Test-Drive Tiny Living in This Tiny Home Village

December 27, 2017 by  
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Scientists use banana skins to create new cancer detection technique

December 13, 2017 by  
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Bananas are quite a magical fruit and they’ve been used for everything from  “vegan leather” for wallets to durable  bioplastics and feedstock . Now, scientists have found yet another purpose for this versatile edible: cancer detection. As first reported by the  Huffington Post , researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) have been using banana skins in a  new study to develop a technique for locating, mapping, and killing cancer in the body. Their work focused on the black spots of an overripe banana, which they discovered to contain the same biomarkers as skin melanoma. In mainstream practice, when a biopsy is conducted, dyes and fluorescent markers (or contrast agents) are used to color any suspicious areas. By comparison, the new electrochemical microscopy instrument uses eight soft micro-electrodes, lined side by side, that are brushed across potentially-cancerous tissue samples to trigger an electrochemical response in the body. The resulting electric currents from the action are then used by researchers to construct an image that will reveal any areas producing abnormal chemicals. As the Huffington Post writes, “It gives an idea of both the physical structure of the tissue and composition.” Related: Research shows the UK tosses out 1.4 million edible bananas – a day According to Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, the researchers found that the typical biomarkers of melanoma in humans can also be found in the black spots of overripe bananas. In a press statement, they note, “Taking advantage of this similarity, they [the researchers] were able to work on the fruit to develop an imaging technique capable of measuring tyrosinase in human skin and mapping out its distribution. An important step forward has also now been made in applying the imaging technique to thick tissues – like a biopsy of human skin – in addition to thin cross-sections of cells.” In the future, the hope is the technique can be used to kill cancer cells during surgery. As Hubert Girault, head of the Laboratory of Physical and Analytical Electrochemistry at EPFLnotes in the study, they are “perfectly capable of using electrochemistry to kill cancer cells on microscope slides and in petri dishes, but doing so in thick tissue is another story.” He sees a device with interconnected microelectrodes capable of generating an image that will reveal any tumors and then electrochemically destroy the cancerous cells found with a burst of voltage.“Around two volts, that’s not much, but it’s enough to generate oxygen radicals and eliminate cancer cells,” says Girault. Via Huffington Post

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Opt Outside Virtually with Sounds from Around the World

November 24, 2017 by  
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Investors, companies demand consistent climate risk data

June 1, 2017 by  
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Two of the world’s largest asset management firms, State Street Advisors and BlackRock, publicly support improved disclosure.

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How climate laws can catalyze more equitable cities

June 1, 2017 by  
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Environmental justice advocates are working to ensure California’s efforts to combat climate change benefit everyone — and then applied nationwide.

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Lego, Tesco face risks with public renewables goals

June 1, 2017 by  
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Renewables are now firmly in the mainstream, but corporates must overcome the barriers to deliver the scale that is needed.

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Spherical timber teahouse hides in the treetops of Austria

May 19, 2017 by  
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Teatime is served with a side of enviable treetop views at the pod-shaped Teahouse Riedenthaln nestled in an Austrian garden. Architecture firm a-lp architektur designed the curious igloo-shaped timber hideaway as a modern interpretation of the traditional Japanese teahouse . The 10-square-meter elevated space was largely built from recycled oak wood offcuts. Located in a private garden, the spherical room serves as a place to drink tea, for hosting regression therapy clients, and as a possible sleeping area. A ramp leads up to the low and narrow entrance that opens to a light-filled and surprisingly spacious interior. Natural light fills the cave-like space through a large painted skylight and two rectangular windows. Related: Cocoon Tree: A lightweight, spherical treehouse for sustainable living The tiny teahouse retreat is raised on four black-painted pillars, made of tree trunks. Locally chopped oak timber was used as the main material for the teahouse. The wood cladding was recycled from the small timber offcuts of a local wine barrel-maker and assembled in stacks of over forty layers. The furniture, which includes a counter with a sink, window seat, and sleeping area, is also made from oak timber. + a-lp architektur Via ArchDaily Images by Christine Leuthner

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President Obama says Army is exploring rerouting the Dakota Access Pipeline

