Game of Throne fans are buying and dumping Huskies at a phenomenal rate

August 9, 2017 by  
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After viewing episodes of the highly-anticipated HBO show Game of Thrones , fans have been seeking out and adopting Husky pups in droves, according to a report by the San Francisco Gate . Unfortunately, most are ill-equipped to care for the high-spirited dogs, which are being abandoned at a phenomenal rate. Reportedly, a tell-tale sign of Huskies being adopted by fans of the show is that they are oftentimes named after characters. Additionally, a British animal charity reported a 700 percent increase in abandoned Huskies by 2014, while two Bay area husky rescue facilities — Northern California Sled Dog Rescue and Bay Area Siberian Husky Club — reported similar spikes in the dogs’ abandonment. President of NorSled Angelique Miller said, “These people, they watch these shows and think how cool these dogs are. People can’t even tell the difference between a husky and a wolf because they’re always asking us at adoption fairs if these dogs are wolves — and it’s clearly a husky. They’re just following the trend of what they think is cute.” Related: Winter is Coming: 6 Game of Thrones-Inspired Vegetarian Recipes to Brighten Cold Days It is thought that fans are abandoning the dogs more than any other breed because Huskies’ coats require weekly maintenance, they can’t be left alone with small animals, and they require regular exercise . As Salon reports, this isn’t the first time popular culture has had a negative impact on animals. After “Finding Nemo” was released, for example, sales of clown fish skyrocketed . At the same time, reports sprang up of children flushing the fish down the toilet so they could be freed to the ocean (a plan promoted in the movie). And, after “Harry Potter” became a success, owls — like the Huskies — were adopted in a frenzy and then abandoned at an astonishing pace. The only way to reverse this tragic trend is for consumers to be informed about various animals’ needs. In regard to the Husky-purchasing trend,  Game of Thrones  fans need to know they are very dissimilar from the wolves featured on the show – and they require a lot of care. Via Salon , San Francisco Gate Images via Pixabay, Flickr

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Vance Tsing Tao Pearl Hill visitor center blends into the landscape with a rolling green roof

August 9, 2017 by  
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Prolific architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson crafted the Vance Tsing Tao Pearl Hill Visitor Center in Qingdao, China with a gorgeous rolling green roof . Located at the base of the Zhushan National Forest Park, the wooden building ‘s undulating canopy mimics the mountain range in the backdrop. At 223,000 square feet, the visitor center is certainly massive, however it was carefully designed to blend into its natural surroundings thanks to its subtle stature and verdant green roof. Additionally, the building is strategically oriented so that visitors can enjoy amazing views of the mountain range on one side and expansive sea views on the other end. Floor-to-ceiling glazed walls provide these views while illuminating the building with natural light . Related: Manetti Shrem Museum’s 50,000-square-foot canopy was inspired by the agrarian landscape The designers choose to use wood as the building’s principle material to create a strong connection to nature. The unique wooden truss roof structure uses large logs to support a layer of Canadian Class J SPF wood. At the center of the undulating roof is an abundance of lush greenery, further integrating the building into its environment. The green roof was strategically designed to insulate the interior and reduce the building’s overall carbon footprint. + Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Via Archdaily Photography by He Lian

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How Suburban Sprawl is Killing Us

May 27, 2014 by  
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Have you ever thought about how the design of our cities, towns, and communities has wide ranging effects on both our own lives and on larger global issues? Yes, simply by changing the way we design our living spaces, we affect many things in both good ways and bad. In this article, I will focus on the negative effects of American sprawl , since it is widely acknowledged to be a wasteful and inefficient design model. Read the rest of How Suburban Sprawl is Killing Us Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , exercise , fast food , global warming , greenhouse gas , Health , lawns , obesity , Pollution , poor urban planning , sprawl , suburban sprawl , suburbs , traffic , Urban design , urban planning , urban sprawl , wastefulness , water issues

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How US Urban Sprawl Causes Problems Ranging from Obesity to Climate Change

