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IUCN - Emergency three-year action plan for lemurs

IUCN - Emergency three-year action plan for lemurs | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it

"The most threatened mammal group on Earth, Madagascar's five endemic lemur families (lemurs are found nowhere else) (1), represent more than 20% of the world's primate species and 30% of family-level diversity. This combination of diversity and uniqueness is unmatched by any other country—remarkable considering that Madagascar is only 1.3 to 2.9% the size of the Neotropics, Africa, or Asia, the other three landmasses where nonhuman primates occur. But lemurs face extinction risks driven by human disturbance of forest habitats. We discuss these challenges and reasons for hope in light of site-specific, local actions proposed in an emergency conservation action plan."

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New State of Matter Discovered | I Fucking Love Science

New State of Matter Discovered | I Fucking Love Science | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
There was a time when states of matter were simple: Solid, liquid, gas. Then came plasma, Bose -Einstein condensate, supercritical fluid and more. Now the list has grown by one more, with the unexpected discovery of a new state dubbed “dropletons” that bear some resemblance to liquids but occur under very different circumstances.   The discovery occurred when a team at the University of Colorado Joint Institute for Lab Astrophysics were focusing laser light on gallium arsenide (GaAs) to create excitons.  
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The dropletons are small enough to behave quantum mechanically, but the electrons and holes are not in pairs, as they would be if the dropleton was just a group of excitons. Instead they form a “quantum fog” of electrons and holes that flow around each other and even ripple like a liquid, rather than existing as discrete pairs. However, unlike liquids we are familiar with, dropletons a finite size, outside which the electron/hole association breaks down. The discovery has been published in Nature. Perhaps the most remarkable thing is that the dropletons are stable, by the standards of quantum physics. While they can only survive inside solid materials, they last around 25 trillionths of a second, which is actually long enough for scientists to study the way their behavior is shaped by the environment. At 200nm wide the dropletons are as large as very small bacteria – a size that can be seen by conventional microscopes.- See more at: http://www.iflscience.com/physics/new-state-matter-discovered#sthash.hUY3TqH7.dpufThe dropletons are small enough to behave quantum mechanically, but the electrons and holes are not in pairs, as they would be if the dropleton was just a group of excitons. Instead they form a “quantum fog” of electrons and holes that flow around each other and even ripple like a liquid, rather than existing as discrete pairs. However, unlike liquids we are familiar with, dropletons a finite size, outside which the electron/hole association breaks down. The discovery has been published in Nature. Perhaps the most remarkable thing is that the dropletons are stable, by the standards of quantum physics. While they can only survive inside solid materials, they last around 25 trillionths of a second, which is actually long enough for scientists to study the way their behavior is shaped by the environment. At 200nm wide the dropletons are as large as very small bacteria – a size that can be seen by conventional microscopes.- See more at: http://www.iflscience.com/physics/new-state-matter-discovered#sthash.hUY3TqH7.dpufThe dropletons are small enough to behave quantum mechanically, but the electrons and holes are not in pairs, as they would be if the dropleton was just a group of excitons. Instead they form a “quantum fog” of electrons and holes that flow around each other and even ripple like a liquid, rather than existing as discrete pairs. However, unlike liquids we are familiar with, dropletons a finite size, outside which the electron/hole association breaks down. The discovery has been published in Nature. Perhaps the most remarkable thing is that the dropletons are stable, by the standards of quantum physics. While they can only survive inside solid materials, they last around 25 trillionths of a second, which is actually long enough for scientists to study the way their behavior is shaped by the environment. At 200nm wide the dropletons are as large as very small bacteria – a size that can be seen by conventional microscopes.- See more at: http://www.iflscience.com/physics/new-state-matter-discovered#sthash.hUY3TqH7.dpuf";
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IBM Solar Collector Magnifies Sun By 2000X – These Could Provide Power To The Entire Planet - Banoosh

