Oozing hagfish spill covers highway with slime in Oregon

July 17, 2017 by  
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The images seem as though they were lifted from some horror show in which alien creatures paralyze highways and melt cars wherever they fall. In a stranger-than-fiction twist, something quite similar actually occurred in Depoe Bay, Oregon . A truck hauling eels known as hagfish for their ghoulish appearance overturned on an Oregon state highway last week, leaving the roadway covered in a debilitating layer of ooze. “What to tell the #drycleaner?” tweeted the Oregon State Police as the clean-up team worked to clear the road. The hagfish that spilled across the highway were en route to port, from which they would be shipped to Korea ; there, hagfish are considered a delicacy. As the truck driver tried to slow down near road construction, containers of hagfish, 7,500 pounds of eels in total, slipped from the truck bed, hitting the pavement and nearby passing cars. The highway was shutdown for several hours as state and local authorities bulldozed and hosed the unlucky hagfish and their accompanying slime off the road. Related: The Biomimicry Manual: That Crafty Green Chemist, the Hagfish When hagfish are agitated, they excrete a large amount of the slime observed in the pictures of the flooded highway and wrecked cars . This slime production is actually encouraged by intentionally distressing the hagfish, as their slime is used in some cuisines in a similar manner as one might use egg whites. It only takes one hagfish a few seconds to transform a five-gallon bucket of saltwater into a sticky, slimy mess. This slime can also be used as an unexpected natural fiber , which can be processed into a replacement for oil-based polymers. Via the Seattle Times Images via NOAA Photo Library and Oregon State Police

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This off-grid school bus home has an incredible raised roof

July 17, 2017 by  
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Converting an old school bus into a livable home is no easy task, but with a little ingenuity, amazing spaces can be created. When Luke and Rachel Davis of Midwest Wanderers decided to travel full time with their daughter and dog, they renovated a 240-square-foot school bus into a surprisingly spacious off-grid home that includes a raised roof, solar panels, and a beautiful interior design. After deciding to leave their Chicago home behind and take the leap into nomadic living, the couple purchased an old school bus for $4,000. They gutted the entire structure and began to do the bus renovations themselves using as many repurposed materials as possible. A year and a half later, the couple raised the bus’s roof by 24 inches to add height to the living space. The extra space does wonders for the living area, which is illuminated with an abundance of natural light thanks to the porthole skylights on the raised ceiling. Related: Traveling family renovates old school bus as both solar-powered home and hostel The sophisticated interior design is extremely comfortable for the family of three, plus their dog, Baxter. The living room, kitchen, bathroom, and two bedrooms are all equipped with strategic storage solutions to help reduce clutter. Thanks to the elevated roof, the couple was able to add a sleeping loft on the upper level that is accessible via ladder. A second bedroom for their daughter is located just underneath on the main floor. The living area also has a sleeper sofa with plenty of storage underneath. Adjacent to the sofa is a dining table that can be folded down when not in use. A cast iron pot belly wood stove sits in the corner of the living space, and provides enough heat to warm the interior. In the corner of the living space is a compact bathroom, which was installed with a composting toilet and a RV-style tub shower. As a former baker, Rachel was determined to have a working kitchen with sufficient space. Accordingly, the kitchen was equipped with a large countertop, a four-burner stove, and a refrigerator. The handy duo wanted to make their new home as self-sufficient as possible. They used as many repurposed materials in the conversion process as possible, installing upcycled bamboo flooring, reclaimed barn beam countertops, a reclaimed barn wood accent wall, and a locally-reclaimed walnut table. For energy use, a 900-watt solar array provides all of the family’s energy and their water use is reduced thanks to a composting toilet and a low-flow shower head in the bathroom. You can follow the adventures of the Midwest Wanderers on their blog and Instagram page . + Midwest Wanderers Via Treehugger Photography via Midwest Wanderers

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Watch thousands of giant spider crabs colonize the seafloor near Melbourne

June 17, 2016 by  
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Did you know that crabs migrate? Unlike birds that fly south for the winter to avoid the frigid cold, giant spider crabs head to the shallow waters of Australia’s southern coast in pursuit of warmth . Each year, hundreds of thousands of crabs migrate, and one scientist was lucky enough to capture video of a giant horde of spider crabs as they gathered in Port Phillip Bay near Melbourne. Crowding together like this is an odd behavior that scientists don’t completely understand, but it is quite a spectacle to behold – check out a video after the jump. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQSHfutIzh8 Australian aquatic scientist Sheree Marris, a documentary film producer and former winner of three Young Australian of the Year awards, was exploring just off the coast when she came upon a mass of the giant spider crabs that she described as several hundreds of meters long. With the crabs stacked up to 10 individuals deep, it’s impossible to know how many crabs were present. Each crab can measure up to 12 feet from claw to claw, giving them greatest leg span of any arthropod on the planet. Related: More than one-third of coral is dead in parts of the Great Barrier Reef The reason for the giant spider crabs gathering together en masse is something scientists don’t completely understand. The prevailing theory, though, is that they cluster for protection during the molting season, when they become more vulnerable to predators after shedding their hard outer shells. Certainly, a crab that strays from the crowd would be easily picked off by a dogfish or a sea turtle. An alternative theory suggests the behavior may be related to mating. Regardless of the reason for the giant spider crab mob, Marris hopes her video will help raise awareness of the diversity of marine animals off Australia’s coast, an area where many people have misconceptions about the nature of sea life. “Who would have thought something like this, that is so spectacular, could be happening in Australia on the southern shore?” she said. Via BBC Images via Sheree Marris

