Kentucky is Shipping Invasive Asian Carp to China to Halt Their Spread Across the US

March 26, 2014 by  
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The Asian carp population has exploded in the US – the fish can now be found in 12 states, despite attempts to curb the species’ spread. Now the state of Kentucky has hit upon a novel solution: send the fish back to China, where they are a prized delicacy. Read the rest of Kentucky is Shipping Invasive Asian Carp to China to Halt Their Spread Across the US Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Asian carp , ecosystems , environmental destruction , illinois , invasive carp , invasive species , kentucky , npr , rivers , water issues        

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Conservationists Scar Shells to Protect Endangered Tortoises

March 3, 2014 by  
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Tortoises are among the most endangered species on the planet, and a good shell can fetch tens of thousands of dollars. In order to protect the world’s tortoises, conservationists are defacing their most desirable asset: the shell. For years conservationists have struggled to preserve tortoises, only to face increased hunting and poaching. But reducing the value of the thing that attracts buyers – the shell – may make the threat more manageable. Read the rest of Conservationists Scar Shells to Protect Endangered Tortoises Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carving tortoise shell , conservationists carving turtle shells , conservationists defacing tortoise shells , conservationists scarring shells , conserving tortoise , conserving turtles , defacing tortoise shells , endangered tortoises , endangered turtles , Eric Goode , Eric Goode Turtle Conservancy , extinction tortoise , Madagascar tortoise , npr , ploughshare tortoise , protecting tortoises , protecting turtles , tortoise pets , tortoise poaching , Tortoise rescue , tortoise rescue California , tortoise shell poaching , tortoise shell trade , tortoise shells , Turtle Conservancy , Turtle Conservancy California , Turtle Conservancy defacing tortoise shells , Turtle Conservancy Ojai , Turtle rescue        

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The Uji Shower Head Lets You Know When You are Taking Too Long in the Bathroom

August 26, 2013 by  
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Standing under a relaxing stream of hot water, it can be easy to forget how long you are taking in the shower . Time becomes warped in a combination of suds and steam, making it difficult to keep tabs on how much water and electricity is being consumed. The Uji shower head lets bathers know when they are dawdling in the bathroom by using LED lights that gradually turn from green to red. Average shower time clocks in around seven minutes, giving the user about a minute to finish up and rinse off. Read the rest of The Uji Shower Head Lets You Know When You are Taking Too Long in the Bathroom Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , bathroom , brett andler , Department of Energy , lawrenece berkeley national laboratory , LED lights , npr , sam woolf , shower , symmons , Tufts University , tyler wilson , uji shower head , water conservation        

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Brown University Joins Growing Movement to Divest from Fossil Fuels

May 10, 2013 by  
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As a college student, you would hope to attend an institution that values enlightened ideals and sound investments. However, at many universities across the country, portions of large endowments have long been used to support the fossil fuel industry. Joining over 300 schools around the US, Brown University  is seeking to divest from dirty power. Receiving support from such organizations as 350.org , the Sierra Club, the Responsible Endowments Coalition, and As You Sow, the student-run campaign is asking the administration to pull its money from 15 coal and mining companies. Read the rest of Brown University Joins Growing Movement to Divest from Fossil Fuels Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 350.org , arch coal , As You Sow , big tobacco , brown divest coal campaign , brown university , chris bull , coal , college , duke energy , emily kirkland , hei hotels , midamerican , mining , npr , Sierra Club , South Africa , sudan , the advisory committee on corporate responsibility on investment politics , the responsible endowments coalition , university        

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Data From Google Earth Helps to Uncover Chicago’s Hidden Urban Farms

January 16, 2013 by  
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Google Earth has already been helpful in such endeavors as monitoring the destruction of the Amazon rainforest and determining the location of landmines. Now, advocates of urban agriculture are using the technology to help identify and catalog food-producing areas in Chicago. Previous attempts at recording the plots of land at ground level were often difficult and inaccurate. When Sarah Taylor Lovell’s lab from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign at first tried to verify over 1,200 community garden projects, they found that only 13 per cent were places that actually grew food. After intrepid student John Taylor spent nearly 400 hours pouring over Google Earth in 2010, he discovered 4,648 production sites covering 65 acres. Personal visits to the sites confirmed that 86 per cent were viable horticultural hotspots. Taylor’s data from 2010 was recently published in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning . His information is also helping Chicago Urban Agriculture Mapping Project (CUAMP) sponsored by Advocates for Urban Agriculture to find, monitor, and represent community gardens and private food producers. Guided by Taylor’s map, the CUAMP will start the pilot phase of their project within the next couple of weeks. They hope to eventually calculate the total harvest of all of the plots. With this information, they will be able to better connect farmers and local suppliers, farm stands with markets and restaurants, and community members with one another. Establishing these relationships may also be one of the few ways that urban areas can combat food deserts and introduce the only available supplies of fresh produce. “It’s all part of one big thing … increasing local food production,” Billy Burdett of Advocates for Urban Agriculture told NPR . Urban agriculture “in a lot of cases is the best and even only option for folks to have access to healthy, locally grown food.” A 2012 review of Google earth data saw a 50 percent jump in the number of Chicago community gardens from the last examination, a development that will surely keep the researchers busy for some time to come. + Advocates for Urban Agriculture Via NPR