May 2, 2014 by  
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Have you ever thought about how the design of our cities, towns, and communities has wide ranging effects on both our own lives and on larger global issues? Yes, simply by changing the way we design our living spaces, we affect many things in both good ways and bad. In this article, I will focus on the negative effects of American sprawl , since it is widely acknowledged to be a wasteful and inefficient design model. Read the rest of How US Urban Sprawl Causes Problems Ranging from Obesity to Climate Change Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , exercise , fast food , global warming , greenhouse gas , Health , lawns , obesity , Pollution , sprawl , suburbs , traffic , urban sprawl , wastefulness , water issues

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Google and Adidas Team up to Produce a Sneaker that Nags You to Exercise

March 16, 2013 by  
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Google is getting into the footwear business now. At the  SXSW  conference in Austin last week, tech giant, along with  Adidas , unveiled its  “Talking Shoe”  concept, a smart sneaker designed to get people off the couch and exercising. The sneaker has a personality of its own that cheers and jeers its wearer in an effort to keep your feet moving. Click through to Ecouterre to see a video of the high-tech sneaks in action. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Adidas , apparel , ecouterre , Google , google sneaker , google talking shoe , green fashion , high-tech fashion , talking shoe

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NASA Designs Ironman-like Robotic Exoskeleton For Astronauts And Earthlings

October 16, 2012 by  
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Ironman kicks ass. And not just because that’s Robert Downey Jr. inside. The idea of an impermeable exoskeleton has fascinated humans since medieval knights designed the first metal armor. Now, NASA is working on a real-life version of Ironman’s fictional suit called the “X1″ that could help keep astronauts healthier in space, and make it possible for paraplegics to walk on Earth. Read the rest of NASA Designs Ironman-like Robotic Exoskeleton For Astronauts And Earthlings Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: astronauts , disabilities , exercise , exoskeleton , Ironman , nasa , rehabilitation , robot , space , zero gravity

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2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is America’s Most Fuel-Efficient Luxury Car

October 16, 2012 by  
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When the all-new 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid arrives later this fall, it not only arrives with a new bolder exterior, but will also be more fuel-efficient. The EPA has just certified the 2013 MKZ with a 45 mpg city, 45 mpg highway and 45 mpg combined rating, making it the most fuel-efficient luxury vehicle in America. Read the rest of 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is America’s Most Fuel-Efficient Luxury Car Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric car , ford , ford hybrid , green transportation , hybrid car , hybrid luxury car , lincoln , lincoln hybrid , Lincoln MKZ

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10 eco friendly human powered machines

