Airstream unveils super compact, lightweight travel trailer for $30K

July 7, 2017 by  
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Light as a feather! Airstream has just unveiled the ultra-lightweight Nest, a 16-foot travel trailer that weighs just 2,500 pounds. The company has ditched its iconic polished aluminum for a molded fiberglass in order to create the ultimate in minimalist campervan design. Although the beloved trailer manufacturer has stayed true to its shiny silver aluminum cladding for almost a century, Nest’s molded fiberglass body makes the camper much lighter and more aerodynamic. At just 2,500 pounds, the compact, streamlined design makes for an extremely travel-friendly ride. Related: Airstream’s new Basecamp is a tiny house you can tow practically anywhere On the interior, travelers will enjoy a minimalist modern design with enough space for a queen bed and a small, but sufficient kitchen . According to the company, the new trailer was designed for those who “want the legendary design sense, quality, and sophistication of Airstream, in a fresh, new package.” The fiberglass Nest design is the brainchild of Nest Caravans, founded by Robert Johans. In 2016, Airstream purchased the Oregon-based company for an undisclosed amount. The Nest trailers are slated to hit the market in early 2018. + Airstream Nest Via Outside Online Images via Airstream and Roaming Times Save Save

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Incredibly rare two-headed porpoise found in the North Sea

June 15, 2017 by  
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An unsuspecting fisherman recently stumbled across an incredibly rare two-headed dolphin. Only nine examples of conjoined twins have ever been found among cetaceans , according to Erwin Kompanje, curator of mammals for the Natural History Museum Rotterdam in the Netherlands . So he jumped at the chance to study a rare specimen of conjoined harbor porpoises caught the end of May by Dutch fisherman. But when he reached out to the fisherman, what happened next was a scientist’s nightmare. It’s not unheard of for trawlers to accidentally catch a porpoise. There are hundreds of thousands of the cetaceans near the coast of the Netherlands. But no one has ever caught conjoined twin harbor porpoises. The fisherman snapped photos, which made their way to Kompanje. He couldn’t wait to study the creature in the laboratory. Related: Fish with “human-like teeth” spotted in Michigan lakes Kompanje could tell the twins were male, and had likely recently been born – and he thinks they were born alive. They probably didn’t live for long; either they had two brains which might have told them to swim in different directions, or a single heart may have failed to pump enough blood to keep them alive. Conjoined twins are an extremely rare find. And these looked to be in good condition. Others that have been discovered were undeveloped fetuses – such as one found near Japan in 1970 in a dolphin’s womb – or have started to decompose, such as a dolphin with two beaks found in 2001. Kompanje reached out to the fisherman to try and obtain the specimen for study. But this story doesn’t have a happy ending for science. The fisherman thought it was illegal to catch the conjoined twins, so after the photographs, they tossed the creature back into the sea. Kompanje told The Washington Post, “For a cetologist, this is a real horror.” Based on the photographs he was still able to publish a paper in DEINSEA, the online journal of the natural history museum, joined by one scientist of the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research and one from Wageningen Marine Research . Sadly, we may never know more about the rare twins. Via The Washington Post Images via Kompanje, E.J.O.; Camphuysen, C.J.; and Leopold, M.F.

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Crazy Texas tire fire demonstrates why America needs the EPA

April 18, 2017 by  
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100,000 tires caught fire in arid Odessa, Texas earlier this month. The blaze was too much for local volunteer firefighters to extinguish as the isolated area’s closest fire hydrant is four miles away. So the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) came to the rescue. Turns out the government body has some value after all, despite what some politicians and the president think. The Texas tire fire started Sunday, April 9 around 3 PM. Roads were closed and local people were told to shutter their windows because of the toxic black smoke billowing from the fire. West Odessa Volunteer Fire Chief Jimmy Ellis told local news publication OA Online the fire was way beyond their means to extinguish. “We haven’t even been able to get down in the pit where it started because it’s so hot you can’t get down in that pit,” he said. “The rubber just stays hot and it will adhere to your boots and the bunker gear.” YouTube user SF1 captured the massive tire fire with a GoPro Karma drone. Related: Republican senator claims the EPA is brainwashing children Firefighters created a break around the pit to at least prevent the fire from spreading, and then the EPA arrived Monday the 10 to help out. In cases like the Texas tire fire – when a disaster is too overwhelming for local or state resources – the agency can provide strategists, teams, and equipment. GOOD said if the agency hadn’t gotten involved the fire may have raged for weeks. Burning tires can emit hundreds of toxic pollutants into the atmosphere, according to Gizmodo, and breathing in that smoke can lead to negative health effects. Investigators don’t yet know who was responsible for the tire fire. OA Online reported the pit of tires is on private property; their storage could have been against regulation. According to a recent Abilene Reporter-News article , authorities said the fire is finally extinguished. Via GOOD and Gizmodo Images via screenshot

