New Orleans $14.5 billion rebuilt levees won’t fight a Category 5 hurricane

August 25, 2015 by  
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An often-repeated truth about Hurricane Katrina is that the events of August 29, 2005 were not a natural disaster, they were a man-made one caused by the failure of levee systems designed to protect the city. In the wake of the devastating storm, President Bush was told the Army Corps of Engineers would “look into” building Category 5 storm protection for New Orleans, and President Obama later stated such protection was an “ultimate goal” for the city. But as a report by Bob Marshall at The Lens and Politifact has determined, the levee system that currently protects the Big Easy is a “compromise” on that goal. Read the rest of New Orleans $14.5 billion rebuilt levees won’t fight a Category 5 hurricane

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MIT’s groundbreaking MultiFab 3D printer uses a record 10 materials at once

August 25, 2015 by  
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3D-printing took a giant leap forward this week when an MIT research team announced they have developed a low-cost 3D printer that can use up to 10 different materials for one project. The innovation comes out of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and they are calling it “MultiFab” for its ability to handle so many different types of material at the same time. This approach, which also includes vision assistance, can potentially save users time, energy and money. Some users of 3D-printing technology can pick one of two of those, but all three in the same machine is unprecedented at this level. Read the rest of MIT’s groundbreaking MultiFab 3D printer uses a record 10 materials at once

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Black rhino horns are still for sale in San Francisco’s Chinatown

August 25, 2015 by  
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Shopkeepers in San Francisco’s Chinatown are still selling black rhino horns , despite recent crackdowns by federal agents. The horns, wanted by practitioners of traditional medicine for their purported medicinal properties, create a market that directly contributes to the endangered species status for rhinos. All five species of rhino still living in the wild are considered endangered, with some species having very recently gone extinct . Will lawmakers and law enforcement be able to curb the trade soon enough to prevent further loss of species? Read the rest of Black rhino horns are still for sale in San Francisco’s Chinatown

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President Bush Evidently Way Cooler, Greener When Not President

May 27, 2010 by  
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Photo via KHL If you met a guy who lived in house that has 25,000 gallons of rainwater storage , ran on geothermal power, and who made use of his high public profile to endorse wind power, you’d probably think he was pretty green. Of course, knowing that the guy also happens to be 43rd US President George W.

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