November 3, 2016 by  
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Will President Barack Obama take action on the Dakota Access Pipeline ? In an interview with NowThis posted this week he said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is exploring “ways to reroute” the oil pipeline protested by Standing Rock Sioux Tribe members and their supporters in North Dakota . President Obama’s statement sounded hopeful but may not result in action soon; the president said he would let the confrontation “play out for several more weeks.” When asked if his administration would intervene in the conflict over the Dakota Access Pipeline, President Obama said, “We’re monitoring this closely and I think as a general rule, my view is that there is a way for us to accommodate sacred lands of Native Americans . I think right now the Army Corps is examining whether there are ways to reroute this pipeline in a way.” Related: In surprise announcement, US government blocks the Dakota Access Pipeline Some people didn’t seem pleased with the president’s comments. In a statement, Morton County Chairman Cody Schulz said, “Rather than creating further uncertainty, the President should be sending us the support and resources necessary to enforce the law and protect people’s right to peacefully protest.” Energy Transfer Partners spokesperson Vicki Granado said they didn’t know of any reroute considerations and they still expected to obtain an easement to start building the pipeline portion that would pass beneath the Missouri River. When asked about treatment of the protesters, President Obama said, “I mean, it’s a challenging situation. I think that my general rule when I talk to governors and state and local officials whenever they’re dealing with protests – including, for example, during the Black Lives Matters protests – is there’s an obligation for protesters to be peaceful and there’s an obligation for authorities to show restraint.” He said he hoped everyone could have the opportunity to be heard with both sides avoiding situations where people could be hurt. Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II said in a statement, “We believe President Obama and his administration will do the right thing.” You can watch NowThis’s interview with the president here . Via NowThis Twitter and NPR Images via Nick Knupffer on Flickr and Sacred Stone Camp on Facebook

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55-foot-tall Burj Khalifa is tallest LEGO building in the world

October 21, 2016 by  
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LEGOLAND Dubai just unveiled the tallest LEGO building in the world: a 55-foot-tall Burj Khalifa . The towering LEGO building , finished with the help of five-year-old Mohammed bin Ahmed Jaber Al Harbi, paves the way for the opening of the theme park the end of October. The lofty LEGO building required 439,000 bricks. Located in MINILAND, the LEGO Burj Khalifa smashed records. Standing at 17 meters, or a little over 55 feet tall, it nabbed the record for ” world’s tallest LEGO building model .” It required more than 5,000 hours to construct, and according to LEGOLAND Dubai “weighs a ton.” Mohammed, who drew attention when he doffed his black top hat before shaking Queen Elizabeth’s hand last year, was present to add a little LEGO model of him at the doors of the building and switch on the first LED lights of the building model. Mohammed is the son of Dubai’s crown prince’s close friend. Related: This massive LEGO Death Star is made from 500,000 bricks LEGOLAND Dubai will open October 31, and guests can view the impressive Burj Khalifa model and an accompanying LED light show. The theme park plans to recreate the fountain show awing visitors at the real-life Burj Khalifa at their LEGO Burj Khalifa. Also on display at LEGOLAND Dubai will be around 5,000 other models of other local landmarks that required 60 million bricks to build. LEGOLAND Dubai will comprise part of Dubai Parks and Resorts , which according to the LEGO theme park’s press release is “the region’s largest integrated theme park destination.” LEGO offers a Burj Khalifa kit in their Architecture line; the 2016 reintroduction is the “tallest LEGO architecture model to date.” It’s more than 15 inches tall and includes 333 pieces. According to LEGO, the model was “designed with a focus on rigidity and strength – retaining its distinctive flower form when viewed from above.” The LEGO Burj Khalifa kit costs $39.99. + LEGOLAND Dubai Via The National Images via LEGOLAND Dubai Facebook

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What I Learned My First Year Of Container Gardening

October 13, 2016 by  
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I’m notorious for my black thumb, so when I proudly announced that I was going to grow a garden this year, it didn’t come as a surprise when my friends laughed. I was determined, though. I was going to have homegrown tomatoes if it killed me! The…

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