Your favorite playlist has a carbon footprint

May 24, 2019 by  
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You would think streaming music is more eco-friendly than CDs, tapes and records, right? Afterall, there’s no waste. A new study by the Universities of Glasglow and Oslo calculated the carbon footprint associated with downloading and streaming music and the answer is surprising. According to data from 2015 and 2016, music streaming accounted for 200 to 350 million kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions . The study used data records from the Recording Industry Association of America. First, researchers took the total number of streamed and downloaded songs and multiplied it by the amount of electricity it takes to download 1 gigabyte of data. Each gigabyte is equivalent to the amount of electricity needed to light one light bulb for an hour. Next researchers investigated what kind of fuel sources are typically fueling music streaming sites— such as coal or renewable energy — and averaged the carbon dioxide emitted. Related: Music festivals and events can set the stage for sustainability The totals do not reflect the carbon footprint of data storage and processing centers, nor the electricity it takes to power your cellphone or steaming device, so the comprehensive contribution to greenhouse gas emissions is actually much higher than the study initially indicates. Music streaming giant, Spotify, did not respond to The Rolling Stone journalist’s request for comment, but they did publish a sustainability report in 2017, which promised to work toward carbon neutrality. By 2018, the new sustainability report indicated that they had closed almost all of their data centers and reduced their carbon footprint by 1,500 tons of carbon dioxide . In actuality, Spotify shifted to using Google Cloud services, which means that now Google data centers are responsible for the emissions, not that emissions have necessarily been cut. Streaming competitors Apple and Amazon have recently invested in renewable energy options for their centers. Data centers in general are responsible for 2 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, which is equivalent to the airline industry. Music lovers who want to be more sustainable should buy full albums rather than streaming individual songs, especially if you plan to hit that repeat button a lot. According to their calculations, streaming 27 songs uses more energy than manufacturing the disc. For those of you who can’t imagine hopping in a time machine and buying a CD again, the authors suggest that downloading songs for offline listening could reduce the associated energy consumption. Via Rolling Stone Image via PhotoMIX-Company

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Tesla Dog Mode is keeping dogs around the country safe and cool

February 22, 2019 by  
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For dog owners, there are few things worse than when people leave their pets in the car, especially when the temps are high. When cracking a window is not enough, Tesla is keeping dogs cool around the country with its first ever Dog Mode. Tesla Dog Mode is a specially designed feature that keeps the car cool whenever pets are left behind. It also shows the current temperature inside the car on a large touchscreen, just in case concerned citizens walk by. All Tesla owners have to do is touch the fan icon when the vehicle is in park, select DOG under Keep Climate On, and the software does the rest. Related: Nico Nevolo quit his job at Tesla to living in his Model X — and he’s loving it According to Jalopnik , Dog Mode remains on until the car battery gets under 20 percent capacity. At that point, the car sends you a notification via the Tesla app. For people who already own a Tesla, the new features are included in the latest software upgrade, which can be done wirelessly. Introducing Dog Mode: set a cabin temperature to keep your dog comfortable while letting passersby know they don’t need to worry pic.twitter.com/xFU6MGZT53 — Tesla (@Tesla) February 14, 2019 Although Tesla Dog Mode is a great way to keep pets cool , the company cautioned owners to check local laws before leaving their dogs behind. In some states, it is illegal to leave pets inside vehicles unattended, and those laws do not change just because you own a Tesla that has this safety feature. Elon Musk looked into adding the Dog Mode feature after an owner sent him a request on Twitter. It only took Musk and his team a few months of engineering to put the plan into motion. “Can you put a dog mode on the Tesla Model 3. Where the music plays and the AC is on, with a display on the screen saying, ‘I’m fine my owner will be right back’?” a Twitter user asked, to which Musk simply answered, “Yes.” Tesla Dog Mode is one of many features that the company included in its latest software update. Apart from the pet mode, owners can download Sentry Mode and a dashcam upgrade. While not as novel as the Tesla Dog Mode, the dashcam allows owners to record data from all cameras (not just the front-facing one) while the Sentry feature detects hazards when the car is in park. + Tesla Via Jalopnik Image via Leo Young and Tesla

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How millennials are changing home design

