100 pilot whales rescued after mass stranding in Sri Lanka

November 6, 2020 by  
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When more than 100 pilot whales washed up on a Sri Lankan beach, heroic volunteers spent all night helping these marine mammals get past the waves and safely back to sea. They managed to save at least 100 whales, although five died at the scene. The short-finned pilot whales landed in Panadura, a town about 20 miles from Colombo, the nation’s capital. Local fishermen first noticed the beached whales in the early afternoon of November 2. “They first appeared as a dark patch in the horizon and kept on moving toward the shore like a giant wave,” said fisherman Upul Ranjith, as reported in Mongabay . But as volunteers tried to push the whales back into the water, the animals continued to wash back up on the beach. Related: Record number of pilot whales get stranded, die in Tasmania The reason the whales beached themselves is still undetermined. Pilot whales are known for extremely sociable, pack behavior. When one strays too close to shore, others may follow. It’s possible that a joint naval exercise involving India, Japan, Australia and the U.S. might have disrupted the whales’ sonar. Short-finned pilot whales measure about 12 to 18 feet in length and are especially prone to beaching en masse. Twenty-eight people from the local coast guard station and dozens of local volunteers worked together in the whale rescue operation. The COVID-19 lockdown complicated matters, as participants had to get special curfew passes. “Rescuing these animals is not just about rolling them out to sea again,” marine mammal expert Asha de Vos told Mongabay. “It’s a little more complicated than that as it is important to refloat the animals as soon as possible and guide them back to deeper waters to prevent them getting pushed back to the shore.” De Vos likened the whales’ efforts to get past waves and return to open sea as being stuck on a treadmill for hours. Personal watercraft owners saved the day. They were enlisted to tow the animals out to sea — a dangerous proposition both for the whales and the rescuers. The entire mission took about 16 hours, but the ending was — for the most part — a happy one. Via Mongabay Image via Bernhard Stärck

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Electric-powered X Shore boats combine sustainability with luxury Scandinavian design

June 18, 2019 by  
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Promising minimal maintenance, lower operating costs and a gorgeous modern design, Swedish company X Shore is making waves in the marine industry with their 100 percent electric-powered yachts. Created as an environmentally friendly alternative to gas-powered boats, X Shore’s pure electric vessels not only offer a shift away from fossil fuels , but also a seductively silent ride that eliminates noise pollution and toxic fumes. Marketed with the tagline “Power of Silence,” the X Shore yachts can reach top speeds of 40 knots and even up to 100 nautical miles on a single charge. Founded by X Shore President Konrad Bergström, X Shore currently offers three models: the Eeltrek 8000, the Eelex 8000 and the Eelex 6500. All models feature an aerodynamic hull designed to reduce friction and reduce energy use by approximately 35 percent as compared to conventional vessels. The most important component of the X Shore boats is the X Shore propulsion system, engineered with single shaft construction for improved energy efficiency. Owners can choose between battery options of a 90kWh and 120 kWh. Vessels can be charged in as little as 8 hours, depending on the power source. Related: Hinckley unveils the world’s first fully electric luxury yacht In addition to innovative technology and engineering, the X Shore boasts modern luxury looks that draw from Scandinavia’s rich design culture. The sleek and minimalist crafts feature a modular interior rail system and can be customized according to the owner’s preferences, from number of seats and sunbeds to cargo storage options. Each vessel includes a 24-inch monitor with easy-to-reach control buttons that show how much battery charge is left in the boat. “X Shore boats are vanguard in technology, design and sustainability ,” says Bergström in a press statement. “Once you’ve experienced the sea without noise and fumes, there is no turning back. It’s magic. That is why we are so strongly committed to contribute to a fossil fuel free shift of the marine industry.” + X Shore Images via X Shore

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Adorable AI robot stolls the beach scribbling poems in the sand

July 4, 2017 by  
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Forget the beach balls and margaritas – nothing says relaxing day at the beach like robot-created poetry. Designer Yuxi Liu has created Poet on the Shore – an adorable AI-powered robot that rolls around the beach scribbling lines of poetic prose in the sand. Liu created the battery-powered robot for her Design Informatics thesis at the University of Edinburgh. The adorable mod cube uses four wheels on continuous tracks to easily and autonomously cruise over the sand. Equipped with an anemometer (a device that measures wind speed) as an antenna, the robot picks up on various environmental factors that are recorded into the machine’s data stream. Related: Meet Gita, an intelligent autonomous cargo robot that can carry your stuff Using artificial intelligence technology, the robot is able to piece together this data to create varying verses of poetry, which are imprinted in its tracks as it cruises over the sand. The robot’s vocabulary is programmed with general grammar and spelling conventions, but is free to arrange the words in any form it pleases. According to Liu, the robot “enjoys watching the sea, listening to the sound of waves lapping on the beach, the murmurs of the winds, children’s conversing, and the incessant din of seabirds. Most of the time, it roams alone to listen and feel. Sometimes, it writes verses into the sand, and watches the waves wash them away.” The Poet on the Shore is part of a series Liu created called, “I, Machine”, which explores the “sense, sociability and morality of machines.” + Poet on the Shore Via PSFK

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Extraordinary Sustainable Retreat by roomTEN Design Opens Onto Michigan’s Lake Shore

December 19, 2012 by  
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Architecture for Humanity Teams Up with MTV’s Jersey Shore to ‘Restore the Shore’ After Hurricane Sandy

November 7, 2012 by  
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In between trips to the tanning booth and the gym, the cast of ‘Jersey Shore’ is dabbling in philanthropy. MTV and their most notorious reality TV cast have joined together with Architecture for Humanity  to air a live fund-raising special to help victims of Hurricane Sandy . The proceeds will go towards restoring the New Jersey community of Seaside Heights, a popular resort community on the New Jersey shoreline. Read the rest of Architecture for Humanity Teams Up with MTV’s Jersey Shore to ‘Restore the Shore’ After Hurricane Sandy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture for Humanity , disaster recovery , hurricane sandy recovery , Jersey Shore , MTV Special , Restore the Shore , Seaside Heights New Jersey

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LED Flip Flops Light Up the Night (Video)

July 5, 2010 by  
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Image courtesy of Teva. New LED flip flops by Teva will light up your life–or the beaten path, at least

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Vegetable Patches at Work are a Nice Perk

July 5, 2010 by  
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Image from Grand Rapids Press Some big companies with land to spare are providing vegetable patches for their employees to work on during their breaks and during lunch.

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Mystery: Thousands of Dead Octopuses Wash Up on Portugal Beach

January 5, 2010 by  
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Screenshot via BBC video Thousands of octopuses have washed up on the shore of northern Portugal and scientists are stumped about why. They’re calling it an environmental disaster, and are issuing a rather strange warning

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