One million people show solidarity with Dakota Access Pipeline protesters by checking in on Facebook

November 1, 2016 by  
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People are jumping on social media to show their support for the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters. Over one million people checked in to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation and Standing Rock, North Dakota on Facebook in an effort to bewilder police. While law enforcement claims they’re not tracking people via Facebook, supporters continue to check in and show solidarity. On Monday, a Facebook post challenged people to back pipeline protesters on the ground and “overwhelm and confuse” law enforcement by checking in to Standing Rock, North Dakota on Facebook. Thousands responded, including the Morton County Sheriff’s Department, which said on Facebook , “The Morton County Sheriff’s Department is not and does not follow Facebook check-ins for the protest camp or any location. This claim/rumor is absolutely false.” Related: Dakota Access Pipeline protesters raise over $1 million on GoFundMe This statement didn’t deter the thousands of people who checked in and continue to check in on Facebook. Sacred Stone Camp says they did not start the Facebook movement but in a statement emailed to Mic said checking in is a “great way to express solidarity” and that there is “no doubt that law enforcement monitor communications and comb social media for incriminating material.” They also noted there are many other actions people can take beyond a Facebook check in. They asked people to consider their own consumption of fossil fuels , and get involved with environmental or indigenous struggles near their own homes. They called on CitiBank, Mizho Bank, and the Bank of Tokyo to deny the Dakota Access Pipeline a $1.1 billion loan. Supporters of the protesters can also contribute to legal defense on FundRazr or donate to Sacred Stone Camp on GoFundMe . Sacred Stone Camp also called for more people to actually come to Standing Rock, saying “We also need 10,000 to 100,000 people to join us here on the ground. Now.” Via The Guardian and Mic Images via Fibonacci Blue on Flickr and Sacred Stone Camp Facebook

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A massive Celtic cross made out of thousands of trees has secretly sprouted up in an Irish forest

November 1, 2016 by  
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Passengers flying over Ireland ’s County Donegal have been struck by a curious formation in the treetops , posting their findings to social media and gaining the public’s attention. It seems some crafty person has quietly planted two different varieties of trees within this massive forest , creating the image of a gigantic Celtic cross from above. Aerial shots have been taken by passengers flying into the City of Derry Airport, prompting UTV Northern Ireland to take flyover footage of the scene. The team discovered the emblem was created by local man Liam Emmery, a late forester in the area. Emmery passed away in 2010, but not before planting the differing tree types in the iconic formation. UTV reports , “Even his family knew little about his creation.” Related: Zero-carbon housing development welcomes its first families in North Ireland Apparently, the cross has been visible for a few years, yet this year’s particularly dry autumn has made the light yellow colors of the trees pop against the surrounding greenery. The cross is estimated to be 300 feet long and contain thousand of trees. Gareth Austin, a local horticulturist, told UTV, “We’re going to be appreciating this for the next sixty or seventy years.” Via Atlas Obscura , ITV Images via UTV (screenshot)

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MIT fuses spinach leaves with nanobionics to create bomb-sniffing salad

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Popeye ate his spinach to gain strength, but MIT researchers have given the tender green leaves a new superpower. Now, spinach leaves can detect dangerous explosives and even send an email notification when they sense trouble. (Really.) MIT researchers working in the field of “plant nanobionics” unlocked this science fiction-worthy ability by embedding nanomaterials into spinach leaves, right in the spot where photosynthesis occurs. The resulting modified spinach has a special superpower: the ability to detect nitroaromatic compounds, a common ingredient in landmines and other explosives. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4WsCMLnfvo By turning spinach leaves into explosive-sensoring devices, MIT researchers have taken the first leap toward a practical, handheld device capable of sniffing out deadly landmines. In the lab, the setup involves monitoring the nanomaterial -modified spinach leaves with an infrared camera. When the plant drinks up groundwater contaminated with nitroaromatic compounds, the leaves emit a fluorescent signal which the camera can detect. Specific patterns of light appear, revealing the presence of dangerous explosives. Related: Spinach proteins could be the key ingredient in producing hydrogen fuel The camera, in turn, can be connected with a tiny computer and programmed to send an email to the user when explosives are found. In essence, this means the team has unlocked a way for plants and humans to communicate and, specifically, a way for leafy salad greens to help keep humans safe in more ways than one. “This is a novel demonstration of how we have overcome the plant/human communication barrier,” said Michael Strano, the Carbon P. Dubbs Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT and the leader of the research team. Strano also theorizes similar plant-based systems can be used to warn people about pollutants as well as environmental conditions such as drought. “Plants are very good analytical chemists,” he said. “They have an extensive root network in the soil, are constantly sampling groundwater, and have a way to self-power the transport of that water up into the leaves.” The results of the study were just published in the journal Nature Materials. Via The Verge Images via MIT/YouTube screenshot and Christine Daniloff/MIT

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Mercy for Animals’ Undercover Video Reveals Horrors of Factory Duck Farming

October 29, 2014 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Animals rights group Mercy For Animals (MFA) has just revealed the results of its undercover investigation at one of the largest duck factory farms in the U.S. Hidden camera footage taken at Reichardt Duck Farm in California exposed rampant abuse and neglect of the birds, including ducks suffering from illness and injuries without receiving proper veterinary care, birds trapped in or under the wire cage flooring left to suffer and slowly die, and many ducks that were still conscious as they had their throats slit. In response, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office investigated the farm, but say that everything appeared to be “in compliance with industry standards.” Read the rest of Mercy for Animals’ Undercover Video Reveals Horrors of Factory Duck Farming Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: activism , animal cruelty , animal rights , animal welfare , California , ducks , factory farming , mercy for animals , Reichardt Duck Farm , undercover video

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INTERVIEW: Julie Torres Moskovitz Discusses Passive Houses & Her New Book ‘The Greenest Home’

October 29, 2014 by  
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What if Every Prisoner in the US Produced Electricity?

April 6, 2010 by  
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Photo via myFOXphoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio was concerned about the waistlines of some of the inmates at his Arizona jail, so he had an idea. The sheriff brought in an electricity-generating stationary bike and hooked it up to a television set which is powered by the peddler–and if the prisoners want to watch TV, they have to exercise

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