IBM Solar Collector Magnifies Sun By 2000X – These Could Provide Power To The Entire Planet - Banoosh | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
IBM Solar Collector Magnifies Sun By 2000X – These Could Provide Power To The Entire Planet A team at IBM recently developed what they call a High Concentration Photo Voltaic Thermal (HCPVT) system that is capable of concentrating the power of 2,000 suns, they are even claiming to be able to concentrate energy safely up …
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"A common problem with modern-day solar collectors is that they can only take in a minimal amount of energy. This means that useful heat is wasted, cannot be harnessed and is thrown away. This technology eliminates that problem. Solar panels taking in too much energy run the risk of melting themselves due to mass amounts of heat. This is changing, as we continue to explore more efficient ways of energy generation, it’s becoming clear that it’s time to do away with the old, and usher in the new, clean, green technologies.


This project is being funded by the Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation. They are supplying a three-year $2.4 million grant to develop the technology. Prototypes have been developed and are being tested."

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Latin America's Biggest Solar Farm Will Replace a Dirty Fossil Fuel Plant in Mexico

Latin America's Biggest Solar Farm Will Replace a Dirty Fossil Fuel Plant in Mexico | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Aura Solar I will be the country's first utility-scale photovoltaic project, capable of fulfilling the energy needs of 164 thousand people.
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"Just a few weeks ago the world’s largest solar thermal power plantswitched online in Nevada, and now the largest solar plant in Latin America is underway just south of the border. Aura Solar I — a 30-megawatt solar farm– is currently under construction in La Paz, Mexico, and it will be the country’s first utility-scale photovoltaic project. The plant will be capable of fulfilling the energy needs of 164,000 people (64 percent of La Paz’s population), but that’s not even the best part – it will also replace a dirty thermoelectric plant that’s been poisoning residents with air pollution for years."

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After 400 Years, Mathematicians Find a New Class of Solid Shapes

After 400 Years, Mathematicians Find a New Class of Solid Shapes | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Researchers claim that they may have now invented a new, fourth class, which they call Goldberg polyhedra. Also, they believe that their rules show that an infinite number of such classes could exist.
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Geology Page: Volcanoes contribute to recent global warming 'hiatus'

Geology Page: Volcanoes contribute to recent global warming 'hiatus' | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Volcanic eruptions in the early part of the 21st century have cooled the planet, according to a study led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. This cooling partly offset the warming produced by greenhouse gases.

Despite continuing increases in atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases, and in the total heat content of the ocean, global-mean temperatures at the surface of the planet and in the troposphere (the lowest portion of Earth's atmosphere) have shown relatively little warming since 1998. This so-called 'slow-down' or 'hiatus' has received considerable scientific, political and popular attention. The volcanic contribution to the 'slow-down' is the subject of a new paper appearing in the Feb. 23 edition of the journal Nature Geoscience.
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The Philosophers' Mail

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This represents a gross neglect of what the humanities are really for: they are for helping us to live and to die. The humanities are the closest things we have to a replacement for religion. They are a storehouse of vitally important knowledge about how to lead our lives: novels teach us about relationships, works of art reframe our perspectives, drama provides us with cathartic experiences, history is a catalogue of case-studies into any number of personal and political scenarios. Like the religions of old, culture is there to have a therapeutic effect on us; which is why it matters so much in a troubled world.

 

But in order to bring out this therapeutic effect, we need to reinvent universities. Departments like 'history' and 'literature' operate under superficial categories which don't throw the spotlight on the important aspects of the material they are dealing with. So in the redesigned universities of the future, there would be a Department for Relationships, an Institute of Dying and a Centre for Self-Knowledge. There would be centres of expertise on changing jobs and improving bonds with children, reconnecting with nature and facing illness."

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Catholic Pope Francis charged, trial set, for trafficking orphans

Catholic Pope Francis charged, trial set, for trafficking orphans | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Today Catholic Pope Francis Bergoglio was named as the chief defendant in a child trafficking case involving Catholic orphans. Pope Francis will be asked to def
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Pope Francis's fast ascension to head the Argentina Catholic Church was suspected to be a result of an agreement between Pope Francis and the Junta military to traffic children from Catholic orphanages.

