America’s oldest gun manufacturer files for bankruptcy

March 26, 2018 by  
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Fresh on the heels of the country-wide protests for gun control reform, Remington has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The timing seems like a perfect reaction to the recent backlash for the school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, but the cause is more likely Donald Trump. While Remington has struggled with a negative public image after a shooter used a Remington rifle to kill 26 people at Sandy Hook, gun sales always take a dive when a Republican president is in office. Remington has struggled with a drop in sales for years, particularly after the Sandy Hook massacre. But gun manufacturers are having a hard time convincing people that the government is coming for their guns when there’s Republican leader in the Oval Office. As such, gun sales are down. Related: Could Changes in School Design Prevent Future Attacks? Remington probably isn’t going anywhere, despite the bankruptcy filing. Colt declared bankruptcy in 2016 and they are still around manufacturing weapons. Remington’s bankruptcy will likely help them with the lawsuit that Sandy Hook victims filed against the company – and they plan to continue to keep making guns as the company reorganizes. Via Fast Company and GQ Images via Flickr and Deposit Photos

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This hexagonal indoor farm grows more food in less space with 90% less water

March 26, 2018 by  
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Hexagro ‘s Living Farming Tree is a groundbreaking indoor garden that uses technology to grow food faster using less space. The innovative design combines aeroponics with efficient grow lights, full automation, and a modular tiered structure to optimize space, crop yield, and water use – allowing anyone to grow crops in practically any room. Hexagro aims to bring nature indoors and nurture the urban farming movement. This goal led them to create Living Farming Tree, an automated vertical growing system controllable with an app. As seen in the video above, poles and hexagonal connectors pop together to create the tree, providing a structure to support small growing modules. The system, which can be customized and scaled up with more modules, is built entirely with recyclable materials . Related: Build your own indoor garden with modular LEGO-like blocks Living Farming Tree uses aeroponics , a process that enables urban growers to cultivate produce sans soil or pesticides and with around 90 to 98 percent less water. The plants flourish in an inert substrate with roots hanging underneath; well-aerated, their roots absorb nutrients via a nutrient mist and oxygen, causing the plants to grow faster and taste better. According to Hexagro, this system—which boasts low energy consumption—allows for a 150 percent increase in the plants’ nutritional value as well. The tree also lets you sit back and relax, for the most part: LED lights, sensors, and a proprietary monitoring computer keep your maintenance time to a minimum. Leafy greens, sprouts, herbs, air-filtering plants, or small fruits like strawberries will be available for budding urban farmers, and Hexagro hopes to offer spices, edible and non-edible flowers, and even vegetables like eggplants or tomatoes in the future. Sold yet? Their website does not yet say how much the Living Farming Tree will cost, but Hexagro’s first international crowdfunding campaign is in the works, and you can let the sales team know you’re interested via this Google Documents form . In the words of CEO Felipe Hernandez, “With your help, [Hexagro] will transform your house into an indoor farm . Anybody, anywhere, can access healthy food .” + Hexagro Urban Farming Images courtesy of Hexagro Urban Farming

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MIT Receives $150 Million for New Meadowlands Plan to Protect New Jersey from the Next Superstorm

June 4, 2014 by  
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One year later, Hurricane Sandy fuels grid innovation

October 24, 2013 by  
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Hurricane Sandy was a painful wakeup call on grid vulnerability that catalyzed investment in distributed energy and smart grid technology.  

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How to prepare the grid for the next Frankenstorm

September 11, 2013 by  
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What will it take for the electricity grid to withstand the next Sandy or Katrina? First and foremost, a vision.

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NASDAQ’s Sandy Frucher takes stock of corporate reporting

August 1, 2013 by  
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The stock exchange's vice chair discusses what makes sense for companies, investors and the public in the shifting landscape of sustainability reporting.  

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Hurricanes as Large as Katrina Could Become 10x More Likely With 2 Degree Global Temperature Increase

March 19, 2013 by  
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We would like to think of natural disasters as incidents that occur only once in a blue moon, yet it is becoming clear that horribly destructive storms are becoming more common. Research by climatologists recently reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences compared historical storm surges with a host of climate model predictions. They found that with global warming, more than half of modern Katrina-sized storms are the result of climate change. With an increase of only 0.4 degrees Celsius, the frequency of storm surges the size of the massive hurricane double. If the temperature rises by 2 degrees Cesius, the chance of such catastrophic events will be 10 times more likely to occur. Read the rest of Hurricanes as Large as Katrina Could Become 10x More Likely With 2 Degree Global Temperature Increase Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aslak grinsted , Climate Change , Drought , global warming , greenhouse gasses , Hurricane Katrina , Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , Sandy , sea level rise , storm , university of copenhagen

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6 Places You Can Find Trash to Transform into Treasure

March 19, 2013 by  
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Birds Have Evolved Shorter Wings to Better Contend With Cars

March 19, 2013 by  
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Back when Darwin visited the Galapagos, he noticed that finches had evolved beaks in varying shapes and sizes to deal with eating different foods. Now birds probably long for the days when all they needed to worry about was keeping away from predators and finding their next meal. New research from Charles Brown at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma has found that cliff swallows ( Petrochelidon pyrrhonota ) have evolved shorter wings to deal with motor traffic. With 80 million feathered friends being killed by cars each year, humans may be a literal driving force for their adaptation. Read the rest of Birds Have Evolved Shorter Wings to Better Contend With Cars Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adapt , cars , charles brown , cliff swallow , Darwin , evolve , finch , galapagos , length , oklahoma , traffic , university of tulsa , wing

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Joshua Harris’ 3D Clothing Printer Recycles Old Garments to Create New Apparel

March 19, 2013 by  
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Excited about that stylish top from J.Crew but wish you could have it for the party tonight? Why not just 3D print it right at home? That’s the vision embodied in a Clothing Printer conceived by industrial designer Joshua Harris . Harris developed the Clothing Printer with a group of colleagues as an entry in the Electrolux Lab design competition in 2010, where it placed in the semifinals. Read the rest of Joshua Harris’ 3D Clothing Printer Recycles Old Garments to Create New Apparel Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printer , 3D printing , apparel , clothing printer , eco-fashion , green design , industrial design , joshua harris , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable style , Urban design

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