March 16, 2018 by  
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You won’t be hard-pressed to find an article about the next industry Millennials are killing. As more of them become homeowners, it’s no surprise that their tastes are starting to impact home design as well. As a group, Millennials have huge buying power, and the design world is taking notice of their preferences. Take a look at several home design trends that appeal to this generation, including green-focused fashions, small-space living, and dual-purpose furniture trends. 1. Urban and Size-Conscious It’s true; Millennials haven’t been queuing up to buy large suburban houses. They are more concerned with reasonable energy use, efficiency and of course, saving on the dollars. The importance of being within close proximity to necessary social and professional networks and city resources means this generation is generally found in urban areas , and naturally, this goes hand in hand with smaller properties, too. However, just because they choose to live in smaller quarters, doesn’t mean they’ll be cramped. 2. Open Plan Floor plans are more open and efficient than ever before. Simply put: Millennials just don’t have time for hallways! A big kitchen still remains a prerequisite, but it should flow into the other rooms for easy entertaining. For this reason, almost half of Millennials are keen on luxury kitchens with a preference for lounge furniture that serves more than one purpose. Who says a couch can’t have built-in storage or an end table can’t double as a coffee table during parties? 3. Sleek and Simple Baby boomers preferred rustic décor and plenty of accessories. Luckily for us, Millennials are keen on functionality and minimalistic design to keep a clutter -free home. That’s not to say that rustic and natural materials aren’t found in their homes, they are just limited in number. Part of this is due to the smaller spaces they are occupying , but it’s also because the increased use of technology means many accessories that were once physically found in the home can now be condensed into the palms of their hands. 4. Natural Materials and Features There is a hangover of the baby boomer rustic interior, but the youngest generation of homeowners are switching it up. We’re seeing more natural tones in today’s millennial homes such as reclaimed wood, neutral palates and barn doors. Scandinavian design is contributing to the pro-wood feel, but so is the tendency to bring the outdoors inside. 5. Tiles are Back One of the biggest changes identified as Millennial interior décor is a preference for tiles. Subway tiles are dominating the market ; whether they’re used as backsplashes or flooring, it’s the ultimate trend. Since Millennials have now occupied smaller homes , the financially savvy are more likely to have more room in the budget for the designs they want. That means more money is going into kitchen design and spa-like bathrooms. Tiles on floors will tend to be in natural stones or wood effect patterns, while low maintenance backsplashes dominate the kitchen. 6. Statement Appliances Diner-type restaurants with open plan kitchens and cookery shows may have had an impact here. This generation loves fancy kitchen appliances and probably also benefits from saving the cents with home-cooked meals instead of splashing out on dinner. 7. Green Building Materials Millennials are choosing eco-friendly materials such as non-toxic paint, Energy Star appliances and LEED-compliant light fixtures in and around the home. The EPA recently estimated that homeowners save up to $501 every year with eco-friendly windows, for example, so the trend is fitting in well with this cost-conscious generation. Related: These solar-powered tiny homes are designed just for millennials 8. Low Maintenance Since when could this ever be a bad thing? This generation is more and more conscious of the time, energy and expense that goes into the upkeep of living spaces. This means that Millennials are championing the move to high design at low cost which doesn’t require regular maintenance. 9. Smart Technology It’s reported that Millennials today are more inclined to boast about a home with integrated smart-technology than they are about a brand new kitchen. It’s clear that Wi-Fi-connected technology throughout homes is key for more reasons than one. Lighting, heating, smoke detectors, TVs and speakers can all be monitored from phones or tablets. This removes safety hazards as well as inconveniences such as needing to walk into a room to turn on the music. They also are demanding “technology friendly” spaces which mean lots of outlets and charging stations. 10. Sustainability This generation is the most sustainability-focused generation ever. They’re looking for renewable energy sources within apartment blocks, sharing resources, supporting surrounding independent businesses and using green materials. Almost half of Millennials are interested in solar panels for their homes, and show a keen interest in growing their own food. Gardening is good for the environment and works well with recent healthy living trends. Expect to see more small gardens, window-box gardens, or community gardens where this generation takes up residence. Millennials currently account for 83.1 million people in the United States alone. Their influence on demand and popular trends knows no bounds. The home design of today and tomorrow is all about flexibility, sustainability, minimalism and natural effect interiors – easy to live in, yet stylish and unobtrusive. Most importantly, awareness of environmental challenges we face globally is translating into eco-friendly lifestyles. It’s a change worth celebrating.

