Electric motorboat features a sleek Danish design

April 3, 2020 by  
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Copenhagen-based Rand Boats has earned an international reputation for developing modern, affordable motorboats that are designed to be respectful to nature. Now, the company has unveiled the Leisure 28, a sleek motorboat built out of recycled plastic that runs on an all-electric motor . For many people enjoying a bit of fun in the sun, putting up with the hostile sounds and polluting smoke generated by motorboats is just a regular inconvenience when it comes to spending time on the water. Whether small lakes or large seas, these whirring beasts have ruled the waterways for decades, often at the cost of clean water and air. Related: Cool retro boats restored with electric motors Now, boat manufacturers are looking for a better, more eco-friendly way of boating. For Danish company Rand Boats , this means building sleek, minimalist boats with all-electric systems. Already well-known for its sustainable boat designs, Rand Boats’ latest project, Leisure 28, is outfitted with an electric propulsion system that lets it run up to 45 mph for up to two hours. In addition to providing boaters with a more eco-friendly electric motor, Rand Boats also ensured the materials used to manufacture its boats are environmentally sound. In fact, in most of its boats, the company uses materials developed from recycled plastic and bio-based hybrids in order to minimize the environmental impact of its fleet of cruisers. Not only is the sustainable boat created to bring a little more peace to the waterways thanks to its quiet motor, but it can also become the ultimate party boat. Leisure 28 was crafted to accommodate up to 12 people who can enjoy a nice outdoor lunch on the built-in adjustable dining table. When not in use, the table can be folded into a relaxing, king-sized sundeck to sit back and soak up some rays. There is also a sufficient kitchen and bar area on the top deck as well as a small cabin with enough room for a queen-sized bed below deck. + Rand Boats Via Uncrate Images via Rand Boats

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Experts warn against panic-buying chicks

April 3, 2020 by  
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In these toilet paper-hoarding times, people are doubting supply chains and worrying about food security. Chick purchases are on the rise in the midst of COVID-19, but this is not the time to start a backyard chicken farm, experts warn. “If you’re thinking of buying chicks, do your work ahead of time,” said Marisa Erasmus, an assistant professor of animal sciences at Purdue University. “Make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into. These animals are going to grow up and have very specific needs. They are reliant on us to provide for them and we have to be sure we can do that.” Related: Discarded face masks now threatening wildlife habitats For many consumers now, the thought of a fresh egg supply — without perilous grocery store trips fraught with worries of coronavirus transmission — is alluring. But chicks aren’t machines; they’re living creatures that require care. Nor is chicken farming a quick fix. Chicks take five or six months to mature before they start producing eggs, so chick hoarders will be waiting until October for those omelets. Chickens also require a comfortable, safe home. They need a coop to shelter them from weather and predators. It should be dry, have good air circulation and, as they grow to adult size, provide at least two square feet per chicken. The coop should have perches, where chickens can happily hang out. Like all animals, chickens are prone to illness and injury. Would-be chicken farmers need to plan for how they will deal with their birds’ wellness needs. Ordinances vary by city. Before you start your avian enterprise, check with your town or county authorities. Many cities limit the number of backyard chickens, require certain types of shelter or restrict flocks to hens only. Some places entirely ban rearing poultry in your yard. If you don’t factor in quality of life , your chickens may not even produce eggs, Erasmus said. “Poultry, including chickens, sometimes have the reputation of being ‘bird-brained,’” she said.  “But anyone who has experience raising chickens will tell you they are intelligent and complex creatures who have the capacity to experience suffering and contentment.” + Purdue University Image via Pixabay

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Kristina Kjaer’s Delightful Felt Lamp is Inspired by Woodland Fungi

March 18, 2013 by  
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Danish product designer Kristina Kjaer needed a small lamp that could be hung above her wardrobe to light up her space. Kjaer  took to building her own lamp using natural, biodegradable materials, giving her design a shape reminiscent of the  delightful  fungi found in her town’s local woodlands. Read the rest of Kristina Kjaer’s Delightful Felt Lamp is Inspired by Woodland Fungi Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , biodegradable materials , Danish design , Felt , green lighting , Kristina Kjaer , lamp , low-energy , recycling / compost

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Scientists Link Somalia’s Devastating 2011 Drought With Climate Change

March 18, 2013 by  
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The alarming effects of climate change have been unfolding before our very eyes over the past few decades, and in some cases we’ve only recently realized it. A team of British scientists recently found that the 2011 drought in Somalia that caused tens of thousands of deaths may partially have been caused by climate change . A peer-reviewed study that will appear in Geophysical Research Letters , a journal of the American Geophysical Union, indicates that the drought was caused both by natural weather patterns and warming due to man-made causes . Read the rest of Scientists Link Somalia’s Devastating 2011 Drought With Climate Change Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: british met office , climate change effects on food production and availability , combination of natural weather patterns and global warming , drought caused by greenhouse gas emissions , east africa drought , effects of climate change , effects of climate change on east africa , la nina , peter stott , rainfall pattern in east africa , senait gebregziabher , somalia drought of 2011 caused by global warming , somalia’s pastoral production

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N55’s Walking House is a Modular, Self-Sufficient Dwelling for Modern Nomads

March 6, 2013 by  
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Our World: A Giant Pixelated LEGO Map Built from 1 Million Bricks!

October 15, 2012 by  
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Denmark Hits 200 Megawatt Solar Capacity Goal 8 Years Ahead of Schedule

October 15, 2012 by  
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Lets face it – its rare we see a government goal reached on time, let alone early. Not too long ago, the  Danish Government  announced an ambitious goal to reach 200 megawatts of solar capacity by 2020, and as of last week, they have already met it! The country is currently installing an average of 36 megawatts of solar panels each month. At this rate, their resulting capacity by 2020 will be over five times the original goal. Denmark ‘s power is currently 20% supplied by renewable sources, and the nation has set a goal of sourcing 100% of its energy from renewable sources by 2050. Read the rest of Denmark Hits 200 Megawatt Solar Capacity Goal 8 Years Ahead of Schedule Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , “sustainable energy” , danish energy , danish renewable energy , danish solar energy , danish solar panels , Denmark , denmark energy , denmark renewable energy , denmark solar energy , denmark solar panels , eco design , eco energy , green design , green energy , national solar goals , renewable energy , solar goals , solar panels , sustainable design

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Danish Studio Hvass & Hannibal Creates Beautiful Origami Pendant

April 13, 2012 by  
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Hvass & Hannibal is a multi-disciplinary art and design studio based in Copenhagen. One of their most striking pieces is this beautiful hanging origami ball, which was taken into a dark wintry forest to create the design for Turboweekend’s latest album. The 3D origami ball was made from 270 pieces of paper, and colorful gradients were printed onto each piece to create a striking effect. Read the rest of Danish Studio Hvass & Hannibal Creates Beautiful Origami Pendant Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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The Roskilde’s Beautiful Geodesic Dome Looks Like a Tortoise in a Field

January 30, 2012 by  
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January 30, 2012 by  
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