 

The witness wasn't alone in his accusations against Pope Francis. According to a 2005 Los Angeles Times article, the now-Catholic Pope Francis was accused by a human rights group of trafficking babies, plus helping to kidnap opponents of Argentine’s military Junta during the Dirty War. Lawyers filing the 2005 complaint represented the Plaza de Mayo human rights group. http://articles.latimes.com/2005/apr/17/world/fg-cardinal17

 

A year ago Catholic Pope Francis came to power over the global Catholic Church after Pope Benedict resigned from office. The unprecedented resignation of a Catholic pope happened within days of Pope Benedict being served an arrest warrant by the same international court that would try Pope Francis in March.

Catholic Pope Benedict's Feb. 2013 guilty verdict came after months of deliberation by 36 jury members and six international judges on 150 cases surrounding over 50,000 missing Canadian native children.

 

The international jury found that native children were being raped, tortured and murdered in residential schools across Canada - the majority of which were Catholic-run institutions. The 80 schools were jointly owned by the Canadian government, Queen Elizabeth and the Catholic, Anglican and United Church of Canada."

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Russia could build a train that would connect New York to Paris

Russia could build a train that would connect New York to Paris | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
This would probably be a rail line that carried more oil than people.
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"It seems like a fanciful idea — a bridge or a tunnel linking Russia and the United States. And people have been tossing the concept around, without actually doing anything about it, for a long long time. Czar Nicholas II, for instance, thought it was a good idea … in 1905.

 

But there’s a slim chance it could happen this time. Sure, it would cost a bundle ($100 billion-ish) and take at least a decade to build. But in 2007, the Russian government started seriously thinking about it. In 2011, there was a rumor that Russia was actually putting aside $65 billion for this project. In 2012, the president of Russia Railways told reporters that “the decision to build must be made within the next three to five years.”

 

This would probably be a rail line that carried more oil than people. But it would mean, in theory, that one could take the train from New York to Paris (the long way around!), which would be an interesting, if inefficient, way to go."

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Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it

Janet Echelman recently gave a talk at TED 2011 on “Taking Imagination Seriously.” She is working on new pieces for the University of Oregon and Philadelphia’s City Hall.

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"Echelman first conceived of her elaborate net sculptures during her Fulbright lectureship in India, where she learned net weaving from the local fisherman of the Mahaballipuram region. She has used her inspiration from these fisherman to create indoor and outdoor public installations from similar netting, which is hand-woven or machine-woven depending on the project.

 

To create her complex designs, Echelman works with a team of aeronautical and mechanical engineers, amongst other design professionals.

 

When suspended in the air, the large-scale works take on a life of their own, interacting with wind, sunlight, and precipitation as if they were living beings. During the day, the sculptures woven from fine string reveal their delicate composition.

 

At night this delicacy fades and the suspending forms appear solid, floating mid-air as if they were space ships, organic creatures, or thick pieces of luminous fabric waving in the air. Although several of Echelman’s pieces are permanent installations, the sculptures can be moved easily, producing minimal waste, and no impact to the environments which they occupy."

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Do solar panels use more energy than they generate?

Do solar panels use more energy than they generate? | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
In today's round of fact or fiction, we take a look at solar panels.
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"hey specifically delved into what's known as "payback": how many years of operation does it take for a solar panel to generate as much energy as was used in its manufacture? They found that depending on the technolgoy used, it takes one to four years for solar panels to earn out on their energy debt. Consider that most panels are projected to last 20 to 25 years with proper maintenance and normal use, and you can see that there's a net energy gain here that's rather significant.

