Friday, April 20, 2018

The Ocean Cleanup is about to send a giant plastic collector to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The Ocean Cleanup is making progress on their first Great Pacific Garbage Patch cleanup system, and shared images of the assembly at their Alameda Yard headquarters, the site of a former naval station near San Francisco. The plastic-scooping system could launch this summer. Related:

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6 fun, meaningful ways to celebrate Earth Day!

1. Don't Drive I know, I know. At face value, this doesn't sound like much fun at all. But that's only because you've forgotten how awesome the alternatives can be. Give your car the day off this Earth Day. Plan to get to work, school, and happy hour using

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This new 3D-printed house was built by a portable robot in just 48 hours

There are a lot of 3D printed houses popping up these days, but this is the first time an architect with the renown of Massimiliano Locatelli of CLS Architetti and Arup has tackled one. The 1076 square foot house was built out of a special quick-drying mortar and was constructed in just 48 hours. Locatelli envisions 3D printing as the housing of the future - and his house could be constructed anywhere. "Even the moon." 3D Housing 05 was built on-site by a portable robot as a way to show how...

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Apple's new recycling robot can disassemble 200 iPhones in a single hour

In an effort to develop a more sustainable production system, Apple has invented a robot named Daisy, which is capable of deconstructing old iPhones and recovering usable parts for new devices.%

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Trump official delays protection of endangered species at oil lobbyist's request

A top United States Department of the Interior official appears to have used his position to delay the protection of the endangered Texas hornshell mussel at the request of oil industry lobbying groups. According to exclusive reporting by the Guardian based on acquired documents, Interior official Vincent deVito seems to have acquiesced to a 2017 e-mail correspondence with the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) asking that the mussel not be placed under protection for six months...

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Bottlenose dolphins spotted in Canadian Pacific waters for the first time

Bottlenose dolphins tend to reside in warm, temperate waters — but researchers recently glimpsed a group of around 200 of the dolphins and around 70 false killer whales off northern Vancouver Island's west coast in Canada. They said this sighting is "the only occurrence of common bottlenose dolphins recorded in Canadian Pacific waters" — and a warming trend could be to blame. Related:

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Clothing made from recycled water bottles highlights the ongoing crisis in Flint

A new fashion exhibit in Queens underscores the ongoing water-contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan.

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