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Food co-ops taste-test the online sales formula

October 20, 2016 by  
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Instacart and other online platforms allow once-fringe natural food co-ops to reach a new audience.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Solar power on the large and small scale

August 27, 2015 by  
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The sun has become one of the leading sources of clean and renewable energy in the US. More specifically, during the third quarter of 2014, panels that generate 1,354 MW of solar were installed in various parts of the country, which represents a 41% increase in solar power generating capability in comparison to the same period in 2013. While total solar output in the U.S. is still low, new technology, subsidies and the creation of sizable solar farms show that solar is continuing to advance and will remain an important employment avenue for future engineers. To learn more about solar, and how it can change our lives, check out the infographic below created by the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s  Online Masters in Electrical Engineering degree program. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Solar power on the large and small scale

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Etsy: Homegrown Success Story Gone Sour

August 21, 2015 by  
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Etsy began with a simple, wholesome idea: Bring vintage and handmade products to an audience wider than Christmas craft fairs and Farmer’s Markets. Founded in June of 2005, eager artisans flocked to this online marketplace and flooded the site with…

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DIY: How to Make Your Own Solar Power Generator!

September 17, 2014 by  
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Solar power is a clean, renewable energy source that can help limit climate change by liberating us from fossil fuels – but do you know what actually makes the technology tick? It’s not as complex as it seems – and this awesome new DIY tutorial from Rapid Online walks you through everything you need to know to make your own solar power generator! The full infographic explains which components you need, provides a step-by-step guide to assembling a photovoltaic system, and contains lots of useful facts about solar generators as well as some important safety precautions – check it out after the break! Read the rest of DIY: How to Make Your Own Solar Power Generator! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , clean tech , DIY , diy solar generator , green design , make your own solar system , photovoltaic system , rapid online , renewable energy , Solar Power , solar system , sustainable design

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Yellowstone National Park to Kill up to 900 Bison This Winter

September 17, 2014 by  
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Yellowstone National Park just annoucned plans to kill up to 900 bison this winter in an effort to control the size of the park’s herd. Any animals that stray from the park over the winter months will be killed in what could be the largest cull of the US’ last free-ranging pure-bred bison in seven years. Currently, Yellowstone ‘s bison population is estimated at 4,900, and the park hopes to reduce this number to 4,000. Read the rest of Yellowstone National Park to Kill up to 900 Bison This Winter Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: American Indian traditional hunting , animal cull , Bison , buffalo , herbivores , hunting , Idaho , montana , national park management , population control , traditional food sources , wild animals , wyoming , yellowstone national park

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Urban Artist HOT TEA Transforms a Derelict Tennis Court With Miles of Colorful Yarn

February 3, 2014 by  
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As part of a new series called Paid in Full , Colossal teamed up with the online t-shirt store Threadless to promote the creation of new art and tell the stories of amazing creatives working today. Their first installment features Minneapolis-based urban artist HoTTea (real name Eric Rieger), who creates non-destructive street art installations with miles and miles of yarn . Rieger’s latest installation is called Optimist , and it transforms an abandoned tennis court into a colorful inner-city attraction. Read the rest of Urban Artist HOT TEA Transforms a Derelict Tennis Court With Miles of Colorful Yarn Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: colorful yarn street art , Eric Rieger , HOTTEA , Minneapolis street art , non-destructive street art , rejuvenated tennis court        

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Massive 579MW Solar Star Power Plant Goes Online in California

January 13, 2014 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock MidAmerican Solar and SunPower have announced that the first portion of one of the largest solar power plants in the United States is now feeding into the California independent service operator (ISO) grid. The photovoltaic Solar Star project, a co-located facility in Kern and Los Angeles Counties, is currently supplying 57MW to the grid, and will ultimately provide enough electricity to power 255,000 homes when all 579MW goes online in 2015 . Read the rest of Massive 579MW Solar Star Power Plant Goes Online in California Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , California , green energy , iso , kern county , Los Angeles , Los Angeles County , mid american renewables , midamerican solar , photovoltaics , renewable energy , San Luis Obispo , solar , Solar Power , solar power plant , solar star , sunpower        

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