 For consumers, once they've moved through the initial payback phase, their panels are generating energy without using energy, putting lie to the claim that solar panels use up more energy than they can possibly make. The fact that this myth persists, however, is important, indicative of the the slow adoption of solar technologies and consumers' confusion about the pluses and minuses of alternative energy options. As the industry grows and progresses, factories relying on outdated energy generation technologies like coal will hopefully turn to alternative energy like solar itself to power their operations. One of the reason coal remains persistent in the solar industry is because very high temperatures are required for the processing of some materials. That may be about to change thanks to the development of products that don't rely on silicon, which has a notoriously high melting point."
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Procter & Gamble: Remove Toxic Chemicals from Tampax and Always

Procter & Gamble: Remove Toxic Chemicals from Tampax and Always | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Toxic chemicals have no place in pads and tampons. Period.
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Exxon CEO Comes Out Against Fracking Project Because It Will Affect His Property Values

Exxon CEO Comes Out Against Fracking Project Because It Will Affect His Property Values | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
As ExxonMobil's CEO, Rex Tillerson is tasked to promote hydraulic fracturing and fight proposed regulatory oversight. The exception is when Tillerson's $5 million property value might be harmed.
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"Though Tillerson’s name is on the lawsuit, a lawyer representing him said his concern is about the devaluation of his property, not fracking specifically.

When he is acting as Exxon CEO, not a homeowner, Tillerson has lashed out at fracking critics and proponents of regulation. “This type of dysfunctional regulation is holding back the American economic recovery, growth, and global competitiveness,” he said in 2012. Natural gas production “is an old technology just being applied, integrated with some new technologies,” he said in another interview. “So the risks are very manageable.”

In shale regions, less wealthy residents have protested fracking development for impacts more consequential than noise, including water contamination and cancer risk. Exxon’s oil and gas operations and the resulting spills not only sinks property values, but the spills have leveled homes and destroyed regions.

Exxon, which pays Tillerson a total $40.3 million, is staying out of the legal tangle. A spokesperson told the WSJ it “has no involvement in the legal matter.”

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Martin Heidegger's Black Notebooks Reignite Charges of Anti-Semitism

Martin Heidegger's Black Notebooks Reignite Charges of Anti-Semitism | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Martin Heidegger’s existential philosophy has long been undermined by his Nazi sympathies. The forthcoming publication of his ‘Black Notebooks’ promise to reignite the controversy.
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"In the same letter, Beaufret congratulated himself for having shared his views with Faurisson, and never committing them to paper. The same cannot be said for his work on behalf of Heidegger: Beaufret morphed into a veritable public relations firm for the Nazi thinker, serving as his privileged interlocutor and interpreter in France. While Sartre soon distanced himself from Heidegger’s writings, other and younger postwar intellectuals like Louis Althusser and Michel Foucault were drawn to them; they became the darling of self-described revolutionaries on the left rather than reactionaries on the right. For good reason, Heidegger chuckled that when the French talk philosophy, they think in German."

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Party of rape culture: 40 worst rape quotes from the GOP

Party of rape culture: 40 worst rape quotes from the GOP | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
'Rape is kinda like the weather. If it's inevitable, just relax and enjoy it.' - Former TX gov. candidate Clayton Williams. And here are the other 39.
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"In just the last six months alone, Republicans have forced draconian anti-abortion legislation into law in Kansas, Texas, Ohio, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Arkansas even after they acknowledged that they needed to do more to attract women voters. Well, apparently Republicans don’t care about what women think because they have done nothing but double down on the war on women they have been viciously waging since 2010, when Tea Party Republicans took control of state legislatures and governorships in states across the nation. Today’s Republican is required to oppose abortion exceptions for rape victims in order to avoid a primary challenge from someone further to the right. And because of that, Republicans have been saying some really stupid things about rape and rape victims. Here is a comprehensive list of 40 quotes uttered by Republicans about rape that women should keep in mind the next time they go into the voting booth in 2014."