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Data From Google Earth Helps to Uncover Chicago’s Hidden Urban Farms

January 16, 2013 by  
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Google Earth has already been helpful in such endeavors as monitoring the destruction of the Amazon rainforest and determining the location of landmines. Now, advocates of urban agriculture are using the technology to help identify and catalog food-producing areas in Chicago. Previous attempts at recording the plots of land at ground level were often difficult and inaccurate. When Sarah Taylor Lovell’s lab from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign at first tried to verify over 1,200 community garden projects, they found that only 13 per cent were places that actually grew food. After intrepid student John Taylor spent nearly 400 hours pouring over Google Earth in 2010, he discovered 4,648 production sites covering 65 acres. Personal visits to the sites confirmed that 86 per cent were viable horticultural hotspots. Taylor’s data from 2010 was recently published in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning . His information is also helping Chicago Urban Agriculture Mapping Project (CUAMP) sponsored by Advocates for Urban Agriculture to find, monitor, and represent community gardens and private food producers. Guided by Taylor’s map, the CUAMP will start the pilot phase of their project within the next couple of weeks. They hope to eventually calculate the total harvest of all of the plots. With this information, they will be able to better connect farmers and local suppliers, farm stands with markets and restaurants, and community members with one another. Establishing these relationships may also be one of the few ways that urban areas can combat food deserts and introduce the only available supplies of fresh produce. “It’s all part of one big thing … increasing local food production,” Billy Burdett of Advocates for Urban Agriculture told NPR . Urban agriculture “in a lot of cases is the best and even only option for folks to have access to healthy, locally grown food.” A 2012 review of Google earth data saw a 50 percent jump in the number of Chicago community gardens from the last examination, a development that will surely keep the researchers busy for some time to come. + Advocates for Urban Agriculture Via NPR

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NAIAS 2013: Chinese Automaker Guangzhou Shows Off Three Green Electric and Hybrid Models in Detroit

January 16, 2013 by  
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We love the idea of bi-directional house-vehicle charging, which seems to be an increasingly popular concept among automakers who realize the potential advantages of using a vehicle as a house or equipment generator. The looks of the Trumpchi GS5-BEV are also better than we expected, given the low bar set at previous auto shows by other Chinese automakers such as Geely. Guangzhou actually brought three green models to show off, including its GS5-BEV, the 4WD Trumpchi Hybrid sedan, and the E-jet Concept Extended-Range electric car. The company was a little light on details for these cars, but we love the look of the E-jet concept, which promises a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds. + GAC

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NASA Records Earth’s “Dawn Chorus” Produced By The Planet’s Magnetosphere

September 25, 2012 by  
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Previously we reported on the work of two researchers who recorded the ‘sounds of smog’ in and around California , but now NASA has successfully recorded the sound of the entire planet! Using twin spacecrafts known as Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSPs) , NASA was able to record the planet’s ‘chorus’—hauntingly beautiful sounds created by the Earth’s magnetosphere, where charged particles from the sun interact with the earth’s magnetic field. Read the rest of NASA Records Earth’s “Dawn Chorus” Produced By The Planet’s Magnetosphere Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: captain cynic , dawn chorus , magnetic field , magnetosphere , nasa , NASA Goddard Space Centre , npr , planet earth , university of iowa

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Radiator Lounge: A Crazy Chair Made From A Recycled Radiator!

September 25, 2012 by  
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The Radiator Lounge is a crazy chaise made from recycled radiators that recently won the jury award and people’s choice award at the Seattle Design Jam during the Seattle Design Festival . The project challenge was to create urban furniture from a sheet of plywood, 4 2x4s, a drop-cloth, and one item from the Seattle used building supply store ReStore . This one wild card drove the design, and of course the team chose the heaviest and ugliest thing they could find. The radiator offered a consistent module and gave the team an opportunity to sculpt its pieces into a lounge chair which “isn’t as uncomfortable as it looks”. Take a look at what critics have regarded as “arguably the most important reuse of cast iron radiator modules in the past couple of months” by clicking through the photos below. + Radiatorlounge Lead photo by Joe Wolf 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!

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Aether Hemera’s Interactive Sound and Art Installation Gives You a Brass Voice

September 25, 2012 by  
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‘ Which is your brass voice? ‘ by Aether Hemera  is an art installation employing artificial intelligence (AI) and digital media to create an engaging multi-sensory experience. The innovative piece invites individuals to discover their “brass voice” by speaking, singing, shouting or whispering into microphones. The AI software behind the artwork records all the notes performed and creates a new music composition where a sequence of notes comes together as a new composition made up of hundreds of brass scores. The sounds are played back via surrounding speakers that are synchronized to an array of colored LEDs arranged based on the synesthetic theory. The installation creates a cycle of interaction that transforms viewers into performers, immersing them in a heightened environment consisting of sound, lights and real-time processing. How the installation reacts depends entirely on the involvement of its visitors. + Aether Hemera 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!

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