Thank You Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and Rest in Peace

December 6, 2013 by  
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When Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was inaugurated in Pretoria on 10 May, 1994, I distinctly remember wondering what would happen to South Africa , where I spent my childhood. By then, I was finishing high school in Virginia, where my peers often asked me about apartheid and the systemic racism that marred our otherwise beautiful nation. When he became president, Madiba had every reason to exact a terrible revenge on behalf of his people. And no doubt those who had suffered so gravely at the hands of white supremacists wanted him to take a retaliatory stance. Instead, he led a deeply scarred nation through reconciliation, showing a generosity of spirit never before seen in an African leader. All of this after spending nearly three decades behind bars. Upon hearing the news of his passing, my first reaction was relief. He had a long life, 95 years full of strife, and the current leadership has disgraced his extraordinary sacrifices with corruption and petty politics. But mostly I feel an incredible sadness, as though my own grandfather has died. Madiba made me want to be a better person; it is he who taught me to be kind and tolerant, to treat all people equally, to live a free life with respect for the freedom of all other living beings. I’m not even half the person he was. But I can try. We can all try. We owe him that. + Nelson Mandela Foundation + South African Government Homepage Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Inhabitat Mandela tribute , Madiba , Mandela father of south africa , Nelson Mandela , nelson mandela foundation , Nelson Mandela has died , nelson mandela information , RIP Nelson Mandela , South Africa Apartheid , South Africa reconciliation , south african childhood , south african government website , Tafline Laylin Nelson Mandela tribute , Tata Mandela        

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Drones Now Used to Model the Paths of Disastrous Oil Spills

December 6, 2013 by  
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Drones have become infamous for their use as weapons, but a far more altruistic purpose awaits these unmanned robots. Scientists from the Surfzone Coastal Oil Pathways Experiment are set to deploy 200 “drifters” equipped with GPS off the coast of Fort Walton, Florida, where they will be monitored by two drones outfitted with GoPro cameras. The project is part of a $500 million enterprise funded in part by oil giant BP in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon debacle. Read the rest of Drones Now Used to Model the Paths of Disastrous Oil Spills Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BP , carthe , consortium for advanced research on transport for hydrocarbon in the environment , deepwater horizon , drifter sensors , drones , florida , fort walton , gopro camera , gps , grist , gulf coast , ocean currents , oil spill , university of miami , unmanned robot        

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WHIM Architects Designs Giant Monument to Honor Nelson Mandela’s 95th Birthday

July 18, 2013 by  
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The streets of South African cities are filled with singing and dancing people today , as the nation celebrates Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday. Dutch design firm WHIM Architecture decided to celebrate the anti-apartheid hero’s birthday by designing a monumental structure shaped like Mandela’s face for the side of a mountain overlooking Cape Town. “A monument will teach next generations about the man who gave his life for justice and show his heritage,” explains WHIM. The massive features a vegetated facade, and it will be powered by solar panels, according to the architects’ description. + WHIM Architecture The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: anti-apartheid , Cape Town , Mandela on the Mountain , Nelson Mandela , Ramon Knoester , Solar Power , South Africa , vegetated wall , WHIM Architecture        

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Five Star Didimala Lodge Is The World’s Largest Strawbale Building!

April 20, 2011 by  
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Read the rest of Five Star Didimala Lodge Is The World’s Largest Strawbale Building! http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 5 star lodge , cellulose-based , Didimala Lodge , Dumani architects , eco building , eco design , green design , Nelson Mandela , Pretoria , South Africa , strawbale , sustainable design

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Charge Your Electric Car at Night and You Could Help Diminish Harmful Ozone Levels

April 20, 2011 by  
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A recent study shows that charging your electric vehicle at night could help diminish harmful pollutants at the Earth’s surface. The study was conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Texas and looked at different charging habits of electric vehicle (EV) drivers in four cities in Texas and how they affect levels of air pollutants . The researchers found that in addition to nighttime charging being more cost effective and reliable — less power being used means more, cheaper power for your car — it also decreases the levels of ground pollutants including ozone.

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