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Bizarre Orbit of Weird Asteroid's Moon Revealed : DNews

Bizarre Orbit of Weird Asteroid's Moon Revealed : DNews | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it

If you had to imagine the weirdest-looking space rock, you might imagine the form of asteroid 624 Hektor, the largest known Trojan asteroid in the solar system. Its bi-lobed shape makes it look like a really big cartoon dog bone, or even a huge peanut. What’s more, despite its knobbly appearance (and just as knobbly gravitational field), it even has its own moon. Now astronomers have taken a long, hard look at this exotic rocky beast and pinned down the bizarre orbit 624 Hektor’s moon, finding that the orbit will remain remarkably stable for billions of years.

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Scientist proposes revolutionary naming system for all life on Earth

Scientist proposes revolutionary naming system for all life on Earth | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
A Virginia Tech researcher has developed a new way to classify and name organisms based on their genome sequence and in doing so created a universal language that scientists can use to communicate with unprecedented specificity about all life on Earth.
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In a paper published in the journal PLoS ONE, Boris Vinatzer proposes moving beyond the current biological naming system to one based on the genetic sequence of each individual organism. This creates a more robust, precise, and informative name for any organism, be it a bacterium, fungus, plant, or animal.

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Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-02-scientist-revolutionary-life-earth.html#jCpIn a paper published in the journal PLoS ONE, Boris Vinatzer proposes moving beyond the current biological naming system to one based on the genetic sequence of each individual organism. This creates a more robust, precise, and informative name for any organism, be it a bacterium, fungus, plant, or animal.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-02-scientist-revolutionary-life-earth.html#jCp
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Will plug-in electric cars crash the electric grid?

Will plug-in electric cars crash the electric grid? | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it

The growing number of plug-in electric cars — more than 96,000 bought in 2013 — may put a lot of new strain on the nation’s aging electrical distribution systems, like transformers and underground cables, especially at times of peak demand, according to University of Vermont (UVM) scientists. So they have created a novel solution, which they report on in the forthcoming March issue of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid.


“The key to our approach is to break up the request for power from each car into multiple small chunks — into packets,” says Jeff Frolik, a professor in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences and co-author on the new study. This is similar to transmitting data packets on the Internet.

 

By using the nation’s growing network of “smart meters” — a new generation of household electric meters that communicate information back-and-forth between a house and the utility — the new approach would let a car charge for, say, five or ten minutes at a time, Frolik says, and then wait to make another request for power. If demand was low, it would continue charging, but if it was high, the car would have to wait.

 

“Most of the time, as long as people get charged by morning, they won’t care,” says UVM’s Paul Hines, an expert on power systems and co-author on the study. “By charging cars in this way, it’s really easy to let everybody share the capacity that is available on the grid.”

 
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This is going to be a significant challenge.

 

We need to get off fossil fuels if we're going to survive and I honestly don't give too many cares about the economic consequences that are going to have to be sorted out in order to do this.

 

We need to be off fossil fuels entirely, or we're going to die.

 

That means new infrastructure, new power plants, new methods of charging our homes, etc.

 

It means a decentralization away from the power companies and utlities.

 

And the biggest economic challenge that I see is how to employ all of those workers who are going to be laid off when the big fossil fuel companies finally kick the bucket.

 

You're an idiot if you want to keep it the same in this case.

 

Stupid conservatives.

 

Think about it.

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Geology Page: Chile's stunning fossil whale graveyard explained

Geology Page: Chile's stunning fossil whale graveyard explained | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
It is one of the most astonishing fossil discoveries of recent years - a graveyard of whales found beside the Pan-American Highway in Chile.

And now scientists think they can explain how so many of the animals came to be preserved in one location more than five million years ago.

It was the result of not one but four separate mass strandings, they report in a Royal Society journal.

The evidence strongly suggests the whales all ingested toxic algae.

The dead and dying mammals were then washed into an estuary and on to flat sands where they became buried over time.
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Large Offshore Wind Farms Could Slow Down Incoming Hurricanes, New Study Concludes

Large Offshore Wind Farms Could Slow Down Incoming Hurricanes, New Study Concludes | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it

Offshore wind farms could reduce hurricane's wind speeds, wave heights and flood-causing storm surge, weakening their impact before they reach land.

