Tesla Announces Plans to ‘Unveil the D and Something Else’ On Oct 9

October 2, 2014 by  
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk just sent out a mysterious tweet announcing that the EV maker plans to unveil something new on October 9. His tweet, “ about time to unveil the D and something else ” has set off waves of speculation – could Tesla be unveiling a brand new model, or is it something less dramatic like new technology for its existing vehicles? Read the rest of Tesla Announces Plans to ‘Unveil the D and Something Else’ On Oct 9 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: driver assistance , electric car , electric motor , elon musk , green car , green transportation , tesla , Tesla D , Tesla electric car , Tesla Model D , Tesla Model X , tesla model-s

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A Recycled Take on 1960’s Sportswear from Designer Lauren Moffatt

September 8, 2012 by  
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The best way to survive the winter is to think about something else–just ask Lauren Moffatt. The designer’s line up for New York’s Fashion Week were a throwback to–1960’s lawn games, of course! Preppy tennis dresses and colorful separates were done with clean 1960′s lines and a definite vintage-air, while a modern color palette left viewers thinking of anything but the coming winter months. Just close your eyes and think about lemonade and squash—it will be summer again before you know it. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ecouterre , Fashion Designers , Lauren Moffatt , lawn games fashion , new york fashion week , tennis dresses , vintage swimwear inspired , Vintage-inspired fashion

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How can I reuse or recycle horse hair?

July 4, 2011 by  
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We’ve had an email from Bea: I’ve always put my horse’s tail and mane clippings on the his manure heap to compost down but I recently wondered if I could use them for something else instead. I’ve heard of horse hair mattresses but don’t think I have enough for that! According to Wikipedia, horsehair is/has been used “for various purposes, including upholstery, [artists & shaving] brushes, the bows of musical instruments, a hard-wearing fabric called haircloth, and for horsehair plaster, a wallcovering material formerly used in the construction industry and now found only in older buildings. .. [It is also used in] the crafts of horsehair hitching , horsehair braiding, pottery, and in making jewellery items such as bracelets, necklaces, earrings and [hair clips].” I think the latter group is more appropriate to reuses at home – but the former group might provide inspiration on where you could pass it on — for example, if you had a stables and generated a lot of horsehair, a local old-fashioned upholsterer might be interested in it. You can compost it of course (as Bea has been doing) and some people use it (along with human hair clippings and anything similarly bit-ty) to discourage slugs from delicate. Any other ideas?

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Tiny Homes Hit Mainstream (An Intentional Bike Neighborhood Is Born)

May 3, 2011 by  
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How Highly Oil-Dependent Nations Will Get Hurt By Peak Oil More Than Others

May 3, 2011 by  
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photo: escher_47 / Creative Commons There’s been a lot written lately about more and more people in high places recognizing peak oil isn’t just something cranky ex-petroleum geologists and environmentalists reading too much Jared Diamond go on about.

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"Starbucks Calls Cup-to-Cup Recycling "Viable". I Call it Something Else.

November 30, 2010 by  
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Starbucks has very proudly announced the completion of a pilot project where they have proven that paper cups can be recycled into new paper cups. They call it a breakthrough in their “goal of ensuring 100 percent of its cups are reusable or recyclable by 2015” In a press release they say: “This innovation represents an important milestone in our journey,” said Jim Hanna, Starbucks director of Environmental Impact.

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Speed Camera Lottery Could Save Lives and Fuel! (Video)

November 30, 2010 by  
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Photo: Youtube Let’s Hope it Won’t Stay Just a Commercial German car maker Volkswagen has produced a series of ads based on “fun theory”, the simple idea that if something is fun or if there’s something in it for you, you are more likely to do it than if you’re just “supposed to”. It’s pretty simply psychology, yet if we look at everything we’re supposed to do, that fact is very rarely taken into account by authorities. One of the ads is about a special speed camera (see the video below): Like a regular speed camera, it can fine drivers who go over the speed limit, but there’s also a carrot…

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China’s Ban Kept 100 Billion Plastic Bags Out of the Trash

November 30, 2010 by  
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Photo: Zainub , Flickr, CC It’s so simple — so gloriously simple. In 2008, China instated a law that made it illegal for stores to give out plastic bags for free . Instead, shop owners were required to charge for the bags, and allowed to keep any profit they made for themselves.

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Forget About Melting Steel with Sunshine… How About Rocks? (Video)

November 30, 2010 by  
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Image: Youtube 2 Square Meters of Sunlight is All it Takes Last summer, I wrote about a cool video that showed how a solar oven could be used to melt steel . It’s a good demonstration of just how much solar energy is hitting the Earth (it’s one thing to know abstractly, but it’s much more memorable to see it in action).

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Climate-Related Deaths Doubled in 2010

November 30, 2010 by  
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Photo: DVIDSHUB , Flickr, CC In the first nine months of this year, more than 21,000 people perished around the world due to climate-related events, a new report from Oxfam finds. That’s more than twice as many died in all of 2009. This news should hardly be surprising to anyone who follows international news — the flooding in Pakistan , heat waves in Russia , and sea level rise in island nations like T..

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