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This 7-year-old from Maryland might be the next Einstein

February 6, 2017 by  
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Romanieo Golphin, Jr. may only be 7, but already there are whispers that he could be the Albert Einstein of his generation. The home-schooled boy from Silver Spring, Maryland, showed signs of precociousness at age 2, when he was able to tackle questions about particle physics between spoonfuls of Cheerios. Although Romanieo digs art and music and loves LEGO and candy, his real passions lie with science, a subject where he gets to articulate “big words” like “cyclohexanecarboxylic acid” that would trip the tongues of most grownups. “They’re not a mouthful for me,” he told the Washington Post . People started to take notice. Steven Goldfarb, an experimental physicist at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), which runs the Large Hadron Collider, invited the pint-size prodigy and his family to tour the facilities in Switzerland, whereupon he dubbed Romanieo a CERN “ambassador” to the Washington region. Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium and host of National Geographic’s Cosmos , is said to be a fan. The elder Golphin, an adviser for the music department at the University of North Carolina , regularly takes Romanieo to to university classes to observe. “When he looked in my classroom, all I saw was his hair, his forehead and his eyeballs,” said Brian Hogan, a professor of chemistry at UNC. “And his eyeballs, they looked like hard-boiled eggs, they were open so wide.” Related: 7-year-old California boy saves 10K for college with his own recycling company Hogan was a skeptic at the beginning, but little Romanieo quickly won him over. “He could be the next Einstein,” he said. “He’s got a mind that is built to solve problems.” Romanieo’s parents hope that their son’s aptitude for science will lead him change people’s lives for the better. But they also acknowledge that his interests could just as easily lead him to a career in the arts. “Let the boy free, and he’s going to create his world,” Golphin said. Via the Washington Post Photos from Facebook

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New Zealand’s solar-powered Te Oro Music and Arts Center is inspired by traditional Maori design

July 11, 2016 by  
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The Center was built in a suburban car park which the architects redesigned with a master plan that includes four key facilities on the southern edge. Te Oro, Ruapotaka Marae, Glen Innes library and a Community Hall will share a landscaped space which will extend into Maybury Reserve and the re-development of Ruapotaka Marae. Related: Beautiful Roma music center in Hungary shows how socially-conscious design can cultivate talent The building was conceived a large wooden canopy that floats over performance and learning spaces for an ethnically diverse young population. Several hang-out and “kai” spaces, workshop and teaching areas, dance studios, music classrooms, recording studios are combined and connected by a simple looping circulation route. Installed on the roof are 256 solar panels which reduce the energy consumption of the Center by more than 50 percent. Rainwater is harvested and used for toilet flushing and landscape irrigation. Related: Striking Green-Roofed Concert Hall Sprouts in Soignies, Belgium The ground surfaces feature imprinted traditional Maori graphic device – the manaia – which connect different spaces. Three separate volumes of the Center house different functions-performance, music, and visual arts. Local ethnic groups carved the timber blades that face the concrete columns, while a series of LVL portal “ribs” enclosed in a facade of ACP comprises the superstructure. The facade was clad in faceted panels made from solid timber . + Archimedia Photos by Patrick Reynolds

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Cloud Nothings perform at the Pickathon Music Festival

January 5, 2016 by  
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We’re ringing in the New Year strong with an electrifying new video from our partners over at Pickathon, the world’s most sustainable large-scale outdoor concert . In 2015, the Mountain Stage brought us talent ranging from jazz legend Kamasi Washington to the folky vibrations of indie band Vetiver , and the rowdy yet intelligent sounds of Red Dirt group Turnpike Troubadours . To mix things up, we’re launching our first episode this year to the tune of a scuzzier lo fi sound that simply has critics going gaga. Catch a video of Cloud Nothings performing after the jump! Read the rest of EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Cloud Nothings perform at the Pickathon Music Festival

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Meet aquafaba: the humble bean juice taking the baking world by storm

January 5, 2016 by  
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Affordable modular Maggie Shelter offers refugees a healthier future

January 5, 2016 by  
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Elliptical Music Pavilion in Austria is made from locally-sourced silver fir

November 20, 2015 by  
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Exclusive video: Kamasi Washington performs at the Pickathon Music Festival

October 30, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Hailed by LA Weekly as the Inglewood saxophonist who “might have made the best jazz record of the year”, Kamasi Washington is not your average force to be reckoned with. He first picked up a saxophone at the age of thirteen and since then has gone on to play alongside the likes of Gerald Wilson, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Burrell, George Duke, Lauryn Hill, Jeffrey Osborne, Mos Def, Quincy Jones, Stanley Clark, Harvey Mason and Chaka Khan. Washington is one of several artists to perform at Pickathon, the world’s most sustainable large-scale outdoor concert . Read the rest of Exclusive video: Kamasi Washington performs at the Pickathon Music Festival

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