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"“This is a totally different way to think about the interaction of the atmosphere and wind turbines,” Archer said. “We could actually take advantage of these interactions to protect coastal communities.”

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Exotic 4-Foot Lizards Invading Florida

Exotic 4-Foot Lizards Invading Florida | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Pythons and boa constrictors in the wilds of Florida have another reptilian invader in their midst. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has confirmed more than 100 sightings of the tegu lizard throughout Hillsborough County, according to ABC’s Tampa Bay affiliate WFTS-TV. The Argentine...
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Vincent Callebaut Unveils Plans for Futuristic "Flavors Orchard" Farm City in China

Vincent Callebaut Unveils Plans for Futuristic "Flavors Orchard" Farm City in China | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Vincent Callebaut Architectures just unveiled their futuristic master plan, Flavours Orchard, in Kunming, Southwest China.
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"Dense urban centers tend to be disconnected from the farms that feed them. Vincent Callebautcould change that with "Flavors Orchard," a futuristic city district designed for Kunming, China that consists of 45 energy positive villas set on a huge community orchard and food garden. The project boasts state-of-the-art sustainable technologies like automatic temperature regulation synced with the sun’s path, wind power, and a smart energy grid, and it offers residents plenty of fresh air, green space, and delicious produce."

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Oregon man in possession of 13 million gallons of illicit rainwater sentenced to jail

Oregon man in possession of 13 million gallons of illicit rainwater sentenced to jail | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
An Oregon resident with 3 massive man-made ponds on his property is sentenced to 30 days in jail after being found guilty (again) of collecting rainwater without a permit.
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"The bigger story here is that rainwater collection is indeed kosher in Oregon, provided that you’re capturing it from an artificial, impervious surface such as a rooftop with the assistance of rainwater barrels. But an extensive reservoir set-up complete with 10- and 20-foot-tall dams is verboten without the proper, state-issued water-right permits — after all, Oregon law dictates that water is a publicly owned resource — and Harrington did not possess said permits.

 And so, after a protracted battle with Oregon’s Water Resources Department, Harrington was convicted of nine misdemeanors and sentenced to 30 days in jail, slapped with a $1,500 fine, and ordered to breach his dams and drain his ponds. After the sentencing in late July, Harrington surrendered himself to authorities late last week and began his stint at the Jackson County Jail. Apparently, once upon a time, the state did indeed allow Harrington — code name: “Rain Man" — to collect water in his reservoirs. However, officials reversed their decision the same year, 2003, that the three permits were issued, citing a 1925 law that states the city of Medford holds all exclusive rights to "core sources of water" in the Big Butte Creek watershed and its tributaries."
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Utah is Ending Homelessness by Giving People Homes

Utah is Ending Homelessness by Giving People Homes | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it

"It sounds like Utah borrowed a page from Homes Not Handcuffs, the 2009 report by The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty and The National Coalition for the Homeless. Using a 2004 survey and anecdotal evidence from activists, the report concluded that permanent housing for the homeless is cheaper than criminalization. Housing is not only more human, it’s economical."

 

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Boulder is now the clit tickling capitol of the world

Boulder is now the clit tickling capitol of the world | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Along with Bikram Yoga, rock climbing during the winter, and guzzling kombucha from biodegradable, BPA-free, fair-trade beer bongs, Boulder residents can now add having 15-minute long orgasms with 20 strangers to their list of pre-dawn activities.
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"Orgasmic Meditation, or OM, is a not so new, nor surprising, trend in meditation focused on manual clitoral stimulation. Although we could have told you that rubbing the clitoris results in reduced stress and overall life happiness, the folks at TurnON Colorado have successfully turned finger banging into a structured meditation practice, complete with training sessions for beginners and “Master Stroker” status for those who’ve mastered the art of clitoral orgasm."
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