Truck lays 50 meters of its own road in 6 minutes, and then picks it back up

July 15, 2016 by  
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Rather than create an all-terrain vehicle that doesn’t need a road, a company in Wales designed a truck that carries its own road surface , lays it down, and then picks it back up. Faun Trackway —the name of the company as well as its amazing truck—utilizes a series of thin aluminum extrusions to roll out a temporary roadway capable of supporting vehicles weighing up to 70 metric tons. This unique function allows the truck, and other vehicles in its party, to travel across otherwise impassable terrain such as mud, sand, and ice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LANuOhGGG8 The Trackway was built in 50-meter lengths, comprised of a series of aluminum extrusions linked together and rolled around a spool. Similar to an invisible tape dispenser, the truck can let out the track and essentially create a road where there was none, providing an easier way to reach destinations that would otherwise be out of reach without, say, a helicopter. Although originally intended for military use (and currently used by 30 military forces around the world), Faun Trackway has another obvious application: disaster aid. Related: Crazy “zipper truck” snaps LEGO-like bricks together to build a tunnel in 24 hours Because of its ability to create a temporary, passable roadway just about anywhere—even while partially submerged—the Trackway would be incredibly useful in helping aid units traverse washed out roads, mudslides, and other obstacles that typically follow earthquakes, tsunami-induced floods, and other natural disasters . Reportedly, the truck can roll out all 50 meters of its roadway in six minutes, making it possible to reach people in need much faster than other post-disaster convoys. Once the vehicles have crossed, the Trackway truck can roll the roadway up just as easily, ready to move on to its next challenge. Via Core77 Images via Faun Trackway

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Film release about the Rana Plaza collapse delayed by India court

August 29, 2015 by  
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In 2013, over 1000 people were killed in the Raza Plaza collapse in Bangladesh. Now, a movie about the disaster is being banned in India for at least six months for being unfit for theaters. The film follows one of the victims of the disaster, who was trapped for 17 days under the rubble, and filmmaker Nazrul Islam Khan is arguing against the ban, saying that the film brings hope and knowledge to the public. READ MORE >

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Japan takes steps to restart first nuclear reactor since Fukushima

March 20, 2015 by  
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Nuclear power in Japan is slowly but surely returning to a new normal in the wake of the Fukushima meltdown, as the country recently took another step towards restarting one of its remaining reactors. All nuclear reactors in the country were shut down for safety checks following the 2011 disaster, however the country is now about to take its first cautious step back into nuclear power. Reuters reports that the Japan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NSR) recently approved construction to upgrade the No. 1 reactor at Kyushu Electric Power Company ’s plant in Sendai in southern Japan. Read the rest of Japan takes steps to restart first nuclear reactor since Fukushima Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: disaster , Fukushima , Japan , Kyushu , nuclear energy , nuclear power , nuclear reactor , restart , sendai , tidal wave

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West Virginia gas pipeline explodes in a giant fireball

January 28, 2015 by  
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On January 26, a gas pipeline exploded in Brooke County, West Virginia, sending an enormous fireball into the morning sky. Nearby residents watched in amazement, capturing snapshots and videos with their smartphones as the flames rose. The pipeline, owned by Texas-based Enterprise Products, L.P. , runs adjacent to a residential area and one home was evacuated as the fire raged, but no injuries were reported. Read the rest of West Virginia gas pipeline explodes in a giant fireball Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: accident , dangerous , disaster , emergency , enterprise products l.p. , explosion , fire , gas , gas pipeline , Investigation , pipeline , west virginia

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Fukushima rice passes radiation test for the first time since the disaster

January 6, 2015 by  
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Ever since the Fukushima disaster in 2011, rice in Japan has been tainted by radiation. This year, for the first time, the rice harvest is finally below the radiation standard set by Japan’s government . That’s good news not only for the environment but also for the farmers in Japan, who were some of the hardest hit individuals in the disaster. Read the rest of Fukushima rice passes radiation test for the first time since the disaster Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Daiichi meltdown , Fukishima environmental impact , fukishima meltdown , fukushima daiichi , Fukushima disaster , Fukushima radioactivity , Japan export , Japan fish export , Japan radioactive export , Japan rice export , nuclear power environmental impact , radioactive meltdown , radioactivity fish , radioactivity rice

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Batlab defines a space-saving loft bedroom with an eye-catching orange ribbon

January 6, 2015 by  
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Tar Sands Development Financially Unsustainable, Report Shows

December 3, 2014 by  
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We’ve known for a long time that the Canada’s Tar Sands represent an environmental disaster, both in the present and future, but with a recent drop in North American oil prices it’s looking like they are also becoming somewhat of a financial disaster. Writing in The Ecologist , Gregory McGann posits the present price of oil and the predicted prices going forward won’t be enough to sustain the planned future development in the Tar Sands. Read the rest of Tar Sands Development Financially Unsustainable, Report Shows Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Alberta , canada , carbon tracker initiative , CTI , development , disaster , ECO:nomics , environmental , financial , fossil fuels , oil sands , renewable energy , tar sands

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NASA planning to launch Orion test flight this week as first step towards Mars missions

December 3, 2014 by  
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NASA plans to launch the first Orion spacecraft this Thursday, in an uncrewed test flight that is the next step on its journey towards a fully fledged mission to Mars. The Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle  is designed for deep-space missions, most particularly the asteroid redirect mission in the early 2020s and future missions to Mars. This week’s flight, predicted as 70 percent ‘Go’ under prevailing weather conditions, will feature two Earth orbits. It’s “designed to test many of the riskiest elements of leaving Earth and returning home in the spacecraft” — before NASA puts a crew of astronauts inside! Read the rest of NASA planning to launch Orion test flight this week as first step towards Mars missions Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: asteroid retrieval mission , deep space , mission to mars , nasa , Orion , Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle , space exploration , spacecraft , test flight

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Activists Put Rana Plaza Victims On Display at New York Fashion Week

February 16, 2014 by  
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The glitz and glamour of New York Fashion week was interrupted by grim images depicting the reality of the fast fashion industry this week. Labor activists forced designers and fans to acknowledge their contribution to the suffering of those who were killed or injured by the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh. Labor activists were able to beam the faces of  Rana Plaza’s  victims onto the exterior of Lincoln Center during  New York Fashion Week . Protestors also marched upon The Children’s Place, one of several retailers that have failed to compensate victims of the disaster. Learn more about the protest and get and update on Rana Plaza by following the link below. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cost of fashion , fair-trade fashion , fashion victims , fast fashion , labor activists , new york fashion week , Rana Plaza disaster , Rana Plaza victims        

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3D Print SUPERSCALE’s Bayanihan Pin and Help Raise Funds for the Victims of Typhoon Haiyan

December 2, 2013 by  
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To help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, SUPERSCALE  is taking a new approach to raising funds by harnessing the power of open-source design and 3d printing . In light of this disaster, they have designed a pin that celebrates the Filipino word “bayanihan”, which refers to the unified spirit and actions of the community to achieve a specific goal. With this fundraising project SUPEPRSCALE is embracing the potential of open source design by releasing the digital files to the 3d printing community. It is their hope that you will print the design and help raise money for the victims of the disaster. Get the files and instructions will for the design at their  site  and also at  Thingiverse . + SUPERSCALE Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D printing , bayanihan pin , help victims of philippines typhoon , open source design , Red Cross , SUPERSCALE , Thingiverse , typhoon Philippines        

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