Historic White House tree to be chopped down

December 27, 2017 by  
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The Jackson Magnolia that has adorned the White House South Lawn since the 1800s is coming down. Brought by President Andrew Jackson from Tennessee, and said to be planted in memory of his wife Rachel who died not too long after his 1828 election, the tree is slated for removal later this week. According to CNN , First Lady Melania Trump made the call as the tree is reportedly too decayed to stay in place. The Jackson Magnolia is the oldest on White House grounds, reported CNN. There have been many efforts to preserve it over the years, such as a cabling system. United States National Arboretum specialists came in at the request of the White House to assess the tree, and CNN obtained documents that said, “The overall architecture and structure of the tree is greatly compromised and the tree is completely dependent on the artificial support. Without the extensive cabling system, the tree would have fallen years ago. Presently, and very concerning, the cabling system is failing on the east trunk, as a cable has pulled through the very thin layer of wood that remains. It is difficult to predict when and how many more will fail.” Related: Washington DC’s national monuments are getting slimed White House officials fear the tree could fall when President Donald Trump’s helicopter takes off nearby. The First Lady’s director of communications Stephanie Grisham told CNN, “After reviewing the reports, [Mrs. Trump] trusted that every effort had been made to preserve the historic tree and was concerned about the safety of visitors and members of the press who are often standing right in front of the tree during Marine One lifts,” adding the First Lady asked that wood from the Jackson Magnolia be preserved. CNN reported offshoots of the tree have grown to around eight to 10 feet tall at an undisclosed location nearby, and there are plans for a new Jackson Magnolia to be planted in place of the old. Via CNN Images via U.S. Pacific Command and achuertas on Flickr

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Double whirlpool spotted in nature for the first time

December 27, 2017 by  
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Scientists at the University of Liverpool have observed “double whirlpools” in the natural world for the first time. Until now, the unusual fluid dynamics phenomenon had only been theoretically envisioned. While eddies, whirlpools that can span hundreds of miles in the open ocean , are not uncommon, two connected eddies spiraling in opposite directions was previously unheard of. “Ocean eddies almost always head to the west, but by pairing up they can move to the east and travel ten times as fast as a normal eddy, so they carry water in unusual directions across the ocean,” said Chris Hughes, study lead-author and University of Liverpool oceanographer. The double-whirlpools are known as modons and were suspected to exist for decades, though scientists had never acquired hard evidence of their existence. This changed when Hughes began to closely study satellite footage of the ocean surrounding Australia . “I happened to notice one little feature down in the Tasman Sea [between Australia and New Zealand] that was behaving very strangely compared to everywhere else,” Hughes told Popular Science . “Almost all these eddies drift slowly westwards, but this little feature was going quickly eastwards.” Related: Scientists find the Earth’s constant hum is coming from the ocean floor After further investigation, Hughes and his team learned that modons are not actually as rare as once thought. Satellites had been recording images of the phenomenon for decades, though scientists had not known where to look for them. Although there is still much research to be done, scientists believes that a double-whirlpool may form when two whirlpools collide with each other in the ocean. It is also possible that modons emerge as a result of friction impacting a whirlpool close to the coast. After formation, a modon casts a U-shaped underwater vortex and can endure for up to six months. Given their size and speed, modons may play an important role in ocean ecology. “My thinking is that these linked, fast moving eddies could ‘suck-up’ small marine creatures and carry them at high speed and for long distances across the ocean,” Hughes said. “You would get particular blobs of water where the biology and the conditions are totally different from the surrounding area. It’s quite possible there are shoals of particular types of fish following these eddies for their special conditions. Fish would actually actively follow the eddies by choice because of what’s in them.” Via ScienceAlert Images via DepositPhotos , NASA , University of Liverpool and Depositphotos

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Michelle Obama Launches Book to Help Encourage Aspiring Gardeners to Plant Edible Patches Across the US

May 30, 2012 by  
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First Lady Michelle Obama has launched her first book ‘American Grown’ as part of her awesome mission to get children across the US off the couch and into gardens to learn about healthy food! With a smiling face adorning the cover, and a title like  ‘American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America ‘, the colorful book looks like a pretty uplifting read. In it, First Lady Obama combines her own personal experience of  growing an “ edible garden” with those stories of people all around the country, and she heartfully encourages readers to try and grow their own healthy produce. Read the rest of Michelle Obama Launches Book to Help Encourage Aspiring Gardeners to Plant Edible Patches Across the US Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: american grown , book launch , childhood obesity , community gardening , edible garden , first lady , gardening initiatives , healthy eating , lets move , Michelle Obama , national parks foundation

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Old Vinyl Records Transformed Into Chic Lamps After the Music Stops

May 30, 2012 by  
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Ever wonder what happens to all the old vinyl records that don’t make it into the thrift shops to be picked up by the audio-junkie/hipster minority who still spin them? Well, most of them just end up in the trash–no surprise there. But at least a few have found their way into the loving hands of Brooklyn-based Orlando Dominguez of GIN Art & Design , for a second life brightening up the world–with light, this time, instead of music. These recycled record lamps made their debut during this year’s New York Design Week at the ICFF . Read the rest of Old Vinyl Records Transformed Into Chic Lamps After the Music Stops Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 45s lamps , adaptive reuse , brooklyn design , Brooklyn designers , eco design , green design , ICFF , new york design week , orlando dominguez , recycled 45s , recycled lighting , recycled records , sustainable design

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US Doctors Use Tiny Snakebots In Surgical Procedures

May 30, 2012 by  
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Doctors from New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center are using tiny, tool-laden snakebots in surgical procedures in order to help identify diseases and perform operations. Equipped with cameras, forceps, and other pieces of equipment, the human-controlled snakebots are able to go where surgeons cannot. Read the rest of US Doctors Use Tiny Snakebots In Surgical Procedures Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Columbia University Medical Center , medical robots , nanobots , nanosurgeons , nanotechnology , robotic surgeons , snake robots , snake surgeons

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POTUS Michelle Obama Goes For Fitness Guinness Record

October 6, 2011 by  
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photo via flickr /CC First Lady Michelle Obama is continuing her campaign to inspire the country’s youth to get off the couch and to get active by going for a Guinness World Record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period. On Tuesday, the POTUS and National Geographic Kids will lead hundreds of DC children in doing one minute of jumping jacks on the South Lawn. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Paris Cleans Up with $50 Fines for Littering, Un-Picked Up Dog Poo and Public Urination

October 6, 2011 by  
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Photo: Omarukai / CC Paris is widely recognized as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, and it has no intention of letting its reputation be sullied. The City is launching a new anti-littering campaign, with 35€ ($47) fines for all kinds of littering, public urination and not picking up after one’s dog. But the thinking behind the effort comes from more than cleanliness- Paris has

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Does Obama Really Support Sustainable Agriculture?

August 23, 2010 by  
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Image credit: The WHO Farm When Michelle Obama first announced her White House garden , locavores everywhere rejoiced. Here was a highly symbolic, yet practical, indication of where the administration stood on sustainable agriculture. Yet while the First Lady has since enlarged the White House garden , and even

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Three Tips from the White House on Winter Gardening

December 18, 2009 by  
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