August 27, 2011 by  
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Hema Mehta: Internet Kiosk Human powered internet kiosk A lot of effort has been made to generate energy and electricity by human efforts. The motivation behind this technology is as we consume energy so we should also generate energy. Now, we have successfully designed and developed several pedal powered machines that can perform our day to day activities. Bicycle pedal and cranks have made notable contribution in generating energy that is purely ecofriendly allowing us to get rid of post carbon problems. The pedal powered machines are designed largely to make use of bicycle generating energy by just cycling for few seconds. Here is a list of 10 fantastic machines that are powered and give the intended results with a pair of bicycle pedals. 1. Human Powered Internet Kiosk Internet kiosk machine is a unique attempt made in Bangladesh to make Internet more accessible. Internet kiosk machine consists of one server which is a computer connected with small device acting as workstation where server is capable enough to send out Wi-max signals. Human powered Internet kiosk has two seats with complete radio broadcasting system making you hear community radio and live through internet. The idea of developing Internet kiosk was given by Motorola in which Edge-enabled mobile phones are connected to the server via USB cable. The device is ecofriendly, portable, small in size, reliable that connect people allowing them to work in a team. 2. Human Powered Electricity Generator Human power generation developed by Windstream is ideal for application that requires power fewer than 65 watts. It is a portable and a user friendly equipment which consists of heavy, powder coated steel frame holding crank like bicycle with standard foot pedal and step-up chain drive attached to permanent magnet DC generator. The capacity of power generation is determined by the energy available to turn the crank. Hence, stronger the person using the device the more electrical power will be generated. Usually, human power generator is capable to generate 60 watts and 35 watts with hand cranks. In terms of volt, it can charge 12 volt or generate 12 volt electricity to make the equipment workable. 3. Human Powered Car The Human Car Imagine PS is the outcome of a brainchild engineer Charles Greenwood. For more than 40 years, he has been designing and developing perfect human powered car. Charles Greenwood started working on these cars in 1968 with an intention to curb pollution and dangerous effect on the health of many drivers. It has four seats and it is a hybrid car with electric battery that is used when the number of passengers is less. You need to give few backward and forward hand cranks to start the car. The car has a reasonable shape that manage the driving very easily. 4. Human Powered cooler/heater Now you can utilize your exercise bike to heat and chill your food stuff. Yes, an innovative Australian engineer has successfully designed exercise bike that can utilize unwanted calories that burn during cycling. You can now use your energy to chill down beer to cherish after hard workout. The engineer integrated two copper wires connected to entire pedal assembly of the exercise bike. As soon as you pedal, the energy is generated which passes through the copper wiring. You can either chill your beer can or prepare a cup of coffee with just your muscle power. Isn’t it awesome? 5. Human Powered Washing Machine Again human powered washing machine is designed with the same pedal powered technique. It is quite old technology but somehow people have not accepted this ecofriendly machine. It is user friendly and it makes your washing task simpler along with your daily workouts. Human powered washing machine saves electricity. It does not require much workouts as the overall rotation mechanism is not very complicated. 6. Human Powered Gadget Charger With this gadget you can charge your electronic gadgets like music players while you are on your workouts. This gadget charger is from China. It works on pedal power and high density LED Spotlight. It comes with USB port. The multipurpose gadget charger can also light up your house when there is power shortage. 7. Human Powered Welding machine Like other human powered machines inertia welding machine is again an awesome step for green environment. Inertia welding machine was the result of Google’s Innovate or Die contest where the participants were told to put pedaling power of bicycle to some useful purpose. The excited young boys designed this machine which makes little use of human muscle power. The design of welding machine consists of bicycle, car jack, fly wheel from the static steam engine and two aluminum sheets and few men to make it work. You may explode your ear drums with the noise generated at the time of pedaling at the speed of 400-450 rpm. But pedaling for just few seconds is worth for the working of ultimate result of joining two aluminum sheets. 8. Human Powered Snowplow This is again a miracle from a bicycle maker Trek, where designer Kevin Blake has developed incredible snowplow. He used old lawn mower chassis to construct pedal powered snowplow. He removed rear and front wheels, gearbox and steering connections from the mower chassis. Next he put together these accessories on the floor and laid down a steel frame to tie up the pieces together. Lastly he attached set of bicycle pedal and shovel to the new framework. This ultimately designed into pedal powered snowplow. 9. Human powered grain crusher A fellow student of Beena Sukumaran who was the professor of civil and environmental engineering at Rowan University has developed pedal powered grain crusher. With an intention to provide cost effective food processor to the economically backward people of the world introduced the concept of grain crusher. Although the design is not completely ready. According to the prototype this remarkable machine is using bicycle mounted on a stand prompts the back wheel to turn the pulley which moves the plates in the crusher and it can crush and grind. 10. Human powered Water Purifier Human powered water purifier developed by IDEO is the again a three wheeler bike which uses the energy generated from cycling. This is again a step toward generating and using power to perform day-to day activities. Aquaduct water purifier will turn out to be a boon allowing water transportation on large scale at the same time it allows you to purify water with pedal power. This water purifier won the top honors in year 2008. This is a boon for those who are still struggling for clean water.

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Composting teabags

June 2, 2011 by  
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Over on the Really Good Life the other day, I listed all the consumables I used in one day and their packaging . I think it’s easy to become blind to things you routinely use and listing them helped me realise where I was creating unnecessary waste/exposing myself to unnecessary synthetic chemicals in my day to day life. I’m going to do the exercise again a few times over the next couple of weeks to get a more accurate broader picture (for example, on the first day, I didn’t do any household cleaning or laundry, or much cooking)

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Danish hotel allows guests to earn free meal vouchers by generating electricity

April 19, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Exercise bikes used to generate renewable electricity. The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Copenhagen has stated a free meal idea as a way to boost guests’ fitness and reduce their carbon footprint by making them exercise on bikes that generate electricity as well. The bikes are attached to generators that require guests to pedal for about 15 minutes and generate 10Wh of electricity

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