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Engineering students create a fire entinguisher that uses sound waves

March 30, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Sound waves could be the next big thing in fire-fighting technology. George Mason University engineering students Seth Robertson and Viet Tran have built a new kind of fire extinguisher that uses sound waves to extinguish fires as part of their senior research project – and it has a lot of potential to work in real world applications, both in everyday households and in outer space. Read the rest of Engineering students create a fire entinguisher that uses sound waves Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: engineering students , fire extinguisher , fire fighting , george mason university , gmu , sound waves , space

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Berlin’s Tchoban Foundation Museum shelters architectural history within an energy-saving, hand-drawn concrete facade

March 30, 2015 by  
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PETITION: Tell presidential candidates to stop lying about climate change!

March 30, 2015 by  
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In 2016, the American people will select a new president , and that person will face some of the most difficult challenges this world has ever seen. Climate change and the human impact on it are arguably the biggest problems the next president will have to tackle. With the frenzied season of political promises ahead will come a barrage of media coverage of presidential hopefuls and their proposed policies. Newly-announced presidential candidate Ted Cruz is well known for rejecting climate change, saying “global warming alarmists are the equivalent of the flat-Earthers.” Other candidates are likely to pick and choose which scientific facts they wish to believe as well, but that doesn’t mean the media has to relay their lies without keeping them in check. This new petition is targeted at major media outlets, in the hopes that journalists will hold political candidates accountable for their climate change lies. Can you imagine media coverage that included a fair and balanced reporting of scientific facts? Sign the petition today and send a message to presidential candidates that it’s time to get real about the things they say about climate change in our fragile world. SIGN THE PETITION > Image via Shutterstock Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , climate change deniers , global warming , media accuracy , media holding political candidates accountable , media reporting on climate change , presidential candidates , scientific facts about climate change

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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE500e is the brand’s first plug-in hybrid SUV

March 30, 2015 by  
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Mercedes-Benz has revealed the 2016 GLE SUV, which officially replaces the popular M-Class SUV. The big news is that the GLE also introduces Mercedes’ first plug-in hybrid SUV – the GLE500e, which can travel up to 19 miles in electric mode. The best part is that it can even travel at speeds up to 81 mph in electric mode, which is much faster than many other plug-in hybrids . Read the rest of 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE500e is the brand’s first plug-in hybrid SUV Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2015 New York Auto Show , electric motor , GLE , GLE500e , green SUV , green transportation , Mercedes-Benz , Mercedes-Benz GLE , Mercedes-Benz GLE500e , Mercedes-Benz plug-in hybrid , plug-in hybrid , plug-in hybrid suv

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Benjamin Spöth weaves leftover birch plywood into beautiful Upcycle lamps

March 30, 2015 by  
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Japan is building a 250-mile concrete sea wall to keep tsunamis at bay

March 25, 2015 by  
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It’s an age-old philosophy: if you want to keep something out, just build a big wall. That’s exactly how Japan is approaching future tsunamis in the wake of the 2011 disaster that wiped out much of its northeastern coast and incited the Fukushima meltdown. The country is in the process of building a roughly 250-mile-long chain of cement sea walls along its coastline—some of which are five stories high in places—with the aim of keeping future giant waves at bay. Read the rest of Japan is building a 250-mile concrete sea wall to keep tsunamis at bay Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2011 tsunami , barrier , BUILD , concrete , concrete sea walls , concrete seawalls , construct , Fukushima , Fukushima disaster , Japan , Japan concrete sea walls , Japan concrete tsunami barrier , japan tsunami , Japanese sea walls , marine , ocean , sea life , sea wall , Seawall , seawalls for tsunamis , stopping tsunamis , tsunami , tsunami barriers , tsunami evacuation , tsunamis

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Ambio lamp glows with bioluminescent bacteria instead of electricity

January 5, 2015 by  
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A Dutch designer has created a lamp that needs no electricity: it consists of a glass tube filled with bioluminescent bacteria taken from octopuses and suspended in a saltwater solution. All it needs in order to light up is a gentle tap every so often to keep it swaying. It’s not uncommon for designers to be inspired by the beauty of nature , but Ambio takes it a bit further. In a complete marriage of design and biology, Teresa van Dongen developed her glowing lamp as her graduation project at Design Academy Eindhoven. Read the rest of Ambio lamp glows with bioluminescent bacteria instead of electricity Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bacteria , bioluminescence , bioluminescent , Design Academy Eindhoven , dutch , dutch design , lamp , Light , Netherlands , ocean life , Octopus , sea life , Teresa van Dongen

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