in profound and rapid transition due to climate change. Read the rest of DC’s ‘Voyage of Discovery’ Exhibition Explores Climate Change in the Arctic Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AAS Gallery , Art , climate change art , eco-art , environmental art , Voyage of Discovery        

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Gorgeous Green House is Wrapped in a Lush Vertical Garden in Belgium

March 10, 2014 by  
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Scientists Discover Four New Ozone-Damaging Chemicals in the Atmosphere

March 10, 2014 by  
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Since the famous Montreal Protocol banning CFC’s and HCFC’s was signed in 1987, the public seems to have largely forgotten about the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica. However scientists from the University of East Anglia just identified four more ozone-damaging chemicals, and these compounds are also potent greenhouse gasses . Read the rest of Scientists Discover Four New Ozone-Damaging Chemicals in the Atmosphere Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: antarctica , CFC , cfc113a , dr johannes laube , Europe , greenhouse gas , greenland , hcfc , montreal protocol , ozone hole , ozone layer , tasmania , university of east anglia        

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The USA Is the Only Country Where Climate Scientists Face ‘Organized Harassment’

September 12, 2012 by  
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In the US, climate change has always faced an uphill battle. It was even been the butt of several jokes during the Republican National Convention due to the lack of support and belief that human activity is warming the planet. However,  an article from Inside Climate News has reported that unlike elsewhere in the world where climate scientists are listened to, in the US they face ‘organized harassment’ including torrents of freedom of information requests, hate mail, and even death threats from skeptics. Meanwhile their global counterparts are able to work without fear. Read the rest of The USA Is the Only Country Where Climate Scientists Face ‘Organized Harassment’ Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: American Association for the Advancement of Science , Climate Change , climate change evidence , climate science , climate scientists , global warming , Mitt Romney , RNC , university of exeter , us climate change

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First Test Tube Grown Hamburger Set to Debut by Fall 2012

February 20, 2012 by  
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©Gabriel Amadeus Mark Post’s test tube hamburger that we heard about last November is reportedly going to be ready for consumption by Autumn of 2012. Announced at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Vancouver this past Sunday, the scientist’s admittedly less than appetizing petri dish skeletal muscle tissue is in the laboratory phase with a goal to assemble into an edible burger by fall. The project has been able to move forward thanks to 250,000 euro in funds from a private investor. Read the rest of First Test Tube Grown Hamburger Set to Debut by Fall 2012 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: American Association for the Advancement of Science , artificial meat , eco design , fake meat , green design , Mark Post , stem cell burger , stem cell meat , sustainable design , test tube hamburger , test tube meat , United Nations Environment Program

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PHOTOS: LivingHomes Debuts Affordable New C6 Prefab Home starting at $179,000

February 20, 2012 by  
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‘Greenest College’ Rankings Get Easier with New Data-Gathering Effort

February 2, 2012 by  
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The Princeton Review, Sierra Magazine, and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education have teamed up to promote a new tool that makes it free and relatively easy for any education institution to report its environmental impacts.

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One Toilet Paper Company Decides to Ditch the Tube

October 27, 2010 by  
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In an attempt to cut down on back on consumer waste , one toilet paper manufacturer has unveiled perhaps the biggest change the product has undergone in over a century — replacing that old cardboard tube with, well, nothing. If the advancement in TP technology seems unremarkable, consider just how much waste it will keep from the landfill

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