How one small town is teaching polar bears to fear people

November 26, 2013 by  
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Churchill in Manitoba is one of the great destinations for people wanting to view polar bears. But for the people who live there, managing the human-bear conflicts is a serious concern, especially as the species is pushed to its limits by climate change.

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Tin robots and iDiot phones give an adorable reality check in this short film

November 26, 2013 by  
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This great short film looks at the humor and ridiculousness of our smart phone obsession and perpetual upgrading.

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Goldee is the world’s smartest light switch

November 26, 2013 by  
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The humble light switch joins the Internet of Things, controlling a lot more than just whether it is on or off.

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World’s first “Brussels Sprout Battery” lights up a Christmas tree

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In an effort to improve kids’ opinions about Brussels sprouts, a team of engineers and scientists decided to give them a cooler edge by making them power up the lights on a Christmas tree.

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Aamodt Plumb Architects’ Smokehouse Looks to Primitive Structures for Modern Building Solutions

May 14, 2013 by  
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Aamodt Plumb Architects , a young design studio based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, saw its second completed project built this January along The River Trail at The Forks in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The firm’s Smokehouse , a collaboration with felt artist Rebecca Howdeshell, was one of three winning entries to The Warming Huts v.2013: An Art + Architecture Competition on Ice . Jury members selected designs that best “push the envelope of design, craft and art” in an open competition that drew over 100 entries. Their winning design responds to the harsh winter conditions of The River Trail by employing natural materials and primitive building methods to create a unique space that provides shelter and warmth. Read the rest of Aamodt Plumb Architects’ Smokehouse Looks to Primitive Structures for Modern Building Solutions Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , Aamodt Plumb Architects , green architecture , Manitoba , Rebecca Howdeshell , Smokehouse , The River Trail at The Forks , The Warming Huts v.2013: An Art + Architecture Competition on Ice , winnipeg        

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Dirk Van Der Kooij’s Spectacular 3D Printer Robot Places Newly Printed Furniture Outside His Shop Window

May 14, 2013 by  
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World’s First Floating Wind-Current Turbine to be Installed Off Japanese Coast

May 14, 2013 by  
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Offshore wind farms and tidal energy facilities harness the power of the wind and the ocean – but why should we have separate turbines for each task? Offshore technology company Mitsui is developing a hybrid wind-current power generating system that combines a floating vertical-axis wind turbine with an underwater turbine that generates power from ocean currents. The clever apparatus would cut down on material waste, and it could produce twice as much energy as a conventional wind turbine . Read the rest of World’s First Floating Wind-Current Turbine to be Installed Off Japanese Coast Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: floating wind turbine , Hybrid wind and ocean current turbines , Japan , Mitsui Ocean Development & Engineering Company , MODEC , ocean currents , ocean power , offshore wind , renewable energy , tidal turbines , vertical axis wind turbine        

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Multiyear Arctic Sea Ice Practically Gone – Not in the Future, Today

October 29, 2009 by  
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You can’t navigate through multiyear ice… photo: arcticroute.com via flickr. You’ve probably seen all sort of predictions about when the Arctic will see it’s first ice-free summer in, umm, all of human history.

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